Jerusalem is the city where God has placed His name. Satan decided to challenge that authority and replace it with his own name. Ezekiel 39:7 explains, that God decides He will defend his name so that Israel and the heathen shall know "I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel." He uses the Gog and Magog war to elevate His name to the highest position men should have always upheld it.
This is about God and how He uses this invasion of Israel to reveal Himself to an unbelieving world. Our Lord has a specific purpose, an appointed time, the number of nations involved and a certain method to make a statement to the world.
Ezekiel 38:3-4 tells us, God is the architect who plans and starts this war. He revealed this invasion to Ezekiel six hundred years before His birth at Bethlehem. It will not be Russia and her allies choice whether to invade or not. God will use hooks in their jaws to pull them to Israel. Ezekiel 38:10, one of these hooks will be to "think an evil thought." God places this thought in their minds and it will excite Russia and the nations under their influence, to believe they will wipe Israel off the map, only to meet their divine appointment with God's judgement of death. The second hook in the allies invasion will be the wealth of Israel. Ezekiel 38:12-13 explains this clearly. Gog is the military leader of this invasion and does not realize this battle has been planned in eternity past.
As God put a hook in Pharoah's jaw (Ezekiel 29:4) and caused him to harden his heart and refuses to let Israel leave Egypt. God will be the one who plants these thoughts in Gogs mind and this will influence them to attack Israel.
This was in God's action to reveal Himself to a disobedient world. He will magnify and sanctify His name (JESUS) to a rebellious Israel that wallows in spiritual unbelief and the nations of the world. Ezekiel 38:20 " I will be known to the eyes of many nations."
Ezekiel 39:19-23 clearly states God will divinely intervene to save Israel from annihilation. He will unleash supernatural destruction upon them. First He will use an earthquake that will begin in Jerusalem and possibly do great damage in the United States of America. This will cause chaos and war between the invading military. Then God will follow up this global earthquake with blood, torrential rain, hailstones, fire and brimstone. Ezekiel 38:20 God declares that "all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence." The entire world will experience the effects of His shaken.
Prior to this war, it looks as if Israel will have a regional war with the nations that surround her, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudia Arabia and Egypt are not listed as part of the invading nations. Israel will be a successful and win a major victory. Israel will ride this mighty wave and believe she once again is invincible. This invading military alliance will use this moment to come against Israel, because their victory will infuriate these nations. This could be the deciding factor for invasion.
Ezekiel 39:2 tells us five-sixth of this invasion will die on the mountains of Israel through God's natural weapons.
Ezekiel 39:7 states these things that God will glean from this invasion.
(1) I will make my Holy Name known in the midst of Israel
(2) I will not let Israel pollute my Holy Name any more
(3) The heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel
Leviticus 25:23 God tells Israel, "the land shall not be sold, FOR THE LAND IS MINE, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me". Israel is God's land! Shortly the day is coming when God will look on the land of Israel and say "hold it folks" I am going to reclaim "my land."
Ezekiel 36: 22 God will intervene for Israel not because they deserve God's blessing but God is going to take action to sanctify and redeem His Name. God declare Israel profaned His Name among the nations where they were driven to exile. They were ordained to spread God's Name, NOT, let it be forgotten and no emphasis placed upon it.
In the Old Testament, God focused on Israel. In the New Testament, He focused on His church. Things are about to change. The Gog and Magog war is the sign God has now focus on Israel again to bring them to acknowlege their sins.
Israel has no legal right to give her land away, to sell it or bargain with it. Its God's land! Men don't own it!
Israel will acknowledge, that God saved them from destruction. Therefore they will believe this is the final war that ends all wars, (Armageddon). From out of the ashes the Phoenix or leader will arise. This military invasion, led by Russia and a alliance of nations will be God's way of revenge on countries that have trampled His Name (JESUS)! That's why they will accept the man of sin, the anti-christ, that will step on the scene and may even take the responsibility for winning the war.
We must seriously understand the name of Jesus is the only saving name humanity can trust. God will bring judgement on people and nations who reject His Name and defiles it by their words and actions. "Were closer, then close."