Lisa Taylor (24 Mar 2024)
"Haman/Purim and the Gog Magog War?"

Dear Doves,

I am personally waiting for the Gog Magog War (Ezekiel 38 and 39) to happen for a weird reason.  I wonder if the catastrophic earthquake at the end of the battle is the Rapture-resurrection earthquake.  You see, there is a biblical pattern between resurrection events and earthquakes: (This is not my own observation, but one found in David Lowe’s book Earthquake Resurrection.)

The Rapture is a resurrection event that could be accompanied by a massive earthquake. Scripture has connected earthquakes to other resurrection events:  for example, with Jesus in Matthew 27:50-51, with some Old Testament Saints in Matthew 27:52, and with the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11:11-13. If this pattern holds true, then the Rapture of the Church could result in an earthquake of global proportions, theoretically because of the energy needed to transform a large number of people (both dead and alive) from mortality into immortality.

Consequently, it is possible that one of the prophesized earthquakes in the Bible could be the very earthquake that will accompany the Rapture. So, although we are not given the exact timing of the Rapture, we may have been given a clue from earthquake references in the Bible.

Since the earthquake in Ezekiel 38:19-23 is going to be epic, I wonder if it is the Rapture-resurrection earthquake?  I don’t know, but I am waiting (and hoping) to see.

Haman the Agagite and Hamon Gog

The passage about the Gog Magog War in Ezekiel might actually make a direct connection to the character Haman of the book of Esther. (If so, the timing of Purim may become significant to us.)  The place of Gog’s final burial place will be called Hamon Gog. (See Ezekiel 39:15.) "Hamon" means "horde." But it could also be a play on words or a pun for the name of Haman. Haman, the Agagite (see Esther 3:1) was a descendant of King Agag. (See 1 Samuel 15:20.) The name Agag may also be a sound-alike word for the name Gog.

The bodies from the Gog-Magog War will be collected and buried for a period of seven (7) months. See Ezekiel 39:12. Why seven months exactly? Purim falls on Adar 14-15, and the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on Tishri 15, which would make it exactly seven months from Purim.  I can’t believe that this is a coincidence.  And it may verify the theory that Purim could be the beginning point of endtime events.

I have often wondered if the seven years it takes to burn the weapons of the Gog-Magog War are the same seven years of the Tribulation: “And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.”  Ezekiel 39:9.

It is an interesting matchup of durations.

Same Enemies

The setting of the book of Esther is in Persia or modern-day Iran. Coincidentally, the participants of the Gog-Magog War include Iran and other countries of the Persian Empire.

Quote from internet article "The Purim Connection" ("Notes on Revelation" from "Keep in mind that the Persian Empire in Esther’s day (around 484 B.C.) comprised all of Asia Minor, which includes modern day Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It also stretched over towards to Egypt and Libya. Interesting that many of these same countries will be allied with Gog when he attacks Israel (see Ezekiel 38:3-6)."

It makes sense to me that God – in an act of mercy – would make Himself known to the Jewish people prior to the Tribulation.  Scripture says: “And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward …. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.”  Ezekiel 39:21-22, 29.  God will give His people every chance to recognize Him.  He will open their eyes.

God will supernaturally protect Israel during the Gog Magog War. This may be a way to cause secular Jews to become aware of the spiritual – of the reality of the God of Israel. And of course, the disappearance of a bunch of Christians will also have its impact.

Final Thoughts

While this is all speculation, I think most of us are expecting war sometime soon.  According to 2 Samuel 11: 1, Spring is the season for war.  I do not know what this year will bring, but I am hoping along with the rest of you.  How wonderful it will be when we are finally together in the presence of our Lord and all of the puzzle pieces have fallen into place.


                                                                                          – Lisa Taylor