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Watching for His Return

John Collins07/02/2012
Ezekiel 39 prophesies about the last days and the coming Glory of the Lord.

The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy against Gog, and tell them that the Lord God was against Gog, the chief prince of Mashech and Tubal.  The Lord would turn Gog about, drive forward, bring from the uttermost parts of the North, and lead Gog against the mountains of Israel.  

There is speculation about who the "Gog" spoken about in the last days will be, but the most common belief is Russia.  Gog, Masech and Tubal combined seem to represent a general area containing Turkey, Northern Iran, and parts of Southern Russia.

Regardless, God spoke through Ezekiel to warn them that he would strike with power.  God would strike their bow from their left hand and make their arrows drop out of their right hand.  God is all powerful, and would disarm them.

He continues on to say that they will fall on the mountains of Israel, as well as all of the hordes of people who are with them.  God will turn them over to the vultures of every sort and the wild animals, letting them feed on their carcasses.  

Jesus Himself confirms this in Luke 17:37, correctly translated to say "Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."  The disciples had asked how they would know when the end was near, and Jesus let them know that the battle of Armageddon would be the most obvious sign of the times.

God declared that he would no longer let his Name be profaned.  He would send fire on Magog and those who live in security on the coastlands.  He said that "They shall know that I am the Lord."

Then, His Holy Name would be known in the midst of His people, Israel.  God declared that this is the day that is coming, and was the day of which He had spoken.

Those who dwell in the cities of Israel will burn their weapons and ammunition, and would make fires of them for seven years.  They would not need firewood from the field, for they would make fire from their weapons.  The Lord declared that Israel will seize the spoil of those who plundered them.

On that great and terrible day, God would give Gog a place for burial in Israel.  The Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea, would block travelers.  Gog and all his multitude will be buried there.  That valley would be called Hamon-Gog.  

Hamon was the main antagonist in the Book of Esther, the prince of ancient Persia, which is modern day Iran.  Together with Magog, which is generally considered to be Central Asia, God declared that their bones would lay in the valley for all to see.

God said that it would take seven months to bury them in order to cleanse the land.  All the people of the land would bury them, and they would be renown on the day that His Glory is declared.  They would appoint men to travel the area to find the remaining bodies to bury.  Anyone finding a human bone would mark it for these men to bury as they cleanse the land.

God spoke to Ezekiel, telling him to tell the birds of the air and the beasts of the field to assemble.  This would be the greatest sacrificial feast of all time, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel.  They would eat the flesh of the mighty and drink the blood of the princes.  God said that the animals will be filled at His table with great and mighty men of all kinds.

Then, God would set his Glory among the nations, and all would see His judgement.  The house of Israel will know that He is the Lord their God, and all nations will know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity.  Because they fell into idolatry, God hid His Face from them.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we watching for the coming of the Lord?  When we see the nations gathering together around Israel preparing for war, do we make our hearts right with Him?  As the signs of the times are being displayed all around us, do we focus on His Word?  Are we preparing for the greatest sacrificial feast of all time?  Or have we fallen back into idolatry?