1/25/10 There are strong parallels to this passage in Zech 14. This and the next chapter are the story of God and Magog, who are mentioned in the important post-millennial section of Revelation.
Gog is the leader of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Meshech and Tubal, as well as the others listed in the next verses are all descendants of Noah’s sons listed in the genealogy. God has plans for Gog and his armies. God will impel him to attack his people so that God may defend them and show his power and defend his name before the universe.
Interestingly, several of the nations mentioned were already mentioned as trading partners with Tyre. Slaves, bronze-work, horses, mercenaries, all were supplied by these nations.
Together, all of these nations assemble a massive army that looks like a cloud. V. 8 says, “after many days,” which is Bible code for the time at the end. It clues us in that this passage is mainly eschatological. If we want to understand God and Magog in Revelation, this is where we discover the story.
Gog will invade a land that has forgotten what war is like and are living safely, peaceably, and without protection. This is definitely the case of God’s people after the millennium. We will have spent a thousand years in heaven. But when the New Jerusalem returns to earth and the wicked dead are raised back to life, Satan will gather the earth for battle against God. All the nations around are obviously involved in the war. And it’s because God has ordered it (v. 16).
As they advance upon God’s people he is aroused to action in their defense. God puts the earth into turmoil. Then the hordes of Magog turn their swards on each other. God will send rain storms, hail, and burning sulfur on the mighty host and destroy them. Why? So that his name and his greatness and his holiness will be known to them. This is hell.