The prophecy against gog

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This is a presentation of the various interpretations of when the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 and 39 will be fulfilled.

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The prophecy against gog

  1. 1. The Prophecy Against Gog Ezekiel 38 & 39 “ A Battle in the War of Armageddon”
  2. 2. © 2006 Brian H. Wagner [email_address] Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. Romans 14:1 This presentation may be freely used and altered, as long as the motivation is glory to God and not financial gain.
  3. 3. “ When will the Northern Confederacy Attack the Land of Israel” BEFORE THE TRIBULATION? <ul><li>“ . . . the Russian invasion . . . taking place some time before the Tribulation.” Fruchtenbaum </li></ul><ul><li>“ It must be located before the tribulation. . . .” Cooper </li></ul><ul><li>Others – Ice, LaHaye, </li></ul><ul><li>and Rosenberg </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ When will the Northern Confederacy Attack the Land of Israel” DURING THE TRIBULATION? <ul><li>“ . . . to prevent the rebuilding of the Jewish temple.” Wiersbe </li></ul><ul><li>“ . . . our reasons for locating this prophecy in the middle of the week seem sufficient. . . .” Pentecost </li></ul><ul><li>Part of Armageddon War – </li></ul><ul><li>Ryrie, MacArthur, Hunt, </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ When will the Northern Confederacy Attack the Land of Israel” AFTER THE TRIBULATION? <ul><li>“ . . . the next event in a possible transition period between the conclusion of the Tribulation and the Millennium. . . .” Gaebelein </li></ul><ul><li>“ . . . a final rebellion of world-wide extent after the millennial </li></ul><ul><li>period.” Buswell </li></ul>
  6. 6. Greatest Strength & Weakness of the AFTER TRIBULATION Position <ul><li>Strength: The explicit reference to an invasion of Gog and Magog in Revelation 20:7 after the Millennium. </li></ul><ul><li>Weakness: “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.” Ezekiel 39:22 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Greatest Strength & Weakness of the BEFORE TRIBULATION Position <ul><li>Strength: “Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons . . . for seven years.” Ezekiel 39:9 </li></ul><ul><li>Weakness: “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.” Ezekiel 39:22 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Greatest Strengths: DURING TRIBULATION Position <ul><li>The Universal Recognition of God by Israel and the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>The Northern King and Army mentioned in cross-referenced contexts – Joel 2 & Daniel 11 </li></ul><ul><li>The Description of Destruction compared with texts relating to the </li></ul><ul><li>Tribulation Period: </li></ul><ul><li>Great Earthquake </li></ul><ul><li>Great Hailstones </li></ul><ul><li>Heavenly Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Feasting Birds </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Description of the Destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.” 38:19 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ENDTIMES EARTHQUAKE in Israel: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah 29:6 & Zechariah 14:4 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Great Earthquake” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Revelation 6:12, 11:13, 16:18 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Description of the Destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many people . . . great hailstones.” 38:22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ENDTIMES HAILSTONES “And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of one talent.” Rev. 16:22 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Description of the Destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many people . . . fire” 38:22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ENDTIMES FIRE upon the nations Zephaniah 1:18, 3:8 Joel 2:30 Revelation 16:8 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Description of the Destruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will give you to birds of prey of every sort . . . to be devoured.” 39:4 (17-20) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ENDTIMES FEAST “he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds . . . ‘Come and gather to the great supper of God.’” Revelation 19:17 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Cross references to King from the North. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Then you will come from your place out of the far north. . . .” 38:15 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joel 2:20 “But I will remove far from you the northern army </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Cross references to King from the North. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Then you will come from your place out of the far north. . . .” 38:15 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daniel 11:40 – “news from the east and the north shall trouble him, therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Universal Recognition of God by Israel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward” 39:22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God . . . . And I will not hide My face from them anymore.” 39:28-29 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Universal Recognition of God by the nations of the earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” 38:23 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” 39:7 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The Invasion of the Northern Confederacy at the END OF THE TRIBULATION <ul><li>What Evidence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Universal Recognition of God presence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will set my glory among the nations; 39:21 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I am hallowed in them [Israel] in the sight of many nations.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>39:27 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Main Objections by EARLY & MID TRIBULATION Positions <ul><li>Armageddon includes “all” nations, the Battle of Gog does not. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ the kings of the earth and their armies” Revelation 19:19 John’s description of Armageddon does not say all. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” Revelation 19:19 The Battle against Gog may be the first of the battles in the War of Armageddon, inspiring war against Christ Jesus. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Main Objections by EARLY & MID TRIBULATION Positions <ul><li>Israel is dwelling in safety when Gog attacks but not so in the second 3 ½ years of Tribulation. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ . . . who dwell safely all of them dwelling without walls” 38:11 It will take time to for the Antichrist to establish security. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die” Zechariah 13:8 Most of Israel will side with the Antichrist. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Greatest Strengths: DURING TRIBULATION Position <ul><li>The Universal Recognition of God by Israel and the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>The Northern King and Army mentioned in cross-referenced contexts – Joel 2 & Daniel 11 </li></ul><ul><li>The Description of Destruction compared with texts relating to the </li></ul><ul><li>Tribulation Period: </li></ul><ul><li>Great Earthquake </li></ul><ul><li>Great Hailstones </li></ul><ul><li>Heavenly Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Feasting Birds </li></ul>
  21. 21. Context is King <ul><li>Ezekiel 34-48: “After Jerusalem’s fall, Ezekiel’s message centered on Judah’s future restoration.” Bible Know. Com. </li></ul><ul><li>Ezekiel 40 “Chapter 37 deals with the restoration of the nation of Israel to her land. . . . Chapter 40 carries us on to the millennial age. Thus the movements of Gog and Magog are seen, in the context, to transpire between the time of the beginning of the restoration of Israel to the land and the millennial age.” Pentecost </li></ul>
  22. 22. Context is King <ul><li>Ezekiel’s Message: The intent of the message concerning the Battle against Gog is not to reveal its exact timing but to inspire hope in God’s mercy and justice. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Exact” time of the Battle: </li></ul><ul><li>“ In the latter years” 38:8 </li></ul><ul><li>“ In the latter days” 38:16 </li></ul>
  23. 23. Even So Come Quickly Lord Jesus!

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