I have never really studied it in depth and am wondering what y'alls thoughts are. Because the 'invasion' occurs when Israel is seemingly living at peace, it seems that there are only two possibilities:
1) It happens during the 1st half of the 70th week, before the AC is revealed at the AoD
If it is the 1st option, then wouldn't Gog and the AC have to be different individuals?
The assumption that Dispensationalists make is that Gog and AC are two different individuals because "rosh" (an adjective that describes the prince) is a noun that somehow describes Russia. What they do is piece together "rosh" (Eze. 38:2) with "tsaphown yerekah" (north parts) and Meschech ("drawing out") and assume it's talking about the prince of Moscow or something.
However Ezekiel 38:17 tells us that this individual is someone who the "prophets of old" have spoken about. In Eze. 38:16, Gog is called O Gog
Gog = mountain
Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain
, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. (Jer. 51:25)
In Jer. 51:31 this individual is referred to as the king of Babylon.
Gog is also called the O covering cherub
in Eze. 28:16:
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
In the proverb against the king of Babylon found in Isa. 14, we are told that the king of Babylon ("O Lucifer
") will fall as a result of trying to ascend to the sides of the north ("yerekah tsaphown").How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High (Isa. 14:12-14)
This, of course, is also an allusion to Lucifer.
The sides of the north is a reference to heaven itself. Although we literally know the eschatological king of Babylon will come from a northern land against "my people Israel", it's his attempt to exalt himself above everything that ultimately leads to his great fall. In Dan. 11:41 we are told that Edom, Moab, and the king of Ammon escape the clutches of the Antichrist. Just because they escape his clutches doesn't mean that the Antichrist doesn't try to seize them. In theory, this might very well be the reason for his great fall.
Meshech = drawing out
In Eze. 38:4 we are told that God puts "hooks" into Gog's jaws.
Canst thou draw out ("mashak") leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? (Job 41:1)
Typologically, we see that when Jesus came "like a thief" to the den of thieves on Palm Sunday in Joh. 2:15, he cast out the moneychangers with a "scourge of small cords". This is picture of Jesus drawing out leviathan.
Peter (the rock) also has hand in this as we see in Matt. 17:24-27.
Tubal = thou shall be brought
O Gog (O destroying mountain) of Meshech (drawn out) with hooks and Tubal (shall be brought) out of the sea against the mountains of Israel (God prevails).
Ezekiel 38:1-23 sounds alot like what happened to the king of Egypt in Eze. 29:2-6. This is when God was glorified among the Egyptians. In Eze. 38:23 we read that this is when God will be glorified among many nations, probably even Israel itself.
As far as the "Israel dwelling safely" theory, you have to completely ignore Revelation 12 and Isa. 28:15-20 in order to sustain the theory that it's the Antichrist's "peace covenant" that allows Israel to dwell safely. First off, God call this covenant a covenant with "death and hell". The idea that this covenant could bring the type of peace that would allow them to dwell safely is absurd. God tells us that from the moment they enter into this covenant it will be like a bed that is too short and narrow for a man to stretch himself out upon (Isa. 28:20). If you cross-reference this passage against Rev. 2:22, you see that this covenant is like an act of adultery.
The bottom line is that the only remnant we know of "dwelling safely" at any point from the time covenant takes place until the Day of the Lord is the remnant that flees into the wilderness at the AoD. God tells us in Rev. 12:6 that He has prepared the place for them for 1260 days. This doesn't mean that they won't face any opposition or scrutiny, but it does mean if they remain where they are until the Jesus arrives, no physical harm can come to them (Matt. 24:26).
From a prewrath perspective this becomes somewhat easy to detail. In Revelation 12:15-16 we see where the Antichrist (via Satan) sends an army against the wilderness remnant. The attempt fails, causing the Antichrist to turn against the other Christians (presumably the 144,000 firstfruits) via his wrath (deception). This draws on Herod's failed attempt at killing Jesus and then turning his wrath against the male children 2 and under in Matt. 2:13-17 (Matt. 2:16 parallels Rev. 12:17). It also draws on Epiphanes failed attempt to sack Egypt after Popilius interceded on Rome's behalf. After being turned away from Egypy, Epiphanes set his sights on sacking Israel (Dan. 11:29-35). Although Armageddon will lead to the Antichrist's ultimate demise, it's really his failed attack on the wilderness remnant that breaks his power. It's Jesus that breaks the AC's power.
Epiphanes wanted Egypt but failed.
Herod wanted Jesus but failed.
AC wants wilderness remant but fails.