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North Doesn’t Mean Due North
The Hebrew for “north” has the sense of northward, as when God told Abraham to look northward, southward, eastward and westward, signifying a directional arc; northward (same word) doesn’t just mean due north. In Ezekiel 26:7 we read, “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings from the north.” But Babylon is almost due east of Tyre! We find several passages that speak of Babylon as being north of Israel, when strictly speaking it is east! It is well known that those who traveled from even the far northeast on their way westward and southward — such as from Persia or Babylon to Egypt — would have entered the land of Israel from the north, due to the prevailing trade routes and best available roads of the times.
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”.
Daniel the Prophet — (Part 8)
Verse 1. Presumably the one whom the angel stood up to confirm and strengthen was “the Prince of Greece”. We can imagine that this should be so, for when Alexander the Great assumed power he was quite a young man (only 33 when he died) and what he accomplished in his brief lifetime was prodigious.
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.
Daniel’s final vision
Daniel’s final vision, chapters 10, 11 and 12 in the Book of Daniel, describes a series of conflicts between the unnamed King of the North and King of the South leading to the “time of the end,” when Israel will be vindicated and the dead raised to shame or glory.