What is the Gog of Magog

Gog and Magog - Bible lexicon

Gog is a symbolic name for the powerful and proud leader of the vast hordes of Scythia and Tartarsan. Magog is the son of Japhet (Gen. 10: 2), whose descendants spread across the steppes in the north and after whom the country was named. In Ezekiel 38: 2 it says: “Son of man, set your face against Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Mesech and Tubal.” Gog is the prince of Rosh, Mesech and Tubal. These “coming from the north” will be "Cover the land like a cloud" and will attack Israel in the land of Palestine, but will be defeated by God (Ezek. 38: 2, 18; 39: 1, 6, 11). The valley in which they will be buried will be called Hamon-Gog, " Valley of the multitude of Gogs "(Ezek. 39.11.15). The destruction of these hordes will bring the heathen, that is, the peoples outside the western kingdom of the Antichrist, to know the Lord.

In Revelation 20: 8 + 9 we also read of Gog and Magog, who attack "the camp of the saints and the beloved city" Jerusalem. But this must not be confused with the prophecy in Ezekiel, because here they come "from the four corners of the earth "and the battles do not take place at the same time. In Ezekiel, the battle takes place before Israel is finally in the land, as can be seen from the context. In Revelation, the battle takes place at the end of the 1,000 year kingdom, followed by the final annihilation of God's enemies led by Satan. While Ezekiel undoubtedly gives an indication of specific persons and peoples, "Gog and Magog" are symbolic names here that are used to denote all the proud and powerful hordes after the millennium, whose number "is like the sand of the sea". They are brought together by Satan from all corners of the earth to attack the kingdom of the Lord Jesus, but are consumed with fire from heaven. For when Satan is let go he will not be able to become a rich to stand up against the Lord.

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Hamon-Gog | Magog | Valley of the Lot Gogs