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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”.
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.
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.”
Gog of the Land of Magog
“Gog of the land of Magog.” Such is the descriptive name given by the inspired prophet to the leader of the great Northern host which will invade Palestine in the latter days.¹
Further Notes on Gog of the Land of Magog
We are grateful to our good friend R. Overton for the following extracts from “The Geographical System of Herodotus” written in 1830 by Major James Rennell, Surveyor-General in Bengal.
Or Perhaps “the Prince of Rosh"
Being an adherent of the “Russian” view of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, I would like to give my reasons for accepting the rendering of the Hebrew word “Rosh” of ch. 38:2 and 39:1 as a proper name. It is quite true that Jerome, in his Latin Version of the 3rd century A.D. translates that word by “capitis” (“chief”). But, as Dr. [John] Thomas remarks,¹ Jerome did not feel authorised to reject altogether the idea that it was a proper name; and therefore he inserts, after “capitis,” the bracketed words (“sive Rosh”), “or perhaps Rosh”.