Is the Battle of Gog and Magog Different than the Battle of Armageddon?

March 31, 2014   |   Category: Blog   |  

Ezekiel 38 & 39 list specific nations that will come against Israel and many take this to be a war that will take place in the near future.  It is commonly taught that Russia and Middle Eastern nations will make an attack on Israel but this is not the same as the Battle of Armageddon.  However, the world government system the Antichrist will rule is comprised of the bear representing Russia in Revelation 13.  These nations are not beyond the rule of the Antichrist, so this point alone does not seal the deal.


When we analyze the war of Ezekiel and its context, we understand the time of this event.  When God retaliates as a result of the invasion, His wrath is poured out. Notice, the wrath poured out in Ezekiel 38:19-22 resembles that of Revelation 16, which refers to the Battle of Armageddon. In both passages we find pestilence, land and mountains shaking, and great hail stones plummeting from heaven.  Ezekiel 39:9 shows an elimination of weapons as is seen in the millennial scriptures such as Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3. The Battle of Armageddon directly precedes the Millennial reign of Christ.  The Lord makes known His name to Israel in Ezekiel 39:7 and we know from Zechariah that Israel is not aware that Jesus is the Messiah until He stands on the Mount of Olives. Jesus returns to the earth during the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19.  We can conclusively prove, by comparing Ezekiel 39:17-20 with Revelation 19:17-20, that the war of Ezekiel is the Battle of Armageddon, seeing that these two prophecies conclude at the same event, the supper of our great God, which occurs at the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Scripturally, the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 39 & 39 is the Battle of Armageddon.

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14 Responses to “Is the Battle of Gog and Magog Different than the Battle of Armageddon?”

  1. Brent Hale

    I read the answer regarding Armageddon and and Gog and Magog being the same. What is the Gog and Magog battle in Revelation 20:7-10. Is it a resurgence of Gog ?

    • Doug Norvell

      Gog and Magog
      The terms ‘Gog’ and ‘Magog’ are terms generally used in the Bible to identify evil forces opposed to God. The Greeks referred to Magog as the Scythians, who lived in the northern regions above the Caucasus Mountains. Josephus, the second-century Roman historian, wrote that the descendants of Noah, “After they were dispersed abroad, on account of their languages, and went out by colonies everywhere; and each colony took possession of that land unto which God led them…Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians.” Today we understand that to be prophetically specific, ‘Gog’ is the leader of the Russian invasion of Israel, and ‘Magog’, ‘Tubal’ and ‘Meshech’ are actually modern-day Russia. Tubal and Meshech were sons of Japheth who settled south of the Black Sea. It is generally understood that the name ‘Moscow’ is derived from the tribal name, ‘Meshech’.

  2. fidel espiritu

    Armageddon is at the end of the 7 year tribulation, and is briefly squashed by Christ in His return after which He reigns on earth 1000 years. The battle of God and Magog (the army of deceived nations) is towards the end of Christ’s Millennial reign, wherein satan after being released from the bottomless pit or abyss again mounts a plot to overthrown Christ’s reign, and is again defeated and thrown into the lake of fire – his final destination. AFTER THIS Christ surrenders all to the Father.

  3. Gayle Brown

    Think about this; ALL battles and ALL wars are similar. Your thesis is focused on how they are alike, not how they are clearly different wars. The combatants in the Gog war are clearly named, they are the NATIONS that have always opposed God’ work and Israel down to their descendants today and we try to lump them into modern countries. These enemy nations will expel, murder or subdue any within their control who don’t go along with the plan. The only hope, like those who opposed the Nazis is to escape before they are sent to work/death camps. This is the reason for the massive return of the Jews to Israel who still live in the enemy countries. Not there are named countries who criticize and oppose Gog who are not gathered against Israel. The Armageddon war includes ALL the nations against Israel. The Gog war simply clears the way for the 3rd Temple, expansion of Israel’s boarders, peaceful coexistence with what is left of her neighbors, all Jews to come back, AND most important the unopposed rise of the Antichrist figure; the same way WW1 cleared the path for the Nazis to come to power and ferment an even greater WW11. The defeat of Gog will be recognized as SUPERNATURAL by the Jews and by the world for a time and will spark worldwide revivals, Jewish soul searching and peace for a while, but I think the world will have to deal with failures of governments and kingdoms resulting from the effects of war, nuclear pollution and economic collapse with food shortages. So revival will not be lasting. The WHOLE WORLD will be anxious for answers and will willingly follow any seeming powerful leader who promises hope, just like Hitler did for Germany. Again Gog’s defeat clears the way and that same spirit of anarchy and rebellion will return at the end of Christ Jesus’ 1000 year reign when Satan is release to deceive an unsaved population who followed righteous laws only because Christ rules with a “rod of iron” not because they see God’s love and mercy. They only survived because they were too young, sick, pregnant, or needed in factories to fight. Many will be saved but not all. But let us all pray that we will work while there is light, remain faithful, and stay prepared for our Lord’s return whenever He may come for us. In the Name above all names, Jesus Christ. Amen

  4. Johan Brittz

    I understand this, however I am a bit confused with the reference to the Gog and Magog war (Revelation 20: 7-10) that Satan (following his short period when his unbound to deceive the nations) will gather at end of the 1000 year millenium kingdom period. How does this Gog and Magog war tie up with the Gog and Magog war that Ezekiel 38-39 refers to? I would really like to understand this.

    Thank you

  5. David L Lamon

    Not saying you are wrong or wanting to argue for the sake of arguing but the question is why are the nations aligned with Russia mentioned specifically and at Armageddon it says the entire world? Why the differing view as to who these armies are. Also, tidings out of the east China I would have to guess troubles the anti-Christ. China and Russi are at the present bosom buddies playing war games together and colluding against the US to overthrow the dollar as the world’s reserve currency?

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello David,

      If you read the comparisons in the post, God’s wrath is poured out etc. We know that happens in the End at Armageddon. However Russia is clearly a leading force in the One World Government beast in Revelation 13:And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

      The feet of the Bear, seems to me that the feet will represent the military strength of the One World Order. If you are not familiar with our teaching on the Nations symbols, email me at and I can send you more information on that subject.