022615- The Bridegroom And The Bride

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Consider the verses below.

Isaiah 62:5 New International Version (NIV)

… as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

Proverbs 18:22 New International Version (NIV)

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.

Ephesians 5:25 New International Version (NIV)

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Consider the words below.

The Bridegroom – The Christ

The Bride – The church Of Christ

The Judgement Seat Of Christ

The Tribulation

We have all developed thoughts on the relationships that exist between husbands and wives. Do you now find any inconsistencies in your understanding of how “the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms (Jesus)” will treat, or mistreat, His bride (we the church)?

The following video shows the specialness of “the bride,” as she relates to “her Father” and her “Bridegroom.” We’re touching on two spheres, one spiritual and one physical. Every bride is a beautiful bride. The new bride that we see in the video is no exception. But, let’s look at what God’s Word says about the beauty of “the Bride.”

Revelation 19:6-9 American Standard Version (ASV)

6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunders, saying, Hallelujah: for the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigneth.

7 Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they that are bidden to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are true words of God.

Revelation 21:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband

Fathers, do you remember those “butterfly kisses?”

Bride’s Special Dance
Butterfly Kisses

022515 – The President, A Christian? A Blesser Of Israel?

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The following discussion is one that is being written specifically to people who say that they are Christians. That is because I am writing from a biblically scriptural view-point. For those who are not Christians, that is, they have not been born again of the Spirit of God, much of what I will address will mean nothing to them, those who have not been born again of the Spirit of God. This opening statement is being made, not because of any lack of respect for unbelievers in Christ, those who have not been born again of the Spirit of God, but because such unbelievers in Christ, such people who have not been born again, do not have the spiritual leading and understanding of God’s Holy Spirit. Please consider the two scriptures that are supportive of my view, as follows: (Please excuse the repetition, but it helps to clarify a statement.)

1 Corinthians 1:18 New International Version (NIV)

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.

My note: If God’s Spirit does not indwell someone, that person can not understand things that are spiritually derived.

Many people have questioned whether the president is a Christian. Many have said that the president is a Christian, and many have said that he is not a Christian. Many other people have questioned whether the president supports the nation of Israel. There are many who have said that our nation’s leader is a supporter of the nation of Israel, and there are many others who have said that he does not support Israel.

In regard to a person’s being a Christian, let me say that it’s not a matter of having a membership card. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (The Living Bible) is very clear as to what is required for anyone to be a Christian, or to be “in Christ:”

“17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!”

The way that a person becomes “a brand new person inside,” is described in John 3:3-7 (The Living Bible).

3 Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.”
4 “Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
5 Jesus replied, “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 6 Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven; 7 so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again!

The aspect of being born of water and Spirit is a spiritual cleansing which takes places, and is accomplished by God’s Holy Spirit. So, no membership card will make this changeover happen. Without a person having been being given a new, “born again, born from above spirit,” that person has no way of understanding anything that is spiritually derived. There is no such thing as a person “being converted” to Christianity. God’s Holy Spirit gives a former unbeliever a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of Christ. Very simply speaking, nobody can go “down the street” to the nearest Holy Spirit store “and buy a gallon of it.”

In regard to our nation’s leader “being a Christian,” let me be very truthful. It is public knowledge that our nation’s leader supports the killing of unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, and supports same-sex marriage. It is also true that those other leaders of our government, such as the vice president, attorney general, secretary of state, former secretary of state (now, president wannabe), senate minority leader, house minority leader, all of whom are democrats, support the killing of unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, and support same-sex marriage. So, in regard to our nation’s leader, and the other leaders that I mentioned, none of them show that they have an intimate and personal saving relationship with Jesus – that they have been “born again.” If they had been born again, and if they were to have a personal relationship with Jesus, they would not be consistently supporting the killing of unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, or consistently be in support of same-sex marriage. Such lifestyles are totally in conflict with a person “being a Christian,” having been “born again.” So, we can easily see that our nation is being led by people who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and have no evidence that any of them are Christians, have been born again, or have the Spirit of Christ indwelling them.

As it relates to whether a person is a Christian, let’s consider the subject of abortion. In the following verses we see how the immediately newly born Hebrew children were given a sex test to determine if they would be allowed to live. That is much the case that is present in our world today. The term “late-term abortion” is more accurately described as being “partial birth abortion.”

Exodus 1:15-22 New International Version (NIV)

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.

Partial Birth Abortion is legal and very gruesome. The procedure begins by the abortionist, being guided by ultrasound, grabbing the unborn baby’s legs with forceps. The baby’s leg is pulled out into the birth canal. The abortionist delivers the baby’s entire body, except for the head. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby’s skull The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child’s brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed from its mother. Question: Have you decided which of your children you could have had aborted? Can you look at your child and even think that you could have made such a decision to end its life, possibly by tearing its body apart, or by leaving it to die after it was born alive? The thought sickens me! Can we, as born again believers in Jesus, in good conscience, vote for anyone who promotes abortion and same-sex marriage?

Now, let’s get back to the opening question about whether our nation’s leader supports the nation of Israel. It is true that I can’t read the mind of another person, including our president. But, I closely follow daily news reports that are broadcast on radio and television, both network and cable, as well as written press and news on the internet. So, I would like to provide some events and reports that may tell us about our president’s support, or lack thereof, for the nation of Israel.

There has been much press reporting about the president refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president chose to meet with Muslims exactly a week prior to the day that the Israeli leader will speak to a joint session of Congress on the situation that our most legitimate ally is facing daily, and which our nation may soon have to face. The link to that story immediately follows

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/22/obama-wont-meet-netanyahu-but-hes-meeting-this-week-with-the-head-of-this-jihadist-supporting-country/

There has also been much said about the lack of truth that came from some of the president’s statements that he made in his meeting with the Muslims. The following statements are provided to show the validity of such complaints.

On 2/18 our President said, “Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding. Generations — (applause) — Generations of Muslim immigrants came here and went to work as farmers and merchants and factory workers, helped to lay railroads and to build up America.”

FACT: There is no significant Muslim contribution to US history for one primary reason. Muslims are polygamists (they can have up to 4 wives) and until 1990, US Immigration policy severely restricted Immigration from countries where polygamy was legal and prohibited those few polygamists who actually got in from becoming US citizens.

“opponents of Mormon polygamy urged the federal government to extinguish the barbaric practice of polygamy, which, they argued, was the equivalent of female slavery. The Republican platform in the presidential elections of 1856 and 1860 included a pledge to eradicate polygamy as well as slavery.” “During the 1870s and 1880s, anti-polygamy rhetoric… commonly linked Mormon polygamy to “Mohammedan barbarism.”
Source: Berkeley Journal of International Law, Vol. 27, Is. 2 [2009], Art. 3 2009]

Truth is something that is important, as it relates to God’s Words, “false witness.”

Exodus 20:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Matthew 19:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Romans 13:9 King James Version (KJV)

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

A nation’s leader should speak the truth, as should everybody else.

John 8:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth of scripture is the Savior of scripture.

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

If anyone has a personal relationship with Jesus, that relationship will free an habitual liar from a lifestyle of bearing false witness.

The need for presidential concern for Israel is discussed in the following video. The video is important for any Christian or Jew to view in its entirety.

http://www.levitt.tv/

Zola Levitt TV

Before we finish the discussion of whether our nation’s leader is a Christian, and if he is a blesser of Israel, let’s consider the follow passage of scripture.

Genesis 12:1-3 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.”

So, getting back to our two questions about our nation’s leader, let’s ask the questions again.
1. Is the President a Christian?
2. Is the President a blesser of Israel?

My answer is very simple.

1. I don’t know if the President is a Christian.
2. I don’t know if the President is a blesser of Israel.

My thoughts are very simple.

1. If a person claims to be a Christian, there should be an accompanying witness from that person of such a place in Christ.

2. If a person is a blesser of Israel, no one should be asking that question; the evidence should be obvious.

Let’s consider the following song, as it relates to Psalm 122:6:

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, May they prosper who love you.”

Shalom Jerusalem
Paul Wilbur

022415 – Just Thinking, The Perfect Stranger

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The Perfect Stranger movie was released in April, 2005. I have seen it many times. Each viewing was as emotionally draining as was the first time that I saw the movie. There are tender scenes in the movie that never fail to draw tears; a tightening of my jaw and throat still happens. Two particular tender times of the movie deal with the discussions that Jesus has with Nikki about hell, and about the death of her father, at her age of thirteen. If you want to go back over a five-minute part of the movie, I want to recommend that you go to 59:30 in the time of the movie and watch it until one hour and five minutes. I’m not going to tell you anything more about that time of the movie, except that Jesus says to Nikki, “I’ve enjoyed our time together;” Nikki agreed. The following statement that I will make will probably be better understood by the ladies who follow my blog, than will the men. There were was a very important woman in my life at my age of eighteen. She was the mother of my best friend. He, two other boys, and I hung out all of the time. We ran track, lifted weights, camped, boated and water skied. We even double and quadruple dated together. God had his hands on us, and had placed the call of the ministry on each of us. I used to spend many weekend nights with my best friend. During those visits, his mother and I would talk throughout much of the night, into the early morning. She is now with the Lord, Jesus; I still miss her (tears are flowing now). I remember very vividly one late night discussion that I had with her. I told her that I could not understand how she knew so much about the Bible. She said something very telling of her person. She said, that what she knew was but a “drop in the bucket.” She then said that she didn’t know everything that was in the Bible, but she knew “what was not in it!” Helen then said that when she was coming to know Jesus as her savior that she read the gospels over and over until she fell in love with Jesus. That is a relationship that all of us should desire with our Lord. Larnelle Harris recorded a song in the 1980s, “I Miss My Time With You.” It was about the pain and emotion that Jesus feels when his people fail to spend time with Him. John 17:3 is very telling of the need for us to have a certain type of relationship with God. The words of that passage are, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In the movie, Jesus speaks a number of times about the indwelling of His Spirit, The Spirit Of God The Father, and The Spirit Of The Holy Spirit, in the spirits of people in this world. The truth of John 17:3 is that it is a text book definition of eternal life, which is having an intimate relationship with God the Father through God the Son. To “know” someone is to have an intimate relationship with that person; it’s the same with our relationship with God. Consider Helen’s discussion about her falling in love with Jesus. That is a desire and outcome that all of God’s people should have within their being. Consider what it is like to not have intimate times together with God, or with members of our family, or maybe “no time at all.” We all know parents who are estranged from their adult children. It’s an agonizing and painful emptiness that never seems to go away. It’s the same in the relationship between God and His children. We can become too busy and too uncaring to spend time, quality or quantity, with God, and not have those personal and precious talks with our Lord. The grief that we feel due to the absence of a loved one in our life, may it be due to personal absence or death, is very real and very painful. Consider the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. As time passes, and as loved ones leave us to be with the Lord, empty places begin to appear, very clearly and very painfully. .The grieving of the Spirit is true, and is painful also for our Lord (Ephesians 4:30). Let’s consider the words and pictures in the video that tell about such times of absence. May we say that we’ve enjoyed our time together with God, our family, and with our close friends too.

I Miss My Time With You
Larnelle Harris

022315 – The Perfect Stranger

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“THE PERFECT STRANGER” tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, Nikki learns things she never knew about life, the universe, and most importantly, herself.
– Written by Pate Walters

Consider how you would react if you were to have an invitation to have dinner with Jesus. What if you had been having a bad day? What would you think about the invitation? What would you think about your first meeting with Jesus? Would you have any questions for Him? What would those questions be? The introduction to the movie, “The Perfect Stranger,” will prepare you for the complete movie that will follow. Follow the way that Jesus relates and reacts to the situation at hand. It is important for us to understand the words of scripture:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28).

The Perfect Stranger – Introduction

As you watch “The Perfect Stranger” consider the way that Jesus approaches Nikki and presents Himself as God. If you were to have a similar encounter with Jesus, what would you expect it to be like? Consider that Jesus is “God with us,” and that God’s Holy Spirit is involved in every incident where an unbeliever is being drawn to make a decision as to whether they will accept or reject Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The invitation is easily accepted:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).

The link to the movie follows:

http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Networks/sublib/TBN/ec/M5bWUxMzqwrZvRU2mVCTq80dclW7XdNm

The Perfect Stranger – Full Length Movie – No Commercials – Courtesy Of Trinity Broadcasting Network

022215 – Adoration

Consider the Holiness of God. May we never cease adoring Him and giving Him praise. May nations all around the world seek to have leaders who will follow the example of love, humility and praise for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that we see in this act of Solomon in 967 B.C., when he was the King of Israel.

2 Chronicles 6:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. 13 Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. 14 He prayed,

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Dedication of the Temple

7 When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. 2 The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying,
“He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!”

Adoration – Mike Adkins

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022115 – The Mighty One Of Israel

Isaiah 1:24 – 26 (New International Version)

24. Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. 25. I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. 26. I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.”

Note from Ryrie Study Bible. These prophecies will be fulfilled in the millennial kingdom.

My Note. Consider the following song about “The Mighty One Of Israel.”

The Mighty One Of Israel

Gaithers

My note. The following scripture verses lead up to the fulfillment of Isaiah 1:24-26.

Revelation 19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Heaven Exults over Babylon

1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lordour God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do notdo that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Satan Bound 1,000 Years

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

My note. The following verses tell of the final rebellion of Satan against God, and occurs at the end of the millennium.

Satanic Rebellion Crushed

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number isas the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

My note. More to come.

022015 – Gog’s Advance

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Ezekiel 38:14-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 “Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; 16 and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog.”

Gog will intend to eliminate Israel due to greed. But, God will use that desire as an opportunity to confront that act of evil. Gog will not be a mindless pawn of God, but one who will imagine personal glory in defeating God. But the judgment of Gog will be an act that God will turn to His Glory. Divine purposes will always override human motives. In Habakkuk 1:5-11, a similar message is stated about the Babylonian invasion.

Habakkuk 1:5-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s First Answer

5 Look at the nations and observe—
be utterly astounded!
For something is taking place in your days
that you will not believe
when you hear about it.
6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter, impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.
7 They are fierce and terrifying;
their views of justice and sovereignty
stem from themselves.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards
and more fierce than wolves of the night.
Their horsemen charge ahead;
their horsemen come from distant lands.
They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.
9 All of them come to do violence;
their faces are set in determination.
They gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings,
and rulers are a joke to them.
They laugh at every fortress
and build siege ramps to capture it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind
and pass through.
They are guilty; their strength is their god.

Commentary: Ezekiel 38:14-16

14. Gog represents the force (Anti-Christ, or group) that will attack Israel during the seven-year tribulation. ( verses 1-2).

14 Israel is living safely in their land because of the peace treaty that was made between the Jews and Anti-Christ during the tribulation. (Daniel 9:27).

15. RIDING ON HORSES. These could be actual horses used in war, if tribulation judgements (seals, trumpets, bowls) in Rev 6-16 have dealt drastic blows to industries producing war vehicles and weaponry. Or, some sea horses and weapons here (39:3,9) being used symbolically to represent “meaning’ which would be easy to grasp in Ezekiel’s days, but which would be fulfilled in the future time with different war forms suitable to that time. (The peace treaty between the Anti-Christ and Israel is broken by the Anti-Christ).

16, THAT THE NATIONS MAY KNOW ME. The phrase, frequent in Ezekiel, is part of the theme to glorify God and show His sovereign power.

17. ARE YOU HE? This refers to the general references to this time and the participants (Joel 3:9-17; Amos 5:11-12; Zephaniah 3:8). Even Daniel (Dan 2:41-44) referred to this time at least three decades prior to Ezek 38. The nature of the question presupposes that the previous generalities are now being particularized in the person of Gog
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Note: The Battle of Armageddon takes place at the end of the tribulation. The Battle of God and Magog takes place at the end of the Millennium after Satan has been released. Both of these battles are part of Ezekiel’s prophecy.

Note: Compare implements of war and implements of peace, as they relate to the times of Tribulation and Millennial peace.

Joel 2:1-2 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand—
2 a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains. A great people and a strong, there hath not been ever the like; neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Joel 3:1-10 American Standard Version (ASV)

1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will execute judgment upon them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations: and they have parted my land,

3 and have cast lots for my people, and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink.

4 Yea, and what are ye to me, O Tyre, and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? will ye render me a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head.

5 Forasmuch as ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly precious things,

6 and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem unto the sons of the Grecians, that ye may remove them far from their border;

7 behold, I will stir them up out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head;

8 and I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the men of Sheba, to a nation far off: for Jehovah hath spoken it.

9 Proclaim ye this among the nations; prepare war; stir up the mighty men; let all the men of war draw near, let them come up.

10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

(vs 10: implements of war; tribulation; plowshares into swords)

Let’s consider the words of the Gaithers led song, “Blow The Trumpet In Zion,” as it relates to 2:1.

Blow The Trumpet In Zion

Gaithers

Isaiah 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Future House of God

1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
3 Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.

(vs 4: implements of peace; millennium; swords into plowshares)

Let’s consider the Paul Wilbur led song, “Come Let Us Go Up,” as it relates to Isaiah 2:3.

Come Let Us Go Up

Paul Wilbur