What Is Your Position Concerning Ezekiel 37 And The War With Gog?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Question: It clearly states in Ezek. chapter 37 that God’s children are gathered out of the world, even describing the reunification of the tribes. A time of learning and doing God’s statutes and judgments. God says that his servant David will be king (note small k) over them. It goes on to double witness (Ezek. 37:27 & Rev.21:3 that God’s tabernacle is established and that God will dwell with his people. This seems to be a clear indication that the scriptures is talking about the 1000 year reign and beyond.
Rev. 21 clearly timelines the Gog Ma’gog battle at the end of the 1000 year reign. I’ve noted that it is popular today to try and place the Gog Ma’gog of Ezek. 38 in the very near future and as a “different” battle than Gog Ma’gog of Revelation 21. I was curious as to your position on this?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Ron, thank you for the question. Ezekiel 37 is future to us, that is certain. All twelve tribes of Israel have not be rejoined as described. Revelation 21:3 does document our Father coming to dwell not just with the twelve tribes, but men.
But when does this take place?
After the Millennium.
We can document that with Revelation 21:4,
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
During the Millennium we will be in our spiritual body which is immortal, however we will still have a mortal soul, meaning it is liable to die (1 Corinthians 15:35-55). All except for God’s Elect who will have already obtained their immortal soul (Revelation 20:6). At the end of the Millennium we have the White Throne Judgement spoken of in Revelation 20:11,14. There we can document that death is done away with. This occurs in the final hours of the Millennium right before the Eternity.
Now more to your question. Revelation 21 does not document Hamangog (Gog, Magog), it is about the new city of Jerusalem in part. However, Ezekiel 38 does document Hamangog (Gog, Magog), let me explain.
Ezekiel 38:8 documents these scriptures are for the “latter years” which are the end days that we live in today (I am not saying this event has happened, it will not happen until the end of the Tribulation).
Notice, in Ezekiel 38:13-14 cattle, goods, silver and gold are mentioned?
Those things are important to flesh men, they will not be important to us when we are in our spiritual body during the Millennium. Further, in verse 16 we are told, “I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”
There will be no heathen in the Millennium nor will there be a need for God to be sanctified because everyone will know Christ is real in the Millennium. There will be no doubts. In verse 21-22 we are told God will cause the sword to come upon them and will plead against him with blood. That means death of the flesh, there will be no flesh men in the Millennium. It would go on to state that God will cast hailstones on Gog.
What does that do?
It causes the death of the flesh.
Lastly, let us read verse 23,
“Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.“
Again, God would have no need to make Himself known during the Millennium as it will be clear as day there is a God at that point in time. Ezekiel 38 definitely belongs to the latter days, the very end of the Tribulation specifically.
While Revelation 20 documents the final battle if you will, when Satan is loosened from the pit at the end of the Millennium. Satan will deceive the nations and gather Gog and Magog to battle against Jerusalem. Yet, there will not even be a war as our Father will send fire down to instantly consume them as Revelation 20:8-9 documents.