It appears Russia might absorb the Ukraine and so, naturally, the world of Bible prophecy is abuzz with Scripture about Gog of Magog from Ezekiel 38-39 despite the fact that the most trusted Bible maps place Magog in Turkey.
Since completely obvious geography doesn’t seem to matter to some, I want to explore two of the declarations I’ve seen floating around Twitter and various prophecy web sites, namely, “Putin is the Antichrist” and “Putin is Gog of Magog.” Why? Because I’m frustrated and it’s not because I think people are wrong. It’s because so many lovers of prophecy are missing the very things they so long to see and that’s so tragic to me.
Many people believe Ezekiel 38-39 is a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel by Russia and Iran. What I’d like to know is, how is it we can have people who claim that Putin is the Antichrist and then proceed to use Ezekiel 38-39 as proof that he is Gog of Magog who is going to invade Israel before Armageddon? What’s he going to do? Invade twice? It’s either one or the other, isn’t it? If he’s the Antichrist, he’s going to invade only once and that’s what the Bible calls the Battle of Armageddon. If he’s Gog of Magog, and the Bible really does say it’s a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel, then he’s not the Antichrist and he’s still only going to invade once. Do you see the disconnect? So, which is he? Gog or the Antichrist?
Let’s take a look.
Is Putin the Antichrist?
I like geography because geography doesn’t lie and Bible prophecy is full of geography. For example, Isaiah 10 says Jesus will be present on the earth to fight against the king of Assyria after which the remnant that returns to Israel will always rely on the Lord:
So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness.” [Isaiah 10:12]
Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. [Isaiah 10:20]
This happens on the Day of the Lord and Assyria is not in Russia or Europe. Please read chapters 9-12 for the full context.
Isaiah 14 says this:
The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, to break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder. [Isaiah 14:24-25]
Jesus will physically trample this Assyrian on His mountains.
This One [Jesus] will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men. They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of Nimrod at its entrances; And He will deliver us from the Assyrian When he attacks our land And when he tramples our territory. [Micah 5:5-6 NASB]
Read the whole chapter. Don’t just stop after verse 4. Again, Jesus will physically come to Israel’s aid when the Assyrian invades.
So, the question is: Is Putin king of the area of Assyria? The answer is no. Putin is not the Antichrist..
I used Assyria exclusively but there are many, many more geographic clues in Scripture in addition to these and they all point to the Antichrist coming to power in the Middle East not Europe or Russia. Here are a couple more:
- From the Arab Spring to Daniel 11’s Kings: What to Look for Next
- Zephaniah Names the Nations Christ Defeats Upon His Return and None of Them Are European (nor are they Russia)
- P2ALM’s Geography In Bible Prophecy Archive
Is Putin Gog of Magog?
So, Putin is not the Antichrist but is he Gog of Magog? Will Russia be leading an invasion of Israel before Armageddon?
To answer these questions, first we’ll ignore the geography I mentioned at the beginning which places Magog in Turkey and look at three passages from Ezekiel 38-39:
and you (Gog) will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates, [Ezekiel 38:11 NASB] (parentheses added by me)
This verse says Gog will go up against Israel which is described as a “land of unwalled villages” and a people who “live securely”. Can this be said of Israel today? This takes place during the “peace” of the 7-year tribulation [Daniel 9:27].
‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Are you (Gog) the one of whom I spoke in former days through My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring you against them? [Ezekiel 38:17 NASB] (parentheses added by me)
If Gog is Putin, this verse says we should be able to find him in the pages of the other OT prophets. Where? You’d be hard-pressed to find this “other” individual but there is one individual that you will find: the Antichrist.
And, consider this last passage:
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. “They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid. “When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. “Then they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. “I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD. [Ezekiel 39:25-29 NASB]
If Ezekiel 38-39 is a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel led by Russia, how can Israel, afterward, “live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.” Is there no Battle of Armageddon coming? Is there no Antichrist coming?
Do you see the disconnect?
Ezekiel 38-39 is just another retelling of Armageddon from Ezekiel’s perspective. Gog is none other than the Antichrist of whom the prophets spoke in their Books and the Battle of Gog of Magog is none other than the Battle of Armageddon. So, the answer is no. Putin is neither.
It is my prayer that we would just read the words on the pages we’re reading (if we’re reading at all) and think about them. By doing so, we can eliminate a great deal of confusion and errancy for there are some amazing fulfillments of prophecy happening and this is not the time to be confused.
- Gog of Magog Part 1: Russia or Turkey? [Ezekiel 38 & 39] – Bible scholars universally place Magog in Turkey rather than Russia
- Gog of Magog Part 2: Russia or Turkey? [Ezekiel 38 & 39] – How do people come to the conclusion that Magog is in Russia? What are the benefits of using the Historical-Grammatical Method to interpret prophecy rather than a bloodline-lineage or Ancestral-Migration Method?