November 22, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 38

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SAA Notes

Gog and Magog are those who conquer through terror and war. Notice in verse 22, the plagues of Egypt. The ruthless don’t get the final victory. They too will tremble at His presence.

SJA Notes

Some parts of God’s word can be harder to grasp (different parts for different people, across different times no doubt).

This passage today is most definitely _dense_, packed tight with meaning that doesn’t seem obvious to us at first glance.

As Stuart Snr says, Gog and Magog are a picture of those who conquer through terror and war.

Revelation 20 v7-8 says, “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.”

One important aspect (particularly if you read more of Rev 20) is that they are the deceived.

It’s a solemn reminder, this passage in Ezekiel, that God will use nations to bring about the chastisement of His people (as we have seen with Nebuchadnezzar), even when those nations have rejected Him. They are the deceived.

But even though they are used by God, He still requires accounting for their evil and disobedience.

The Lord tells us here in Ezekiel, “So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

As has been the constant refrain in Ezekiel (and all of God’s word) His desire is that WE KNOW HIM.

* Father God,

We praise You Name for Jesus, for the TRUTH (not deception) that He brings.

Thank You that in and through Him we can KNOW YOU.

Please, for our loved ones, those around us, who are deceived – Please open their eyes to You, to TRUTH, and set them free!

Amen.

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