|Gog and Magog, as
previously stated, represent the Scythians, the forebears of thos who now
live in the Ukraine. The map shown is
a mediaeval manuscript which portrays this fact. In this instance, however, it may be taken
that Gog and Magog either a) lead or b) are symbolic for all the forces of
evil on the earth.
Armageddon? Generally, the
amilliennialists say yes; the others
say no -- this is “Gog and Magog II”.
|The other symbols
again are interpreted in various ways.
“Fire from heaven” is seen (usually by the futurists, but also by
others) as a literal phenomena (like Elijah called down) -- but McGee sees
another nuclear exchange, evidently getting the B-52s out of the
museums. For those who see this in the
symbolic sense, fire from heaven is parallel to that at Pentecost (the
literalists will now scream “that was tonges like as of fire”), and
thus this represents revival -- starting in the Ukraine.
literal interpretation (shared by most of all methods) is that the “city he
loves” is Jerusalem. But Jerusalem is
sometimes used as a symbol for the church, and this could be seen as a
spiritual attack -- which is then ended by the return (postmillennial, of
course, or perhaps amillennial) of Christ.
question: why, after this millennium
of joy, would anyone want to ally himself with Satan against the now openly
demonstrated Prince of Peace? This
might seem a problem for the premillennialist view, but there is a simple
|(Jer 17:9 NIV) The heart is deceitful above all things and
beyond cure. Who can understand it?
parallel passages exist in Daniel 11 ande Zechariah 14:1-11)