Straight Talk From Tom, #11

GOG AND MAGOG

Not knowing who Gog and Magog might be, leaves us susceptible to false doctrine which can lead to weakened evangelistic efforts and even personal vulnerability. Once you understand who they are, you will see the importance of what I say. Again, we use the tool of type and anti-type to bring clarity to this understanding. Because God chooses to do so, He has two types of souls—the Chosen and the Elect. All of Israel will be saved but for most, Salvation comes after His Return because Israel looks for their Messiah yet to come: The Elect must choose before He returns. In imitation manner, Satan also has two types of souls: Those 1/3 angels (Gog) who spent their choice on Lucifer, and those whom he lures by Gog (seen as demons), through sin and deceit. They are the Damned of the dust. (Magog). Those names give away their relationship just as we see in man and woman, male and female, whereas one comes out of the other.

The World Wide Church of God and Jimmy Swaggart Ministries are examples of those who preach choice in the Millennium as a second chance for Salvation. They get this when they see Satan calling Gog and Magog to the Last Battle after the Thousand years are complete. (Rev. 20:8) Here they are thinking that Gog and Magog are living in the area referred today as the “axis of evil.”

What they don’t see is where they come from: Rev. 20:8. 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 sea. 9 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. That they went up on the breadth of the earth tells that their residence is not on the earth during the Millennium, but down below. Down below is in opposition to up above as we term Paradise. It is Hades, the place of the damned before Judgment to eternal Hell. Hades must be divided into regions, even countries and the names of those places; while some are strange names, many are familiar. That fact is what throws theologians, names like Assyria, Persia, Egypt, Babylon, etc. makes them think in the “upon the earth” geography and names like: Jabu, Bashon, Sharon, Bashan unto Salcah: etc. are new to us.

Again, type and anti-type explain that to us: Pilgrims from York England founded New York, from Jersey—New Jersey and in the Millennium Jesus will reign from Jerusalem, The New Jerusalem.

Additionally, to seal our understanding of Gog and Magog and where they reside during the Sabbatical Reign of Christ, we see the Millennium standing between two bookends: they are—Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Dan. 12:12. The Blessed (Redeemed) wait until the last day of God’s Wrath and Battle of Armageddon before they come to live in the Millennium. Then in Rev. 20:6, Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. We know that “Blessed is he” refers to the Redeemed, while Cursed refers to the Damned. No clearer is that than in Matthew 5 list of Blessed.

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