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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Ezekiel 39

 

 

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Ezekiel 39:2Comments- Why would God leave a sixth part alive. John Hagee suggests that He will do it to leave some people who would take back a testimony to their nations that the God of Israel is the true God. 47]

47] John Hagee, John Hagee Today (San Antonio, Texas: John Hagee Ministries), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), 24November 2008, television program.

Ezekiel 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Ezekiel 39:4Comments- Ezekiel 39:4 refers to the birds and beasts of the field feasting upon the carcasses of those enemies slain in battle. In the Eastern mindset honor is everything. The most dishonorable thing to happen to a person is to lie in the field without an honorable burial and their bodies be feed to the birds and beasts of the field. Scholars believe that Revelation 19:17-19 is a parallel reference to the same event.

Revelation 19:17-19, "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."

Ezekiel 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7Comments- Why is God displaying His wrath at the Battle of Armageddon; so that Israel will know that YHWH is their God, and the Jews will accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah? It is a part of His work of redemption for God's people. In addition, this great display of God's wrath will serve as a testimony to the Gentile nations that God is Lord over the nations as well, so that they will repent and embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Ezekiel 39:8Comments- God, who "calleth those things which be not as though they were…" ( Romans 4:17), has made the decree that these prophetic events will take place.

Romans 4:17, "(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were."

Ezekiel 39:17-20Comments- The Fowls and Beasts are Called to Devour the Slain - Note a parallel passage in Revelation 19:17-18, which describes the same event.

Revelation 19:17-18, "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."

Ezekiel 39:25-29Comments - The Establishment of the Nation of Israel - When God destroys the armies that have gathered against the newly gathered Israel, He will establish Himself as their God and they will acknowledge and serve Him, thus, the need for the restoration of the Temple in the following chapters of Ezekiel.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Ezekiel 39:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/ezekiel-39.html. 2013.

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