Gog in Revelation

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I remember wondering about where the coming of Gog and Magog was in the Book of Revelation. I now know that answer, but it took far too many years to figure it out. It was almost as if I had a mental block, keeping me from seeing it. That 'mental block' is gone, and I can confidently say that there are two places in the Book of Revelation that point to where the coming of Gog and Magog fits in the Book of Revelation:

  • Seal Six
  • Revelation 12

The Sixth Seal, opens in Revelation 6:12 and the events of Seal Six do not finish until the end of Revelation 7. A lot of things happen in those 23 verses. Most of it is utterly incredible. But, the most important part, in terms of our discussion, is the sealing of the 144,000.


Because it means that the salvation of Israel - the Return of Jacob - must happen long before the first man is sealed.

This situation is even clearer for Revelation 12. When the Dragon attacks the woman, she escapes into the wilderness, where she is protected for three and a half years. That 'woman' is Israel, and it's clear that she is in a covenant relationship with God before she flees. That also means that Israel must have become a follower of Jesus Christ long before that moment in time. And, the prophets are clear about what must happen before Revelation 12:13:

  • The coming of Gog and Magog
  • Ezekiel's Fire

There's literally no other way to look at this, unless you want to toss out all the prophets in the Old Testament. So, let's keep the prophets in mind as we look at the Sixth Seal and Revelation 12.

The Sixth Seal

One of the biggest challenges that we've had, has been our difficulty with the chronology of the Book of Revelation. And, I understand how difficult it has been. Every time that I would read Revelation, I'd get through chapters one through five just fine. Then, I'd hit chapter 6 - the Seven Seals. The first eight verses made a lot of sense. Verse 9 began the fifth seal, and was more difficult to understand. But, when I would get to verse 12 - Seal Six - I'd get confused all over again.

Big earthquake?

The sun turns black?

The moon becomes red as blood?

The stars fall to the earth?

The sky rolls up like a scroll?

That sounded more like something we see later in Revelation, like in chapter 16, when the bowls are poured out before the Battle of Armageddon. But, there was a problem with that, since the Book of Revelation shows the order of events this way:

  • The Seven Seals
  • The Seven Trumpets
  • The Seven Bowls
  • The Battle of Armageddon
  • The Millennium

They happen in that order. The Trumpets don't sound until the Seven Seals have all been opened. The bowls aren't poured out until the last trumpet has finished. There can be no doubt about this. But, Seal Six sounded so fantastic that you naturally wanted to put it somewhere else in Revelation.

Does the Book of Revelation jump back and forth between the Seals, the Trumpets and the Bowls?

No, it does not.

Please be very careful here. Twisting the Book of Revelation is extremely dangerous, because of these two verses:

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;

19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 - Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)

If you add to the Book of Revelation, you suffer in this life - terribly. But, if you TAKE AWAY anything from the Book of Revelation, you suffer for eternity.

That scares me, and it should scare you.

Playing around with the interpretation of Revelation is deadly. Don't do it. Not even a little. And, that's why I would put a question mark over Revelation 6 and 7, and moved on. And, since I read my Bible all the way through, every year, I would hit that question mark again and again and again - every December.

But then, in 2019, I started writing When Gog Comes.

As I worked my way through the evidence of the timing of Gog and Magog, I came to the realization that this great invasion of Israel must happen at Revelation 6:12. Ezekiel's Fire fit perfectly within Revelation 6:12-17. It couldn't happen afterwards, and there's no room (or not much) for it to happen before. So, it must happen at verse 12.

Why do I say 'must'?

If God had left out chapter 7, from the Book of Revelation, I would not have been able to say 'must'. But, since Revelation 7 is about 144,000 Israelis being sealed by God... It means that the Return of Jacob had happened before we get to chapter 7. And, since Revelation 7:1 begins with "After these things...", Israel's salvation must happen somewhere in Revelation 6. But, I couldn't get past what happened in Seal Six. It was too confusing.

All of that changed when I realized what Isaiah 30:26 was describing:

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

 - Isaiah 30:26 (KJV)

At first, I thought that it was just a really big solar flare. Then, when I did more research, I started saying that it was a superflare - a word that few scientists talked about. But, when I realized that this had to be a nova event, I finally was able to understand what happened when Seal Six was opened.

I finally came to this conclusion while I was writing When Gog Comes. It was so obvious to me that I immediately put it into chapter 16 of that book.

However bizarre this must sound...

...when you put the coming of Gog and Magog and Ezekiel's Fire into Revelation 6:12-17...

...our understanding of the Book of Revelation increases dramatically.

It removes the question mark over Seal Six and confirms the chronological order of the Book of Revelation. It even helps us understand the Deadly Wound suffered by seventh head of The Beast. Ezekiel's Fire causes that 'deadly wound'. Ezekiel's Fire knocks out our civilization (The Seventh Head), and the Dragon will bring it back to life, turning it into the Eighth Head (Revelation 17:11).

To put it another way:

After our civilization is destroyed...

...The Antichrist turns the lights back on.

Anyone who could bring civilization back like that, would earn the undying devotion of the world. People would do anything, worship anyone, if it meant having enough food to eat, a cellphone and an Internet that works again, and most of all... prosperity. Latin Americans are pouring across the southern border of the United States for exactly this reason. Africans and Asians are flooding into Europe for this reason. People will do almost anything, take any risk, to be secure and to prosper. And, all that the Antichrist will require is that you worship him.

What a deal.

NOTE: Notice that after the Seven Seals are opened, the stars are back in the night sky in Chapter Eight. That's additional proof that this is a nova event. The vast cloud of dust thrown out in the the Solar System from our sun dissipates, bringing the stars back to our night sky.

Gog Cannot Be The Antichrist

Unfortunately, we have a little problem. For two hundred years, everyone has been assuming that Gog is the Antichrist. And, they have to make this assumption because if he isn't, their belief about the order of events of the Last Days is wrong.

If Gog is not the Antichrist...

...there is no pre-tribulation rapture.

...there will be no Third Temple.

...we can stop hyperventilating about the Antichrist - for now.

...the Return of Jacob to God must happen years, even decades, before the Antichrist.

For those who've made a name for themselves as 'End Times Experts', that means tearing up everything that they've written and starting over. That's hard, so they won't even consider the evidence that I present in When Gog Comes. It's too much for them.

A Summary Of When Gog Comes

For those of you who haven't backed yourselves into a corner like other 'experts' in eschatology, here's a quick summary of what I discovered as I was attempting to pin down the timing of when Gog and Magog descend upon Israel.

The three biggest reasons are these:

The invasion of Israel by Gog and Magog is not at all like the invasion of the Antichrist.

The events surrounding Gog and Magog are not at all like the events surrounding the Antichrist.

The salvation of Israel happens years BEFORE the coming of the Antichrist…

…while the Bible that the Return of Jacob must happen AFTER Gog and Magog.

(Lots people seem to have trouble with the distinction between BEFORE and AFTER.)

Those three reasons, by themselves, are enough to prove completely that Gog is NOT the Antichrist, and that Gog and Magog are coming long before the Antichrist arrives. It also proves that you MUST prepare for a great catastrophe that will also come, when Gog leads his military alliance against Israel. But, let’s look at the full list.

The Army Of The Antichrist

There are five invasions of Israel by the Antichrist
(Gog is described as invading once)

The Israel at the time of the Antichrist will not look like the Israel of today
(What Daniel 11 indicates is deeply disturbing. Israel will have suffered heavy damage, long before the Antichrist rises.)

The Antichrist comes during a time of war.
(Gog comes during a time of peace.)

The Antichrist has opposition – lots of it
(That realization was a new one for me – the ‘lots of it’ part.)

The Antichrist captures Jerusalem.
(Gog does NOT capture Jerusalem.)

Israelis need to run away from the Antichrist
(Israelis do not need to run away from Gog)

The Antichrist will not be buried, but he and his false prophet will be thrown alive into Hell
(Gog will be buried and will have a grave in a valley called Hamon Gog.)

The Antichrist assembles ALL NATIONS
(Gog assembles a specific set of nations to invade Israel.)

There are merely hours or maybe days between the destruction of the Antichrist and the Millennium
(After Gog is destroyed, there must be enough time for Israeli Christians to reach spiritual maturity and to seal the 144 thousand.)

Daniel 9 is about Jesus and NOT about the Antichrist
(Seriously kids, stop the false teaching about Daniel’s 70th Week. Not one verse in Daniel 9 is about the Antichrist.)

Daniel 8 and 11 are about the Antichrist – NOT Antiochus Epiphanes
(That’s right. BOTH. You need to get that.)

The King of the South is actually the King of the Negev
(Could Be’er Sheva be this king’s capital?)

Israel accepts Christ and is Christian BEFORE the Antichrist rises
(Ezekiel and Zechariah say that the salvation of Israel is AFTER Gog is destroyed)

From Ezekiel 38

The Antichrist rules all the world
(Gog’s influence is over only part of the world)

Hooks are not in the mouth of the Antichrist, to invade Israel and Jerusalem
(But, Gog has those hooks in his jaws – not a strong argument, but worth keeping in mind)

The Antichrist is cast alive into Hell (Revelation 19:20)
(Gog is not. Gog is buried in the Valley of Hamon Gog.)

Ezekiel 39

This is where we see Ezekiel mention the fire that is sent upon Magog and upon those who dwell carelessly – Ezekiel’s Fire.

When the Antichrist comes, the wrath of God will be absolute – few will survive
(When Gog comes, God’s wrath will be more limited. Many will die, but billions will survive.)

The Antichrist is NOT reluctant to invade Israel and does so several times
(Gog doesn’t want to invade, and requires hooks to force him to attack Israel)

The Return of Jacob must happen BEFORE the Antichrist invades Israel
(Only after Gog is destroyed, will Israel be saved.)

Zechariah 12-13

Planes, Trains and Automobiles are knocked out. And this is also where we compare and contrast Zechariah 12 and 13 (Gog and Magog) with the chapter about Armageddon and the Millennium – Zechariah 14.

In Zechariah 14, Jerusalem becomes the center of the world
(In Zechariah 12, God makes sure that Jerusalem is NOT.)

In Zechariah 14, God saves Jerusalem first
(In Zechariah 12, Jerusalem comes second.)

In Zechariah 14, Jerusalem is conquered, the women raped and half the city flees into the wilderness
(In Zechariah 12, the inhabitants of Jerusalem successfully defend the city, with even the weakest being so incredibly strong that they will slay all their enemies, just like David did.)

In Zechariah 14, Jerusalem is rescued by God Himself
(In Zechariah 12, God gives the inhabitants of Jerusalem supernatural strength and the ability to defend themselves.)

In Zechariah 14, God PHYSICALLY saves Jerusalem and Israel
(In Zechariah 12 and 13, God SPIRITUALLY saves them. And, there’s no description in chapter 14 of Israel needing spiritual salvation. Israel will already be Christian, when Jesus returns. After all, there’s a reason why the people of Jerusalem are fleeing the Antichrist.)

Isaiah 30

In this chapter, we don’t see the names of 'Gog' and 'Magog', but Isaiah 30 ties itself directly to them when it talks about:

  • The day of the great slaughter
  • The day when the towers fall
  • A moon as bright as the sun
  • A sun that is seven times brighter than normal
  • The day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound

That last point is salvation and can only be salvation. But, that salvation comes after the great slaughter that we see in Zechariah 13. Two thirds of everyone will die - in the Land of Israel and even the rest of the world. But, the third of Israel that survives will accept Jesus as their Savior.

However, this discussion in Isaiah 30 brought up some interesting thoughts.

When does God send fire upon Magog and the other nations in Ezekiel 39?

AFTER the invasion of Gog and Magog has begun.

When does the fourth angel pour out his bowl upon the Sun in Revelation 16?

BEFORE the invasion of The Kings of the East and the battle of Armageddon.

Again, people seem to have trouble with the words 'before' and 'after'. And, the events of Ezekiel 39 are not at all like the events of Revelation 16. You can only say that they are the same, by ignoring everything that the Bible says. And, it means that Gog cannot be the Antichrist.

Revelation 12

But wait... there's more.

I started this chapter by talking about Revelation 6 and 7. Seal Six had been very confusing until I realized that it matched what we have been talking about in Ezekiel's Fire. And, Revelation 12 makes an important confirmation of what we are talking about:

Israel must be saved long before the Antichrist comes to power.

In chapter 12, Israel gives birth to Messiah. Then after a war in heaven, Satan is cast down to the earth and begins persecuting Israel and other Christians. Israel flees into a place of safety in the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, times and a half of a time.

In terms of our discussion about timing, the most important verse is this one:

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 - Revelation 12:17 (NKJV)


This is a huge problem for those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture - because there are lots of Christians running around when the Antichrist comes. It also means that this cannot be the invasion of Israel by Gog and Magog.

Remember that Israel successfully defends herself - with God's intervention - When Gog Comes. But, when the Antichrist comes, Israel doesn't fight but runs away. This means that Gog and the Antichrist are not the same, and that Gog must come many years before Revelation 12.

Remember what the Old Testament prophets said about Israel's salvation:

Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31 (NKJV)

So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7 (NKJV)

So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.

Ezekiel 39:22 (NKJV)

And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 39:29 (NKJV)

...In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people

And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26 (NKJV)

10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

 – Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV)

..They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

 – Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

All of those verses are AFTER Gog and Magog. Not before. This means that these salvation verses are not a part of Israel's flight into the wilderness when the Antichrist arrives.

For those of you who have already read When Gog Comes, what was it that the Bible says about the Antichrist in Daniel 11?

Here’s verse 30 again:

For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.

Daniel 11:30 (KJV)

The KJV uses the word ‘indignation’, but the Hebrew word is much stronger than that. It’s זעם (zah-am), and it means ‘wrath’ or ‘rage’. Also, the word ‘intelligence’ is also a little bit incorrect. The word is יבן (yah-ven), and it’s a part of the same root as the Hebrew word for ‘understanding’ – מבין (mah-veen).

So, when the ships of Chittim block his invasion, he flies into a rage and starts conspiring with those who are apostates. And, these apostates have forsaken…


…The Holy Covenant.

There’s a Holy Covenant in Israel BEFORE the Antichrist?

BEFORE the Antichrist rises, there will be a Holy Covenant. That means there are followers of God in Israel, who are obedient in every way.

Again, this is BEFORE the Antichrist.

And no, this will NOT be Judaism. Judaism is a synthetic religion formulated after the fall of the second temple as a way to get around the inability to properly sacrifice, AND to keep Jewish men and women from becoming Christian. Judaism is NOT holy and is not a 'covenant'. If you live in Israel long enough, you'll figure this out.

Is it possible to have a holy covenant that is different than the one paid for by Jesus on the cross, and sanctified by His Blood?

Let me make this point as clearly as possible:


If you think that there is any other way to salvation, except through faith and obedience in Jesus Christ, you are not a Christian. There is only one eternal sacrifice that paid for the sins of the world. That covenant was made in His blood and sacrifice. Adding the blood of bulls and goats to this would be blasphemy.

Therefore, the Holy Covenant in Daniel 11:30 is faith in Christ.

That’s right, Christians. These are followers of Christ, like you and me. Israeli Christians that are faithfully worshiping God in the area of the Middle East where the Antichrist will run around in. These Israeli Christians do not begin their Life in Christ after the Antichrist. They begin their Life in Christ BEFORE the Antichrist. And, I can’t help but point out here that Ezekiel 38 and 39 show that Israel doesn’t join the Holy Covenant until AFTER Gog and Magog has been destroyed. Not before.

Again, because some have trouble with understanding the difference between 'before' and 'after', let me say again:

Gog and Magog is destroyed.

After that, Israel accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior.

It’s that simple, and it is absolute and undeniable proof that:

Gog is NOT the Antichrist.

There is literally no other way to interpret what the Bible has said here. But, let's get back to Revelation 12.

Daniel 11, Revelation 12, Zechariah 14, And Matthew 24

Let's look at how and where Daniel 11, Revelation 12, Zechariah 14 and Matthew 24 begin to connect. When talking about the Antichrist, Daniel says this:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

Daniel 11:31 (NASB)

NOTE: The word 'sacrifice' doesn't mean the burnt offering of animals. Daniel 11:31 uses the word התמיד (ha-tah-meed), which just means 'always' or 'continual'. The word for the sacrifice that you make on an altar is זבח (zeh-vach, 'ch' as in Bach) - which indicates the killing of an animal.

So, these forces will come from the Antichrist, defile the building of the holy place, stop the continual worship services in Jerusalem and then set up the Abomination of Desolation. And, this isn’t the Antichrist doing it directly. It is these ‘forces’, plural that are doing it.

Hebrew is specific when it comes to word agreement. Plural nouns have plural verbs. Singular nouns have singular verbs. So, this isn’t the Antichrist (singular) doing this. It’s these arms (plural) that are setting up the Abomination of Desolation.

The Abomination Of Desolation

Now, notice that phrase, Abomination of Desolation. The Hebrew is this:

השקוץ משומם (ha-shee-koots meh-sho-mem)

Where did we hear of this before?

Right here:

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.

Matthew 24:15-18 (ESV)

And, right here:

Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?”

Daniel 8:13 (ESV)

Here’s Daniel 11:31 again:

Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.

Daniel 11:31 (NASB)

It’s clear that Daniel 11 and Matthew 24 are talking about the same moment in time. And, Daniel 8 is so close that you need to assume that it is also the same moment in time. The only difference for Daniel 8:13 is that Gabriel says ‘transgression’ instead of ‘abomination’. But, abomination is always transgression, and transgression is always an abomination.

This is where the Christians in Jerusalem run away into the wilderness. In Zechariah 14, we discover that about half of them escape (i.e., go into exile). Most translations get Zechariah 14:2 wrong. Especially, the KJV. When it says 'half the city goes into captivity', it actually means 'exile'. And that 'exile' just means 'they run away' - which is exactly what Jesus told them to do.

So, when we get to Daniel 11:31, we see the events of Revelation 12:13-16. But, there's one more verse in Revelation 12. Daniel 11:33-39 describes what happens before that last verse.

Here's what Revelation 12:17 says:

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 - Revelation 12:17 (NKJV)

Daniel 11:40-45 has a lot more detail to offer, and as we read this passage, remember that the King of the North is the Antichrist:

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.

 - Daniel 11:40-45 (NKJV)

Again, the King of the North is the Antichrist, and the King of the South is someone who rules over the South.

Wait. What 'south' is this?

Well it's not the south. It's actually, the Negev, which is the dry wilderness area in southern Judea. The word for 'south', in this passage is נגב (Negev) and not the word that we would normally use for south, דרום (dah-rome).

So, the ruler of southern Israel attacks the Antichrist and gets beaten badly. The Antichrist goes on to capture Egypt and a large part of Africa.

Why Egypt?

Because it will be Christian.

If you want to know how Egypt becomes a follower of Christ, go here:

Isaiah 17 and 19

The Antichrist invades Egypt because they refuse to obey him. That sounds like something that a Christian country would do, and it confirms that the fulfillment of Isaiah 19 happens BEFORE the rise of the Antichrist. Very interesting.

Oh, and notice something from that passage that we just read from Daniel 11:

"...but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon..."

Here's the core passage that we've been talking about in Revelation 12:

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

 - Revelation 12:13-16 (NKJV)

Daniel 11 doesn't mention the flood, but the fact that the Antichrist cannot get to Edom, Moab and Ammon is quite interesting. In fact, it shows a very strong connection. If you want to know where these Christian Israelis flee to, visit the Kingdom of Jordan. I've been there quite a few times. Petra is fascinating.


Revelation 6 and 7 point us directly at Ezekiel's Fire and the coming of Gog and Magog. It falls right in with Ezekiel 38 and 39, Zechariah 12 and 13, Micah 5, and Isaiah 30. Theologians for the past two centuries have tried to tell us something different, but they've been deeply incorrect.

Then Revelation 12, removes any doubt that we might have by proving that Gog and Magog comes long before the Antichrist, and that Israel has already accepted Christ as their Lord and savior before they must flee into the wilderness. There's just no other way to look at this, unless you want to do damage to the book of Revelation, which is a very, very dangerous thing to do.

Remember that you suffer in this life if you add to Revelation what is not true, but you suffer for eternity if you take away from that book.

I do not wish to be a part of any of those errors, and I'm sure that you don't either. So, let's do our best to be careful to not twist what Revelation actually says.

Unfortunately, this means that we will suffer hardship when the Antichrist comes. I understand the desire to avoid such suffering. I'm not a fan of it myself, and I'll try to dodge as much of it as I can. But, you can't avoid difficulty by ignoring it. That never works.

If you want to dig deeper into Israel's repentance and faith in Christ, go here:

Why Israel Must Be Saved BEFORE The Great Tribulation



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