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Russia in the Bible?
Our attention is centered upon Ezekiel 38. This chapter, which is often linked with Daniel 11, has been a particular focus for Bible students in all ages. And no wonder, for it is one of the most dramatic chapters in the Bible. It portrays God’s people of Israel gathered back to their own land in the latter days, and then being attacked by a large confederate army led by Gog of the land of Magog. The main invading force comes from the north. The AV says they come from “the north parts”, but more recent translations render this as “far north” or “the recesses of the north” or “uttermost parts of the north”.
The Gogian Invasion: Before or After Jesus’ Return?
Question: Do the events in Ezekiel 38 and 39 — the Gogian invasion — begin before or after the return of Christ?
Laws Concerning King Messiah and the Times of the End
The sages said: “There is no difference between the present age and the Messianic era but [delivery from] subjection to foreign powers.”
Some Difficult Passages: “Them That Dwell Safely"
The problem is not a new one. In Ezekiel 38 there is a prophecy about a group of nations under the leadership of a power named Gog, invading Israel from the north. This is obviously a latter-day prophecy, and many are convinced that the time for its fulfilment has come. Indeed, several things seem to point to this conclusion. After hundreds of years of exile, the nation of Israel is established in the land again. To the north, poised for action, is a great power. This great power is known to have designs on Israel, and it commands a number of satellite nations, just like Gog of Ezekiel 38.
Gog May Not Be “The King of the North"
There is scriptural evidence that may give us pause to reconsider when the Gogian invasion takes place.
Do Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11 Refer to the Same Events?
A satisfactory and comprehensive understanding of Daniel 11:40-45 has hitherto been prevented owing to the generally accepted idea that this prophecy and that of Ezekiel 38 both refer to the same specified power, time and event; but in the opinion of several students of prophecy, this is by no means the case. In his “Exposition of Daniel,”¹ even Dr. [John] Thomas appears to have experienced some difficulty in reconciling these predictions.
World War 2 and the Rise of Russia
The Second World War was thrust upon Europe by Germany in August 1939. Mr. Churchill again and again had warned this country of Hitler’s intentions, but all in vain as the then Prime Minister, Mr. Neville Chamberlain was the chief apostle of “appeasement” and did not see the obvious danger. Only nine months before the war, Churchill referred to Hitler’s anti-Christian philosophy in these words: “This is a power which turns Christian ethics, which clears its course by barbarian paganism, which vaunts the spirit of conquest, which derives its strength from perverted persecution.”
(1.) A Reubenite (1 Chronicles 5:4), the father of Shimei.
gog (גּוג, gōgh; Γούγ, Goúg):
mā ́gog (מגוג, māghōgh; Μαγώγ, Magṓg): Named among the sons of Japheth (Genesis 10:2; 1 Chronicles 1:5). Ezekiel uses the word as equivalent to “land of Gog” (Ezekiel 38:2; 39:6). Josephus identifies the Magogites with the Scythians (Ant., I, vi, 1). From a resemblance between the names Gog and Gyges (Gugu), king of Lydia, some have suggested that Magog is Lydia; others, however, urge that Magog is probably only a variant of Gog (Sayce in HDB). In the Apocalypse of John, Gog and Magog represent all the heathen opponents of Messiah (Revelation 20:8), and in this sense these names frequently recur in Jewish apocalyptic literature.
Gog, (Heb. גּוֹג, Ant; Sept. and N.T. Γώγ, but Γούγ in 1 Chronicles 5:4; Vulg. Gog), the name of two men, but whether they have any connection is doubtful. It also occurs in the Samaritan and Sept. for AGAG, in Numbers 24:7, apparently for the sake of specialty, tradition (Mishna, Shabb. 118) making the Messianic time to be distinguished by an antecedent struggle with Gag, as the Apocalypse does the millennium. SEE HAMON-GOG.