And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.(Ezekiel 38:11-12)
More than 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel saw the coalition that we currently see forming now; Russia as the leader, Iran,Turkey,North African Nations, several from the Caucusus Muslim states, and Muslims from Sudan and Somalia.
As I write, the Turkish Government announced that it would be deploying 10,000 Turkish troops to join Russian and Iranian combat units in Syria in support of Bashir Assad’s tenuous hold on the war torn country.
One day soon this coalition will assemble to solve the seemingly intractable “Jewish”problem, they will seek to eradicate the Jewish State and “take a spoil” from it. (Israel has recently discovered vast new oil fields, and enough natural gas to completely supplant the Russian stranglehold on those assets for Europe).
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)
As the intentions of the vast military coalition become obvious, The prophets sees “Sheba and Dedan” raise a mild objection, along with a smattering of the “young Lions” of Tarshish.
Sheba and Dedan are the ancient names for the people who inhabit the Arabian peninsula, particularly Saudi Arabia. Trashes is the ancient name for the West. It is the “merchants of Tarshish”, not the government of Tarshish, which objects. The West has developed a vast series of highly desired mutual trade organizations, and it is that capacity that the complaint is lodged.
“Have you come to take a spoil?”
Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.(Ezekiel 38:14-16)
God tells Gog, that it is He who has brought Gog down, and his coalition, to attack God’s people Israel, when they feel secure and safe,out of the North parts. As a cloud they shall come, “In the latter days”, for this is Israel’s final conflict and deliverance!
There will be horses, no doubt, for even in the modern days in certain mountainous terrain, horses are proven essential to warfare. The little CIA group that initially invaded Afghanistan (2003) in the second gulf war, actually staged an attack on the Taliban, on horseback with members of the “northern Alliance”.
But there will also be much of the modern form of cavalry, armored Tanks, armored personnel carriers, and assorted assault Helicopters.But the prophet could hardly identify these modern weapons other than the way he did describe them, as a mighty army with all of its armor.
Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.( Ezekiel 38:17-18)
All of the prophets referred to this conflict in one way or another. All of prophetic literature alludes to it as well, salvation history itself is prophetic and repeats itself. Once again Goliath aligns his forces against Israel, and hearts tremble, sides are taken and Israel finds herself alone. This is the taunting Rabshekah all over again, Haman, Agag, Amelek, Caesar, and Antiochus Epiphanes, in its final,ugly manifestation.
Gog serves as the ultimate representative of united heathendom, man organized in his resistance to God, Nimrod,once again hunting for the souls of men in open rebellion against the Most High!
As he heads towards the mountains of Israel in all of the splendor of his earthly might, He has no idea what God has in store for Him. He couldn’t comprehend the utter wrath that he is leading his blind army and blind peoples into.
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.
And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.(Ezekiel 38:20-23)
First, as in the battle with Jehoshaphat, The Lord will turn the armies against each other, and there will be a great slaughter, self inflicted. But that is only the beginning, for the Lord will send pestilence, then rain such has never been seen before in that region. The treasury of hailstones, and fire and brimstone will be opened upon this proud but doomed army as well, so that all will know that this deliverance was of God himself!.