Week #110; Wed, Feb 05: Ezekiel 38:1–42:28

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

Ezekiel 38, Prophecy Against Gog

I. KEY TEXT: “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward Gog, and 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.” (38:1-9)

A. INFERENCE: “Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord God: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.” (38:14-16)

1. FINDINGS: Here again, it appears that in the “latter days” the Lord God will use an enemy from the north to plunder Israel so the nations may know him.

2. CRITERIA: Gog shall come against the land of Israel. A quick search of the terms Meshech, Tubal, Javan, and Rosh reveals that this area is currently formed by Armenia, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Russia, et al.

3. CONDITION: Gog will vindicate his holiness before the eyes of the nations.

4. CAUSE: The Lord God’s action will fulfill the action to bring his holiness to the eyes of many nations so that they will know that he is Lord.

5. EFFECT: “I will summon a sword against Gog, on all my mountains, declares the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eye of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (38:21-23)

6. RECOMMENDATION: In addition to the sword, standby for the wrath of the Lord God from great earthquakes, the death of fish, birds, and beasts; the mountains shall be thrown down and the cliffs will fall.

Ezekiel 39, Prophecy Against Gog (cont.)

I. KEY TEXT: “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog 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 drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow form your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord God. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” (39:1-6)

A. INFERENCE: “And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord God. That is the day of which I have spoken.” (39:7-8)

1. FINDINGS: Hordes from Gog will lay waste the lands and people of Israel.

2. CRITERIA: The Lord God will use his peoples enemies to demonstrate that he is God.

3. CONDITION: Once the Lord God is finished with the people of Gog toward the people of Israel, he will lay waste to Gog and the nations of the north.

4. CAUSE: The people of Israel strayed from the Lord God and went after foreign gods.

5. EFFECT: Defeat and exile to foreign lands; but restoration is at hand.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Have faith in the Lord God and wait on the restoration of Israel.

II. KEY TEXT: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations.” (39:25-27)

A. INFERENCE: “Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.” (39:28-29)

1. FINDINGS: The Lord God will vindicate himself and restore the fortunes of Israel.

2. CRITERIA: The Lord God will not forget his people Israel.

3. CONDITION: Assurance from the Lord God that his people Israel will be restored and brought back to their land.

4. CAUSE: The people of Israel strayed from the Lord God and went after foreign gods.

5. EFFECT: Defeat and exile to foreign lands; but restoration is at hand.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Have faith in the Lord God and wait on the restoration of Israel.

Ezekiel 40, Vision of the New Temple

I. KEY TEXT: “In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me to the city. In visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. And the man said to me, ‘Son of man, look with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.'” (40:1-4)

A. INFERENCE: The east gate to the outer court. “And behold, there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and the length of the measuring reed in the man’s hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a hand-breadth in length. Then he went into the gateway facing east, going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep. And the side rooms, one reed long and one reed broad; and the space between the side rooms, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end, one reed . . .” The outer court. “Then he brought me into the outer court. And behold, there were chambers and a pavement, all around the court. Thirty chambers faced the pavement . . .” The north gate. “As for the gate that faced toward the north, belonging to the outer court, he measured its length and its breadth . . .” The south gate. “And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south. And he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others . . .” The inner court. “Then he brought me to the inner court through the south gate, and he measured the south gate . . .” Chambers for the priests. “On the outside of the inner gateway there were two chambers in the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south gate facing north . . .” The vestibule of the temple. “Then he brought me to the vestibule of the temple and measured the jambs of the vestibule, five cubits on either side . . . ” (40:5-49)

1. FINDINGS: Ezekiel was confronted by a man appearing like bronze with a linen cord and a measuring reed for conveying all information in a vision to the people of Israel.

2. CRITERIA: Ezekiel was instructed to share his vision with the people of Israel.

3. CONDITION: All measures for the new temple were to be conveyed to the people and in doing so, the vision produced hope for the people of Israel to return to their land.

4. CAUSE: The Lord God needed to have Ezekiel share the details of his vision with the people of Israel to reestablish his Temple plan upon their return to their land.

5. EFFECT: Hope is instilled in the people of Israel for return to their land and the rebuilding the Lord God’s temple.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Revival time for the Lord’s people.

Ezekiel 41, The Inner Temple

I. KEY TEXT: Measurements continue . . . (41:1-26)

A. INFERENCE: The inner temple . . . Then he brought me to the nave and measured the jambs. On each side six cubits was the breadth of the jambs . . .”  (41:1)

1. FINDINGS: The detailed measurements for the restoration of the Lord God’s Temple were architecturally accurate and meant to be followed by the people of Israel.

2. CRITERIA: The people of Israel need to follow the detailed measurements given by the man appearing as bronze to Ezekiel.

3. CONDITION: The vision of the restored Temple enabled Ezekiel to convey promise and detailed building instructions to the people of Israel.

4. CAUSE: Ezekiel’s vision of a man appearing to be bronze with a linen cord and carrying a measuring reed commanded the scope of work for rebuilding the Lord’s Temple.

5. EFFECT: Ezekiel was to set his heart upon all that he was shown and declare all that he sees to the house of Israel. (40:1-4)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Ezekiel needed to share all that he was shown with the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 42, The Temple’s Chambers

I. KEY TEXT: “Then he led me out into the outer court, toward the north, and he brought me to the chambers that were opposite the separate yard and opposite the building on the north.” (42:1)

A. INFERENCE: “Now when he had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by the gate that faced east, and measured the temple area all around.” (42:15-20)

1. FINDINGS: A man appearing as bronze with a linen cord and carrying a measuring reed appeared to Ezekiel in a vision who showed him the measurements for the new Temple.

2. CRITERIA: Follow instructions for the new Temple that were given to Ezekiel to instruct the house of Israel.

3. CONDITION: Ezekiel received another vision like before to give to the house of Israel.

4. CAUSE: To enable the Lord God to again dwell in the Temple in his Holy City.

5. EFFECT: The glory of the Lord will fill the Temple.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Build the new Temple to the measurements given to Ezekiel in his vision by the man appearing as bronze with a linen cord and a measuring reed.

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3 thoughts on “Week #110; Wed. Feb 05: Ezekiel 38–42

  1. Gog shall come against the land of Israel. A quick search of the terms Meshech, Tubal, Javan, and Rosh reveals that this area is currently formed by Armenia, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Russia, et al.

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