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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Ezekiel 38

Verses 1-23

  1. Intro:
    1. Announce: Foreclosure Prevention Workshop. (help needed)
    2. These 2 chapters describe a northern coalition of gentile nations in the latter days that invade Israel (see 38:16)
      1. They attack Israel when she is at peace in her land (see 38:14) 1.2.1.1. See Rev.20:8 for timeline. [definitely future; after Mill.]
      2. This is God’s intervention on Israel’s behalf.
  2. FROM GOD TO GOG! (Ch.38)
    1. ABHORANCE OF GOG! (1-3)
    2. (2,3) Gog(leaders name); Magog(region of Gog). Rosh(Russia area); Meshech(between the Black and the Caspian Seas; became known as Muscovs, and gave that name to the Russian nation and its ancient capital); Tubal(So. Region of Caucasus Mnt’s, Turkey).
      1. Rosh, Meshech, & Tubal = Scythian people.
      2. i.e. Modern Turkey & southern Russia!
    3. Ezekiel used names of nations during his day because the future invaders would be from the same geographical places.
    4. ALLIES OF GOG! (4-7)
    5. (4) “I will…lead you” – They were responsible, yet God is sovereign over all nations & events, & will bring history to its conclusion according to His sovereign purpose.
      1. Thus we can be at peace, in spite of political & international turmoil.
    6. Horses & horseman w/swords – Since he didn’t have terminology for modern warfare, he would use the terminology of his time.
      1. BUT…when we went to war with the Taliban in Afghanistan I remember seeing them riding on camels & horses.
    7. (5) Persia = Iran. News last week (Troy sent me): Officials say Israeli Drill was Message to Iran over Nukes, More Than Rehearsal for Attack!
      1. More than 100 Israeli F-16 & F-15 fighters took part, along with helicopters and refueling tanks. The helicopters and refuelers flew more than 900 miles, about the distance between Israel and Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Nantanz. Israeli military officials have denied that the drill simulated an attack on Iran's nuclear program, though they acknowledge Israel is preparing for a possible strike.
      2. My guess…After Olympics & before our Presidential elections!
    8. ATTACK BY GOG! (8-16)
    9. Latter days & peace & safely.
    10. ANNIHILATION OF GOG, FORMER DAYS! (17,18)
    11. Note: His face we’ll talk about later.
    12. ANNIHILATION OF GOG, FINAL DAYS! (38:19-39:24)
    13. God will use an earthquake, a storm & confusion against His enemy!
      1. [1] Earthquake - (38:19,20)
      2. [2] Confusion – (38:21)
      3. [3] Storm - (38:22) [as I the days of Sodom & Gomorrah; fire & brimstone]
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Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Ezekiel 38". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/ezekiel-38.html. 2017.