THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

THE GOG-MAGOG WAR AND ARMAGEDDON

 

Dear Doug:

 

How is it that the Gog-Magog war is listed first and then followed by Armageddon?  In your expository the “Three Wars One Peace Agreement,”  you break the Gog battle at the end of Ezekiel 39:16 and then seem to leap forward to the next battle (Armageddon) from Ezekiel 39:17-20…Are these battles extremely close together?

 

(Note:  The ORACLE OF DAMASCUS or BURDEN OF DAMASCUS is not the Gog-Magog War.  This conflict described in Zechariah 9; Isaiah 17; and Daniel 9:26 is the 7-fold Arab-Israeli Conflict; with phase #7 yet to take place – the final “end of the war” found in Daniel 9:26).  There is a “period of time” between Daniel 9:26 and Daniel 9:27 (if you would) wherein revival shall break out – primarily in the Middle East and a time in which Israel shall find herself dwelling “safely in the land” in accordance with Ezekiel 38:11 – “unwalled villages.”  This is the NEXT major prophetic happening for which we await!).

 

The Gog-Magog War pits the forces of Antichrist (a.k.a. the Ships of Tarshish – that great latter-day Western alliance of trading partners headed up, I affirm, by the USA and her persistent and on-going efforts at globalization and obvious and overwhelming military extensions – in league, as well, by Sheba and Dedan, whose Saudi Arabian Peninsula commercial interests are aligned with those of the West—that is precisely what we see today—BOTH of these two multi-national entities are in the great Satanic ring at odds among themselves against Gog and his allies, Magog.  I believe this to be, as I have said of late, at the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel—specifically, within the first 40 days—i.e., between Day 1 and Day 40 of the 70th Week of Daniel—the first half of Daniel 70th Week. (See also:   ISRAEL'S TEMPLE SACRIFICE AND THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.)

 

Likewise – and it is mandatory to once again articulate the “sequences” of the Gog-Magog War, not only does it occur “somewhere” between Day 1 and Day 40 of the first half of the 70th Week of Daniel (in that it shall take some 7 months or 210 “prophetic days” – Ezekiel 39:12 – to “cleanse the land” of the carnage resultant from the conflict) – which, in turn, leads us to the 250th day of the first half of the 70th Week of Daniel (i.e., 40 days of “testing” + 210 prophetic days or seven months of “cleansing the land” = 250 days)) – which precisely allows (from the 250th day until the 1,290th day or 30 days beyond the 1,260 day of the second half of the 70th Week of Daniel) some 2,300 days (or from the commencement of the sacrifices until the terminus of the desolations).

 

This 2,300 days is a mandatory and literal fulfillment of Daniel 8:14 and of the verses that precede it:

 

“How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices (i.e., the “reinstitution” of the sacerdotal rites of a rebuilt, Jewish THIRD TEMPLE in Jerusalem – the so-called “Tribulation Temple”) AND the transgression of desolation (i.e., that “period” from the “Abomination of Desolation” until the extremity of that desolation or the fulfillment of Daniel 12:11 – “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up (i.e., the “Abomination of Desolation” or half-way through the 70th Week of Daniel—see Daniel 9:27 wherein Antichrist breaks his “treaty” with Israel “after three-and-one-half weeks”), there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.”), and the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”  And he said to me, ‘For TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED DAYS; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.’”

 

Therefore, our calculations are as follows:

 

Day 1 through Day 40 = 40 days (Gog-Magog War takes place in this period of time—at the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel.

 

Day 41 through day 250 = 210 days (From the termination of the Gog-Magog War through to the 250th Day – known as the SEVEN MONTHS or the time of the “cleansing of the land” – Ezekiel 39:12)

 

Day 251 through day 1,260 = 1010 days (From the commencement of the sacrifices through to the “Abomination of Desolation” or on the 1,260th Day or half way through the 70th Week of Daniel)

 

Day 1,261 + 1,290 days (inclusive) = 1,290 days (Daniel 12:11) which in turn must be a COMPOSITE CALCULATION as follows:  1,290 days + 1,010 = 2,300 in accordance with Daniel 8:13-14.

 

And, I hasten to add, that these “time frames” are incredibly significant in that the following is duly recognized:

 

(1)  By elimination – the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel will occur on Passover (spring).

 

(2)  Adding 250 days (40 days of testing of the “Gog-Magog War”) + 210 days of cleansing (or seven months of cleansing of the land in the aftermath of the Gog-Magog conflagration—and this battle will undoubtedly include “Islamic forces” pitted against Israel/the West under the leadership of the “Prince of the Covenant” – incited over the “rebuilding of the Third Temple” – the newly-crowned PROTECTOR OF ISRAEL who shall claim the victory of Gog-Magog as his own—notwithstanding, giving perfunctory credit to the God of the Universe; for the Scriptures plainly tell us in Ezekiel 39:6-7 that “Then they shall know that I am the LORD”) – all of this shall bring us (from Passover + 250 days) to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS or HANNUKAH or Feast of Dedication or Feast of Rededication of the TEMPLE!

 

(3)  Adding now some 1,010 days of the sacrifices from the newly rededicated temple until the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION and the termination of the sacrifices as well as the “incarnation of Satan” into the body of Antichrist wherein he becomes THE BEAST—commencing his persecution of both ISRAEL and the CHURCH (the CORPORATE Witnesses of Revelation 11 – i.e., THE TWO OLIVE TREES (Israel) and THE TWO LAMPSTANDS (the Church) (Rev. 11:4) – all of this shall bring us to the Abomination of Desolation which shall take place at the FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES or FEAST OF TABERNACLES, NATIONS, INGATHERING which is precisely 1,010 days from the Feast of Lights on the Jewish calendar.

 

(4)  Adding now some 1,260 days (30 days less than the full 1,290 days mentioned in Daniel 12:11 – but the full 70th Week of Daniel or the full 2,520 days or 7 years (i.e., 3.5 + 3.5 “days” = 7 days or one week) or 360-day prophetic year “x” 7 days/years = 2,520 days) we shall come to the close of the 70th Week of Daniel which, again, shall take place on to the Feast of Passover – at which time (prior to the Wrath of God and the Lamb) the SIMULTANEOUS resurrection and rapture of the saints of all generations shall take place (Daniel 12:2a; Matthew 14:31; I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; Revelation 11:11-12) – HALLELUJAH! Then there shall be a thirty-day time frame which shall take us to the 1,290th Day of the latter half of Daniel’s 70th Week which is the SECOND COMING OF MESSIAH – the CHRIST!  This will be on the Jewish Civil calendar some 75 days from the Day of Atonement until the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah (Please See:  Israel’s Temple Sacrifice and the Abomination of Desolation for a full explanation of these chronologies and Jewish Feast Days).

 

(5) Adding now some 30 days (The time known as the Wrath of God and the Lamb – Revelation 6:16; 11:18; 14:10, 19; 15:7; 16:1, 19; 19:15 – as well as “My sacrificial meal” or “Great sacrificial meal” as found in Ezekiel 39:17 – or its Revelation counterpart known as the “Great Supper of God” found in Revelation 19:17) which shall also be designated as the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON and found in Revelation 16:16; 19:19 and echoed in Joel 3:11-13.  It is during this 30-day time frame that the MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB (Revelation 19:6-10) shall stand in absolute counter distinction to the judgment of the Almighty upon the earthlings below!

 

(6)  Adding now some 45 days until the 75th day beyond the conclusion of Daniel’s 70th Week, the Almighty shall “purify the sons of Levi that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3) – indeed, He shall reveal Himself as Messiah to National Israel – and at that time “all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11:26-27) and then shall be fulfilled the following Scriptures:  Psalm 118:26; Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:10; Luke 13:34-35; John 12:13) – and, as well, shall be fulfilled unto the 1,335th Day to all Israel and the nations who shall enter into the Millenarian Kingdom of the Son of David, the Redeemer of Israel:  “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days” (Daniel 12:12).

 

Now, it is AFTER this conflict and Gog’s defeat (Ezekiel 38:18-39:1-10), for which Antichrist shall take full credit; of course, in cooperation with the Almighty for Gog’s defeat - pursue rumors from the north and east, and as it so clearly defines in Daniel 11:40-45—in vs. 44:  “But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” – I do believe this is the commencement of the ARMAGEDDON CAMPAIGN which shall ultimately culminate at the actual BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON (Rev. 16 and, of course, the destruction of the Kings of the East and ultimately the intervention of the Lamb Himself Who shall defeat the armies of the Beast—Rev. 19 and Ezk. 39 as so indicated).  ARMAGEDDON is NOT Gog-Magog nor is Gog-Magog the Oracle of Damascus—THREE distinct conflicts.

 

And if they are, how does Antichrist have sufficient time to put together the Armageddon thing, considering his great defeat during Gog?   

 

Simply put—HE IS NOT DEFEATED AT THE GOG-MAGOG CONFLAGRATION!  Gog is the King of the North who comes up against HIM (i.e., Antichrist) and the King of the South (allied with Gog) comes up against HIM as well (a gigantic pincer) – but Gog and Magog are defeated by the forces of Antichrist – though the Almighty makes it abundantly clear for all who believe that it is His intervention which spares Israel, not Antichrist.

 

There is more than sufficient time for the supernatural manifestations of the Antichrist-Beast to “pull off” Armageddon – in point of fact it is immediately following his confrontations with both of these kings that the following takes place:

 

“But news from the east and the north (no doubt the “far north” in that he has already defeated the “King of the North” in Daniel 11:40) shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” (Daniel 11:44) – leading up “through” the Abomination of Desolation and on to the ultimate Battle or Campaign of Armageddon which climaxes between the 1,260th and 1,290th day of the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week (i.e., 30 days beyond the conclusion of Daniel’s 70th Week).

 

Please give me your ABC thing on this to help me connect the dots a little better?   I know you can’t be too specific with time frames, but you seem to be sensitive to the exact order of occurrences.  This part of Revelation for me is the most difficult.  I can never be completely sure of how to present when I get to the war stuff. 

 

Again (and some of this is repetitious) – however, this is very FRESH in our most recent writings:

 

(1)  THE END OF THE WAR – The Arab-Israel Conflict – 7th State – THE ORACLE or BURDEN of Damascus – prior to the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel – relatively brief and resulting in the diminishing of secular Zionism; and, revival among Israel’s Arab neighbors.  Then Isaiah 18 – the “mystery nation” will pursue a world peace plan for Israel which shall culminate in the Treaty of Hell and Death and the “covenant with Israel’s majority” (Daniel 9:27) for one-week. 

 

(2)  THE TREATY OF HELL AND DEATH – Isaiah 28:15 and 18; Dan. 9:27a – Antichrist and Israel’s majority – undoubtedly this treaty/defense pact will make Israel “dwell in unwalled villages” (a false sense of security—“peace, peace – then comes sudden destruction”) – at this time there will undoubtedly be embedded within this treaty a firm arrangement for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem – I believe this will incite radical Islam with Turkey/Iran from the North and Egypt/Libya/Sudan from the South to come up against Israel and the forces of Antichrist PRE-POSITIONED IN THE LAND TO GUARANTEE THE PEACE.

 

(3)  GOG-MAGOG WAR – 1st 40 days of 70th Week

 

(4)  CLEANSING OF THE LAND – 7 months or 210 days – bringing us to the 250th day – Ezk. 39:12 – IF Passover marks the beginning of the 70th Week – which we believe it shall be to counterfeit the work of Christ having commenced on Passover in Jerusalem after 6 months prior at His baptism/anointing on the Day of Atonement:  BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD (uttered by John the Baptism to draw attention to the real LAMB OF GOD)  - then 250 days from the Passover would bring us precisely to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – HANUKKAH – or the Feast of Re-Dedication of the Temple – a PERFECT time for the Jewish people to consecrate their new temple and then 1,010 AFTER the sacerdotal rites have commenced until . . .

 

(5)  THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION – mid-way through the 70th Week – and during this 1,010 days and the 7 months prior thereto there is war between Antichrist and “rumors in the east and north” – the Abomination of Desolation brings the “resurrection” of Antichrist into the figure of THE BEAST—for he is entitled THE BEAST from this point onward.  There will be 2,300 days from the commencement of the “sacrifice” until the end of Abominations – see Daniel 8:13-14)  The Abomination of Desolation in accordance with the Jewish Religious Calendar will take place precisely on the Feast of Tabernacles – Nations – Ingathering – IT’S UTTERLY AMAZING. And utterly precise!  I have written extensively on this—see ISRAEL’S TEMPLE SACRIFICES, etc.

 

(6) THEN for 1,260 days of Abominations the TWO WITNESSES are persecuted; however, during the first half of the 70th Week they have a prevailing testimony—both ISRAEL and the CHURCH to their respective “audiences” – then after 3.5 days of their open persecution the Spirit of God is breathed into them and they are resurrected and those that are alive are caught up to meet the Lord in the air PRIOR TO THE POURING OUT OF THE WRATH OF THE LAMB! 

 

(6)  This is NOT the Second Coming of Christ – but begins the 30 days until the 1,290th Day of Abominations wherein the Wrath of the Lamb is poured out upon the earth dwellers intent on destroying Israel – this is ultimately the SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD – THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON which culminates in Jerusalem when Messiah shall place his foot upon the Mt. of Olives, etc. and destroy the powers and armies of the Beast and Second Beast – thus concludes the 2,300 days of “sacrifice and abominations” – and then.

 

(7)  45 days of BLESSING wherein the TEMPLE IS CLEANSED and the nations are JUDGED and the Beast and Second Beast are thrown into the Lake of Fire.

 

(8)  At the close of the 1,335th Day – the Millenarian reign of the Son of Day begins – AMEN! (See Daniel 12).

 

It is altogether crystal clear and in keeping with the volume of Scripture in both Testaments.

 

YES – it is eschatologically revolutionary but it is utterly honoring to the promises of Him Who never fails and keeps covenant no matter what the preposterous notions of those who deem otherwise contrive!

 

Remember – Antichrist-Beast is fraught with naught but war and rumors of war throughout his entire turbulent rule and reign!  We are prepared to defend this posture on behalf of ISRAEL and the CHURCH – this is altogether a glorious matter in the timing and chronological order of the Almighty—let us join with Him in the battle!!

 

I sent Guy a copy of my Revelation presentation for high school/college…I quote you all extensively.  But for some reason, when I get to the specific wars, I always feel inadequate to state any strong opinion.  As I read your stuff, I am getting more confident, because I believe you have really done your research.  

 

I have a Master’s in Biblical Science, with a minor in Jewish studies.  And, as a Jew for Jesus, my heart is bent on reaching the Jewish & Muslim people with the Gospel message…but for some reason, my call is Paul’s way…by getting the “Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy.” (Romans 11)  This is why I work with international, multicultural, inner city youth, in 2 youth groups.   I teach English as a Second Language in public school in urban Philadelphia.

 

PERFECT!!

 

In any event, I pour over your’ and Dene’s stuff like it’s candy.   Your presentations are the best ever, ever, ever….and you are not afraid to step on toes to say what you have to, to the Church (which I pray to Yeshua, will WAKEEE UUUUPPP!)

 

I’ve cut and pasted a section of your work that I keep going over, trying to clear it up in my mind….I guess because I’m a visual learner (and that is why I like the way you guys write…You are so descriptive)…

 

Thanks for any clarification you give me.

 

Finally – allow me to add:

 

“It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude.  Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog” (i.e., “the multitude of Gog”) (Ezekiel 38:11).

 

Immediately following the conclusive nature of this contestation and burial—there appears out of nowhere, these amazements which are normally announced by biblical editors as:  A Triumphant Festival (NKJV).

 

First of all, Gog and Magog (his allies) have been buried!  Now, we hear this:

 

“And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:  ‘Assemble yourselves and come; gather together from all sides to MY SACRIFICIAL MEAL which I am sacrificing for you, A GREAT SACRIFICIAL MEAL on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood.  You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams and lambs, of goats and bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan.  You shall eat fat till you are full, and drink blood till you are drunk, at MY SACRIFICIAL MEAL which I am sacrificing for you.  You shall be filled at My table with horses and riders, with mighty men and with all the men of war,’ says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 39:17-20).

 

Let me be abundantly straightforward with you:  This is NOT the Gog-Magog War—this is ARMAGEDDON!  (YES – the ENTIRE CAMPAIGN OF ARMAGEDDON) This is a complete and separate confrontation or campaign—it is at its very best only tangentially connected with the initial Gog-Magog War.  Gog and Magog have ALREADY been buried—this is not a FLASHBACK to what has already happened.  No, this is an immediate projection into a yet future confrontation which occurs in history yet future, so close to Gog-Magog that it appears to almost “blend” with the previous confrontation—yet, it does not!

 

Armageddon’s campaign, commencing immediately following the events of the Gog-Magog War (Daniel 11:40-45) wherein Antichrist who has participated in the Gog-Magog War—and in spite of God’s miraculous destruction of Gog-Magog—will, nevertheless, clothe himself in the mantel of the anti-Messiah and commence, “with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” for “news from the east and the north shall trouble him.”  And, this, after the destruction of both the King of the North (under Gog’s direct leadership) and those nations to the north of Israel—involved in Gog’s “Constellation of peoples” (the peoples of modern-day Turkey and Iran); and, Gog’s allies of the south—i.e., the King of the South (including Egypt, Put (North Africa—Libya) and the Sudan (ancient Ethiopia))—all having been destroyed by God’s direct intervention (Ezekiel 39:6—“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands.”).

 

Furthermore, the events in Revelation 9:13-21 wherein “Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million” (the Kings of the East) will gather to oppose the armies of the Beast “to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16). (NOTE:  This will be up to and during the final 30 days of abominations/desolations or between the 1,260th and 1,290th Day of Daniel’s latter half of the 70th Week of Daniel – which is also the time of the WRATH OF THE LAMB – the pouring out of the BOWLS.

 

The events leading up to this world-wide conflagration, after the defeat of the Kings of the East by the armies of the Beast, move from the plains of Megiddo into the Valley of Jehoshaphat (“Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations . . . put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.  Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great” (Joel 3:12-13; Revelation 14:17-2).

 

YES – I stand by it all – the future chronological order is amazing for its absolute precision and for its inspirational attachment to the Jewish feast days (Torah) as well as to the Festival of Lights – Hanukkah – and to the 7 feast days found in the Gospel of John – which I covered previous to this in ISRAEL’S FEAST DAYS. 

 

Oh, dear sister, we have a completely INSPIRED TEXT given to us by God Almighty – we need not be ashamed for His Word is unalterable and steadfast!

 

Now – this is so very important – if you are still not clear – I shall do all in my feeble efforts to make you abundantly clear – for once you are clear, there will be no stopping you in boldly proclaiming His unwavering covenants – the arguments are ironclad and answer nearly all of the immediate questions surrounding the time lines of the end of days from the Scripture – with humility and candor, we press on to honor Him Whose cleansing of the sanctuary is at the forefront of His ministry—both the Temple in Jerusalem as a witness to the Gentiles and the temple of man, the human spirit—both earth and heaven—HE WILL PREVAIL!

 

Blessings in Messiah!

 

Bro. Doug

 

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