Q. I know that you and most other leading prophecy teachers hold that the battle of Gog Magog, or the battle of Ezekiel 38-39, is a distinctly different and separate battle from Armageddon, with Gog Magog possibly occurring shortly prior to the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week and Armageddeon coming near the end of it. Here’s what I just can’t get past, though. If this is the case, then why would Ezekiel not mention Armageddon? I mean, he leads us through the restoration of Israel, etc. in the chapters preceding Gog Magog, and then it’s Gog Magog in chapters 38 and 39, and then in chapter 40 until the end it’s all about the temple and temple worship, etc. No Armageddon.
A. Ezekiel not only neglected Armageddon, he left out the entire 70th week of Daniel, even though he and Daniel both lived in Babylon at the same time. (In fact he mentioned Daniel in Ezek. 28:3).
All we know from reading Ezekiel is that chapters 38-39 follow Israel’s rebirth but precede the Millennium. I’m persuaded the battle also precedes Daniel’s 70th week because I believe God will use Ezekiel 38-39 to reawaken Israel to its covenant relationship with Him, something that’s necessary before Daniel’s 70th week can begin. But even if you discount that, a comparison of the participants in Ezekiel 38 with those of Armageddon clearly shows the two battles are not the same.
The reason why Ezekiel didn’t mention the last 7 years of Israel’s history prior to the Kingdom Age is a mystery that to my knowledge remains unsolved.