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The antichrist prophecies

March 3, 2014 3 comments

The great army of Joel 2

In Joel’s prophecy, God’s people are described under the figure of a plague of locusts. [vs. 25] The locust metaphor alludes to the Israelites in the wilderness. After the Exodus, Moses commissioned representatives from each tribe to survey the land that Israel was to inherit. When they returned after 40 days some of the spies gave an evil report, describing the people dwelling in the land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers. People who have not entered the saints’ promised land are represented in Joel’s prophecy by locusts.

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Gog & Magog, and Plato’s philosophy

January 27, 2014 Comments off

Ezekiel wrote of Gog and Magog:

“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” [Ezek. 38:8-9]

“The land brought back from the sword” seems to allude to the garden of Eden, which was guarded by an angel or a cherubim brandishing a flaming sword. [Gen. 3:24] And Eden represents the knowledge of God revealed in the Gospel and in the Scriptures.

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Horses in Ezekiel 38

January 25, 2014 1 comment

In Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog, all the armies ride upon horses.

“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:” [Ezek. 38:14-15]

In prophecy, horses are symbolic of people with no understanding. David wrote: “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” [Psa. 32:9]

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The war of Gog and Magog and the saints’ rest

January 23, 2014 Comments off

The armies of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 come against “the mountains of Israel.”

“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.” [Ezek. 38:8]

In Ezekiel’s prophecies, the mountains of Israel are metaphors representing God’s promises to his saints. When Jacob blessed Joseph, he said, “The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” [Gen. 49:26] God’s promises are eternal, and have a lofty spiritual meaning, so they are compared to high mountains in prophecy.

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Patrick Fairbairn on Gog and Magog

January 18, 2014 Comments off

The following is a discussion of the significance of the Gog and Magog invasion by Patrick Fairbairn (1805-1874), from his book: Ezekiel and the book of his prophecy: an exposition. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark  (1855), pp. 421-428.

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Gog and Magog and the camp of the saints

January 15, 2014 Comments off

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.

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How the world learns of God

October 1, 2013 Comments off

The prophet Ezekiel mentioned several events that would cause the heathen to learn about God. These events are connected with prophecies about the restoration of Israel. The New Testament identifies the Christian Church as Israel and Abraham’s seed. Those who believe in Christ inherit the promises of God. [Eph 2:11-13, Phil.3:3] In Acts 3:23, the apostle Peter quoted from the law of Moses, and showed that those of Israel who reject Jesus as their promised Messiah will be destroyed from among the people. [Acts 3:23] Thus, unbelieving Jews have been cut off from Israel, while Christians of all nations have become the true Israel of God.

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Dispensationalism and the Gog and Magog prophecies

February 12, 2013 1 comment

Biblical horses, asses and camels

January 13, 2013 Comments off

Animals mentioned in prophecy, such as horses, asses, and camels, are symbolic, and represent certain classes of people. This article reviews the context in which these animals are mentioned throughout the Bible.

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The blessings of Israel

September 15, 2012 Comments off

The prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 34 distinguishes between the mountains of Israel, and the mountains of other lands.

Ezekiel 34:6 says, “My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.”

God’s sheep are scattered upon the face of the earth, in tens of thousands of sects and denominations, and ministries, with many different beliefs.

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Cleansing the land

June 8, 2012 Comments off

The prophecy of Ezekiel 39:11-16 describes the burial of the slain corpses of the armies of Gog and Magog. The following particulars are given:

  1. Burial location: east of the sea, in the valley of Hamongog
  2. Identity of those who are burying: the whole house of Israel
  3. Duration of the work: seven months
  4. Results: God is glorified, and the land is cleansed

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Thousand or thousands in Revelation 20:1-7

May 27, 2012 4 comments

The question whether a thousand years, or thousands of years, best represents the thought of Revelation 20:1-7, is raised by the translation offered in the Tischendorf 8th Edition of the Greek New Testament, where the expression χίλιοι ἔτος is used, meaning thousands of years, as chilioi is plural. Most texts have χίλια ἔτη, a thousand years.

If chilioi is the correct word, rather than chilia, the idea that Christ will return to reign upon earth for one thousand years in the future is discredited. A spiritual interpretation of the reigns of the saints who are beheaded, and do not worship the beast or his image, seems more promising. Read more…

Spiritual warfare in Revelation 12:7

May 25, 2012 Comments off

In the prelude of the 70 weeks prophecy, Daniel tells us that he was praying for “the holy mountain of my God.” [Daniel 9:20] The 70 weeks outline the duration of the warfare and desolations of the holy mountain, which in Daniel 2:35 is the kingdom of God. The first two sections of the prophecy, 7 weeks and 62 weeks, and the first half of the final section, are times that apply to the earthly Jerusalem, and the units are earthly units such as years, and leap years, but the last half-week applies to the heavenly city. Jesus is represented by the stone cut without hands in Daniel 2:35. He was cut off, crucified, in the mist of the final week. When he was resurrected and ascended to heaven, the mountain of God’s house was also raised up, as foretold by Isaiah, who wrote, “And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovah’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” [Isaiah 2:2] The mountain of the Lord’s house, mount Zion, and Jerusalem, were at that time established in heaven, and exulted above the hills. Hebrews 12:22 says, “ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” Read more…

Frederic Gardiner on Gog and Magog

May 24, 2012 Comments off

The following is Frederic Gardiner’s commentary on the prophecy about Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 & 39, together with an Excursus, where he makes observations on the character of the prophecy in these chapters, which he views as a kind of parable, depicting the struggle of the world with the kingdom of God, an interpretation in agreement with Revelation 20:7-10.

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Burying Gog and Magog, and how the serpent’s flood is swallowed up

May 23, 2012 Comments off

Could the burial of the hordes of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 39, and the earth swallowing up the serpent’s flood in Revelation 12, depict the same event? Each prophecy is about removing a threat to the church. Each alludes to the symbolic significance of the land. In Revelation 20, the hordes of Gog and Magog come from all parts of the earth, and compass the camp of the saints, and the beloved city, terms that apply to the church. In Revelation 12:14 the woman who flees to the wilderness is the church. In verse 16, the word γῆ or is translated earth in the KJV, and in most other translations, but the word also means land. The land that swallows up the serpent’s flood, and the land where the armies of Gog and Magog are buried, are metaphors, which represent spiritual and eternal things which the church inherits. Read more…

On the meaning of Armageddon

March 6, 2012 Comments off

Under the sixth vial, described in Revelation 16:12-16, the water of the river Euphrates is dried up, and three unclean spirits like frogs go forth from the mouth of the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. They gather the kings of the earth together at a place which John calls “Armageddon.” The significance of Armageddon has been a puzzle to scholars, as the name signifies a mountain, whereas the place indicated is really a valley, which presents a paradox. Read more…

Twilight upon the mountains

March 4, 2012 Comments off

Joel 2:2 describes “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains.” The phrase “as the morning spread upon the mountains” may allude to things that hide or obscure the true meaning of the mountains of prophecy. The word translated “morning” is shachar, meaning dawn, or the pre-dawn gloominess. Read more…

Questions about the abomination of desolation

February 2, 2012 Comments off

The church’s recognition of the abomination of desolation is mentioned in several prophecies. This is not completely negative news, as when that recognition occurs, the meaning of many prophecies will be understood. This is illustrated in Matthew 24, where Jesus says, “flee to the mountains.” He meant flee to the promises of God, which are represented by mountains in prophecy. He was not referring to people escaping in order to preserve their lives, as he said,  “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” [Matthew 16:25]

Jesus referred to the abomination of desolation in his Olivet Discourse: Read more…

The knowledge of God, a better promised land

February 1, 2012 Comments off

God promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their seed. [Genesis 12:1; 13:45-15; 26:3; 28:13] Each of them was a stranger and a sojourner in it; [1 Chronicles 29:15] they dug wells in the land, [Genesis 21:30; 26:18, 22; John 4:6] but none of them possessed any of it in their lifetimes. [Acts 7:5] It would be a land where revelations were given from God, and where angels ascended and descended from heaven. [Genesis 28:12] The land was promised to the seed of Jacob as an everlasting possession. [Genesis 48:4] Read more…

The judgment of Gog

January 15, 2012 Comments off

God’s judgment falls upon the armies of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38:18-23, when they invade the land of Israel. In Revelation 20, this invasion is interpreted as deceived people from all parts of the earth who assault the camp of the saints, and the beloved city, which refers to the Christian church. In Hebrews 11:16, the promised land is no longer the earthly Canaan, but is now “a better country, that is, an heavenly.” The land of Israel in Ezekiel’s prophecy represents spiritual things, and the promised inheritance of the saints, including a proper understanding of prophecy.
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