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Jesus Christ's Martyrs (Revelation 20.7-8)

"When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth - Gog and Magog, - to gather them together to battle. In number is like the sand on the seashore." (Revelation 20.7-8)✞

Christian Confessors

Gog and Magog MapGog and Magog appear in Ezekiel 38.1-4 "The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of [or "the prince of Rosh"] Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of [or "Gog, prince of Rosh"] Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army — your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords." This image of Gog and Magog etched itself deeply in Jewish thought. Gog and Magog were thought to be identified with "Khasars, Huns, Scythians and Mongols" which were all European nomadic tribes. They also appear in the Qur'an as Yajub and Majub. Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal is to launch a great attack upon Israel and is to be in the end utterly destroyed. It may be that originally Gog was connected with the Scythians whose invasions everyone feared.✞

Gog and Magog

Gog statueAs time went on, in Jewish thought, Gog and Magog came to stand for everything that is evil and against God. The rabbis taught that Gog and Magog would assemble themselves and their forces against Jerusalem, and would fall by the hand of the Messiah. These hostile armies under the Devil's leadership would come up against the camp of God's people and against the beloved city, that is, Jerusalem.

God's Triumph Complete

First Resurrection Christian Confessors StatuesIn the event, the hosts are consumed with fire from heaven, the Devil is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone to share the fate of the beast and of the false prophet, and the triumph of God is complete.

"Jesus Christ's Martyrs"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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