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Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; surely it is near … (Joel 2:1)
Gog, Antichrist, Armageddon, and the Presence of God
Is Gog the same leader as the Antichrist? Is the invasion of Israel by Gog and Magog the same war as Armageddon? This article will examine some of the primary characteristics revealed by scripture regarding the end-time leaders of Gog and the Antichrist, and the prophetic wars of Gog and Magog and Armageddon to determine the accuracy of some author's claims that they are the same leaders and the same wars.
A False Sense of Security
How does an understanding of the Hebrew word "betach" influence the interpretation of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39? The King James Version has translated "betach" three times in chapter 38 as "safely." Many scholars believe that Israel will be dwelling safely meaning it will be under a covenant of peace at the time of the invasion of Gog and Magog. However, Israel is currently dwelling under a false sense of security. How does that relate to the meaning of "betach"?
God has a way of testing men, individually and collectively, of trying their faith at key moments in time. This is particularly true of God's relationship with the nation of Israel where He occasionally singles out a specific generation for testing, blessing, or punishment.
Walls of Protection
There is a theme woven throughout a number of Old Testament passages where a wall, or a fence, or a hedge provides a measure of protection from one's enemies. Does God provide a deeper message regarding this theme? What does a people's spiritual condition have to do with physical barrier's of protection?
Soul Sleep vs. Soul Ascension
A person is said to be "sleeping" after death. Does the soul sleep in the sense of being completely unconscious after a person's death?
Gog and the Antichrist Revisited
Some authors claim that there is only one war during the End Times and that war is Armageddon. They view all unfulfilled prophecies of end-time wars as applying to Armageddon and thus view Gog and Magog as the same as Armageddon. Is there any truth to this claim?
Mindful of the Times
Considering God's repeated use of a forty year cycle for testing, what dates may be important on the Jewish and Gregorian calendars in relation to the fortieth anniversary of the Six-Day War (1967-2007) and Israel's rejection of its administrative control over the Temple Mount that immediately followed that war?