New Defender's Study Bible Notes
38:9 ascend and come. This probably describes an aerial blitzkrieg.
38:9 all thy bands. It is noteworthy that all these “bands,” involving “many people,” are comprised either of Moslem nations or nations which were until recently Communist nations and which are still controlled by leaders who are atheists and Marxists. All of these hate Israel and would love to “cut them off from being a nation” (Psalm 83:4). In recent years, Israel has soundly defeated several smaller confederacies which attempted to destroy her, but this confederacy seems so large and strong that nothing less than divine intervention can save her. But note that it is God Himself who has said to Gog: “I will bring thee forth, and all thine army” (Ezekiel 38:4). All this is part of God’s plan to bring Israel to “know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 39:22).