At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what any of us believes about the war of Gog, prince of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8). What matters is what is recorded in Revelation 20:8 and Ezekiel 38:8, 16. What the Lord says in those two texts is what matters. The spin we may put on these Scriptures and the spiritual worldview we may embrace doesn’t even come close to the weight of what the Lord claims is true. What our God tells us cannot be twisted by anyone, as a lawyer might do when twisting the words of one man for the benefit of the man the lawyer defends (John 10:35; Isaiah 8:20). Truth is what the Lord says it is, is not necessarily what man claims it is.
The Scriptures clearly tell us that the War of Gog of the land of Megog takes place in the latter days (Revelation 20:8; Ezekiel 38:8, 16). The prophet Joel tells us that there would be signs in the heavens, as the Lord poured out his Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28-31), and when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Jesus’ disciples on Pentecost, just after Jesus was crucified in the first century AD, Peter referred to the prophet Joel, saying:
“…it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams… and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke…” (Acts 2:17, 19).
Therefore, the Scriptures clearly make the link of the coming of the Holy Spirit with the War of Gog of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8; Ezekiel 38:8, 16). Both events occur in the last days. Clearly, the coming of the Holy Spirit occurred before the millennial period described in Revelation 20, and, clearly, the War of Gog of the land of Megog occurred after that same millennial period (Revelation 20:7-8). If sola-scriptura is important at all in our theology (John 10:35), we must conclude that the millennial period couldn’t possibly last for a literal thousand years. The thousand years must have a spiritual connotation, not a literal one.
Moreover, Jesus, himself, is recorded as saying that the prophets under the Old Covenant had a heart’s desire to see Jesus’ day but were unable (Luke 10:24). Moreover, during the early years of the Church’s ministry, Peter told his listeners that Moses, Samuel and all the prophets who had ever spoken under the Old Covenant spoke of Jesus and the very days in which the Apostles preached (Acts 3:22-24). In his letter to the believers in the province of Asia, Peter reiterated the words of Jesus in Luke 10:24, saying the prophets of old diligently sought to understand the words they preached, because it was told them that they preached, not to their own generation but to that of the first century AD (1Peter 1:10-12).
It is extremely important to understand the context of Peter’s remarks. All of the prophets under the Old Covenant prophesied not only of Jesus days as recorded in the Gospels, but the fulfillment of those days at his return (Acts 3:19-21). It makes no sense at all to say that Moses prophesied of the coming of a Prophet like himself, and that the people must listen to him or bear the consequences of total destruction (Acts 3:22-23), if the destruction of the unbeliever didn’t occur in the generation in which the Lord lived and was rejected, namely the first century AD. This means the Lord had to have returned in the person of Titus and the Roman armies to fight against the unbelievers in the War of Gog, of the land of Megog.