Ezekiel 38:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him
The year of this prophecy is 587 B.C. The prophet and priest (1:3), Ezekiel, receives this prophecy from God which addresses the future of Israel. The time of the invasion will be during the tribulation, which is also known as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) The church of Christ has been raptured. The nation of Israel is coming under increased persecution; an attack on Israel will take place. The time of Jacob’s trouble is identical to the tribulation (Scofield Study Bible). Jacob’s trouble, is also known as Jacob’s distress; it is the coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) (Ryrie Study Bible).The time of Jacob’s trouble is the period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines; is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation, just before Christ’s second advent (Mac Arthur Study Bible). For us to know the identities of Magog, Rosh, Meshech and Tubal is key to understanding this prophecy. Their current day social and political sentiments and activities show great hostility toward the nation of Israel and Jews throughout the world.
The following note comes from the Scofield Study Bible, as it discusses “Gog.” Notice the references to Russia.
That the primary reference is to the northern (European) powers, headed up by Russia, all agree. The whole passage should be read in connection with Zechariah 12:1-4; Zechariah 14:1-9; Matthew 24:14-30;Revelation 14:14-20; Revelation 19:17-21, “gog” is the prince, “Magog,” his land. The reference to Meshech and Tubal (Moscow and Tobolsk) is a clear mark of identification. Russia and the northern powers have been the latest persecutors of dispersed Israel, and it is congruous both with divine justice and with the covenants (e.g. (See Scofield “Genesis 15:18”) See Scofield “Deuteronomy 30:3” that destruction should fall at the climax of the last mad attempt to exterminate the remnant of Israel in Jerusalem. The whole prophecy belongs to the yet future “day of Jehovah”; Isaiah 2:10-22; Revelation 19:11-21 and to the battle of Armageddon Revelation 16:14 See Scofield “Revelation 19:19” but includes also the final revolt of the nations at the close of the kingdom-age. Revelation 20:7-9.
The Mac Arthur Study Bible makes the following comments: “Gog” refers to a person, described as a prince from the land of Magog , who is the final Antichrist. Gog and Magog are named again in Rev 20:8, where they are used symbolically of the final world uprising against Jerusalem, its people and Messiah King. This attack comes not just from the north, but from the four corners of the world, as a world of sinners at the end of the 1,000 year kingdom come to fight the saints in Jerusalem. On that day,there is only one weapon used – divine fire. The Ryrie Study Bible describes: “Magog” as being the land of the Scythians, which is occupied by Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. “Rosh” as being Iran. “Meshech and Tubal” being the area of Turkey. Notice that Scofield, Mac Arthur, and Ryrie are not identical in their conclusions, but it is easy to see that the locations of these lands are north, northeast, and east of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Mac Arthur makes a statement that is worthy of consideration: “Summing up, a chief prince who is the enemy of God’s people, will lead a coalition of nations against Jerusalem. The details of this enemy force and its destruction are given by Ezekiel in chapters 38-39.
Let me take this time to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. I will take a break and be back on the blog path in a few days. As you listen to the song on the video, please remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen