I am a Bible-believing born-again Christian. I am a Russian Jew raised in the Eastern part of Ukraine where the Russia-Ukraine war now rages on. Since the beginning of this war, the mainstream media’s propaganda, reminiscent of the former Soviet Union and largely eclipsing it, has been picturing Russia as the culprit of this war. The long history of the Russian-Ukrainian relationship and the present-day conflict have been ignorantly and deliberately unmentioned.
Very sadly, I have come to notice that the American people’s resentment toward Russia may have been stirred or, at least, contributed by... the American Bible prophecy teachers, specifically, their interpretation of the famous Bible prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 known as the Gog and Magog war when a coalition of nations will come to attack Israel in the latter days. While it may be that Russia would be involved and even lead the coalition, it is not written in stone.
A few facts that come to my mind that it may not be Russia are as follows:
The word “Rosh” found in the Bible may or may not mean the modern-day Russia. In fact, this word does NOT even appear in the most beloved Bible translation in America, KJV. In my opinion, it is not correct to build a Biblical doctrine on one word found in the Bible.
The coalition will come to Israel with the purpose to plunder the Land of Israel of its riches. Russia is the richest country in the world concerning its natural resources. It has all sorts of fossils like oil, gas, and coal, metals, minerals, forests, gold, and diamonds. It has great black soil used to grow the best wheat and other agricultural products. Yes, the decades of communism contributed to Russia’s eventual downfall; however, it still remains the richest country in the world in that regard. Therefore, it makes no sense to me that it would go to attack Israel.
Russia led the Soviet Union to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II. Yes, sorry, my conviction is that it was the Soviet Union who defeated Hitler although the West and, especially, the USA did help. The Soviet Union lost, in that war, up to 11 million soldiers and 10 million civilians. The Soviet Union had asked the Western allies to open the second front in Western Europe in 1942 to relieve the Eastern front; however, the allies waited hoping Hitler would destroy the Soviet Union with its communism. It did not happen, so they finally opened the second front in 1944 when it was too late as the Red Army was already rolling west after liberating most of the Soviet Union’s territory the Germans had occupied. My point here is that the horror of WWII, that is called the Great Patriotic War in Russia, is still fresh in the minds of the Russian people. It has been about 80 years since then. On the top of almost 21 million dead and countless wounded, the Germans destroyed about 70,000 cities and villages that the Soviet Union rebuilt by itself (!), without the Mashall plan that was used to rebuild the Western Europe. The Russian people have suffered immensely in that war, and I believe they would not go to attack another country and instill the same horror on it.
Russia may be involved in the Gog and Magog war, or it may not be involved. It is fine to speculate on what the 2,500-year-old prophecy means using words “may” or “might,” but not “will.” It is not right to state as a matter of fact that Russia will attack Israel because we do NOT know for sure. It is a speculation or a guess at best. I have heard another interpretation stating that Turkey would lead the coalition. Turkey is also located directly up north from Israel. What about a theory that Ukraine may lead it? It will likely be beaten by Russia, contrary to what the American government and media make you believe, and its richest Eastern regions may be taken away from it by Russia. It appears that Ukraine would have more reasons to attack Israel. It is located straight north from Israel as well, and its anti-Semitism and hatred toward Jews are well known although the American public may not be aware of it.
The bottom line is that the majority of the American Bible prophecy teachers point to Russia as the certain leader of the Gog and Magog coalition that is to attack Israel. I am not saying that Russia is right and will not have a part in the Bible prophecy. It is guilty before God like every other nation in the world. I am saying that, by promoting Russia as the main culprit and the leader of the future Gog and Magog war, the American Bible prophecy teachers have created a hostility toward Russia and Russian people in the West. I believe it is wrong to do so.
-A. D., Oak Creek, Wis.