Today’s Devotional – November 25th (Gog and Magog)

By admin On November 24th, 2013

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NOVEMBER 25th

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Gog and Magog

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A very popular radio Bible study attempted to interpret Ezekiel 38, and 39, regarding Gog and Magog. And while the Bible teacher usually does pretty good on salvational issues, for some reason, throws away all the proper hermeneutics when it comes to Bible prophecy!

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Now it is not the intent of this devotional, to define just what Gog and Magog represents in Scripture. But it is simply to define what proper Bible study is.

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Gog and Magog lift Paddy out of the mire- Wikipedia – Public Domain 

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HISTORY BOOKS

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The first mistake this Bible teacher made, was to look into history books, to discover Bible truth. He found a Bible theologian of yesteryear, who saw a connechttp://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Old_book_-_Basking_Ridge_Historical_Society_(1).jpgtion with the Hebrew word for, “chief”, and the name, “Russia”

 

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Listen… “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the CHIEF prince of Meshech and Tubal,” Ezekiel 38:2

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And so, he then translated this verse to say… “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief (RUSSIAN) prince of Meshech and Tubal,” Ezekiel 38:2

 

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Old book asking Ridge Historica Society_wikimedia share-alike license

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SOUNDS LIKE?

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Next he found two cities in Russia whose names sounded somewhat similar to “Meshech and Tubal” Meshek sounds like Moscow, and Tubal sounds like Tobolsk

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Moscow Russia Kremlin image of Kremlin – Wikipedia – Share Alike License

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MAPS

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And then, he noted that the Bible spoke of this kingdom as being in the “North”. And he pointed out that Russia (and other countries too) is in the North above Israel.

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So where is the error in the thinking of this popular Bible teacher? Just why is he guilty of bad Bible interpretation?

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Old World Map – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

 

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SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!

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To put it concisely, this Bible teacher had abandoned proper rules of interpretation, and simply attempted to interpret the Bible by use of maps, history books and newspapers!

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And this common mistake has led to some gross errors over the decades, by many Bible teachers.

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Newspaper vendor – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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ALL SCRIPTURE PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE…

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgSo just what are the proper rules of Bible interpretation?

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The first rule is, that the Bible is its own interpreter! We don’t need to go outside of the Bible to try to interpret the Bible.

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Listen… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  2nd Timothy 3:16, 17

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And so, this passage from 2nd Timothy tells us where to look for doctrine, correction, and confirmation (reproof) of all supposed biblical ideas: The Bible! Not history books or newspapers!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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BIBLE STUDY CAN BE TEDIOUS

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Second, this next passage from Isaiah… “Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make tohttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpg understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” Isaiah 28:9, 10

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And so, here is the tedious work before us, if we want to explore the deep truths of the Bible. We must place, “precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”

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And this is no small work! Yes, it’s far easier and much more fun to merely look into the newspaper, while drinking our morning cup of coffee, and try to find something that connects with the Bible! But that’s not the way the Bible tells us to study!

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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NATURAL MAN DISCERNS NOT SPIRITUAL THINGS

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And one very big reason that newspapers and history books are not the correct way to studyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_icons prophecy is found in this next passage… “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 2nd Corinthians 2:13, 14

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconsSo this passage reveals that we must compare spiritual things with spiritual. But those who rely on history books and newspapers are not comparing spiritual things with spiritual. We are comparing carnal things with carnal! In other words, we are not looking at the Bible in a spiritual way, but are looking at it as though it was some man-contrived book! We do not understand that the nations often mentioned in Bible prophecy represent spiritual concepts!

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Magnifying Glass – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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HISTORY BOOKS, NEWSPAPERS NOT NEEDED!

wikipedia public domain 4 horsemen of Apocalypse

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And then, to make matters worse, we try to use history books and newspapers to compare to these nations found in the Bible. And so, we are not comparing spiritual things together, but carnal things, turning the Bible into some sort of prognostication of world events.

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For instance, take the passage concerning Gog, which says… “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:” Ezekiel 38:15

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Now to find out what this says about this nation from the North, we do not need to look any further than the Bible!

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Listen… “Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land,” Jeremiah 25:9

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So here is a passage from Jeremiah, in which he prophesying to Jerusalem of Nebuchadnezzar’s soon-coming attack and overthrow of Jerusalem. It was the King of Babylon who comes from the north to destroy God’s people! Not Russia!

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Wikipedia – Public Domain – 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse

Prophet Jeremiah Dictates to Baruch – Wikiart.com – US Public Domain

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GOG & MAGOG AS SAND OF THE SEA

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And as far as Gog and Magog, listen to this… “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” Revelation 20:7, 8

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Now here the Bible defines Gog and Magog, in this way… “And (the Devil) shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”

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Now this cannot be speaking of Russia! And without getting too deep into defining Gog and Magog, we need to ask ourselves, “Just who does God speak about when He says… ‘the number of whom is as the sand of the sea?'”

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Listen… “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:” Romans 9:27

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And so now, we begin to see that Gog and Magog just might be representing the apostate portion of God’s professed people, of whom Isaiah compares to the sand of the sea.

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Sea shore – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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YE NEED NOT THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU

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Well now, this has already become too complicated, and there are different opinions about just what all this http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgactually means.

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But the main point to all this is, there is one place and one place only, to search for truth: The Bible! And those who are spiritual have an Anointing of God, and as 1st John declares… ” YE NEED NOT THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU: but as the same Anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him” 1st John 2:27

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And let’s also remember this next verse… O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. Isaiah 3:12

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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SATAN’S ‘MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS’

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Yes, Satan has filled so very many pulpits with his own so-called, “ministers of righteousness”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_tree_snake_Boiga_irregularis_2_USGS_Photograph.jpg And these leaders will mislead God’s people, not only in improper Bible study, but also in going after the many idols which God’s people are now embracing, so often!

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The Good News is that we are not required to be taught by others!

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Listen again… “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the Anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, AND YE NEED NOT THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU: but as the same Anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.”  1st John 2:26, 27

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We have a promise here, that if we are in Christ, then we have the Anointing of God, which will teach us all truth! We do not have to be under the authority of earthly teachers!

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Brown tree snake – Boiga – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER

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Dear Lord, Give me the strength and desire to study the Bible for myself. Let me not blindly follow humans, especially in this age of apostasy…

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READ MORE…

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For further exploration, please read… Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1, or you can also read… “January 18th (Jeremiah & the Smooth Prophets)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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NARROW GATE STARS LOCATION

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch below left).

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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TOMORROW:

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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