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Revelation Answer to Question #26


26.  Do Gog of Magog which surround the "beloved city" attack Jerusalem? (Revelation 20:9)


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 nations—led by Russia—attack 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."


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).


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