Gog and Magog


Gog and Magog
1) The names of the two nations which will seek to destroy the kingdom of God, according to the Book of Revelation (20:8): 'Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.' During the 1240s, the Tatars were moving across Eastern Europe causing horrors and creating such fears that they became easily identified with Gog and Magog, the ferocious hordes of the biblical Apocalypse. Medieval legend had it that Gog and Magog had been locked up by Alexander the Great behind a gate in the Caspian mountains, as is depicted for example on the Hereford *mappa mundi. At the end of time they would break free, as Revelation described. -
Cf. Gog and Magog2
2) Two large wooden figures in the Guildhall in London; they are said to represent the giants destroyed by *Brutus, legendary founder of Britain and London. This legend is unrelated to the nations of the same names found in the Book of Revelation. -
Cf. Gog and Magog1 and Gogmagog; Trinovantum

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  • GOG AND MAGOG — (Heb. גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג). Gog and Magog are first mentioned together in Ezekiel 38–39 in the vision of the end of days, where the prophet describes the war of the Lord against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. After… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Gog and Magog — /gog euhn may gog/ two nations led by Satan in a climactic battle at Armageddon against the kingdom of God. Rev. 20:8. * * * ▪ religion and mythology  in the Hebrew Bible, the prophesied invader of Israel and the land from which he comes,… …   Universalium

  • Gog and Magog — • Names, respectively, of a king and of his supposed kingdom, mentioned several times in chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezechiel, and once in the Apocalypse (20:7) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Gog and Magog     Gog an …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Gog and Magog — [gäg′ ənd mā′gäg΄] n. [Heb gog, magog: see Ezek. 38:2] personification of the nations that, under Satan, are to war against the kingdom of God: Rev. 20:8 …   English World dictionary

  • Gog and Magog — A Persian miniature, Dhul Qarnayn with the help of jinn, building the Iron Wall to keep the barbarian Gog and Magog from civilised peoples. (16th century Persian miniature) …   Wikipedia

  • Gog and Magog — noun biblical names of the enemies of God s people who wage war against God at the end of the world in the Book of Ezekiel Gog is a ruler from the land of Magog but in the Book of Revelation Gog and Magog are nations under the rule of Satan •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gog and Magog — Gog and Ma|gog in old stories, the last two of a race of ↑giants living in Britain in Roman times. In the Apocalypse in the Bible they represent the future enemies of the kingdom of God …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Gog and Magog — Gog and Ma•gog [[t]ˈgɒg ən ˈmeɪ gɒg[/t]] n. pl. bib nations led by Satan at Armageddon against the kingdom of God. Rev. 20:8 …   From formal English to slang

  • Gog and Magog — /gɒg ən ˈmeɪgɒg/ (say gog uhn maygog) noun 1. Old Testament a warlike prince and the country from which he comes to fight with Israel. Ezekiel 38. 2. New Testament two kings, agents of Satan, who are to be destroyed by God. Revelation 20:8–10 …   Australian English dictionary

  • GOG AND MAGOG —    names that occur in the Bible of foes of Israel, and designative in the Apocalypse of enemies of the kingdom of God, as also of a Scythian tribe N. of the Caucasus. The names are applied likewise to two giants, survivors of a race found in… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia


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