THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
Gog and Magog 6:3-4 - Continued
When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it
was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a
great sword. - Revelation 6:3-4
The second war predicted by the Bible for the End Times is this:
2- The War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39 - an attempt to destroy Israel by forces from the North and many allies, especially including Shiite Islamic nations.
There is no uniform agreement by Bible scholars about the timing of this great war. Some have equated it with the Battle of Armageddon, but there are several differences between the details of these two wars. Others relate it to the war led by Satan after the Millennium (Revelation 20:7-10), because Gog and Magog are named there also. We will study that issue when we reach Chapter 20. Suffice it to say at this point that the conflict following the Millennium is quite different from the one predicted in Ezekiel.
It is likely that the war of the Second Seal is the same as the "War of Gog and Magog" predicted in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. In the previous two chapters Ezekiel described the amazing rebirth of the nation of Israel, which was fulfilled in 1948!
The aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog are named in Ezekiel 38:1-4. They will form an alliance to attack Israel in the End Times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog (possibly Russia), who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. His allies will include Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia and/or Sudan), Put (Libya), Gomer, and Beth Togarmah (possibly Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union). Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10.
The target of this war will be tiny Israel.
'Thus says the Lord GOD: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You
will say, 'I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without
walls, and having neither bars nor gates'- 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are
again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. - Ezekiel 38:10-12
It is interesting that Israel, whose citizens were recently re-gathered from the nations of the world, will supposedly be "dwelling safely without walls." Until now, this description could never be properly applied to the modern nation of Israel because the little country has always known tension with its neighbors since it was created in 1948. Israel has even built great new walls to keep Palestinian terrorists from attacking Israeli citizens. However, if there were to be a peace treaty as a result of a previous regional war, like the one mentioned earlier, fulfilling the prophecies of Psalm 83, those walls could be torn down like the Berlin Wall was between 1989 and 1992.
For some time after the collapse of the old Soviet Union in 1991, and the fall of the Iron Curtain, Russia and her allies did not seem to pose a serious threat to Israel or the rest of the world. Nuclear treaties made it possible to abandon The "Cold War" between Russia and the U.S. Furthermore, there was no special animosity between Russia and Israel. However, over time Russia has grown closer to client-states like Iran and Syria, supplying arms and helping build nuclear reactors.
In 2014 Russia reacquired part of Ukraine and is now threatening to take more territory from its former partner. This move might begin a new take-over of other Eastern European nations as well. In January, 2015, Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the old Soviet Union, warned that, if NATO is not careful in its response to Russia's new acquisitions, it could bring about a nuclear war.
In January, 2015, Russia and Iran agreed on a military pact to protect each other from meddling by foreign countries such as the U.S.
Also, in the past few years, Israel has discovered and developed huge natural gas fields, making them a serious competitor to Russia for the supply of European natural gas. Between the political and economic issues, it is no longer hard to imagine a Russian-led attack against Israel.
God will bring a quick end to this future war. He may use literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or he might pit nation against nation, the way he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding
rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. - Ezekiel 38:22
The Beast (Antichrist) could take credit for the destruction of Israel's invaders, or at least take advantage of the situation. This could be the reason for the seven-year treaty between the Beast and Israel which was prophesied by Daniel (Dan. 9:27). If this is the case, this war would take place at the very beginning of the seven years of the Tribulation.
The other wars foretold in Revelation are:
3- The Beast's Campaign to Rule the World (Revelation 13:5-8);
4 - The Campaign of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21); and
5 - Satan's Last Stand (Revelation 20:7-10) after the Thousand Year Reign of Christ.
We will consider each of these conflicts when we reach those portions of Revelation in our commentary.