April 20, 2014

Gog and Magog- Surprise Identity!


This analysis considers the enigmatic references to 'Gog' and 'Magog' in the Bible. Who or what are they? Few commentators have much of value to say about them, instead just repeating the interpretation that seems to have obtained the blessing of the nameless experts-- which is that Gog and Magog must refer to Russia. Said experts are obviously of Western outlook, basing their judgement more on chauvinism than on solid evidence.

Rather than simply swallowing the 'common wisdom' (or lack thereof) let us search the scriptures. Using mostly the scriptures themselves, and aided by inferred history, my conclusions differ radically from the conventional dogma (which shouldn't surprise anyone who's been reading my Bible studies!) Here's what I discovered.

First, let's look at all the passages where either Gog or Magog is mentioned.
> Genesis 10:[1] Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and to them were sons born after the flood. [2] The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. [3] And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. …

> Ezekiel 38:[1] And the word of the Lord came to me saying, [2]“Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him [3] and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. [...]
[22] With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgement with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. [23] I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.

> Ezek 39:[1] And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal; [2] and I will turn you around, drive you on, take you up from the remotest parts of the north and bring you against the mountains of Israel. [3] I will strike your bow from your left hand and dash down your arrows from your right hand. [4] You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. [5] You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God. [6] “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord. [...]
[29] I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.

> Revelation 20:7-9 (NIV) - The Judgement of Satan – [added title]
[7] When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison [8] and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. [9] They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.

So, the first reference occurs in Genesis, in the story of Noah and the Deluge, hence the date is unknown but very ancient. The next reference occurs in Ezekiel, which would place it in approximately the 6th century BC. And the final occurrence is in Revelation, at about 90AD, and must be taken in a symbolic sense (as I say so often regarding the prophecies of Revelation) as a future prophecy.

Searching for extra light on the subject, we find this account from 'The Pulpit Commentary'[1]:
Magog. A fierce and warlike people presided over by Gog (an appellative name, like the titles Pharaoh and Caesar, and corresponding with the Turkish Chak, the Tartarian Kak, and the Mongolian Gog: Kalisch), whose complete destruction was predicted by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38, 39.); generally understood to be the Scythians, whose territory lay upon the borders of the sea of Asoph, and in the Caucasus. [...] In the Apocalypse (Revelation 20:8-10) Gog and Magog appear as two distinct nations combined against the Church of God.”

The text quoted below is an extract from 'Genesis 10 Explored,' which is a teaching outline by John M. Brown, Flatwoods Church of Christ, Sunday Bible Class, March 2004 [2].
The question sometimes arises, 'Where do the different races and cultures come from?' The answer is found here: all mankind living today has descended through these three sons of Noah!
From Ararat: - Japeth will go NORTH
- Ham will go SOUTH & SOUTHEAST
- Shem will go EASTWARD
THE SONS OF JAPETH
1. GOMER: descendants were assigned to the Caspian and Black Seas areas, and to what is modern Germany (see Ezekiel 38:5-6).
      1. ASHKENAZ: Wales, Brittany, modern Germany
      2. RIPHATH: northern Europe; Phrygia
      3. TOGARMAN: Armenians
2. MAGOG: Caucasians - territory lay in the borders of the sea of Asoph and in the Caucasus (see Ezekiel 38:2)
      3. MADAI: the Ionians or the Medes, dwelling on the southwest shore of the Caspian Sea
      4. JAVAN: Sicily & Greece (the name means “Greek”) - see Isaiah 66:19; Ezekiel 38:2-3;
      Daniel 8:21; 10:20; Joel 3:6).
      1. ELISHAH: Sicilian coast
      2. TARSHISH: Spain, Tuscany (western Italy)
      3. KITTIM: Cyprus (see Numbers 24:24)
      4. DODANIM: Rhodes
5. TUBAL: the Tibarenes & Iberians (northern Armenia) – see Ezekiel 38:2-3; 39:1
6. MESHECH: the area of the Black Sea (Russia)
7. TIRAS: Thracians (according to the Jewish historian Josephus).
'Isles of the Gentiles': CAUCASIAN – WHITE [sic]

We can conclude that the descendents of Japeth settled in an area that stretched across Europe from the Black and Caspian Seas to Spain. These are the Caucasian people from whom will come the Europeans. Remember also the promise that these descendants will be 'enlarged': is it a coincidence that the Europeans are known, historically, for exploration and conquest?”
[End of excerpt verbatim].
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Analysis

The only passages where the words 'Gog' and 'Magog' appear together are in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and in Revelation 20. In Ezekiel, Gog is basically a title, an office, that of Prince, apparently. So, we read the text as it states, 'Gog OF the land of Magog,' where Magog is the 'nation' or region. In Revelation, John clearly refers us back to Ezekiel's prophecy, but he uses the phrase 'Gog AND Magog,' causing most pundits to assume the words refer to two nations.

John uses much of the same imagery as Ezekiel, for example, the utter destruction to be visited upon Gog/Magog, and the feast their dead bodies provide for the carnivorous birds. The parallels are striking (e.g. Ezek 39:4 vs Rev 19:18). This literary device of John is used repeatedly in his Revelation, where there are numerous allusions to OT scriptures, BUT they are always re-cast and employed in a new manner.

John uses the past events to evoke a mood intended to apply allegorically to the events yet to be experienced. The original scenario is local and specific to the literal people of Israel. The prophetic forecast is global and embraces the de-facto people of God (heart-changed Christians, not pew-warmers). It is also of note that the prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39 has not been fulfilled, historically.

My conclusion is that both the OT and NT passages are referring to the same event-- which is yet to occur. Second, it is notable that Magog can be taken to symbolize the 'White or Caucasian' races that populated modern Europe... and who have, in the main, transformed into a secular, godless (even rabidly atheistic) society, today.

Those pundits who want to interpret 'prince of Rosh' as Russia really have only the etymological link, the assonance, on which to rest their case. This can be a helpful tool at times, but can hardly be regarded as a robust hermeneutic in general. The Hebrew word Rosh implies ‘chief,’ ‘head,’ or ‘beginning,’ and is translated as such in Ezekiel in various Bibles (including the King James version). Thus ‘the prince of Rosh’ is better understood as ‘the chief prince' (of Meshech and Tubal).

Just as there are plenty of pundits who want to pin the Vatican as the 'beast' of Revelation, there are zealous cold-warriors who want to nail Russia as a villain, somewhere in eschatology! As usual, that is jumping to conclusions, and pressing desired meaning on the scriptures.

John actually defines Gog and Magog as “the nations in the four corners of the earth,” so the mention of the two names seems redundant. Likely, it's purpose is to indicate that the swarming of the ungodly nations is instigated and pushed by the Caucasian/ European/ Western governments. This inference is reinforced by the assertion that Satan 'will... deceive the nations... Gog and Magog' (Rev 20:8) since we are today seeing the Western coalition using endless lies to justify their relentless predation. Either they have been deceived into believing those lies themselves, or they are repeating them as satanic deception.

Revelation states that the unholy armies “marched across the breadth of the earth,” so they are not at all confined to the Middle East region, or related areas. The text goes on to say, “and [they] surrounded the camp of God’s people,” meaning in allegory that the faithful are completely hedged around by the forces of Satan. The 'mountains of Israel' (Ezek 39) is another way of signifying the scattered remnants of believers, wherever on Earth they live.
Hence, the attack of 'Gog/Magog' on the 'mountains of Israel' is an allegorical description of the End Times final assault of the atheistic, Western (NATO) alliance on the true believers in God. 
It is therefore, another way of describing the 'Battle of Armageddon.' Neither battle takes place in one location (i.e. the literal plain of Megiddo) as so many expositors claim! It is a global phenomenon, involving the final battle of Evil against Good, the forces of Satan versus the people of God.

I submit, then, that reading prophecy with a dispassionate mind renders a much different understanding of Gog and Magog than has been popularly professed. It's up to the reader to decide; but only time will reveal it with full accuracy.

Addendum:

These curious entities are also mentioned in the Qur’an in connection with the End of the Age and are called, transliterating from Arabic, Y'ajuj and M'ajuj.

On pg 121/122 of the book 'Jerusalem in the Qor'an,' author Imran Hosein notes that the ostensible Christian Europe retains a strange obsession with the Holy Land, even after morphing into a godless, secular society. Likewise, he observes, the ostensible, Jewish Europeans (the Ashkenazim), who descend from 7th century Khazaria in the Caucasus, also became godless and secular, and have a similar obsession with Palestine. In the 20th century, the two entities joined forces to install back in the once Holy Land the modern state that calls itself Israel. Sheik Hosein does not make the statement, but it seems to me that these two forces are very viable candidates as being 'Gog and Magog' in a purely symbolic sense. And that would explain why John alters the original reference in Ezekiel to read as two entities (instead of 'the Gog of Magog').

[1] http://biblehub.com/commentaries/pulpit/genesis/10.htm
[2] http://flatwoodscoc.tripod.com/id37.html

April 16, 2014

Lies and Damn Lies!


Okay, I've written on this topic before, from different angles, but it's one that is of vital importance, and deserves to be re-visited frequently... until the majority finally start to get it. For those of us who 'got it,' years ago, 
it's increasingly irritating to be surrounded by, and subjected to the constant barrage of lies, distortions and spin that masquerades as 'news' and reality.
Yet, from talking with 'ordinary citizens,' it's obvious that too many of them still cling to their pathetic belief that what they are told by the talking heads on the mesmer-screens must be true. Some, tho, are beginning to awaken from the stupor induced by cradle-to-grave cultural indoctrination. It's a question of 'will enough zombies awaken before the mad overlords are able to fully implement their diabolic agenda?'

It was sickening to hear the daily spin of the tri-literal news broadcasts covering events in Syria. For the moment, they've forgotten all about Syria. Instead, we have to go thru the same litanies of nonsense, this time concerning the Ukraine. Beside that 'story,' we are also kept in suspense over the disappearance of that flight, MH370, 'somewhere' in the vastness of the southern Indian Ocean.

In that latter case, we (anyone with residual reasoning power) know full well that someone is lying and covering up. The big question is 'Who?', followed by the obvious 'Why?' In this age when US agencies boast they can spot 'Waldo' in a flash mob from orbiting cameras, we are supposed to believe that a Boeing airliner can elude all notice from ground or space monitoring. So in the absence of candor from official sources, one has no choice but to investigate any number of speculations, ranging from rational to bizarre. The truth is surely, 'out there,' but may take years to emerge from the shadows.

Syria is a text-book case (where the book is taken from The Protocols) of how the Dark Forces accomplish their dirty deeds-- in this case, the over-throw of the government of a sovereign nation. Like Iraq before US meddling, Syria was actually doing fairly well under Assad. Then, for a number of 'strategic' reasons, the globalist/banksters decided Assad had to go, and be replaced with another, compliant, Western stooge who would do their bidding.

Lurid stories promoted by an indignant Western press that Al Assad was using poison gas against his own people were revealed as blatant lies, by respected writer Seymour Hersh. But of course, that story was ignored by the mainstream media. Then the war-mongering, Nobel Prize winner, Barack Obama, was diplomatically out-maneuvered by the clear-thinking Putin of Russia, with his offer to oversee the removal of any Syrian poison gas supplies. The press was forced to acknowledge the Russian move, but immediately carried fatuous responses from such international pygmies as John McCain.

The Ukraine is another scenario where the Western military muscle can't be openly exercised, so covert means were employed to create the current chaos. Sadly, the Ukrainian debacle will only get worse, until it resembles Syria, and will likewise be left in utter ruin.

There are so many places around the globe where US/globalist forces are busily undermining legitimate governments and traditional cultures that I just don't have the time and space to include them here. You-- interested reader (which should be everyone!)-- can easily find out the alternate views about these locations, and if nothing else, conclude that they are far from the clear-cut, news-for-dummies stories that your favorite talking head describes for you.

American excuses for war are always so high-minded sounding: “we're bringing democracy” has become the laughing stock example, so transparently hypocritical it is. 'We're liberating women,' was another pretext used in Afghanistan. If helping women was so important, where is the concern for the women of Saudi Arabia, who are arguably as badly treated as their Afghan counterparts? But of course, the house of Saud has big financial links with the Bush clan, and other western enterprises.

“We're fighting the terrorists” has been the ongoing rationale ever since the theatrical spectacle of '9-11,' yet it doesn't wash in so many ways. While supposedly battling Al-Queda in Afghanistan, the US is covertly supporting Al-Queda (and related) insurgents in Libya, Syria and elsewhere. So, who really are the terrorists, anyway?

Enough about geo-politics, which has always been a quagmire of human logic and truth. I just saw a public service ad on TV that warned solemnly that tooth decay was a leading problem in children's health. What? After decades of pouring fluoride into our water supply, and telling us that it would reduce tooth cavities... dental problems are a major, youth health issue! This fluoride business is just another corporate-government scam, folks. In fact, excess use of fluoride can lead to a condition called fluoridosis in the teeth, as well as more serious health issues.

It's just an obvious example of government colluding with (or being deluded by) corporations to legislate actions that: (1) enrich the corporations, and (2) endanger the public's health. None of this makes sense to the neophyte reader, who would prefer to adhere to the theory that writers like me must have borderline mental issues. That might bring short term comfort, but no knowledge. A bit of research into 'Agenda 21' would reveal that for years there have been efforts made under cover of beneficial pretexts to 'kill us softly' in order to reduce the world population.

Those efforts, once kept at low-key, are now a crescendo. They include mercury added to vaccines (linked to autism and other problems), aspartame as a 'non-sweetener' (linked to neurological disorders), genetically-modified organisms added to a range of food products (with unknown consequences), glyphosate-based herbicides used widely with little study of outcomes, depleted-uranium in various munitions used by US military forces, causing radioactive dust that is carried far and wide; and the list goes on.

Any of these factors is dangerous to human health. Collectively, they pose a growing hazard to the survival of our species! Yes, each of my examples has been 'de-bunked,' and claimed perfectly safe by duly-engaged experts... and aren't you just so comforted to know that? How then, can one explain the big increases in the incidence of asthma, autism, childhood cancers, and a host of other, once-rare or unknown ailments? Are you going to rely on the famous 'co-incidence theories' that were used to explain the incredible (literally) events of '9-11'?

Originally, the technology gurus were suggesting that the Internet would permit ordinary people to learn the truth on any subject, as knowledge became universally available. This hope/hype is partially true. The truth is, indeed, out there, for those who are prepared to dig to get it. Sadly, few people are. Worse, tho, is that the truth is getting harder than ever to discover. The agents of deception, the enemies of truth, have developed clever means to hide truth from innocent netizens.

The interested reader can find articles listing the array of stratagems deployed by those destroyers of truth, but here is their basic line of attack. Since the Web embraces an enormous number of sites, and it's trivially easy to add new ones, the dark forces simply flood the web with false, misleading information. They do this by setting up authoritative-looking sites with twisted dis-info, and by hiring 'trolls' trained to patrol the high-traffic sites and leave utterly fatuous or BS-filled diatribes as comments on any story that contains worrisome truth. Thus, anyone desiring to know the truth about any event or subject must be prepared to read thru a range of views and opinions from a variety of web-sites, and must never rely on one source to verify anything!

The most interesting place that the deceivers hide many facts is (drum roll) in plain sight. They seem to get some churlish delight in placing clues to their program right in our faces, embedded in a plethora of cultural artifacts. One can see occult symbols right on the US dollar bill. Astute students of this sort of thing found that images of the 9-11 attacks can be found by folding a $20 bill in a certain manner. Numerous other pop sources telegraphed 9-11 months or years ahead-- a TV show, a music album cover, a Simpson's episode, etc. Teasers that could only be perceived in retrospect... except to those who know what to look for.

Today, there are televised awards spectacles featuring all kinds of in-your-face Illuminati symbols and rituals performed by their co-opted slaves. The manipulators don't care if you notice, because most who do don't care, either. Those who might complain about these diabolical depictions are dismissed as 'conspiracy theorists' and other derogations.

Under the guise of high-minded political correctness, the shapers of public consciousness are getting ever bolder in denouncing all that was once sacred, and substituting their new, corrosive dogmas. Christian ethics, once the foundation of a prosperous Western civilization, are now stigmatized as intolerant and even anti-social, while the tyranny of sub-cultures is exalted as enlightened progress. Sure, we want to protect minorities from undue oppression by the majority. But, when the 2 – 3% splinter groups can 'wag the dog' on all their pet peeves, what happens to the concept of democracy?

You, the dear public, should be starting to discern by now that under the lofty banners of 'security,' and 'tolerance,' and 'health care,' and 'justice,' we are actually getting NONE of these benefits. In fact, we are getting exactly the opposite! What is happening before our eyes in this 21st century is the biggest scam in the history of the human race.

As George Orwell presciently forecast half a century ago, every aspect of society has been turned on its head. Positive words are used to cover negative outcomes. Not only is this strategy bringing about destructive results, but it is engendering mass confusion among the general population. People no longer have a clear concept of what these words are supposed to convey. Common sense is no longer common, as the experts dismiss it with their educated baffle-gab, high-sounding baloney spiced with authoritative bluster.

Language, far from clarifying our world, is used to obscure meaning and insinuate harmful policies. People are experiencing what psychologists call cognitive dissonance-- the clash in our minds when we try to rationalize obvious contradictions.

All of this inversion and perversion of language and ethics is completely deliberate, never doubt it. This is a key characteristic of the culmination of an ages-long drama enacted by cosmic agencies as they rush towards a date with destiny and their ultimate show-down.

What is happening on/to the Earth at this time is utmost madness, to those observing with clarity and objectivity. It makes no sense because it constitutes planetary suicide by the highest life form. Some of those who see the reality believe it's about a clique of elitists wanting to seize control of the whole world to satisfy their egos and lust for power. Others see that, plus the insanity of it, and conclude that the elitists have gone insane after their centuries of in-breeding. Really, there's a much bigger, cosmic drama taking place.

Those elitists (a.k.a. Illuminati) are indeed hell-bent on world domination. The reason they're doing it, and importantly, succeeding at it, is because they are in league with the Prince of Darkness, the great Deceiver, the sworn enemy of the Creator and all that He's created, especially mankind. This essay is not the place for me to demonstrate this truth (which I've covered elsewhere). Satan's hatred for his Creator is the only reasonable explanation for the destruction of this planet-- and therefore, this race-- that makes 'sense'.

If you're a die-hard atheist, you will reject this notion out of hand. That's your privilege as a free-will entity. But I feel sorry for anyone so stuck in a paradigm that no evidence will free them from it. Oh of course-- you think I'm the one stuck in a paradigm; but I arrived at mine more honestly and with more searching than you did... if you can be genuine for a moment!

Multiple millions of people will be caught firmly stuck in denial that this could be happening now. Many will simply swallow the compelling, soothing nonsense of the rulers and opinion-shapers. Others will likely slip into mental distress modes such as clinical depression, paranoia, and so on. A certain proportion will suddenly wake up, connecting a panoply of 'dots' that already define a terrifying zeitgeist to those who dare look.

For a while longer, the liars will continue their outrageous lies, getting ever more brazen with each one that is swallowed by the compliant sheeple. But they are doomed. Every rotten lie will be exposed in the End. The truth will prevail because Jesus Christ IS the TRUTH! He rose from death, never to die again. The liars will get their due punishment. Yet a while...

'It's the final count-down!' as the pop song goes. Are you starting to catch the tune?

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Interesting references

Rev 11:18 18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.

Matthew 24:24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Luke 12:2 But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 3 Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!

Isaiah 29:15 Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord,
And whose deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
16 You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2014/04/ukraine-anti-maidan-begins_13.html