The King of the North

It would be sure fanaticism to suggest that the Bible mentions the word Russia in any text. Yet God, through Ezekiel, has made some very clear and specific revelations in the Bible concerning the rise of a great power to the north of Israel that will destroy the peace and stability of the world at the end of days.

Daniel 9:27 informs us that there will rise on the world’s scene a man of supernatural power who, Daniel says, “shall destroy many in their prosperity” (Dan. 8:25). This man will come out of the European Union and will try to resolve the Islamic/Israeli dispute now raging in the Middle East.

This political orator and charismatic personality will make a covenant with Israel for seven years, guaranteeing them safety and protection as a nation. In Scripture he is called the Antichrist, “the son of perdition,” meaning Satan’s chief son (2 Thess. 2:3). When the events of Ezekiel 38 open, the nation of Israel has been given a covenant by this political leader, who is the head of the European Union.

Let us first consider the king of the North because it is a kingdom that lies north of Israel.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying
Son of man, set they face against Gog, the land of
Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal
And prophesy against him.

Gog is a word for “ruler,” which literally means “the man on top.” I can’t think of a better name for a dictator than Gog.

The verse tells us that Gog was “chief prince” of the land of Magog, Chief, which means “head,” is the Hebrew work Rosh. In his ancient Hebrew lexicon, Wihelm Gesenius (1786-1842), the great Hebrew scholar, identified Rosh as an ancient name for Russia.

Ezekiel puts extreme emphasis on the fact that Israel’s great enemy would come form the “uttermost north.” It is mentioned in Ezekiel 38:6 and 15, and again in Ezekiel 39:2. The King James Version doesn’t translate this a accurately as do the Revised Standard Version and the Amplified Bible. The Hebrew word that qualifies north means either “uttermost” or “extreme north.” Any map will instantly verify that the extreme north from Israel is Russia.

In 1968, General Moshe Dayan said, “The next great war will not be with the Arabs, but with the Russians.

Why will Russia come to Israel? (1) Russian wants a warm-water entrance into the oceans of the world. (2) Russia needs oil to regain its military superpower status. Russia hungers for Arabian oil. (3) Russian wants the mineral deposits in the Dead Sea. It is estimated that the Dead Sea contains two billion tons of potassium chloride, which is potash needed to enrich their soil.

Russia has been anti-Semitic and, in its final form, will be led by a dictator who will lead an Arab coalition of nations to crush Israel. God makes it clear that He will judge Russia in the land of Israel.

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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