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September 10, 2017 Bible Study — Gog, The Land of Magog, Meschech, and Tubal

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 38-40.

    Chapter 38 was part of the reading I did two days ago (it was supposed to be yesterday). However, I did not write about it because Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones took up my time. So, I am going to include it in today’s blog. The first thing I want to mention is that Ezekiel is prophesying this as something which will happen in the far future. Most of the other prophecies in the Old Testament were perceived by the prophet as being in the near future; happening inside the next hundred years. I am not sure that they were all fulfilled in that time frame, but the prophet who prophesied them expected most of them to be. Another thing I want to mention is the locations to which Ezekiel would have been referring. Meschech and Tubal were in what is now Turkey, while the location of the Land of Magog is less clear. The Land of Magog may also have been in Turkey, although that is less clear.

    If the above understanding of the prophecy is correct, then it has not yet been fulfilled. Now I am going to do something I usually avoid because it tends to lead to bad theology, but I cannot help myself today. Looking at current world politics I could easily see something like what Ezekiel prophesied happening in the near future (there is currently one “glitch” in this which I will point out shortly). If this prophecy were to be fulfilled in my lifetime it would involve Turkey leading an alliance of themselves, Iran (Persia), Libya, and Ethiopia. This alliance might include some of the Muslim majority former Soviet Republics (Gomer and Beth-togarmah might be other parts of what is now Turkey, or they might be areas which are some of the southern former Soviet Republics). The only part of such an alliance which seems improbable in the current political landscape is Ethiopia. One can even see countries of the Arabian peninsula (Sheba and Dedan could easily be the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia) demurring from the alliance and questioning its chances of success. All of that being said, if such an invasion takes place, it will be a total failure.

September 10, 2016 Bible Study — Will Israel Be Invaded?

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. Later this month it will be my wife’s and my 16th anniversary. To celebrate this event I have decided to wish my wife Happy Anniversary for 16 days.

Happy Anniversary, Alanna–Day 3
Thank you for being my wife.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 38-40.

    The Bible reading schedule I am using had chapter 38 as part of yesterday’s passage, but I added it to today since I did not talk about it yesterday and it fits with the beginning of today’s passage. In this passage Ezekiel prophesies against a ruler named Gog, who rules over the land of Magog. I have long struggled with whether this prophecy is literal or purely metaphorical. As I was reading this I looked into the geographical area to which Ezekiel might have been referring. Throughout history there have been several theories about where the countries mentioned were located. The leading candidates for Magog put it either in the area where Turkey is currently, or in the areas occupied by various former Soviet Republics (most of which have an overwhelmingly Muslim population). If this prophecy is literal, that is if the leader of “Magog” is actually going to muster his armies, and those of his allies, to invade Israel, and that invasion was going to happen in the near future, the land of “Magog” would be the nation of Turkey. The listed allies are also currently Muslim nations. Certainly, such an invasion in the next 10 years would not be surprising.

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    Ezekiel’s prophecy tells us that this invasion will fail (whether it is the one I postulated or another one). Ezekiel’s prophecy describes a terrible defeat for the invading army. The defeat will occur as a result of the confluence of three things (as I read the passage). The forces of nature will act against the invaders (torrential downpours, and possibly earthquakes). The alliance will fall apart and the mustered forces will fight each other. Finally, disease will ravage the invading army. The description of the clean up process suggests that nuclear weapons, and other weapons of mass destruction may be used. As I look at the world today, such an invasion looks like a real possibility. If it happens, God will reveal His power to those with eyes to see.

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    I struggle with this interpretation of this passage because so many have interpreted it in light of the current events of their time and been proven wrong. Nevertheless, the above interpretation is plausible when one considers the current world situation. Turkey is currently ruled by a man who is hostile to the land of Israel, as are all of the other nations listed (or their successors). the rulers of Saudi Arabia, which controls the areas which were Sheba and Dedan, are not hostile to Israel currently. They even seem to consider Israel a potential ally against those they view as a greater threat. I am unwilling to say that my interpretation is the truth, but I think we should look at the world and be prepared to praise God when He shows His power.