Isaiah – Chapter 18

Oh, Gog

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Next, Isaiah refers to the war of Gog and Magog, although the terms do not appear in this chapter (cross-reference with Ezekiel chapter 38). The nation on the other side of the rivers of Cush (Ethiopia) will send armies by sea, telling them to go to Israel and see whether the Jews have, in fact, returned. All the people of the world will see and hear, because G-d has said that He will turn His attention to Israel like warm sunshine on the plants. G-d will punish the rulers of Gog and their allies; they will be left as carrion for the birds and beasts. The nations of the world will present the Jewish people as a “gift” to G-d, returning many of the exiles to their homeland.

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