The Purpose  

The purpose of this study is to explain / to better understand Bible prophecy.   

In this generation (passed 60 years or so??) there has been much teaching, many books written, numerous
movies, videos etc. about end times prophecy.  Out of great convictions, good intentions and great hope that the
lost would be saved, these things were done. (Me too, I was part of it.).  And many have been saved through these

Many scenarios have been carefully built and applied to Biblical prophecy.  Examples;  Establishment of Israel
in 1948 – Jesus will return in 1988 etc; Soviet Union, Russia = gog & magog – visionary bear of Daniel’s
prophecy;  10 nation European Union;  Roman empire rises again; middle-east oil crisis;  the antichrist’s name
equals 666 – is probably a Pope or Hitler or Stalin or etc; the antichrist is alive today and living somewhere in
Europe --- most recently not in Europe, but the middle-east.  

These and many more such stories have been taught / declared as teachings of Biblical prophecy.  For many of
them, time has passed, things and circumstances have changed and they are no longer relevant.  

Yet – Biblical Prophecy remains the same and Revelation is still the Message from the Right Hand of God as
seated on His Throne and only Jesus Christ can open it.  It is still given to the Church – the Family of God – to
every human being whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  

Our God and Lord has been very patient, for we have been lax toward His warning to us in Rev. 22: 18 – 19;  “For
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will
add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city and from the things which are
written in this book.”  

Many Nations

In Biblical prophecy there are numerous nations and peoples named with specific messages given to them.  
There are different messages given to each that speaks to their particular circumstances.  Generally they are
told of their problems / sins, their idolatry and their relationship to God’s chosen people – the descendents of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – Israel, plus the fact that destruction, the end and judgment will come.  

In Isaiah chapters 13 – 24 is given a series of messages to the known nations at that time in history, plus lucifer
and Jerusalem  Then chapter 24 explains the pending judgment on the whole earth.  These messages are
prophecy telling all mankind and the fallen angels of their destruction as result of their rebellion, disobedience
and unfaithfulness to God their Creator.  God’s creation will be destroyed because of the sins of His creation.  

Jeremiah chapters 46 – 51 also names several nations with similar accusations.  They are also told that they will
come to disaster / destruction and judgment from their God and Creator as result of their particular accusations
/ sins.  

Ezekiel chapters 25 – 32 prophesy coming judgments with justification for the destruction that is to come to
those nations.  The nations spoken of in these chapters are similar to and similar messages as those nations
named in Isaiah and Jeremiah as spoken about above.  In Ezekiel 37 – 39 there are other nations listed with
prophetic messages for them, but they are different and of a different time era.  

These prophecies of the nations by Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel are from God the Creator of all.  These nations
are part of the neighbors and most of the known world at that time in history.  The accusations are primarily
common failures / rebellion / sins of mankind / collective mankind – the nations.  The prophecies declare that
there is a coming end and judgment by their Creator.  Thus God is telling / warning all mankind (the Earth,
Isaiah 24) that they will die and then the judgment.  Thus – prepare to meet your God and Creator !!  

These prophecies of the nations are in and for the time era before the coming of Jesus Christ (BC).  Yet they are
relevant to all time and all mankind as the sins of mankind, the reality of death and the coming judgment are
universal and eternal.  

In the book of Daniel, Daniel is given from God dreams / visions of nations that prophesy coming events.  Daniel’
s prophesy begins with Babylon that is also spoken of extensively in Jeremiah and in Ezekiel, and continues
through the end of God’s physical creation.    

In Daniel 9: 24 – 27 is an explanation of 70 weeks.  There is 7 weeks --- 7 x 7 = 49 years to rebuild the temple.  
Then 62 weeks --- 62 x 7 = 434 years until ‘Messiah shall be cut off’.  After that is 1 week --- 1 x 7 = 7 years of
tribulation at God’s determined end.  This timetable of 483 years from the return to Jerusalem to the death of
Jesus Christ is very close to know recorded history.  Then there is a time not ‘determined’ (for no one knows the
day) from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until the 7 year tribulation of the end time.  

As we look at this in light of the nations in Biblical prophesy, they fit within the time eras given.  The nations in
Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel 25 – 32 are contemporary with Babylon and the Jewish exile.  These prophesies
give as an illustration, the destruction of Jerusalem, because of the Jews rebellion and sin against their God and
the fact that all nations / mankind will also experience destruction / judgment for their sins.  Thus, God’s
message to mankind.  

In Daniel’s vision it starts with Babylon, prophesies its remaining time and Babylon’s defeat by Greece.  
Although Greece had not yet come into power, it is named, explained how it will be divided into 4 parts and then
describes a continuing warfare between the kings of the north and kings of the south.  This Greek scenario
prepares the way for the coming of Jesus Christ and the spread of the Gospel with roads, culture and a common
language.  Then comes the Roman Empire that is alluded to in Daniel, but not named.  This finalizes the events
for the coming of Jesus Christ.  With the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there ends a time era / a
prophetic era.  

In Daniel’s visions there are 3 kings – then there seems to be a continuing / continuous war between the kings
of the north and the kings of the south.  This can indicate that there will be continuing wars throughout
history.  Wars fought by great and power armies.  That certainly has happened throughout history until the
present times.   

After and somewhat separated from the 3 kings is a 4th king.  The 4th king is described as different from the
others and extremely violent and evil.  In Daniel 11: 31 it speaks of the ‘abomination of desolation’ and also in
Matthew and Revelation as part of the tribulation explanations.  Thus the 4th king of Daniel is synonymous
with the 8th king spoken of in Revelation 17: 11.  Thus, the last generation of all nationalities of physical
mankind will come under the rule of the 8th king – and be one entity.  They will be in total rebellion and at war
against their Creator.  The nations of the Old Testament were rebellious against their Creator plus mankind
down through history, but in the end time the rebellion will intensify and envelop all nations / all mankind.     

Two Entities  

With the above explanations as a foundation we continue to the subject at hand.  

In the Old Testament God gives to all nations / all mankind examples of their sins and rebellion against Him
and prophecies the coming end with eternal judgment of all.  

Then in Ezekiel chapters 36 – 39 begins the explanations / foundations that bring the numerous nations to be
condensed into two entities.  

***First – the Family of God --- an entity:  

God chose Abram and committed to a covenant with him, because Abram believed in God.  Through that
covenant Abram’s descendents would be innumerable, but only a part of them would be like their forefather
Abraham -- believing / faithful to their God and Creator.  Through that part of faithful believers the Word of
God (the Bible) and God’s Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be reveled to mankind and be a blessing to all nations.  
The descendents of Abram / Abraham were divided by God in two different ways.  

First -- God chose Isaac rather than Ishmael and Jacob rather than Esau.  God’s choices were obviously correct
when the characteristics of the men are considered as recorded Genesis.  God knew the hearts of each one and
thus chose Isaac and Jacob as the ones who would believe and follow God’s ways.   Thus is the beginning and
continuing of one entity that would endure until the end of time.  An entity not based on blood line, but on
spiritual relationship to their Creator.
(Therefore, Jesus was not born to a family of distinction, but to a believing, faithful and obedient family).   

Second – God further defined that entity through the life of Jacob.  Jacob, while running from his brother, had a
dream / vision and recognized that it was from God.  God, seeing the response of Jacob, initiated a covenant with
Jacob.  Both God and Jacob kept / fulfilled the covenant.  Several years later, as Jacob declared God as his God
(kept / fulfilled the covenant), God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.  (Reference Genesis 28 – 35).  

Please note what Jacob did:
Jacob met and acknowledged God.
Jacob made a covenant with – a vow to God.  
Years later, Jacob kept his vow proving his faithfulness to God.
God changed Jacob’s name to ‘Israel’.        

Therefore ‘Israel’ is a person who like Jacob meets and acknowledges God, makes a vow / commitment to God,
and makes God / Jesus Christ Lord of his life.  Israel is those who know and follow the ways of their God and
Creator.  Israel is a part, but not all of the blood descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.                
“Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.” Gal. 3: 7.

The division of the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob / Israel is seen in numerous verses of the Bible.  
This is clearly seen in Isaiah 44 as Jacob is referred to as ‘servant’ and Israel as ‘chosen’.  Jacob is the ‘servant’
through whom God develops His plan for His creation.  Israel is the ‘chosen’ who is committed to God / Jesus
Christ.  Jacob is the natural man and Israel is the spiritual man.  A person who is part of Jacob may ‘call upon
the name of the Lord’ and become part of Israel; for all who call upon His name shall be saved.  

And so we believe as spoken in Romans 11: 25 – 26, “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of
this mystery, ------, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  
And so all Israel will be saved.”

We believe that God has given to the faithful – true family of God the name Israel.  They are described in
Revelation 7 as 2 groups; 144,000 from 12 tribes of Israel followed by the great multitude that no one can count
from all nations tribes, peoples and tongues.  The 144,000 can be understood to be from the Old Testament era,
or temple era.  The great multitude can be understood as from the New Testament era as they are described as
having white robes washed in the blood of the Lamb.  Certainly those descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
who become true followers of Christ in the New Testament era are included in the great multitude from all
nations.  After the reference to the 144,000 the Family of God is no longer named – or called by Israel.   

After Revelation 7 the Family of God is mentioned in chapter 11 as the two witnesses give the final witness to
last generation of mankind.  In Revelation 12 is a very brief history of satan’s opposition against the Family of
God.  In chapter 14: 1 - 16 we have a very short history of the work of the Family of God through the New
Testament era and the reaping / rapture of the last generation of the faithful.

Please note:  
In Ezekiel 37: 15 – 28 God prophecies that time will come when He will make Israel / the Family of God to be
one people.  Ezekiel is instructed to take two sticks, one for Judah and ‘Israel his companions’ and one for
Joseph and ‘Israel his companions’.  Then God says that they will become one in His hand.  
The circumstances of this prophecy is -- that the nation of the Jews had, for several generations, been divided by
civil war and hatred.  The 10 northern tribes (Joseph) had been destroyed by Assyria, then later the 2 southern
tribes (Judah) was destroyed by Babylon.  The peoples of each group had been scattered among the nations and
their separation and hatred for each other had continued.  BUT, among each group there were those who were
true believers, faithful to their God and Creator.  God calls them ‘Israel’ and He, at the END, is going to make
them ONE people.  (‘forever’ – ‘forevermore’ = end time terminology).  This prophecy sets the stage for the
whole Family of God in the millennial /1,000 year reign of Christ on earth – the first resurrection.  

After the reaping / rapture (Rev. 14: 14 – 16) there is no physical Family of God on earth.  As Jesus Christ
returns for the battle of Armageddon (spiritual), all the souls of all the Family of God follow Him.  Immediately
after the battle the whole Family of God receives their resurrected bodies and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.
(“This is the first resurrection.” Revelation 20: 4 – 6).  At the end of the 1,000 years the whole Family of God is
encamped (not their permanent home, Rev. 20: 9) on earth with Jesus Christ.  Yet this is not the end, satan will
be released from his prison to make war /rebellion again.  

Please note:
In Rev. 14: 14 – 20 are two separate events.  In verses 14 – 16 is the ‘reaping’ of last generation of the family of
God, by Jesus Christ, to reign with Christ for 1,000 years.  Then in verses 17 – 20 is the gathering of those who
are NOT the Family of God.  They are ‘gathered’ by an angel and cast into the winepress of God’s wrath.  These
two events are described, one immediately after the other, because they explain the physical end of each of the
two entities, but they do not happen in immediate sequence.  

The ‘reaping’ in verses 14 – 16 take place after the events of -- and the extensive explanations of the 7th trumpet
from 11: 15 – 14: 13. (Thus at the ‘last trumpet’).  

The gathering in 14: 17 – 20 does not happen until after the 7 ‘bowls of wrath’ and then at the battle of
Armageddon. (Rev. 19: 17 – 21).       

With satan’s release, as leader he gathers gog and magog for the final battle.  (Rev. 20: 7 – 10).  satan is cast into
the ‘lake of fire’ and the 2 entities are at the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’.    

The Greatest and Final Battle

Immediately following the 1,000 year millennial reign of Jesus Christ with all the Family of God and before the
Great White Throne Judgment is the greatest and final battle.  It is described in only 4 verses. (Rev. 20: 7- -10).  
We call it the greatest battle, because every human being that ever lived will be involved.  Every member of the
Family of God will be there, from Adam to the last person whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  
Every person who ever lived, who did not believe, who did not obey, who rebelled against their God and Creator,
(gog and magog) will be there.  The leader of the fallen, rebellious angels, satan, will be there.  This is the
‘final’ battle because, with its completion all opposition / rebellion against God our Creator / Jesus Christ our
Lord is utterly and completely defeated / destroyed.  

One of the ‘entities’ that came out of the ‘many nations’, as described above,
is the Family of God – that God called Israel.  

The other ‘entity is all mankind who were unbelieving and rebellious against their Creator – God calls them
gog and magog.  

Who is gog and magog ??  

The peoples of the numerous nations that are listed in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel who are guilty of the
accusations brought against them by God are part of gog and magog.  (This includes Jerusalem in Isaiah 22).  
(These nations are examples / illustrations, not intended to be a complete list.)  

There are several nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and 39.  They are different than the nations spoken of in the
paragraph above.  They are listed to illustrate the end time, 7 year tribulation plus the final battle after the
millennial.  These nations are participants in two wars that are described in Ezekiel 38 – 39.  The wars are not
clearly defined – descriptions not easily separated, because they are similar.  They are similar in that satan is
the leader and is leading mankind who has rebelled against God their Creator.  

In Revelation there are 3 battles.  1) The 200,000,000 man army of the 6th trumpet (Rev. 9: 13 – 21 & 11 1: - 14).   
2) Armageddon -- that kills all the last generation of physical mankind (16: 16 – 21 & 19: 11 – 21).  3) The final
battle, after satan is released (all – only – spiritual beings) (Rev. 20: 7 – 10).  These 3 battles bring to a
conclusion a great war that began in heaven, continued in the Garden of Eden and continued throughout history
as angels and mankind personally rebelled against their Creator.  All created beings, both angelic and human,
are participants in this war, as all had a choice and all made their choice (obedience or rebellion).  All decisions
had been determined prior to the closing of the doors of heaven.  The closing of Heavens doors is explained in
Rev. 8: 1 – 6.  (‘the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter,’ means – no one else will be saved – all
decisions have been made, then the tribulation begins).

In this great war, satan desires to rule and be worshiped.  Through all the centuries he finally gains those
distinctions only after the last true believers are taken / reaped from earth to heaven by Jesus Christ. (Rev. 14:
14 – 16).  Then immediately God forces the issue, there is no longer a choice, God takes control.
(Rev. 11: 15 – 19, & Chapter 15, & 19: 19 – 20: 3).  

The reality of God removing choice and taking control is explained in Ezekiel 38, particularly verses 3 & 4 and
again in chapter 39 especially verses 1 – 5.  

Here in Ezekiel’s prophesy God applies a method that He also uses in other places.  For example in the 6th seal
(Rev 6: 12 – 17) is a visionary picture of the last day of rebellious mankind on earth.  The vision is like a preview
or outline of the battle of Armageddon that is explained in Rev. 16: 17 – 21.  Then the battle does not actually
take place until 19: 17 – 21.  So – God gives the conclusion in chapter 6, with numerous chapters of explanation
following, and then the battle is set in chapter 16 and actually fought in chapter 19.  

Thus God in Ezekiel 38 describes a battle that He / God determines the time, place and circumstance.  Gog is
instructed to prepare and come against a people living in conditions like the millennial reign of Christ on
earth.  This happens in time as explained in Rev. 20: 7 – 10.  In each, Ezekiel and Rev., gog and magog are
gathered for the battle.  Thus in Ezekiel, first God prophesies the final battle, and then explains the previous
battle (Armageddon) which was similar.  Ezekiel 39: 17 – 20 is the end of Armageddon as seen in Rev. 19: 21.  
Many other points could be made, but these should be sufficient for this discussion.

As we follow these prophetic events it is seen that many nations are concluded into one entity that is controlled /
led by satan.  All mankind of all nations who have rebelled against their Creator have physically died, their
souls are in hell / death and hades.  They are gathered by satan under the direction of God and come against the
Family of God once again.  
WHY ??     

and that proven in every realm !!

satan and all those (angelic and mankind) who rebelled in heaven --
on physical earth -- and in eternal hell are defeated in every realm.  
(Reference Psalm 110: 1)
(This is important in order to understand God's conclusion).

satan nor anyone else can rule in Heaven or Earth nor hell !!!

‘One Entity’  = The Family of God / Israel (The Israel of God).  
From ‘all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues’.   

Another ‘entity’  =  all rebellious mankind  ( gog and magog).  
From ‘peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.’

Why is this important to end times prophesy ???  

In 1948 the modern nation of Israel was established –:

But the citizens of Israel who are atheist and those who reject Jesus Christ as Messiah are not the Israel of

The Israel of God is -- only  repentant sinners, ‘whoever believes’ in Jesus Christ  and  
‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord’.  

‘Israel’ is the name God gave to all who come to Him as Jacob did.  

Gog and Magog is the name given all who are rebellious toward God.  

Thus in the final analysis there are only two ‘entities’ at
the Great White Throne.   

A problem interpreting prophecy:

Who is the antichrist ??

Who is the ‘man of sin’ ??

Who is the ‘son of perdition’ ??  

Who is ‘666’ ??  

Who is the 8th king ??  

Of the 5 questions above the first 4 can be answered by the same statement.  They are anyone and everyone who
are not in Christ, after the doors of heaven are closed and they remain outside.  (‘666’ is not referring to one
person, but to the condition of mankind at that time in history).  

The 8th king can only be satan as he takes control after the rapture of the Family of God.  

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