Pat Robertson recently came out of retirement to announce that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the beginning of the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. Personally, I’m skeptical about anything Mr. Robinson has to say about prophecy.
Is Russia Gog?
The consensus among prophecy teachers as to Gog’s identity is divided. The majority lean toward Russia while others opt for Turkey. The lean toward Russia is based on her military power, alliances, and her geographical location, Eze 38:15, “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts . . .” – often quoted as “farthest north.” Consulting a map shows Moscow to be in a direct line to the far north of Israel. But, notice, that path passes directly through Turkey, an Islamic country to the north of Israel, just above Syria. Strong’s number for “north” is H6845, defined; properly, hidden, i.e. dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown): and for “parts” is H3409 and is defined; the flank; but used only figuratively, the rear or recess, properly, the flank. It seems that a legitimate translation would then be, “northern flank,” which would surely indicate Turkey.
Russia seems to be an outlier because, “IF” it is one of the nations in the Ezekiel 38 coalition, it is the only one that is neither Islamic nor directly mentioned in the Ezekiel prophecy. Besides, the phonetic associations for Rosh as Russia, Meshech as Moscow, and Tubal as Tobolsk used my many commentators as proof that Gog is Russia is simply unsupported conjecture. However, just because Russia isn’t directly mentioned in the prophecy (neither is the United States) doesn’t mean she isn’t contributing to the end-time fiasco.
What many people miss is that All Prophecy is to and about Israel, God’s chosen people. Prophecy is Israel-centric and concerns the chastisement and restoration of Israel. God didn’t keep Israel’s plight a secret from her. From the very beginning He warned Israel, over and over again, what would happen if they left His protection – Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28-30; Jeremiah 30-31; Joel; and many others.
Interestingly, Scripture also does NOT identify the “restrainer” of 2Thessalonians 2:6. To say that the restrainer is the Holy Spirit or the Church is, again, speculation on the part of prophecy buffs. With the “falling away” of the Church today, it is hard to see how she is restraining anything (the Barna Group). Scholars and commentators of old thought the restrainer to be many things, including the Roman Empire, the French, and possibly other political entities. In any event, it is obvious that whatever restraint of evil there is, it is coming from the hand of God Almighty working through the Holy Spirit to carry out His will here on earth. It is not simply the believers who are hindering Satan, but the ministry of the Spirit of God within believers and within nations!
In light of this, consider that for the last century the restrainer of global evil (although now obviously also corrupt) has been the United States of America. The instances of America’s “tapping down” of evil around the world are numerous and would fill volumes. Most people are unaware that the United States has nearly 200,000 troops deployed throughout the earth. In fact, American forces are stationed in 177 of the 195 existing countries (Check out this link Politics by Jeff Desjardins). The U.S.A. has been “peace keeping” for some time. Now that this country’s political weakness is exposed, unharnessed wickedness is erupting throughout the earth. This evil is especially rampant right here on our own shores (Portland, OR, Minneapolis, MN, Washington DC, just to mention a few). God gives us the reason for unrestrained wickedness and war in James 4:1-2,“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
Yes! The earth is PLUNGING into darkness – which is one of the Biblical indicators of the last days. During the closing days of Christ’s ministry on earth, Jesus gave Israel many signs of the impending end of this age and of His second coming. Every single one of these signs is extent in the world today. Although neither Russia nor the United States is mentioned in prophecy, the resulting world they have created is. Christ says to Israel in Luke 21:31 “So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” – Convergence – (Mt 24; Lk 21; 2Tim 3:1-5; etc).
Today, especially here in America, we are seeing the rampages of those wicked men mentioned in Romans 1:28-32, many of whom are now running nations and corporations around the world.
As the saying goes, “When you see Christmas decorations going up know that Thanksgiving is near.” We are expecting the rapture of the Church at any moment. It will probably happen during a looming worldwide catastrophe. We won’t even be missed.
Russia or not, Gog is looming on the horizon.
Meanwhile, we have a mission to spread the Word – walk the walk – show God’s love – draw people to Christ – Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law.”
Maranatha! “Our blessed hope!”
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