Who is Gog of Magog?

//Who is Gog of Magog?

QUESTION: I’m confused as to who Gog is. Is it Satan? Or something influenced by Satan?

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ANSWER: Your confusion is understandable. For years the Watchtower taught that Gog was a reference to Satan after his ouster from heaven in 1914. But as of the 2014 Annual Meeting Gog is now said to represent the last kingdom.

The reason for the change is because Ezekiel 38:15 and 39:2 reveal that Gog will descend upon “Israel” from out of “the remotest parts of the north.” So, rightly, the connection is made with the king of the north. (By the way, this connection was pointed out to the Governing Body years ago, back around 1998, before even I went online with e-Watchman.)

Also, because Gog is said to become food for the birds of heaven and the wild beasts of the earth, as well as given a burial place in “Israel,” for that reason it is reasoned that Gog cannot symbolize a spirit creature, but a human chieftain.

The new understanding is a rather trivial point though. While all kingdoms of man have been under Satan’s authority, the 8th and last kingdom is so especially. And why is that the case?

Because prior to the coming to power of the last kingdom God has throughout history overridden the Devil’s domain if it suited his purpose to use such agencies to benefit his people.

For example, during the days of the first empire of biblical reckoning, God caused the pharaoh of Egypt to favor Joseph and his family. Also, certain Jews, such as Daniel, were favored by the king of Babylon. Also, successive kings of Persia were great benefactors of the Jews. It is revealed in the book of Daniel that behind the veil of invisibility Jehovah’s angel stood up as a strengthener to the king of Persia, in opposition to the demonic prince.

And even the Greeks and Romans gave the Jews a considerable amount of autonomy.

And going back to King James relenting and authorizing the mass production of Bibles in English, up to the present time, it is evident that the Anglo-American duo have provided an environment that has fostered and protected the spread of Christianity and ultimately the work of of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

But aside from initially using Satan’s earthly powers as his military force and punishing agent, particularly when the time comes to dispose of the harlot of Babylon, when the Kingdom of Christ has gathered all of those chosen, then God will no longer use earthly kingdoms to accomplish his work. It is at that point that the lamblike beast will begin to speak as a dragon. In other words, Satan will exert all his authority through his earthly human agency for the purpose of attempting to crush the sons of the Kingdom.

Consider that in connection with the last kingdom of man numerous prophecies mention “his god” – his god, of course, being Satan, the Devil.

For example, in regards to the king of the north Daniel wrote: “The king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt himself and magnify himself above every god; and against the God of gods he will speak astonishing things. And he will prove successful until the denunciation comes to a finish; because what is determined must take place. He will show no regard for the God of his fathers; nor will he show regard for the desire of women or for any other god, but he will magnify himself over everyone. But instead he will give glory to the god of fortresses; to a god that his fathers did not know he will give glory by means of gold and silver and precious stones and desirable things. He will act effectively against the most fortified strongholds, along with a foreign god. He will give great glory to those who give him recognition, and he will make them rule among many; and the ground he will apportion out for a price.”

In explanation, individual rulers of the previously mentioned world powers willingly acknowledged Jehovah’s supremacy. We could add Nebuchadnezzar to that list, along with the Persian king, Ahasuerus. And in the Christian era the realm of the king of the north has claimed to be Christian. But note, that, at some point the king of the north will no longer honor the God of his forefathers, but will promote a foreign god and speak astonishing blasphemies against the God of gods.

Consider, too, what Habakkuk wrote concerning the “Chaldean” during the appointed time of the vision, when the last king plunders many nations. Habakkuk 1:11 reads: “Then they move forward like the wind and pass through, But they will become guilty, because they credit their power to their god.”

In Revelation Satan is pictured as a seven-headed dragon and his authority is projected on earth by a seven-headed wild beast, which demands that all persons on earth worship it and the dragon who gives it authority. So, in that respect there is no distinction between the Devil and the beast he empowers to do his work.

Gog represents this same thing; namely, Satan’s authority on earth during the final part of the days. He will be in total opposition to the Kingdom of Christ at that time, because the Kingdom will be expressed on the earth then by the sealed sons of the Kingdom and Jesus himself will walk among them.  

 But, having considered all the foregoing, the slaughter of Gog and all his bands will also be a humiliating defeat for Satan and his demons. And since the end of Gog will also spell the end of Satan’s influence and authority on earth it is as though the Devil himself is slaughtered – crushed under the feet of the seed of God’s woman. 

‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘I am against you, Gog, head chieftain of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and lead you and make you come up from the remotest parts of the north and bring you in upon the mountains of Israel. I will knock your bow out of your left hand and make your arrows fall from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the peoples who will be with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of birds of prey and the wild beasts of the field.”’

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2016-12-08T15:11:39+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Mailbag|11 Comments
  • LW

    It is revealed in the book of Daniel that behind the veil of invisibility
    Jehovah’s angel stood up as a strengthener to the king of Persia, in opposition to the demonic prince.

    The Insight on the Scriptures Volume 1 under Darius says:

    The angel who brought Daniel the vision depicting the strivings of “the king of the north” and “the king of the south” also revealed that he had earlier acted as an angelic strengthener and fortress during Darius the Mede’s first year. (Da 11:1, 6) Commentators generally have understood that the angel rendered this service to Darius, but it seems more likely that such assistance was given to Michael, who is mentioned in the previous verse (Da 10:21) as contending alongside this particular angelic messenger. Thus there was angelic cooperation and collaboration in contending with the demon ‘prince of Persia’ who endeavored to thwart the fulfillment of Jehovah’s purposes. – Dan. 10:13,14

    • Beverly kenyon

      Does that mean LW, that it took two angels to take on the ‘demon prince of Persia’? Surely, Michael the archangel could’ve sorted out that demon ‘prince’ by himself? So fast forward to when the Devil and his pals are evicted from heaven, that is going to be one helluva of a war in heaven between these supernatural entities! That demon prince alone needed two angels to sort him out! So it’s going to be horrific when they’re flung down to earth and they’re among us. No wonder it’s woe to the earth! Rev12:7-12.

      • LW

        Yeah. The initial angel was being resisted by the demon prince of Persia, and he couldn’t make any headway, and Michael had to get involved.

        When the final battle starts, Satan and his demons are gonna be revved up, especially as their system is being dismantled.

        • Beverly kenyon

          For some reason I always thought it was only Michael the Archangel that was involved in that account. Yeah, as their system is being dismantled….bye, bye! Thanks LW.

          • this is why Robert pointed out a couple times an recently why Jehovah may very well have blessed the U.S. with angelic forces to workout his purpose. the truth thrived in the U.S. much better then elsewhere.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51d9ca2671072f6a779ef407e320a482be3124fac63fae4f8d9826068977f570.jpg

            interesting that Iran is the focal point that seems to be keeping all the nations in check at the moment.

            opposition for twenty-one days until Michael (long before given the name Jesus) came to aid.

            could that foreshadow anything today? i dunno

            • Beverly kenyon

              I totally agree with Brother King that Jehovah used America for the out working of his purposes. And he proved it with the Bible i.e the Downfall of America. The couple I studied with used to say to me how America was the right country for the truth to thrive and then spread elsewhere because of different nationalities immigrating there for a better life and escaping persecution and how Brooklyn, New York was the right location for the witnesses headquarters because of the vast numbers of immigrants disembarking when they landed in New York. Who knows about Iran…the situation there does make you think does it picture Michael (Jesus’ heavenly name), having to help out that other Angel against the Demon Prince in Persia, modern day Iran and if you look at that picture Iran is bang in the middle of all those Muslim nations, (can’t remember if Saudi Arabia is friends with Iran), but I do know that if Iran starts fighting with whoever it will turn into a free for all so for anyone to think there’s not going to be a WW3 they are mistaken.

  • Marco Martim

    A Região de Gog e Magog situa-se ao norte no Mar Negro, foi habitada por um povo denominado Kazares. Os Kazares não eram descendentes de Abraão, mas foram obrigados por um Rei durante a idade média a adotarem o Judaismo com religião.
    Os descendentes dos Kazares, hoje denominados “Judeus Askenazis”, representam 92% de todos os Judeus no mundo, foram eles que implantam o Comunismo na Russia e criaram o movimento Sionista que hoje controla o sistema financeiro mundial e o país chamado Israel.

    • Richard Long

      to all, its portugese:

      The Region of Gog and Magog lies to the north on the Black Sea, was inhabited by a people called Kazares. The Kazakhs were not descendants of Abraham, but were forced by a king during the Middle Ages to adopt Judaism with religion.
      The descendants of the Kazakhs, today called “Jews Askenazis”, represent 92% of all Jews in the world, they were the ones who implanted Communism in Russia and created the Zionist movement that today controls the world financial system and the country called Israel.

      • Sam Knight

        Maybe I’m misunderstanding the comment. But is Marko suggesting that the Ashkenazi Jews are actually Gog of Magog?

        • Richard Long

          I simply performed the service of google translation. His words will have to stand on their own. One might type into Google “The Region of Gog and Magog” and see what springs forth.

          • Sam Knight

            I have researched it before and it did lead me to the area north of black sea. But I never associated it with the Ashkenazi.
            Quite a thought provoking comment. Thank you.

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