The Bible has just one author, God. This means that we could start with any chapter that describes the coming of Gog, and work from there. However, wisdom encourages us to start with the best detail and the most thorough description. That’s why this section is called the ‘Core Chapters’. These chapters will describe the coming of Gog and Magog, and the key events and details that are a part of that description.
Here are a few of the details that you will see:
A vast army will be destroyed.
That army will be headed by someone called Gog, ruler of the land of Magog.
Names will be referred to that are found in the Genesis 10 Table of Nations.
A fire will descend upon the world.
The Moon will become as bright as the sun, and the sun will become seven times brighter than it is today.
The biggest earthquake since the Great Flood will occur.
Planes, trains, trucks and tanks will cease to operate.
Everyone will know that Yehovah is God.
The Nations will be sifted.
The Holy Spirit will descend upon the people of Israel.
All of that, and more, will be found in these core chapters. However, before launching into all of that, let’s look at the description of two other armies, first.
The Army Of The Antichrist
What we are trying to do with this book is put the coming of Gog and Magog in it proper place in end times events – as well as understanding where the Return of Jacob fits in the the timeline of the Last Days. You’ll get tired of hearing me repeat that, but it’s really important – especially since two key End Times events have already happened. The return of the Jews to the Land of Israel and the recapture of Jerusalem. Those two events have always been key parts of the Last Days, and that should cause us to focus on the next big event that has not happened yet, the Battle of Gog and Magog.
Unfortunately, the description of the Antichrist invading Israel multiple times can be a little confusing. There are at least three invasions and four battles. And, the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation doesn’t happen until after invasion two.
How many of you knew that the Antichrist invades Israel THREE TIMES?
Before sitting down to write the first edition of this book, I’d never thought that one through. But, when you compile all the evidence, it’s pretty clear. And, an invasion is… well …an invasion. And, we will look at these invasions by the Antichrist and examine the passages that describe them.
We will do that first, because the description of what the army of the Antichrist does, will help us decide if the Antichrist is Gog. As we go through Ezekiel, Zechariah and Isaiah, it will become clear that he cannot the Gog that leads Magog and the rest of that alliance against Israel.
Again, if the evidence that we have on Gog and Magog disagrees with what we know about the invasions of Israel by the Antichrist, then we must conclude that the coming of Gog and Magog must come before the Antichrist.
This Is About Salvation Please remember that the main point isn’t really about the coming of Gog and Magog and the global cataclysm that occurs at the same time. This is actually about the moment in which the children of Jacob wake up and realize that Jesus was and is the Messiah. These events will play a role in the realization they are sinners in need of a savior. The Children of Jacob will understand that they are destined for judgment, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and the one who died for them, two thousand years ago. The ONLY way that the Israelis can be saved is through faith in Jesus. He is the final sacrifice. There is literally no other way to reach heaven, except through faith in Him. None. If there was any other way, God would have told us. Jesus certainly would not have suffered and died for our sins, if there was another way for us to escape eternal judgment. So, as we look at these accounts of apocalyptic conflict, we need to make sure that we are also seeing spiritual transformation at the same time. And, Paul says a bit about what that means in 2 Corinthians: But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. – 2 Corinthians 3:15-16 (NET)
So, when the children of Jacob turn to Christ, the veil that lies on their heart, the veil that keeps them from seeing Jesus as the Messiah, that veil will be taken away. And that sounds awfully familiar to those of us who are also following Christ. Paul – or, someone very much like Paul – writes this in the Book of Hebrews: “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people. “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” – Hebrews 8:10-12 (NET)
That sounds like the same salvation through faith that you and I have experienced. Through His Holy Spirit, God has put His laws in our mind and has written them on our hearts. And, as Paul says in Ephesians, it is His grace by which we have been saved (Ephesians 2). But, I ended that too soon. How did God save us? Through faith. How will God save the Children of Jacob? Through faith. What is faith? Well, Hebrews gives the best definition that I know of: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 (NET) It will be the miracle of faith, given to them by the grace of God, that will save all Israel. That is how it will happen, and we see this reflected in the prophecies in the Old Testament. And, the Old Testament is literally the best place to start looking for this evidence of saving faith and the battle that is connected to it.
Ezekiel 36 To 39
So, when we look at the salvation of Jacob in Ezekiel, we see the same faith and obedience in Ezekiel 36 and 37 that we see in the New Testament. It is the most poignant prophecy of redemption in the Bible. And, I have placed a more detailed discussion of those two chapters in the Appendix.
I would love to talk about it here, but our focus is on the timing of a single event – an event that is also the largest sign that the time of redemption has come for Jacob:
Gog and Magog
We have already seen the return of the children of Jacob to the Land of Israel. But, the return to the Land was only prologue. It was just a sign that redemption was near.
Unfortunately, the sign that redemption has arrived will be an invasion by a grand alliance assembled by Gog – who is ruler of the Land of Magog. This army will invade Israel and be destroyed in the Jezreel Valley and on the Golan. And, a fire will fall upon Magog and upon all who either supported this invasion, or sat idly by while it happened.
I call that fire, Ezekiel’s Fire. It will either be the largest solar flare in recorded history, or a micronova. And yes, we have discovered that stars like our own sun do produce micronovae every few thousand years, over and over. And, you do not want to be caught unprepared for that. But, that’s a story for another book.
The point is that the coming of Gog and Magog, the great sign of Israel’s salvation, is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Other chapters in the Bible also describe this great invasion, but Ezekiel gives so much detail about it, that it cries out to to us to start there – after we have examined the passages about the army of the Antichrist.
Zechariah 12 And 13
After Ezekiel, our next stop will be Zechariah 12 and 13, which adds detail that is not provided by Ezekiel. Some of that detail spells trouble for our technology that lies at the foundation of our civilization. And, it’s this sentence in Zechariah that makes me shiver:
Horses will be smitten with astonishment and blindness.
That’s from Zechariah 12:4, and unless our civilization collapses beforehand to such a low level that we have turned back to horses, this is a euphemism for cars, trucks and military vehicles being immobilized. And, we already know that a man-made EMP – electromagnetic pulse – can do that. Well, this one will come from the sun.
Then, Isaiah brings even more important detail in chapter 30, confirming some of what Ezekiel and Zechariah talk about and adding some important revelations. We will see confirmation that Ezekiel’s Fire is either a superflare (a many times massive solar flare) or a micronova. God will describe a devouring fire and the sifting of the nations. We’ll see the indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon the people of Israel.
There will also be an earthquake so huge that big buildings, everywhere, will collapse.
Just thinking about all that devastation, makes me shudder. I don’t like pondering something like this, but our safety lies in the acknowledgment and the acceptance of the truth. Hiding from it will not make it go away. Worse, it will be a disobedience to the command of Jesus for us to watch.
So, let’s begin our journey with a detailed look at the two armies of the Antichrist.
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