I’ve been pretty interested lately in the failure of US foreign policy with regard to Syria and the Islamic State, and in the movements of Russia to build up military resources in Syria (see the above linked National Post commentary for an insightful analysis of these current events). It does seem like the famous Gog prophecy in Ezekiel 38 might be getting closer. Reading about Russia moving troops, tanks, planes and other equipment into Syria brought an image to mind of Ezekiel’s “Gog”, Israel’s last-days nemesis, taking the first couple of halting steps in its predicted southward march. That prophecy seems to be parallel in some respects to a prophecy at the end of Daniel 11, in which Ezekiel’s “Gog” might be the bad guy in Daniel 11:40-45.
In 2011 I published a post on this blog, outlining a few major events to watch for if Russia really is the so-called, “King of the North” in Daniel 11:40-45:
- Watch for Russia to dominate much of the Middle East, but not most of the Kingdom of Jordan (see the link above for my reasoning on this).
- Watch next for Russia to gain control of oil/natural gas resources throughout the region, including North Africa (Egypt & Libya in the prophecy) and either Iran or Sudan (Cush in the prophecy).
- Watch after that for Russia to establish some kind of embassy between Jerusalem and the Mediterranean Sea (possibly in Gaza).
The point of these observations is not to predict what will happen, but rather to throw out some things that can be watched for that would confirm the accuracy of this way of interpreting these biblical prophecies. If they don’t happen, then my interpretation of these prophecies in Daniel 11 is incorrect.