Dispensational attempts to interpret Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Gog & Magog invasion are a huge embarrassment; for example, the weapons of the invaders, bows and arrows, clubs, spears, javelins, swords, shields, bucklers, etc., are archaic. They are made of wood, that is later burned by Israel for fuel, so they no longer need to collect any firewood for 7 years.
The invaders all ride horses, which are very vulnerable to modern weapons such as firearms, bombs, machine guns, etc. There are also logistical problems feeding large herds of horses in regions where fresh water and grass is scarce. And horse populations are quite limited in modern times.
In some of the prophecies of Revelation, life and death have spiritual meanings, which are explained by Jesus in the gospels and by Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians. These concepts underlie the prophecy of Revelation 20, where those who have been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and who do not worship the beast are said to reign with Christ. There are probably no commentators who think that this applies only to those saints who were literally beheaded. The meaning of the saints living and reigning with Christ in this chapter was discussed by George Gifford, in Sermons vpon the whole booke of the Reuelation, Sermon XLIII. 1599.
This post presents Christopher Wordsworth’s comments on Revelation 20, from his Lectures on the Apocalypse critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge. 1852. 3rd ed.
The horses of the prophecy of the 2nd woe may allude to the horses mentioned in Zechariah 12, and 14.
In Zechariah’s prophecies, the armies of those who come against Jerusalem are not killed; instead, they are smitten with “astonishment,” and with “blindness,” and other plagues. This illustrates that they are involved in warfare of a spiritual nature, not a flesh and blood conflict.
Neither the locust plague of the fifth trumpet, which is the first woe, nor the army of horses in the sixth trumpet, which is the 2nd woe, are able to bring the world to repentance. In the sixth trumpet, the horses represent people who lack spiritual understanding.