Many voices are trumpeting the soon-coming invasion of the Holy Land by Gog and Magog and Co. Even Prime Minister Netanyahu recently said that the invasion was coming soon. They cite Ezekiel 38 as proof that this war will be started by Russia and Iran in the very near future.
These claims are unfounded and untrue. Footnotes in most Bibles for Ezk. 38: 2 sends us to Revelation 20: 8, where we see that same Gog and Magog leading other satanically deceived nations. But when does this happen? Verse 7 is the first half of the sentence, and it says, “And when the thousand years are expired [the 1,000 year reign of Christ], Satan shall be loosed out of prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations…Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle…and they went up…and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city,” Jerusalem (v. 7-9).
This is after the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the earth. Gog and Magog, Russia and Iran and Co., will be used by God that way at that time. Not in our day, not in our present time.
Here is more proof that the invasion of Jerusalem by Gog and Magog comes not at this time in history. The Promised Land at the time of the invasion of Gog and Magog will be at total peace (read 1,000 year reign of peace). The invaders shall find the population living in a “land of unwalled villages.” They are “at rest” and “dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” (Ezk 38: 11).
That is the cultural environment that Gog and Magog will find. The Israeli state today is preparing for war, both its citizens and the army. They are not dwelling safely and have many bars and gates on their houses and neighborhoods. No rest and peace are found in the Israeli state. Rocket attacks have become a daily occurance. Fear and uncertainty are a constant, present reality.
This is why I say that the Gog and Magog attack of Ezekiel 38 will be much later in history.
One more reason. The inhabitants of the Holy Land, who are living in complete peace and rest, will come from all the twelve tribes of Israel. Right now primarily Jews live in the Israeli state. True Jews come out of the Kingdom of Judah, whose subjects were descended from only two tribes–Judah and Benjamin. The other Ten Tribes of Israel were “lost” to most after the Kingdom of Israel (Ten Tribes) was carried into captivity around 721 B.C. Members from all twelve tribes will be present at the time of the invasion of the Promised Land.
Furthermore, after the 6th Seal is opened, 12,000 of each of the twelve tribes are sealed (Rev. 7: 3-8; 14: 1-7). In other words, the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel will be found and will populate Jerusalem during the 1,000 year reign. Christ said that He was sent to them. The apostle James wrote to them; “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, greeting” (James 1: 1). Paul said that “our twelve tribes” were “instantly serving God day and night” waiting upon the promises of God (Acts 26: 7).
If there is an invasion by Russia and Iran, it will not be that which is spoken of in Ezekiel 38.