The language in Ezekiel 38 is apocalyptic. This war will be Satan’s most vicious and final attempt to destroy Israel (and mankind made in the image of God). Antichrist will lead the armies of the entire world against Jerusalem. The Messiah will intervene to rescue Israel and mankind and to stop the weapons of mass destruction from wiping out the human race – weapons that have been launched against Israel (not only atomic but chemical and biological), and hers launched in retaliation. Antichrist and his armies will be destroyed. Otherwise, as Christ warned, “there should no flesh be saved” (Matthew:24:22).
As we have seen, God has two purposes at Armageddon: He is going to demonstrate His power by punishing the world in righteousness; and He will prove Himself to His people, the Jews, worldwide, breaking their stubborn hearts once and for all. Thereafter they will never rebel against Him again…. Some of the language in the prophecies related to this event is derisive in describing man’s rebellion: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us” (Psalm:2:2-23). The scene turns to heaven: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision” (Psalm:2:4). The fact that a derisive laugh will come from God is terrifying evidence that His patience is exhausted. Judgment will fall!
This prophetic psalm is about Jerusalem, the Messiah who will rule there, man’s opposition to God’s will, and God’s punishment because of this rebellion. God has warned the world, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm:2:12). But mankind as a whole refuses to bow the knee to the Creator and to His Son and stubbornly rushes on to judgment.