Chronologically subsequent to the former prophecy and in the same timeframe (sometime between the 5th day of the 10th month of the 12th year & the 10th day of the 1st month of the 25th year; time reference: 33:21 & 40:1), Ezekiel prophesies concerning Gog & Magog in one of the most baffling prophecies ever the grace the eyes of unworthy interpreters of Biblical Prophecy.
We, as recipients of the New Testament (which sheds light on the Old Testament), would do well to consult it before trying to interpret this difficult portion of Biblical Prophecy. Indeed. However, a correct understanding of the Old Testament must also shed light on the New Testament. Do you agree? After all, what became of the former Covenants in the Old Testament, and how were they altered and or matured into what we know to be the New Covenant? Or, what became of Old Testament prophecy, and how was it altered and or matured into what we know to be the Book of Revelation? My reader, we must understand prophecy in its original intent, its progressive alteration, and its final fulfillment. This complicates things. As an aid in our study of Ezekiel 38-39, I propose three guiding questions:
When will Jerusalem be unconquerable & undefeatable though attacked by Gog’s Coalition?
How does this relate to the conquering of Jerusalem by the Beast who will reign worldwide?
Who or what is Gog & Magog and how do they relate to the Beast / Babylon?
A plain reading of Ezekiel 38-39, standing alone, does not render the interpretation. One must plainly understand all of prophecy to understand any single text’s complexity and intricate unity with all other prophecies that speak of the same events. God means to confound the simpletons. The interpreter is the problematic component of the exercise. The untrustworthy interpreters of every age will assume wrongly and conjecture falsely. Isolated prophecies lodged in the unsound minds of would-be-interpreters will never produce the truth. Human intuition will bend the truth. Sheer fascination will embellish the facts. The voice of human reasoning is unreasonable and dangerous. Rather, the collective voice of divine foretelling must be allowed to speak! The voice of Holy Scripture is a trustworthy navigator amidst the tempestuous sea of human imagination. If allowed to navigate, the voice of the LORD will hush the wild imaginations of curious interpreters and grant passage to the desired haven.