9 SUMMARY DIFFERENCES Between: Battle of Gog & Battle of Armageddon

    Rev. Neil Steven Lawrence, M.Div.

The Battle of Gog (Ezek. 38-39) & the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:14-16; 19:1-21; Zech. 14:1-17) are two different events in the End-Time (Eschaton). Though some conflate these two events, these simple summary points PROVE they are completely distinct. These points come from the Scriptures quoted here.

1. ENEMY: 

GOG -specific named countries – Russia (Gog) & Islamic confederacy (Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan).

ARM. – most nations of the world led by the Antichrist and the Kings of the East (China).


GOG – mountains in northern Israel or north of Israel.

ARM. – Valley of Jezreel.


GOG – take wealth.

ARM. – Obliterate Israel once and for all.


GOG – before the Antichrist appears (ie. before Rapture).

ARM. – at the end of the 7-year Great Tribulation when Jesus returns in the 2nd Coming.


GOG – fire & brimstone, hail, torrents of rain, pestilence, self-inflicted wounds.

ARM. – glory coming from Jesus’ face & a sword coming from his mouth will directly destroy all the evil armies.


GOG – destroys things in Israel.

ARM. – greatest earthquake ever – destroys all the cities of man & causes all the islands to sink into the sea.


GOG – Israel uses the enemy army weapons for fuel for 7 years. Israel cleans up the enemy army dead bodies from the mountains for 7 months.

ARM. – The bodies & blood of the armies of the world fill the entire Jezreel valley up to the horses bridal. No cleanup is mentioned. Birds will eat their flesh.


GOG – it seems God will totally protect Israel before the armies reach into the heart of Israel. 

ARM.- it is clear that many people will be killed, women raped & people taken into exile & people fleeing – just before Jesus returns in the 2nd Coming.


GOG – The nations & Israel will know that Yahweh has done this & is Israel’s God.

ARM. – Jesus sets up his 1000-Year Millennial Kingdom Reign based in Jerusalem & Israel repents & receives Jesus as their Messiah & God. 

All the nations are required to worship Jesus or receive no rain.

Comparison of Recent Events to Upcoming Battle of Gog:

Recent events involving Iran, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Israel, ISIS, etc. may lead to the Battle of Gog. Surely, most of the players are heavily involved in the area. The Kurdish problem was created by the oppression of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent failure of Britain & France to carve out a homeland for the Kurds who have existed for hundreds of years in Northern Iraq, Northern Syria, & Eastern Turkey. The US has every right to pull out of what should have been a limited engagement to eradicate ISIS. The way I see it, Gog, Persia, Togermath, et al. will use this chaos to attack Israel. This may come sooner than later. I also think the Four Blood Moons (Tetrad) in 2014-2015 was God’s warning this Battle of Gog was coming.

Don’t forget, Turkey under Erdogen has a bigger goal of reestablishing the Caliphate – of which they were the main beneficiaries for 500 years. In Islamic history, the Ottoman Turks even slaughtered many Arabs in Arabia – for which the Arabs resent the Turks. In the Battle of Gog account (Ez. 38-39) the Arab countries seem to not be involved and even some of them (Dedan – Jordan & Sheba – Saudi Arabia) ask Gog, “Why have you come …. to take a spoil?” 

It seems Isaiah 19 is referring to the days of the thousand year reign, as do several passages in Isaiah.

The Kurds not receiving their own homeland will continue to be a sore spot – and rightly so, I believe due to the lack of vision of the British and French subdivision of the middle east after World War I. From what I have studied the Turkish slaughter of 1.5 million Armenian Christians (North of Turkey and in parts of North Central Turkey itself), in 1915-16 greatly precipitated the European dismantling of the Ottoman empire.

The Ottoman Empire has slaughtered so many people it is sickening. It is the Ottoman Turks who were at the gates of Vienna trying to come into Western Europe and we’re push back when a Polish Cavalry Brigade showed up on September 11, 1683. This is why Osama bin Laden chose that date for his attack on the USA.

The real story of Vlad the Impaler ( Dracula) comes from the fact that he learned the technique of impaling  people from the Ottoman Turks who did it all the time.

The Turks usurped their land from the Christians and have a long history of torturing Christians, slaughtering Christians, oppressing Christians, etc. These Muslim imposters have a reckoning coming! The day their arrogant armies of Togermah invade Israel and are destroyed by God himself, the angels in heaven will rejoice as should the entire church.

The Battle of GOG, Persia, Togermath, Put, Gomer, et al,  is around the corner. It seems all the pieces are lining up. It could be that this conflict will escalate and spill over into Israel and lead to the Battle of GOG (Ezekiel 38 –39).

Except for Egypt the Philistines, & Arabs – all Israel’s enemies have come from the “north.” Babylon, Assyria, Persia, Greeks, Romans, GOG, and the antichrist armies all invade Israel from the “north” – both past present and yet to come.

Because in recent time people have conflated the battle of Gog and the battle of Armageddon they have assumed that the antichrist might come from Russia.  Probably not.

But in the battle of Gog it says very clearly that the land of Magog is in the “far north.“ (Ezek. 38:15; 39:2) Is far north different from just “north“ – maybe. Which might indicate Russia being the land of Magog.


Either way, the Battle of Gog (Ezek. 38-39) and the Battle of  Armageddon (Rev. 16:14-16; 19:11-21 & Zech. 14:1-17) are two distinct events in the end times timeline. The Battle of Gog comes some time before the Rapture and the Battle of Armageddon comes at the end of the 7-Year Great Tribulation. Christians should be careful not to conflate these two events.