I’m not a history buff or a theologist and therefore for me to agree or disagree with the following article would be invalid. I will say that the article makes sense to me. Yet, I do know You and things that You do or say may or may not coincide with our feeble minds.
Yet, what Revelation warns us about, which Daniel told us (starting in chapter 6) and Jesus told us in Matthew 24, is going to happen. Therefore, I say what Joshua said:
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Josh 24:15).
I just cannot imagine how people are unable to accept You, but they can believe in these bogus cults so I want to look at another one of Ancient Man’s Cults, Sects, and Religions:
Prophecy Against Gog Continued
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
“Bow” – the Lord will disarm Israel’s enemies before they can shoot an arrow.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
“Seven” – a symbolic number signifying the finality of this great battle against God’s people, as well as indicating the size of the invading armies. As you will notice, the three symbolic or primary numbers of the Bible are 3, 7, and 40.
10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog.
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
“Sever out men of continual employment” – after the seven-month burial period observed by all the people, special squads will be hired full time to ensure total cleansing of the land – by marking for burial any human bones that may have been missed.
15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog.
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
“Speak unto every feathered fowl…gather…to my sacrifice” – various interpretations are:
1. Since the enemies are all dead and buried, this section is perhaps to be understood as poetic imagery.
2. However, if the passage reverts back to v. 4, a more literal interpretation is possible – the dead bodies weren’t all buried at once.
3. Verses 17-20 involve a restating of vv. 9-16, employing a different figure. The metaphor of sacrifice suggests a consecration to the Lord in judgment, as with Jericho.
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
“Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty” – a gory description of what birds of prey commonly do (see Rev 19:17-21). The bodies of the victims are compared to animals commonly used for sacrifices.
“Bashan” – rich pastureland east of the sea of Galilee, known for its sleek cattle and its oak rees.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
“Eat fat…drink blood” – further indication that this is the Lord’s sacrificial feast, in that fat and blood were normally reserved for God (see 44:15; Lev 3:17).
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
“My table” – sacrificial altar (see 40:38-43 and 41:22 for description of the tables in the new temple.
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
“My glory” – God’s visible presence in the world. Here that visibility is due to divine intervention in history.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
39:22-23 – “The house of Israel shall know…the heathen shall know” – as God had made Himself known to Israel and the nations through His saving acts in Israel’s behalf, so now Israel and the nations wil see Him again at work as He judges His people for their sin.
23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
“After that they have borne their shame” – the remembrance of shame previously called for is here erased.
27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
“I…am sanctified in them” – God will reveal Himself anew in a restored holy people.
28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Gog and Magog
“Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images” (Ex 23:24).
God will not tolerate those who oppose Him. He is God, the creator of all things and He simply does not have to.
“We having the same spirit of faith according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Cor 4:13).
Our decision is: Do we want to walk with Him or oppose Him?
What are Gog and Magog?
Historically speaking, Magog was a grandson of Noah (Gen 10:2). The descendants of Magog settled to the far north of Israel, likely in Europe and northern Asia (Eze 38:2).
Magog seems to be used to refer to “northern barbarians” in general, but likely also has a connection to Magog the person. The people of Magog are described as skilled warriors (Eze38:15; 39:3-9).
Gog and Magog are referred to in Eze 38-39 and in Rev 20:7-8. While these two instances carry the same names, a close study of Scripture clearly demonstrates they do not refer to the same people and events.
In Ezekiel’s prophecy, Gog will be the leader of a great army that attacks the land of Israel. Gog is described as “of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Eze 38:2-3).
“He went on to explain that Russia was the Magog described in Ezekiel’s prophecy and was thus doomed to destruction.”
“In the thirty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel it says God will take the children of Israel from among the heathen [where] they’d been scattered and will gather them again in the promised land,”
Reagan told Mills. “Ezekiel says that . . . the nation that will lead all the other powers into darkness against Israel will come out of the north.Ezekiel’s battle of Gog and Magog occurs in the tribulation period, more specifically in the first 3½ years. The strongest evidence for this view is that the attack will come when Israel is at peace (Eze 38:8, 11).
The description from Ezekiel is that of a nation that has security and has laid down its defenses. Israel is definitely not at peace now, and it is inconceivable that the nation would lay down its defenses apart from some major event.
When Israel’s covenant with the Beast/Antichrist is in effect at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week (also known as the 7-year tribulation, Dan 9:27), Israel will be at peace. Possibly the battle will occur just before the midpoint of the seven-year period.
According to Ezekiel, Gog will be defeated by God Himself on the mountains of Israel. The slaughter will be so great it will take seven months to bury all of the dead (Eze 39:11-12).
Gog and Magog are mentioned again in Rev 20:7-8. The duplicated use of the names Gog and Magog in Rev 20:8-9 is to show that these people demonstrate the same rebellion against God and antagonism toward God as those in Eze 38-39.
It is similar to someone today calling a person “the devil” because he or she is sinful and evil. We know that person is not really Satan, but because that person shares similar characteristics, he or she might be referred to as “the devil.”
The book of Revelation uses Ezekiel’s prophecy about Magog to portray a final end-times attack on the nation of Israel (Rev 20:8-9). The result of this battle is that all are destroyed, and Satan will find his final place in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).
It is important to recognize that the Gog and Magog of Eze 38-39 is quite different from the one in Rev 20:7-8. Below are some of the more obvious reasons why these refer to different people and battles.
1. In the battle of Eze 38-39, the armies come primarily from the north and involve only a few nations of the earth (Eze 38:6, 15; 39:2). The battle in Rev 20:7-9 will involve all nations, so armies will come from all directions, not just from the north.
2. There is no mention of Satan in the context of Eze 38-39. In Rev 20:7 the context clearly places the battle at the end of the millennium with Satan as the primary character.
3. Eze 39:11-12 states that the dead will be buried for seven months. There would be no need to bury the dead if the battle in Eze 38-39 is the one described in Rev 20:8-9, for immediately following Rev 20:8-9 is the Great White Throne judgment (20:11-15) and then the current or present heaven and earth are destroyed, replaced by a new heaven and earth (Rev 21:1).
There obviously will be a need to bury the dead if the battle takes place in the early part of the tribulation, for the land of Israel will be occupied for another 1,000 years, the length of the millennial kingdom (Rev 20:4-6).
4. The battle in Ez 38-39 is used by God to bring Israel back to Him (Eze 39:21-29). In Rev 20, Israel has been faithful to God for 1,000 years (the millennial kingdom). Those in Rev 20:7-10 who are rebellious are destroyed without any more opportunity for repentance.