Ezekiel 38-39 – Part 1

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Study Type - Adult Lesson

Fellowship - Becky Bereans

Series - Ezekiel 38-39 2023

Book - Ezekiel

Ezekiel 38, Gog, Israel-Hamas war prophecy, Magog

Ezekiel 38:1-17, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 10:28, Genesis 15:18, Romans 11:25-32, Ezekiel 11:15-17, Ezekiel 37:11-12, Jeremiah 6:22, Acts 1:7

As I write this, Israel is in the midst of the heaviest combat it has seen on its own soil in a half-century. Whenever the simmering conflict between the State of Israel and its regional neighbors and the terrorist organizations based in the so-called “occupied territories” – Gaza and the “West Bank” explodes into full-blown combat, many fear-mongering prognosticators seem to appear out of the woodwork saying that the latest violence is the harbinger of the end times battles foretold in God’s Word – particularly the so-called “Gog-Magog” invasion of Ezekiel 38-39. In times like this we need to guard ourselves even more staunchly against false teaching and focus instead on what God’s Word actually says rather than what we might hear in the media or from the pulpit.

FAIR WARNING – Throughout this discussion, I will keep my editorial comments to a minimum and try not to make any prognostications of my own. Nevertheless, it will be readily apparent to the most casual reader that I carry a distinct prejudice in favor of the State of Israel and against her political and military adversaries. I make no apology for this. I believe that Israel have been and continue to be God’s chosen people despite their continued rebellion against God. Furthermore, I believe that every Christ follower carries an obligation to support and defend Israel. In truth, this attitude is self-serving. Every Christian and indeed every government on Earth would do well to remember the words that God spoke to Abraham.

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 12:3 (ESV)

Indeed, God has already fulfilled the last part of this promise to Abraham by sending His Son in the flesh of Abraham’s descendant Jesus of Nazareth to save all mankind out of death in our sins through His own sacrificial death on the cross and His glorious resurrection from the grave on the third day!

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Additional Resources

A Brief History of Modern Israel

A timeline of events from the beginnings of the modern Zionist movement that led to the עֲלִיָּה ʿălīyyā (migration) of European and American Jews back to Israel in the latter half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century and the establishment of the present nation state of Israel.

Ezekiel 38-39 Names

In order to analyze the prophecies found in Ezekiel 38-39 it is essential to be familiar with the names we find in the text. The names themselves frequently have significant meanings in Hebrews. It is also helpful to understand the histories and geographical home locations of the people groups identified by these names. This helpful table is handy for familiarizing ourselves with the names found in this prophecy.

Genesis 10 Maps

These maps show the possible locations of the homelands for people groups mentioned in the Genesis 10 “Table of Nations.”

Persian Empire Map ca. 500 BC

This map shows the extent of the Persian Empire around the end of the Babylonian captivity of Israel.

Modern Israel Map

This map shows the boundaries of the modern state of Israel. The areas highlighted in green are the so-called “occupied territories” taken by Israel during the 1967 Six-day War – Gaza, The West Bank (Judea and Samaria), and The Golan Heights (Bashan). These areas are now governed by the Palestinian Authority except Gaza which is controlled by Hamas. The areas marked with blue stripes are the United Nations managed “demilitarized” zones between Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. Notice that on this map there is no national capital for the state of Israel. When the state of Israel was established, the provisional capital was Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was divided. When Israel took Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-day War, she declared Jerusalem as her capital. The UN does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and neither do many of the UN’s member nations.

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