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Commentary » Ezekiel 38:1-Ezekiel 38:12 »

Gog and Allies Attack Israel

Armageddon represents this entire strategic valley area in North Israel. It is the gateway through the mountains from the North to Jerusalem. Here Gideon defeated Midian (Judges 6:33). Here Saul died in battle fighting the Philistines; Saul and Jonathan died on Mt. Gilboa … More


In this passage we find, that in the future, nations and peoples will be banded together under the leadership of Gog (vv. 1-9 & Rev. 20:6) and come down from the North to invade Israel which will culminate in the battle of Armageddon. Gog seems to represent the military might of all the forces opposed to God. Especially during the years of communistic dominance in Russia and several countries in Eastern Europe I heard good pastors and well meaning Bible teachers say that Rosh, refers to Russia; Meshech, is Moscow; Tubal is Tobolsk and Gomer, is modern-day Germany. However, these interpretations seem to run counter to other contextual, geographical, historical, and linguistical data. More recently, several strong; arguments in opposition to this teaching have been brought to my attention. That being, there is no linguistic affinity between the terms. The etymologies of the words are different. Also, Tubal is actually geographically located in Asia Minor, not in Russia; Meshech is to be identified with Mushke, which is located in northwest Asia Minor, not modern-day Russia’s Moscow. Persia, is modern day Iran; and Togarmah, being what is named in modern times as Turkey or Armenia. These countries are located directly north of Israel and are presently dominated by Islam. We need to keep our eyes on these countries as God fulfills His prophetic time table.

What could possibly justify such an all-out military effort by this great northern confederacy that is described here? The text says To take a spoil (vv. 10-13). The development of Israel since 1948 has been phenomenal. It is also a known fact that the mineral wealth in the Dead Sea is of almost incalculable value! Much of it is used for production of fertilizer. These chemicals, together with modern technology in farming by irrigation and increasing amounts of natural rainfall, could make it to be the breadbasket for a large part of the world. Israel also stands at the crossroads of world commerce. Whoever controls Israel could control much more.


I am so thankful that the Lord has saved me and I will not be on earth when this battle takes place.

Ezekiel 38:1-12 (English Standard Version)

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes--many peoples are with you. "Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. After many days you will be mustered. In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. You will advance, coming on like a storm. You will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you. "Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, 'I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,' to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth."

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