The Magog Identity
from the August 12, 2008
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of Georgia has caused a uproar in the international
community and further strained Russia's diplomatic
relationship with the West. These events could help pave
the way for the famed battle prophesied in Ezekiel 38
and 39. It is during this battle, that God will directly
intercede to protect Israel from Magog and its allies:
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of
man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the
chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against
him…And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy
jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army,
horses and horse-men, all of them clothed with all sorts
of armour, even a great company with bucklers and
shields, all of them handling swords…(Ezekiel 38:1-4)."
So begins this classic passage in which Gog and Magog,
with their allies, are drawn into an invasion of Israel
only to have the God of Israel use the occasion to show
Himself strong by intervening on behalf of His people
and destroying the invading forces. To understand this
passage, it is essential to first determine who the
players are. Despite the many controversies, these
participants are surprisingly well identified. Just who
are the people represented here by these ancient tribal
Why Such Weird Names?
Have you ever wondered why the Biblical prophets always
seem to refer to various peoples by such strange names?
It's actually our fault! We keep changing the names of
things. There once was a city known as Petrograd. For
many years it was known as St. Petersburg. Then it was
changed to Leningrad. Now it's St. Petersburg again.
What will it be named a few years from now? (My friends
in Russia say that in Russia, even the past is
uncertain!) The capital of the old world, Byzantium, was
renamed Constantinople. Now that city is known as
Istanbul. This occurs even in our own country. How many
of you remember when "Cape Canaveral" was renamed "Cape
Kennedy"? Ten years later it became "Cape Canaveral"
But we do not change the names of our ancestors! So, if
you were the prophet Isaiah and were called upon to
speak of the Persians over a century before they emerged
as an empire, how could you refer to them? You would
speak of them as the descendants of Elam, the forebears
of the Persians.
All humans are descended, not only from Adam, but from
Noah. Noah and his three sons repopulated the entire
Earth after the flood. Thus, we are all descendants of
Noah's three sons: Ham, Shem, and Japheth. The
genealogical records of Noah and his three sons are
listed in Genesis 10, and the 70 original tribal groups
described there are often called the "Table of Nations"
by Biblical scholars.
Magog was one of the sons of Japheth and his descendants
are often referred to by their Greek name, the
Scythians. Early scholars and historians - including
Josephus Flavius and the "Father of History" Herodotus -
have identified Magog with the people group that has
become the modern nation of Russia. To learn more about
The Magog Invasion, click on the links below.
The Magog Invasion - Strategic Trends
The Magog Invasion (Listen Free) - 66/40 Radio Broadcast
Russia, Georgia Agree to Cease-Fire - MSNBC
Western Leaders May Try to Punish Russia - CNN
Russia Sends a Message with Georgia Conflict - USA Today
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