“The heathen shall know that I am the Lord”
These words, or their equivalent, occur some sixty-four times in Ezekiel. This key theme in the prophecy speaks of the manifestation of the Lord in grace and glory. God is going to make Himself known mightily among men. It will be a revelation, epochal, consummate, and glorious. The whole earth shall know it [38:23].
This is significant news for the Christian. There is a progression in the Christian life. Salvation is knowing the Lord. After salvation, the child of God will want to know more of Him. Paul, some thirty years on the road, testified that knowing the Lord more and more was his goal in life: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection” [Phil 3:10]. The believer anticipates that glad day, eclipsing all others when he will see Jesus. Now he sees through the glass darkly but then face to face.
What shall the coming of the Lord Jesus mean to me? I shall know Him as never before.
This news is also significant for restored Israel. How remarkable has been their history! The patriarchs and the prophets knew God, as did some others, but on the whole, the nation did not. At length, the Messiah came. He first saw the light of day as an infant in the land. He walked among the people, performed His wonders, and proclaimed His Word. Yet they knew Him not. They rejected Him and nailed Him to a tree. What shall the coming of this Christ be, when men shall look on Him whom they have pierced when they shall know that He is the Lord?
Finally, this news is significant for the heathen, the wicked of the earth who have hated God, blasphemed His name, and abused His people. All such have a discovery to make. They will find out at last who God is, but they will find out too late. O Lord, let me truly come to know Thee now. [Dr. John Douglas].