In the latter years Gog will come against Israel
38:8 [h.] After many days
[i.] in the latter years (vs. 16)
[11.] thou shalt come into the land [the land of Israel (vs. 38:8, 11,14; 39:26)]
[aa.] [that is] brought back from the sword [when Israel is momentarily free from the prospect of annihilation by Syria], [and is]
[ab.] gathered out of many people [when Jews have returned to the land out of many nations],
[ac.] against the mountains of Israel**
[** The location of this battle with Gog is against the mountains of Israel (Ezek. 37:22) which have been always waste. This cannot be the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16), which takes place at Megiddo (Zech. 12:11), on the south side of Mt. Carmel, on the Plain of Esdraelon in the Valley of Jezreel (or valley of Jehoshapat; Joel 3:2,14). The mountains of Israel is Israel’s West Bank, or biblical Samaria],
[aa.] which have been always waste:
[14.] but it is brought forth out of the nations,
[k.] [thou shalt] come like a storm [with sudden fury],
[l.] thou shalt be like a cloud [a multitude of people (Ezek. 38:16)] to cover the land,
[11.] thou, and
[12.] all thy bands, and
[13.] many people with thee.
38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, [that]
[m.] at the same time (vs. 18) shall things come into thy mind, and
[n.] thou shalt think an evil thought:
[11.] I will go up to the land of unwalled villages [Israel (Zech.2:4)];
[12.] I will go to them
[aa.] that are at rest,
[bb.] that dwell safely [Ezek. 38:14], all of them
[cc.] dwelling without walls, and
[dd.] having neither bars nor gates,
38:12 [111.] To take a spoil (vs. 13), and
[112.] to take a prey;
[113.] to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and
[114.] [to turn thine hand] upon the people
[aaa.] [that are] gathered out of the nations,
[bbb.] which have gotten cattle and goods [material prosperity],
[ccc.] that dwell in the midst of the land [Israel lies in the exact center of the land masses of the earth].
38:13  Sheba [the grandson of Ham through Cush (Gen. 10:6-7)], and
 Dedan [the grandson of Ham through Cush (Gen. 10:6-7)], and
 the merchants of Tarshish [the grandson of Japheth through Javan (Gen. 10:4)],
[a.] with all the young lions thereof,
shall say unto thee,
[11.] Art thou come to take a spoil [the riches of the Dead Sea, and the discovery of oil in Israel]
[12.] hast thou gathered thy company
[aa.] to take a prey?
[bb.] to carry away
[111.] silver and
[cc.] to take away
[113.] cattle and
[dd.] to take a great spoil?
 Note pg. 854, Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible.
 Isaiah 60:5, The Amplified Bible, reads, Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance], and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the [Dead] Sea shall be turned to you; unto you shall the nations come with their treasures. In its note on this verse, The Amplified Bible quotes from G. T. B. Davis's book, Rebuilding Palestine, that the combined mineral wealth of the chemical salts in the Dead Sea is estimated to be four times the wealth of the United States.
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