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GOG AND MAGOG

             So few Bible students and theologians understand correctly the battle of Gog and Magog.  Let us look at the views of Dr. Hindson from D-R Farwell Liberty University:

           “The crisis in the Middle East is escalating beyond imagination.  In fact, it is beginning to look a lot like the scenario for the Battle of Gog and Magog predicted by the prophet Ezekiel.  In its incredible prophecy of an “end times” invasion of Israel by an alliance of nations, Ezekiel 38-39 names many of the nations that have been raising voices of hostility in recent days:  Iran, Libya and Jordan.  The evening news is punctuated with biblical names that carry great prophetic significance: Tyre, Sidon Damascus, Tiberias and Jerusalem.  The eyes of the world are riveted on this explosive region, wondering what will happen next.” {Taken from “National Liberty Journal”, Sept. 2006, pg. 3}.

           There are many theologians today claiming that the present war in Israel is the war of Ezekiel 38 where it states that Gog and Magog are to launch an aerial attack on Israel.  A close study of this chapter will reveal that it is impossible that this war could be the fulfillment of this prophecy.  As we will see Gog and Magog will prepare to launch an aerial attack on Jerusalem after it is restored and the inhabitants there are dwelling safely.  Also we will see that their attempt to attack the restored Kingdom will face utter defeat, not victory.

           Ezekiel 38:8, 11, 12, 14, 16  “After many days thou shall be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.  And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that  are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.  Therefore, son of man, prophecy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?  And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”           

           The nations (Gog and Magog) that shall refuse to be converted to the Lord will become jealous of the saints and shall marshall their forces together to launch an aerial attack (as a cloud) upon the newly established Kingdom.  But little do they know that the saints have an invisible impenetrable protection.

           Isaiah 31:5  “As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.” 

           Zechariah 2:4, 5  “And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” 

           At the time that these rebellious nations choose to attack the restored Kingdom, God will manifest His power in a way that it will be felt world wide.  This will  bring us to the time of the plagues just prior to the saints being taken to heaven to spend the millennium (1000 years) with the Lord.

           Ezekiel 38:18-23.  “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, [that] my fury shall come up in my face.  For in my jealousy [and] in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;  So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.  And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.  And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.  Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.”   We notice again that the Lord’s weapon against His enemy is to let them kill themselves as was seen in Gideon’s case and the forthcoming war in Palestine. (Zech. 14:13).  Manifestly clear, He allows all these things to take place, so that the nations can acknowledge that He is the Creator and Redeemer.  The war of Gog and Magog culminates in the battle of Armageddon and the Seven Last Plagues.  Amid all this turmoil and calamity the saints will be resting peacefully in the restored Kingdom awaiting the second coming of the Lord. 

           1 Thessalonian 4:15-18.   “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

           According to Revelation 20:1-5 the saints will go to heaven and live 1000 years after which they will return to the re-created earth (Rev.  21) and live for ever and ever.

          Wonderful indeed is God’s plan to finally glorify His name.  No doubt you may be concluding that these are strange doctrines.  The good news is that it is written in the Holy Scriptures.  If we are wrong on these Scriptures, please give us some better explanation.

         One may refuse to believe that men can live in peace on the earth before the earth is made new.  I want you to carefully consider the amount of times the Lord has repeated Himself concerning this subject.

          

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