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Gog and Magog Identified

OVERVIEW  -  Revelation identifies “Gog and Magog” as the nations from the “four corners of the Earth” are gathered to attack the “saints” in Satan’s final bid to destroy the church  –  Revelation 20:7-10 .  The prophet Ezekiel received a vision of an invading force consisting of regional nations that attacked ancient Israel from a northerly direction. This military force was spearheaded by “ Gog of the land of Magog, the  chief  prince of Meshech and Tubal ” - ( King James Version ). Before completing the destruction of Israel, “Gog” and his forces were destroyed by divine intervention, “ on the mountains of Israel .” - [ Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash ].

Short Season

OVERVIEW - The Devil will be granted a final “short season” to persecute the saints of the Lamb  - Revelation 12:7-12 .  When Satan is expelled from heaven, a “ great voice ” warns the “ earth and the sea ” that the Devil has arrived and is enraged, because he knows he has only a “ short season ” remaining to inflict harm on the people of God. First, he attempts to vent his rage by persecuting the “ woman ” who gave birth to the messianic “ son ,” but he is thwarted from destroying her. Next, enraged further, he launches his “ war ” to destroy the “ remnant of her seed ” - Those who have the “ testimony of Jesus .” - [ Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash ].

Seed of the Woman

SYNOPSIS  – The “Dragon” set off to wage war on the “seed of the woman,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus” - Revelation 12:17 .  Having been expelled from heaven, the “ Dragon ” pursued the “ woman .” However, his effort to destroy her was thwarted with help from the “ earth .” Enraged, he went off to wage war against the “ remnant of her seed ,” A group identified as those who “ keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus .” The two descriptions provide verbal links to other passages in Revelation . - [ Stone Column - Photo by Photoholgic on Unsplash ].

Shepherd of the Nations

SYNOPSIS  –  Jesus is the promised ruler from the line of David, the Shepherd of ALL nations  –  Revelation 12:5 .  The woman “ clothed with the sun ” gave birth to a “ son .” The passage leaves no doubt about his identity. He is the promised Messiah destined to “ shepherd the nations .” Following his enthronement, heaven declared victory - “ Now is come the kingdom of God and the authority of His Christ .” His triumph over the “ Dragon ” means he now rules over   the “ whole habitable earth ” to “ shepherd ” the nations to “ New Jerusalem .” The “ city ” will be inhabited by an “ innumerable multitude ” redeemed from  EVERY  nation. - [ Shepherd - Photo by Pawan Sharma on Unsplash ].

An Ancient Beast

SYNOPSIS  -  The “beast from the sea” is the latest incarnation of an ancient creature that has been stalking the "seed of the woman" since the fall of Adam .  In the  book of Revelation , the “ Dragon, that Ancient Serpent ” was poised to make “ war ” on the “ seed of the woman .” Satan was standing on the seashore, summoning his “ seed ” from the sea to execute his “ war ” - The “ beast from the sea ” and the “ beast from the earth .” His intended victim was the “ seed of the woman ,” a group composed of men and women that had the “ testimony of Jesus ” -  ( Revelation 12:1-17 ). [ Photo by  David Clode  on Unsplash ].

Beast from the Abyss

The first appearance of the “ beast ” was at its ascent from the “ Abyss ” when it rose to make “ war ” on the “ two witnesses ” –  Revelation 11:7 . John observed the “ Abyss ” for the first time after the “ fifth trumpet ” sounded , a dark pit from which a cloud of smoke and demonic creatures “ ascended ” to afflict the “ inhabitants of the earth .” -  [ Photo by  Mick Haupt  on Unsplash ].