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Ezekiel

Gog - The instrument of God.  Eze.38.1-17

1THESE WERE THE WORDS OF THE LORD TO ME: 2Man, look towards Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, in the land of Magog, and prophesy against him. 3Say, These are the words of the Lord GOD: I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4I will turn you about, I will put hooks in your jaws. I will lead you out, you and your whole army, horses and horsemen, all fully equipped, a great host with shield and buckler, every man wielding a sword, 5and with them the men of Pharas, Cush, and Put, all with shield and helmet; 6Gomer and all its squadrons, Beth-togarmah with its squadrons from the far recesses of the north—a great concourse of peoples with you. 7Be prepared; make ready, you and all the host which has gathered to join you, and hold yourselves in reserve for me and hold ... me: or and you shall be their rallying-point. 8After many days you will be summoned; in years to come you will enter a land restored from ruin, whose people are gathered from many nations upon the mountains of Israel that have been desolate so long. The Israelites, brought out from the nations, will all be living undisturbed; 9and you will come up, driving in like a hurricane; you will cover the land like a cloud, you and all your squadrons, a great concourse of peoples.

10This is the word of the Lord GOD: At that time a thought will enter your head and you will plan evil. 11You will say, 'I will attack a land of open villages, I will fall upon a people living quiet and undisturbed, undefended by walls, with neither gates nor bars.' 12You will expect to come plundering, spoiling, and stripping bare the ruins where men now live again, a people gathered out of the nations, a people acquiring cattle and goods, and making their home at the very centre of the world. 13Sheba and Dedan, the traders of Tarshish and her leading merchants, will say to you, 'Is it for plunder that you have come? Have you gathered your host to get spoil, to carry off silver and gold, to seize cattle and goods, to collect rich spoil?'

14Therefore, prophesy, man, and say to Gog, These are the words of the Lord GOD: In that day when my people Israel is living undisturbed, will you not awake 15and come with many nations from your home in the far recesses of the north, all riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army? 16You will come up against my people Israel; and in those future days you will be like a cloud covering the earth. I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when they see me prove my holiness at your expense, O Gog.

Gog's punishment.  Eze.38.17-23

17This is the word of the Lord GOD: When I spoke in days of old through my servants the prophets, who prophesied in those days unceasingly, it was you whom I threatened to bring against Israel. 18On that day, when at length Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord GOD, my wrath will boil over. 19In my jealousy and in the heat of my anger I swear that on that day there shall be a great earthquake throughout the land of Israel. 20The fish in the sea and the birds in the air, the wild animals and all reptiles that move on the ground, all mankind on the face of the earth, all shall be shaken before me. Mountains shall be torn up, the terraced hills collapse, and every wall crash to the ground. 21I will summon universal terror against Gog, says the Lord GOD, and his men shall turn their swords against one another. 22I will bring him to judgement with pestilence and bloodshed; I will pour down teeming rain, hailstones hard as rock, and fire and brimstone, upon him, upon his squadrons, upon the whole concourse of peoples with him. 23Thus will I prove myself great and holy and make myself known to many nations; they shall know that I am the LORD.


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