Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday - Ezekiel 38 - Gog, Magog & Hamongog (part 1)

OMEDAY, Israel will be like a piece of flesh being squeezed in a vise. Well, I guess she already is. But someday it will get worse – much worse. In Ezekiel 38 & 39 we find an extensive prophecy regarding a final attack on Israel by the many enemies which surround her. There is no universal agreement among biblical scholars about who all of these nations are, but there seems to be 2 primary possibilities that are espoused.

Gog is believed to be some non-Jewish world leader... perhaps a Russian dictator or Czar. Magog (Genesis 10:2) is believed by many to be Russia (Ezekiel 38:15). There are historical reasons as well as linguistic reasons for this interpretation. Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (eastern Africa) and Libya (northern Africa) are not nearly as open to interpretation. It is postulated by some that Gomer and Togarmah may be a reference to Germanic peoples and to those who live in the regions of Turkey and/or Armenia. Other scholars think that this confederacy of nations will not be so widespread but will be comprised of the Muslim nations that are the more immediate neighbors of Israel. In some ways, it makes no difference really. We know that God will protect His people from this attack. And, when these doomed armies are all planted in Hamongog (Ezekiel 39:11), it won't matter who they were before.

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