Could Vladimir Putin be Gog?

According to Scripture, an aggressive and authoritarian ruler recognized as “Gog” will come up from Russia (recognized in Biblical occasions as “Magog”) to steer a coalition of countries in opposition to Israel, in what is called the Ezekiel 38-39 war, within the final days.Since this ruler is probably going that of both a present or future chief of Russia, and the stage appears to be set for the Ezekiel 38-39 conflict, there might be a reputable candidate for Gog, and there’s: Vladimir Putin. Little is understood about this man, who was catapulted from obscurity into the seat of Russian energy. What is understood, nonetheless, is that Putin very intently matches the outline of Gog

Russian President Vladimir Putin

1. Gog is a dictator with such highly effective fame to the place international locations of the world hesitate to confront him instantly (Ezekiel 38:13). Putin is an undisputed dictator, and him and his Russia are already turning into so highly effective that nobody on the earth can cease them. Forbes has named Vladimir Putin the world’s strongest individual 4 years in a row. Garry Kasparov in his e-book, “Winter Is Coming” says, “Putin’s Russia is clearly the largest and most harmful menace going through the world in the present day.” Time journal (2014) makes the case that Vladimir Putin doesn’t see himself as Russia’s president or prime minister however fairly as her fashionable Czar (Gog is a title like “Czar”). Putin is definitely residing as much as his identify – Vladimir – which implies: Universal ruler

2. Gog invades the tiny nation of Israel (Ezekiel 38). Putin and his Russia have a historical past of shifting in and conquering weak nations. Putin’s invaded the nation of Georgia (occupies 20 p.c of the nation), southern Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula (annexed it, made it a part of Russia), jap Ukraine (controls it in the present day), and has taken over the Syrian authorities. According to Joel C. Rosenberg:

“He is invading one nation after one other, and you recognize the saying, ‘If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll need a glass of milk. Putin has eaten a complete bag of Oreos, and now he simply grabbed the dairy farm and nobody is stopping him.”

3. The method during which Gog invades Israel is quick and overpowering (Ezekiel 38:9; Daniel 11:44). Putin has a document of calculated and overpowering violence. Masha Gressen in her e-book, “The man and not using a face” says, “…Putin painted himself as persistently rash, bodily violent man with a barely containable mood.” For occasion, Putin’s childhood buddy recollects that:

“If anybody ever insulted him in any manner, Vladmir would instantly leap on the man, scratch him, chunk him, rip his hair out by the clump – do something to humiliate him in any manner… he would flare up and begin expressing his outrage. He did this a number of occasions over”

Putin’s overpowering violence and impulsive mood which manifested by the tentacles of the KGB/FSB (Russian intelligence businesses, the organizations Putin was part of earlier than turning into president), resurrected vertical energy enabling him to successfully head a safety state very similar to Hitler’s Nazi SS. Is this the identical barely containable mood that can “go forth with nice fury to destroy, and totally to make away many” (Dan. 11:44)?
4. Gog’s motive for invading is to steal Israel’s assets (Ezekiel 38:12). Putin can also be notorious for taking what would not belong to him, together with private gadgets and company belongings that belong to different people and corporations. One notable instance is when Putin shutdown Russia’s largest privately owned oil & gasoline agency, Yukos, and salvaged its belongings.Here are simply two different examples, taken from Gressen’s book, displaying Putin’s reoccurring urge to steal:

  • In 2005, whereas internet hosting a bunch of American businessmen, Putin pocketed a 124-diamond Super Bowl ring of New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft. 
  • In the identical 12 months, whereas hosted as a particular visitor in New York, Putin nodded to one in every of his bodyguards, who took a glass reproduction of a Kalashnikov automated weapon full of vodka and carried it out of the room, leaving the hosts speechless. 

5. Gog will probably steal Israel’s huge portions of pure gasoline and oil assets (see here; Ezekiel 38:12). Putin has really accomplished his PhD as regards to exploitation of pure assets! His PhD was entitled: ‘Natural assets and the event technique for the Russian Economy’. So the concept of useful resource exploitation is nicely and really entrenched in Putin’s thoughts, AND he appears to have a powerful urge to steal what would not belong to him. Not a superb combine. Interestingly, proper after Israel’s main oil find in the Golan Heights, Putin known as the Israeli PM and offered to guard Israel’s oil and gas assets. Then, Putin ordered troops into Syria, starting the Russian military intervention in Syria – it is doable that Putin’s curiosity in aiding Syria is related to this current oil discovery! It would seem that Putin has his eye on the spoil (Ezek. 38:12).

6. Gog will present air cowl (planes and helicopters) for the multitude of troops he has shifting up the mountains on Syria’s facet of the border (Ezekiel 38:4-6). In the autumn and winter of 2015, Putin despatched lots of of troops, many planes, helicopters, drones and different weapons to a navy base in Syria. With every passing day, Vladimir Putin is getting extra deeply concerned within the Middle East: He’s sending in additional troops; higher planes, helicopters and drones; and extra highly effective and superior weapons. On high of that, Putin has a second base beneath development; a radar and missile protection system beneath development; helicopter pads, air visitors management towers, storage buildings and cell housing models beneath development, and extra. Gog prepares for himself and all his allies (Ezek. 38:7).

Russian navy forces arrive in Syria

7. Gog is masterful in secret planning and types an evil plan (Ezekiel 38:10). Putin is, no doubt, masterful in secret planning and a person with a plan. Putin’s grasp plan is to destroy the West by breaking apart the European Union, dividing NATO, irritating and unnerving the United States, and increasing Russia’s world affect (in an try to recapture the facility of the previous Soviet Union). Is it too tough to think about a time when Putin devises an evil plan in opposition to Israel?

Putin assembly with Iran chief

8. Gog will entice many allies to battle with him; and he’ll take command of their troops (Ezekiel 38:5-7). Putin’s lately met with many leaders and introduced plans for Russia, together with Iran, Sudan and Turkey (all Russian allies within the battle of Gog and Magog) to step up their navy co-operation! These international locations respect his management and appear to be getting together with him.

Interestingly, within the Ezekiel 38 alliance, “Put” is with them (Ezek. 38:5). Put refers to modern-day Libya, however may it even be an abbreviation for Putin?

9. Gog will act as a guard to his allies and justify his aggression as self defence of them (Ezekiel 38:7). We can see Putin “being a guard” within the current invasions. For occasion, Putin’s justification for the actions in Crimea was one in every of assist for Russian talking peoples who really feel oppressed and never represented by the political authorities who’re over them.

Interestingly, there are reportedly over half one million Russian audio system residing in Israel. Is it too tough to think about a time when the Russians, led by Putin, will storm into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to ‘shield’ these Russian audio system from so known as oppression? Could this be a manner that Gog justifies his invasion of Israel?

Putin says he reserves proper to guard Russians in Ukraine – The Washington Post

10. Gog is an adversary of God (Ezekiel 38:3). Certainly that is true of Putin, since he’s each a Communist and an atheist. For a very long time, the leaders amongst those that sought to oppress and destroy human beings, and to wipe out Christianity, had been Communist Russia and China.

Could Putin be Gog?

The coming individual of Gog is not going to be recognized till the occasions of Ezekiel 38-39 happen, so it’s too early to attract such a conclusion. That being stated, all of Putin’s actions point out that he may—and I strongly consider he’ll—fulfill a Bible prophecy that was recorded millennia in the past. If Putin is certainly Gog, it appears extremely probably the invasion of Israel by the northern coalition will happen within the subsequent 6 years, for 3 causes:

  1. Russia’s structure states that the president could serve not more than two consecutive phrases, which means Putin could be obligated to step down in 2024
  2. Putin is aged 66, and the typical life expectancy for a male in Russia is 66. 
  3. The stage is ready for the success of Ezekiel 38-39.

If Putin will not be Gog, then he’s definitely setting the scene for Gog to come up!



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