Q. I was wondering if you could explain to me if Gog and Magog mean “George and More George”. I was told that by a friend of mine. I don’t believe it though. It was supposed to be translated from the Hebrew. She also said no one could understand the interpretation of the bible if you didn’t know Hebrew. I also disagree with that statement. Thank you for your time.
A. Gog and Magog are both proper names in Hebrew, and cannot be translated into George and more George. Someone is having a little fun at your expense. Gog is likely a supernatural being since his appearances in the Scriptures span several thousand years. He may be one of Satan’s commanders, a counterpart to Michael, the archangel. Magog was the second son of Noah’s son Japeth (Genesis 10:2) Its use in Ezekiel 38 refers to the descendants of Magog, which most scholars identify as today’s Russian people.
Neither is a command of the Hebrew Language required to understand the Old Testament. In areas where we want to attain more perspective, there are competent sources, such as the Strong’s Concordance, or a good Bible dictionary to help us.