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Ezekiel 38

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Ezekiel 38

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.

22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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Summary and the Meaning of Ezekiel Chapter 38 in the KJV Holy Bible

The book of Ezekiel in the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible is a prophetic book that contains messages and visions from God to Ezekiel, a prophet of Israel. Chapter 38 of Ezekiel is notably one of the most foreboding chapters in the book, revealing a prophecy about a great war to come. It is a chapter that is rich in symbolism and themes of divine judgment, sovereignty, and the ultimate redemption of God's people.

The Prophecy against Gog

Ezekiel 38 begins with God commanding Ezekiel to set his face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Here, Gog is generally understood to represent a powerful, hostile entity or leader, while Magog, Meshech, and Tubal are believed to be regions or nations allied with this entity. This prophecy against Gog serves as a warning of divine judgment against those who pose a threat to God's people.

God, through Ezekiel, prophesies that he will turn Gog around, put hooks in his jaws, and bring him out with his whole army. The imagery of hooks in the jaws suggests an irresistible divine pull, underlining the theme of God's sovereignty. Even the most powerful entities are under God's control and will ultimately serve His divine purpose.

The Great War

Ezekiel 38 further describes a great war that will involve many nations. Gog and his allies will descend upon the land of Israel like a storm, covering the land like a cloud. This dramatic description of the invasion serves to heighten the sense of threat and impending doom. However, it is essential to note that this invasion is not a random act of aggression. Rather, it is part of God's plan to bring about His divine judgment.

In this prophecy, God declares that He has planned this invasion from long ago, and it is in the latter days that He will bring Gog against His land. This assertion reinforces the theme of divine sovereignty. It serves as a reminder that God is in control of history, guiding it towards His predetermined ends.

God's Judgment and Glory

The climax of Ezekiel 38 is God's judgment against Gog. God declares that He will execute judgment upon him with plague, bloodshed, torrential rains, hailstones, fire, and sulfur. This vivid description of divine judgment serves to emphasize God's power and wrath against those who threaten His people.

However, the purpose of this judgment is not merely punitive. God states that through this judgment, He will magnify Himself, sanctify Himself, and make Himself known in the eyes of many nations. The end goal is the revelation of God's glory and the recognition of His sovereignty among all nations. This theme of divine revelation is a crucial aspect of Ezekiel 38, tying together the various elements of prophecy, judgment, and redemption.

The Ultimate Redemption

Despite the foreboding prophecy of war and judgment, Ezekiel 38 also carries a message of hope and redemption. The prophecy assures that God is acting for the sake of His people, to protect them and to vindicate His name among the nations. This theme of redemption underscores the overarching message of the book of Ezekiel: despite their sins and the ensuing judgment, God has not abandoned His people. He will deliver them and restore them in due time.

In conclusion, Ezekiel 38 is a chapter of profound theological significance. It presents a vivid prophecy of a great war to come, orchestrated by God Himself to bring about His divine judgment. Through this prophecy, the chapter explores themes of divine sovereignty, judgment, and redemption. It serves as a reminder that God is in control of history, guiding it towards His predetermined ends. Despite the terror of the impending judgment, the chapter assures that God's ultimate purpose is the revelation of His glory and the redemption of His people.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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