Rabbi Mendel Kessin claims that the deadly biblical war of Gog and Magog is complete. Kessin says that the move of the United Nations in 2017 against Israel was the final move to destroy Israel and the Jews in Jerusalem. He claims that President Trump’s response to this move single handedly ended this war. Kessin suggests that the war of Gog and Magog against Israel and Jerusalem was actually made up of three distinct parts:
1. World War 1 – Destruction of many Jewish communities.
2. World War 2 – Massive world wide anti-Semitism as Hitler united an enormous part of the world against the Jews.
3. Recent Events – The move by the United Nations to evict the Jews from Palestinian areas in Jerusalem and seal them as having no right to claim Jerusalem as their capital.
Rabbi Kessin concludes that this event represents the end of the exile of Jerusalem and so allows it to now rise to be the greatest city on the earth1.
So what does this mean?
The bible tells us first comes the natural, then the Spiritual (Ref. 1 Cor 15:46). It also tells us that the New Jerusalem is the bride, the lamb’s wife (Ref. Rev 21:9-10). So if this battle of Gog and Magog is about a type of ‘New Jerusalem’ being established, it must have great Spiritual meaning. Let us first establish some of the key biblical and historical events leading up to today.
In the book of Genesis, God establishes a covenant with Abraham: that his descendants were to become a great nation and bless the nations of the earth. This nation was established in the twelve sons of Jacob, who became known as Israel.
These twelve tribes of Israel continued in unity until the death of King Solomon, at which point they split into two kingdoms – a northern kingdom (Israel) consisting of ten of the tribes; and a southern kingdom (Judah) having the remaining two tribes. Jerusalem was the capital of Judah.
In time, both kingdoms were conquered. The northern kingdom was scattered and eventually fell away from the Lord God of Israel, vanishing from history. The southern kingdom was also conquered and relocated, but Judah were able to remain in a community and continue to worship the Lord. They were, however, victims of conquest as many nations continued to conquer, capture and rule over them2. This rule continued through many conquests over thousands of years,3 such that the people of Judah and their land (Jerusalem) were in total, besieged 23 times, captured and re-captured 44 times and attacked 52 times4 all the way up until modern day.
In 1948, the United Nations granted the people of Judah reprieve with the adoption of a Partition Plan to divide Palestine. Independent Arab and Jewish states5 were established to create a Jewish national homeland6, however both the Arab and Jewish communities claimed religious rights to Jerusalem, so the city (located within the Arab state of Palestine7) was internationalised and neither party was given sole ownership. The Jewish State was expected to be named Judaea, but not containing Jerusalem, its name was changed to the State of Israel at the last minute8.
Heavy conflict continued in Jerusalem, climaxing in 1967 where a six-day war where Israel attacked and defeated the Arab states and claimed the entire city. Arab leaders signed a resolution that promised “no peace, no recognition and no negotiation” with Israel9.
The claimed land in Jerusalem has been at the centre of conflict in the area9, especially as the international community maintained that Israel’s occupancy of the land taken in 1967 was “a violation of international law”. The majority (22 of 24) of the countries which had an embassy in (West) Jerusalem relocated their (Israeli) diplomatic representation to what was the internationally recognised capital of Israel: Tel Aviv10.
Since 1993, US policy included a desire to move their embassy back to Jerusalem and thereby recognize it as the capital of Israel11, even to the point of passing the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995; though nothing eventuated10. In his final weeks in office however, the departing President Barack Obama took a dramatic shift in December 2016, by abstaining from voting against a controversial United Nations Security Council resolution which would have enforced the international law of the 1948 partition plan, and effectively reverse the effects of the six-day war in 1967. The resolution demanded an immediate ceasing of all Israeli settlement activities in Palestinian territories12.
Overthrowing this decision, U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on the 6th of December 2017 and announced his intention to move the American embassy there; doing so on 14 May 2018. This move was then followed by other nations10 and so marked the official acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and what Rabbi Kessin claims to be the end of the battle of Gog and Magog.
Through this history we see a massive and extended battle over Jerusalem since its separation from Israel. So what does it mean spiritually?
9 …”Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” Rev 19:7
“Jesus is thus the WORD of God who enters into the soul, which is called Jerusalem…”
Origen – Spirit and Fire
The early church called Jerusalem our soul. So if the bride is our soul, what does it mean for the bride to make herself ready? It will help to first understand who Israel is in a spiritual sense.
In the Hebrew culture, a name does not just identify a person (or place), but is used to describe their character and/or their function. This means that when a person’s name is changed in the bible (as with Jacob receiving a name change to Israel), it is literally saying that their character is changed, and because of this, they receive a new name. Their new name is not what changes them, but is given to them only a result of their changed character.
Jacob had visitations from the Lord and endured a period of trials and tribulations while establishing his family. Each of his sons’ (which became the tribes of Israel) name’s are a character and virtue of Jacob and represent a transformation of his soul. Through establishing his family and wrestling with God and man, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.
So while we tend to think of Israel as a Jewish people physically descending from the twelve tribes of Israel; we can see that it is really speaking of the change in a person’s character. The name Israel means ‘he will rule as God’13. So it begins to make more sense when we see that the blessings of Abraham through the nation of Israel, is actually blessings coming through a people who have overcome their natural (fallen) nature so as to ‘rule as God’ and bless the nations.
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:29
…To him who overcomes I will …give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ‘ Rev 2:17
And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” Exo 19:6
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1Pe 2:9
We see here that God carries the same expectations of His people from the Old Testament into the New Testament: to be a royal priesthood, a kingdom of priests. A priest is one who is a mediator between God and the people14, meaning Spiritual Israel are mediators between God and the nations14. This is the blessing of the nations’ which God promised in His covenant with Abraham. So, how does the bride, our soul prepare herself for the marriage (Ref. Rev 19:7)?
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1Co 3:9
25 …Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Enter the battle of Gog and Magog. This is the preparing of our soul (Ref. Rev 19:7) for the habitation for God. The name Gog means ‘mountain’15. In the Hebrew, a mountain is symbolic of a person’s mindset, or basically their character. The battle of Gog and Magog is a battle of mindsets for the purification of the soul.
…for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Mat 17:20
Scripture tells us we are washed in the washing of water by the Word. How does this happen? It is Spiritual. Through the revelation of His Word, the revealed character of God comes into our soul and wrestles against our natural character – this is the work the Holy Spirit does in us. The battle of Gog and Magog is our soul submitting to the Spirit of God, to change our character and receive a new name.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
The New Jerusalem is our perfected soul: washed as the revelation of the Word of God reveals the character of God to us, bringing the fire to burn away the flesh (carnal or natural mind / beastly nature) and re-write our heart/soul/mind, thus transforming us into His image. This battle is nation against nation, the conquering of the nations within us as the kingdom of the light of God comes against the kingdom of the darkness of man’s fallen nature, the great tribulation, a death to self process which is also the pains of the birth of Christ in you, the hope of glory (Ref. Col 1:27):
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:7 -8
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Co 3:18
…For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Mat 13:21
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. Mat 24:21
My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, Gal 4:19
Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. Rev 12:2
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Joh 16:21
She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Rev 12:5
So if Rabbi Kessin suggests that the end of the exile of Jerusalem, which created the ‘New Jerusalem’, is the end of the battle of Gog and Magog in the natural, scripture tells us that the Spiritual conclusion can now follow. This being the case, we urge you to tune in, listen to the deeper teachings (the grace), believe in them (the faith), and be saved by grace through faith (Ref. Eph 2:8), allowing the Holy Spirit to come and do a good work in you as you submit to His will.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. Mat 10:34
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Php 1:6
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 1Co 4:15-16
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 1Co 3:13
General: NKJV Bible
13: Strongs, BDB dictionary: Israel H3478
14: Wordstudy dictionary: Priest H3541
15: BDB dictionary: Gog H1463, Magog H4031 (from Gog H1463)