|ANCIENT NATIONS||MODERN NATIONS|
|Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal||Russia and the former Soviet republics|
|Cush||Sudan, Ethiopia, and possibly Eritrea|
|Put||Libya, Algeria, and Tunisia|
|Gomer||Turkey and possibly Germany and Austria|
|Beth-togarmah||Turkey, Armenia, and the Turkic-speaking peoples of Asia Minor and central Asia|
|Countries with mountainous borders with Israel||Syria, Lebanon, and northern Jordan|
|Many peoples with you||Possible additional Islamic allies|
|[Sheba and Dedan]||[Saudia Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the Gulf states]|
Read Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg!
With his czarist aspirations and lust for power, many wonder if Vladimir Putin is the Gog of Ezekiel 38 and 39 in the Bible.
â??Son of man, prophesy against GogÂ and say: â??This is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[a]Â MeshekÂ and Tubal.Â 2Â I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far northÂ and send you against the mountains of Israel.Â 3Â Then I will strike your bowfrom your left hand and make your arrowsÂ drop from your right hand.Â 4Â On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birdsÂ and to the wild animals.Â 5Â You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the SovereignÂ Lord.Â 6Â I will send fireÂ on MagogÂ and on those who live in safety in the coastlands,Â and they will knowÂ that I am theÂ Lord.
7Â â??â??I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned,Â and the nations will knowÂ that I theÂ LordÂ am the Holy One in Israel.Â 8Â It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the SovereignÂ Lord. This is the dayÂ I have spoken of.
9Â â??â??Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them upâ??the small and large shields, the bows and arrows,Â the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.Â 10Â They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunderÂ those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the SovereignÂ Lord.
11Â â??â??On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buriedÂ there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.[b]
12Â â??â??For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.Â 13Â All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my gloryÂ will be a memorable day for them, declares the SovereignÂ Lord.Â 14Â People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.
â??â??After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search.Â 15Â As they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley of Hamon Gog,Â 16Â near a town called Hamonah.[c]Â And so they will cleanse the land.â??
17Â â??Son of man, this is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: Call out to every kind of birdÂ and all the wild animals: â??Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood.Â 18Â You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bullsâ??all of them fattened animals from Bashan.Â 19Â At the sacrificeÂ I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk.Â 20Â At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,â?? declares the SovereignÂ Lord.
21Â â??I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them.Â 22Â From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am theÂ Lordtheir God.Â 23Â And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.Â 24Â I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.
25Â â??Therefore this is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob[d]Â and will have compassionÂ on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name.Â 26Â They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safetyÂ in their land with no one to make them afraid.Â 27Â When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations.Â 28Â Then they will know that I am theÂ LordÂ their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather themÂ to their own land, not leaving any behind.Â 29Â I will no longer hide my faceÂ from them, for I will pour out my SpiritÂ on the people of Israel, declares the SovereignÂ Lord.Â â?
The word of theÂ LordÂ came to me:Â 2Â â??Son of man, set your face against Gog,Â of the land of Magog,the chief prince of[a]Â Meshek and Tubal;Â prophesy against himÂ 3Â and say: â??This is what the SovereignLordÂ says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b]Â Meshek and Tubal.Â 4Â I will turn you around, put hooksÂ in your jaws and bring you out with your whole armyâ??your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.Â 5Â Persia, Cush[c]and PutÂ will be with them, all with shields and helmets,Â 6Â also GomerÂ with all its troops, and Beth TogarmahÂ from the far northÂ with all its troopsâ??the many nations with you.
7Â â??â??Get ready; be prepared,Â you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.8Â After many daysÂ you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nationsÂ to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.Â 9Â You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm;Â you will be like a cloudÂ covering the land.
10Â â??â??This is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: On that day thoughts will come into your mindÂ and you will devise an evil scheme.Â 11Â You will say, â??I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting peopleÂ â??all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.Â 12Â I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.[d]â?Â 13Â ShebaÂ and DedanÂ and the merchants of TarshishÂ and all her villages[e]Â will say to you, â??Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?Â â?â??
14Â â??Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: â??This is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety,Â will you not take notice of it?Â 15Â You will come from your place in the far north,Â you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.Â 16Â You will advance against my people Israel like a cloudÂ that covers the land.In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holyÂ through you before their eyes.
17Â â??â??This is what the SovereignÂ LordÂ says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them.18Â This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the SovereignÂ Lord.Â 19Â In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquakeÂ in the land of Israel.Â 20Â The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will trembleÂ at my presence. The mountains will be overturned,Â the cliffs will crumbleÂ and every wall will fall to the ground.Â 21Â I will summon a swordÂ against Gog on all my mountains, declares the SovereignÂ Lord. Every manâ??s sword will be against his brother.Â 22Â I will execute judgmentÂ on him with plague and bloodshed;Â I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstonesÂ and burning sulfurÂ on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.Â 23Â And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am theÂ Lord.Â â??