:: Is this "The Battle as Armageddon"
Some hold to the view that what is described here in Ezekiel is the 'The Battle of Armageddon' as described in the book of Revelation. While others believe it is an altogether different battle. (One thing we all seem to agree with is that it is after the Rapture of the church.)
While there are undoubtedly enough similarities between the passages to make this a good argument on either side. There also seems to be some very distinct differences or omissions if these scenarios where to be one in the same.
Let's start with who is "missing" in Ezekiel's description:
Egypt (Mizraim) ... a key player as "King of the South" in the Armageddon passages, is not listed in Ezekiel 38.
Babylon ... also not listed in the Ezekiel 38 scenario, yet is listed at the final battle - center stage!
Also the Armageddon passages in Daniel 11, and Revelation 16:13-21 are led by Antichrist.
The Magog Invasion is led by Gog. Unless Gog "is" in fact the Antichrist. It would be yet another distinct difference.
Another point, that may surely stand out against the two being synonymous would be the idea that in the Ezekiel passages Gog/Magog is attempting a "surprise" attack on those who think they are dwelling "safely" albeit in a false security...
But we know the Battle of Armageddon is no surprise and it occurs as the grand finale of the Great Tribulation culminating with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to rescue Israel from ALL the Nations of the world!
- Zechariah 14:2-4 "For I will gather All Nations ..."
- Zechariah 12:2-3 "all the people of the earth..."
- Revelation 16:14 "and of the whole world.."
In Ezekiel 38, it is not the "whole world" but rather a specific alliance.
It would be hard to imagine that Israel will be feeling "safe" just prior to Messiah's appearance at Armageddon. Because we also know that the last half (last 42 months) of the Tribulation (i.e. The Great Tribulation, the Time of Jacob's Trouble) it will be anything but business as usual for Israel. (Jeremiah 30:7 ... Matthew 24:21)
It seems at the time of the "attempted surprise attack" in Ezekiel 38, they are instead experiencing "peace & security" just prior to ... or at the onset of the 7 year tribulation. Which is why many place this Magog Invasion, somewhere between the Rapture of the church and the early part of the Tribulation or thereabouts.
We also know when the Antichrist shows up, it is "by peace that he will destroy many" Daniel 8:23-25
(See Also: profile of the Antichrist)
There are other definite differences. But also many similarities in the language which is why some people believe they are one and the same. (Example: Ezekiel 38:19-23 and Ezekiel 39:4-5 as compared to Revelation 19:17-21)
We will attempt to summarize the main points of each below.
#1 - The Magog Invasion
Ezekiel 38 & 39
"An Attempt to Invade Israel"
Led by Gog (Ezekiel 38:2)
Attacking a newly formed Nation of Israel. (Ezekiel 38:16)
Muslim Allies (Ezekiel 38:3-6)
Coming to take a spoil, to take a prey (Ezekiel 38:11-12)
Overflowing rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone...(Ezekiel 38:22)
Ezekiel 39 "Invaders Destroyed"
God intervenes ...
He supernaturally comes to Israel's rescue! (Ezekiel 39:3-7)
The entire chapter of Ezekiel 39 is describing the clean-up from this battle which has all the indications of being nuclear!
The weapons will be burned with fire for 7 years - (Ezekiel 39:9)
The House of Israel will be burying Gog and all his multitude for
7 months - (Ezekiel 39:12)
#2 The Battle of Armageddon
Armageddon ... Revelation 16:13-21
'An Attempt to Destroy the Jews & Wage War with The Lamb of God!'
Led by the Antichrist (Rev 16:13)
(See also: profile of the Antichrist)
Armies of the whole world gathered together by demonic forces
(Rev 16:13-14, Zechariah 14:2)
Gathering together in Har-Magedon or Armageddon (Rev 16:16)
(Valley of Jezreel,right below Mt Meggido 60 miles N of Jerusalem)
Coming against Jerusalem (Zech 14:2-4, Zech 12:2-3)
And to make war with Jesus, The Lamb, at His 2nd Coming w/ His Saints!
(Revelation 17:4, Revelation 19:11-21)
Voices, Thunders, and Lightnings (Rev 16:18)
MAJOR Earthquake! "such as was not since
men were upon the earth.."(Rev 16:18-20)
Mountains & Islands disappearing! (Revelation 16:21)
100 lb. Hailstones (Rev 16:21)
Egypt = King of the South (Daniel 11) involved.
* The Destruction of Babylon
( Is 13, Is 14, Jer 50, Jer 51, Rev 17, Rev 18)
Euphrates River dried up to prepare the way of
the 'Kings of the East' (Rev 16:12)
Messiah Yeshua Makes His Victory Ascent Upon Mount of Olives!
( Zechariah 14:3-4, Rev 16:17-21, Matthew 24:29, Joel 3:15-17)
The Antichrist & False Prophet Destroyed!
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Revelation 19:20-21 (KJV)
*Note: No mention of any clean up, which Ezekiel 39 spent entire chapter covering for the Magog Invasion. No need for Israel to burn weapons for 7 years in Millenial Kingdom.
1000 YEAR MILLENNIAL REIGN BEGINS - SATAN BOUND!