Ezekiel 38–39: The Battle of Gog and Magog

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 174


Ezekiel 38–39 speaks of a great battle that will occur in Israel in the “latter days” and that will involve a people from “Magog” led by a king named Gog. Ezekiel described this war as being waged in the “mountains of Israel” against the children of Israel gathered to these lands. The Lord also told Ezekiel He would miraculously save His people from the armies of Magog so that all nations may “know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:23). Because of these descriptions, Ezekiel seems to be describing the great battle before the Second Coming, commonly known as “Armageddon.”What can be confusing is that John the Revelator described a battle between good and evil at the end of the Millennium as the battle of Gog and Magog (see Revelation 20:7–9). So there are two battles referred to as Gog and Magog, the first right before the Second Coming and the other at the end of the Millennium. They are similar in that they will be massive battles involving great destruction that completely destroys the enemies of God and makes significant changes in the earth.