By Patrick Hawthorne
Most of you have probably heard of the war of Gog of Magog written of in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is the war in which the Lord will put the thought, a hook, into the mind of the King of the North to come against Israel to plunder the land for its spoils.
While there is debate concerning just who this mysterious king of the north is, it is known that the key players in this battle will be Turkey (Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, Bethtogarmah), Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Lybia (Put). The controversy is whether the word Rosh in Ezekiel 38 is a noun referring to Russia or is an adjective meaning Chief – As in Chief Prince over Meschech and Tubal.
While I am more inclined to believe that Turkey will be the primary leader of the north, I do believe that Russia will have a heavy hand in instigating this battle. We already see this in today’s headlines. Russia is in the middle of everything going on between Turkey and Iran and the unfolding events surrounding Syria.
February 14, 2019 – Sochi Negotiations – Presidents of Russia (Putin), Turkey (Ergoden), and Iran (Rohani) met to seek a permanent solution to stabilize Syria’s conflict.
An interesting side note from Artscroll Tanach Series on Ezekiel – page 581 – “Oral tradition passed down from the Vilna Gaon, that when the Russian Navy passes through the Bosporus (that is on the way to the Mediterranean through the Dardanelles) it will be time to put on Sabbath cloths in anticipation of the coming of Mashiach.”
Note: The Bosporus is the strait leading from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara (Turkey). The Dardanelles is the strait leading from the Sea of Marmara to the Mediterranean. Currently, Russia is going to and fro through these strait’s. Could these Orthodox Jews be correct? Is the coming of Messiah imminent? Of course, for the born again believer in Jesus, we recognize this as the return of Jesus.
If you notice on the map, none of the nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are immediate neighbors with Israel. Why not? Is something going to happen to those surrounding neighbors that will take the wind from their sails causing them to not join in the fight? Currently Israel is in disputes with Lebanon and Syria. Furthermore the peace that Israel had with Jordan is now very strained. Are these neighboring nations going to suddenly decide to bow out of the battle instigated by the King of the North? What about the destruction of Damascus written of in Isaiah 17 or the destruction of the cities of Mount Seir written of in Ezekiel 35? When will this take place? For those answers, you will need to stay tuned for the next post. Until then, be blessed.