Islam from a Biblical Perspective XIV
Gog of Magog Part 2
The Feast of God
The Battle of Gog of Magog and Armageddon is that at the conclusion of both, a call goes out to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field to partake of the flesh of the fallen soldiers. Consider the following comparisons:
"Assemble and come, gather from all around..."
"to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel..."
"for the great supper of God..."
"You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth... And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors", declares the Lord GOD"
"to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great"
Revelation takes its description of this unparalleled "feast" directly from Ezekiel's prophecy. Daniel Block wrote, "The scene of the birds gathered for the great supper of God in Rev. 19:17-21 is clearly borrowed from Ezekiel's last frame... Although this passage never mentions Gog by name, the beast certainly represents him". Why would the Lord use a passage that describes the destruction of Gog and apply it to the destruction of the Antichrist? If the two are not the same, this would be awfully confusing, if not outright misleading. More comparisons
"In the land of Israel"
"At the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon"
"On that day there shall be a great earthquake"
"And a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth"
"And every wall shall tumble to the ground"
"And the cities of the nations fell"
"And the mountains shall be thrown down"
"And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found"
"And I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire, and sulfur".
"And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of hail, because the plague was so severe"
So, if all of the mountains are thrown down when Gog is destroyed, how can they all be thrown down again only a few years later? This makes no sense unless the two passages are simply telling the same story.
Again, the theme of the "mountains" falling is repeated. But a new theme here is that of the Messiah sending forth "plague" and "pestilence" upon His enemies. In another well-known antichristic prophecy, the prophet Zechariah also spoke of the "plague" that will befall the armies of the Antichrist:
This theme is also seen in Ezekiel's messianic prophecy:
Both Armies attack each other
Of course, this is a perfect description of the global Islamic community, which from its beginnings has been divided between the two sects of Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. It is also a perfect fulfillment of the ancient prophecy declared over Ishmael, the father of the Arab peoples, who would forever be in conflict with other men and even his own brothers:
It isn't surprising then that the armies of the Antichrist, while in the land of Israel, right up to the very last moment, are seen attacking each other, fulfilling the well-known proverb.
Ezekiel describes precisely the same dynamic occurring among the armies of Gog:
Both coalitions consist of the same nations In Daniel 11, after conquering Egypt, we are told that the two nations of Libya and Sudan (Cush) will submit to the Antichrist:
But, in Ezekiel 38, we read that these same two nations will be a part of the military coalition of Gog:
If Gog and his armies, including Libya and Sudan, are utterly destroyed, how is it that these same two nations are resurrected only a couple of years later, to join the armies of the Antichrist? These are NOTtwo separate events! It is reasonable to conclude that Gog and the Antichrist are one and the same. Both invade Israel to take spoils
Likewise, Zechariah describes looting by the Antichrist and his forces:
Both come from the North
Jeremiah 1:14 and 6:22
Ezekiel 38:14-16 and 39:1-3
Both invade Israel when she feels secure
Isaiah 10:20 1
Many look primarily to arguments from silence. In other words, because one passage contains information that the other does not, this proves that they are two different events. Using this same logic, all four gospel accounts are different stories. Both are destroyed on the mountains of Israel
Ezekiel 39:5 and 9
It isn't true that Gog's armies will be somehow limited to the mountains of Israel. His armies cover the whole land and he himself dies in an open field. The "mountains of Israel" is a synecdoche for the whole land of Israel
When God referred to the "mountains of Israel" he referred to the whole land of Israel. Similar to "the fruited plains" referring to the United States vast expanse. If the Antichrist ruled over every nation on Earth, we would have global peace. Yet Daniel 9:27 reveals that the Antichrist is at war until the very end. Simply stated, war necessitates resister militaries and governments. Daniel 11 speaks of nations that will be at war with the Antichrist, and others that will "escape his hand".
Ezekiel 38-39 is simply one more telling of the same story that all the prophets tell:
- A group of nations, led by Gog/Antichrist, attacks Israel and persecutes Christians
- As a result, over a period of three and a half years, the nation of Israel experiences one final utter devastation with many being taken captive
- Through the Messiah, the Lord intervenes to rescue the survivors and deliver the captives
- The gentile nations turn to the Lord
- Israel returns to the Lord forever
- The Messiah rules from Jerusalem