Pulp fiction

The dreadful  Ezekiel 25:17 speech Jules delivers in Pulp Fiction (1993) is not totally a biblical verse. Only the final line is inspired by the scriptural passage. The words paraphrasing Ezekiel in the film, as delivered by Jules, are the following: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”

 An intention to get big spoils and to do much plundering

A week ago, I started by considering Gog of Magog and the people dwelling in security on the land. (“Peace and security” a prophecy for the last days)  http://earthmeasured.com/peace-security-last-days/   Now, to go on into further understanding, there are many details to consider more. There is a great mystery about the chieftain of Meshech.  Above all, there is a terror when this prince overruns the land of Israel. The captain is fostering malicious intentions and many things come into his mind. His intention is to go up against a people without defense, “to get a big spoil and to do much plundering.”

Not a new entry in the Bible prophecy

Notwithstanding all appearance, Gog of Magog is not a new entry in the Bible prophecy. He had been long announced. Prophets had already spoken of him. That’s why Ezekiel, referring to him, declares:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Are you not the same one I spoke about in the former days through my servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for many years that you would be brought against them?’ Ezekiel 38:17

Apparently, Gog is never mentioned by name in any existing prophecy before Ezekiel. But Ezekiel is not the first to foretell about him.

Gog for Agag

Balaak, king of the Amorites, was the one calling Balaam, a wicked prophet, to curse Israel. But Balaam’s curses turned out to as blessings. Several of the early versions to Numbers 24:7 contains a surprising reference to Gog instead of Agag. Balaam’s blessing according to the LXX reads: “His kingdom shall be more exalted than Gog, and his kingdom shall be increased”.  The passage later came to be read in the Samaritan liturgy for the great Day of Atonement. Of course, the prophecies of Balaam are interpreted messianically. Often, in the course of time, the prophecy against Agag/Gog has been intended as the emerging of the Antichrist.

Gog as the Grasshopper

In order to sketch out a further description of Gog of Magog, I have to connect to the books of Amos and Revelation.

In consideration of Amos 7:1,  the LXX has a most intriguing passage. Here, the Greek text reads οὕτως ἔδειξέν μοι κύριος καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐπιγονὴ ἀκρίδων ἐρχομένη ἑωθινή καὶ ἰδοὺ βροῦχος εἷς Γωγ ὁ βασιλεύς. In English the same passage will be translated as follows: “Thus the Lord showed me, and behold, a swarm of locusts coming early, and behold, one locust, Gog, the king.

Why is this important for a reader to know? Well, it opens up the evidence that the abyss-sourced locust army in Revelation 9:1-11 is recalling Amos 7. This possibility is especially suggested by the way Revelation 9:11 makes special mention of the angelic king of the locusts, giving his name in both Hebrew and Greek: Abaddon and Apollyon.

The angel of the Abyss

“The fifth angel blew his trumpet. And I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to the earth, and the key to the shaft of the abyss was given to him. He opened the shaft of the abyss.[…] And locusts came out of the smoke onto the earth, […] They have over them a king, the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name is Abaddon, but in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.” Revelation 9:1-3,11

A lexical analysis concerning Abaddon

In Hebrew, the word ʼavaddohnʹ means “destruction” and may also refer to “the place of destruction.” It appears in the original Hebrew text a total of five times, and in four of the occurrences it is used to parallel “the burial place,” “Sheol,” and “death.” Ps 88:11; Job26:6; 28:22; Pr 15:11 We may regard this word as a personification of the idea of destruction, or as sheol, the realm of the dead.

 A test for all the Christians

Since John is drawing on Amos 7, then it reveals that he thinks of Gog, the locust-king, as an angel, too. It is a clear reference to Jesus himself. And not only to him but even to his adversary, Satan the Devil. He is a total exterminator, one of the main responsible for the human death. The contrast here gets even deeper. Something like having the mark of Jesus or the mark of the beast. (Galatians 7:6; Revelation 13:18) Gog will put every Christian to the test. We’ll have to prove what we are. (2Corinthians 13:5)

The many facets of the same personage

As a consequence Gog’s portrait comes out, showing a more definite picture. He is an Israelite, a Reubenite, and a king, Apollyon or Abaddon. In addition, he is Agag, the king of the Grasshoppers. All these facets converge in giving a thorough, more complete representation.

The etymology of the name can denote his double personality, aimed at doing either good or bad. He can be an Israelite and a true worshiper but also an archenemy of Israel, Agag, a pattern for Satan the Devil. Sometimes he can sort off as a defender of true worship even being an idolater. He is one, none and one hundred thousand.

Etymologies of the names Gog and Magog in the Bible

The masculine noun גג (gag) can have different meanings. It means the roof or top. It is the highest point of a building. But also the golden top of the altar of the incense, set in the temple. The same word could recall of the propitiatory on the ark of the covenant. The altar denotes worship but the roof idolatry.

Speaking of the roof, Jeremy 19:13  describes the people offering idolatrous sacrifices to the sun, moon, and stars. “And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become unclean like this place, Topheth, yes, all the houses on whose roofs they offered sacrifices to all the army of the heavens and where they poured out drink offerings to other gods.’”

The rooftop is synonymous to a place of worship, especially pagan worship. On the other hand, the propitiatory is among the holiest symbols in the temple. Thus, we have to add new meanings to the personage. It appears to seem rather contradictory and extremely complex.

Umbelici mundi

Like any self-respecting war, this one has to be framed into its proper context, considering which is the trigger point at the origin of the fighting. To explain it, I would like to start from this verse:

“It will be to take much spoil and plunder, to attack the devastated places that are now inhabited and a people gathered from the nations, who are accumulating wealth and property, those who are living in the center of the earth.” Ezekiel 38:12

Heliopolis

Now to be living in the center of the earth means to stay in the “Umbelici Mundi“, a center for the worship of the sun. The Egyptian city of On (Heliopolis) or the Greek center of Delphi were believed to have been the origin of all creation, the birth of the sun. Throughout the world, all the places pretending to be Omphalos or Umbelici were centers of idolatry.

Heliopolis was considered the place of the advent of “being” and the beginning of all existence. Egyptians had different creation myths which included a pyramid shaped-mound, called the Benben which was the first thing to emerge from the primeval waters. It was the emergence of life from the original chaos. The sun was closely associated with this myth, and it was said to have first risen from the mound as the sun-god Ra. (Joseph’s dream of sun and moon and 11 stars) http://earthmeasured.com/josephs-dream-of-sun-and-moon-and-11-stars/

Idolatry

In Heliopolis, creation had begun with the first appearing of the sun Atum. Priests worshiped Atum as the creator who, according to their myths, had risen here from a state of nonbeing to a state of being. When a place comes to be the center of the earth it becomes the residence of its divinity. It becomes the axis mundi, the meeting point of the earth, the sky, and the underground. Heliopolis stood as the origin of a cosmogony. So, to stay at the center of the earth, for a Christian, denotes idolatry. What sort of idolatry? Worship of the sun, moon and stars, the most common way of being idolaters.

Two words for the conclusion

“Pulp /’pelp/ n. 1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter. 2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper.”

This is how Quentin Tarantino opens his movie, Pulp Fiction, telling us up front, in plain English, what to expect. That’s it. Don’t worry. It’s something similar. We had to browse dictionaries. But now you’ve all the pre-requisite information to bring in with you before the terrific Gog of Magog movie begins. You don’t need much more than what you’ve just read to start up.

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