Chapter 38 begins a prophecy against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Gog doesn’t sound like a really great guy, he has an evil plan. In the prophecy the Lord says God will attack Israel when she is living securely. Gog and his vast army will not attack the military but the homes in order to steal and rob. But God has a plan too. Verses 14-16 read,
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord God: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. 16 You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.”
Verses 19-23 describe more.
“For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord God. Every man's sword will be against his brother. 22 With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. 23 So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
Chapter 39 continues to describe God’s wrath against Gog and his army. He says that they will be completely destroyed. It will take seven months to bury the dead and cleanse the land and even then they will still find the occasional bone to be buried. The dead will become a sacrificial feast for the birds and the beasts. There will be no more high places, no more false altars, and no more idolatry.(Verses 11-20).
Verses 7-8 read,
“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord God. That is the day of which I have spoken.”
What day is it that is coming? The battle Ezekiel prophesied about is during the Great Tribulation. Men, led by Satan will bring war against God’s people, not for military purposes but for evil’s sake. But the Lord will not allow that war to continue forever. He will end it. He will bring that earthquake, He will send pestilence, bloodshed, fire and sulfur and they will be judged.
God’s people will not need their weapons. Verses 9-10 read,
“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, 10 so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord God.”
During the Tribulation, God’s children will not have to resort to violence. God will be caring for them completely. They will not have to worry about what has been stolen from them, God will restore it to them. It will be a terrible time. People will turn to fighting, brutality, and all sorts of maliciousness. Those things will seem right to them. But God’s children will not rely on that, because they will know that He is the LORD and He has them, He is caring for them. It is true during the Tribulation and it is true now, no matter what you face. You do not have to fall back on worldly solutions, God has got you, Believer.
He promises this restoration to Israel in verses 25-29
“Therefore thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26 They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, 27 when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. 29 And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
Believer, you do not have anything to worry about. There may be many stressors in your life, but you can trust God to take care of them. You don’t have to turn to what the world turns to. You may have many people who hate you, who want bad for you just because you belong to God and refuse to conform to political correctness. You don’t have to fight them. You don’t have to hate them back. God will deal with them. He knows their plans, you know God’s plans.