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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

We have seen that Magogue is the region extending from the Ros, or Russia, to the Rhine, comprehending Wallachia, Transylvania, Hungary, and Germany.

Of course, the prophecy must be future, because the Prince of the Ros is the Gogue of Magogue; and as yet no Emperor of Russia has been also Emperor of Germany, etc. But why is the future autocrat of Gomer Magogue, Ros, Mosc, Tobl, and Togarmah, styled Gogue?

There is no name in the Bible which has more puzzled the critics than this of Gogue.

The depths of Hebrew etymology have been explored in vain, and the versatile efforts of ingenuity in vain exerted, in the search for a mystical sense which might attach to this name.

But Gogue is a Gentile, and not a Hebrew name; and Michaelis has correctly remarked, "that the origin of a barbaric, or foreign name, ought not to be sought for in the Hebrew, nor in any of its kindred tongues, as many have erroneously done".

An early nineteenth century writer, who very incorrectly applied the name to Napoleon, refers to Fredegarius' History as the only satisfactory account of any person of the name of Gogue.

Without adopting his application of it to the French Emperor, I will give the substance of what he says concerning it.

It is a proper name well known to continental history: and borne in one notable instance by an ancient ruler, which answers immediately to the Magogue of the scriptures.

Gogue was the proper name of the Major Domus Regić, or chief of the palace, who, after having been exalted by the voice of the nation to the highest authority, fell by a violent and sanguinary death.

The name of this personage appears in the history which is written in Latin tinder the double form of Gogo (-onis) and Gogus (-i); these different terminations and inflexions having been suffixed to the original name.

But although modern authors have followed those Latin forms, the name has nevertheless been preserved in the vernacular tongue, with its genuine, original, and simple enunciation of Gogue.

About sixty years after the death of Sigebert, King of Austrasia, a.

575, Fredegarius undertook to write the history of his reign, in which he gives the following account of Gogue.

"When Sigebert (grandson of Clovis) saw that his brothers had contracted marriages with women of inferior condition, he sent Gogue on an embassy to the King of Spain, to demand his daughter, Bruna, in marriage.

The King sent her, with great treasures, to Sigebert; and in order to add greater dignity to her name, it was changed to Brunechildis.

Sigebert received her for his consort, with great rejoicings.

"Prior to this event, and during the infancy of Sigebert, the Austrasians had made choice of the Duke Chrodinus, to be Major Domus Regić, or chief of the palace; because he was a man of vigorous conduct in affairs, fearing God, endued with patience and possessing no quality but what rendered him dear both to God and men.

Chrodinus rejected the honour proffered to him, saying, ‘I am unable to establish peace in Austrasia, for all the nobles and gentry of Austrasia are allied to me by blood; and I have not the power of enforcing discipline amongst them, or of taking away the life of any man.

They will all rise against me, to follow their own superstitions; and God forbid, that their actions should draw me into the condemnation of hell.

Choose ye, therefore, from among yourselves whom ye may approve.' "When they could find no one they chose Gogue, the tutor of the prince, by the advice of Chrodinus, to be Major Domus Regić.

And on the following morning Chrodinus repaired the first to the dwelling of Gogue, and placed his arm upon his neck; which the rest perceiving, they all followed his example.

And thus was the government of Gogue prosperous; until he brought Brunechildis out of Spain.

But she soon rendered him odious to Sigebert, who, by her instigation, put him to death".