The short explanation of Ezekiel 38 is thus:
Ezekiel 38 talks about Gog and Magog, Gog is the Antichrist and Magog is Russia so we read that the Antichrist comes out of Russia and invades Israel. We also read that God puts hooks in Gog’s mouth and draws him down to Israel to Judge Israel for their sins and then God turns around and judges Gog the Antichrist for his sins.
As is usual with the middle east, other nations get involved with the politics there and so these nations find themselves also being judged by God for their sins.
All in all the prophecy ends with the whole world being judged for their sins in forsaking the Lord and this is all played out as starting from the middle east.
The following is Ezekiel 38 – A verse by verse study
Compiled By Daniel Lane From The Writings Of Father David
Now this is a very interesting chapter involving the world as it is today & will be very soon, its politics‚ its nations, its wars & its leaders. A very remarkable chapter of the Bible given to the Prophet Ezekiel about 2600 years ago‚ think of that! Here he begins to predict things that are about to happen, things which have not happened yet but which are going to happen soon, who’s going to be on the side of the Antichrist, what nations are going to be on his side & what nations are going to be against him? This chapter tells you about that, along with the 11th Chapter of Daniel, it tells you exactly what nations are going to be for him & what nations are going to be against him. All right, now the Prophet Ezekiel starts to tell us by the Word of God:
† King James Version
Verse 1: And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
So we know this is the Word of the Lord by the mouth of the Prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel wasn’t saying things out of his head‚ he wasn’t saying things out of his own ideas & his own imagination, it was the Word of the Lord! It says it right there: “The Word of the Lord.”
Verse 2: Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Now actually it should have said “against Gog of the land of Magog, ‘or‘ and the land of Magog” because Gog or (Antichrist) is the leader, the king, Magog is his country & Meshech & Tubal are two of his greatest cities. Now what are you talking about here, Gog & Magog? Never heard of such places! They’re not on the maps! Well, they used to be. In fact, they were places which existed before there were any maps! And the land of Magog is the ancient name of guess what country today? – Russia!
He said, set your face against Russia & against Gog – that’s the leader of Russia – “the chief prince of Meshech” – the ancient name of Moscow – “and Tubal” – the ancient name of Tobolsk, one of the chief cities of Eastern Russia. “And prophesy against him” – this Gog who will be the coming leader, the coming Antichrist leader of anti-Christ Russia! So it’s pretty clear what this country is even naming two of its major cities. Moscow is the major city of Western Russia, Russia proper as it’s called, or the heart of the Russian country. Tobolsk was formerly the major city of the Eastern part of Russia, or Siberia. So here you have what amounts to the capital cities of both of the major parts of Russia. It couldn’t be any clearer than that, could it? So if this guy is the king or the leader or the head of this country whose two major cities are those two cities he’s got to be the head of what country? (Russia). – Obviously!
Verses 3 & 4: And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
God is going to bring the Antichrist forth whether he likes it or not with all his army, horses and horsemen clothed with armour bucklers and shields handling swords etc. “Well you say, that doesn’t sound like any modern warfare today! It sounds pretty ancient & antiquated & antique to be fighting an army with horses & swords & shields & armour! That doesn’t sound like anything modern.” Well, what could the Prophet say? What kind of words could he use for our modern armies & soldiers? But even here he’s talking about armies, big armies! You say, “They don’t use horses & shields & swords & helmets & armour in armies any more!” Oh, they don’t? They even still call them armour – armoured cars, armoured tanks! They’re shields of defence against the enemy! You say‚ “Yeah, but they don’t wear helmets!” Oh yeah? Did you ever see a tank driver? He wears a helmet; did you know that? Like a biker’s helmet to keep his head from being knocked against the walls of the tank when it jostles around & hits bumps or gets hit. Horses & horsemen? Do you know what? They still call them the cavalry! They still call tank warfare today the armoured cavalry! Even if there’s not a horse in it, they call it the cavalry! How about that? So it’s the modern horse today. The modern automobile is the modern horse today & it has drivers which therefore are horsemen, driving modern gasoline-powered horses & even still classify them according to their horse power, right? So these tanks & armoured personnel carriers & so on are horses of today.
Another prophet said that the chariots shall jostle one another in the broadways! “They shall run like lightning, & jostle one another in the broadways.” (Nahum 2:4.). Cars at night with their headlights look like lightning & they’re chariots & they certainly jostle one another in the broadways! Thousands of people killed every year from this jostling & all the auto accidents!
So the prophet has to use words he knows! He has to use the terminology he knows. He has to use the only words he’s got. He never heard of a tank, he never heard of a plane, he never heard of a gun! So what is he going to say? He’s gotta say they’re chariots or horses with horsemen. Swords? – Guns! Chariots? – Tanks! Horsemen? – The drivers!
Verse 5: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Now, 5th verse, it starts telling us about some of the countries. Who’s who! Who’s going to be on his side & who’s going to fight with him. Here’s Persia. The Ancient name of Iran. Ethiopia, which lay to the south of Egypt, that’s part of ancient Abyssinia. “And Libya with them” Where is Libya today? Same place as today, where it was when the Prophet was talking! So who’s going to be with the russians, Magog‚ when it marches into the Near East to conquer it – Iran, Ethiopia & Libya! Plain as day!
Verse 6: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
But here’s some shockers! Who else is going to be with Russia? Here we have the 6th verse now: “Gomer, & all his bands.” And do you know what Gomer’s an ancient name of? – Germany & all the Germanic peoples, “all his bands.” Do you know where most of the Germanic people are located & where the Germanic languages are? – Scandinavians‚ Dutch, the countries bordering & around Germany. Gomer, Germany & all his bands. – The Germanic language countries!
“The house of Togarmah of the north quarters, & all his bands.” Togarmah would cover present day Armenia and eastern Turkey which are north of Israel. The Armenians still refer to themselves as “The House of Togarmah” even to this day although they are only one of the Turkic people descending from these ancient tribes. Togarmah is regarded also as the forefather of all the Turkic peoples including the powerful nation of Turkey.
Now in Daniel chapter 11, the parallel chapter to this one, it goes on & says, 42nd verse “the Libyans & the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” Isn’t that just what we got through reading you from Ezekiel? The Ethiopians & the Libyans are going to be with him, along with the Persians, the Iranians & the Turks. It’s all right there in the Bible plain as day! OK, that’s Daniel 11, you’ve got those there, just what Ezekiel got through saying, & Daniel said it too.
Verse 7: Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
Russia is going to guard all these friendly nations. Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey, Germany “and all their bands” etc. Russia’s going to come down there & is going to protect them, guard them & save them from the dear old U.S.A. & the West. They’re going to be a great company or alliance assembled together, Russia & all the nations that work with Russia.
Verse 8: After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Now he’s talking to Gog, the Antichrist leader of Magog, Russia. You’re going to “come into the land that is brought back from the sword, & is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel.” Well‚ the Jews certainly have been brought back from suffering persecution throughout the world & gathered out of many people‚ many nations all over the world, right? And into the mountains of Israel – “which have always been waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”
Now remember what happened in 70 A.D. Rome was finally fed up – very much like the way the Antichrist is going to be – just finally fed up with all these rebellions of the Jews, always so cantankerous & rebellious & stubborn & ornery! God was fed up when they crucified His Son, Jesus, but He waited a little while to give them plenty of time to see if they would repent – God is very patient‚ very merciful – but then they went right ahead in their vilest & most evil & worst sins of all! The lord himself by his spirit & by his own preaching, & by the preaching of his disciples, the apostles, preached the gospel far & wide throughout all Jewry so that certainly everybody had a chance to hear & those who would believe & receive the Lord got saved. So apparently all the rest of the people must have been pretty wicked, probably the sons & the daughters of the Chief Priests & the Elders & the Scribes & the Pharisees & the hypocrites & the very ones who crucified Jesus & the ones who shouted at His trial, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Think of that! – Horrible!
You think god can’t get tough? you think god can’t get really rough? You’d just better read the bible! He’s gotten pretty rough with some people many times, especially the Jews time & time again, because they were so disobedient, so rebellious & so stubborn that on one occasion He called their stubbornness & rebellion Witchcraft & idolatry! (1Sam.15:22) that’s the worship of idols. They were so wicked, so stubborn & so rebellious that He said they were just as bad as worshipping idols & practicing witchcraft, the worship of the Devil! But the lord waited 40 years after they slaughtered Jesus & after they killed Christians & hounded them from city to city – like Saint Paul did before he got saved – God waited 40 years until their children & their grandchildren were there & they could watch happen to them what they had done to the children of the Christians & the Son of God! Then that was not enough as far as God was concerned. He had made them a nation in the first place, but they had trespassed against Him literally for hundreds of years, again & again & again! Then he let the romans come. The hordes of Rome flooded Israel & slaughtered them right & left, & what they didn’t kill, they drove out of the land until finally they were scattered all over the World into every nation on Earth. When the Romans were on the way, a false prophet of the Jews prophesied that all the Jews should flee into Jerusalem & congregate in the Temple & their God would spare them – but instead they were roasted alive! when the Romans burned the Temple to the ground! But the 2000 Christians still remaining in Israel got a warning from one of their own Prophets, a Prophet of God, a Christian Prophet‚ that they should flee across the River Jordan into Jordan & they would be safe over in the wilderness, out in the woods & the bushes & the mountains. So obviously there were very few Christians left & they fled across the river & hid in the wilderness, & they survived! So then the Jews got scattered into every nation on the face of the earth, & they have been scattered ever since! For awhile there was not a Jew in all Israel, it was completely taken over by the heathen. All that to say this! – One of the definite signs that this is at the Time of the End. At first there were something like only 300 Jews in all Israel, just a couple hundred years ago, then it went up to something like 3,000 as things got a little steadier under the government of the Turks etc. But the Turks didn’t like the Jews either, so they were hounded & persecuted & lived in hiding a great deal of the time.
But what caused the first great major return of the Jews to Israel? It was a special paper, a special declaration. The Balfour Declaration, a deal made with Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, the man who invented TNT during World War 1. So as a reward for having invented this explosive which killed thousands upon thousands of people & helped Britain & the U.S., the Allies, win World War 1, Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, made a deal with Weizmann & promised him that as a reward for his helping them win the war, England would declare Israel as a home for the Jews. It was in world war 1 that Israel was taken away from the Turks by the famous British general, general Allenby. The Turks or Moslems had a prophecy that Jerusalem would be taken without firing a shot, without any killing‚ without the sword, & with giant birds flying overhead. And Allenby to the Moslems meant Allen-bay, Prophet of Allah. So they were astounded when this British General came with an army & besieged Jerusalem & his name was Allah’s Prophet, Allen-Bay. He offered to let them surrender without firing a shot, without killing anybody, without a battle, & make peace with them without doing anything bad to them at all. So they surrendered. They felt like they were surrendering for a Prophet of God & it was a fulfilment of prophecy with planes flying overhead! So after world war 1 the British had Israel to give, they captured it from the Turks, & therefore the Balfour Declaration had been made. So as a result of that, the Jews began to flood back into Israel under the nice, just‚ peaceful‚ righteous Christian administration of general Allenby & his successors, the British. They welcomed the Jews with open arms & the Jews flooded back into Israel until I think it was just before World War 2 there were about 300,000 Jews in Israel. That’s quite a return, isn’t it? That’s called the Return. There’s a previous Return when the Jews returned from Babylon, that was the first Return. When Rome scattered them, that was called the Diaspora or the dispersion throughout all the World, & every nation on the face of the Earth has got Jews!
So the first return of the Jews to Israel in any numbers at all was after world war 1 under the declaration of Balfour, & it increased more & more between the wars, especially as Hitler began to persecute the Jews in Germany & throughout Europe. Not all Jews are Zionists & not all of them were anxious to go to Israel, especially not the wealthy Jews of Germany & Western Europe & even Eastern Europe where they had made lots of money they didn’t want to go. Only the poor Jews wanted to go, the Jews who had nothing & had nothing to lose & everything to gain by being given land & help, etc., to return, so they went back. But apparently not enough of them went back & they weren’t getting the smart guys & the technicians & the craftsmen & the brains they really needed to organise a country. So the leaders of Zionism cooperated with the Nazis to help them ferret out the Jews of Germany & ship’m off to Israel! For a long time, for most of the war, even during the period before the war while Hitler was in power, long before they began killing them. I guess if the Lord was going to re-gather them as He promised, if they wouldn’t leave any other way, He had to bring up persecution, massacre, slaughter & pogroms as the Jews call’m, to get’m to leave the places where they were so comfortable & get them to go back to Israel so His Word could be fulfilled. So they went. Then of course after world war 2 they just flooded back into Israel because the allies had completely taken over & the whole land was now firmly in the control of the Allied armies‚ particularly the British. So the Jews then went over there & declared that it was time to establish the new nation. Well, it was a very ticklish time because the British & the Allies were trying to make peace with the Arabs & the Turks & balance the powers there in the Mideast, & they couldn’t have wanted anything less than the Jews to start rootin’ for an independent State of Israel, which caused nothing but trouble! – Because right away the Jews turned on the very Arabs who had helped them settle there & had shown’m how to farm there & had even fed them & given them water & helped their kibbutzim. The Jews turned on them & began to declare themselves independent & to persecute the Arabs, & the Arabs fought back until the Jews & the Arabs had a major war, especially when the Jews there declared the independent State of Israel.
After world war 2 the U.N. partitioned the state & said, “well‚ you Jews can have this side & the Arabs can have that side” but did the Jews accept it? – no! they said, “it’s all ours & we’re going to take it!” So they began shooting & slaughtering Arabs, they finally got their way & control of the country ut they’re still having a tough time trying to get rid of the Arabs. They made it as tough on the Arabs as they possibly could. They did everything they could to make it uncomfortable‚ even for the Arabs who stayed, mostly Arab Christians. The Arab Christians were the only ones who were willing to accept the “powers that be” & peacefully settled there. The Jews at first offered them all kinds of things, they offered them citizenship, jobs, this & that “if you’ll just stay & cooperate.” They just wanted to use them for slaves & servants to do the hard physical work, just like the Canaanites. But when it came to the showdown, they were nothing but second–class citizens & only certain ones were allowed to vote etc.The Christian Arabs were about the only ones willing to stay there & make peace, & they’ve been treated like dogs! The Jews stole Palestine through terrorism & war, now they’re complaining about the Arabs trying to get it back through terrorism & war. All of a sudden the Jews are all self-righteous, holier–than-thou, good, law-abiding, peace-abiding people, the rightful, legal heirs of Israel! – Because they stole it at the point of a gun & murdered the Arab inhabitants by the thousands, wiped out some whole villages, men, women & children.
Well, that was all to prove to you this has to be in the end-time, it has to be at the end, it cannot be any other time! This whole passage & all this about Gog & Magog, you’ve got to know that that has never happened before‚ it couldn’t happen before‚ it had to happen since Israel became a nation. The land of Israel is in the hands of the devil right now, & the devil’s people! Except for the Arab Christians that are there. God’s got to have a little representation. That’s almost like a final witness to those Jews who are coming back there, all those Arab – Christian churches all over the place. Jerusalem’s just loaded with Christian churches! The land of Israel is just Christian churches from one end to the other‚ run by all kinds of denominations, everything from Catholics to Pentecostals & Baptists & Russian Orthodox & all the rest. Jews have got the witness right in their midst just like in 70 A.D. with the early Christians so they’re without excuse! Every place they go, if they know anything about the New Testament at all‚ they’ve got to be reminded of Jesus, that He was here‚ He was there! So they have been trying to obliterate all the signs & change the names of the towns so that they won’t even sound like the Christian places in the New Testament any more, trying to wipe out the memory of Christ, trying to wipe out the memory of the places where He was when He was there. So do you think God’s getting fed up again? There’s coming one last final judgement upon the living, physical Jews of today, & that’s going to be those invasions of the Antichrist & this final horrible Battle of Armageddon, terrible, & we’ll read more about that when we get to it.
Verse 9: Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
So now he is again speaking to the leader of the U.S.S.R.‚ this Antichrist leader who will come & who will invade Israel as a punishment against the Jews for their sins.
Verse 10: Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
He is saying, Gog, I know what you’re going to do. I can read your mind. You’re thinking, I am going to go down into that little country that is causing me so much trouble here in my new worldwide government. I am just going to go down there and invade them and I am going to take it over by force. And so he does.
Verse 11: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
Again this is speaking of the Antichrist. God is talking directly to the Antichrist himself.
Now this is a very strange thing that’s happening here because up until this latest day‚ the day in which you & I live, all villages & towns & cities had huge walls & gates until the last hundred years or so! Even after the invention of gunpowder & cannons, walls were still an effective protection against enemy forces & walls were still used & gates & such protections‚ fortifications, forts, various bastions of that kind were still used as protection against enemies. But today, walls are no protection at all ! Today walls are no help whatsoever because the planes can fly right over & drop bombs inside the walls, or the big guns can shoot right over the walls. The rockets can be fired over the walls. Even little bazookas can be fired over the walls or hand grenades thrown over the walls! So there’s no use even building walls around towns & villages today. So this is the first time in man’s history for, believe it or not, almost 6000 years‚ that cities & towns & villages have been built without walls for protection ! And here it describes how the Jews have come back to Israel, rebuilt the land & rebuilt villages & towns & cities without walls! So it’s talking about this day & age, now! This is the day of this prophecy! This is the day in which this prophecy is going to be fulfilled! Now is the time that Ezekiel is talking about, because this is the first time in World history, just within the past 100 years or so that towns have been built without walls! So he’s got to be talking about the present day & the immediate future.
So he’s saying, “hey Gog, antichrist‚ I know what you’re going to do! I can read your mind. You’re thinking‚ ‘I’m going to go down into that little country down there with all those stubborn rebellious hard-hearted stiff-necked Jews that are causing so much trouble with the Arabs & with the whole Christian World!
“They’re causing me so much trouble here in my new worldwide kingdom, I’m just going to go down there & invade them & I’m going to take it over by force! After all, what can that little country do to me? A bunch of little un-walled villages, towns, cities without walls. It’d be very easy for me to go in & conquer it.'” And so he does. (A Russian leader once said, “We could wipe Israel out in only two days!”)
Verse 12: To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
“The deserted, uninhabited places that are now inhabited… a people gathered from the nations.” The points brought out in verse 8 are mentioned again highlighting once more when and where the events predicted in Ezekiel’s message will take place and describes a remarkable event: the rebirth of Israel in our modern age. Well let me tell you, they’ve gotten a lot more than cattle & goods, they’ve got billions of dollars worth of armaments from the U.S. alone‚ & all kinds of military & weapons help & so on. The United States is giving more assistance, foreign aid, to Israel than to the other 95% of the World! The U.S. gives 90-some-percent of its foreign aid to Israel alone, think of that! So she’s gotten quite a few “cattle” & quite a bit of goods out of that deal!
Now what’s going to happen? Is anybody going to object to this invasion? Is anybody going to object to Russia’s deciding to go down there & take Israel over because she keeps causing her so much trouble? Shall we see? Would you like to know who the enemies of Russia are going to be? Who’s going to object & fight against Russia’s invasion?
Verse 13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
“Sheba & Dedan. ” Do you know who Sheba & Dedan are? That is Arabia, Saudi Arabia, the Princes of Arabia, the various Oil States, these Arabian princes. That is Sheba & Dedan, definitely in the Word of God! So apparently very conservative Saudi Arabia who is getting military help from the United States, as well as Egypt who is also getting a lot of military help from the United States, Egypt & Saudi Arabia are going to side against Russia! Along with, “the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof. ” Now Tarshish is the British & the British Isles. They’re merchants, they operate a lot of ships. And what is the animal symbol of Britain? – A lion! So “all of her young lions,” what does Great Britain have scattered throughout the World? – All kinds of former colonies, all kinds of former possessions known today as the British Commonwealth who used to be known as the British Empire. Even the United States is one of her young lions, Canada is one of her young lions, Australia is one of her young lions!
All the various former British colonies, the commonwealth, former parts & partners in the British empire are the young lions of Tarshish, the young lions of Britain‚ & they are the ones who are going to oppose this Russian invasion. Of course! Britain‚ the U.S., Canada & the British Commonwealth, former British Empire, all of them are going to be against this Russian invasion of Israel. Well, that’s pretty clear. They issue their diplomatic protests: “art thou come to take a spoil ? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? To carry away silver & gold, to take away cattle & goods, to take a great spoil?
Verse 14: Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
Now He’s talking to Ezekiel, His prophet, “You tell the Antichrist, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?” Yes, he knows it right now! And he knows also how vulnerable Israel is, despite all the U.S. help. “Thou shalt come forth from thy place out of the north parts.” What direction is Russia from Israel? – Due North!
Verse 15: And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
“Thou shalt come forth from thy place out of the north parts.” What direction is Russia from Israel? Due North! No time in history has Russia invaded Israel, but now in the Time of the End, Russia has become a great nation, and as we said what are the modern horses of today? Tanks, guns, planes, etc. “A great company & a mighty army”
Verse 16: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
When are we living now? These Last Days! “I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” Why is God bringing Russia up against Israel? To let the world know that God is righteous. He is a good God, a fair God, He is a just God, & therefore the world knows that Israel needs it! The world knows that Israel is being very stubborn & rebellious & is bucking the entire Earth in her selfish possession of Palestine, refusing to share it with its original inhabitants & occupants‚ the Arabs, the Palestinians, the Christians.I mean, it’s bad enough for the Jews to invade Palestine & take a big slice of it – first of all a third of it, then a half of it, than two thirds of it – now she’s grabbed the whole thing, like the camel’s nose & they’re not willing to share any of it with the Arabs, none of it! They’ve just made slaves out of the conquered Arab inhabitants! So do they deserve to be judged by the Lord? Does Israel, do the Israelis, the Jews‚ deserve to be judged by god for this crime of driving the Palestinians out of their homes & their own country, robbing them of not only their homes but their whole nation? Does Israel deserve to be judged for it? Does Israel deserve to be punished for it? Yes! So who is God going to punish Israel with? Russia & the Antichrist are going to invade that country & are finally going to bring some measure of justice to the Palestinians. So God has got to send Russia down there to straighten things out & to force Israel to share the land with the Palestinians & to force the religionists to stop fighting over Jerusalem & to share that too. So it’s a part of the judgements of God! He’s saying here that He’s bringing Gog, the Antichrist, & Magog, Russia‚ down there to conquer Palestine, or Israel, & make a just & peaceful settlement, a holy covenant with them & the World to fairly settle this major & most dangerous problem in the World today.
The antichrist, the leader of Russia, will not only invade Israel but will also make Jerusalem his capital and set up his headquarters there to rule the whole World for three-and-a-half years. He will also sit in the Temple of God saying he’s God. (Daniel 11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 11:2) Although the Lord uses the Antichrist to judge Israel, later in this chapter we will see that the Lord will defeat Gog and the Russian military forces at the Battle of Armageddon.
Verse 17: Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
He’s talking to the antichrist – “art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel? ” Wow! Certainly Daniel talks about him time & time again all through the book. And a lot of others too. “Which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?” – “Didn’t I tell My prophets a long time ago? I’m not only telling Ezekiel, I’ve told many of My prophets about you, Gog.” He’s talking to Gog. He says‚ “I’ve prophesied about you for centuries,” in fact, for thousands of years now, “that I would bring thee against them.” He is going to judge Israel with Gog & Magog!
Verse 18: And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.
Now here in this passage it’s dealing primarily with Gog & Magog, the Antichrist & Russia & their war with Israel. It doesn’t tell you as it does more clearly in other passages in God’s Word how long they stayed there after the invasion & what they did while they were there. He’s primarily interested in just talking to Gog & Magog. He is primarily interested in just talking to the Antichrist & Russia & telling them that He brought them down there as a judgement upon the Jews for their wickedness & their sins. But then, watch out, He’s warning them that He’s going to then judge them too, Gog & Magog, the Antichrist & Russia for their sins. This is a procedure god has so often followed. He has used the heathen, the Godless, the anti-Christ‚ the wicked of the World to judge & punish His Own people. But then He has turned right around & He has judged their enemies as well! Nobody escapes! God is just & everybody that deserves to get punished gets punished & gets judged! And so God is not only going to punish Israel, He’s also going to punish Russia for her sins, afterward. After a little while‚ in fact. And according to God’s Word the Russians are going to be there a little while, about three-&-a–half years! The Antichrist & the Russians are going to invade & are going to take over the land of Israel. And as you can see in Daniel 11 – it says that he will set up his palace, his tabernacle there in Jerusalem. (Dan.11:45)
The antichrist‚ the leader of Russia, will not only invade Israel but he will make Jerusalem his capital! He will set up his headquarters there, his palace, & he will rule the whole world from there for three-&-a-half years! He makes this invasion right in the middle of his reign‚ at the end of the first three–&-a-half years, because of the rebellion of the Jews against his Holy Covenant in which he has insisted that they share Israel with the Palestinians & Jerusalem with the Christians & the Muslims. And the Israelis don’t like that. They’ve got everything their way right now! They’ve got all of Israel & they’ve got all of Jerusalem & they want to keep it all & they don’t have any intention of sharing it with anybody but God sends Russia down there to make’m do the just & the right thing & make them share it with the ones they should be sharing it with voluntarily now. The whole world is trying to plead with them to share it so they won’t start another World War, but do they listen? – No! “Everybody in the world is out of step but us Israelis ! Everybody in the World is out of step but us Jews. We’re the only ones that are right! We don’t care if the whole World says we’re wrong, we know we’re right. It doesn’t matter what we do to the Palestinians, it doesn’t matter how selfish we are with our land & Jerusalem, with the other religions, we know we’re right & we’re not going to back down an inch!” No, not until they’re forced to! And the one who’s going to force them to is the Antichrist, the leader of Russia when he comes & takes over the World! And he is going to invade Israel! You say, “well‚ when is this going to happen? ” Well, according to God’s Word & according to Daniel, this happens in the middle of his reign. He starts with a 7 year Covenant with the world & Israel & the Arabs & all & the various religions. That’s why it’s called the holy covenant because it’s a religious pact‚ a religious treaty‚ a religious Covenant to share Israel & Jerusalem with the Palestinians, the Arabs, the Muslims & the Christians‚ that Israel must share the land & the city. Israel doesn’t like to do it‚ in fact, she wouldn’t do it if she weren’t forced to! And she never will do it until she is forced to! And the U.S. will never force her to.Every time Israel does something wrong, the U.S. makes some little pitiful kind of a weak protest, not even hardly a little slap on the wrist: “Oh you naughty little country! You went & used our planes to bomb all those innocent civilians.
So now in the midst of the seven-year pact‚ at the end of three-&-a–half years, the antichrist gets very angry with the Jews! He sees the only way to make them keep any kind of a promise or agreement or pact or treaty, the only way to make those Jews ever do anything is to force them. That’s what God had to use on them all the time! Read the Bible! He told prophet after prophet, “they’re a rebellious & a stiff-necked people! They will not listen to Me, neither will they listen to you!” So the only thing they heed is force! The only thing they listen to is tanks & planes & guns & bombs, & that’s what they’re going to get from Russia& the Antichrist! Because he gets so furious with them for breaking the pact, the Covenant, that he comes down there & he forces them to keep it! He forces them, he invades & he makes Jerusalem his capital. He sees that if he’s going to run the world he’s going to have to run the Jews first. So he decided he’s going to have to set up his headquarters right there in Jerusalem & control them first! Because if he can’t control those Jews & Israel, he’ll never control the rest of the World! So finally this antichrist comes down with his Russian forces & he forces the Jews to comply & forces them to obey! He gets so furious with them all, all the religions, that he abolishes them all & forces them all to kneel down & worship him as their god & sets up his Image right in their holiest of holy places on top of Mount Moriah where their major temples are located. That’s when he invades. That’s when this invasion is taking place that we’re reading about here. And most of those countries will be with him as we studied before & most of the countries in that area will be his friends. We found out already that Ethiopia & Iran & Turkey & Libya & all those countries around there are going to be on Russia’s side. The only ones that are going to buck Russia or try to fight with America’s help are going to be Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Israel! Whereas all the rest are going to be with Russia. So, what does that mean? Well, it doesn’t explain it here because it’s explained in other places in God’s Word both in Daniel & in even more detail in Revelation that the Antichrist makes this invasion then in the midst of the seven years, in the middle of the seven-year pact‚ & he sets up a new religion & he occupies Israel & the Holy Land for 42 months, it says specifically in the 13th chapter of Revelation. (Re.13:5.). That’s what happens when he comes down & invades & takes over Israel. It doesn’t go into those details here in this passage, but here it goes into the details of what happens to him afterwards.
God permits Russia to come in & the Antichrist to take over Israel for three-&–a-half years, 42 months, 1260 days to be specific & rule the world from Jerusalem for three-&-a-half years. But the Lord says that’s going to be a time of such great trouble as the world knew not since the world began & never will be again! – The great time of Jacob’s trouble, Israel’s trouble! – The great time of Great Tribulation for all the world because the Antichrist will then try to force the whole world to worship him & obey him & take his Mark & kill those who won’t! So it’s going to cause a lot of trouble‚ a great big trouble! Because the Jews won’t like it, the Christians won’t like it, the Muslims won’t like it & hardly anybody will like it because these religions are very dear to the hearts of most of the World’s nations. So by the time God has finished punishing Israel for its sins, & as He says He is “sanctified in the eyes of the world,” the world sees that God is righteous in sending Russia down to punish the Jews for their cruelty to the Arabs, both Muslim & Christian, then finally God has to deal with Russia. So‚ a good deal of this passage then from there on tells about what God does afterward, at the end of this time of terrible trouble in which the Antichrist is trying to run the world & dominating Israel. We will find out the fate of Russia in the end.
Verse 19: For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
He says there’s going to be a great shaking then when God finally decides to judge after the antichrist has taken over Israel. He’s been there for three–&-a-half years, it’s his headquarters, he’s been running the world from there, but finally he’s caused so much trouble, he’s persecuted the people of God, children of God‚ Christians, Jews, Muslims & the world over, & he’s gone much further than he should have so God finally has to put a stop to it. God sent him there in the first place to judge the Jews for their sins but finally at the end of that great tribulation, at the end of that terrible time, God has let the Antichrist go far enough‚ He’s fed up with him & it’s time to judge him, time to stop him. So then God starts judging the Antichrist & his worldwide kingdom, his anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-religious kingdom of which he’s made himself god, & God’s going to send great earthquakes to Israel, because it has become his capital. It’s his head city.
Verse 20: So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
Now we come to the wrath of God, “The steep places shall fall, every wall shall fall to the ground.”- That’s not only the walls but Buildings & houses will fall to the ground! One great shaking is going to destroy all the hell-houses of satanic power called cities, those horrible cancers on the body politic of man, those cesspools of iniquity in which man prides himself—his cities! God’s gonna throw them all to the ground! Isaiah also envisioned this great final utter destruction when he spoke of “the day of the great slaughter‚ when the towers fall”! (Is.30:25.) see also (Isa.40:4-5; 54:10)
Verse 21: And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.
It’s going to be a horrible chaotic Worldwide War! Nation against nation! The Antichrist’s forces are going to be in such confusion they’re going to be killing each other! Has that ever happened before? Several times in Bible history it tells about how they got so confused in the middle of the night that the guys woke up & were killing each other in the dark. In the story of Gideon, all that racket he made & everything, another time an Angel slaughtered thousands, etc. So “every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” GREAT CONFUSION!
Verse 22: And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Who’s this “him” He’s talking about? – The Antichrist, Gog! These are the things God is going to rain upon the Antichrist & his kingdom, his Worldwide government. What kind of a war does that sound like? Well‚ it can be atom bombs or it can be volcanic eruptions‚ earthquakes, hailstones from Heaven! This Wrath period is all described in great detail in Revelation chapter 16. Describing this same event in Revelation, the Lord said He’s going to have hailstones coming down in the last days as big as a talent! (Rev.16:21) The talents they used then weighed about 104 pounds! Now God doesn’t have to manufacture those things up in heaven & throw them down – although He could if He wanted to – but all He has to do is use some nice little natural means of catastrophe & disaster such as earthquakes & volcanic eruptions to have those mountains explode & spit those things out into the sky, & they come raining down from Heaven, so to speak. So God’s behind it! They go shooting up toward Heaven & they come down from Heaven, so naturally the people figured they were from Heaven! In other words‚ they knew it was God, they knew it was a judgement of the Lord ! So that’s a terrible thing that happens here at the time of this great battle‚ probably at the end of the battle as God starts really wiping’m up!
Verse 23: Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.
So how is the world going to know this? Well, for one thing they’ll know that probably only God could have done such a thing in such magnitude, in such a magnificent manner, to have the whole Earth shake and the skies rain down fire and brimstone and hailstones and red-hot rocks upon the forces of the Antichrist! God is going to manifest His justice, His righteousness to the World. The World by this time will know that the Antichrist has gone too far and will feel that if there is a God in Heaven the Antichrist should be punished. So God is going to punish him just like with the Israelis who have gone too far, bringing God’s punishments upon themselves through the Antichrist and the Russians. The whole World will know that these events are the true, just, righteous, fair judgments of God.
End-time – The Bigger Picture
Now this chapter doesn’t tell you, as it does more clearly in other chapters in God’s Word, all the little details of this End-time but we will give a quick summary of other chapters – (Daniel 2-12; Mat.24; Mk.13; Lu.21; 1Cor.15; 1Thes.4-5; 2Thes.2; and Rev.11-13. etc…)
The invasion of Israel from Russia in this chapter starts when the Antichrist & his military forces invade Israel during the middle of the last 7 year covenant (Dan 11:3; 9:27). This ushers in the 3-1/2 years, 42 months, or 1260 days of Great Tribulation (Dan 7:25; 12:7; Rev 11:2-3; 12:6,14; 13:5). The Antichrist is ruling from his headquarters in Jerusalem. Because god has said it will be‚ it will be, regardless of the unbelievers, scoffers, and mockers who will continue to live as they always have, eating, drinking, being merry, married, given in marriage‚ and planting and building as times wax worse and worse, as it was in the days of Noah, making fun of God’s Ark and fools of His prophets until suddenly the flood of God’s judgements shall descend upon them and sweep them all away! For this gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations before the End can come.
But be YE not deceived! BE PREPARED!
And be not deceived by the Great Society‚
For it will come to travail and then bring forth the GREAT CONFUSION!
BE PREPARED! Even now, the skies are RED‚ RED with WARNING, and Black, Black with clouds gathering for the GREAT CONFUSION which is almost upon you!!
For the Author of Confusion is even now marshalling his forces for this GREAT CONFUSION! He is gathering his forces from A GREAT NATION and EASTERN NATIONS, friends that will join with him!
He (Antichrist) shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. He shall work deceitfully and become strong with a small people. He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places (America!). He shall do that which his fathers have not done, and scatter among the (common poor) people the prey, spoil and riches, forecasting his devices against strongholds (America!) – (Daniel 11: 21, 23, 24).
For So SUDDEN will be the great Confusion that it will cause a MIGHTY WIDENING OF THE EYES of those Who have not discerned the signs of the times!
He shall destroy wonderfully and prosper and practice and destroy the mighty and the holy people, and by peace shall he destroy many! And he will confirm the Covenant with many for seven years, but in the midst of the seven (at the end of the first three-and-a-half years) he shall cause the sacrifice to cease and set up the Abomination of Desolation unto the End (of the seven years – another three-and-a-half years‚ the “Great Tribulation”) – (Daniel 8:24,25; 9:27; Matthew 24:15, 21).
For when ye shall see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh‚ and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled. He shall destroy the Holy City and the Sanctuary with a war of desolations, and by him the daily sacrifice (religious worship of all faiths) is taken away and the Abomination of Desolation set up (his own image). He shall be a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences and his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (but by Satan’s power) – (Luke 21:20, 24; Daniel 8:11,23,24; 9:27; 11;31).
And such as do wickedly shall he corrupt by flatteries, but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits, and they that understand among the people shall instruct many. But some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them and to purge and to make them white, even to the time of the End. (Daniel 11:32,33,35).
This king shall do according to his own will, exalting and magnifying himself above every god and speaking marvellous things against the God of Gods, and he shall prosper until the Wrath of God be accomplished. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers nor the desire of women nor any god, for he shall magnify himself above all! (Daniel 11: 36,37).
And at the time of the end he shall enter into the glorious land (Israel) and many countries shall be overthrown. But these shall escape out of his hand: Edom and Moab (Jordan) and the Chief of the children of Ammon (the king of Jordan). He shall stretch forth his hand also upon other countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape! He shall have power over all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:41,42,43).
He shall plant his palace between the seas (the Mediterranean and dead seas) in the glorious holy mountain (Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, where the Jewish Temple will stand). Yet shall he be broken without hand and shall come to his end and none shall help him! For when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the Holy People, all these things shall be finished. (Daniel 11:45; 12:7).
Many shall be purified and made white and tried, but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. But go thou thy way till thy End be, for thou shall rest and stand in thy lot at the End of the days! There shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars‚ and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity and confusion, the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking upon these things which are coming upon the earth‚ for the powers of the Heavens shall be shaken. (Daniel 12:10,13; Luke 21:25,26).
Because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold, but he that shall endure unto the End shall be saved! But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place where it ought not, then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:12,15, 21; Mark 13:14).
For the gentiles shall tread the holy city under foot for forty-and- two months – one-thousand-two-hundred–and–three-score days – while God’s witnesses shall prophesy in sackcloth with great power and wonders until they have finished their testimony. Then the beast shall make war against them and kill them because their message has tormented those that dwelt on the earth! (Revelation 11:2,3,7).
For the great red beast (Antichrist) shall have power over all the earth for three- and-one-half years, speaking great blasphemies and doing great wonders and miracles, so that all the world shall wonder after him and worship him saying, “Who is like unto him, and who is able to make war with him!” (Revelation 13:4,5).
And he shall blaspheme against God and his name and his people and all Heaven and make war with the saints and overcome them, and have power over all kindreds, tongues and nations, and all that dwell upon the earth whose names are not written in the Book of Life shall worship him! And they shall make an image unto him that shall speak and have the power of life and death and cause those who refuse to worship him to be killed! And no one will be able to buy or sell without his mark, name or number in their hand or forehead! (Revelation 13:6,7,8,14,17).
But he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword, so here is the patience and the faith of the saints: Blessed are they which die in the Lord that they may rest from their labours! Their works do follow them! Therefore when these things begin to come to pass‚ look up and lift up your heads‚ for your redemption draweth nigh! Know ye that the Kingdom of God is at hand! For this generation which seeth these things come to pass shall not pass away till all these things shall be fulfilled. So be not soon shaken that the day of (the 2nd Coming of) Christ is at hand. (Revelation 13:10; 14:13; Luke 21:28,31,32; 2 Thessalonians 2:2).
For that day (of Christ’s 2nd coming) shall not come except there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed, the Son of Perdition (the Antichrist) who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God claiming that he himself is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4).
His coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders and all deceiveableness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. For which cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie and that they all might be damned who believe not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9,10,11,12).
This mystery of iniquity doth already work, only God holds him back until he is released. Then shall that Wicked One be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume and destroy with the brightness of His coming! For when they shall say, “Peace and safety!” then cometh sudden destruction! (2 Thessalonians 2:7,8; 1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Immediately after the tribulation of those days they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory! And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together His elect from the four corners of the Earth and the four winds of Heaven. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God! And them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him when He comes. (Matthew 24:29,30,31; 1 Thessalonians 4:14,16).
The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord! Wherefore comfort one another with these words. But ye, Brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief: Ye are the Children of God, the Children of Light! (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17,18; 5:4,5; Galatians 3:26).
Therefore, let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober. Watch, therefore, and be ye also ready. Who‚ then, is a faithful and wise servant whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing! Verily I say unto you that He shall make him ruler over all his goods! (1 Thessalonians 5:6; Matthew 24:45,46,47).
But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, “my lord delayeth his coming,” and shall begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunken, the Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him and in an hour that he is not aware of and shall cut him asunder and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites and for unto every one that hath (salvation and good works) shall be given, and he shall have abundance! But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which (he thinketh) he hath! (Matthew 24:48,50; 25,29).
For we shall not all die, but we shall all be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump! For the trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible as death is swallowed up in victory! Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:51,54,57).
Meanwhile, the wicked forces of the Antichrist will suffer hell on earth as God pours out His judgments – (Revelation 16:1-11). The armies of the Antichrist will gather in the Valley of Jezreel, around the height of Megiddo, Armageddon, to war against the armies of the nations that oppose him. This is the gathering of the Battle of Armageddon during the Wrath of God under the 6th vial. (Revelation 16:12-16). The course of the battle will run from Megiddo to the very gates of Jerusalem (Joel 3:10-14; Zechariah 14:1-5).
Then suddenly there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth… and the cities of the nations fell”. (Revelation 16:18-21). Such a grand cataclysm will bring to an end the murderous rampage of the Antichrist and his armies. In fact, it will bring an end to the whole present social order as we know it. As the Seventh Angel, who poured out the last vial says,” It is done.” Sometime during this time the Lord and all His resurrected saints from all the ages will come flying down on powerful heavenly white horses to destroy the Antichrist forces and rescue the opposing armies (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-5; Ezekiel 39:17- 22). So horrible will be the carnage that it will take seven months to bury the dead in Israel alone, and seven years to remove all the wreckage of the battle (Ezekiel 39:9- 16).
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the lord, for as much as ye known that your labour is not in vain in the Lord: For in the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed or left to others, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these other kingdoms and shall stand forever! (1 Corinthians 15:58; Daniel 2:44).
And the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, Whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him! They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever! (Daniel 7:27; 12:3).
The Good news is The Lord and His resurrected saints, His saved people of all ages, will then work together with those on earth who survived the Wrath of God to rebuild a new and better world, setting up the kingdom of God on earth (Daniel 7:18,27; Revelation 2:26; 20:4,6). Only then, under the supreme rule and reign of Jesus Christ, will all wars finally cease and the world at last be governed fairly and well with true justice, liberty, peace, plenty, and happiness for all. Jesus “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” (Isaiah 2:4). Complete disarmament at last!
ORIGIN OF NAMES/NATIONS
- GOG the name given to the leader of the army described in Ezekiel 38,39, as coming from the “north country” and assailing the people of Israel to their own destruction. Later called the (Antichrist) 1 John 2:18, (Little Horn) Dan 7:8, 8:9, (King of fierce countenance) Dan 8:23, (King Of The North) Dan 11:40, (Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, Wicked One) 2 Thessalonians 2:3, (The Beast) Revelation 13.
- ROSH (Russia) (Ezekiel 38:2, 3; 39:1) In Hebrew this word can be translated “chief” as in the King James Version. But if it is left untranslated can also be a proper name. “Rosh” which gradually became “Rash” then “Russ or “land of the Russ” and today is known as “Russia” was the name of one of the three Scythian tribes of whom Magog was the prince.
- MAGOG (Russia) (1) (Land of Gog), the second of the “sons” of Japheth (Genesis 10:2; 1 Chronicles 1:5). In Ezekiel (38:2; 39:6) it is the name of a nation. The Jewish historian Josephus identified these people as the Scythians‚ known for their destructive warfare. Scythia is the ancient name of a region lying North & East of the Black & Caspian seas; now part of the Soviet Union. Magog is probably a comprehensive term which means “northern barbarians.” The people of Magog are described as skilled horsemen (Ezekiel 38:15) and expert in the use of the bow (Ezekiel 39:3,9).
(2) The earliest references to Magog was by Hesiod “the father of Greek poetry” who identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia in 700 B.C. also the Latin father Jerome says that this word denotes “Scythian nations, fierce and innumerable, who live beyond the Caucasus and the Lake Maeotis and near the Caspian Sea (southern Russia). Philo is another in the 1st century who identifies Magog with southern Russia. Ancient authorities clearly identify the Scythians as the ancestors of the present day Russians however, even without that information the identity of Magog is not too difficult to figure out. In Ezekiel 38:15 it says: “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee …” The “north parts” is literally the “extreme or uttermost” parts of the north.
- MESHECH (ancient name for Moscow) the sixth son of Japheth (Genesis 10:2), the founder of a tribe (1 Chronicles 1:5; Ezekiel 27:13; 38:2,3). They were the Moschi, a people inhabiting the Moschian Mountains between the Black and the Caspian Seas. In Psalm 120:5 the name occurs as simply a synonym for foreigners or barbarians. A large number of them crossed the Caucasus range and spread over the northern steppes mingling with the Scythians. There they became known as Muscovs (Moscow) and gave that name to the Russian nation and its ancient capital by which they are still generally known throughout the East”
- TUBAL (ancient name for Tobolsk). The fifth son of Japheth (Genesis 10:2). Originated with the Tibareni – tribes that inhabited regions in the Caucasus, a mountain range in Southwest Russia between the Black & Caspian seas. Tubal’s name was given to the city of Tobolsk in Russia and the Tobol River in Siberia. Tobolsk at one time was the major city of Siberia.
- PERSIA (Iran) the descendants of Elam (Genesis 10:22), the 1st son of Shem and is modern Iran. The name “Persia” is first encountered as Parsua in Assyrian texts of the 9th century B.C. The official name of the country became Iran in 1935.
- Ethiopia the Greek word by which the Hebrew Cush is rendered (Genesis 2:13; 2 Kings 19:9; Esther 1:1; Job 28:19; Psalm 68:31; 87:4), a country which lay to the south of Egypt.
- LIBYA the country of Ludim (Genesis 10:13), Northern Africa, a large tract lying along the Mediterranean to the west of Egypt (Acts 2:10). Cyrene was one of its five cities.
- GOMER (Germany) The eldest son of Japheth and father of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah (Genesis 10:2, 3). In the Jewish Talmud Gomer is spoken of as Germani, that is, Germany. Germany was first called “The Land of Gomer” or Gomerland and many old maps bear the name of Ashkenaz, one of the sons of Gomer. Other maps carry the name Gomer.
- Togarmah (Turkey/Armenia) A son of Gomer and grandson of Japheth (Genesis 10:3). Togarmah would cover present day Armenia and eastern Turkey. The Armenians still refer to themselves as “The House of Togarmah” even to this day although they are only one of the Turkic people descending from these ancient tribes. Togarmah is regarded also as the forefather of all the Turkic peoples including the powerful nation of Turkey.
- SHEBA AND DEDAN (Saudi Arabia) Hebrews shebha, the son of Raamah (Genesis 10:7). Dedan A son of Raamah (Genesis 10:7) whose descendants settled on the Persian Gulf, these were ancient names for the land we know today as Arabia, especially Saudi Arabia, (the Princes of Arabia), the various oil states.
- TARSHISH (British Isles/Jewish merchants) a Sanscrit or Aryan word meaning “the sea coast.” One of the “sons” of Javan (Genesis 10:4; 1 Chronicles 1:7).
(1) Ezekiel, described all of the commodities sold in the market place of Tyre and stated that “Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs” (Ezekiel 27:12). There is no doubt Cornwall in Britain known as the “Tin Isles” was the source of tin from the earliest times and that no other location could supply the quantities used. Cornwall has been the only major source of tin in Europe for the past 2,500 years. In the 19th century there were 400 mines in Cornwall employing 18,000 people. The last mine closed in 2004. It is also true that the mountains of Wales just north of Cornwall have been a source of all the minerals listed in Ezekiel 27:12. Some have pointed out that there is a mining town in Spain called Tharsis but that was named by the British mining companies that owned the mines in the 19th century. The name is not Spanish and is alien to the Spanish language.
(2) Tarshish in the latter days must have “young lions” of nations that are her offspring.“Tarshish, with all its young lions” This phrase is a Hebrew idiom meaning nations that have come out of Tarshish. The young lions of Tarshish are a reference to the colonies that emerged from Britain and Europe – including the USA. Out of the Merchants of Tarshish came the colonial Empires. The most successful of these was Great Britain. The symbol of Great Britain is a lion. That symbol exists to this day and no other empire had more young lions than Great Britain. The young lions are the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Commonwealth. These young lion nations that came out of the British Empire have generally been pro-Israel. No wonder they called it Britain, it’s full of the B’rithish which is Jewish for Brotherhood and no doubt they eventually took Britain over and the Welsh don’t deny that Welsh is predominately Hebrew & that they are descendants of the Jews.
It is a fact of history that the Zionist movement only became a reality when the Government of the British Isles championed its cause. British kings first threw the weight of empire behind Theodore Herzl’s lonely cry in Europe that the Jews be given a national home in Palestine. Although Britain’s subsequent mandate over Palestine had many failings she did much to rebuild the country and prepare it for the day when the Jews having won their Independence could give birth to the State of Israel in 1948 thus “Tarshish, with its young lions” points to Europe and her former colonies, especially in the Americas. Tarshish is a prophetic reference to the western world. Therefore, the young lions who act with Tarshish to oppose verbally Gog’s invasion (Ezekiel 38:13) are the present-day western “merchants” (Ezekiel 38:13) (Capitalistic nations) Revelation 17-18.
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