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Why Gog In Ezekiel
Represents The Antichrist
That Ezekiel 38 portrays a Russian invasion of Israel, years before the Battle of Armageddon begins, is almost an absolute article-of-faith for many people. But, in my considered opinion, the scriptural evidence very clearly indicates otherwise. For instance, in the following scriptural passage, please note that it is Gog, “the chief prince,” who will invade the land of Israel, and that Magog (i.e., Russia) is simply a “land” or nation of people whose soldiers will be one of the many armies under the direct command and leadership of Gog. In fact, it is also said in this scriptural passage that Gog will be “the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” (i.e., the countries in northern Europe and Asia, including Russia). Therefore, we must be intellectually honest and distinguish the difference between Gog, a person, and Magog, a geographical land under the rulership of Gog:
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Ezekiel 38:2, 3
2 Son of Man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophecy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. (KJV)
Once again, even a cursory analysis of the above scriptural text indicates that the expressions “Gog” and “Magog” are not synonymous with each other because Gog is represented or characterized as a person (e.g., “chief prince” and “prophesy against him”), whereas Magog is designated as simply a “land.” Furthermore, please consider what is said in Ezekiel 38:17: “Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them (i.e., Israel; verse 18).” This passage of scripture clearly identifies “Gog” as the individual spoken of by the “prophets of Israel” who frequently prophesied he would invade Israel during the “last days”! Obviously there will be only one such individual, and that person will be none other than the Antichrist. No other person, besides the Antichrist, was singled out for this kind of attention in the Old Testament prophecies. Most assuredly, then, the identity of Gog must be ascribed to the Antichrist (and Satan).
Here is how Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary defines Gog and Magog:
1136 Gog (gogue);
of Hebrew origin ; Gog, a symb. name for some future Antichrist:
3098 Magog (mag-ogue’);
of Hebrew origin ; Magog, a foreign nation, i.e. (figuratively) an Antichristian party:
Clearly, once again, precisely as we observed with the descriptions of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38, there is a distinct difference between the two terms, Gog and Magog, in the Hebrew-Greek dictionary! Gog is a symbolic name for a future antichrist (Satan), whereas Magog is a name reserved for any foreign nation or group of people. Furthermore, this is exactly how these two terms are used in yet another prophetic passage that describes a similar situation, although contextually it takes place 1000 years after Armageddon occurs. Thus, in Revelation 20, we observe that the expression “Gog and Magog” is used to represent both Satan AND all of humanity who will join with Satan in his final rebellion against God, immediately after the Millennial Reign of Christ is over. So, in other words, in Revelation 20, “Gog” represents Satan, and “Magog” represents rebellious people from foreign nations around the world:
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)
As we will confirm later, Gog (in Ezekiel 38) represents both Satan and Antichrist because they will share the same physical human body after the Rapture until near the end of Armageddon. Adequate scriptural proof concerning this matter will be forthcoming in later chapters of this book. Therefore, when all of the scriptural evidence is considered, there can be no question that Gog, in Ezekiel 38, represents Antichrist fighting at the Battle of Armageddon where he meets his demise during the Second Coming of Christ.
Some translations read “Prince of Rosh” rather than “chief prince” in an attempt to imply that we should interpret this expression as meaning the “prince of Russia.” However, this is absolutely erroneous because ROSH appears 456 times within the Old Testament, and NEVER is it used as a proper noun! ROSH is a Hebrew word meaning “chief,” whereas Russia is a Finnish word meaning “rowers” (of a boat). There simply is no comparison or connection between these two words — words which even originate from two entirely different languages. Furthermore, the first or chief day of the Jewish calendar year is called ROSH HASHANA, thereby further proving our contention in this matter.
“And thou (Gog) shalt come from thy place out of the north parts... and will cause thee to come up from the north parts...” (Ezekiel 38:15; 39:2). Sometimes it is said these two passages prove that “Gog and Magog” are from Russia because the country of Russia lies far to the north of Israel. But, other scriptural passages also use the word “north” to designate any invader who approaches Israel from that direction, regardless of their origin:
7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. (KJV)
9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing... (KJV)
22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate... (KJV)
6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. (KJV)
All of these passages portray ancient, fulfilled prophecies concerning death and destruction and invasion coming from the north, thus proving our point. The context, in each case, clearly demonstrates this to be true. (See, e.g., the relevant footnotes in Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible.) For instance, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, invaded and destroyed the land of Israel, the scriptural prophecies characterized him as an invader from the north because that was the direction from which he approached Israel in his invasion even though Babylon is actually located east of Israel. In like manner, the Antichrist will invade Israel from the north on two different and separate occasions. Once during his initial rise to power in Lebanon before the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs, and then many years later, after the Rapture, a second time when he invades Israel in order to desecrate the rebuilt Jewish temple for three and one-half years before fighting the Battle of Armageddon.
As further verification, the countries listed by Ezekiel as being with Gog are the same countries which comprise the empire of Antichrist:
1. Based on commonly-accepted scholarship, MESHECH, TUBAL, and MAGOG represent countries in northern Europe and Asia, including Russia. (e.g., see Genesis 10; Noah’s descendants). Please note that Gog (Antichrist) controls the land of Magog (i.e., Russia), and that Gog is the “chief prince” of Meshech and Tubal (i.e., Russian and European territory). The prophetic fact that Gog will control all of Russia simply indicates that Russia will be a part of Gog’s empire at that point in time.
2. PERSIA, ETHIOPIA, and LIBYA. Persia represents modern Iran. Ethiopia was translated from the Hebrew word CUSH, which is somewhat misleading because the descendants of Cush (one of Noah’s grandsons) populated all of black Africa, not just Ethiopia. (see Genesis 10). By the same token, Libya was translated from the Hebrew word PUT (another grandson of Noah), whose descendants populated the Arab countries of northern Africa, including Libya. (see Genesis 10).
3. GOMER and TOGARMAH represent the various countries within Europe, according to scholarly consensus. (see Gen. 10). The phrase, “and many people with thee,” represents far-distant countries which lie outside the “nucleus” of the Antichrist’s empire, i.e., Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Because common-sense reason asserts that both Russia and the Antichrist could NOT possibly control the very same empire at the very same point in time, we must conclude that Russia will either be conquered by the Antichrist or it will become voluntarily submissive to Antichrist BEFORE the Rapture. Otherwise, it would not be possible for Antichrist to fulfill biblical prophecy by controlling ALL of the world (including Russia) immediately after the Rapture occurs:
Revelation 13:4, 7-8
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
7 And it was given unto him (Antichrist) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him... (KJV)
If you carefully compare the description of Ezekiel’s battle with other biblical scriptures describing Armageddon, it becomes quite apparent that Ezekiel’s battle must be the Battle of Armageddon! (Compare: Ezekiel 38:1-23; Ezekiel 39:1-20, 29; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 14:14-20; Zechariah 14:1-16; Zechariah 12:1-6, 9-11; Joel 3:1-17.) Please note when you read these scriptures (either in your Bible or in the seventh chapter of this book) that many major similarities can be found repeatedly throughout these passages, thereby adding considerable weight to the argument that Ezekiel 38 depicts the Battle of Armageddon:
1. Soldiers of Antichrist are struck with madness and fight each other.
2. Fire and brimstone rained down from Heaven; flesh of the soldiers literally consumed away.
3. Birds and animals “invited” to feast on the multitudes slain.
4. Great “shaking” of the earth; extraordinary earthquakes.
5. Winepress symbolism portraying the massive slaughter.
Obviously there are many points of similarity which can be found in the various descriptions of Armageddon, even when you include Ezekiel 38 and 39 in the comparison. That is why there should be no doubt regarding the identification of Ezekiel’s battle. Its description sounds so strikingly similar to other scriptural passages which describe Armageddon that we are forced to conclude that Ezekiel 38 does, in fact, portray the Battle of Armageddon.
Furthermore, Ezekiel even concludes the events described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 by stating that God NEVER will hide His face from Israel again after the horrific battle he describes is concluded. But, that would not be a true statement if Gog really did represent Russia invading Israel before the rise of Antichrist, thereby forcing the Battle of Armageddon to be fought at some later date. Accordingly, with that clarification in mind, please observe what God promises, very clearly and specifically, to Israel AFTER the battle in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is over:
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.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
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.
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;
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. (KJV)
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