Caution! Russia in Bible Prophecy
© 2013 Craig C. White
From my house I can’t see Russia!
By Craig C. White
Somehow the Russian place in bible prophecy is compelling. But too often we see bears where there are none. We also overlook the bears that are there. The Russian bear will have its place in end time prophecy, but it probably isn’t what you thought. Hey, I see a bear! Where? Over there!
A lot of folks say that Russia will lead an invasion into Israel as Described in Ezekiel chapter 38. I don’t see Russia in Ezekiel 38 (Gog and Magog). That view came about by transcribing “chief” (or the Hebrew “rosh”) to mean Russia. Rosh means first or primary. Transposing Hebrew words into English phonetic equivalents is not proper interpretive technique, and is not used elsewhere. Gog is the land of modern Turkey and Magog is its leader or at least its chief founder.
I do however see Russia in Daniel 7.
Dan 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
The nation that is obviously symbolized by a bear is Russia. For the last one hundred years prophecy scholars have identified the bear in the prophecy of Daniel 7 as Russia. The bear has three ribs in its mouth. I think the three ribs are yet to come. But let me alert you! We are already seeing signs of them! They are in (or among) the teeth like a bit. They exist together at the same time. They speak to the bear all at once. They are either Russian political or military leaders. I think the bear is devouring (or eating) territory. I think the Russian bear is raised up along its southwestern border to bring back under its authority (and ultimately into the fold of the revived Roman Empire) the following countries: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan all north of the Caucasus Mountains; also Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova all west of the Ural Mountains. Most people will tell you that the Roman Empire didn’t extend into Russia, but the best scholarship says that it reached as far as the western slopes of the Ural Mountains. In 2008 Russia tested its ability to take back the former Soviet territory of Georgia.
In Daniel chapter 7 the bear represents Russia. As a prelude to the final gentile world empire Russia will gain territory along its southwestern border. Russia has been active in this process for the last twenty years. My guess is that we will soon see a dramatic culmination of this process. A security alliance called the CSTO was signed into force in May 1992. It includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Russia also has aggressive economic alliances with Belarus and Kazakhstan. Today Russia and Belarus are on the verge of converging.
For more about Russia in Bible Prophecy read my commentary on Daniel chapter 7 titled The Leopard is Upon Us! in my eBook The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist. It is one of my most important bible prophecy commentaries.