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Gog As The Beast From The Pit?

The sites used in this article have important paragraphs that contribute to the interpretation of Ezekiel 39:11. These quotes I used, not necessarily agreeing with the entire articles these quotes came from.

The Valley Of Hamongog

Ezek 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

Strong's defines "sea" in this verse as:

Sea - Ezk 39:11

yam {yawm}
from an unused root meaning to roar; TWOT - 871a; n m

AV - sea 321, west 47, westward 21, west side 4, seafaring men 1,
south 1, western 1; 396

1) sea
1a) Mediterranean Sea
1b) Red Sea
1c) Dead Sea
1d) Sea of Galilee
1e) sea (general)
1f) mighty river (Nile)
1g) the sea (the great basin in the temple court)
1h) seaward, west, westward

Excerpts from http://www.vendyljones.org.il/wheregog.htm (Link no longer active)

The location of the wars of Gog and Magog will occur in what is today
Jordan. In Ezekiel 39:11, we read:

"And it will come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place of graves in Israel. In the Valley of Passengers on the East of the Sea . . . "

To what "sea" is Ezekiel referring? It is the sea that the "Valley of the Passengers" enters. That is the "Sea of Salt" or the "Dead Sea". The "Valley of the Passengers" in Hebrew is "Guy-'Ohverim". It is a deep gorge, an abysmal chasm, a canyon that descends from the crest of Mount Moab down between Mount Nebo's Pisgah on the North and the mount called "Ohverim" on the South. "Oh-ver" means "pass", " Ohverim" means "Passengers". Guy-'Ohverim enters the sea directly opposite to the Cave of the Column.

Over the ridge of Mount Moab flowing East, away from Guy-'Overim is the Valley of Tubal. The Tubal River flows down all the way from Mount Moab to the Euphrates at the ancient city of Babylon.

Notes from Jamieson, Fausett, Browne Commentary (Ezekiel 39:11):

11. place . . . of graves--Gog found only a grave where he had expected the spoils of conquest. valley--So vast were to be the masses that nothing but a deep valley would suffice for their corpses. the passengers on the east of the sea--those travelling on the high road, east of the Dead Sea, from Syria to Petra and Egypt. The publicity of the road would cause many to observe God's judgments, as the stench (as English Version translates) or the multitude of graves (as HENDERSON translates, "it shall stop the passengers") would arrest the attention of passers-by. Their grave would be close to that of their ancient prototypes, Sodom and Gomorrah in the Dead Sea, both alike being signal instances of God's judgments.

Excerpts from http://www.az.com/~cryalls/view.html

Some have said that this battle of Gog of Magog is another view of the Battle of Armageddon. But that does not seem to be the case. The Battle of Gog is to take place in the valley of Passengers according to Ezekiel 39:11 at the east side of the Dead Sea. It is a valley that runs from Mount Moab toward he sea. That is in Jordan.

Armageddon takes place in the valley of Jezreel that surrounds Mount Migeddo, which is at the north end of the sea. Although this battle is targeted to Jerusalem and will have battles there, the Lord will go out to meet them at Migeddo. It is this valley that is to flow with blood to the depth of the horses bridle. Over 200 million will die in this battle against the Lord. There is also a mention of Gog coming against Israel after the 1000 year millennial Kingdom but the Lord makes short work of them. This is in connection with the short freedom that Satan is given at that time to draw together all the last of the rebels against the Lord.

Ed's notes:

What is interesting to me about the buriel place of Gog being near the Dead Sea area is the beast that comes out of the bottomless pit in Revelation 17. Here we see the "Woman" riding the beast, the beast which comes out of the pit and out of the wilderness. Looking at a map of this area, we see this exact picture: the Judean Desert and the Great Rift to the East in which the Dead Sea is located. The "pit" in this case, would be the Dead or Salt Sea, which takes in 6 million gallons of water (a day or a week) with none flowing out of it. This picture of it being a pit is also brought to mind by the Great Rift itself, with the Dead Sea being the lowest part of the entire earth below sea livel. Yet, out of this area comes the scarlet beast of Revelation 17 with "Woman" riding on him. Could this be what Revelation is speaking of location wise? Look at the following map. Next to the Dead Sea (pit, scarlet beast) is the Judaen Desert (wilderness, the Woman) and then Jerusalem:

In an article in the "Jerusalem Christian Review" by Review Staff Reporter Frank Louder titled, "The Dead Sea: Reviving Ancient Secrets at the Lowest Place on Earth," Loud writes,

DEAD SEA, Israel - Just east of Canaan and west of the mountains of Moab, in some of the roughest terrain of the Judean Desert, lies a deep canyon. In its center sits a body of water which is called in Hebrew, "Yam Hamelah," meaning "The Sea of Salt." Located 1300 feet (405 meters) below sea level, it is at the very lowest spot on earth.

In the heart of the Judean Desert, where Jesus was tempted by the devil for forty days and forty nights (Luke 4: 2), lies the Dead Sea (pictured above). Also called "The Devil's Sea" by visiting pilgrims in ancient times, it is located at the very lowest spot on earth.

Ancient Jewish writings have described this body of water as "Yam S'dom," "The Sea of Sodom," since this sinful city which God destroyed was once located at its southern shores. (Gen.13-19) The Greek philosophers, Aristotle and Strabo, both wrote about the place, calling it the sea of "Lacus Asphaltis," or "The Lake of Asphalt." In later years, visiting pilgrims named it "The Devil's Sea"; their vivid imagination visualizing the devil himself bathing in its sparkling waters.

But to the ancient Greeks, the desolate look of the area and the belief that no life could possibly survive in it, inspired them to give the sea a new name: "The Dead Sea".

"SEA" as the Sea of Galilee

The Scriptures speak of the buriel place of Gog as occurring North of Israel at the Sea of Galilee:

Gog in the Golan

In Ezekiel 38:8 God says that Gog & his allies will come up against the mountains of Israel. In Ezekiel 38:15 God says that Gog will attack from the North. Looking at these two statements together, it is clear that the mountains of Israel that Gog will come against will be in northern Israel, being that Gog will attack from the North.

In addition, Ezekiel 39: 4 says that Gog will fall upon these mountains, with verse 5 looking to the further demise of Gog in the valley below. Looking further into Chapter 39 of Ezekiel, verse 11 reveals that after Gog is defeated, his dead will be given a place for graves in Israel, in the valley of the passengers, on the east of the sea. Yet another interesting clue, but what valley, and what sea? Enter the Golan.

If you can find a real large & detailed map of Israel (I have one from National Geographic) you will find a number of locations in the immediate area around the Sea of Galilee with names simular to the valley of Hamon-gog, and the city of Hamonah mentioned in Ezekiel 39:15-16, such places as Hamma, El Hamma, Hammat, Mevo Hamma, ect ...

Now look at Ezekiel 39:17-20. Here God calls forth the fowls & beast of the field to feast of the carcasses of the defeated Gog, but what I found interesting is the menu found in verse 18. Here among the slain of this terrible destruction lie an array of livestock, which Ezekiel identifes as the fatlings of Bashan. In other words, when Gog storms across the valley against the mountains of Israel, and the horrific judgement of God falls as described in Ezekiel 38:18-22, much of the livestock in the ancient land of Bashan will perish in the process.

The interesting thing about this whole scenario is that the ancient land of Bashan is located in what we now call the Golan Heights. A simple comparision of an old Bible map, and a modern map of Israel will verify this. So it appears from Ezekiel's prophecy that current, or future security arrangements in the Golan Heights could very well play an important part in the fulfillment of at least some of the many details Ezekiel provided.