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Gog and Magog, protectors of London

A brief guide for informed and accurate intercession

You may be surprised to know that two mythical giants, Gog and Magog, have been declared "protectors of the City of London". First an explanation and then suggestions for a Godly response.

Background: Toward the head of the Lord Mayor's annual procession you will see two enormous but benevolent giants. They are Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London who have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the reign of Henry V. They are descended from the pagan giants of early English pageantry and their history is buried in the mysterious world of myth and legend.

At one time human sacrifice was common, but as times grew more civilised images of men were burned instead of the men themselves. Finally the figures received the name of the divinity in whose honour the feast was held, and in time these became saints' images. The custom of carrying effigies at various festivals became widespread, not only in England but on the continent. These giants of pageantry are the last vestiges of the pagan effigies. Our giants have no trace of the supernatural about them; they originated in folk custom, deriving their names from historical or pseudo-historical characters like Gogmagog, from Biblical history like Samson or from classical mythology like Hercules. They are a part of a tradition in English pageantry which pre-dates Christianity.

One version of the story has it that these two giants were the last two survivors of the sons of the 33 infamous daughters of Diocletian, who were captured and kept chained to the gates of a palace on the site of Guildhall, to act as guardians. Whichever way they got there we know that by the reign of Henry V there were giants residing in Guildhall. And when in 1554 they appeared in the Lord Mayor's Show, the names Gogmagog and Corineus were attached to the London giants for the first time. The giant of folk custom made an admirable champion and it was natural to develop a champion into a local hero.

In 1605 the Pageant master of the day alluded to the giants who appeared in the Procession on Lord Mayor's Day as Corineus and Gogmagog. Later in 1672 the Pageant master, Thomas Jordan referred to them as "two exceeding rarities" and stated that "at the conclusion of the Show they are to be set up in Guildhall, where they may be daily seen all year and I hope never to be demolished by such dismal violence as happened to their predecessors. He was referring to the destruction of much of the City by the Great Fire in 1666. His giants however only lasted a few years, being made of wickerwork and pasteboard, in common with their sacrificial forebears, and were eventually destroyed by mice and rats.

They were replaced in 1708 by a magnificent pair of wooden statues carved by Captain Richard Saunders. These giants on whom the versions you will see today are based, lasted for over 200 years before destruction in the Blitz. They in turn were replaced by the pair which can now be seen in Guildhall and which were carved by David Evans in 1953 as a gift to the City by Alderman Sir George Wilkinson, who had been Lord Mayor in 1940 at the time of the destruction of the previous versions.

Gog and Magog symbolise one of many links between the modern business institutions of the City and its ancient history. This is but the most recent of their various re-births, which have long been symbolised by the phoenix on Magog's shield, representing return after fire. Today, the words of Thomas Boreman in his "Gigantick History" of 1741 are as appropriate as ever. He declared that

"Corineus and Gogmagog were two brave giants who richly valued their honour and exerted their whole strength and force in the defence of their liberty and country; so the City of London, by placing these, their representatives in their Guildhall, emblematically declare that they will, like mighty giants, defend the honour of their country and liberties of this their City which excels all others, as much as those huge giants exceed in stature the common bulk of mankind."

Source - www.lordmayorsshow.org

What does the Bible say?

And the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say 'Thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords:" Ezekiel 38:4

And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will bee released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was thrown into the4 lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:7-10

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, b7ut also in the one to come. And he put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23

How should we pray?

  • For the light of God to reveal and expose all the hidden things of darkness in the Corporation of London and Guildhall
  • That Jesus will be declared the protector and Lord over London and its inhabitants. That all other names that are invoked or images that are paraded will be changed and removed
  • That the spirit of error and confusion that has been operating in The Corporation of London since Henry V will be exposed and confronted
  • That all corruption and abomination that infiltrates the Corporation and operate in secret, as all as occult practices, will be exposes and their influence removed from the seat of power and authority
  • That the Christians who work at Guildhall or are nay way involved with the Corporation of London will behave as children of light, being filled with boldness and courage to den ounce and expose the darkness and its deeds, which are manifest in the city
  • That only God the Almighty will be invoked, in the name of Jesus, over the Square Mile and not Gog or Magog
  • For the presence of God to be tangible and real and for salvation to manifest every day and in every place
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