Bible Question:

I lean very much toward being premillennial. However, 2 Thessalonians 2 makes it clear that the lawless one will be revealed and destroyed at Christ's coming. One might say that the lawless one is a man or a prophet (being in the flesh) but it is also Satan. If Satan is bound for 1,000 years and then released after the 1,000 years for a short moment, does this mean that the battle with Gog and Magog will not take place before the coming of the Lord? Compare Revelation 20:7-10.

Bible Answer:

The battle that is described in Ezekiel 38-39 involves two northern nations commonly referred to as Gog and Magog. The battle occurs at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming.

Timeline of the Future

 

First View – Ezekiel 38-39 Occurs After The Millennium

There are several views as to when the events described in Ezekiel 38-39 occur. The first view says that Ezekiel 38-39 describes events that occur after the millennial kingdom.There are several reasons to reject this view. The first reason is that Ezekiel 38:1-39:20 more accurately describes Revelation 19:15, 17-19. Ezekiel 38:16 and chapter 39:1-2 says that Gog will invade and surround Israel. Ezekiel 39:3-6 says Gog will be defeated and Ezekiel 39:17-20 states the birds will eat the flesh of the armies. The second reason is that Israel will spend seven months burying the corpses of the dead army soldiers (Ezekiel 39:11-14). Why would God give the nation of Israel seven months to bury dead soldiers when following the millennium, the universe will be destroyed and then immediately the great white judgment will occur (Revelation 20:11-15)?

Second View – Ezekiel 38-39 Occurs Mid-Tribulation

The second view states that the events of Ezekiel 38-39 begin before the middle of the tribulation. This view believes that Ezekiel 38-39 refers to just the northern nations and not all the nations of the world, and that Ezekiel 38:10-13 describes a time of peace. But this view fails to understand that Ezekiel 38-39 is a prophecy about the nations of the north (Ezekiel 38:2-6; Daniel 11:44). Therefore, it is natural for the prophecy to be directed at Gog. Finally, Ezekiel 38:10-13 describes only plans and not a battle.

Revelation 20:7-10 describes what happens after Jesus’ kingdom has lasted for 1,000 years.

And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (NASB) Revelation 20:7-10

Third View – Ezekiel 38-39 Occurs At the End Of The Tribulation

The final and correct view is that Ezekiel 38-39 describes some events that occur at the battle of Armageddon. To be specific, it describes the actions of the northern nations that invade Israel. While Daniel 11:44-45 describes the actions of nations from both the south and north, it seems best to conclude that Ezekiel provides additional information about the invading northern nations. The description of Ezekiel 38-39 also corresponds closely with Revelation 19:11-19.

Conclusion:

The book of Revelation is a prophecy that all should read. It is the word of the Lord.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. (NASB) Revelation 1:3

It describes the Second Coming of Jesus, the judgments of every man and woman, and where each of us will spend eternity. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Come!

Suggested Links:

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Daniel’s Seventy Weeks and The Tribulation
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