Times of Israel: The sense that Russia is growing increasingly illiberal is helping drive a surge of emigration by Jews there to Israel in the past four years. Since 2015, nearly 40,000 of them have arrived in Israel. In the entire decade prior to 2015, only 36,784 Russian Jews had come.
Opinion: How ironic, since it will be a Russian leader’s schemes that will eventually cause a global migration of the sons and daughters of Jacob to make mass aliyah.
“On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.” Ezekiel 38:10-11
Ezekiel 38:1-6 NIV gives us the nations that Russia will bring to attack Israel. Ezekiel 6-13 gives us the call to arms and the motive, and Ezekiel 38:14-15 identifies that the leader of the alliance will come from the far north which, if we draw a straight line due north on a flattened map, lands in Russia.
We have no way of knowing if Vladimir Putin is Gog, or if another leader will come in his place, but Putin has amassed a powerful alliance with Iran and Turkey, and Erdogan’s North African allies, with the S400 missile defense system.
The goal of the Gog Magog alliance will be to take Israel’s vast ‘plunder’, which today looks like Israel’s vast natural gas reserves that will threaten Russia’s fragile oil and gas economy.
God will judge the nations in the alliance:
- Ez. 39:3 “I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand…”
- Ez. 39:4 “On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you …”
- Ez 39:5 “You will fall in the open field …”
And here is the clincher:
Ez. 39:6 “I will send fire on Magog (Russia) and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.”
The victory will dwarf the miraculous 6 Day War as the Jews once again enter into covenant relationship …
Ez. 39:22 “From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.”
… and the sons and daughters will know it is time to go home:
Ez. 39:28 “Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.”
See more on the war of Gog and Magog in Bible Prophecy 101 Chapter 6 here