And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
In this vision we find Satan, attempting to lead all of lost mankind to battle against Christ, given the title “Gog”. While those he misleads are given the title “Magog”.
What can we learn about Satan and lost mankind through the use of these titles? To answer this question, it is important for us to understand the definition of these words…
1. The title “Gog” has the basis meaning of “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.
This word emphasizes the ideas of “highness” and “overshadowing”. How fitting a title for Satan. Please remember, prior to the fall Satan held an exalted position as the chosen angel that overshadowed the very throne of God…
Ezekiel 28:14-15 – “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
2. The title “Magog” holds the meaning “the land of Gog”, “the place of Gog” or “the kingdom of Gog”.
This title speaks of both the land area controlled by Gog and the inhabitants of that land area. Again, this is a very fitting title for the lost who are under Satan’s leadership. The lost follow Satan to rebel and oppose Christ. They make up both Satan’s political and religious kingdoms. They are the inhabitants of his kingdom, which are ruled by him.
But there is another aspect of these titles that needs to be considered. Gog and his Kingdom, Magog, are mentioned in the Old Testament in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
In Ezekiel 38:2, we are told that Gog’s kingdom (Magog) is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh). Later in this chapter and the following chapter, we see Gog described as the Lord is “against” Gog and his kingdom. Ultimately, Gog and his kingdom (Magog) will be destroyed by God’s wrath.
This account found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 gives example of the principle that the nations of the world will oppose the Lord and His people and, at times, seemingly win the victory over them. However, when all is said and done, the Lord will defeat all these enemies and take them out of the way.
These are all principles that are revealed to us in both the Ezekiel and Revelation passages, one text complimenting the other.
These are the basic principles that the Lord is showing to us when He gives Satan and the lost the titles of “Gog” and “Magog” in Revelation.
It is so important for us to remember that from the Garden of Eden until his final removal from the New Earth, Satan is living a life of rebellion against Christ. One of the chief ways that he works is by leading the lost to actively oppose the servants of Christ.
May we all be on guard against the workings of Satan and those who oppose the cause of Christ. As we face the opposition of this world, may we remain faithful to Christ understanding He will be the ultimate victor overs these powers of darkness.
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