Is the Gog and Magog war mentioned in Ezek 38 and 39 the same as the War of Armageddon at the end of the Great Tribulation, or the Final Rebellion at the end of the millennium ?
Although Gog and Magog is mentioned in Ezek 38/39 and also in Rev 20, I believe both passages are not referring to the same people or the same event. The latter is probably used to refer to the same rebellious nature of the people and the extent of the destruction as in the former. In Ezek 38/39, Israel is at peace and has laid down her defenses. It is not possible as long as she has constant threats from neighboring countries. The only time she has real peace is when a peace treaty is signed with the Antichrist so it is likely to happen in the first 3 and ½ years of the Great Tribulation. In Ezek 38/39, only a few nations are mentioned to be involved in the Gog and Magog war and not all the nations as in the other wars.
|Differences||Gog and Magog War||War of Armageddon||Final Rebellion|
|Purpose of God||God wants to bring back Israel. Ezek 39:21-29||Israel is faithful throughout the Millennium|
|Armies involved||Few nations from the north. Ezek 38:6,15; 39:2||Many nations||All nations. Rev 20:7-9|
|Who led ?||Gog Ezek 38:3||3 demonic spirits of the unholy trinity Rev 16:12-16||Satan. Rev 20:7|
|Israel||At peace Ezek 38:11||In the midst of Tribulation|
|Place of war||Mountains of Israel||Between Megiddo and Bozrah|
|How are the armies destroyed ?||Sulphur, fire, torrential rains, hailstones, wild beasts, etc, sent by God. Ezek 38:22;39:4||Christ’s sword Rev 19:11-20||Fire from heaven Rev 20:9|