Who are these players in Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20 that everyone focuses so much attention on these days? In truth, I do not know; but it is really not important for us to know at this point in time.
If we study our Bible, specifically Revelation 20:7-10 we see: “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Gog and Magog clearly enter the scene with Satan after the millennial period, so why would we even care? Christ is in control, He has already won the battle, and their destiny is already known.
When studying Old Testament prophesies, we must always let the New Testament teachings reveal the Old. A perfect example is Isaiah 53. We all know that chapter foretells, in great detail, the coming and death of our Lord; however, it is only in light of the accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels that we know that was what Isaiah was prophesying. Further, God sealed the book of Daniel (Daniel 12:4) until the end times, but specifically said not to seal the Book of Revelation (Revelation 22:10). The Book of Revelation is just that, revelation – it is not the “Book of Confusion”. If Old Testament prophesies concerning the end times are unclear, we must look to Revelation to make it clear.
If you study Ezekiel 37-38-39 in light of Revelation 20, it is obvious that it is a dual prophesy referring to both the release from Babylonian captivity and post resurrection entering into the Millennium Period, and the already won battle after. But please, do not take my word for it – open your Bibles and study it out for yourselves. Too many Christians today are being lazy and taking other people’s word about things rather than studying it themselves, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and coming to the truth of God’s Word. We have to be diligent about being in the Word in these latter days. Jesus plainly told us that there would be many false prophets – he warned us – listen to Him, not the words of man.