What are Gog and Magog?

n the Bible, Gog and Magog represent the enemies of God’s people. At the end of time, these enemies will come together to fight against God’s people, trying to destroy them. But in the end, God will bring victory and destroy all enemies.

The names Gog and Magog gained prominence because of a prophecy in the book of Ezekiel and a reference in the book of Revelation . In these two prophecies, Gog and Magog lead an army that attacks Israel at the end of time .

Genesis 10: 1-2 identifies Magog as one of the sons of Japheth, Noah’s eldest son. Noah’s descendants spread throughout the world and formed several peoples after the Flood. Thus, the Magog man probably gave rise to a people called Magog.

Ezekiel 38: 2 explains that Gog will be a leader of the land of Magog, who will rule over several other peoples (who are also descendants of Japheth). Magog lies somewhere north of Israel and will lead the final attack on God’s people ( Ezekiel 38: 15-16 ).

At a time when Israel is living in peace and security, Gog will join a large army formed by several peoples around Israel. This great army, coming from all sides but with the main attack front coming from the north, will come to destroy and plunder Israel ( Ezekiel 38: 7-9 ).

On that day, God will fight for His people, causing an earthquake and sending plague and fire against the enemy army. The troops will be thrown into confusion, killing each other and their destruction will be total ( Ezekiel 38: 21-23 ). Gog’s army will be completely wiped out and God’s people will live in safety, without further danger from enemies. The final victory will be God’s!

Revelation 20: 7-9 also makes reference to Gog and Magog, as representatives of all of God’s enemies who will come together for the final battle. They will come together to fight against God’s people but will be completely destroyed. The devil, the true leader of the Gog and Magog army, will be cast into the lake of fire, where he will be punished for eternity. Soon after, the Final Judgment will take place.

Find out here: what is the Last Judgment?

Who is Gog and what country is Magog?

The Bible does not tell us the identity of Gog and Magog. The only thing the Bible says is that they come from the north. Any theory about your identity is just speculation.

With prophecies about the future, it is difficult to say what is literal and what is metaphorical. The battle of the end times can be physical, spiritual or both. So it is difficult to say whether Gog will be a man or an evil spirit.

See also: what does the Bible say about the end times?

It is equally difficult to say where Magog is. Somewhere north of Israel is a very vague indication. Magog may refer to a country, a more or less united people or some kind of spiritual movement.

The possibilities are very varied and we will probably not know what Gog and Magog really are until such events happen. The most important thing about the message of Gog and Magog is that God is more powerful than all his enemies . In the end, God brings deliverance.

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