The point that sticks out to me regarding Gog-magog in Rev is that Satan is released from the Abyss, at the end of the millenium Satan is unleashed.
The parallel may be Satan himself, Satan is unleashed at the end of the millenium and deceives the nations to attack at Gog-Magog II, and Satan may be 'unleashed' around the time of Gog-Magog I. The time of 'unleashing' would appear to be the opening of the seals, the restraints appear to come off, evil appears to increase.
Hadn't seen that before- but yes that is very interesting.
I agree that in Ezekiel the reference to Gog is to an individual- a leader who gathers nations to himself to follow with him in war against Israel- your point regarding Satan is interesting, the word Gog means "mountain" and Magog means "covering", the mountain from covering. Wasn't Satan called the covering cherub in Ezekiel?
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
So if in the next year or 2 the muslim nations gather together and someone leads them against Israel we can agree that the event is not armageddon, correct?
Yes I agree
So if it is not armageddon then it would likely be Gog-magog, and if there has been no AOD or covenant confirmed, Gog-Magog would have occurred prior to the beginning of the week, correct?
not necessarily, it could be a separate battle like Pslam 83. Though I do believe there will be many who will make the claim that it is Gog/Magog.
So as the muslim nations appear to be rejecting their current governments and ripening for a leader or Mahdi, at this point in time would it be more likely that Gog-Magog will occur prior to or at the beginning of the 70th week, considering the reality we see in the ME?
Again there may indeed be some kind of battle that preceeds the 70th week that I think many will believe is gog/magog. I still see no contradiction with a mid week start to the battle mentioned in Ezekiel 38. The outcome of Gog/magog in Ezekiel is the restoration of Israel- not only nationally but spiritually. This is the outcome of all the prophets who speak of the day of the Lord and is what will be accomplished throughout the 70th week. According to Ezekiel, what follows the victory of the Gog/magog war is the Millennial kingdom, thus the battle must conclude with the advent of the 1000 year reign of Christ. I see no contradiction with scripture and the view that the battle begins around the midpoint and then concludes at Armageddon. I see the opening of the abyss as occurring at or just before the midpoint, this is what I would say unleashes the "destroyer" and parallels the opening of the abyss in Revelation, rather than the seals as you say. ( I see the seals as occurring prior to the 70th week).
Again the idea that the Gog of Ezekiel is a certain individual and Magog a certain nation, does not take away from the idea that the future nations that fill the earth during the Millennium are not descended from the survivors of what is and will be known as the Gog Magog war, which is why they are called Gog Magog. I see it as both a difference and a parallel. If you look at the battle beginning at the midpoint with this individual Gog from the nation of Magog, and then see him gather allies to himself throughout the second half of the week, until all the world has gathered to fight against the Lamb.Then you can easily see how those who survive from the nations of the earth and their descendants would be called Gog Magog, in this way the post mil. war is different than the pre-mil war. But it parallels in that Satan is released from the abyss (again) to deceive the nations into going against those encamped at Jerusalem.
And if there is a covenant confirmed and an obvious AOD in a rebuilt temple then i will agree with Seeker. Up until that point we will have to wait and see.
Yes I agree, until I see some confirmed covenant and a rebuilt temple- I will not believe we are in the 70th week yet. And like you said-" we will have to wait and see".