[Prophecy] November 20, 2014 Communique - Gog And Magog - Part IV
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GOG AND MAGOG - Part IV
The Two Houses Of Israel And Judah United Under Jesus
In studying the Gog and Magog prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39, so far
we’ve focused on the preceding chapters – for in these
chapters, we find the true nature of the identity of Gog and Magog.
These statements, in the run up to the confrontation with
“Gog,” emphasize the Apocalyptic Linguistics which the LORD
utilized to communicate the forthcoming Spiritual salvation of Israel.
In a half dozen of Ezekiel’s chapters which chronologically
precede the Gog and Magog prophetic panorama, we find vivid language in
which the LORD vows enmity against the Edomite identity, even as He
renews His long standing promise to redeem, and bless, “the
mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 36:1).
Pivotal to the finale in which Gog clashes with the LORD, we find the
reunification of the two houses of Israel, which is styled under the
imagery of two sticks which the prophet holds in his hand. At
God’s instruction, Ezekiel is told to press them together, to
signify the forthcoming reunion of the two houses:
“Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon
it, for Judah…then take another stick….the stick of
Ephraim…And join them one to another into one stick, and they
shall become one in thine hand” (Ezekiel 37:16, 17).
This prophecy immediately follows the famous Valley of Dry Bones
prophecy, in which the prophet sees a large valley of dried bones,
which are gathered together, then equipped with flesh and blood, and
subsequently seen as the resurrected people of the LORD. In the prior
installment of the present work, we showed how God’s promise to
indwell this body of people with His Spirit, was fulfilled at
Pentecost, when the “rushing mighty wind” came upon the
disciples of Jesus Christ.
The fact the “Two Sticks” prophecy of Ezekiel is found in
the very same chapter as the “Valley of Dry Bones” prophecy
is not coincidental. Indeed, the Spiritually deceased nation of Israel
seen in the dry bones prophecy is specified to be “the whole
house of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:11), a euphemism for the combined
body of the two houses of Israel and Judah.
Thus, as we showed in this series, the Jewish repatriation to Jerusalem
to rebuild the temple – a significant endeavor led by Nehemiah
– was necessary, in order for the LORD Jesus Christ to
“suddenly come to this temple” (Malachi 3:1).
Students of Scripture know the dividing of the Northern house of Israel
(referred to as Samaria, Ephraim, or Israel in the many texts on the
subject) from the Southern house of Judah, was a pivotal judgment
because of the sins of the king and the people. The forthcoming
dividing of the kingdom was pronounced in the days of Solomon, the son
of King David, many centuries before the time of Ezekiel.
“And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him
twice” (I Kings 11:9).
For many centuries after the time of Solomon, the two houses of Israel
and Judaea were estranged, but the prophetic expectation of the longed
for arrival of the Messiah, included the reunification of the two
houses. In fact, it is in this very passage of Ezekiel, which images
the reunion as “two sticks” joined together, that we learn
there was to be one king who would bring an end to the division:
“And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains
of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no
more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any
more at all” (Ezekiel 37: 22).
Although most believers are aware of the many references to the Jews in
the Gospels (a term related to Judah or Judaea), many don’t yet
recognize how Jesus clearly announced He was sent to the lost sheep of
the house of Israel – even as He walked the streets of Judaea:
“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of
Israel” (Matthew 15:24).
Although Christ publicly announced His mission was to Israel, it is
self evident He was to redeem the house of Judah as well, for even the
wise men from the East, who sought the Christ child in His infancy,
recognized that He was born the King of the Jews:
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of
Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:
There is historical evidence indicating the Magi – the
“wise men” in the Gospels – were actually of the
priestly caste which resided in the Eastern empire of Parthia. This is
relevant because the Parthian kingdom, which rivaled Rome in that
period, is believed to have included a significant presence comprised
of Israelites descended from the long dispersed Northern tribes. Thus,
the mysterious Magians (where we get our word magic), who journeyed to
Jerusalem to see the great king, likely had an expectation of the
wonderful work in which the Saviour would bring back the glory days of
Israel, through a miraculous reunification with the house of Judah.
Ezekiel’s prophecy also indicated this “one king,”
who would be “king to them all,” was associated with David
– another reason the prophetic tradition included the widespread
understanding the Messiah would be the “Son of David,”
referred to so frequently in the Gospels:
“And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall
have one shepherd…and my servant David shall be their prince
forever” (Ezekiel 37: 24, 25).
The prediction that David “shall be king,” and “David
shall be [the] prince” of the reunited whole house of Israel was
connected to an earlier promise of the LORD, in which God told David
his son would rule on David’s throne forever. This was hundreds
of years before Ezekiel’s time, when David had purposed to build
the LORD a temple. However, God said David’s son would build Him
a “house,” and that son would sit on David’s throne
over the whole house of Israel forever:
“I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons;
and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I
will stablish his throne forever” (I Chronicles 17:11).
This is the “throne” of David, of which JESUS CHRIST is the
heir – so that the “house of David” (I Chronicles
17:24) was to be established forever, to rein over all Israel. However,
the Apostle Peter would later tell us the “house” the LORD
was to build consisted of a reconfigured body of believers which
included both “houses” of Israel and Judah, and Christ
constructed this great temple by dwelling within the bodies of those
who have received Him as LORD:
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ” (I Peter 2:5).
At the Pentecost episode when the “rushing mighty wind”
(Acts 2:2) of the Holy Spirit swept through Jerusalem, in fulfillment
of Ezekiel 37 where the LORD called upon the “wind” to
breathe life into the resurrected dry bones of Israel, the Apostle
Peter also connected David to the arrival of Jesus as the one king:
“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch
David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us
unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had
sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to
the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne” (Acts
The “throne” of David was the undivided house of all
Israel, and since the prophets repeatedly told us the LORD referenced
Israel as “mine inheritance” (Isaiah 19:25), the believers
in Jesus Christ “have obtained an inheritance” (Ephesians
1:11) as born again Israel.
Thus, the reunion of the two houses of “Ephraim” and
“Judah” has already occurred through the magnificent
ministry of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ – and this means
that all who are in the Spiritual “house” of Christ are
those who were gathered from all the nations into one body, where we
all live in the metaphoric “mountains of Israel,” with King
Jesus already sitting on the throne of glory, at the right hand of the
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out
of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I
sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your
filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart
also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…And
I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes,
and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And I will make them one
nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be
king to them all” (Ezekiel 36:24-27; 37:22).
These prophecies are spread out in multiple chapters, and they
conclusively identify the body of believers in Jesus Christ as those
who have been redeemed in “the mountains of Israel.” Thus,
when we move into the very next chapter, and the specific Gog and Magog
prophecies, which speak of a great evil which is to be arrayed against
those very same “mountains of Israel” which are
“gathered out of many people” (Ezekiel 38:8), something is
very wrong when we assign the role of Israel to a physical nation of
people who revile the name of the “one king” who lives and
reins within us.
-- James Lloyd
Next: The True Identity Of Gog And Magog
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