Judgment on Gog

At the foot of the Acropolis at Athens there stand a few beautiful Corinthian pillars. These are all that remain of the once-famous Temple of Olympian Zeus. The Athenians regard these pillars with the utmost veneration, and everything has been done to preserve them. To thei … More

Destruction

This latter part of this chapter is a repetition of the former; the dream is doubled, for the thing is certain and to be very carefully regarded (vv. 14-23). God brings His people into danger and distress that he may have the honor of bringing about their deliverance, and suffers the enemies of his church to prevail awhile, though they profane his name by their sin, that he may have the honor of prevailing at last and sanctifying his own name in their ruin. In the destruction of sinners God makes it to appear that he is a great and holy God, and he will do so to eternity.

Sherba and Dedan (v. 13), great trading centers in Arabia seem to be saying to Gog, “Who are you to usurp our position as the world’s trade leaders?” These two would then join this confederacy. Tarshish was the leading trade center in the west at that time; many believe it was in Spain. God will directly intervene in the defense of Israel, unleashing severe natural disasters on the invaders from the north (vv. 17-23). The greatest military power in the world will not be able to stand when God lets loose His fury by causing mountains, valleys, and buildings to be leveled. Added to this will be floods, fire and brimstone through volcanic eruptions, and even confusion in the troops taking each other’s lives, perhaps as an escape from the holocaust of elements. Thus, God will be magnified, because it will be recognized that the Lord has done this. All those who set themselves against God will be destroyed. He says, I will do these things to show the world that I, the Lord am holy (v. 23).

Application

I want to be sure that sin is not tunneling under my Christian life, as ants did to the Corinthian pillars.

Ezekiel 38:13-23 (English Standard Version)


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