Eschatology, a Broad Perspective From Genesis to Revelation

Eschatology, a Broad Perspective From Genesis to Revelation

Eschatology, a Broad Perspective From Genesis to Revelation 7/03/2016 1 Our Considerations The Northern Invasion: Ezek 38-39 Conditions at the Time of the End: Mk 13, Matt 24-25, Lk 21 The Great Apostasy: II Thess 2, II Tim 3, II Pet 3 The Rapture of the Church: I Cor 15, I Thess 4, Rev 4:1 Christ with His Church in the Parable of the Wedding Feast The Book of Revelation 7/03/2016

2 Ezekiel 7/03/2016 3 The Invasion of Gog (38: 1-16) Gog is the leader of the coalition; Magog is his land (v 2-4) Region N. & NE. of Black Sea and E. of Aral Sea Chief prince of Meshech & Tubal (modern Turkey) I will turn you aboutnote Gods direct involvement (v 4) Other Allies (vv 5,6)

Persia (modern Iran) Ethiopia (northern Sudan) Put (modern Libya) Gomer (eastern Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia) Israel will be living securely (vv 8,11,14) Wealth of Israel is the prize the invaders will seek (v 12) God allows the evil greed of humanity to gain control of these coalition leaders 7/03/2016

4 Lay of the Land 7/03/2016 5 Gods Purpose v 16: and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog. Notice the purpose of God allowing this treacherous invasion. God will manifest Himself, His power, glory, and holiness for

all to see (Isa. 43:8-13) This theme (i.e., "know Me") is recurrent! God wants His highest creations to return to Him (cf. 36:23; 37:28; 38:23) 7/03/2016 6 The Victory over Gog (38: 17-39: 29) Metaphors of Gods passion for His people & their enemies My fury & anger (v 18)zeal & blazing wrath (v 19)earth will shake at My presence (v 20) Cosmic Upheavals Earthquake (v 19)animals tremble, mountains & walls fall

(v 20)pestilence, torrential rain, hailstones, fire & brimstone (v 22) Note the verbs that speak of Gods actions (39: 2-6) Turn you arounddrive youtake you upbring you againststrike your bowdash down your arrowsgive you as food 7/03/2016 7 Victory over Gog (cont) Gods Holy name will be known to all the earth (vv 7,8) Huge number of invading coalition army (vv 9-16) 7 years to burn the weaponry (v 9) 7 months to bury the bodies (v 12)

Gods judgment (vv 17-20) This banquet for the birds of prey & carnivorous animals is symbolic of the judgment of God YHWH will reveal Himself (vv 21-29) His people were not exiled because of His lack of power, but because of their covenant disobedience (vv 21-24) He restores His people & destroys all opposing human armies (vv 2529) 7/03/2016 8 Gods Glory Returns God will be known through His judgment & restoration He is

sovereign over heaven & earth Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. And I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Lord God. (vv 28, 29) 7/03/2016 9 Observations Three interpretive views

A symbolic picture of the attempt of the nations of the world to destroy Israel A picture of the culmination of the great conflict between the Church and her opposition A literal attack on Israel by a group of nations in the last days Four possible times Pre-Tribulation First half of Tribulation

End of Tribulation End of the Millennium Contextual Insights As far as history, to whom do these nations refer? Are they symbolic of evil in general or specific geographical nations (or directions)? As far as the literary unit, are chap 33-39 one unit or several? Are they all related to the post-exilic period or beyond? Is there a temporal relationship between chaps 36-37 and 38-39? Is restoration followed by a final attack (Rev 19 & 20)? 7/03/2016 10 Observations (cont)

One thing is sure, history is teleological (has an apparent purpose, directive principle, or goal) there will be a final conflict between fallen mankind and its Creator This invasion is not because of restored Israels sin, but the greed of Gog and his followers Evil was already defeated in Christ at the Cross, but will one day be revealed & removed from creation Chaps 38 & 39 are more about Gods honor than Israel. Israel & Judah were exiled in shame, but restored Israel, faithful Israel cannot be defeated because God fights on her behalf the hero of the OT is God, not Israel! 7/03/2016 11

Takeaways When all is said and done, we cannot be 100% certain of the who and when of chaps 38 & 39 Caution: Prophecy cannot be read beside the morning newspaper/on line newsfeed without the great danger of reading our day, our history into every event! I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes shall see and not another. My heart faints within me (i.e. Im overwhelmed at the thought!) Job 19: 25-27 7/03/2016

12 The Next Several Weeks Jul 10 Conditions at the Time of the End Chris Jul 17 The Great Apostasy Jim Jul 24 The Rapture of the Church Jon Jul 31 Christ with His Church in the Parable of the Wedding Feast TBD And then begins the Revelation of John 7/03/2016 13 SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

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