Pre-Trib says Russia will be the leading nation attacking the Jews and Jerusalem just before Jesus comes. Pre-Trib also says Russia will be the "Magog" in the army that Satan organizes at the end of the Millennium. Here will look at what the Bible says about Gog and Magog and Satan's army at the end of the Millennium.
Where Satan's Army CANNOT Come From!
One way to discover where Satan gets his army is to identify where he CANNOT get it. As you know, Pastor, almost all Christian Churches claim that, during the Millennium, earth will be inhabited with mortals, and, even though Jesus will be King over all the earth, many very bad sinners will be secretly hidden among the people and they will be Satan's, "Gog and Magog" army. Most Christians claim that this thousand year reign of Jesus is the fulfillment of Bible Prophecies of the "Kingdom of God," or "Kingdom of Heaven." Pre-Trib calls this the "Millennial Kingdom."
Kingdom of God - "No Mortals or Sinners"
The Bible says the Kingdom of God will have no Mortals and no Sinners. Jesus said sinners CANNOT inherit, enter, or even see the Kingdom of God. Following is Bible proof:
When Jesus comes He separates the Sheep from the Goats (Mt. 25:31-34). The Sheep receive life eternal, while, eventually, the Goats are destroyed by, "fire prepared for the Devil and his angels"(Vss.41, 46)!
Following are absolutes from Scripture about the Kingdom of God:
All who enter the next age do not marry or die (Lk.20:35-36; Matt.25:46).
Only righteous persons in the Kingdom—no sinners (Matt. 5:20; 18:3).
Only born again people can even see the Kingdom of God (Jn.3:3).
No wicked person enters or sees the Kingdom (1Cor.6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21).
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (ICor.15:50).
All mortals must put on immortality in the Kingdom (1Cor.15:54).
Now let's match these Bible Facts with the following:
1—Compass the Beloved City
"And when the thousand years are expired (ended), Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle; the number of whom is as the sand of the seas. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the Saints about, and the Beloved City; and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them" (Rev.20:7-9)
Just prior to this passage, John wrote: "But the rest of the dead (all the wicked from creation till the Second Coming) lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Vs.5).
Pastor, couldn't we end the discussion her as to where Satan get's his Gog and Magog army? We could it it is true that Jesus and Paul said, "No Sinners, No Mortals, and No Babies Born" in God's Kingdom! Didn't John identify exactly Satan's army? When the 1000 years are finished the "rest of the dead live again," every unsaved person who ever lived is assembled as Satan's army. Not convinced yet? Let's keep going and show that Satan's army comes all over the world, not just the nation of Magog.
John says Satan is loosed, then he goes out to deceive the, "nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog" (Rev.20:8). Pastor, you may be thinking, "The Army comes from all over the world, but Russia supplies more than any other Nation." This is a reasonable answer, but remember, Pastor, Pre-Trib says the persecutors of Israel will all be cast into the lake of fire at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. Let's focus on which Jerusalem Satan and his Army attacks.
Old Jerusalem or New Jerusalem
If the Bible says there'll be no Mortals, Sinners, or Births in God's Kingdom, we'll need to look at what "Holy City" Satan and his army "compass about." In our Website, Satan's Bottomless Pit, we show from Scripture that, instead of Earth being Paradise during the Millennium, it will be frozen solid because the Sun's light is gone (Matt.24:29; Isa.13:10; 24:23; Jer.4:23). For a thousand years planet earth will have been a massive garbage dump. The final activities on earth just before the 1000 years will be the 7 Last Plagues reducing it to a condition worse than before creation when it was "without form and void." Old Jerusalem, along with every other city on earth, will have been reduced to uninhabitable rubble. But, John saw another Jerusalem. He wrote, "And I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven" (Rev. 21:2). John saw Satan’s army surround the "Beloved City" (Vs.20:9). Satan's only real goal is taking over HEAVEN, New Jerusalem, and it has been his goal from the time sin entered his heart.
New Jerusalem is Encompassed! Let The Battle Begin!!
But there's no battle! Even if Satan's army is a trillion times larger than the one he has, which will be, "the number of whom is as the sands of the sea," he's no match for the Almighty! "Fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them" (Rev. 20:9).
But, just before fire devours them, while they are conveniently gathered all around New Jerusalem, and having come there of their own free will, John sees something else happen. He saw the Great White Throne Judgment set and "the books are opened" (See Rev.20:11-12). The wicked can not plead innocent because they're caught in the very act of attempting war against the Almighty, and they came to the Judgment by their own choice!
Outside the City
Pastor, no doubt you still have some doubts. You may be Pondering why we've not shown from Scripture an evil army encompassing New Jerusalem. Let's look at what might be evidence."Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through gates into the City. For without (outside the City) are dogs,, and sorcerers, and whore-mongers and murders, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Rev.22:14-15). Pastor, every time the word "Jerusalem" appears in Revelation, it always says "New Jerusalem." Nowhere in Revelation is there the word Jerusalem without the word "New" proceeding it. Again, could we not stop here because there is more than enough evidence that Satan's Gog and Magog Army will be the resurrected wicked? But for those who want more proof, the Old Testament Prophets have supplied more than enough.
Old Testament - Gog and Magog
The names "Gog and Magog" appear together only twice in Scripture. In John's account it is undeniably the end of the Millennium. In Ezekiel's account, there appears to be a possibility of little duel meaning. Some of his terminology indicates it could concern Israel of his day. However, Ezekiel's terminology also corresponds too much with John's, thus we are safe to assume it is all after the Millennium. It's a battle in which Gog and his evil forces attempt to attack Jerusalem. Let’s look at Ezekiel's account:
2—Hooks in Thy Jaws "And the word of the Lord came unto me saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophecy against him [thus Gog is a him, not a nation], and say, Thus saith the lord God: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn thee back and put hooks in thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and ALL thine army"(Ezek.38:1-4).
Ezekiel saw Gog with "ALL his army." John saw Satan’s army as the "sands of the sea." Pastor, can we agree that, in light of John's account, Gog is Satan? If Satan/Gog has "ALL his army," wouldn't it seem he will have every person who ever served him from every age? If every unrepentant person that ever served Satan was gathered in an army, would it indeed be, "the number of whom is as the sand of the seas?" Such an army might exceed a hundred billion.
Now we will assert here that John's reference is NOT Old Jerusalem. As we proceed, it should be clear that the Jerusalem John refers to is New Jerusalem. It will also be clear that Ezekiel's Jerusalem is also New Jerusalem, and Ezekiel actually tells where New Jerusalem will set when it, "Comes down from God out of Heaven." For some Readers, this concept is new, but let's keep going and when we're finished, there should be NO Doubt.
In John's vision, "Gog and Magog" are the only names mentioned. But, Ezekiel saw Gog as ruler over eight nations: Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah. By comparing Ezekiel and John, it appears, underscore APPEARS, that these will be the nations attacking Jerusalem at the end of the 1000 years, but John said Satan’s army comes from EVERY nation on earth! His exact words are, "Satan shall be loosed out of his prison (Bottomless Pit), and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the FOUR QUARTERS of the earth" (Rev. 20:7-8)!
Why does Scripture name only 8 nations? There is a very good reason! John saw Satan gather his army from the "Four quarters of the earth?" The United Nations shows Earth has 192 Nations!!! But Ezekiel only mentioned 8. If we look at a map of these 8 nations, we'll discover something very INTERESTING and VERY Informative!
Size and Location of NEW JERUSALEM!!
We have a complete Website showing the Size and location of New Jerusalem, so we'll not give all of the details here. We'll just say that John said New Jerusalem is 1364 miles square."And the City lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth… twelve thousand furlongs" (Rev.21:16). 12000 furlongs is 1364 miles! If you have a Bible Map showing the countries surrounding Israel and Jerusalem in the days of Ezekiel, and make a square representing 1364 miles using the little scale provided on the map, then place the square on the map with the center setting over Jerusalem, you'll see the borders of the square pass through 8 countries; Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Togarmah, Gomar, Ethiopia, Persia, and Libya, the same 8 Countries mentioned by Ezekiel. This is a strong indication that New Jerusalem will be centered directly over the spot Old Jerusalem is located now. Again, see Size and Location of New Jerusalem. John wrote, "And I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven" (Rev.21:2). Now back to Satan, Gog, and Magog:
Gog is Satan
Speaking directly to Gog, the Lord says:
3—All Thy Company
"Be thou prepared and prepare for thyself, thou, and ALL Thy COMPANY that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days [a 1000 years] thou shalt be visited; in the latter years [end of 1000 years] thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many peoples, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste [laid waste a 1000 years]; but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely, all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm; thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands (troops), and many peoples [every unsaved person since creation] with thee" (Ez.38:7-9).
There is only one way for Satan to have "ALL HIS COMPANY assembled." So, at the end of the 1000 years, Satan has ALL of his army, from ALL the "nations which are in the four quarters of the earth" (Rev.20:8). Isaiah says Satan's army comes from "the Dead." Let's look:
4—Stirreth up the Dead
"Hell (Sheol)(the Grave) from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming; it STIRRETH up the DEAD for thee, even ALL the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou become as weak as we? Art thou become like us? Thy pomp is brought down to hell (Sheol), and the noise of thy viols; the worm (maggot) is spread over thee and the worms (maggots) cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer" (Isa.14:9-12).
Notice, "Hell (Sheol) stirreth up the dead for thee." Pastor, is this proof that Satan's army comes from "the dead?" Satan's army assembles when the "Dead are stirred up." Pastor, as you know, the word Hell, in the Old Testament, is from the Hebrew word "Sheol." Sheol is also translated "Grave" 30 times in the Old Testament. Whether those "dead" people are dead in the grave, or alive in a burning Hell, either way, Satan's army comes from Dead People. The wicked dead will be resurrected at the same time Satan prepares to attack New Jerusalem. It appears John and Isaiah saw the same event. Isaiah saw "Hell stirring up the dead for Lucifer," and John saw "Death and Hell deliver up the dead" (Rev.20:14). John also saw, "The sea give up the dead that were in it, and death and Hell (Sheol) delivered up the dead that were in them" (Rev.20:13). Can two people record visions this similar and the visions not be the same event? John almost quotes Isaiah when he tells where Satan gets his army.
"Put HOOKS in Thy JAWS"
Ezekiel adds a point. "And I (the Lord) will turn thee (Gog/Satan) back, and PUT HOOKS in THY JAWS, and will bring thee forth, and ALL thine army" (Ezk.38:4)! Of course Satan knows full well he cannot defeat Almighty in a physical battle! Of course Satan knows that he is assembling the lost wicked for the Great White Judgment!! But, he thinks there's a way he can defeat God! Even though he enthusiastically brings himself, his demons, and all of the lost wicked to surround New Jerusalem, it is not altogether his choice. Ezekiel used the analogy of, "Putting Hooks in his jaws" to show that God is giving Satan no choice. But, Satan has a plan, so he actually comes willingly!! He has an "Evil Thought." Satan actually thinks that if he brings all of the lost wicked to the Great White Throne Judgment Scene, he can win his case, and in so doing, he thinks he'll have the right to replace God! We'll look closer at this in a moment!
John, Ezekiel, and Isaiah saw Satan with ALL his army. What next? Ezekiel said Satan has an "evil thought." Isaiah and Ezekiel reveal exactly that evil thought.
5—Satan Thinks an Evil Thought
"Thou (Gog)(Satan) shalt ascend and come like a storm; thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and ALL thy bands (troops), and many peoples with thee [Satan has an army plus many peoples with him]. Thus saith the Lord God: It shall also come to pass that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought" (Ezek.38:9-10).
Notice, "ALL thy troops and MANY PEOPLES with thee?" Now let's look at what Isaiah says Satan's "evil thought" will be.
Satan "Thinks An Evil Thought"
6—What is Satan's Evil Thought?
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart [following is his evil thought], 'I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the Mount of the Congregation, in the sides of the north, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds [New Jerusalem is 1364 miles high—WELL ABOVE THE CLOUDS], I will be like the Most High.' Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit [Bottomless Pit]. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who did shake kingdoms, Who made the world like a wilderness, and destroyed its cities, who opened not the house of his prisoners" (Isa.14:12-17).
Note how Satan wants the "sides of the north," but he gets the "sides of the pit."The "Sides of the Pit" clearly refers to Satan's "Bottomless Pit." Earth is round. Satan and his demons are confined to the "sides of the pit," meaning they're confined to the surface of earth. But what is meant by "Sides of the North?" The Psalmist says the "sides of the north" is New Jerusalem. Let's look:
7—Mount of the Congregation - Sides of the North
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the City of our God, in the Mountain of His Holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the SIDES of the NORTH, the City of the Great King" (Psalm 48:1-2).
Satan has his eyes on the "sides of the north," the "City of the Great King." The "Mountain of His Holiness"—Mount Zion—City of our God—City of the Great King. That would be,"New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven" (Rev.21:2). Heaven descends to Earth, and Satan wants it! (See Rev.21:3,22,23)
8—The Remainder of Satan's "Evil Thought"
"And thou (Gog) shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to those who are at rest, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations."
Notice no "walls, gates, or bars." The homes in New Jerusalem, need no walls, gates, or bars. If yards are fenced, it’ll be for decoration only. The gates and walls around New Jerusalem are for beauty, not protection. Actually, the 12 gates are memorials with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. The walls are on twelve foundations containing the names of the 12 Apostles (See Rev.21:12-14). Security isn't necessary.
Satan sees New Jerusalem and has a burning desire to take it!! But, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell (Sheol), to the SIDES of the (Bottomless) PIT" (Isa.14:15).
9—Lake of Fire and Brimstone "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the BELOVED CITY; and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the Beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Rev.20:9-19). Some insist that the "Beloved City" John referred to is Old Jerusalem, and, insist that there is no Bible record of New Jerusalem being surrounded by the wicked. However, John records this: "Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City. For without (Outside the City)(Surrounding the City) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murders, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Rev.22:14-15).
Great White Throne Judgment
Writers often tell their story, then go back and fill in details. We see this very often with Bible Prophets. John did this when he added a detail about Satan and his army surrounding Jerusalem. When the Wicked "Compass the camp of the Saints about" they are surrounding NEW JERUSALEM. Instead of a battle, the wicked find themselves face to face with God Almighty!! Suddenly it is the Great White Throne Judgment!! The wicked cannot plead innocent for they’re caught in the very act of attempting to overthrow God Himself. Even though they are deceived by Satan, they assembled around New Jerusalem by their own choice, and for a very wicked reason! They’re actually assembled around God’s Throne, and God stops them in their tracks and makes them account for the evil they’re attempting to do, as well as their evil deeds done in their lifetimes on earth. Scriptural evidence that the Great White Throne Judgment takes place at this time is too overwhelming. When the Judgment is finished, the wicked are still surrounding the City. Scripture records that there'll be a time when, "EVERY KNEE Shall Bow, and EVERY TONGUE Shall Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Isa.45:23; Rom.14:11; Phil.2:10-11). When Judgement is over, the wicked feel they have nothing to lose, so they pick up where they were before Judgment. They attempt to attack New Jerusalem and, "fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone" (Rev.20:9-10). John said, "death and hell cast into the lake of fire (Rev.20:14).
Peter adds more detail: "But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men" (2Pt.3:7). He continues. "the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are in it, shall be burned up" (Vs.10). Pastor! Did Peter just tell us exactly when and where Hell will occur?
During the Great White Throne Judgment, the wicked are shown how God did EVERYTHING in His power to save them. They know their eternal death sentence is deserved. Satan, his evil angels, and all the wicked also confess that God is fair in what He has done, and, what He is preparing to do. "Every knee bows and every tongue confesses" (Isa.45:23; Rom.14:11; Phil.2:10-11). But, a real repentant heart doesn't accompany their confession—it’s forever too late! They’re not truly sorry for being evil, but are sorry they didn't get away with it. They are also sorry they got caught and were unsuccessful in taking New Jerusalem. And so immediately after the Great White Throne Judgment, God does what He has dreaded since sin reared its ugly head centuries before. He forever cleanses His Universe from sin and sinners. "Fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone" (Rev.20:9-10). "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death" (Vs.14). If ever there is a time that God cries, this is that time!
Fire Purifies the Earth.
"The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are in it, shall be BURNED UP" (2Pet.3:10). "For behold the day cometh that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall BURN them UP, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch" (Mal.4:1).
Planet earth will then be clean and pure. The Redeemed witness an awesome and magnificent scene. Jesus brings order out of chaos. Taking the charred remains of this old planet that is again without form and void, He creates Paradise on top of the ashes of Satan, his demons, and the wicked (see Mal.4:3; Ezk.28:18; Isa.35:7).
New Heaven and New Earth
"And I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away" (Rev. 21:1). "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, for the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4). "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man the things God hath prepared for them that love Him" (1Cor.2:9).
All of the above Scripture proof should prove who Satan's Gog and Magog army will be. However, there is one last piece of evidence. It has to do with where to place the Great White Judgment. Pre-Trib's, and pretty much the majority of Christian Denomination's, view of Satan's last Gog and Magog battle is that Satan will recruit mortals and attempt to attack Old Jerusalem. The Bible is clear that whatever City Satan's army "encompasses," "Fire comes down from God and devours them." When Studying Scripture, a good guide is, "If it makes NO sense, it's probably WRONG." Old Jerusalem makes no sense here! Pastor, a few Pre-Trib Preachers attempt to say that our present Earth will never be destroyed. However, as we've seen here, the Bible clearly and emphatically says it will be, at the end of the Millennium. Now if God brings fire down from heaven and destroys Satan's army, and then "Casts Satan into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone," what would have be the very next event? This happens at the end of the thousand years (Millennium). This would mean that God would bring fire down from heaven and devour Satan's army, and cast Satan in the Lake of Fire, only to immediately resurrect Satan's army to face Judgment Day, and immediately withdraw Satan form the Lake of Fire for him to also face Judgment Day, and then, when Judgment is over, throw them all back into the Lake of Fire. Pastor, does this explanation seem complicated and confusing? The best way to understand what will happen at the end of the Millennium, is to look at all of the events John describes, place them in an order that makes sense, and all Un-Answered and Un-Answerable Questions will be gone.
We often insert pictures in our Websites for illustration purposes, but, as Paul said, "Eye hath not seen," and he is right! Let's be sure we are inside New Jerusalem at Judgment Day so our eyes will see Jesus as He creates our EARTH MADE NEW!!!
Thank you SO much, Dear Reader, for your time. Let's agree to at least pray about this matter. May God send His Spirit as we prepare to meet Jesus at His Soon Coming!!
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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