The events of the Gog and Magog prophecy will occur approximately 1000 years after the events of the end-times, that is, the Day of the Lord. This is clear when you read the twentieth chapter of Revelation. When reading Revelation we see first the time of the Beast (3 ½ years), then the Beast is killed along with his false prophet, then Satan is bound and thrown into Hell for a thousand years, and then after the thousand years are over, then Satan is released and the Gog and Magog rebellion occurs. It is very helpful to know this so that you don’t confuse the events of Gog and Magog with the Day of the Lord, or Great Tribulation events.
The words, Gog and Magog, are a special key phrase that is there to tell you that Revelation 20:7-10 and the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel are the same event.
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. (NIV)
Notice that the phrase Gog and Magog are symbolic of the nations of the whole earth that are deceived by Satan. After the Great Tribulation all sin is purged from the people of Israel and they are re-established in the Promised Land. You can read about this restoration in many places in the Bible and in Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 in particular. The people of Israel then live in the land for a thousand years in faith and in peace. They will have no military whatsoever because they trust in God. They have become the most prosperous nation on earth, because the blessings of the Law are on them without measure. Then, after the thousand years are over, Satan is released and he stirs up jealousy and discontent concerning Israel. This is the story of man and Satan from the very beginning. Satan offers man something that he thinks that he wants and man, without seeking it from God, goes after the desired thing, only to discover that anything gained apart from God turns out to be a curse instead of a blessing. Man gets into this trouble because he doesn’t trust in God and as a result he becomes easy prey for Satan and his temptations.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)
If you will submit yourself to God and resist the devil’s attempts to stir up covetness and thoughts of what you think that you should get, then the devil will run away from you in fear. But, people fall for this almost every time. People are so looking at themselves and what they think that they should get and how they should be treated and so on and so on. Have faith in God. The Lord God will make everything right, if not in this worldly life, then after you lay down your mortal body. There is never a need to take matters into your own hands. Wait on the Lord. Be at peace toward everyone and regarding everything. Trust in the Lord.
This is the attitude that Israel has during the Millennial Kingdom. Israel is going about waiting upon the Lord and doing the Lord’s will. Now, Israel has been doing this for a 1000 years and as a result has become very prosperous and Satan uses that prosperity to rile up jealous thoughts against Israel so a very great army is raised against the children of God. This event is called Gog and Magog.
In the very beginning of the Bible we see the story of Cain and Abel. Both Cain and Abel brought an offering to the Lord. God received with pleasure Abel’s offering, but was not pleased with Cain’s. Cain was filled with jealousy and harbored anger toward his brother. God then told Cain this…
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (NIV)
If the peoples of the world at the time of Gog and Magog were to do right then they would receive the blessings from God too, but they evidently will not. So, they look at blessed Israel with anger and lust. They are therefore susceptible to suggestions of taking matters into their own hands. Satan is more than happy to offer those suggestions and so these disobedient peoples listen and form up a huge army with which they intend to attack Israel, a land without any military, in order to take from them what they want. The “strong” taking from the weak. Sound familiar? But, what they will not realize is that when Israel is weak then she is strong.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)
Israel has all the rebellion beat out of them during the Great Tribulation. She is thereafter faithful and obedient. In this ‘weak’ state she is unbeatable. So too are we, today, if we will but trust in the Lord. My friend these prophecy stories are there to teach you the purpose of everything. With the prophecies you can see the big picture from beginning to end. This story of Gog and Magog is there for your benefit. Listen to it and trust in the Lord.