Tanak Foundations-Concepts in Ezekiel-Chapter 39

Ezek 39.1-29 is a continuation of the previous chapter about the destruction of Gog and Magog, only with more detail. We believe this is a description of the coming Russian invasion of Israel at the end of the third year of the birth-pains (tribulation), and into the beginning of the fourth year, around Rosh Ha Shannah and ending on Yom Kippur. As a result of Gog’s defeat, the False Messiah and Europe will attack the remainder of the Russian army as they retreat into Russia. With Russia gone, the False Messiah and his forces will be the most powerful military on earth.

v 1…And you, son of man (mortal human being), prophesy against Gog (the Russian leader), and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God (Adonai Yehovah), “Behold (take note and see), I am against you, O Gog, prince (king) of Rosh, Meshach and Tubal;

v 2…and I shall turn you around (manage you, lead you), take you up from the remotest parts of the north (Russia), and bring you against the mountains of Israel (to be destroyed there).

v 3…And I shall strike your bow from your hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand (make him incapable of fighting),

v 4…you shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field (this is an idiom for a great slaughter or impending disaster).

v 5…You will fall on the open field (plain); for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God (they will fall on the plains and in the mountainous areas).

v 6…And I shall send fire upon Gog (they will fall in Israel between Rosh Ha Shannah and Yom Kippur. There is an oral tradition that says when Russia attacks the Ukraine and Crimea and passes through the Bosporus on their way to the Mediterranean through the Dardanelles it will be time to welcome the Messiah (Mesorah Publications book “Yechezkel”, p. 581), and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord (when this happens it will be proof that Yehovah ha spoken).

v 7…And my holy name (Yehovah) I shall make known in the midst of my people Israel; and I shall not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the Lord (Yehovah), the holy one of Israel.

v 8…Behold (take note and see), it is coming and it shall be done,” declares the Lord God, “That is the day of which I have spoken (through the prophets about the deliverance of Israel).

v 9…Then those who inhabit the cities of Israel will go out, and make fires with the weapons and burn them (like with Assyria in Isa 9.5), both shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, war clubs and spears and for seven years they will make fires of them (the material left behind is so vast that it will be used into the Messianic Kingdom because Gog’s defeat will come at the end of three years of the birth-pains, and four years before Yeshua returns on Yom Kippur, at the end of the seventh year of the birth-pains).

v 10…And they will not take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests, for they will make fires with the weapons; and they will take the spoil of those who despoiled them, and seize the plunder of those who plundered them,” declares the Lord God (by taking the gold, silver, jewels and anything of value from the dead).

v 11…And it will come about on that day (the Day of the Lord) that I will give Gog a burial ground there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by (travelers) east (front of, the beginning) of the sea (Dead Sea) and it will block off (literally “clogged tomb”) the passers-by (travelers). So they will bury Gog there with all his multitude, and they will call it the valley of Hamon-gog (Gog’s multitude).

v 12…For seven months (from the defeat of Gog on Tishri 10, or Yom Kippur, to Iyar 10) the house of Israel will be burying them in order to cleanse the land (in order to celebrate Passover on Iyar 14, one month after Nisan 14, which was allowed in the Torah-Num 9.10-11. They were unclean and they were driven into the wilderness starting on Nisan 10, the exact halfway point of the birth-pains, by the False Messiah. So they will possibly take the newly discovered Mishkan into the wilderness with them and celebrate Passover in the wilderness where they will be protected by Yehovah -Rev 12.1-17. The nation became believers after the defeat of God and Magog through the preaching of the two witnesses and the 144,000 during the first three and a half years of the birth-pains in Israel).

v 13…Even all the people of the land will bury them; and it will be to their renown (for a name) on the day that I glorified myself (the people showed their zeal to cleanse the land to show Yehovah they were a holy people, set apart to him).

v 14…And they will set apart men who will constantly pass through the land (to search for remains) burying, with passersby (who were helping), those that remain upon the open field in order to cleanse it (Israel has a Torah-based faith in Yeshua now and this is done because of the Temple in Jerusalem). At the end of seven months they will make a search (after the burial of the visible remains, they will look for unnoticed parts).

v 15…And as those who pass through the land pass through and anyone sees a bone, they will set up a marker by it until the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog (the mass burial site).

v 16…And even the name of the city (to house the workers there) will be Hamonah (multitude). So they will cleanse the land (no city has ever been called this so this refers to a city in the future).”

v 17…”And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every kind of bird and to every beast of the field, “Assemble and come, gather from every side to my sacrifice which I am going to sacrifice for you (a sacrificial meal based on Isa 34.6 and Jer 46.10. Gog and Magog are likened to a fattened sacrificial animals), as a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood.

v 18…You shall eat the flesh of mighty men, and drink the blood of princes (of the government and of the nations with him), as though they were rams, lambs, goats and bulls (to signify the different ranks among those slain), all of them fatlings of Bashan (this name is given to signify the ungodly, as in Psa 22.12, and this area was also known for its fat and strong cattle).

v 19…So you will eat until you are glutted (filled), and drink blood until you are drunk, from my sacrifice which I have sacrificed (prepared) for you.

v 20…And you will be glutted at my table with horses and charioteers (riders), with mighty men and all the men of war,” declares the Lord God (with the beasts and the birds eating and drinking the flesh, the bones buries in Hamon-gog, and the weapons burned, there will be little trace of this army left).

v 21…And I will set my glory among the nations (by destroying Gog and Magog, Yehovah’s mighty power will be seen and they will see his glory); and all the nations will see my judgment (on Gog and Magog, his vengeance and purpose) which I have executed, and my hand which I have laid on them (they will be unable to deny God’s power as he removed this enemy from the earth. This will be the proof the world sees that Yehovah is the one, true God. But not everyone will be impressed, especially the False Messiah. He will see this as an opportunity to forward his agenda).

v 22…And the house of Israel (not just the nations) will know (because of the proof provided) that I am the Lord (Yehovah) their God from that day onward (a corporate or collective redemption will come to Israel, and they will believe in Yeshua as the Messiah. They will have gone from a godless nation to redeemed. This happened with the defeat of Assyria in Isa 10.6-12, and the same thing will happen with Gog and Magog. When the False Messiah comes, Israel will reject his claims and flee into the Jordanian wilderness for the last three and a half years of the birth-pains, protected by Yehovah himself-Rev 12.1-17).

v 23…And the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity because they acted treacherously against me, and I hid my face from them (withdrew his presence); so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell by the sword.

v 24…According to their uncleanness (contamination) and according to their transgressions I dealt with them, and I hid my face from them.”

v 25…Therefore (as a result-v 25-29 coincides with Ezek 36.25-27) thus says the Lord God, “Now I shall restore the fortunes (the captives) of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house (all twelve tribes) of Jacob; and I shall be jealous for my holy name (which is Yehovah).

v 26…And they shall forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

v 27…when I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of many nations (who will acknowledge the power of Yehovah).

v 28…Then they will know that I am the Lord their God (Yehovah Elohheyhem) because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer (among the nations, everyone shall return).

v 29…And I will not hide my face (remove my presence) from them any longer, for I shall have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God (it is the Ruach Ha Kodesh, or Holy Spirit, that works salvation into the hearts and desires of all Israel).

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