Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gog and Magog

The Legend of the Gog and Magog have been on my mind a bit lately, I don't know why so I decided to do a bit of research and see what peoples' thoughts are and possibly the connection to today's world, and this is what I have found. Did George W Bush invade Iraq because of Gog and Magog?

"I come from the great abyss!" Rev, a Magog, from the Andromeda TV series.

The Legend of Gog and Magog according to the Qur'ran states:

But there is a ban on a town which We have destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return. Until the Gog and Magog are let through (their barrier), and they spread out from every direction.(Qur'an 21:96–97)

According to Islamic tradition (in Saḥīḥ al-Bukhāri), Gog and Magog are "Sons of Adam", i.e. human beings, who would be released when a people return to a town which was destroyed and from which they were banned.

As told in one Sumerian legend of Enoch, Hiburu is Sumerian for Hebrew, therefore the Jewish tradition is told by the Sumerian perspective.

"Woe to thee, land of Gog and Magog, situated in the midst of Aethiopian rivers" -- Sib. Or. III, 393-4

These hideous creatures appear to be based off the 'biblical' character Gog of the Magog homeland...

If the real Gog and Magog are anything like the Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Orc I am not surprised then, that they called it the War on Terror!

Something else to consider the Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda (pronounced /ælˈkaɪdə/ al-KY-də or /ælˈkeɪdə/ al-KAY-də; Arabic: القاعدة‎, al-qāʿidah, "the base"), alternatively spelled al-Qaida and sometimes al-Qa'ida, is a militant Islamist group founded sometime between August 1988 and late 1989. It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad. We haven't found them, yet we hear about them all the time. They are a big part of the War on Terror:

Further studies have identified the overall current region named Baluchistan as the old Magog/Gitya, and it is actually divided today between three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In western Pakistan, there’s also a province names Baluchistan, next to the Iranian Baluchistan. They have also concluded that Gog, is not from Magog, but that Gog and Magog are 2 different nations, and that there will be a war between the 2 of them.

***It looks like Gog is from Turkey and Magog is from Iran/Pakistan/Afganistan. There may be a battle still between Sunni and Shiite Muslims or regions over whose leader will be their final Mahdi. The winner takes the territory over. There is a passage in Daniel 7 where it describes the “little horn” taking over 3 regions. Maybe if there is a battle between Gog and Magog, it is related to the battle waged by the little horn. If so, then the players (Gog and Magog) will be better identified.

Gog is the president of one of the nations, whom Rabbenu Saadia Gaon compared to the Moslem Caliph in his days, because Gog will also rule many peoples. Gogana used to be the name of a port city on the Persian Gulf, which is today called Bandar-e Kangan, in Iran. Therefore Gog, in this view, represents Iran, and Magog represents the Baluchistan regions of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Magog, in this viewpoint, covers the territory that al Qaeda occupies.

In the Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38:2–3) Gog appears as a foreign prince and Magog as his land (the phrase "son of man" refers to Ezekiel):

Son of man, direct your face towards Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince, leader of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy concerning him. Say: Thus said the Lord: Behold, I am against you, Gog, the prince, leader[7] of Meshech and Tubal.[8]

From the Andromeda Wiki:
The Magog is a name given to a race of bipedal, furred sentient beings by members of the Systems Commonwealth. Thus, it is an exonym, the race calls themselves "Harvengers of the Abyss."

While the Magog did not themselves destroy the Commonwealth, they certainly gorged themselves in feasting on its remains. Since their catastrophic attacks in the waning days of the Nietzschean uprising, the Magog have roamed through the Known Worlds nearly unchecked, launching devastating raids against populated worlds only to retreat again, leaving devastation in their wake. Thus far, no political or military entity has been strong enough to check their depredations, though the worlds of the Than Hegemony and more powerful Nietzschean Prides stay relatively safe. But despite causing widespread death and destruction, the Magog have not expanded their former range in a concerted fashion, aside from turning a handful of former Commonwealth territories such as Double Happiness, Dyhedra, and Zinn's World into breeding worlds. For their own mysterious reasons, the Magog largely prefer to live on their own planets in the former Quarantine Zone. The other significant change since the Commonwealth's fall has been the conversion of some Magog, namely Reverend Behemeial Fartraveler(aka Rev Bem) to the new religion of Wayism (see People of the Way). Unfortunately, Wayism's tenets of peace and cooperation have only appealed to a tiny minority of Magog, while vast majority remain as violent and bloodthirsty as ever. Over a billion Magog on the breeding world of Dyhedra were recently killed when their solar system was nova bombed by their former victims, a group of child warriors living on a nearby abandoned High Guard space station. The station has since become a protectorate of the restored Systems Commonwealth, with the governments of Xinti and Castalia helping rehabilitate the station and its inhabitants.


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