In Ezekiel, Chapters 38, 39, "Gog" is referring to the ruler of the country, and "Magog" is the nation of Russia. In Ezekiel 38:18 God says,
"And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of ISRAEL, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face."
The total annihilation of Russia and her allies is given in Ezekiel 39:2,
"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."
Notice carefully the word "sixth." It is the Hebrew "shashah," but this is not the word that appears in the Hebrew text. The Hebrew word in the manuscript is the Hebrew "shawshaw" meaning "TOTAL ANNIHILATION." The two words are similar in spelling, pronounced the same; but have entirely different meanings! The literal reading should be, "I will turn thee back, and will leave nothing but "total annihilation" of thee."
In Ezekiel 38:22, God makes it perfectly clear that He will be the one to render the judgment and destruction of Russia and her armies, not the Anti-Christ. This verse describes how the judgment will fall.
“And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him (Russia), and upon his bands (i.e., her allies: Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Germany and Turkey), and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
- “Pestilence:” The Hebrew is “deber” and means – some kind of physical plague or sickness. God has used physical diseases many times for those who rebel against Him. He warned Israel before they went into the Promised Land, that if they rebelled against Him, He would bring physical infirmities upon them which could not be healed. (Deuteronomy 28:35).
- “I will rain.:” Hebrew is “matar,” a general rain.
3.“Overflowing rain:.” The Hebrew for this “rain” is “geshem” from a root word meaning (to rain violently, gush down, wash away), and thus described as an overflowing rain.
- “Great hailstones:” These hailstones are the size of a “talent” in the Greek, which is about 120 lbs. each. The Hebrew for great hailstones is equivalent to those described in Revelation 16:21.
“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
God has used hailstones in His wrath of judgment many times. For examples, see Joshua 10:11; Exodus 9:22-26.
- “Fire:” Leviticus 10:1,2, destroyed Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron; Numbers 11:1, consumed complainers; Numbers 16:2,3,35, consumed 250 princes of Israel.
- “Fire and brimstone:” Genesis 19:24,25 – Sodom and Gomorrah. Brimstone is the Hebrew “gophriyth” – describing it best as a resin, as from a cypress and sulphur, as equally flammable. This is the wrath of God and the means He uses to destroy Russia and her armies.
When this judgment is rendered of God, it ignites the men of these armies to actually kill each other. Notice Ezekiel 38:21.
“And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.”