Gog, the chief prince, will lead an army from the land of Magog and a coalition of troops from many other countries in an attack against Israel! Ezekiel prophesied that God would put hooks in their jaws and pull them to Israel. God will pull Gog and his wicked army to Israel because He is against them. God will draw them there so that He can judge them. The troops of Magog, modern day Russia, will be like hungry bears that just woke up from hibernation. These ungodly troops will be hungry for war against Israel. Russia will have superpower, bear-like strength causing its evil ally nations to be overconfident when they go to attack Israel.
Ezekiel 38:1-6 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 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: 5 Persia [Iran], Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”
What do Gog and the land of Magog represent? There is clear evidence from history that Gog and Magog represent Russia.
First, we must examine the roots of Magog in the Scriptures. The roots of Magog can be found in Genesis 10:1-2. Noah had three sons that were rescued from the world-wide flood on the ark. Japheth was one of these sons. After getting off the ark, Japheth’s wife gave birth to a son named Magog.
Genesis 10:1-2 “Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.”
The nations were named after some of the decedents of Noah’s sons. The nation of Magog was named after Japheth’s second son, Magog. God changed their languages at the Tower of Babel so that the people would go to different parts of the world and start nations. Since many of the nations began, their names have changed. When an empire or nation conquered another nation, they often changed the name of the nation that they conquered. Then sometimes nations changed their names for other reasons. Therefore, it is hard to trace many nations by their name. But, history shows where many of the descendants of Magog settled to form a nation.
Genesis 10:5 “By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.”
Josephus was a very intelligent Jew who was born in 37 B.C. to a royal and priestly family. He devoutly studied the Scriptures and history. Josephus joined the Romans. He was allowed to publish some informative written works about the Scripture and history. One of his major accomplishments was, “Antiquities of the Jews”. In Book 1, chapter 6, Josephus gives a detailed account of the migration of Japheth’s descendants, including Magog. The descendants of Magog named their country after Magog, the son of Japheth. The descendants of Magog were called Magogites, but the Greeks called the descendants of Magog Scythians, as described below by Josephus.
“Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians.” (1)
With that in mind, we can search maps to see where the Scythians settled. The map below shows where many of the Scythians settled. Take note that the majority of the Scythians, descendants of Magog, settled north of the Black Sea in Scythia!
Looking at a more updated map, below, we can see that most of what the Greeks called Scythia is modern day Ukraine!
The former Soviet Union controlled by Russia included Ukraine. As we know, in 2014, Russia has begun to reclaim parts of Ukraine. It seems apparent that Magog and Russia are one and the same nation. God calls Russia by its original name Magog, in Ezekiel and Revelation. It appears that God is allowing Magog, Russia, to prepare for the future war against Israel.
There are some who believe that Magog is in Turkey, but this does not seem reasonable. The vast amount of descendants of Magog settling in Ukraine discredits the idea that Turkey is Magog. Also, it appears that we are in the final stages before the return of Jesus.
Turkey is not a superpower nation like Russia. All of the surrounding nations would be willing to fall under the protection of a superpower like Russia when attacking Israel. It is not likely that they would all submit to the leadership of Turkey.
Russia controlling the strategically positioned naval base in Ukraine on the Black Sea gives Russia power against all enemies. Russia also has a strong alliance with Iran, called Persia by God. It appears that Iran, led by Russia, will play a major part in the war against Israel.
What kind of bait will God put on the hooks to pull the armies of Gog to Israel? Israel has a lot of treasure. God put vast amounts of oil under the Promised Land. This oil treasure is coveted by the nations of the world. These armies may be drawn there to rob Israel of her treasures.
Also, many of these nation’s troops that come with Russia will be drawn to Israel by their hate for the Jews. Most of them are nations dominated by Muslims who want to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth. Iran will very likely be on the front lines with the hateful intention of destroying Israel. They will be like rats poisoned with the bait of hate. Sadly, they will make their own deadly poison of hate. The God of the Bible would have preferred to give them love, but they will reject Him for their false god, Allah.
John 3:16-20 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”
In the writings of Muhammad and the Quran, Muslims are encouraged to fight against the Jews. They are told that even the rocks will be on their side and tell them about Jews hiding behind them. Writings like these will give the Muslims attacking Israel false confidence in their perceived victory over the Jews.
Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’” (2)
But, the truth is that the stones, if needed, would choose to praise the God of the Bible and protect the Jews from their Muslim enemies. The stones were created by Jesus. If necessary, they will be used to praise the God of the Bible and to protect His chosen people, the Jews. It is a fatal mistake for the Muslims to believe that the stones would be on their side against the Jews. In fact, it appears that the stones of Petra will be used to protect the Jews during the second half of the prophesied seven-year Tribulation.
Luke 19:35-40 “And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Gog is described as an evil prince that God is against. It is possible that Gog is not the name of a person, in Ezekiel and Revelation. Gog may be the title that God gives to the leader of the land of Magog. This leader of Magog will lead a coalition of nations that will attack Israel. In the future, fallen angels, also known as demons, will possess many of the leaders of the nations that attack Israel. It is very probable that Gog of the land of Magog will be drawn to attack Israel by a demon who possesses him. Miracles performed by these demonic beings will convince these evil armies of Gog of victory against Israel. God often uses Satan and his evil cohorts to accomplish His purpose. This war will go against Gog and his armies, as prophesied by Ezekiel.
Revelation 16:13-14 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * God Will Hook Army Of Gog!
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