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Chapter 17

The Coming Russian Invasion

During the previous studies on Ezekiel chapters 36-37, we were occupied with an overview of God’s plans and purposes with His covenant people Israel. Now in chapter 38, the prophet draws our attention to one particular event in Israel’s history. At the outset God gives us an ominous list of nations who are to set themselves in array against His chosen people. Gog, Magog, Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah, Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya. Also the timing of this event is alluded to: “After many days” and “In the latter years.” Our aims in this study are to seek to identify the nations, motives and times related to this event.

“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 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: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:1-9)

In order to identify the characters in this unfolding drama we must go back almost four and a half thousand years to Genesis chapter 10 which reveals to us that Magog, Tubal, Meshech and also Gomer with his son Togarmah are sons and grandson of Japheth, the son of Noah, that just man and preacher of righteousness. Reliable sources available today link Gog, Meshech, Magog and Tubal with Russia, Siberia and eastern Turkey. Gomer and his son Togarmah are linked to Germany, Poland and Western Turkey. Persia represents modernday Iran, while Libya and Ethiopia need no introduction except to say that Sudan too would have been a part of Ethiopia in the days that this prophesy was given. This then, presents to us modern-day U.S.S.R. and her allies with the exception perhaps of Turkey, who is currently allied with the West. We don’t have to think back very far to when Ethiopia, Libya and Iran too seemed firmly allied with the West. How rapidly has this situation changed. Indeed a most interesting insight into present day Russia, her allies and her aspirations is given to us here for should Russia seek to dominate the West, Israel must be annihilated. One reason for Israel’s annihilation is that Russia’s newfound oil-rich allies; Libya and Iran will need to be appeased. Full points so far to Ezekiel. For a man who wrote two and a half thousand years ago he sure did see modern day developments with both clarity and accuracy. Only Ezekiel’s God could have fore-written world history with such precise detail. He has done this so that we might acknowledge His great power and give glory and honour to His holy name. Yes indeed dear reader the stage is set, the characters are identified and the outcome, thank God, is a foregone conclusion.

There are several clues given as to the timing of this event. Firstly Ezekiel revealed that this prophecy would not be fulfilled until “many days” had transpired. He also states that these events will take place “in the latter years.” The terms latter times or latter years throughout the scriptures are always linked with the final restoration of the land and people of Israel. The Lord Jesus Himself revealed in Luke chapter 21 that when Jerusalem again was the capital of the re-gathered Jewish nation, the “end times” or “latter days” would find their fulfillment.
Ezekiel too throughout this chapter links the Russian invasion to the recent return of scattered Israel and continually emphasises the fact that the land was a perpetual desolation, but upon the return of her people has again become fruitful. Israel said he, would come home to their land which was “brought back from the sword” (The sword of Islam may I suggest.) Also the prophet points out that this returned nation in their renewed land would be “gathered out of many people” how true, for Israel today is made up of people from over 60 nations. A further and often overlooked clue in the timing of this ill-fated invasion is that at the time of this event, “and they shall dwell safely all of them.” In my view this could not honestly be said in 1990, but must indicate that Syria, and to a lesser extent, Jordan are to be neutralised so as to give Israel a period of complete national peace. There is a scripture in (Isaiah 17:I) that declares: “…Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” The subjugation of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan by Israel could explain why none of these nations are mentioned as being party of this invasion. This view too is substantiated in Ezekiel 28:20-26 where God declares that Lebanon, as Israel’s enemy will be totally neutralised when Israel is resettled by God’s appointment. Thus the U.S.S.R. with no more local nations to use as springboards against Israel will amass her allies and come down from the North. Israel, dwelling at ease and with considerable wealth will prove too great a temptation to the Kremlin. I can almost hear them saying: ‘It will be like taking candy from a baby.’ But no-one takes candy from God’s baby as the Russians and their comrades will find out, to their sorrow.

There are various reasons why an invasion of Israel is likely. Israel lies at the crossroads of the world, linking Europe, Asia and Africa. Russia has already paid dearly for her error in voting Israel into nation hood in 1948, when they thought the manipulation of Israel to be a
foregone conclusion. These tactical errors have been compounded by the close friendship between Israel and the U.S. Israel today has effectively become a centre stage base for the U.S. so that the Americans regard that ‘greenbacks’ spent on Israel are effectively dollars
spent for their own security. Though there is a deal of selfishness linked to the American’s care for Israel it must be remembered that unlike the U.S.S.R., the U.S. acknowledges the God of Israel, and can boast many genuine lovers of Israel within her ranks. The above is
reason enough for Russian displeasure but if she is to finance an invasion of the magnitude envisaged by Ezekiel she must have at least some petro dollars at her disposal, hence her alliance with Iran and Libya, two avowed enemies of the state of Israel. The wave on which
Iran is currently surfing is generated by Muslim fundamentalism. It is the opinion of the fundamentalists that God has finished with the Jews who failed Him. Believing Jerusalem to be their God given heritage, they will see this invasion as a ‘Jehad’ or ‘holy war’. No expense will be too great a sacrifice for them.

Currently there are thousands of Jewish people pouring out of Russia. Huge sums of money are changing hands but selling Jews is like selling one’s brains. Russia spurred on with the ‘carrot’ of financial gain seems to be oblivious to the fact that the depletion and suppression of her Jewish population will only serve to aggravate the retardation of her technological advancement.

Ultimately, I believe it will be a case of history repeating itself. Just as Pharaoh of old realised that his brickmakers were gone, and sought to secure their return, so too will Russia seek to make good her losses. Flying in the face of Russia’s greed and jealousy Israel is set to lead the world in technology. Brought forth out of many people and nations, Israel will present the best of what the world has to offer. However the U.S.S.R., true to the form of that ancient Pharaoh will seek the return and enslavement of the Jews to their own peril. According to Ezekiel, a fate similar to that which the Egyptians suffered awaits them. The plot deepens when we consider that the wealth contained in the Dead Sea is currently valued at about one trillion, five hundred and seventy billion dollars U.S. Yes indeed, nothing is hidden from the Lord God of Israel. ‘His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.’

P.S Since writing this book as a series from 1986 to 1989 many interesting events have occurred. The iron curtain is now history and Germany is unified. Notice verse 6 “Gomer and all his bands.” Not just part but all of Germany is to be included. God’s mills grind
slowly but surely. Also we now better understand why Iran and not Iraq is mentioned as an ally to Russia. Lately everyone is saying peace peace and all is well. Don’t be deceived.

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