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The War of Gog and MaGog ~ Understanding Ezekiel 38-39

THE “WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG”: Understanding Ezekiel 38-39
By Joel Rosenberg

Nuclear ExplosionThe Ezekiel Option is based on the prophecies found in the Bible, specifically in the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39; remarkably, the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel, writing more than 2,500 years ago, was able to look down the corridors of time and see nations not yet born, and alliances not yet formed. In doing so, he foretold the rise of a Russian military alliance with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries to annihilate Israel during the earth’s “last days.” This is known by many Bible scholars as the “War of Gog and Magog.” In this war, Ezekiel says the world will see a supernatural judgment of these enemies of Israel, and a spiritual awakening unparalleled in human history.

Few, however, are familiar with these important end times prophecies. Fewer still can imagine such events ever occurring. The Ezekiel Option was written to help people learn more about these dramatic coming events, and to help people understand what such events might look like if they were to play out in our lifetime.


In a moment, I will walk you through the prophecies step-by-step. But first thing, let me note that the predictions found in Ezekiel chapters 36 & 37 have already come true. These are the famous chapters that foretell:

  • The rebirth of the State of Israel in the end times (both chapters) 1948-AD!
  • The return of the Jews to the Holy Land after centuries in exile (36:10-11, 36:24) Still currently in progress!
  • The rebuilding of the ancient ruins in Israel (36:36) Currently in progress!
  • The re-blossoming of desolate, desert lands to produce abundant food, fruit and foliage (36:8-9 Still currently in progress! and 36:30-35 Has NOT happened yet!)
  • The creation of an “exceedingly great army” (37:10) Has NOT happened yet!

Such prophecies began to be fulfilled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, accelerated in 1948 and 1967, and continue to come to pass to this day. This, of course, raises an intriguing question: If Ezekiel 36 has largely come true in our lifetime, isn’t it possible that Ezekiel 37, 38 and 39 will soon come true as well?

That said, let’s examine Ezekiel 38 and 39 more carefully.

  • WHO will be involved in the “War of Gog and Magog”?
  • WHAT will happen as this war begins and ends?
  • WHEN will these events happen?
  • WHERE will these events happen?
  • WHY will these events happen?

In The Ezekiel Option, the characters carefully research the prophecy to try to understand if what they are seeing unfold before their very eyes is what was described by God in the Bible. That is, they go on a journey similar to my own in trying to understand these coming events. Every source I quote in the novel pertaining to Ezekiel 38 and 39 is real and accurate. What follows is an executive summary of the research I did for the novel.



In Ezekiel 38:1-6, the Hebrew prophet gives a list of obscure names that will form a united coalition.

  • Gog is described as being “of the land of Magog” and as the “prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.” Most Bible scholars believe Gog is not a name but a title, like Pharaoh or Czar. He is a dictator who will hatch an “evil plan” (38:10).
  • Rosh = Russia* Meshech = Some Bible scholars say this is Moscow, others believe it refers to Turkey.
  • Tubal = Some Bible scholars say this refers to the city/region of Tobolsk in Russia along the Tobol River; others say it refers to a section of modern-day Turkey. (Interestingly, in 1964, massive reserves of oil and gas were discovered in the Tobolsk region of Siberia and people now refer to the region as the “energy center of Russia.”)* Persia = This was the official name of Iran until 1935.
  • Cush = Sudan and Ethiopia.
  • Put = Libya, and possibly Algeria and Tunisia.
  • Gomer = Turkey, but also possibly Germany and Austria.
  • Beth-togarmah = Armenia and the Turkic-speaking peoples of Central Asia.
  • “Many peoples with you” who will attack along “the mountains of Israel” = Other countries will be involved in the coalition as well, notably countries that border the mountains of Israel. This includes Lebanon and possibly Jordan.

NOTE: Conspicuously absent from the list is Syria, Egypt and Iraq (typically referred to in Scripture as Babylon or Mesopotamia). This is noteworthy since Ezekiel was writing the prophecy in the City of Babylon, in the heart of Iraq. Syria (Damascus), according to Isaiah 17:14 will become a heap of ruins… completely destroyed. We would have to expect, then, that neither Egypt nor Iraq will participate. This is particularly interesting since Egypt already signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 and Iraq is now so engrossed in its own internal struggles that it would be unlikely to join a coalition to destroy Israel in the next few years.


Gog’s Plan

38:7 – Gog will build a military coalition and “be prepared” to strike
38:8 – Gog will deploy the coalition against Israel
39:9 – Gog will use overwhelming force against Israel; he and his coalition will “come like a storm….like a cloud covering the land”

God’s Plan

38:2 – The Lord God will bring judgment upon the enemies of Israel, beginning with Gog, the dictator of Russia
38:20 – The Lord will trigger a massive earthquake in which “all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence”
38:21 – The Lord will turn Gog’s forces against one another
38:22 – The Lord will subject Gog’s coalition forces to:

  • pestilence
  • blood
  • torrential rains
  • hailstones
  • fire from heaven

39:6 – The Lord will “ send fire upon Magog” itself and others
39:9 – Israel will capture her enemies weapons and burn them for 7 years
39:12 – It will taken 7 full months to bury all the bodies of Israel’s slain enemies 39:17-20 – Birds and beast will feast on the bodies of Israel’s slain enemies


38:8 – Israel will be a country again and Jews will be regathered to the Holy Land
38:11, 14 – “My people Israel are living securely” before the “War of Gog and Magog”
38:12-13 – Israel will have economic prosperity
38:16 – “It will come about in the last days” (before the return of Christ)



39:21 – “I shall set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment”
39:22 – “the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God”
39:29 – “I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel”

These events will not only be a judgment of Israel’s enemies in keeping with Genesis 12:1-3, in which God says those who bless Israel He will bless, and those who curse Israel He will curse. The events will also be the beginning of a great spiritual awakening. God will literally and metaphorically shake people out of spiritual apathy and lethargy to realize there is a God in heaven. He will also shake people who are following false religions and turn them to Himself.

Moreover, He will shake those who are followers of Christ but not serious about their faith. It should be noted that ours is the first generation in human history in which all the nations on earth will be able to watch the “War of Gog and Magog” unfold because of the emergence of television and satellite technology.

** Note: All verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV)

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About The Author

Randall Russell

A student of Biblical Christian Eschatology!


  • A. B. Leaver

    Reply Reply November 24, 2008

    Gog is Satan, who was bound at the destrouction of Apostate Jerusalem. Jesus inaugurated the Messianic Kingdom (the Olam Ha Ba, world to come, or what some Christians like to call ‘the Millennium’) during which heathen countries were converted to belief in Y’shua, while Israel was dispersed in the Diaspora. Now, all of the Christian nations have fallen, and Satan has been released to be Gog, leader (chief prince-Rosh) of Magog, the godless people from the four corners of the earth.

    The godless want no religion at all, they believe themselves to be god. They are men of sin. They believe in evolution, abortion, homosexuality, free sex, and wicked technology that seems like miracles, but is energized by the now loosed Satan.

    The Sodomites (Magogians of the first order) have already attacked numerous churches. This will become the norm in the days to come. Godless people will take over countries (Obama for example) and they will make legislation against believers in particular and what they usually refer to as fundamentalists of every religion. Beware of Magog! They’re here and they HATE YOU if you are a Bible Believer!

  • William L. Irwin

    Reply Reply November 28, 2008

    Satan,his crew and all the wicked are the ones that should beware. Their time is almost up, ha ha ha!

  • student

    Reply Reply December 18, 2008

    Wow, this is really sad. I’m going to get back to studying solid mechanics . . .

  • mike

    Reply Reply April 21, 2009

    Let the LORD OUR GOD reign supreme . Praise be to the Lord!

  • John Abramson

    Reply Reply June 30, 2009

    You people are all seriously mentally ill. Your beliefs are fake and your religion is mentally retarded. You falsify history write your own books and than follow them. How can you call people terrorists when your religion is based on killing ethnic cleansing and stealing.

    Damn you all to the deepest bowels in hell for you are nothing but a curse on humanity.

  • davidinnashville

    Reply Reply July 7, 2009

    Absolutely awesome – how soon the Rapture must be – let us be ready for sure!!

  • Brian

    Reply Reply August 31, 2009

    Have you heard Chuck Missler’s teaching on Amos 7? I cannot recount everything he mentioned but the name “Gog” appears in the LXX of Amos 7:1. It has been removed from every English translation. I’m interested to see what your take is on that. I’m thinking that he tied it in with Rev. 9 somehow.


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