578:  Gog and Magog Invasion – Who, What, and When?

578: Gog and Magog Invasion – Who, What, and When?

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Looking at Israel Today

The Gog and Magog invasion of Israel is a future event that has sparked some debate today about its timing due to what happened in Israel on October 7th.  If you remember, on that day, Hamas terrorists and depraved citizens from Gaza attacked Israel and killed over a thousand people in a most horrific way and dragged several hundred back to Gaza as political prisoners.  And the response of the IDF has been swift and intense, rendering Northern Gaza into a barren wasteland before the watching eyes of the world.

But the fallout from this bloodthirsty attack and the continuing aftermath of Israel has polarized nations and political leaders in choosing which side of this war they will take.  Do they support Gaza, with their demand for the total eradication of Israel, protesting and chanting “from the river to the sea?”  Or do they support Israel, the victims of this attack, and their God-given right to protect themselves from this kind of barbaric butchery?

Amazingly (or maybe not so amazing), the nations that have aligned themselves with Hamas and against Israel line up perfectly with those involved in the Gog from Magog invasion of Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39.  In fact, the precise fulfillment of this prophecy could happen right before our eyes, in breathtaking color.

We are going to seek to answer three questions about this prophecy and what is happening today in Israel.  First, who are the nations involved in the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion?  Next, what actually happens during the Gog invasion?  And, most important, when does it take place?


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The prophecy in Ezekiel begins by listing a group of people (or nations) that no longer exist today but inhabit geographic areas we can clearly identify.  And this invasion is designed by God, who seems to be directing the players and the outcome for His own personal reasons (Ezek. 38:23, see also Romans 9:17-18).

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal'” – Ezekiel 38:1-3.

Note the participants:  Gog from the land of Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  But there are more.

“I will (God’s actions) turn you (Gog) around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops— many people are with you” – Ezekiel 38:4-6.

Now we see even more participants: Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and the house of Togarmah.  These are the ones who will come against Israel during this invasion.  Yet, other nations are mentioned who are critical of Gog’s actions yet do not directly involve themselves.

“Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” – Ezekiel 38:13.

So who are these people, and what countries do they represent today?


Read ‘Em and Weep

When we look at the table of nations in Genesis 10 and elsewhere, we can determine the nations involved in the invasion, or those critical of it:

•   Gog – Leader (Demonic)
•    Land of Magog (Scythians) – Central Asia, the countries that made up the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan)
•    The Prince of Rosh – Russia
•    Meshech and Tubal – Modern Turkey
•    Persia – Iran
•    Ethiopia (Cush) – Modern Sudan, those nations south of Egypt
•    Libya (Put or Phut) – Modern Libya, possibly as far as Algeria and Tunisia, those nations west of Egypt
•    Gomer (Cimmerians) – Central Turkey
•    House of Togarmah – Modern Turkey, North of Israel
•    Sheba (Sabean Kingdom) – Modern Yemen
•    Dedan – Modern Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar
•    The merchants of Tarshish – Great Britain, Spain
•    all their young lions – the colonies or trading partners of Tarshish, possibly the United States

Can you see things beginning to shape up for something like this?  I sure can.  But let’s look at the current situation Israel finds itself among its Muslim neighbors.  After all, one picture is worth a thousand words, and this is no exception.

There is so much more to discover about the amazing prophetic times we are living in right now.  I hope you will have one eye on your Bible and the other on Israel as we eagerly await the return of our Lord.

It should be a wild ride!


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A Glimpse at Life Under God’s Daily Anger

A Glimpse at Life Under God’s Daily Anger

Wrath That Lingers

As the old Puritan prayer reads, “From Your wrath, good Lord, deliver us.” Today, such a sentiment seems foreign, even offensive, in our modern church culture. After all, haven’t we matured from the medieval superstition of the wrath of a vengeful God? Isn’t our God of today a God of love, acceptance, and inclusivity? Yet how quickly we forget that the Lord our God remains “a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29), before whom we all must one day stand, regardless of how uncomfortable that truth might make us feel.

The Scripture pulls no punches in revealing the reality of God’s righteous anger unleashed against all ungodliness. Romans 1:8 states, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men.” That’s present tense, today. And the word all, means just that, all. Perhaps no verse captures the persistence of God’s anger toward those who continue in disobedience more than Psalm 7:11, which reads, “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” The word angry means “enraged, indignant, foaming at the mouth in rage.”¹  This describes an attribute of God that is missing in most preaching and Systematic Theology textbooks today. But it is, nevertheless, true. God is angry, even enraged, with the wicked every single day.

So what does it truly mean to have the Almighty actively express His displeasure and anger against you on a daily basis? How does the anger of the Lord manifest itself in the life of someone recklessly pursuing sin’s empty promises and shaking his defiant fist in the face of God? For a sign-seeking generation like ours, could this be the ultimate warning sign from heaven— to have the force of divine wrath rest upon you 24 hours a day? Let’s peer behind the veil into a life living under the cloud of God’s abiding anger.

Life Under the Anger of God


Life Under the Anger of God

Face it, yours is a bleak existence. You awaken each morning under the weight of God’s disfavor pressing down on your soul. His anger seems to fill the very air around you. It’s the first reality that greets you in the morning, and the last thing you think about at night. And all during the mundane activities of your day, His anger is always there, reminding you of your sin and guilt and future judgment and condemnation, leaving you no place to hide.

Hardships and frustrations mount in frequency and intensity, like the birth pains of a woman in labor. Deadlines are missed, relationships strained, and accidents occur almost as if by design. Minor headaches morph into searing migraines. The hand of God’s opposition seems evident as if cursing the very works of your hands. And what faint flickers of hope or joy you find in life are quickly extinguished before they can take root.

In public, you force smiles through gritted teeth. But inside, you’re naked and exposed and petrified beneath the glare of His wrath. Guilt and regret consume your private moments. Your mind endlessly replays past sins, reopening old wounds long since concealed and buried. Your anguished cries of “Why, God?” are met by His silence. Deep in your heart, you know the answer— God is disciplining you for your arrogant obstinance. Yet still, you refuse to bend.

Sleep brings you no escape, only haunted visions of past sins and impending doom. You toss upon a bed of inner anguish. Spiritual oppression grows. Confusion now clouds once simple choices. You descend each day further into bondage, making compromises you once thought unthinkable. An unseen Sovereign now holds your mind and will in shackles. Again, you refuse to repent.

As years pass, the curse inevitably takes its toll— addictions form, your health deteriorates, and your dreams begin to die. Even minor mishaps now leave you increasingly bruised and battered. Relationships crumble, and vocations stall. Your conscience grows calloused and cold, now easy to ignore. And as you feel the walls of God’s chastisement closing in, your life shrinks down to this small, miserable existence. In essence, you hate your life. Yet still, you cling to your sins.

In rare moments, something within you stirs. A faint beam of light peeks through the darkness, revealing fleeting sensations of peace, and flashes of joy and hope you once held dear. Your heart softens for an instant as you consider turning back to God in repentance. But as quickly as it came, the darkness returns, with a vengeance, heavier than before. The wrath remains unchanged. And you continue down the path of judgment.

But somewhere deep down, the fear and dread of facing the Judge arises. You see yourself standing exposed, guilty, in utter shame, ready to receive the eternal payment for a lifetime of rebellion against Him. But, as before, your heart stubbornly resists being broken. Today will not be your day of salvation. The appointed time of reprieve passes again as the freedom offered you is spoken of, yet never chosen nor embraced.

But There is Hope


But There is Hope!

This is but a glimpse of what it is like to live under the righteous anger of the Almighty and to daily grieve the Holy Spirit. This is the existence of one who spites the rich love of Christ who bled for your redemption, to harden yourself like Pharaoh against the word of the Lord, and to refuse to bow the knee when the opportunity still remains. Surely, you must know, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

And yet, take heart and be encouraged. For even under the relentless barrage of God’s wrath, the soft voice of hope and redemption can still be heard. It whispers this condition is not final, and your sentence is not fixed. For there is One who willingly absorbed the wrath of God in your place— Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. And through Him, though your sins be as scarlet, Jesus can make you white as snow (Isa. 1:18).

But all this you know. Now it’s time to humble yourself and receive His gift.

Remember, no further wrath awaits those who place their full faith and trust in Him. As the Scriptures proclaim, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). His love triumphs over wrath, and you can be free of your condemnation by faith in Him. And once you trust and receive Him, your dark night of the soul will give way to the dawning light of God’s forgiveness and joy.

It’s not too late. This sad story doesn’t have to be your story. As long as you have breath in your lungs, the door of His mercy stands open. So turn from going your own way, and enter into the shelter of God’s grace. Allow your heart of stone to be made flesh and stop resisting the gentle promptings of the Spirit. His convictions are not meant to condemn you, but to heal and deliver you. Come to Jesus just as you are. Remember, His yoke is easy, His burden light.

And do it today!


Notes

1. Baker, W., & Carpenter, E. E. (2003). In The complete word study dictionary: Old Testament (p. 298). AMG Publishers.


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