Our Test of Faith

  Ezekiel 39:21-24 I shall display My glory among the nations, all will see the judgement that I execute [upon Gog and his army] From that day forward the Israelites will know that I am the Lord, their God, and the nations will know that the Israelites went into exile because of their sins. I hid My face from them, their enemies were able to kill and enslave them as My punishment.

Ezekiel 39:25-27 The Lord says: Now I shall restore the fortunes of Jacob [now every faithful Christian; the Overcomers for God] and show them My compassion for the sake of My holy Name.

      They will forget their shame and unfaithfulness to Me, when they live once more in their homeland, undisturbed and free from terror. When I bring them back from where they are now scattered around the world, I shall show Myself holy through them for many nations to see.

Ezekiel 39:28-29 They will know that I am the Lord, their God, because having sent them into exile, I bring them together again in their homeland and leave none behind  No longer shall I hide My face from them, I, who have poured out My spirit upon them.

This Scripture passage is most interesting – it is only from the day that God destroys Gog and his army, that the Lord’s people are fully aware of their redeemer and protector. All 12 tribes of Israel, plus those grafted in; regather and settle in all of the holy Land after this next event in the Middle East- the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath, which depopulates the entire area, except for a remnant of Jews left in Jerusalem. This is clear from what it says in-

Ezekiel 38:8 [Gog will] …invade a land that has recovered from war, where the Israelites, brought out from many nations are now living in safety and undisturbed.

      [the KJV says…….a land brought back from the sword ]

Ezekiel 38:10-12 You will say: I will invade a rich land, of peaceful and unsuspecting people, without any defences. I will plunder and loot the settlements, which were ruined, now rebuilt. Its people, now gathered from around the world are rich in livestock and goods and making their home in the very centre of the world.

Ezekiel 39:27 ….”I will show Myself holy through them”.

This verse proves that Jesus has not yet returned in His glory, for all the world to see.

God’s people, all Christian Israelites, are motivated to emigrate to Beulah [Isaiah 62:4] after the Land of Greater Israel is cleared and cleansed, then regenerated.         Ezekiel 36:30, Isaiah 35:1-10     

But because they will not necessarily see the Hand of God in this move, it is a test of faith for them.

Elijah will be their guide and he “will reconcile their families,  peoples of the world; to avoid “the Lord striking the Land with a curse”. Malachi 4:6     Ref: REB, NIV verses abridged