Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ezekiel 38:18 When Gog comes to do evil, will Gog actually be confronted by God himself? How can we know this is true prophecy?

The Bible's 38:18 verses each show a similar pattern regarding how God confronts sin directly resulting in dire consequences.  

Ezekiel 38:18 When Gog comes to do evil, will they will be confronted by God himself? – Bible’s 38:18 verses are all confirming evidence we can trust God to do what he says

For those new to my AmazingWord writings, one of the things that I discovered and write about the Bible is that all the numbering of books, chapters and verses were supernaturally assigned by God. Also that all numbers have consistent symbolism wherever they were used. And the patterns of numbers and the text they are associated with help us confirm to ourselves how perfect the Bible is.

In this example I’m looking at Ezekiel 38:18 that prophesies to us that when Gog comes down from the north to go against the land of Israel that God says “his fury will mount up in his anger”. Do we think these words were written by men and may be a mistranslation or are they written by God himself? If written by men, it’s difficult to be sure that we truly do understand prophecy we read,  or that we can trust the writers understood what they were writing. But if this verse was written by God himself, we can read it with unquestioned confidence and trust that God will do what he says.

So how can we possibly know for sure God wrote these words? The patterns of Bible numbers in like referenced verses reveal to us the perfection of God’s word. We can examine all the Bibles verses that have a chapter and verse reference of 38:18 and see if the text of each of them seems to confirm similar symbolism to that in Ezekiel. Bible books were written hundreds of years apart and were numbered even thousands of years later so it cannot be coincidence that these verses happen to have very similar themes. If we find consistent themes we have to strongly consider the supernatural authoring of the Bible.

There are just seven verses in the Bible with a chapter and verse of 38:18 and I believe they provide confirming evidence that only God could have written and numbered all these verses to have very similar and related meanings.

If you look at the pattern of the text in the following seven 38:18 verses you will see that
 in each situation we find sin being done, and as a result of this sin those mentioned have either lost their protection from God or encountered God or Jesus directly to deal out the consequences of sin. In Exodus we see this pattern a bit differently --  the screen of the gate of the court in this verse is what keeps us from entering into the temple courtyard… This is another way of showing how we must encounter Christ to open the gate and enter into the holy place.

Examine the following verses to confirm for yourself this relationship between the seven like referenced “38:18” verses with sin and confrontational situation with Gods as a result of it:

1.       Gen 38:18 He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" And she said, "Your seal and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave {them} to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.

2.       Exo 38:18 The screen of the gate of the court was the work of the weaver, of blue and purple and scarlet {material} and fine twisted linen. And the length {was} twenty cubits and the height {was} five cubits, corresponding to the hangings of the court.

3.       Job 38:18 "Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. (confronted by God)

4.       Psa 38:18 For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin (knowing confessing of our sin is the only way to be forgiven)

5.       Isa 38:18 "For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.

6.       Jer 38:18 'But if you will not go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and you yourself will not escape from their hand.' " (God’s consequences for disobedience)
7.       Eze 38:18 "It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," declares the Lord GOD, "that My fury will mount up in My anger. (God will stand in the way and in his fury and anger deal out consequences)

What does this all mean?

Hopefully studying these verses has given you a new experience that helps you take a good solid step forward in being absolutely sure God himself wrote his word. This knowledge should strengthen your faith and biblical foundation and trust that God will do exactly as he says.

So when God says in Eze 38:18  (("It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," declares the Lord GOD, "that My fury will mount up in My anger.)) You can be sure it will happen.

In these chaotic in times days we want to trust the Bible and be sure of what we think it is saying. This tool to help us confirm our Biblical understanding will help us go out with more confidence telling others about prophecy and the good news and what God is doing in the world today.

October 1st, 2015

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