26. Do Gog of Magog which surround
the "beloved city"
attack Jerusalem? (Revelation 20:9)
GOG & MAGOG
Gog and Magog represent the enemies of God. First, they are the nations at the end of
the Christian Age. The Battle of Armageddon will climax in the Middle East. When the
"earthquake" revolution in Christendom splits the coalition of church and state
(Revelation 16:18-21), the demise of the forces sent to Israel will cause the masses to
rise against Christendom.
When the armies of the nationsled by Russiaattack Jerusalem, God will fight
for Israel as He did before "in the day of battle" (Zechariah 14:3), and thus
"set my glory among the heathen" (Ezekiel 39:21).
Last, Gog and Magog represent the
deceived and rebellious of Christ's Kingdom. They
surround the "beloved city" after the thousand years are completed when Satan is
let loose as the final test on restored mankind. These enemies of God represent a small
minority of the human race who are deceived by Satan. These rebels with Satan will be
destroyed in "second death," that is, "the lake of fire."
GREAT NUMBER BLESSED
The greatest number of humanity will be
blessed as part of the promise to father Abraham, "In multiplying I will multiply thy
seed as the stars of the heaven [the church] and as the sand which is upon the sea shore
[restored mankind], and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" (Genesis
22:17). Abraham's seed may include "his seed," who are "as the sand"
who possess "the gate of his enemies."
Even a small percentage of those who rebel
would still make a large number "as the sand of the sea" (Revelation
20:8). Enemies of God's people, when numerous, are referred to
"as the sand that is
upon the seashore" (Joshua 11:4).