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“The Repudiation of Gog and Magog” Ezekiel 38-39

Date:June 18, 2023
Author: Wayne J. Edwards



The Bible says as this age comes to a close, there will be three attempts to destroy the nation of Israel.

  • The Psalm 83 war – Israel’s neighboring nations will attempt to “destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:4)
  • The Isaiah 17 war – Syria will provoke Israel to completely destroy the city of Damascus “from being a city; it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)
  • The Gog-Magog war – the largest military force to ever come against the nation of Israel will ascend upon them “like a cloud to cover the land,” but God will show His “greatness and His holiness” in such a way the whole world will know that He is Lord. (From Ezekiel 38-39)

In our next sermon in this series, “God’s Unfolding Drama of Redemption,” we will look at “The Repudiation of Gog and Magog.”  

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The Glorious Return of Christ
“The Repudiation of Gog and Magog”
Ezekiel 38-39

Wayne J. Edwards, Pastor  

 According to Biblical Prophecy, there will be three attempts to destroy the nation of Israel at the end of the age: 

  • The Psalm 83 war – an “inner circle” of Arab nations that will come against Israel, primarily out of vengeance, to annihilate the Jews from the earth.
  • The Isaiah 17 war – because of Syria’s serious threat, Israel will destroy the ancient city of Damascus in one day.
  • The Gog-Magog war – Russia will lead a new coalition of Arab nations to come against Israel, not only to exterminate the Jews, but to capture the newly discovered oil reserves.

“And so, I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD!”

Ezekiel 38:23

  • Ezekiel means – “God Strengthens”
  • Ezekiel and his wife were taken as captives to Babylon with over 10,000 other Jews to serve as slaves.
  • Ezekiel said, while he was “among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw visions of God.”
  1. Who are Gog and Magog? – Ezekiel 38:1-6

  • “Gog” – the name of a military and political leader.
  • “Magog” – the land from which the leader originates. Jewish historians identify that land as Russia.
  • Conclusion – near the end of this age, a Russian dictator will build a diplomatic and military coalition to come against the nation of Israel.


  • ·         “Rosh”Russia
  • ·         “Mesheck/TubalMoscow and Tobolsk – former capital of Siberia
  • ·         “Persia”Iran
  • ·         “Cush”Ethiopia – Sudan
  • ·         “Put”Libya and Algeria
  • ·         “Gomer”Turkey
  • ·         “Beth Togarmah”the “stans” of the former Soviet Union.

 Nations taken by surprise at “Gog’s” action against Israel:

  • “Sheba and Dedan” – Saudi Arabia
  • “Merchants of Tarshish” – Great Britain
  • “Young Lions” – America, Australia, Canada
  1. When is the Gog-Magog War? Ezekiel 38:16

  • Vs 16 “It shall be in the latter days” – the last days of this age, but before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
  • Vs 8 – when the Jews are gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate!” Israel lay desolate from AD 70 to 1948. Since then, more than 3 million Jews have returned to Israel. 
  • Vs 8 – when Israel has been “brought back from the sword” and “dwells in safety!”
  • Vs 11 – when Israel is a land of unwalled villages” – possibly after the Psalm 83 war.
  • Ezekiel 39:9-12 – since the Jews will be evicted from Israel midway of the Tribulation, the “Gog-Magog” war must start at least 3 ½ years before the beginning of the Tribulation for them to be burning the implements of war for 7-years.
  1. What is the purpose of the Gog-Magog War? Ezekiel 38

  • The contemporary threat against Israel is Russia –
    • They have funded every war against Israel since 1948.
    • They have supplied weapons for Israel’s enemies.
    • They loaded Iran’s nuclear reactors, and have drastically modernized their weapons of war.
    • Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has developed military ties to all of the Islamic countries, including Iran.
  • The “Russians” descended from the tribe of Magog through the Scythians –who have always been against Israel.
  • God is going to allow “Gog” to come against Israel, but in reality, “Gog” will be facing “God!”

“And so, I will show My greatness and My holiness, and I will make Myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord!”

Ezekiel 38:23

  1. Who wins the Gog-Magog War? Ezekiel 38:18ff

  • An earthquake will occur so strong that “all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence!”
  • The population of the nations who will come against Israel is over 500-million. If only 10% of them are involved in the battle, that would be 50-million soldiers against Israel’s 700-thousand.
  • However, God Himself will intervene to achieve His purposes.
  • An “overflowing rain” of hailstones will fall, followed by balls of fire – burning sulfur and brimstone.
  • Great Confusion will fall upon the armies of Israel so much that they will turn upon themselves or run from the battle.
  • God will send the same fires upon “Magog” – meaning the nations from where the armies came.

“I will set My glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see My judgment that I have executed, and My hand that I have laid upon them!”

Ezekiel 39:21

  • Ezekiel 38-39 describes the end of Radical Islam.
  • Millions of Muslims will abandon the religion of Islam and express their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

So, the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward!”

Ezekiel 39:22

  • That phrase – “Then they will know that I am the Lord” is repeated 60 times in Ezekiel.
  • On that day when God pours out His Spirit on the people of Israel, the surviving millions will be “saved in one day!”
  • The “Gog-Magog” War starts the Time of Tribulation and triggers the introduction of the Antichrist.
  • Since the rapture of the church must occur before the Antichrist can be revealed, how close are we to the end of this age?
  • If the rapture of the Church occurred today, would those you love, who will be left behind, know why you are missing?