In our previous article I took time to explain the Significance of Gog and Magog in this End of time, and what they symbolize in our time. You can read this HERE.
Now, let's me finalise this topic, before we move to the white throne Judgement series.
Many has read Ezekiel 38 and 39 and conclude that these chapters are describing a battle or end-time event that coincides with the prophecy about Gog and Magog in Revelation 20. Many don't even understand the events and prophecy recorded there. But a careful reading of the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 with help of the Holy Spirit, we understood that this particular prophecy differ from the Revelation 20 prophecy. Let's see the difference once more
What's the Difference between Event in Rev 20 and Ezek. 38?
Now, we'd love to contrast the two events because though carrying the same name (Gog and Magog), the instances are not the same.
1. Ezekiel's battle occurs in the latter part of the great tribulation (the Armageddon) while that of Rev 20 occurs at the end of the millennium.
2. The battle in Ezekiel 38 comes from the north, while that of Rev. 20 comes from the four corners if the earth.
3. There is no mention of Satan in Ezekiel's battle, but in Revelation Satan is seen as the convener and leader of this war.
4. The battle in Ezekiel 38-38 brings Israel back to God (39:21-29)whiles that in Rev 20 destroys all enemies with zero opportunities for repentance. The armies in Rev 20 meet their waterloo as fire comes down from heaven and destroys them. The devil is later cast into the lake of fire.
5. Turkey, Ethiopia, Germany, Libya and Iran join Russia in the battle in Ezekiel's battle while the millennium battle involves all nations.
6. Ezekiel's battle occurs when the truce made by the Antichrist's coalition is broken by Russia( iron and clay separates) and Armageddon occurs.
7. In Ezekiel's battle, Turkey, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran and Libya join Russia to fight Israel. In the Revelation 20 scenario, nations from the four corners are of the earth are involved.
8. One event seems to cut across both battles: fire comes down from heaven and destroys the enemies.
Why will God permit Gog and Magog to fight?
The reason God allows Gog and Magog to attack Israel at the Armageddon bbefore the beginning of the Millennium is to confirm His greatness and His holiness in the sight of all nations, so that there is no doubt that He alone is the God of peace (Ezekiel 38:16, 23; 39:6-7, 21-23, 28).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
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.
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.
He alone is the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Christ may still be relatively unknown to many of the nations of the world when His millennial reign begins (see Psalm 2), and this battle prior to the Millennium will help shape their view and understand that indeed, God Almighty is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
It's at the Millennium that God will enter His rest, this is when there will be peace all over the earth, there will be no war, no deception, and no temptation. God had worked for 6000 years (6 days), at the seventh day (7000th year), He shall enter His rest. So, God is still working.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
As the thousand years unfold, “Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).
In time, the whole world will know the true God and His ways. Then God says, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). During this time, it seems likely that many descendants of Gog and Magog (especially women and children) will turn to God and receive salvation and serve God.
Why will Satan will loose out of the bottomless pit after the Millennium?
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
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.
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.
Now, we understood that during the millennium, there will be no more temptation, because Satan will be in the bottomless pit. So, the inhabitants of the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. But, the knowledge of God in them has not been tested. That's what happen in the Garden of Eden, the knowledge of God in Eve and Adam was tested and they fell. I perceive this is the main reason God will release Satan out of the bottomless pit to deceive the inhabitants of these nations, the knowledge of God in them has to be tried. By so doing God will separate the chaff from the wheat, He will separate the fake from the original, the pretenders from the true ones. It will be to test their hearts to see if they really want to live God’s way of life or if they have simply complied with God’s laws until given the opportunity to rebel.
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