Ezekiel 38 & 39

The Nations Will Know That God Is God, and He Is The God Of Israel!


How do we know the events recorded in Ezekiel 38 & 39 will take place?


A scholar by the name of C.I. Scofield published his famous Study Bible in 1909.  In it he interpreted Ezekiel 38 & 39 to mean that Russia would invade Israel in the end times.  His interpretation was challenged and even mocked.


Other scholars questioned Schofield’s interpretation. They asked, “How can you possibly say that these chapters prophesy a Russian invasion of Israel?  Russia is a Christian Orthodox nation, and Israel does not even exist! Nor is there any possibility that Israel will ever exist again.”


Scofield’s answer was clear and simple, “I don’t understand it, and I can’t explain it, but the Bible says it, and therefore I believe it” (God’s Plan For The Ages, p.86).


Today, one hundred years after Scofield published his Study Bvcible, “Israel exists and Russia is anything but a Christian nation.  The Russians are currently sporting a thin democratic veneer, but underneath is an ugly heritage of dictatorship, repression, and anti-Semitism.  Furthermore, the society is wallowing in economic chaos and violence as former Communist officials now operate as Mafia thugs building regional empires that are immune to government control.  Another thing to keep in mind is that the central Russian republics contain an enormous Islamic population that is vehemently opposed to the state of Israel” (God’s Plan for the Ages, p.87).


We need to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, “It is written: therefore I believe” – 2 Corinthians 4:13.  With the same spirit of faith as C.I.Scofield, we also need to believe what is written in Ezekiel 38 & 39 and expect those events to happen. Faith is the choice to believe.


When will the events of Ezekiel 38 & 39 happen?


The events recorded by the Prophet Ezekiel must happen before the peace agreement can be signed by Israel.  There is no way the Arabs will agree to allow Israel to be live in peace and build their temple in Jerusalem.  Over the years, with the constant threat of war the Arabs are trying to wear down the people of Israel in order to make them too weak to fight. In order for that peace agreement to be made, the military and political power of those Arab nations must be destroyed, and so must Russia, who hates Israel as much as the Arabs. Plus Russian ambitions are “to capture spoil and to seize plunder” – Ezekiel 38:12.


Once the power bloc of Russia and the Arabs are eliminated, the new world order forming in the E.U. will be able to broker a peace agreement in the Middle East. Not before!  At this time, there is no way the Arabs will agree to live in peace with Israel and let them build their temple in Jerusalem, no way!


What will happen?


What will make it possible for Russia and the Arabs to invade Israel?

2 Thessalonians 2:12 presents some of the details. The Rapture must happen first; this great event will throw the world into chaos.  Around a billion people will be taken. The Restrainer is taken out of the way, this is known as the Rapture. The Restrainer is the Holy Spirit and those who have the Spirit of God living in them will be taken – 1 Corinthians 15:51. 


Then it will be a horrific time like never before in the history of mankind. 

There will be complete economic collapse globally, rioting in the streets, all forms of government unable to control the mayhem; U.S. military will be crippled; worldwide, law enforcement will be unable to cope with the magnitude of lawlessness. Eventually global martial law will be enacted.


There will be no restraints after the Rapture, the wickedness of man will be unleashed.  The secret power of lawlessness that is at work today will no longer be secret, it will be flagrant and out of control. Scripture says the heart of man is sick, beyond cure.  The people will delight in wickedness.  Reasonable people will be a thing of the past.


Satan will be off his leash and he has a hideous hatred towards mankind.  He will rob, kill and destroy lives like never before. Satan will use all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and every form of evil. It will be a time when wickedness will be in total control!


People will perish because they refuse to believe the truth of Jesus Christ, and God will send a POWERFUL DELUSION so that they will believe THE LIE that the devil is god. No one will be in their right minds after the Rapture, except those who open their hearts and accept the truth of Jesus Christ, all others will delight in wickedness and be condemned at the end.

Personally, I’m glad I won’t be here, I’ll be leaving with the Restrainer –

1 Thessalonians 5:9; 4:16-18!


Russia will seize the moment.  Because they are atheistic they will not lose many people, their military forces will be intact, neither will the Arab nations lose many people, they are Islamic. In order to be taken out of the way a person has to have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in her heart. Russia will see it as their moment in history to seize control of the Middle East, and the world.  The Arabs will see it as their moment to finally destroy Israel, and conquer the world for Islam.


Although the U.S. is crippled militarily, Russia will nuke the U.S. to make sure it cannot interfere with the Russian invasion of Israel. Russia with its Arab allies will attack Israel wanting to destroy that nation. Russian motives are different than the Arabs; Russia will want to seize control in the Middle East, so that is why they press on to attack Egypt. 


When they attack Israel God meets them and destroys them. It will take Israel seven months to bury all of the dead and seven years to get rid of all the debris – Ezekiel 39:9 -16.


At the same time:

While all of the global chaos is happening there are those in the E.U. community who will be able to form a global government.  They won’t waste that crisis. It will be a single government that has control of all the nations, in the name of world peace and unity.  It will be in the form of ten global administration districts. They will agree to a single global currency and a global economic system (not the 666 system, yet).


This new world order has been taking place over the last ten years, its foundational structures are in place now (2008) known as the European Union (E.U).  Everything and everyone will be under the control of this single global government. There will be an “elite” small group of people in control and out of reach of the people.


Also at the same time:

A global religious system will be formed. The Revelation identifies this system as a harlot riding on a beast. Today, the symbol of the E.U. is a woman riding a beast. The woman’s name is Europa.  It is considered by many Europeans to be a symbol of the beast of nationalism being brought under control.  Many European leaders want all national identities abolished once and for all.  Those in the E.U. consider Nationalism to be the cause of evil for mankind.


This one world religion also has been forming through the work of the United Nations World Council of Churches. Also the Pope and the leaders of major liberal denominations are calling for a global unity of the faith. They are setting aside Scripture as the foundation for the faith and replacing it with a humanistic “let’s all get along and live in peace” philosophy. They advocate that there are many roads to God.


In Scripture God uses the term “Beast” to identify governments. Governments are beasts, consuming beasts.  Some people consider government to be a benevolent provider -- that is a delusion. In the Revelation, the beast is the government and the harlot is a false religious system. The harlot will have control of the beast causing it do as the religious system demands, just like in the dark ages when the Catholic Church controlled the political affairs of the major powers in Europe.


Revelation 17 says this religious system will be intolerant of opposing views outside of their religious edicts, just like during the dark ages. They will try to keep the people ignorant of the truth of God’s word, just like during the dark ages. They will outlaw the Bible, just as during the dark ages. That is why it was called the “dark ages” – the people were kept in the dark so they could be manipulated and controlled by the so called church. That was done in the name of peace and harmony. This religious system will do everything in its power to control what people believe, just like during the dark ages.


It says the harlot will be drunk on the blood of the saints; the saints are those who hold to the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 17:6).  In other words, those who accept Jesus Christ during the tribulation period will be hunted down and executed, just like during the dark ages.


Who is involved?

·        Israel as it is today: Ezekiel 38:8

·        This invasion of Israel involves a coalition of forces led by a leader from Russia (Gog) – Ezekiel 38:2-6; 9; 15; 22

·        Gog a leader from Russia: Ezekiel 38:38:2; 39:1

·        Armies from Russia, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Sudan, Libya (not Jordon because Petra is located there, nor Egypt)

·        And “I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands” – Ezekiel 39:6.


Magog are people who are atheistic, secular, humanist, plus others who are religious, people who believe in other gods; they refuse to accept that there is only One True God who is sovereign and in control, and that Jesus Christ is His Son. 


The atheists, secularists and humanists believe mankind has the ability to create a better life by changing the social order. In other words, society is the cause of evil, so they think that if they change and control society they can create a utopia in which everything is done for the common good with “progroms” and “collectives”; for them mankind is in control of its own destiny.


They believe everyone is basically good and evil can be eliminated by changing and controlling society. They advocate Society is the cause of evil, not the heart of man. They don’t realize that the heart needs to be changed through a new birth.


Where will the events of Ezekiel 38 & 39 take place?


·        On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal – Ezekiel 39:1-4.


How will the enemies of God be destroyed?


This is recorded in Prophecy:This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, My hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be (Ezekiel 38:19-23):

·        “A great earthquake in the land of Israel. The 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.”

·        “I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.” God will send confusion against them: confusion will cause the Arab and Russian armies to fight and kill one other.  God has done this to His enemies before – Exodus 14:24; Joshua 10:10; 2 Chronicles 20:18-25.

·        “I will execute judgment upon him (Gog) with plague and bloodshed;”

·        “I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him (Gog) and on his troops and on the many nations with him.” There is a fault line running through the Middle East and the earthquake will open it and that will cause a volcanic eruption; burning sulfur will rain down upon the invading armies.


Why will these events happen?


1.   So that the nations will know that God is the God of Israel: “O Gog, I will bring you against My Land, so that the nations may know Me when I show Myself holy through you before their eyes” – Ezekiel 38:16; 23; 39:7; 21-29.


2.   In order to fulfill what is written in Prophecy: This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them” – Ezekiel 38:17.


“I will make known My holy name among My people Israel.  I will no longer let My holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming!  It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of” – Ezekiel 39:7,8.


3.   To punish the nations for the trouble they caused Israel: “I will display My glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay upon them” – Ezekiel 39:21:

4.   So that Israel will know that the LORD is their God: “From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God” –Ezekiel 39:22.


In summary:

·        The Restrainer will be  taken out of the way and all born again Christians are removed from the earth – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12;

1 Thessalonians 5:9; 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51; John 14:2-3.

·        Russian nukes the U.S.

·        Russian seizes the opportunity to gain control of the Middle East, and the Arabs jumps on the chance to destroy Israel

·        God destroys Russia and the armies of the nations who attack Israel

·        In the process, God sends fire on the Christ rejecting nations (Magog)

·        During all of the Global chaos, a new world order forms

·        Once Russian and the Arab armies are destroyed a peace agreement is brokered in the Middle East. The moment Israel signs that agreement seven years of hell are unleashed upon mankind leading up the moment when Jesus Christ returns to take control of the nations and sets up His 1000 year reign – Revelation 19:11- 20:3.

·        The war of God and Magog is not Armageddon. Gog and Magog happens on the mountains of Israel, the campaign of Armageddon happens in the valley and is called “the battle on the great day of God Almighty” – Revelation 16:12-16.  Gog and Magog involves Russia and a confederation of Arab armies; the campaign of Armageddon involves the armies of the world – Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 16:12-16.  Gog and Magog happens before the seven years of tribulation, the campaign of Armageddon happens at the end of the seven years, and it ends the tribulation period.  Gog and Magog must happen in order for the seven years to begin!

·        Gog and Magog as mentioned in Revelation 20:8 is a parenthetical insertion – Gog and Magog – to denote the fact that the people following Satan in his last revolt against God are people who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as the ruler of the nations. A person can believe the truth and yield to it, yet refuse to love the truth with their hearts and be controlled by it. 

·        If you notice, that final rebellion against God happens after the end of the 1000 year millennial reign of Jesus Christ, but Gog and Magog happened seven years and some months before the 1000 year millennial reign begins.

There you have it, a summary of the events recorded in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  I challange you, study the Scripture and form your own conlusions.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. “Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


See you in the clouds,
Rev. Davi

If you would like to know more about what will happen following the events of Ezekiel 38 & 39 click here 



Dr. David R. Reagan, (Lamb & Lion Ministries): God’s Plan for the Ages 3rd Edition, 2010. ISBN 0-945593-12-0
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