Q. I was reading Ezekiel 38 again and ran across the statement of Israel dwelling safely when Gog and Magog war begins. I thought that Israel returned to God during the war and that until they returned to Him they would not dwell safely.
A. The Hebrew word translated safely in Ezekiel 38:8 is meant to describe a state of mind rather than actual fact. It can also mean confidently and carelessly. In other words, they’ll think they are safe but subsequent events will prove it was only a perception. Today they don’t even have that.