Gog and Magog in the Millennium?

Appendix 3: Gog and Magog in the Millennium?

Some have suggested Gog and Magog must be a reference to what is going to happen after the millennium since in Revelation 20:8 we read:  

“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison Rev 20:7 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. Rev 20:8” 

After the thousand years have expired, when Satan has been put into the abyss, he is put into the bôr sometimes known as the bottomless pit, he will be there a thousand years and there will be this wonderful time on planet Earth. Satan will not be there, but then he will be released.  

However, since we know the meaning of Gog as enmity / death the mention of Gog after the thousand years of bliss is readily understandable: the enemy or that which has enmity and is hostile toward God’s kingdom, will reappear on earth after Satan’s release will allow him again to regain his quality of opposer, enemy warrior like first time and challenge God one final time. Now it makes so much more sense. Now Rev 20 doesn’t have to be placed before the tribulation. No, this can still happen after the thousand years reign of Christ. We are also told that there will be no more warfare in the age to come.  

“He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isa 2:4  

The reference to bucklers and shields in Ezekiel 38 describes God’s strategy of driving Gog’s armies using the “hook” towards the great valley of Judgement. This event definitely happens before the great Armagedon battle. Hence we can exclude it from the Millennium time frame. After the thousand years, Satan the enemy will gather those with enmity against God after his release in Revelation 20. The only aggressive act that they perform is surrounding the beloved city. There is no mention of weapons; it does not say that they have any type of warfare other than that they surround the city and then fire comes down from God and destroys them. There is no reason that the Gog and Magog of Revelation 20 pose a conflict to what we see in Ezekiel 38-39; and that Ezekiel 38-39 is in fact the time of the tribulation.