The Valley Of Hamon Gog

Q. I was reading your post on Ps. 83 and Ezek. 38, and you commented that the Palestinians would have to give back the land between Jerusalem and Jericho for the burial site. That fascinated me and I tried to map out the Valley of Hamon-gog, but most places map it as Dibon, or being in Jordan.  Is that the same place you were referencing?  Thank you very much.

A.  Ezekiel 39:11 says,

“On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east toward the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.”

The burial ground is in Israel, in a valley that’s on the way to the Dead Sea for those traveling East.  In Ezekiel’s day, those who traveled East toward the Dead Sea were from the Jerusalem area. People from the northern part of Israel would have traveled south along the Jordan River Valley.

Going East from Jerusalem took one down a steep canyon road, called the Old Jericho Road today.  Tour busses still use it to go back and forth from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It was a very dangerous road and is the location for the parable of the Good Samaritan.  At the bottom of the canyon, just outside of Jericho is a place traditionally called the Valley of the Shadow of Death, from Pslam 23:4.  I believe this is the burial ground.  In Biblical times this valley was part of Israel, but today it’s controlled by the Palestinians.

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