Gog And Magog? How About Gog From Magog

Gog And Magog? How About Gog From Magog

Our article time line regresses to 592 B.C., some fourteen years after the first ‘Judah house’ victims (Daniel and company) were led off to Babylonia; at this time, Ezekiel’s First Chapter begins with a strange chronological reference: “Now it came to pass in the 30th year,… which was the 5th year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity.” To know any story is to understand its very beginning. consequently, we attend our obsession with the thirtieth year!

We mention Ezekiel’s book beginning only to press modern reluctance to attend difficult meanings. Here, in 30th year audaciousness, Ezekiel’s prose stands unexplained and unsubstantiated except in II Kings 22:8: “… I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” (c. A.D. 621)

seemingly, Judah house members had gone quite some time without a Book of Law; the book was found in Temple rubble rather by accident. clearly, over time, by recalcitrance, supernatural dread, and fear of entering Temple recesses, Temple authorities allowed the book of Law to decline in importance; consequently was the book left to gather dust amongst Temple rubble. This gives some indication of disregard amongst the ‘chosen people’; which disregard often surfaced in a rebellion against their religious duty.

Upon Book discovery, Josiah, the Judean king, remembered how Israel’s fathers had not harkened unto the Law; additionally, a prophetess relayed forecasts describing how inhabitants must grievously suffer from such indiscretions when the cup ‘overfloweth.’ Ezekiel picks up on the story of errant behavior, and we focus on the mysterious Gog and Magog manifestation as future threat in his prophecy; therein, we search for precedent to establish Gog and Magog definition. Leaving no stone unturned, we sift Old Testament records to explain the unexplained. In so doing, we find Gog origination in Magog ambiance, in imagery reflecting dissolution, enmity, lawlessness, and disrespect for Hebrew God ordinances.

When we compare Revelation’s Gog-Magog reference to Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog forecast in mid-chapters, we inhere obligation to begin at the beginning and to establish context for Ezekiel’s very symbolic prophecy. At Ezekiel’s time, we find theological circumstance deteriorating, before Judean captivity, and already to this thirtieth year commemorating Book Of The Law discovery. Historically regressed from 30th year extrapolation, our chronological date reverts to 621 B.C. (consistent with Hebrew counting peculiarity). In B.C. circumstance, we ‘add to’ instead of ‘subtract from’ to determine the chronological point in Ezekiel’s salutation.

Inference is to Law disregard for some time past to this thirty-year memorial; so much so, knowledge concerning the Book’s whereabouts escaped those people presumably responsible and dependent on book contents. From text inference, we determine the Temple to be in disrepair thirty years past to Ezekiel’s recollections at the time King Josiah began to be aged 26 years. Josiah inherited the throne when aged eight years; consequently, we might well imagine the slight to responsibility. This reference point is sufficient to elicit immediate reminder of the doom and gloom mind-set in Josiah’s time, remembered by Ezekiel thirty years later, and furnishing precedent for Ezekiel’s strange Foursome Creatures, who turned not when they went (Ez. 1:17).

Ezekiel’s theme preoccupies Gog and Magog imagery with Foursome Creatures inheritance carried forward to self-destruct but in a Gog FROM Magog symbolic designate (time of the gentiles). Daniel contributes definition with his equally difficult but harmonic conception, where Four Great Beasts describe an inherited essence and definition as Four Great Kingdoms On Earth (Daniel 7:17-:23). As an inherited spirituality, these Great Kingdom’s progeny, in Ten Ages covenanted intervals, traveled without pause or deviation onward to finally terminate the Old ways into an thoroughly new theological size: itself limited in time and scope. assumption was to a ‘lost in Adam’ restitution and future punishment at Ten Ages termination: encompassing Messianic Age judgment, resurrection, and end to the theological circumstance.

Ultimately, this harsh potential culminated in a self-imposed chastisement; consequently, within those finite and ethnic principals nominated at Ezekiel 1:5, we come to Gog ‘and’ Magog signs in Ezekiel 37, 38, and 39, a mysterious force destined to consummate Daniel’s Ten Ages but as a Gog force from Magog.

The question arises: Can Gog and Magog appear, at some future date, as hordes from China and Russia, and with two hundred million horses (Rev. 9:16)? No! Who would suppose Israel’s rocky slopes to graze so many horses? And where would we find so many horses? Two hundred million horses is almost three times the world horse population, circa A.D. 2000. extent demands another explanation for the hyperbole.

Destruction, to remove the theocratic Temple emblem in A.D. first century, signaled the end for Gog-Magog, for the Composite Beast, and for all appurtenant representations.

Gog from Magog represented but one of the many pseudonyms used to depict symbolic Beast character as Israel drifted back to ancestral homes and joined in the end time battle. Gog assumed physical form only as those tribal bodies hosting an adversity to God order, and the whole succumbed to predestined Messianic judgment in A.D. first century.

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