New Defender's Study Bible Notes
39:18 princes of the earth. Compare this passage (Ezekiel 39:17-20) with Revelation 19:17-21. The two “suppers” for the birds of the air are described in such similar terms as to suggest the same event. Both will involve not just the “northern confederacy” of Gog and Magog but “the princes of the earth.” However, the Armageddon slaughter described in Revelation will take place at the end of the seven-year tribulation period, which seems to indicate that the slaughter in this passage may follow the seven-year period mentioned in Ezekiel 39:9, being much greater than the destruction of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 38:18–39:4, which occurs at least seven years earlier. There is still another invasion by “Gog and Magog” that will take place a thousand years later (see Revelation 20:7-9), but this will terminate in the fiery disintegration of the earth itself.