The Battle Of Gog And Magog- By Daymond Duck - http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd72.html
I have long believed and taught that if the United States ever abandons Israel, the United States is through as a nation. Well, it looks like it has happened, or at the very least, it is close to happening.
I will come back to this, but I want to share three other opinions first because I want you to know that I believe that it is possible that the Battle of Gog and Magog could be before the Tribulation Period. And, although no one knows the day or the hour of the Rapture, I believe that the Battle of Gog and Magog could be at, or about, the same time as the Rapture.
First, I do not agree with the teaching that Gog is the Antichrist. For example: 1) Gog will die on the mountains of Israel, his body will be devoured by the ravenous birds and beasts of the field (Ezekiel 39:4) and his remains will be buried in the land of Israel (Ezekiel 39:12), but the Antichrist will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20); 2) God will put hooks into Gog’s jaws and drag him and his army into the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38:4), but three unclean spirits from the mouths of Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will gather the Antichrist’s army for the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:13); 3) Gog will be the leader of a few nations (Ezekiel 38:5-6) and other nations will question his attack (Ezekiel 38:13), but the Antichrist will be the leader of the whole world (Daniel 7:23; Revelation 13:7-8; Zechariah 14:2) and no one will question his attack; and 4) There will be a second Battle of Gog and Magog long after the Antichrist is cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:8).
Second, I do not agree with the teaching that the Battle of Gog and Magog is the same as the Battle of Armageddon. For example: 1) God will attack Gog’s troops with rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone and they will kill each other (Ezekiel 38:21-22), but Jesus will attack the Antichrist’s troops with the sword of His mouth (Revelation 19:15); 2) The goal of the Battle of Gog and Magog is to take a spoil and a prey; silver, gold, cattle and goods (Ezekiel 38:13), but the goal of the Battle of Armageddon is to destroy Israel (Revelation 12:15); 3) The Battle of Gog and Magog will end upon the mountains of Israel (Ezekiel 39:2), but the Battle of Armageddon will end in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2); and 4) Gog’s army will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel before it ever reaches Jerusalem (Ezekiel 39:2), but the Antichrist’s army will temporarily capture Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:1).
Third, although we should not be dogmatic, it looks like the Bible teaches that England, the United States and others will not help Israel during the Battle of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel 38:13 reads, “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” Not all agree, but many identify the merchants of Tarshish as England and many believe the young lions are those nations that came into being out of England such as the United States, Canada and Australia. Whoever these self-righteous pretenders are they will question Russia’s invasion, but they won’t lift a finger to help tiny Israel. Instead of admitting that Russia is seeking a spoil and a prey; instead of admitting that Islam is a religion of jihad and not a religion of peace; they will resort to political spin and diplomatic baloney suggesting that this war has something to do with poverty and hunger.
Now, having said this, let’s get to the point: Pres. Obama and Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement. Russia has pulled her troops out of Syria and notified Syria and Iran that they will receive no more weapons after existing orders are filled. In return, the U.S. has advised Israel that she is on her own and will not receive American help if she attacks Iran’s nuclear reactor and Iran counterattacks Israel. If Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear reactor and, in response, Russia, Iran and others attack Israel at the Battle of Gog and Magog, it is the view of the United States that Israel will be on her own.
Wrong! The attitude of the United States may bring God’s judgment on America, but Israel doesn’t need America’s help. God and the archangel Michael have Israel’s back (Daniel 12:1). God will magnify and sanctify Himself in the eyes of the world and many people will get saved (Ezekiel 38:23). What does Israel need: Faith, courage, grave diggers and fire equipment (Ezekiel 39:9, 12)?
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