Ray (13 Jun 2021)
"The battle of Gog Magog in Joel 2:20"

Hi John and Doves,

Joel 2 lists a sequence of major events relating to Israel in 7 years tribulation. I have explained Joel 2 in raptureready forum back in 2009. I try to make it short here.

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Verse 15,16 is rapture verse. The bridegroom is Jesus, while the bride is the church. A note here, the children, and those that suck the breasts (infants) are not allowed to attend a solemn assembly. So this event has nothing to do with a gathering in the Jewish temple. Their appearance in these verses is because these children and infants shall be taken into rapture.

But what happens to Israel and Judah after the rapture?

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

There is an urgent praying to God, and ask God to spare His people Israel, and give not God's heritage to reproach, so that heathen and gentiles nations shall rule over Israel and the Jews. Satan knows his time is short. He is gearing up nations to be hostile against Israel.

18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

After rapture and the church is gone, God shall be jealous for His land, pity His people and turns His attention to Israel and the Jews again.

But how?

20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

Verse 20 is the battle of Gog/Magog. Immediately after rapture, a northern army which is made up of Gog's army shall invade Israel. God shall drive him ( Gog) into a land barren and desolate, with his face (Gog's face) toward the east sea. East sea is Dead sea. From Ezekiel 39:11, the valley of Hamongog shall be the burial place for Gog and his armies. The valley of Hamongog is situated to the east of Dead sea. I have attached a map of Hamongog.

Ezekiel 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

Verse 21 to 27 is God's blessing to Israel during the first half of tribulation. They shall eat sufficiently.

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Verse 28,29,30 is events in the second half of tribulation. God shall pour out his spirit on the Jews while they are under persecution. They shall dream dreams and young men shall see visions.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Verse 31 is parallel to Matthew 24:29. The sun shall turn dark, moon shall not give her light. This is the phenomenon before Jesus' second coming. The great and the terrible day of the LORD is Jesus' second coming to earth.

32 wraps up the 7 years tribulation.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.