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The judgments that are to be visited upon Jerusalem and her people, and the people of the land, are numerous and varied; they are systematized and classified and measured, and every jot and tittle contained in the book of the law, the book of judgment, must be fulfilled, and it will occupy a period of years for all these things to transpire; nevertheless it will all be compassed within one generation, as Luke says, “This generation (that see these things begin) shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled ” (Luke 21: 29-35).

SECOND, “THE KING OF THE NORTH In Daniel's vision, as recorded in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth chapters of his book wherein this august and mighty personage who showed to him this vision says to him (10: 14), “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days,”— in this prophecy — the personage by whose hand the Lord brings the evil upon his people is called “the king of the north,” and it is said of him that when he has overrun and overthrown the countries, including "the glorious land” (the land of Palestine) and gone down and spoiled Egypt, he returns, and plants the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (the Mediterranean and the Dead sea), in the glorious holy mountain. “Yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him " (Dan. 11:45). He falls upon the mountains of Israel just where Gog falls, for he is Gog himself under another name. And when one observes what follows, he will see that these are the events which transpire and cluster about the standing up of Michael, the great prince which standeth for the children of Israel at the resurrection of the dead.

THIRD, THE IMAGE, IN DANIEL This great confederation of nations is brought to view again in the great image, whose brightness was excellent and the form thereof terrible, which was shown to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, in a vision, which Daniel interpreted to the king to make known to him what should come to pass hereafter, saying, “ There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days ” (Dan. 2:28). The different metals and materials of which this great image was composed symbolize the great and mighty empires of antiquity, together with the rebellious house of Israel, who compose the clay of the image (as we will show later). These great empires of the past, under the dominion of great lords and renowned, who caused their terror in the land of the living, are again to reappear in the latter days, and will be comprehended in one great confederacy which will embrace all the countries of ancient Babylon, Media, Persia, Grecia, and Rome. These will stand as the image, upon the mountains of Israel. There the stone of Israel, cut out without hands, will smite the image and grind it to powder, till it becomes like the chaff of the summer threshing floors which the wind carries away; then the stone becomes a great mountain and fills the whole earth. This image is simply Gog, and all his multitude, set forth in this wonderful manner.

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The same things were shown to Daniel in the vision of the four beasts, the lion, bear, the leopard, and the ferocious wild beast with great iron teeth and ten horns answering to the ten toes of the image, and including a little horn whose look was more stout than his fellows. Daniel says, “I beheld until the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, . . . I beheld then because of the great words which the horn spake, I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame" (Dan. 7:9-11). This is therefore another presentation of Gog and all his multitude, and the people of Israel in this vision are represented by the little horn, whom we will show to be a king in Israel.

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FIFTH, THE LITTLE HORN OF THE GOAT The vision of Daniel as recorded in the eighth chapter is another picture of Gog and the Assyrian, in part presenting other features not clearly shown in the other instances already referred to.

“The ram with two horns," says Gabriel, in the interpretation, kings of Media and Persia, and the rough goat is the king of Grecia, and the great horn that is between his eyes, is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power; and in the latter time of their kingdom when the (Israelitish) transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up, and his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall practise and prosper, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people (of Israel). And through his policy also, he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart (like the Assyrian, being the Assyrian himself) and by peace (or prosperity) shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand (Dan. 8: 20-27),– the same way and in the same place as the king of the north, that is between the seas in the glorious holy mountain.

This little Gentile horn is first small, but he waxes exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land (the holy land). It is said of the ram, in this vision that he did according to his will and became great and of the goat which succeeded him, that he waxed very great, but that the little horn waxed exceeding great; he surpassed his predecessors. He is the nation of fierce countenance spoken of by Moses, whom the Lord said he would send against his rebellious people for their destruction, and when his work is finished, like Gog, the Assyrian, and the king of the north, he falls and is broken upon the mountains of Israel, because it is the same power, though presented in a different form.

Thus we have referred to some of the most extensive and most prominent visions and prophecies in the Old Testament Scriptures which speak of this one great assemblage of nations in the latter days which the Lord brings up against his own rebellious people, and we are most emphatically informed that there is but one such day, that there has never been one like it before, and that there is none to arise like it afterwards. This fact should teach us that what the different prophets have shown either in vision by figures, symbols, and similitudes, or by plain language, in speaking of what is to arise in the latter days, all refers to this one great manifestation, and as the features of it are many, therefore different prophets have viewed them and described them from different standpoints, each one presenting some featurs which the others did not. But when we group together all that the Lord has said by his servants the prophets, we have then not only the bold outlines of this great subject presented before us, but also the different parts and more minute details to study; and when we consider that the Lord has had all these things in mind and in purpose from the creation of the world, and that therefore what he has done in the past in connection with the nations of the earth has been to mould and fashion all things with a view to this great day, and what is to follow, it invests this great matter with a grandeur and an importance that should demand the admiration and careful attention of every lover of truth and righteousness.

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SIXTH, THE BEAST IN REVELATION The next notable Scripture that we shall now refer to, where Gog and his great multitude are brought to view, is in the prophecy of Christ, the Book of the Revelation. This book is called “The Spirit of prophecy "; that is, it is a concentration of the things contained in the visions and revelations of the prophets. John was shown this great confederation of nations under the symbol of a beast that rose up out of the sea, as it is described in chapter 13, of Revelation, as follows, saying, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion."

This beast rises out of the sea of nations; he is called “Gog” by Ezekiel, "the Assyrian " by Isaiah, and “the beast" by John. This beast therefore comes from his place out of the north parts and rises up, or as it is said of Gog, “ascends ” out of the sea of nations, and comes up upon Israel's land in the latter days against God's people Israel, as it is said of the Assyrian, “to take the prey, and to tread them down as the mire of the streets." This beast was shown in vision to Daniel also, but not in such a concentrated form. Daniel saw four beasts, John saw but one. Daniel saw a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a fourth beast (a nondescript), dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly, having great iron teeth, but John saw all of Daniel's four concentrated into one. Therefore the beast that John saw had a mouth like a lion, feet like a bear, and a body like a leopard. The beast also that John saw had

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Daniel saw four beasts; one of the number (the leopard) had four heads which, with the other three, would make the seven heads. The fourth beast had ten horns, which completes the list; so that in Daniel's vision there were four beasts with seven heads and ten horns, and in John's vision there are Daniel's four beasts concentrated into one, with seven heads and ten horns, thus conclusively showing that the vision of Daniel and the vision of John are one and the same thing.

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And again, if Gog and his multitude are the same power as the beast that rises out of the sea, then it follows that inasmuch as the beast of the Revelation has seven heads, Gog of Ezekiel has seven heads also, to answer to the seven heads of the beast; and so it transpires that Gog has seven heads, which we will now enumerate.

The Lord says of Gog by the hand of Ezekiel that he is the chief prince of Meshech, and Tubal (those are two); and he adds, “ Persia, Ethiopia and Libya with them (they make five); Gomer, and all his bands, the house of Togarmah, of the north quarters, and all his bands” (they are two more, making seven). These are not only the seven heads of Gog's confederacy, but they are also the heads of the beast of the Revelation, and these seven heads are the seven mountains on which the woman sitteth, which is shown in this way: first, the woman sits “upon many waters (Rev. 17:1); second, she sits

upon a scarlet coloured beast having seven heads and ten horns" (verse 3); third, the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (verse 9). Now the woman does not sit upon three different things, but upon one thing which is represented by three different figures. She sits upon waters, upon a beast with seven heads, and upon seven mountains. Therefore if you have the interpretation of one of the things which she sits upon, you have the interpretation of all three. And so it is said (verse 15), “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." And by the hand of Ezekiel the Lord points out who they are and calls them by name, and sums them all up as,

Gog and all his multitude." John drops the name of "Gog," and simply speaks of them as "multitudes." By this simple and scriptural method of interpretation we are delivered from this modern Protestant clerical absurdity which say that the woman of the Revelation is the Pope and people, and that the seven mountains on which the woman sitteth are the seven little knolls on which the city of Rome is built. This woman, and what is said of her has no more reference to the Pope of Rome and the Catholic Church over which he presides than it has to Joseph Smith and the Mormons of Utah, which we will more fully show hereafter. We have thus called attention to some of the chief places where Gog is spoken of, elsewhere than in Ezekiel's prophecies, and by other titles. But we will now return to our subject, as it is further testified of by Ezekiel (38:18) saying, “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face, for in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken.”

Now this point of time when God's fury comes up in his face transpires, as it is set forth in the Book of Revelation (7:18), under the sounding of the seventh trumpet, saying, And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name, small and great, and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth," - first the Jew, and afterwards the Gentile, namely, Gog and all his multitude, and the rebellious house of Israel against whom the Lord sends them.

Again (verse 19-20) the Lord says, “Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel, so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heavens, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of all the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” This great shaking in the land of Israel in the day of judgment is that which is so often spoken of in the Revelation as "voices, thunders, lightnings, and earthquakes." The fowls of the air, fishes of the sea, beasts of the field, creeping things, mountains, steep places, and walls are figurative expressions by which people of all grades and classes are spoken of, the same as it is said in the eighth Psalm, of Christ, “Thou hast put all things under his feet," and, “ All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas." This is spoken not simply of sheep, oxen, fowls, fish, and things of that kind, but of people.

THE DESTRUCTION OF GOG “And I will call for a sword against him through all my mountains, saith the Lord God; every man's sword shall be against his brother” (Ezek. 38: 21). This manner of warfare that the Lord, the God of Israel, by his power over mankind so efficaciously employs in overthrowing his enemies, is worthy of more than a passing notice, for this is done by so operating on men's minds that a man comes to regard his neighbor at his elbow as his enemy, insomuch that he falls upon him and slays him. The same power that the Lord possesses to cure a man of lunacy, madness, and every form of mental and physical infirmity, can also be employed to inflict those infirmities, and therefore the Lord says by the hand of Zechariah (2:2-4), “Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege, both against Judah and against Jerusalem, and in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." And now observe what follows, for the Lord saith, “ In that day I will smite every horse (soldier) with astonishment, and his rider (officer) with madness, and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah (the remnant), and I will smite every horse of the people with blindness.”

Now it must be observed that in all the great battles between the Lord's people Israel and the nations, when the Lord fought for his people, this was one of the means that he used to discomfit the enemy, so that victory crowned Israel's banners whether their numbers were few or many. A good illustration of this is found in the history of Gideon, whose army the Lord reduced to three hundred men, and into their hand he delivered the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east, who were like the sand of the sea for multitude, and who lay along the valley like grasshoppers. Into the hand of Gideon and his three hundred the Lord delivered this army, for when Gideon and his men at the command of the Lord blew their trumpets in the middle watch of the night, and dashed their earthen pitchers to pieces upon the ground, and shouted, "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon." Then the Lord set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host, And the Midianites were defeated with a great slaughter (Judges 7).

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