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The Gog-Magog Battle – Ezekiel 38:18-23



Ezekiel 38:7-17 gives the motives for Gog’s evil scheme — to plunder and loot an unsuspecting nation. Gog will use his massive coalition of nations to invade Israel’s wealth. What will God’s reaction be to Gog attacking the people who are the apple of His eye, and for what purposes does God intend to use this invasion? Ezekiel 38:18-23 gives us the answers.

Ezekiel 38:18-22 — The Sword of God

“18This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD. 19In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.”

God’s “hot anger,” “zeal” and “fiery wrath” unleashes the very elements against the Gog-Magog coalition of armies. God not only plans on just destroying the armies, but He embarrasses them by having the various factions turning on and killing each other. Whoever is left alive, God then cracks the land out from under their feet, swallowing them with a mountain-shattering earthquake.

God also pummels the armies from above with torrents of rain, hail and sulfur falling from the sky. It could be that the falling debris is a result of the earthquake producing volcanic activity. Maybe but less likely Israel releases its nuclear missiles.

Whatever the fallout, in the end there can be only one conclusion about how Gog’s armies were destroyed. “Torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur” all are very biblical in proportion. The wrath of the Old Testament judgments released into a modern age which thinks God has ceased judging in such a dramatic way will terrorize a world in religious confusion.

Ezekiel 38:23 — God Revealed

“23’And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”

The whole planet will suffer a terrible earthquake. Also, the whole world will witness the Gog-Magog Battle and see the destruction of Gog. And, because of the supernatural elements used to destroy this massive international invasion force, God uses His victory to show the entire world that Jehovah God exists. Everybody will know in no uncertain terms that God is real and He defends the tiny nation of Israel. There will not be a single atheist left at that point.

What will be the fallout for Gog and benefits for Israel from God’s victory? In the next part of this “Impending Invasion of Israel” series we’ll look into Ezekiel 39 for the grisly details.

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  • Gee, I'm not sure I want to see this in a mortal body–one that can be crushed or burned or starved for water. On the other hand, it would certainly be very exciting and awe-inspiring!

  • I've read speculation the "torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur" are nuclear weapons but I tend to disagree.

    I think this will be a display of the power of God, not man's weaponry.

  • I agree with that, Billy. I think that after the Psalm 83 conflict (when and if it happens), Israel will be basically disarmed by the UN. And this attack will so massive, that Israel will be (humanly speaking) unable to defend herself. It's at this point that YHWH Elohim will intervene and protect His chosen people in such a way, that the world will not be able to ignore.

  • actually, it does NOT say itll be a global earthquake, it says itll be an earthquake in isreal. what it says is the whole earth will tremble (fear/awe) at my presence so it doesnt appear to be a global earthquake

  • as we see the current events unfold, i think that as a result of the psalm 83 war, Israel will be forced to give up their nuclear arsenal (you see the push for that now) for guarantees of protection from the EU or US/EU or NATO. Psalm 83 indicates that the immediate neighbors will be subjugated — with possibly the Isaiah 17 fulfillment as part.

    I would presume that iran would be harmed significantly during the Psalm 83 war as well — otherwise Israel wouldn't agree to hand over nukes nor could they 'dwell in safety' if within reach of iran's nuclear aresenal. If such a move were to take place, certainly russian scientists would be killed…

    This is all conjecture, obviously.. but the writing is on the wall to disarm Israel of it's nuclear arsenal in the name of peace. I could see Israel's use of nuclear weapons in Psalm 83 and the world forcing them to give it up with the promise of protection..

    Thanks for the great posts!

  • Nathan
    I want to commend your balanced articles; they reveal to me that The Holy Spirit is behind them.

    I strongly suspect the 'Emergent' etc tripe does not regard end time prophecy?

    After seeking the Lord about it, I'm consider He has said 'it' is going to fall from the inside out. In particular Isaiah 13 re. 'whitwashed walls, stormy wind, hailstones' as it were, to seriously damage this apostasy.

    The fulfillment of the Gog war etc, in conjunction with the natural events already happening, may well be what will set people free from the man invented 'dreams and visions'if the Rapture doesn't occur before?

  • Glad you think the articles are balanced, E.I. I sure pray the Holy Spirit is with me when I write (well, in all I do really).

    I really appreciate your reporting on the volcanic ash shutting down flights. It's been all the news here (that and Obama basically taking the U.S. out of the space race). I'd love to know what London life is like with a camera in every tree, toilet, and garbage can (can we say 1984)? Guess I'd know if I went to visit Chicago.

  • hey, about my previous comment, (earthquake not being global)the immediate verse says only isreal but some translations later say i will rain fire on magog and on the coastlands (continents) of them that dwell safely so a global earthquake may be implied (along with fire&brimstone) but i aint sure.

  • Sorry, Hartdawg, what I meant by the whole planet suffering a terrible earthquake was the ramifications of the Israeli earthquake, and not the physical effects globally. Although, an earthquake that basically flattens Israel could well be felt hundreds if not thousands of miles away.

    Thanks for keeping me accountable!

  • actually, nathan, it could be global as other passages may imply, as you said tho whether its global or not the ramifications will be global. i dont know about you but i hope to be gone.

  • Nathan
    According to the 2001 census, London’s population was 7,172,000 with the City of Gloucester being 109,888. Yet even we have cameras all over the city, especially in the centre of town. So do all businesses, and the number of homes sporting them is growing.

    Sometimes I am aware of them ‘following’ people and have even seen them ‘nodding’ to people waving at them. For all that, I think we tend to forget that they are there; except for the traffic camera’s set to catch speeding motorist’s. These are VERY unpopular and have suffered various attacks on them like tyres thrown over them and set on fire. One man drove a JCB into several and ‘killed’ them. The upside has been to deter and catch criminals, but most would prefer not to have so many, but ‘big bro’ loves em, so that’s that, we moan and complain, but it makes no odds!

    Agriculture has a government policy called ‘set aside’, whereby a farmer is paid to NOT use their land for any commercial use to prevent ‘gluts’. One instance was when a farmer received a ‘phone call demanding to know why there was an agricultural machine in a ‘set aside’ field. (It was a broken down lawn mower). Then another call to demand he stop using the barn for commercial use. Yet all that the farmer had done; was to store some timber for another farmer as a favour while he sorted his own farm out. For a third time, another call complained the field was overgrown and needed maintenance. This time the farmer asked how the caller had come by all this information, as the field was in an isolated position. The reply was ‘satellite pictures’, so we are also being snooped on by an ‘eye in the sky’.

    Heavy U.S. transporters planes can often be heard rumbling high above us after taking off from their base in the Cotteswold hills; yet all is still skywards. Small planes had been doing some short hops, but nothing at present as the wind direction remains constant. The R.A.F. have been chasing off Russian fighters for a while now, seemingly testing our responses like they did in the cold war, but I should think even they are keeping away. So birds, insects and the odd u.f.o. we sometimes get, have the sky to themselves. Apparently it is possible for this to continue on and off for many months to come? So we may notice a difference with foreign produce missing from our shelves before long. Praise The Lord anyway. MARANATHA!

  • hartdawg said…
    "the kjv says "i will leave but a 6th of thee" 85% of the invaders will die…"

    I ran that number back in the '70s so I knew immediately that you were fudging that # up a wee little bit too much!
    It's 83.3333333333333333333333%!!!
    You don't really get any extra points for boosting up God's victory numbers. [Kinda like the WW2 propaganda from both sides: "we won that…", "No, we won that one…"]
    Of course, when we finally 'calculate' it down into the 'less-than-whole-number' percentages, then we're really only left with countin' leftover body parts, misplaced fingers & toes, nasty things… Yuck!

  • The Missouri Supreme Court just ruled that all of Springfield, Missouri's cameras were unconstitutional and they had to be turned off. Plus, the city had to throw out all the court cases and return the fines.

  • hartdawg said…
    "This post has been removed by the author."

    I noticed that you have done this here, and several more times before elsewhere…

    How do you do that? – Can you show me how?

    Can I try it on your posts a couple of times 'jest' to see if it really works?


  • nofog: i was always bad at math. so its 83.333% from my phone at the bottom of each comment there is a link where you can delete comments(can only delete your own). ask nathan about it.


    Lawyer: Laptops took thousands of images

    "The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats, says a new motion filed in a suit against the district."

    Remember that famous quote about "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!"
    – Look at the following power-intoxicated comments, -no conscience whatsoever!

    "…at district offices, employees with access to the images marveled at the tracking software. It was like a window into a little LMSD soap opera," a staffer is quoted as saying in an e-mail to Carol Cafiero, the administrator running the program."

    "I know, I love it," she is quoted as having replied."

    Another reason to take your kids outta gubmint run propaganda centers…

    I'm still scratching my head on this comment:

    "…and has shined an international spotlight on the district."

    I usually catch the latest Orwellian 1984 Big Bro & NWO shenanigans but this is the 1st I've heard about it and from the list of previous articles this has been going on for some time. I do know that "they" like to news localized as much as possible as it helps to keep most of us in the mushroom dept.

    The article also included a quote from the ever-notorious, Constitution-trampling Sen. Arlen Specter but the reporter failed to note that the comment was "out of the other side of his mouth…"

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