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by Dr. John Thomas
Having over-run Syria and Persia, he will invade Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia.
For it is written, "He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
But he shall have power over the treasures of gold, and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his steps".
This subjugation of Egypt arouses all the indignation of Britain.
England's interference troubles him; for "tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many".
Judea will now feel the weight of his power.
He will lay siege to Jerusalem, and take it; for, "He shall pitch his palatial tents in the glorious holy mountain".
"Yet," though thus far triumphant, "he shall come to his end, and none shall help him".
As a further elucidation of this portion of the book of Daniel, I shall now proceed to speak of the prophecy in relation to GOGUE AND MAGOGUE.
ton gwg kai ton magwg These names occur together in two remarkable prophecies, the one delivered through Ezekiel, and the other through the apostle John.
I spell these names as they should be pronounced.
Ezek xxxviii.2,3; xxxix.
xx.8 No portion of scripture has been more mangled, perhaps, than these; yet there is none, as it appears to me, more easy to be understood.
An illustration of popular opinion on the subject may be seen in Guildhall, or in "the Lord Mayor's Show," where two huge giants appear, whom the wise men of Gotham have rhantized "Gog and Magog"!
Interpreters have enlightened the public upon this subject about as much as the wooden giants themselves.
They generally confound the Gogue and Magogue of Ezekiel with the Gogue and Magogue of the Apocalypse; but if the reader carefully examine the two testimonies, he will find that they have reference to different times exceedingly remote from each other.
The Apocalyptic Gogue and Magogue are the nations and their leader, who rebel against the government of Christ and his saints, 1,000 years after the binding of the Greco-Roman Dragon is finished.
They are the then existing nations outlying the land of Israel on the north, south, east, and west; who, being seduced from their allegiance, revolt and invade Canaan, and lay siege to Jerusalem, but are destroyed by fire from heaven.
They are styled Gogue and Magogue because the confederacy is similar to that of Ezekiel's prophecy; being a combination of the posterity of the same populations to invade the same land, and take possession of the same city, and for the same purpose -- namely, to seize the sceptre of universal empire, which has been the matter of contest since God first put enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman.
If the reader compare the two prophecies, he will discern the following diversities, which prove them to be confederacies belonging to different epochs.
The Gogue of Ezekiel invades Judea "in the latter days"; but the Apocalyptic Gogue does not invade the land till 1,000 years after the binding of the dragon; Ezekiel's Gogue goes forth from the north; John's from the four corners of the earth; The Ezekiel-Gogue's invasion is the occasion of the Lord's manifestation, and therefore pre-millennial; but that of John's Gogue is after the Lord has reigned with his saints on earth 1,000 years, and therefore post-millennial; The Lord himself brings the Ezekiel-Gogue against Iris land; but some arch-rebel stirs up hitherto loyal nations against the government, and as the Apocalyptic Gogue and Magogue defy the King already in Jerusalem; The Lord brings the Ezekiel-Gogue up to battle against Jerusalem, that He may be made known to the Nations; but John's Gogue has known Him for 1,000 years.
A sixth part of Ezekiel's Gogue escapes destruction, and the dead are buried; but John's Gogue is entirely destroyed by fire.