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Gog and Magog–Part Two

Ezekiel 38:1-6

The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. (NIV84)

When reading Revelation 20:7-10 we can see that the Gog and Magog event occurs about 1000 years after the Great Tribulation, and when reading this text we can see clues to this fact also. Much of the text regarding Gog in Ezekiel is written without the use of much figurative language. Here we do not see the word, like, as we do when reading about the Day of the Lord. This army from Magog literally has horses and swords and shields. This is not a modern army by today’s standards, and yet it is at least a 1000 years in our future. I find this fact very interesting and telling. This fact makes it evident that after the almost total destruction of the Great Tribulation, the surviving peoples will evidently shun the technology that is so revered today and return to a more rural life. The religion of science is brought so low as to be nonexistent. Interesting.

From Revelation 20 we see that Satan is released from the Abyss and he stirs up the attack of Gog and Magog against Israel, but here we see that God is behind it. This is a very important thing to understand regarding the Bible and God and Satan. God’s plan is absolute. Nothing can change anything apart from it being in the plan of God. It is the Lord God that wants to destroy the rebellious in the world and he will accomplish this destruction by allowing Satan to round up all those that are willing to attack God’s people. God doesn’t make Satan round them up and he doesn’t make any of the horde of Gog do what they do. God provides the scene and the players jump at the parts.

2 Timothy 2:20-21

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (NIV84)

This is a very important passage. What we see in the Bible is that God has an exact plan for the world. He is looking for people to play the various parts. There will be some for the good guy roles and there will be some for the evil fall guy roles. You, my friend, are preparing yourself for some part or other. You are, and that is a fact. God is watching you and will offer you the part that you need or deserve, depending on how you look at it. This passage from Timothy tells us that we should cleanse ourselves from the ignoble so that we will be eligible to be selected for the noble parts in God’s plan.

The Lord God doesn’t make anyone do anything that is evil, or good for that matter. In the words of Moses: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20. God’s direction for you is not difficult. It is actually pretty easy to understand and do. But, you must do it, and people generally do not really want to give up what they want for what God wants. People are generally selfish and do what they think will bring them what they want. Obedience is doing what you do not want to do because the Lord wants you to.

Now, that said, Gog and Magog is about people following the evil (selfish) desires of their hearts instead of honoring those that are pleasing to God. This is the same old story that has been around from the very beginning of the story. The story of the Fall of Man is about this same thing. God told man what not to do, and then Satan tells the first woman (Eve) not to listen to God, because God is holding them back and that if they take what they want they will become like God, or in other words, they will become Godlike. Becoming like God is very appealing to the woman and so she listens to Satan and disobeys God. This is the crux of the whole Bible story. Everything revolves around this. This is why the biblical prophetic scenario pretty much ends with this story. The only biblical event that takes place after the Gog and Magog story is the final Coming of the Lord and the subsequent Judgment Day. After that, all that belong to God are in Heaven with him, and all that do not belong to God are excluded from his presence.

So, we see this huge horde that comes from around the whole world and comes to the land of Israel with the intention of attacking and taking plunder.

Ezekiel 38:7-9

“ ‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land. (NIV84)

Clearly we are told that this is a long way off.

Do you see the reference to the children of Israel having been brought back to the Promised Land? This is the restoration spoken of by Jesus here…

Matthew 24:30-31

“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (NIV84)

The elect here are the children of Israel. This can’t possibly be the Church because the Church has been raptured some 3 ½ years before. The restoration from Babylon was only a shadow of the real restoration. It didn’t include all of the scattered children of Israel. Present day Israel also doesn’t fulfill this requirement for the same reason. This passage from Ezekiel is talking about the fact that those that are gathered after the Great Tribulation are all the scattered children of Israel and after a 1000 years they are still living in peace. This great horde of Gog and Magog think that Israel will be easy-pickens, so they come.

Ezekiel 38:10-13

“ ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?” ’ (NIV84)

An unwalled village or town is symbolic language for a town that doesn’t have a military.

More to follow…

 

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