OLD TESTAMENT - LESSON 44
Ezekiel 38-48


Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson should encourage us to partake of the life-giving, healing powers that are available in the temple.


The Battle of Armageddon - Chapters 38 & 39

  1. These chapters describe the battle of Armageddon.
  2. Where will these armies come from:
  3. This represents most of what was known as the known world. It may well be that most of the world will contribute to the army led by Gog against Israel.
  4. Elder Bruce R. McConkie provides the context for this great battle, "The 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel record considerable prophetic detail relative to this great war. It should be noted that it is to take place 'in the latter years'; that it will be fought in the 'mountains of Israel' against those who have been gathered to the land of their ancient inheritance; that the land of Israel shall be relatively unprotected, a 'land of unwalled villages'; that Gog and Magog shall come 'out of the north parts' in such numbers as 'to cover the land' as a cloud; that the Lord will then come, and all men shall shake at his presence; that there will be such an earthquake as has never before been known, which will throw down the mountains; that there will be pestilence, blood, fire, and brimstone descend upon the armies; that the forces of Gog and Magog will be destroyed upon the mountains of Israel; that the Supper of the Great God shall then take place as the beasts and fowls eat the flesh and drink the blood of the fallen ones (Rev. 19:17-18; D. & C. 29:18-21); and that the house of Israel will be seven months burying the dead and seven years burning the discarded weapons of war." (Mormon Doctrine, p325)


Ezekiel's Vision Of The Temple - Chapters 40-44

  1. Ezekiel was carried in vision to the land of Israel to a very high mountain, where he saw a man measuring the temple to be built in the latter-days (40:1-3).
  2. Take a moment and read the following verses: Ezekiel 43:1-12; 44:6-9, 23.


Ezekiel Sees A River Flowing From The Temple

  1. READ EZEKIEL 47:1; 6-12. Ezekiel's vision of a river flowing from the temple.


Ezekiel Measures The River's Depth

  1. READ EZEKIEL 47:2-5. Ezekiel measures the depth of the river.
  2. President Howard W. Hunter: "I invite the Latter-day Saints to look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership. It is the deepest desire of my heart to have every member of the Church worthy to enter the temple. It would please the Lord if every adult member would be worthy of--and carry--a current temple recommend. The things that we must do and not do to be worthy of a temple recommend are the very things that ensure we will be happy as individuals and as families." (Ensign, Nov. 1994, p8)


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