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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XX

Awaiting the Attack by Gog of Magog

THE "time of the end" is fast nearing its close. Toward its close a total attack is to be expected upon the New World society. It will be the attack by the symbolic Gog of the land of Magog, which was long ago prophesied to take place "in the end of the days" or "in the latter days." (AT; AS) The direct object of Gog's attack is plainly stated to be the restored remnant of Jehovah's people, who, in their turn, are commanded to notify Gog that Jehovah God is against him and will bring about his destruction before their eyes. "Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords: Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee." — Ezekiel 38:1-6, AS.


1. What attack is to be expected toward the close of the time of the end, and of what are the ones under attack to notify the leader of the attack?
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2 The exact meaning of the name "Gog" is not known, but since 1953 the bearer of that name has been exposed as being Satan the Devil himself, now that he has been hurled down from heaven to the earth. Gog is thus Satan the Dragon in his abased condition, and his land of Magog is his abased invisible location with his demons in the vicinity of this earth. It is in this symbolic land of Magog that he is wrathful at God's "woman" and goes to "wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus." (Revelation 12:13, 17, NW) He is still the "ruler of this world" or "the god of this system of things," for which reason he is able to assemble all the nations to a simultaneous, full-scale, final attack from all sides, hemming the remnant or "remaining ones" in, just as the nations in the prophecy hemmed in Israel from the north and south.

3 Because God's time for the war of Armageddon approaches, God tells Gog of Magog to come on: "Be ready and keep ready, you and all the hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard [a commander] for them. After many days you will be mustered; in the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land where people were gathered from many nations upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste; its people were brought out from the nations and now dwell securely, all of them. You will advance, coming on like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you." — Ezekiel 38:7-9, RS.


2. Who is the real Gog, what is his land of Magog, and why is he able to assemble all nations to the attack?
3. Why does God tell Gog of Magog to come on, arid against whom?
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4 Since A.D. 1919 the remnant of spiritual Israelites have been restored from Babylonish captivity and been regathered to Jehovah's theocratic organization. They have not, like the postwar nations, tried to make money and build up material prosperity but have specialized on preaching "this good news of the kingdom" in all the inhabited earth. Why, then, should the symbolic Gog want to attack them in full force? It is because he begrudges them their spiritual prosperity, their spiritually powerful position in the earth. Jehovah exposes Gog's envious greed, saying to him: "On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, 'I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates'; to seize spoil and carry off plunder; to assail the waste places which are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its villages will say to you, 'Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to seize great spoil?'" — Ezekiel 38:10-13, RS.

5 The restored remnant of spiritual Israelites dwell at the center or naval of the earth, that is, they are at the center of the New World society. Out from them this society radiates to the four quarters of the earth; around them this society


4. In what have the remnant specialized since 1919, and so why should the symbolic Gog want to attack them?
5. (a) How do the restored remnant dwell at the center of the earth? (b) Their transformation is like that of what ancient man of integrity, and how was his prosperity previously interrupted?
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revolves. Since their deliverance after World War I the spiritual prosperity with which their God has blessed them has excited the comment of all the world. In their case it is true that "he raiseth up the poor out of the dust; from the dung-hill he lifteth up the needy, to set [him] among nobles, among the nobles of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, [as] a joyful mother of sons." (Psalm 113:7-9, Da) The transformation is as remarkable as Job's; in fact, was typified by Job's experience. Job was not an Israelite but was distantly related to Abraham. He was a man of integrity toward Jehovah as God. For this Jehovah blessed him as he had blessed Abraham, with ten children (seven sons and three daughters) and with many servants and much livestock. Jehovah trusted in Job's integrity, but Satan the Devil did not. He accused Job of worshiping Jehovah for the material prosperity that he enjoyed from it. So Jehovah let Satan take away all Job's children and livestock. Still Job refused to curse God and accuse him of wrongdoing.

6 Unsatisfied, Satan now argued that if Job himself were personally afflicted in body he would fail in his integrity. To prove Satan a liar, Jehovah let him afflict Job with a loathsome, sleep-robbing nightmare-causing disease that covered him with itching boils from head to foot. Job's wife broke down and foolishly told him: "Curse God and die." But he did not curse God and did not die. Then three so-called "friends," who had no more confidence in Job's integrity than Satan did, visited him, presumably to comfort him but really to accuse him of a religious hypocrisy that his bodily affliction had at last made public. With argument after argument they tried to make Job admit that it was God who was punishing him for a lack of


6. What final trials did Satan bring to break Job's integrity, but how did Job keep his integrity?
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integrity. Finally Job laid bare his own life pattern before them and silenced them. He kept his integrity toward God.

7 Here a young man listening, named E-li'hu, spoke up against Job's unfriendly accusers and in justification of God and for Job's enlightenment. Then he set forth the hope for Job's restoration and for the restoration of those typified by Job in these words:

8 "Man is also chastened with pain upon his bed, and with continual strife in his bones; so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite dainty food. His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen; and his bones which were not seen stick out. His soul draws near the Pit, and his life to those who bring death. If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man what is right for him; and he is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the Pit, I have found a ransom; let his flesh become fresh with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.' Then man prays to God, and he accepts him, he comes into his presence with joy. He recounts to men his salvation, and he sings before men, and says: 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, and it was not requited to me. He has redeemed my soul from going down into the Pit, and my life shall see the light.' Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may see the light of life." — Job 33:19-30, RS.

9 The remnant of spiritual Israelites came into such a condition as described. They were apparently smitten by God with a repulsive spiritual disease, like Job's, and were evidently marked for


7,8. Who was E-li'hu, and with what words did he set forth the hope for Job's restoration and for the restoration of those whom Job typed?
9. How did the remnant come into a condition like that described above, and how were they likewise restored?
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Job sufferingdeath, especially with religious clergy and leaders combining against them to accuse them falsely and make them renounce Jehovah. Christians as spiritually close to them as a wife to a man turned against them or even betrayed them to foes. Childless they seemed, with no ability to grow in numbers under the hatred and persecution in all nations. They were fulfilling Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones and John's vision of God's two witnesses lying dead in the street three and a half days. Then Jehovah sent his Angel or Messenger, who is the Mediator of the new covenant under which the remnant have spiritual relationship with God and which provides for the removal of sins. Jehovah also shortened the days of tribulation for the sake of his chosen ones, the remnant, and thus kept them from going down into the pit or perishing by the swords of His executioners. By his Messenger Jehovah cleansed the remnant of their uncleanness and brought them back to spiritual health. As it were, their flesh became like that of a child's and their strength like that of youth, as in the days of the primitive apostolic congregation of the first century. Then they began recounting their salvation to the scattered "other sheep," the "great crowd."

10 What has resulted? Look back at Job. Jehovah God followed Elihu and gave the crowning answer to Job in perfect justification of Almighty God, 10. What did God show by his answer to Job, what did Job then do, and how was he rewarded for keeping his integrity?

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showing God was justified in putting his servants to a test, to make their integrity show up and to perfect them in obedience to God. (Job, chapters 38-41) Job accepted the divine instruction and humbled himself repentantly. God then told Job to pray for his erring friends. "And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job, when he had prayed for his friends; and Jehovah gave Job twice as much as he had before." His brothers and sisters all came to him and comforted him. "And Jehovah blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses. And he had seven sons and three daughters. . . . And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. And Job lived after this a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons'

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sons, four generations." (Job 42:1-16, Da) Into a like prosperity the remnant of today have come spiritually.

11 Beginning in 1919, Jehovah turned the captivity of the remnant, although the Dragon Satan has been permitted to continue to persecute them. In proof of this their prosperity has steadily grown in spite of all Satan does. Jehovah has given them youthful strength and courage by his outpoured spirit to preach the good news of the established Kingdom world-wide. By this means God has caused them to become father to a complete number of children, ten, as it were, to correspond with Job's seven sons and three daughters. They are the "great crowd" of fellow worshipers out of all nations; they correspond with the "ten men" out of all languages of the nations who take hold on the skirt of him that is a Jew, to go along with him to worship Jehovah. (Zechariah 8:23, Da) In all the religious realm there is no fruitage from Bible preaching to compare with these children for beauty of true godly devotion. The antitypical Job class continue to live on in spiritual youth as Job did; they have the Scriptural hope of living through Armageddon into the new world. The antitypical ten children, the "great crowd," will live through with them. After Armageddon the Job class will see these children be very fruitful toward others' gaining eternal life in the new world. They already produce fruit in preaching good news.

12 In enjoying the God-given spiritual prosperity through the "good news of the kingdom" the remnant of spiritual Israelites have expanded. They


11. Beginning in 1919, how did Jehovah turn the captivity of the remnant, and how are they, like Job, blessed with children?
12,13. Due to expansion, how have the remnant come into a fight like that of Jephthah with the Ammonites, and to what grievous experience did Jephthah's vow bring him?
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have had to push back the enemy to do so, for the enemy have wrongly claimed that the remnant have crowded in upon their territory. It has been as in the days of Jephthah the Israelite of Gilead. He was rejected for a while, the same as the remnant of spiritual Israelites were. But God showed he was using Jephthah, and the Israelites saw in him the judge whom Jehovah had raised up to deliver them from the Ammonites.

13 Jephthah set the facts before the Ammonites to prove that God had given the Israelites the land and that they had taken nothing from Ammon and were not encroaching upon them. When the Ammonites refused to agree and still showed fight, Jephthah moved against them. He vowed that if Jehovah gave him the victory the first one to come out of his house to welcome him as victor should "become Jehovah's and I must offer that one up as a burnt offering." Jehovah did bless Jephthah's theocratic warfare with victory. But when he reached home his only child, a daughter, was the first to come out to greet him with music and dancing. He was grieved at what the paying of his vow would mean for her: she would have to remain virgin and not carry forward her father's family and name, for she could not become a man's wife now that she was Jehovah's exclusive property.

14 Jephthah's daughter theocratically told him to proceed with his vow, no matter what it cost her, "since Jehovah has executed acts of vengeance for you upon your enemies, the sons of Ammon." The vindication of Jehovah's universal sovereignty was more important to her than selfish personal considerations. So after two months of bewailing her virginity, which was to be perpetual, she yielded herself to her father. He did


14. How did Jephthah's daughter meet the situation, how did her father offer her up, and of what did she become a living testimonial?
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not make a human sacrifice of her, like a literal burnt offering. Jehovah's law to Israel forbade that; his altar at the sacred tabernacle was not permitted to receive such a human sacrifice. Jephthah merely surrendered her to God at his tabernacle that she might continually serve God there. "As for her, she never had relations with a man," she being untouchable as God's devoted property. "And it came to be a regulation in Israel: From year to year the daughters of Israel would go to give commendation to the daughter of Jeph'thah the Gil'e-ad-ite, four days in the year." (Judges 10:17 to 11:40, NW) Jephthah's daughter was thus a living testimonial to Jehovah's vindicated sovereignty.

15 Likewise the remnant of spiritual Israelites, after their restoration by God in 1919, have had to contest with antitypical Ammonites who have disputed the right of Jehovah's people to expand and have complained of having their religious pastures encroached upon. They have put up a fight through police, court, political, commercial and mob action to stop Jehovah's remnant under Christ. In desire for victory Jesus Christ, the Greater Jephthah, has promised to Jehovah God that those who would be first to hail his victory through the remnant should belong to Jehovah. The fight was for no selfish reason, for no creature's glory and the perpetuation of his name. The foremost issue was Jehovah's universal sovereignty, and this was the thing to be vindicated. So the fruits of victory belonged to Jehovah, and to Jehovah Jesus Christ determined they must go. The "other sheep" or the "great crowd" whom Jesus Christ had used his remnant to father through the preaching of the life-giving "good news" were the ones that were first to take sym-


15. How have the remnant had a contest like that of Jephthah's, and who have proved to be the antitype of Jephthah's daughter, and in what way?
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bolic "palm branches" and hail his victory. They saw the issue; they saw that Jesus Christ was Jehovah's Chief Vindicator on the issue, and they rejoiced and came out on his side, doing good to his remnant of brothers and associating loyally with them. They are therefore the antitypical daughter of Jephthah.

16 The Greater Jephthah has accordingly brought them under the theocratic organization and has turned them over to Jehovah at his temple that they might serve him there day and night forever. There they have become like the Gibeonite "gatherers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God"; they have become temple slaves like the typical Nethinim. They must keep a perpetual spiritual virginity, not letting themselves be defiled by compromising unions with this world and its institutions. They are the fellow workers with the remnant of the "bride, the Lamb's wife," and as such they must be the "virgins her companions" that follow her to her union with the Bridegroom Jesus Christ. If ever coming into this relationship to Jehovah's temple cost them tears and bewailing, they have put that in the past and they are thankful to serve God in this fully dedicated and devoted condition for the sake of seeing his prosperity upon his witnesses continue.

17 While the New World society of Jehovah's witnesses flourishes spiritually, the world under its god Satan suffers from extreme spiritual famine. These two opposites in spiritual conditions were foreshadowed by Egypt and the rest of the world in the days of Joseph the prime minister of Phar-


16. How has the Greater Jephthah offered up the antitypical daughter of Jephthah, and so what have become their responsibilities without further tears and bewailing?
17. When were the two opposites in spiritual conditions of the New World society and Satan's world once foreshadowed in Egypt, and how did Joseph happen to get down there and into prison?
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aoh. Joseph was one of the ancient witnesses of Jehovah. (Hebrews 11:22; 12:1, 2, NW) He was the specially loved son of Jacob or Israel. Out of jealousy his ten half brothers sold him to traveling merchants. He disappeared to his family down in Egypt, his father being given to understand that his beloved boy was dead. In Egypt Joseph as a slave was thrown into prison under a false charge. There Jehovah made him prominent as a reliable interpreter of dreams.

18 How, now, would Jehovah bring his witness Joseph out into a deserved prosperity for his faithfulness? Jehovah sent two troublesome dreams to Pharaoh the king. None of his magic-practicing priests or his wise men could quiet Pharaoh's mind with an interpretation. Then Pharaoh's cupbearer whose dream in prison Joseph had correctly interpreted called him to mind and recommended him to Pharaoh. Joseph was brought before Pharaoh. The king told Joseph the dreams. Joseph explained them both to be confirmatory of each other, that it was firmly established on God's part that there would be seven years of overflowing plenty upon Egypt followed by seven years of unproductiveness. He proposed to Pharaoh that a food administrator be appointed to store up all the excess during the seven plenteous years to counterbalance the food shortage during the lean years, so as to save human lives. Pharaoh at once appointed Joseph the prime minister. The seven years of plenty came and went and Joseph had all the surplus stored safely away for the famine. The seven lean years came. Joseph had food to sell.

19 Up north his father Jacob was finally obliged


18. How did Joseph come to be Egypt's prime minister, and when famine came how was he prepared for it?
19. How was Joseph finally privileged to identify himself to all his brothers down in Egypt and to have all his family relationship come down to live with him there?
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to send Joseph's ten half brothers down to Egypt for food. Joseph identified them in the throng of buyers, but they did not recognize him in his position, as he spoke through an interpreter. He skillfully arranged for them to come back, bringing his full brother, young Benjamin, back with them. In due time Jacob was obliged to send young Benjamin down with them to Egypt for more food. Joseph put them to a test and proved they had repented of their past mistreatment of him and his father. So, alone in their presence, he identified himself to them. He calmed their fears, showed affection for them, especially for his full brother Benjamin, and sent them home with food and with instructions to bring their father down, with all their families, to live by him in Egypt. This was done.

20 In this prophetic drama Joseph typifies primarily Jesus Christ, Jehovah's beloved Son and his Interpreter. But in the latter part of the drama he is represented in a subordinate way by the original remnant of his body members who faithfully endured the tests from 1914 to his coming to the temple in 1918 for judgment work. Benjamin, Joseph's young full brother, typified the part of the remnant that was added from 1919 onward to 1931. Here there is a correspondency with Mordecai the Jew and his young cousin Queen Esther. In 1931 the Benjamin class, that is, the younger part of the remnant, was recognized in its relation to the older part.*

21 Joseph and Benjamin's ten half brothers typi-


* See the serial article "Esther and Mordecai," in six parts, in The Watch Tower of May 15 to August 1, 1931. See also the book Preservation, published in 1932.

20. Whom did Joseph typify primarily and in a subordinate way, and when was Benjamin's antitype recognized in its relationship to the antitypical Joseph?
21. Whom do Joseph's ten half brothers typify, and when did the antitypical Joseph disclose his relationship to them, and how?
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fied those who become "other sheep," the "great crowd" out of all nations. Many of these had opposed and persecuted the Joseph and Benjamin classes or had given moral support to their persecutors. In 1935 the antitypical Joseph disclosed his identity to his brothers by the publication of the explanation of Revelation 7:9-17, revealing that the "great crowd" of worshipers from all nations were Christ's "other sheep" whom he had now united in "one flock" with the remnant of the "body of Christ." What rejoicing there was at this identification! To keep from perishing this "great crowd" has had to come to the Greater Joseph, Jesus Christ, Jehovah's Prime Minister and Food Administrator, for spiritual food and to be reconciled.

22 Not only ancient Egypt but other parts of the world had to come to Joseph for needed food supplies. To procure food the Egyptians themselves first gave their money till it was all spent, and then all their livestock they sold for foodstuffs. Finally, in need of further food they proposed to Joseph: "Buy us and our land for bread and we together with our land will become slaves to Phar'aoh, and give us seed that we may live and not die and our land not be laid desolate." To save their lives "Joseph bought all the land of the Egyptians for Phar'aoh, because the Egyptians sold each one his field, for the famine had got a strong grip on them, and the land came to be Phar'aoh's." Joseph then provided for their prosperous future, and the Egyptians said: "You have preserved our lives. Let us find favor in the eyes of my lord and we will become slaves to Phar'aoh." — Genesis 47:14-25, NW.

23 The famine-stricken people of Egypt typified


22. What were the famine-stricken Egyptians themselves finally obliged to do to have their lives preserved?
23. What did Egypt's seven years of plenty and seven years of famine typify, and what did the Egyptians and their life-preserving action typify?
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the people today who become conscious of their spiritual need and who come out of this world to the Greater Joseph, Jesus Christ, and become the "great crowd" of Jehovah's worshipers. (Revelation 11:8; 7:9) Back in ancient Egypt the seven years of famine followed the seven years of plenty, making fourteen years. But in the modern antitype, the famine period and the plentiful period run concurrently, in this "time of the end" during the rule of Jesus Christ in the midst of his enemies. That is, to his enemies Jehovah sends a "famine in the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah." (Amos 8:11, Da) But to his faithful remnant under Jesus Christ Jehovah sends a great spiritual abundance of truth and service. So they have more than enough, enough for themselves and plenty to share with others who are spiritually hungry and seeking life in relationship with God. To gain life-sustaining Kingdom food the antitypical Egyptians have to come to Jehovah's abundantly provided organization under Jesus Christ. They must part with their all. They must make a full surrender or dedication of themselves to the Greater Pharaoh, Jehovah God, through Jesus Christ his Prime Minister, and they must become his slaves for all time, now and in the new world. In that way they become members of his New World society. In that way they gain hope of everlasting happiness in the new world and the prospect of surviving Armageddon to enter into it. They never hunger again in this old world, always receiving food convenient through God's well-fed organization.

24 With death-dealing spiritual famine raging in


24, 25. (a) Why is it no wonder that Gog of Magog is moved with greed to despoil the remnant of spiritual Israelites? (b) What do the remnant and the "great crowd" await, and what notice do they obediently serve upon Gog?
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Gog's organization and with such spiritual abundance obtaining among the remnant of spiritual Israelites, with their possession of the truth and of preaching privileges which are more precious than gold and silver; with their possession of Jehovah's name and being vindicators of it, with all the "great crowd" from all nations being dependent upon them for food at the proper time, and with the desirable, precious things of all nations coming in and filling Jehovah's house with glory, it is no wonder that Gog of Magog feels envious and is moved with greed to despoil them of every truly valuable thing that they have, yes, to blot them out of existence, to the reproach of Jehovah's name. The remnant and the "great crowd" of fellow worshipers know that Gog of Magog, or Satan the Devil, is envious and is gathering all nations against them, and together the remnant and the "great crowd" in Jehovah's land of spiritual prosperity await the sure-to-come attack by Gog and all his hordes. So they put him on notice by obeying this command:

25 "Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: In that day when my people Israel dwelleth in safety, shalt thou not know [it]? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost north, thou and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great assemblage and a mighty army. And thou shalt come up against my people Israel as a cloud to cover the land — it shall be at the end of days  — and I will bring thee against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be hallowed in thee, O Gog, before their eyes." — Ezekiel 38:14-16, Da.



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