An Alternate Location For Ezekiel 38?

Q. Is there a possibility that the Gog Magog War may not take place in the
Middle East but in the “Appointed Place” or “Wilderness” that was given
to Ephraim and Manasseh?

The above question is from the last paragraph of an article I read recently.  This is the first time I have ever heard of this.  Is there any validity to his argument?

A. I have read the article and have a real problem with this view.   In the first place “going up” in the Bible often refers to a change in elevation not direction.  For example people from all over Israel “go up” to Jerusalem because at 3700 feet above sea level Jerusalem’s elevation is higher than most places in the country.  Also the phrase “mountains of Israel” from Ezekiel 38:8 has traditionally referred to central Israel, the very place where Ephraim and Manasseh  dwelt in the land.  Third,  there is no Biblical basis for 10 lost tribes. We know this because 2 Chron. 11:16 says that the faithful from all the tribes moved south at the time of the rebellion, in Rev. 7 the Lord calls his 144,000 witnesses from all 12 tribes, including Ephraim (called Joseph there) and Manasseh, and in Ezekiel 48 all 12 tribes are given their new allotment of land to begin the Kingdom Age.  I think it’s best to stay with the traditional view.

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