A Look at the Battles of Armageddon and Gog & Magog

Many people believe the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-21; 19:11-21) and the battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-10) are one and the same, or that they are two parts of the same war. Adding to the confusion is that there are two different battles of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39 & Revelation 20). Added to this, many debate whether the battle in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is one or two battles.

The Bible speaks of the battle of Gog and Magog two different times- Ezekiel 38-39; and Revelation 20. Are these battles one and the same, or are they different battles? Where does the battle of Armageddon fall in all of this?

To quickly clarify, the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 occurs before the Great Tribulation. The battle of Armageddon occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation and at the beginning of the millennium. The battle of Gog and Magog of Revelation 20 occurs at the end of the millennium. So, we actually have three battles- one at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, one at the beginning of the millennium, and one at the end of the millennium.

THE FIRST BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG

There is great debate and disagreement as to whether the battle of Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 39 is the same as Ezekiel 38, or if it belongs to either of the other two battles. We will leave it alone, for now, as it does not add an additional battle of Gog and Magog, and coupling it with the wrong battle only adds confusion.

The identity of Gog, and Magog, is subject to much debate, but they appear to simply be an allusion to the evil enemies of God’s children. In Ezekiel 38, Magog means “land of Gog” and is one of several nations which will gather forces against God’s people. Revelation 20:8 identifies Gog and Magog as “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth”. In truth, the identity of Gog and Magog is probably of little significance, and trying to identify a specific nation tends to cause confusion. We should rather focus on the battle itself.

While it is Satan that deceives the nations, and gathers them together for battle (Ezekiel 38:8-9), it is God who orchestrates the events in order to rid the world of evil(Ezekiel 38:4, 23). In this first battle of Gog and Magog, the enemies of God will be destroyed by war, disease, and “great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezekiel 38:21-22).

This first battle of Gog and Magog occurs some time after a rebirth of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 10:8-10). The battle takes place after a time of relative peace (Ezekiel 38:14), and before the Great Tribulation (Revelation 12:12-17; Zechariah 14). It also occurs before the Wrath of God (Ezekiel 38:18). and some time before the millennial reign of Jesus (Ezekiel 38:16, 23).

THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

The Battle of Armageddon is an end-times battle between the forces of the Satan and the forces of Jesus, after His return. The Antichrist and False Prophet will gather forces together (Revelation 16:13-14) to a place called Armageddon, which means “Mount of Meddigo” (Revelation 16:16). This location apparently refers to the valley of Jezreel, east of Meddigo in northern Israel. Joel calls this place the Valley of Jehosaphat, and the Valley of Decision (Joel 3:12-14).

The battle of Armageddon will occur some time after the return of Jesus, which will be after the seven trumpets of Revelation (Revelation 11:15-19), and before the pouring out of the seven bowls of God’s wrath (Revelation 14:1-10). The battle will occur specifically after the sixth bowl (Revelation 16:12-16). The pouring of the sixth bowl dries up the great river Euphrates, to make way for the “kings of the East”. Most rapture beliefs place the rapture before the battle of Armageddon (see- A Comparison of the Pre-trib, Mid-trib, Pre-wrath, and Post-trib Rapture Views).

The Battle of Armageddon will be the Antichrist’s (but not Satan’s) final attack against Jesus (Revelation 19:17-21), after He begins to reign from Zion (Joel 3:16; Zephaniah 3:14-20). The enemies of God will be destroyed by a great earthquake and great hailstones (Revelation 16:16-21), and by the “sword” of Jesus, and their bodies eaten by birds (Revelation 19:17-21).

THE SECOND BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG

This battle Gog and Magog clearly takes place at the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:1-8). This battle will be Satan’s final attack against Jesus. Gog and Magog are identified as “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth” (Revelation 20:8). The enemies of God will be devoured by fire from heaven (Revelation 20:9).

IN CONCLUSION-

Specifically, we have a battle of Gog and Magog before the Great Tribulation (Ezekiel 38). The battle of Armageddon occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation, and just before the millennium (Revelation 16:13-14; 19:17-21). Then, we have a second battle of Gog and Magog at the end of the millennium (Revelation 20:1-10).

Understanding the Biblical Babylon the Great- part 2

The Bible prophesies an end-times city known as “Babylon the Great”, or “the great whore”, which forms an alliance with the beast-kingdom of the Antichrist. This is the second half of our closer look at that great city.

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

In Revelation 17, an angel spoke of the judgment of the harlot, and her relationship with the beast. In this chapter, another angel gives details of her judgment. In chapter 17, she is called a harlot, or the great whore. In this chapter, she is called Babylon the great. Both terms refer to the same entity.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

This verse speaks of the spiritual descent of Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:5), rather than its physical destruction. As the headquarters of the Antichrist, the city will be literally swarming with demonic activities. It is important to remember that she chose this relationship and, therefore, will be judged for it.

Revelation 14:8 announced a similar proclamation. Revelation 19 seems to put the physical destruction of Babylon after the second coming of Jesus, and specifically, after the seventh bowl.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

The angel reminds us that, not only did she pervert her relationship with God, but she led the world in worshiping the beast. 2 Peter 2:1-3 tells us that, in the end-times, because of greed and sensuality, false teachers will lead people down this path.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This appears to be an advance warning, to come out of Babylon the Great, before it has been transformed into the kingdom of the Antichrist. Even if God’s people, living there, were to escape persecution, they would be led away from God and into worship of the beast.

The phrase “my people” may refer to Jews, since the Christians would apparently be raptured before the Wrath of God (1 Thessalonians 5:9), and physical destruction of Babylon. We should note, however, that it is not God who is speaking, because in verse 6 the voice asks God to judge her.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

As the headquarters of the Antichrist, the city will be the religious and political center of the world. This will give a false sense of security to its inhabitants. The belief that she “shall see no sorrow” shows their confidence in the Antichrist. In Revelation 13:4, the world said “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

This speaks of the physical judgment for her spiritual descent. She claimed that she would never see sorrow, but in one day will come death, and mourning, and famine. The judgment is from God, but as we saw in Revelation 17:16, the agent of death is the ten kings of the beast.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

These are not the ten kings, which destroy Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:16-17), suddenly having a change of heart. These are other rulers of the earth. In Revelation 6:8, we learn that the kingdom of the Antichrist (with the 10 kings) was one of four world governments. All four will combine to form the global beast-kingdom.

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

The kings echo the phrase “in one hour”. They are amazed at the swiftness of her destruction. They also acknowledge that this is surely judgment for her sins.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

This does not refer to all the merchants of the earth. Verses 12-15 clearly says that it is the merchants who imported luxury items into Babylon. Some commentators believe that all merchants on earth will benefit from the economy of the beast, but there is no scriptural basis for that view.

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

This is a list of imported items of luxury, many probably used in temple worship of the beast. Daniel 11:38 says that the Antichrist will honor his god with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thyine wood (verse 12) is a type of cedar that was used for making idols, and in construction of temple doors.

During this time, the beast will control the world economy, and no one can buy or sell without having the mark of the beast. Verse 23 states the fact that these merchants also have demonic assistance in their trade.

14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

Although many of the imported items will be used for temple worship of the beast, much of it is simply for selfish desires. Satan’s basic agenda has always been self-worship.

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

The merchants, like the kings of the earth in verses 9-10, will stand afar off for fear of her judgment and torment.

16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Again, they speak of her living in extravagant luxury. This is the same description given the harlot in Revelation 17:4.

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

The merchants echo the kings in proclaiming the suddenness of her destruction. The shipmasters, etc. are a second group of merchants, and are the third group who respond to the destruction of the city, while standing at a distance.

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

The third group also mourns over her, and remarks on the suddenness of her destruction. Like the other two groups, they mourn over the city, and their loss of benefits from her, rather than over the inhabitants.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

This is not a continuing dialog of the sailors. Whether it is a voice from heaven, or John’s own words, it is a call to God’s people to rejoice in the fact that she has finally been judged. Revelation 19:1-3 speaks of this rejoicing, in heaven.

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

These verses mention the everyday life, of the city, from several angles. Life, as they know it, will cease to exist in Babylon (Isaiah 24:7-9).

“For thy merchants were the great men of the earth” literally means, in the Greek, that they were the world’s very greatest men. Their source of power is explained by the text “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived”.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

As the headquarters of the Antichrist, Babylon will be responsible for leading the world in the persecution of Christians and Jews. Revelation 17:6 says she will be drunk with the blood of the saints.

Understanding the Biblical Babylon the Great- part 1

The Bible prophesies an end-times city known as “Babylon the Great”, or “the great whore”, which forms an alliance with the beast-kingdom of the Antichrist. This is a closer look at that great city.

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Babylon the Great will have major influence over the rulers of the earth. The great whore sits “on many waters”, identified in verse 15 as peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. This suggests a political and economical influence over a great part of the world.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

The beast is the beast-kingdom of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:1-8). The fact that she is seated upon the beast shows that she has purposefully joined to the beast-kingdom of the Antichrist. She is not controlling the beast, she is simply receiving benefits from it.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Most attempts to identify this city, or nation, tend to focus on places that already fit that description, but this verse speaks of a condition gained through benefits received from the beast. Purple and scarlet refer to her religious role in the beast-kingdom. Gold, precious stones, and pearls refer to wealth and luxury gained through aligning with the beast (see also- Revelation 18:11-14).

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

In the Bible, referring to a nation as a harlot signifies that the nation turned away from God. Being the “Mother of harlots” means she led other nations away from God. It appears that this leading of nations away from God is the main benefit the beast receives from the harlot.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

We see here the mass martyring of Christians and Jews (also Revelation 18:24). Literally, John wondered with great wonder that this formerly Godly nation, or city, could be so treacherous against God’s children.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

Again, we see that the harlot is supported by the beast. We should be careful to understand that the seven heads and ten horns are separate entities belonging to the beast.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast is the end-times kingdom of the Antichrist. The earth-dwellers are those whose names were not written in the book of life. This shows that God’s elect will not be deceived by the beast, and therefore, will not accept the mark of the beast.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Seven mountains symbolize seven kingdoms of the beast, on which the harlot sits and receives benefits.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

This is still referring to the seven kingdoms, but it is also speaking of the Antichrist which will rule over Satan’s final world kingdom. In Revelation, this beast can refer either to the Antichrist, or his kingdom.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

The ten horns are ten kings which reign during the end-times global government. These kings will not inherit, or earn, their position. It will be granted to them so that they may serve the beast. One hour is symbolic for a specific, and limited, amount of time.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

It is unclear if making war with the Lamb includes the Great Tribulation, or refers to the beast physically gathering forces against Jesus after His coming, during the sixth and seventh bowls of wrath (Revelation 16:12-19).

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

As in verse 1, this shows that the harlot will have influence over many nations of the world.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

These two verses underline the fact that Babylon the Great and the beast-kingdom are two completely separate entities.

God will use the ten kings to execute His judgment against the harlot. That God put it in their hearts to fulfill His will, does not mean He took away their free will. They purposefully choose to hate the harlot, and to make war with the Lamb. God simply put it in their hearts to work with, and for the beast, to accomplish their own evil desires (James 1:13-15).

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Notice that this verse calls Babylon the Great a “city”, not a nation. Babylon the Great is a great city that rules over all the kings of the earth.

(Next- Identifying the Biblical Babylon the Great- part 2)

(See also- Understanding the Biblical Babylon the Great- part 2)

How to Prepare For the Great Tribulation

Three of the four major rapture views teach that Christians will go through some or all of the Great Tribulation. But, even those who believe they will be delivered before the Great Tribulation, may also face periods of intense persecution, such as is common in our world today. Even though the Great Tribulation has not begun, there are millions of Christians now suffering greatly through tribulation, which might have been greatly eased if they had been prepared. Below are some thoughts on how to prepare for the Great Tribulation and/or tribulation.

FOOD-

Since those who refuse the Mark of the Beast will be unable to buy food (Revelation 13:16-17), you will need to have some non-normal sources of food. Many suggest that you have a 3 ½ year supply of food, though the actual time could be considerably longer. Added to the inability to buy food, we also have to consider the global famine which will be occurring at this time (Revelation 6:5-6).

A well-fed person will eat about 4 pounds, or about ½ gallon of food per day, around 1,500 pounds a year, or about 2 ½ tons per person for 3 ½ years. While dried foods, like beans and rice, account for less weight due to water absorbed during cooking, the problems with storing that much food quickly becomes obvious. Stored food supplies would obviously have to be supplemented through other means, such as: gardening (if you are not an experienced gardener, don’t believe you can suddenly supply your family with any decent food source); hunting and fishing (sources will quickly become depleted); foraging (learn now what is edible or not); bird traps (learn now); pet stew (historically delicious); insects (here is a quick guide); etc. (learn and plan now).

Concerning the storage of food, it would be wise to store spices and seasonings. A little salt and pepper can help greatly in making bland or unappetizing food tolerable. We must also consider that conditions may force us to abandon our stored food.

WATER-

Having access to clean water can be a life-or-death struggle during the time of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 8:10-11), and even for many living in the world today. While there are many emergency sources of water, most are not safe to drink. Here are the basics of emergency water purification.

First, the water must be clean. If it has floating particles, or looks cloudy, it should be filtered through some cloth, coffee filter, or such.

Next, the water should be purified. The best method is boiling. It should reach a rolling boil, and then continue to boil at least one minute. If there is no way to boil the water, it can be purified with chlorine bleach or iodine. This, however, will not make the water as safe as boiling. Add 4-6 drops of chlorine or iodine to each gallon of water.

If none of this is available, put the water in a sealed glass jar, and place in the sun for several hours. This will make the water much safer, though not pure.

SHELTER-

This is a tough subject to address and plan for. We simply don’t know what the future holds. Historically, people subject to persecution were forced to flee from their homes. And, a person can die quickly without appropriate protection from the environment. Every backup shelter option you can obtain, or plan for, gives you one additional buffer from death by exposure.

EMERGENCY ENERGY SOURCES-

Most of our present energy needs (for home, vehicle, etc.) fall into the categories of luxury or comfort, but a few are life-sustaining necessities. Like our shelter plans, our energy plans will be subject to a great number of possible conditions and situations, and we must plan and prepare for a number of possibilities.

We should not focus on short-term non-renewable energy sources, like batteries and candles, but should focus on long-term renewable sources. But again, if forced to abandon our homes, we would probably have to leave these behind.

PERSONAL PROTECTION-

One of the most common traits among tyrants, is that they make every effort possible to leave their subjects defenseless. Citizens which pose no threat to a tyrant are easily controlled, and tyrants simply don’t care about your personal safety. We should obtain, now, a few of the lesser politically-targeted options for personal protection. It may also help to learn how to make and use improvised weapons.

CONCLUSION-

Survival is probably about 90% mindset, and only about 10% physical preparation. We can, and should, physically prepare for a period of persecution, but we should realize that all our preparations could disappear in an instant. Therefore, the best place to store emergency supplies is in our heads.

(See also- The Difference Between Tribulation And The Great Tribulation)

The Democrat’s Next Step on the Border Crises

As I said a few months ago in the post The Border Crises- Democrats and the Antichrist, Democrats always follow the same pattern concerning any crises- Deny the crises, manipulate the crises, then milk it for all it’s worth. Finally, after months of steadfastly denying there is any border crises, while actively making it much worse, the Democrats have acknowledged that there is a problem, and Harris is on her way to view the problem.

This puts us in the third phase of the standard Democrat handling of a crises- milk it for all it’s worth.

They will blame everything on Trump and ICE and whoever. Funds for border security will be cut, while making a grand show of compassion by spewing money to “humanitarian” organizations that make big donations to Democrat foundations. The border crises is simply another opportunity to advance themselves in power and wealth, and promote their agenda.

The border crises will continue to get worse, but the problems will be broken down into segments, relabeled, blamed on others, and covered up by the media.

(See also- 40 Reasons Why America Will Fall To Socialism)