Just as occurs with all Holy Bible doctrines, there are differences in how ministers and scholars interpret the timing and different aspects of 2 major prophetic wars. These are "The War of Armageddon and "The Gog-Magog War". Some Hebrew scholars state that in the Old Testament, the second war I have referenced is sometimes rendered "Gog" as a person and "Magog", as his land/base of power (Gog in Magog). The simplicity in knowing these are two wars occurring at different future times, is in The Book of Revelation. This book, penned by the apostle John, states that the Beast (a man also called "the Anti-Christ") and his sidekick, "the False Prophet", are cast into the Lake of Fire, following the war of Armageddon, which they will lead at the end of the 7-year Great Tribulation. Satan, however, is chained and imprisoned in the Abyss - bottomless pit for 1,000 years.

AFTER Christ has ruled the earth during that millennium of time, Satan is loosed for a short season, to tempt the natural people on Earth, one final time. He succeeds in getting a large portion of them to war against Christ's Kingdom. However, they are destroyed by a fire from God that falls from heaven, while at the battle of Armageddon, they are struck down by the two-edged sword of Jesus' mouth (His Word) and by the brightness of His appearing. Birds then, are called by a mighty angel, to the remains of the destroyed, to devour their bodies, while the burnt remains of those struck down at the battle of Gog-Magog are buried in a valley near the dead sea, according to the prophet Ezekiel (chapters 38 & 39). These differences between the 2 great prophetic wars are non-reconcilable interpretational-wise and can only be seen as 2 wars that occur at 2 different times in the future of these prophetic end-times we are already living in.


Author's Bio: 

I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies (33 college credits) and I completed "Bible Survey" with Assemblies of God - Berean College. I consider myself a "Bapticostal" (a Baptist also having Pentecostal beliefs). Bible studies are one of my most-covered book subjects. I am however, careful to only address those subjects I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in 1983 for approximately 18 years. During, between and after youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well, including interim pastoring and retirement home ministry. MOST IMPOTANTLY, I am a redeemed man, who has received salvation by acceptance of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).