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GOG AND MAGOG
- The Final Rebellion - compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl 2011
Last edited Sept. 9, 2021
Scripture is from New King James Version unless otherwise noted
Revelation 20:7-9 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the
saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.”
At the Second Coming, there will be a great resurrection. Multitudes will be raised from the dust (Daniel 12:2-3). Those who have lived in rebellion against God and His law, will hear judgment pronounced against them. They will be left to die in the plagues. Their bodies will be consumed as fire consumes the whole earth.
The redeemed will go with Christ to the place He has prepared, in the Father’s House - which is Heaven itself. They will prepare to serve as priests and kings under Christ. They will be healed from the effects of living in the war zone we call this life.
The earth will “rest” in desolation (Lev. 26:35) without inhabitant except for Satan and his angels who were cast out to the earth. Prophecy tells us that the earth will be “moved out of its place” in relation to the sun, at the Glorious Return. This may well leave the planet in darkness.
At the end of the 7th (sabbath) millennium, Christ will restore the earth, for human habitation. Israel redeemed with Christ their King, will return to the earth. They will restore the waste places and rebuild the ruined cities. They will raise up a city on Mt. Zion, and a Temple - the Temple seen by Ezekiel the prophet. The healing river will flow out from this Temple, and the earth will come back to life - animals and fish and birds - and people.
“The rest of the dead” will be resurrected, to continue their lives (Rev. 20:5). These people were not called of God during the first age. They will be those who lived and died in ignorance of God. Because of immaturity, disability or circumstance, they could not make informed personal choices either for, or against the LORD.
Revelation 20:5 “But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”
It is only right and just that these people have the opportunity to choose. It is also right and just that they must choose, either to serve the LORD or to rebel against Him. Every human being must fulfill the same requirements, for citizenship in the family of God: (1) belief resulting in obedience based upon love and respect, and (2) demonstration of that belief in the face of testing. Before they can choose, these people must HEAR and UNDERSTAND the truths of God.
Israel redeemed will act as “a kingdom of priests” to teach and govern those raised to continue their lives at “the 8th day.” It is always the case, when “the ways of the LORD” are presented, that some will accept His ways, and some will rebel against them. Before the Gog-Magog rebellion, all of the people raised at the 8th millennium will have learned the truth - that God IS, and that He has a LAW which is non-negotiable.
Many of those raised at The 8th Day will come up to Mount Zion, and will give their allegiance to Christ as Savior, High Priest, LORD and King. They will learn “His ways,” and they will choose to “walk in His paths.” Christ will even taken some of these people for priests, to help govern, and for Levites to work at the Temple (Isa. 66:21).
NOTE: The “sons of Zadok” were priests, loyal to King David when Absalom rebelled (2 Sam 15, Eze. 44:15, Eze. 48:11). They are a TYPE of those priests, who will be loyal to King Yeshua Messiah, when Satan leads a rebellion.
NOTE: If you just clicked on this chapter because you were looking for information about the Gog-Magog Battle, you might want to read some of the studies/chapters which led up to this one. Click HERE to go to the page where all the studies/chapters of “The 8th Day” are listed. You will see that this chapter on Gog-Magog, is one of the final chapters.
WHY IS SATAN RELEASED?
If the fate of all mankind was decided at the Glorious Return, then why allow Satan to “deceive” once again? Very simply, there will be many who have not yet made a decision either for or against, Christ as Lord. The “rest of the dead” - those who are raised at the 8th millennium have yet to make this choice.
Satan demands the right to test each son or daughter of Adam. God’s justice requires that all be tested. Their motives must be made manifest by their actions. (This is because they will finally be judged by their actions.) It follows then, that the multitudes - raised to life following the 7th millennium - have not yet been tested. They must learn of Christ and “His ways,” and then must choose - to serve Him, or to rebel.
During the 8th Millennium
Revelation 20:7-9 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle.”
This Battle of Gog-Magog, will take place during the 8th millennium! It is the final battle with evil.
This battle is NOT the final battle at the end of this age, just at the return of Christ in glory. That will be Armageddon.
This battle is NOT the one that will be called Gog-Magog - the one that will take place at prior to the Glorious Return. I believe that Satan will counterfeit the Gog-Magog Battle. He will foment and trigger a great Middle East war. He must appear to fulfill prophecy, in order to deceive the world into believing that he is Christ come. He will appear to rescue Israel from defeat and annihilation, by an army of Islamic plus Russian and other forces. Israel will welcome him as Messiah, and enter into a covenant with him, not realizing they “have made a covenant with death” (Isa. 28:15-18).
The description and account in Ezekiel 38-39, may be a duel prophecy. It may describe both Satan’s counterfeit Gog-Magog, and the final Gog-Magog during the 8th millennium.
We must remember that this is a prophecy. It may include symbolism and TYPES. Those peoples, tribes and leaders who were ancient enemies of God’s people, may be used (in this prophecy) to represent the enemies of the LORD in the future battles of Gog-Magog.
Gog is a strong leader - controlled by Satan. The LORD says that He will pull Gog towards this battle in a way that he cannot resist (very much as He did with the Pharaoh of Egypt). The LORD always assumes responsibility for what He allows Satan to do.
See our study: “The Wrath of God - A Different View.”
Let’s read the account.
THE GREAT BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG
From the Complete Jewish Bible
Ezekiel 38:2-6 [A vision] “Human being, turn your face toward Gog (of the land of Magog), chief prince of Meshekh and Tuval; and prophesy against him. Say that Adonai ELOHIM says, 'I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshekh and Tuval. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all completely equipped, a great horde with breastplates and shields, all wielding swords.
Paras, Ethiopia and Put are with them, all with breastplates and helmets; Gomer with all its troops; the house of Togarmah in the far reaches of the north, with all its troops-many peoples are with you.”
Ezekiel 38:7-9 “Prepare yourself [Gog], get ready, you and all your crowd gathered around you; and take charge of them. After many days have passed, you will be mustered for service; in later years you will invade the land which has been brought back from the sword, gathered out of many peoples, the mountains of Isra'el.”
“They had been lying in ruins for a long time, but now Isra'el has been extracted from the peoples and all of them are living there securely. You [Gog] will come up like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land- you and all your troops, and many other peoples with you.”
Ezekiel 38:10-11 “Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘When that day comes, thoughts will well up in your mind, and you [Gog] will devise a sinister scheme. You will say, ‘I am going to invade this land of unwalled villages; I will take by surprise these people who are at peace, living securely, all in places without walls, bars or gates. I will seize the spoil and take the plunder.’”
NOTE: The current geopolitical nation of Israel, does have a border wall, and security is vigilant throughout the land.
Ezekiel 38:12-13 “You [Gog] will attack the former ruins that are now inhabited and come against the people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and other wealth and are living in the central parts of the land. Sh'va, D'dan and all the leading merchants of Tarshish will ask you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hordes to loot; to carry off silver, gold, livestock and other wealth; to take much plunder?’”
Ezekiel 38:14-16 “Therefore, human being [Ezekiel the Prophet], prophesy! Tell Gog that Adonai ELOHIM says this: ‘Won't you be aware of it when my people Isra'el are living in security? You will choose just that time to come from your place in the far reaches of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them on horseback, a huge horde, a mighty army [Magog]; and you will invade my people Isra'el like a cloud covering the land.
‘This will be in the acharit-hayamim [latter days]; and I will bring you against my land, so that the Goyim [Gentiles] will know me when, before their eyes, I am set apart as holy through you, Gog.’”
NOTE: The LORD said the same of Pharoah and the Egyptians (Exo. 7:5, Exo. 10:1-2, Exo. 14:4). By means of My victory over you (Gog), I will be recognized as the Only One.
THE GREAT BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG - continued
THE LORD DEFENDS HIS CITY
Revelation 22:15 “But outside [of the City] are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
“Dogs” was a reference to male prostitutes (Deut. 23:18).
Ezekiel 38:17-23 “Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘I spoke of you [Gog] long ago through my servants the prophets of Isra'el. Back then, they prophesied for many years that I would have you invade them. When that day comes, when Gog invades the land of Isra'el,’ says Adonai ELOHIM, ‘my furious anger will boil up.’”
“‘In my jealousy, in my heated fury I speak: when that day comes there will be a great earthquake in the land of Isra'el; so that the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the wild beasts, all the reptiles creeping on the ground and every human being there in the land will tremble before me. Mountains will fall, cliffs crumble and every wall crash to the ground.’
‘I will summon a sword against him [Gog] throughout all my mountains,’ says Adonai ELOHIM; ‘every man will wield his sword against his brother. I will judge him with plague and with blood. I will cause torrential rain to fall on him, his troops and the many peoples with him, along with huge hailstones, fire and sulfur [brimstone is burning sulphur]. I will show my greatness and holiness, making myself known in the sight of many nations; then they will know that I am ADONAI.’”
More than once, the LORD so terrified and confused enemy troops, that they fought against each other. The battle of Gideon against the Midianites was one such battle (Judges 7:22).
THE GREAT BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG - continued
THE DEATH OF GOG
Ezekiel 39:1-5 “So you, human being, prophesy against Gog; say that Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshekh and Tuval. I will turn you around, lead you on and bring you from the far reaches of the north against the mountains of Isra'el. But then I will knock your bow out of your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. You will fall on the mountains of Isra'el, you, your troops and all the peoples with you;
I will give you [Gog] to be eaten up by all kinds of birds of prey and by wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken,’ says Adonai ELOHIM.”
In the kingdom of Messiah, there are no “wild animals” or “birds of prey.” And Satan will not die in an open field. He will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is one of the passages that led me to believe this prophecy is duel. It describes a battle on the earth before the end of this age, and another final battle, during the 8th millennium.
Ezekiel 39:6-7 “‘I will also send fire against Magog and against those living securely in the coastlands; then they will know that I am ADONAI. I will make my holy name known among my people Isra'el; I will not allow my holy name to be profaned any longer. Then the Goyim [Gentiles] will know that I am ADONAI, the Holy One in Isra'el.’”
Fire will rain down upon lands distant from Israel and the main battle site, to destroy all those who supported the Army of Gog. Every rebel will be destroyed. Just as in the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram (who lead a rebellion against Moses) - though distant from the main confrontation, all the leaders of the rebellion were destroyed.
THE CLEANUP - AFTER THE BATTLE
Isaiah 66:24 “‘And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.’”
Jesus quoted from this passage. See Mark 9:44, 46 & 48. He applied the words to Gehenna, the burning garbage dump outside Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 39:8-10 “‘Yes, this is coming, and it will be done,’ says Adonai ELOHIM; ‘this is the day about which I have spoken. Those living in Isra'el's cities will go out and set fire to the weapons, to use as fuel-the shields, breastplates, bows, arrows, clubs and spears; they will use them for fire seven years; so that they will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut down any from the forests; because they will use the weapons for fire. Thus they will plunder those who plundered them and rob those who robbed them,’ says Adonai ELOHIM.”
THE BURIAL PLACE
Ezekiel 39:11 “‘When that day comes, I will give Gog a place there in Isra'el for graves, the Travelers' Valley, east of the sea; and it will block the travelers’ passage. There they will bury Gog and all his horde, and they will rename it the Valley of Hamon-Gog [Horde of Gog].’”
Ezekiel 39:12-16 “It will take the house of Isra'el seven months to bury them, in order to cleanse the land. Yes, all the people of the land will be burying them; they will become famous for it. It will be a day for me to be glorified,' says Adonai ELOHIM. They will then pick men for the continual duty of going through the land and burying with the travelers the corpses still lying out on the ground, in order to cleanse it; they will begin their search after the seven months [from the end of Sakkot in the Fall, to Nissan 13 in the Spring, before Passover - so as not to conflict with ceremonial purity for the Feasts]. As they go through the land, if anyone sees a human bone, he will put a marker next to it until the grave diggers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-Gog. Moreover, “Hamonah" [Its Horde] will be the name of a city. Thus will they cleanse the land.” (Complete Jewish Bible)
NOTE: The “fire” of God kills the rebellious, but it does not char or consume the bodies. This explains why the survivors are described – burying the corpses. This explains why the bodies at the Glorious Return, are left unburied (Jer. 25:33). There will be noone left to bury them. This explains why the bodies of Nadab and Abihu were carried out of the courtyard, by their tunics (Lev. 10:5). All these were “consumed” by the “fire” of God. The glory of God is “fire,” but not fire in traditional sense.
Many believe the current nation of Israel is the fulfillment of the promised “return to the land.” They see the nation as if “resurrected” - like “dry bones” come back to life (Ezekiel 37). I believe that Satan will use their belief, to deceive “the very elect ” - both Jews and Christians. Before the return of Christ, a terrible attack will threaten to destroy Jerusalem (involving Muslim nations, along with Russia and perhaps others). A great miracle will “save” Jerusalem. An “alien” ship or other phenomena will shoot “fire” down from heaven, to destroy the Army of Gog. Israel will call this the Battle of Gog - Magog. Jews will acknowledge their “savior” as Messiah and Lord. They will invite him to “sit in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2Thess. 2:4). Only later will they discover that their savior is “the man of sin - the son of perdition” (2Thess. 2:3). He will “take away the daily sacrifices,” and in their place will set up “the abomination that causes desolation.” They have “made a covenant with death.”
Destruction of the Temple Mount will open the way for a third Temple to be built. Then the “abomination of desolation” will stand in this defiled “holy place.” Anti-Christ “will make fire come down from heaven in the sight of men” (2Thess. 2:3-4, Rev. 13:13). He will demand worship, and will threaten death for those who resist. This deceiver will finally be overthrown by Christ at His Glorious Return.
(Please see the studies “Masterpiece of Deception” and “Another Temple.”)
Many are teaching that the Battle of Gog-Magog will take place prior to the return of Christ in Glory. I do believe that a battle will take place, that will be “called” Gog-Magog. But that will NOT be the final battle with Gog-Magog, the one described in Revelation Chapter 20. That final battle with evil, will take place during the 8th millennium.
There is only one final Battle of Gog & Magog, and it will clearly be fought more than 1000 years AFTER the return of Christ in Glory (Rev. 20:7-10).
The battle described in Ezekiel Chapters 38 - 39, takes place AFTER the “whole house of Israel” is resurrected and returned to “the land.” The “whole” House of Israel will include all those faithful to the LORD. It will include believing Gentiles - “grafted in.” John is writing about the same event which Ezekiel saw. Ezekiel just provides much greater detail.
Revelation 20:7-9 “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.”
The Battle of Gog & Magog is NOT the Battle of Armageddon. The Battle for Armageddon (Mount of the Congregation) takes place just at the Glorious Return. See Revelation 16:16.
THE LAST GREAT RESURRECTION
Growing up, I was taught that only the wicked would be resurrected at the 8th millennium, to face judgment and then execution. I no longer believe that.
If “multitudes of those who sleep in the dust” are raised “to shame and everlasting contempt” at the Glorious Return (Dan. 12:2-3), if they are then judged and “cut off” from the people of God, and are left to die in the last plagues - isn’t that execution enough? They die, fully aware that they are lost - that their death will be eternal. Why resurrect these same people again - a thousand years later - to judge them again, to execute them again?
Please see the study “Judgment Day.”
I was taught that the “fire” which destroys Gog and Magog is “the lake of fire” which follows the “great white throne judgment.” IT IS NOT. The final judgment is a separate event, which will take place some time after the Gog-Magog Battle. Read the text of Revelation Chapter 20. See the study: “Final Judgment - Lake of Fire.”
THE GREATER EXODUS
The future return of Israel to the land is called the “ greater exodus” (Jer. 16:14-21 & 23:3-8). We should look to the first Exodus to understand the dynamics. There were plagues in the land. Pharaoh’s army, along with almost the entire nation of Egypt, was destroyed. Israel escaped through the Red Sea - rolled back to make dry land. At the “greater exodus,” God’s people will escape through the sky - rolled back as a scroll. There will be plagues on the whole earth, which will finally be consumed in fire. See our study “Trumpets and Bowls.”
At the first exodus - Israel was accompanied by many non-Hebrews. During the wandering, those of “the mixed multitude” were educated in the things of God. One LAW applied to all. By the end of the journey, these people had been incorporated into Israel, or they had died in the wilderness.
At the FUTURE EXODUS - again TWO types of people are described:
At the FUTURE EXODUS, “the nations” will be taught the ways of Yahweh. Some will serve Christ as LORD and King. Others will rebel against Him (just as the first mixed multitude rebelled in the wilderness). Those who choose rebellion, will die at the Battle of Gog-Magog.
THE MIXED MULTITUDE
In my studies of the enemies of Israel, I discovered that only the “captives of Egypt” are promised they will be gathered and returned to their lands (Eze. 29:13-15). Why only the “captives of Egypt?” Why not all the captives of Babylon, or Assyria or Rome? I believe it is because the original “mixed multitude” were “captives of Egypt.” They were from many nations, but they were captives in Egypt, at the time of the first exodus. They left Egypt with Israel, following Moses into the wilderness. The went through the Red Sea. They stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and they heard the LORD speak His covenant. They understood the Law.
The prophecy of Ezekiel 29:13-15 is about the “mixed multitude” of the coming “greater exodus.” That “mixed multitude” will also be from many nations. In other words, the “captives of Egypt” at the first exodus, were the TYPE for “the rest of the dead” at the “greater exodus.”
If the original Exodus is the model, then the greater Exodus should include a greater “mixed multitude.” And it does! The “rest of the dead” will be that “mixed multitude.”
NOTE: Jeremiah, in his “judgment on the nations” calls them “all the mixed multitude” (Jer. 25:15-17). Did you know that there was also a “mixed multitude” at “the return” of Jews to the land, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah? (Neh. 13:3). Very interesting! History repeats.
The Gog-Magog battle is a rebellion. During The 8th Day (8th millennium) those raised last will be taught about Yahweh, and about of His law, just as the original mixed multitude heard the Ten Commandments, and the words of Moses. They will no longer be ignorant or uninformed.
Many will enter into covenant with God through Christ. In the TYPE, Caleb - a man of great faith - was one of the original mixed multitude. He was a “Kenezite,” meaning a descendant of Kenaz, a son of Esau (Num. 32:12; Josh 14:6,14; Gen. 36:8-11).
Enoch (Gen. 5:24) may be a TYPE of those (from the resurrected nations) who come to know the LORD, curing the 8th millennium. After walking with God for many years, they will be given new spiritual bodies, and will become “sons of God.”
Others - multitudes - like the sand of the sea (Revelation 20:8) will resent the reign of Christ. They will be deceived (by Satan) into thinking they can overthrow the rulership of Christ, and they will come up to attack Jerusalem, where Christ sits as King. God will then defend His city. Fire will come down from heaven and will consume them. The clean-up will take seven months (for the bodies) and seven years (for all the weapons).
FIRE - FIRE - FIRE (A Repeating prophecy)
1. At the Glorious Return: The earth will be burned up - and the wicked along with it.
2. At the Gog-Magog battle: The rebellious will be consumed by “fire” from heaven.
3. At the final judgment of the dead: The lost will be consumed in the “lake of fire.”
In the first two events -- living people are destroyed -- on the earth.
Our study, “Final Judgment - Lake of Fire” will cover the third and final fire event.
At the third “fire” event - what remains of the wicked from all time,
will be consumed in a special “lake of fire.”
1. At the 8th millennium, a last great resurrection will take place.
2. All of those who could not choose between Satan and the LORD, because they lacked information or maturity, will be resurrected to continue their lives in the Kingdom of Messiah.
3. They will be governed by Christ and His “kingdom of priests.”
4. Many from these nations will come to know the LORD and His ways.
They will choose to serve Christ as their King.
5. Most from these nations will rebel against the reign of Christ.
6. They will follow a leader named Gog.
7. Gog with His followers (Magog) will invade the land of Israel,
seeking to overthrow the reign of Christ.
8. Fire will come down from God out of heaven, and will consume them.
This “fire” will consume all of the rebellious,
including those who remain at some distance from the battle site.
9. Cleanup of the bones will take seven months.
Bones will be buried at a city set aside for that purpose.
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“Who are Israel?”
“His Glorious Return” “Judgment Day.”
“The Wrath of God - A Different View.”
“Masterpiece of Deception” “Another Temple.”
“A Kingdom of Priests”
“Final Judgment - Lake of Fire”
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