To: Michael Westphall regarding your question
Gog/Magog: I believe Christ destroys Gog/Magog at the 2nd Coming, not at the beginning of the 70th week as is commonly taught. The bodies are buried for 7 months and the weapons are burned during the first 7 years of the millennium, not during the 70th week. Look at Ezekiel 39, especially verses 39:6, '...and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.' and 39:7, 'So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not [let them] pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.' And 39:22 'So the house of Israel shall know that I [am] the LORD their God from that day and forward.' 39:22 says from that day forward Israel will KNOW that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord their God!!! This doesn't happen at the beginning of the 70th week, or even at the midpoint, when Two-thirds of Israel will worship the Antichrist, and only a remnant flees into the wilderness. This occurs at the 2nd Coming, and that's when Gog/Magog is destroyed. Now in Ezekiel 38:11 there's a description of Israel dwelling "safely" in a land of "unwalled villages", but this, I believe is due to their capitulation to Antichrist by their majority at the midpoint, and not because it occurs at the beginning of the 70th week.
Ezekiel 39:1-7 KJV "Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that [is] with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and [to] the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I [am] the LORD. 7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not [let them] pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, the Holy One in Israel."
Ezek 39:22 KJV "So the house of Israel shall know that I [am] the LORD their God from that day and forward."