THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG
The Battle of Gog and Magog will probably occur after the pre-Tribulation Rapture event and before the Seven Year Tribulation (Daniel 9 and Revelation 6-19). In Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, Gog in the land of Magog is the military leader of a coalition force attacking Israel. In Revelation 20:8, Gog and Magog appear again as a massive army attacking Israel after Messiah’s 1,000-year rule on Earth. The identity of Gog and Magog has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of speculation. The weight of biblical evidence indicates that Gog is an end-time enemy of Israel who will be defeated by Yahweh Elohim before the battle of Armageddon.
GOG AND THE ANTI-MESSIAH
The teaching that Gog is the Anti-Messiah is simply wrong for several reasons. First, Gog will die on the mountains of Israel, his body will be devoured by the ravenous birds and beasts of the field (Ezekiel 39:4) and his remains will be buried in the land of Israel (Ezekiel 39:12), but the real Anti-Messiah will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20). Second, God will put hooks into Gog’s jaws and drag him and his army into the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38:4), but three unclean spirits from the mouths of Satan, the Anti-Messiah and the False Prophet will gather the Anti-Messiah’s army for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:13). Third, Gog will be the leader of a few nations (Ezekiel 38:5-6) and other nations will question his attack (Ezekiel 38:13), but the Anti-Messiah will be the leader of the whole world (Daniel 7:23; Revelation 13:7-8; Zechariah 14:2) and no one will question his attack. And fourth, there will be a second Battle of Gog and Magog long after the Anti-Messiah is cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:8).
THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG AND ARMAGEDDON
The Battle of Gog and Magog is not the same as the Battle of Armageddon because God will attack Gog’s troops with rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone and they will kill each other (Ezekiel 38:21-22), but Yeshua will attack the Anti-Messiah’s troops with the sword of His mouth (Revelation 19:15). Second, the goal of the Battle of Gog and Magog is to take a spoil and a prey; silver, gold, cattle and goods (Ezekiel 38:13), but the goal of the Battle of Armageddon is to destroy Israel (Revelation 12:15). Third, the Battle of Gog and Magog will end upon the mountains of Israel (Ezekiel 39:2), but the Battle of Armageddon will end in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2); Finally, Gog’s army will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel before it ever reaches Jerusalem (Ezekiel 39:2), but the Anti-Messiah’s army will temporarily capture Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:1).
ENGLAND AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Bible teaches that England, the United States, and other Western nations will not help Israel during the Battle of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel 38:13 reads, “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? And to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” Many prophecy teachers identify the merchants of Tarshish as England and many believe the young lions are those nations that came into being out of England such as the United States, Canada and Australia. These nations will question Russia’s invasion, but they will not help Israel. Rather than admitting that Russia is seeking a spoil and a prey; instead of admitting that Islam is a religion of jihad and not a religion of peace; they will resort to political spin and weak diplomacy and they will probably suggest that this war has som
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