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Jesus Christ's Martyrs
(Revelation 20.7-8)
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"When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations — called Gog and Magog — in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle - a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore." (Revelation 20.7-8)

Christian Confessors

Gog and Magog MapGog and Magog appeared in Ezekiel 38.1-4 where the word of the Lord said, "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of 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."

Fierce Army

This image of Gog and Magog as a fierce army overcome by God etched itself deeply in Jewish thought. Gog and Magog were thought by scholars to be possibly identified with "Khasars, Huns, Scythians and Mongols" which were all European nomadic tribes. They also appeared in the "Qur'an" as "Yajub and Majub." Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal was to launch a great attack upon Israel and was to be in the end utterly destroyed. Originally Gog was connected with the Scythians whose invasions and horsemen everyone feared.

Gog and Magog

Gog statueAs time went on, in Jewish thought, Gog and Magog came to stand for everything that was 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 God's people and against the beloved city, Jerusalem.

God's Triumph Complete

Christian ConfessorsIn the event, the hosts were consumed with fire from heaven, the Devil was 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 was complete.✞

"Jesus Christ's Martyrs"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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