Question: I have heard that Gog and Magog have something to do with prophecy concerning the nation of Israel? Why do they attack Israel?
Answer: Due to the many questions about Russia's place in prophecy and the interest shown, we will cover this topic with a series, as found in Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39.
In answer to the first part of your question, "Who is Russia?" in Ezekiel 38:2 we read,
"Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him ".
1. The Bible Encyclopedia says they are the furthermost, northern nations dwelling in the regions of the Caucasus Mountains and the Volga River in Russia.
2. The great Jewish historian, Josephus, in Book One, Chapter Six, says the Scythians were called "Magog".
3. The word "chief" in Verse 2 is the Hebrew "rosh," which is also the Swedish name for Russia.
4. "Meshech" is identified as present day Moscow, representing the western part of Russia."Tubal" is present day Tobolsk, one of the chief cities representing the eastern part of Russia.
5. Ezekiel 38:15 and 39:2 tell us that Russia will come from the "north parts" to invade Israel.
In Bible prophecy, the directions north, south, east, and west are figured from Palestine and Jerusalem as the center. This is biblically speaking. Please note the world map above and you will find the latitude line runs almost directly north from Jerusalem to Moscow. No one could have known 2,600 years ago that the mighty nation of Russia would be existing today, except the omniscient, almighty God. Ezekiel was only "the pen" which wrote the mind of God concerning the future for...
"All scripture is given by the inspiration of God." (i.e. God-breathed). (2 Timothy 3:16).
God has also prophesied the future of all mankind in John 3:36.
"...He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of' God abideth on him. "
Question 2: Why Does Russia Attack Israel?
Russia will not join forces with the Antichrist. She will want to rule the world under her own power and dictatorship with her five allies. To do this, Russia must have control of the money. Some have projected she will attack Israel for her oil; but, this is not true, as Russia has all the oil she needs from her allies, especially Libya and Iran. Russia, itself, has oil fields, plus potential recoverable reserves.
The reason is given in Ezekiel 38:13,
"Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof,...to carry away silver and gold..."
Whoever controls the money—controls the people! "Sheba and Dedan" is none other than present-day Saudi Arabia. The Bible Encyclopedia tells us that three-fourths of Saudi Arabia is mountainous and known for its gold mines. In 1 Kings 10:2, the queen of Sheba brought "VERY MUCH GOLD" to Solomon.
The "young lions" are the princes (leaders) of Israel. (Ezekiel 19:1,2).
"Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, (1) And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions."
Where will Israel get the gold that Russia will come after? She could rediscover her old mines or discover new ones. Perhaps she could unearth Solomon’s tomb. We know from 1 Kings 11:42,43 that Solomon was buried in the City of David, which is Jerusalem. He was buried with billions of dollars worth of gold; part of which his father, David, had accumulated; and part which he, himself, had amassed during his 40-year reign as king.
Jerusalem is now a large city; but, in Solomon’s time, it was only about 4 acres in area. The conflict between those excavating; and the opposition of the Orthodox Jews has continued to this day. Everything is "hush-hush" about Solomon’s tomb. The Jews know it is in Jerusalem somewhere, if it has not already been secretly located.
Russia will invade Israel and Saudi Arabia right after the Rapture, with the intent to obtain the gold and rule the world.
The last seven words of Ezekiel 38:10 are:
“...and thou (Russia) shalt think an evil thought:...”
Verses 11,12 of Ezekiel 38 describes their aspirations, which are nothing but evil.
“And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (11)
To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”(12)
In Verse 11, when Ezekiel penned this prophecy in about 600 B.C., the towns, villages, and cities were most often surrounded by walls. These were essential for their protection and safety. Clear back in 1968, a Jewish man gave testimony that not one town in that land had walls around it. The same is true today, as you would have to hunt far and wide to find a city, village, or town with defensive walls surrounding it. (We are, of course, aware of the barrier fences installed by the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; but, these are barriers for Israel’s borders, like we have between our country and Mexico.) The towns, villages, and cities of Israel are not surrounded with defensive walls.
America has supplied Israel with all kinds of offensive military weapons. She is equipped with some of the most sophisticated aircraft, tanks, bombs, missiles and etc. to protect her people and her “land of unwalled villages.” Almost immediately after the Rapture, the Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel, promising her protection and perpetual peace. This false Christ will no doubt convince the people, including Israel, that those who disappeared at the Rapture were the real villains who had to be eliminated so that the “New World Order of Peace” could prevail. Israel will buy the lie, submit her weaponry to the Antichrist, leader of the newly formed “World Federation of Nations.”
In Verse 11, and Verses 8, and 14, the word “rest” Israel has, shows it is the result of her complete trust in the lie from the false messiah, i.e., the Antichrist. The word “safely” comes from the Hebrew “BETACH” and is frequently used to signify “confidence and boldness and being without any care.” This is what Russia sees after the Rapture as it views the nation of Israel. God foretold it about 2,600 years ago.
The Antichrist will attempt to convince all nations that world peace can only be obtained when all weapons of warfare are destroyed. Israel accepts this lie and Russia sees her with no army, no weapons of warfare and an easy prey. Russia and her five allies reject the Antichrist’s peace proposal and break from the world peace agenda formatted by the Antichrist.
However, God will have the last word and Russia's thirst for gold will be her downfall!