Down below are my notes on Ezekiel 38-39.
Introduction: When Israel became a nation in 1948, it fulfilled prophecy from the Old Testament that the Jews would return to their homeland. Unlike the world events that are unfolding before our eyes, they are not a fulfillment of prophecy, but preparation for the events described in Ezekiel 38-39. Are world events getting you troubled about the future or upset at God? Let’s look at Scripture to help us understand what is going on in the world today and where it is headed.
One: The Teaming Of The Alliance (v. 1-3; 5-6)
Gog means “prince, ruler.” This is not the name of a person, but a title (pharaoh, czar).
Magog is referred to as one of the sons of Japheth in Gen. 10:2. Josephus, a secular Jewish historian, wrote in his famous book, The Antiquities of the Jews, that the people of Magog are the people whom the Greeks called “Scythians.” The Scythians were a people group that migrated from the Middle East northward and settled north of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the region we know today as Russia and the former Soviet Republics (Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and possibly Afghanistan).
Verse 3 tells us that God is against Russia. Yikes! Keep in mind that Russia did not exist when Ezekiel wrote this prophecy 2,600 years ago. We know that they are atheistic and anti-Semitic.
Until 1935, Persia was the legal name of the country we know today as Iran. Russia has helped Iran develop its nuclear weapons.
The Hebrew word is Cush that we now know as Sudan. It is radical Islamic.
Libya and Algeria hate Israel and are closely allied with Russia.
Turkey was a NATO ally, and a friend of Israel, the U.S. and the European Union. But in the last few years, the Turkish government has swung dramatically away from the West, towards Russia and Iran.
Turkic-speaking people spread out from East Turkey and across Central Asia.
It is interesting that some countries are not mentioned like Egypt and Iraq.
Over 20 years ago, Islam was just another religion. Now we can’t help but hear about it on the news. Radical Islam could be a precursor of unification to fulfill prophecy. Sunni and Shiite Muslims no doubt will unite together in order to destroy Israel.
Two: The Timing Of The Invasion
The invaders will come in a time when Israel is secure (v. 10, 11, 14). That doesn’t sound like Israel today. Since 1948, they have been vigilant.
These events will take place in “the latter days” (v. 16). This isn’t referring to a specific day, this is referring to a time period that started with Christ until the end of time. So let’s be more specific.
The Revived Roman Empire (ten nations) will band together under the antichrist. In the Tribulation period, the antichrist will enter into a seven year peace covenant with Israel as described in Dan. 9:27. At the midway point, he will enter into the Jewish temple (which has not been built yet) and break his covenant. So Ezek 38-39 take place in the first half of the Tribulation.
Three: The Treasures (Motivation) The Invaders Seek
Russia is power hungry. As America weakens its position of patrolling the world, Russia is taking our place, but with the wrong motivation.
President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is sky-high. With a country that is 20% Muslim, they will continue to align themselves with Muslim countries.
The Islamic nations believe the land of Palestine belongs to them (v. 8, 9, 18).
They would want to prevent the rebuilding of the Jewish temple to protect the “Dome of the Rock” a revered Muslim monument which has stood on the temple site for centuries.
Oil has been found recently in Israel. It is also well known that the Dead Sea has rich minerals (v. 12-13).
Four: The Terrible Destruction Of The Invaders
The invaders will come from the north. Ezek. 38:15 says, “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.” Israel does not fight in this war.
An earthquake will take place (v. 19-20).
Killing of each other
The enemy forces will become so frightened and disoriented that they will turn and starting fighting each other (v. 21).
Diseases will start to spread through the enemy forces (v. 22).
Verse 22 says, “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.”
Fire from heaven
Parts of Russia and other enemy countries will be devastated by fire from heaven (39:6). This will be a supernatural event.
Seven months to bury them
The devastation is so horrific that it takes the Israelis seven months to bury all the bodies of the enemy forces (39:12-16). To give their enemies a decent burial is a testimony to their kindness.
Many bodies are eaten up
The birds of the air and the beasts of the field eat many of the bodies (39:17-20).
Five: The Tremendous Plan Of God
The victory will reveal the greatness of the Lord as he displays his power (38:23; 39:21).
The victory will make Jesus Christ known to the Gentile nations (38:23).
Islam’s powerful influence will be destroyed. Many Muslims will turn to Jesus.
Israel will recognize the holiness of God and be convicted of her own sins (39:7, 22).
Since America is not specifically mentioned in Israel, we have to assume that America will no longer support Israel.