Commentary on the Prophecy of Ezekiel
The Land of Magog is Russia
The Bible prophesizes that Russia in the latter days will be an invasive country. The Book of Ezekiel mentions:
“Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal… You will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you… a great company and a mighty army.” (38:2–15)
The one called “Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” and that “You will come from your place out of the far north” is Russia. If you stretch the longitude line from Israel, the line will pass over Moscow. Russia is the country “far north” of Israel.
Then, what do the ancient names, Gog, Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal each mean? As you know, the sons of Noah were Shem, Ham and Japheth. The Bible mentions that “Meshech”, “Tubal” and “Magog” were descendants of Noah’s son Japheth.
“The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.” (Genesis 10:2)
Japheth’s sons became the Caucasoid (white people). They immigrated to the north. Among them, Meshech and Tubal lived together for a while, and they became the nations who traded with Phoenicians (east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Ezekiel 27:13). The people of Meshech and Tubal acted as strong enemies against Assyria in around 12th century BCE. They appear as Mushki an Tabali in the annals of Assyria.
Among them were also those who immigrated to further north. They lived in today’s Russian area. The Kievan Synopsis (17th century, Ukraine) mentions that Meshech became the origin of the name Moscow, the capital of Russia.
Concerning the descendants of Tubal, it is said that some went to today’s Spain and Georgia, but according to the Taj al-Arus (Arabic dictionary, 1790), Slavs who configure most of the Russians are descendants of Tubal. The names of Tobol river and Tobolsk city in Russia came from Tubal.
Then, where is “the land of Magog”? Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian in the 1st century CE, mentions the land of Magog was where Scythians lived, that is, the area north of the Black…