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Re: Gog and Magog # 2 [message #13523 is a reply to message #13513] Thu, 06 August 2020 07:08
william  is currently offline william
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Alright, I'm a little more prepared now but I'm not ready to give anything that could remotely be considered definitive.

You've already given some possible answers to the "where's America" question so I'll only add to the possibilities by saying: What's to keep this Gog/Magog war from happening so quickly that there isn't time for the U.S. to become involved? Yes, 5/6ths of a population is a lot of people to destroy but since God is the Avenger it could happen in minutes. If the evil alliance started marching today it could all be over in a couple of weeks.

Next, is the problem you raised concerning the 7 year bond-fire which admittedly caused me a little consternation since you said there wasn't enough time for this to happen if the war took place mid-tribulation.

After thinking about this I'm not so sure it's as big of a deal as it was at first glance. I think that I mentioned that I didn't see too much of a problem if the war was at the beginning of the tribulation which would allow for a full seven years of weapon burning, obviously alleviating that issue. However...

Why must we assume that there won't be people burning fires throughout the 1000 year reign of Jesus? If so, the Gog/Magog war could be pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or even post-tribulation and the fires could continue to burn for a full seven years even as Jesus reigned from His Throne in Jerusalem! Wouldn't this satisfy your objection as to the time of the war?

Of course, there could be a passage somewhere that intimates that burning the implements of war during the millennium is a no-no... in which case I will stand corrected if it's produced!

Oh, and before I forget, I said somewhere that the reason for the war could be simply hatred of Israel (and I mentioned oil as a possibility too)... but after re-reading the passage (Ezk 38:12-13) God indicates that the reason may be simply to "take a great spoil" or "prey" or "cattle and goods" or even "silver and gold"; so while an irrational hatred of Israel (we see that everywhere in the area today!) might be one of the motives, it doesn't seem to be the main motivation.

Blessings,
William


I want to believe!
Re: Gog and Magog # 2 [message #13524 is a reply to message #13513] Thu, 06 August 2020 07:18
william  is currently offline william
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I'd also like to add about my comments on the Gog war. Mostly what I'm commenting on is to me just blindingly obvious. I think the Lord showed me a couple of things and gave me some wisdom on the matter but mostly it's just flat out reason. Plain thinking. No great supernatural revelations although "ahem" I'm standing ready for one Lord.


Okay, the suspense is killing us... do you have more? <grin>

Blessings,
William


I want to believe!


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