Monday, September 1, 2014

Gog Magog

Gog and Magog – Prophesied Imposter of Israel

Gog Magog
Gog and Magog according to Hebrew Bible is the prophesied imposter of Israel and the land from where he comes or in the Christian Scriptures – New Testament, evil forces against the people of God. Though the reference to Gog and Magog in biblical reference is quite less, it holds an importance place in apocalyptic literature as well as medieval legend which are also discussed in the Quran.

Gog is considered as a descendant of the prophet Joel in 1 Chronicles 5:4 and in Ezekiel 38-39 wherein he is the chief prince of the tribes of Meshech and Tubal in the land of Magog. He has been appointed by God to conquer the land of Israel and Gog with his entire army and with great coalition of forces from all across the world will invade Israel `like a cloud covering the earth, and plunder and rob the cities. However, God will send dreadful calamities which would destroy Gog as well as his forces and this defeat of Gog will portray the greatness and the holiness of God, restoring good relations between God and his people.

The names of Gog and Magog are related to evil forces, in the book of Revelation to John, who will join with Satan in the great struggle at the end times. After Satan is taken captive and bound with chains for 1,000 years, he will be released and rise against God and go about deceiving the nations of the world.

Jewish Historian Claim Gog and Magog as Scythians

Gog Magog
Gog and Magog would be gathering a great numbers to attack the saints and the city of Jerusalem, a city which God loves very much. God will then send fire from heaven to destroy them and then the Last Judgement will take place where the whole of mankind will be judged and rewarded or punished according to their performances of their lives on earth.

Modern scholars have identified Gog with Gyges, which is a 7th century BC king of Lydia and along with Akkadian god Gaga it has been debated that the name Magog has been derived from Akkadian word which means the land of Gyges. The Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century BC, claimed that Gog and Magog were Scythians who were held to be Huns in the fifth and sixth century and were equated with the Magyars in the tenth century with the whole of the Muslim world led by Muhammad and Saladin during the Middle Age.

Identified with Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

Gog Magog
They were also identified with the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in both Jewish as well as Christian apocalyptic writings and other works.Gog and Magog, in the medieval legends of Antichrist and the Last Emperor, were supporters of the armies of Satan and in several prophetic texts; Gog and Magog were active in the persecutions carried out by Antichrist, preceded Antichrist as an indication of his coming following the defeat of Antichrist in the struggle before the Last Judgement.

According to a Calabrian abbot and theologian, Joachim of Fiore, Gog is considered as the final antichrist and in his view, Gog will be coming prior to the Last Judgement but only after the earlier antichrist is defeated and a period of millennial peace prevails.

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