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Princes of Turkey!

Most prominent amongst his brothers.

Ezekiel 38: 1-3

By Craig C. White

I know that most bible prophecy teachers say that Magog in the Ezekiel 38 refers to Russia. It is High Time to recognize that Magog is not Russia! That view came about by transcribing “chief” (or the Hebrew “rosh”) to mean Russia(Eze 38:1-3). Transposing Hebrew words into English phonetic equivalents is not proper bible prophecy interpretation technique. That technique is not used elsewhere to interpret bible prophecy. Rosh means first or primary.

Magog is mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 10 as well as 1Chronicles 1. Magog is mentioned alongside of his brothers Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer, plus a few more. It is interesting to note that most bible prophecy teachers place Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah, and Meshech in today’s Turkey.

Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Togarmah are all people. As a matter of fact they are relatives. Magog, Meshech, Tubal and Gomer are brothers. Togarmah is Gomer’s son. They are among the first families to resettle the world after the devastation of Noah’s flood.

Gen 10:1-3 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer are also sons of Japheth. Japheth and his sons all settled in today’s Turkey. You could call Japheth the King of Turkey. His sons are all Princes. Magog was the chief or most prominent Prince amongst his brothers. Princes were set over provinces.

Eze 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Now let’s allow the bible to interpret the bible. The theme of Princes settling and ruling a land is used in many other places in the bible. The Princes of Israel are mentioned a bunch of times. Princes of other nations are also mentioned (1Sam 29:3, 2Sam 10:3, Esther 1:3, Esther 1:14, Psa 68:31, Psa 83:11, Isa 19:11, Isa 23:8, Isa 49:7, Jer 25:19, Jer 38:18, Eze 26:16, Eze 27:21, Dan 3:3, Mat 20:25, 1Co 2:6, plus many other verses). Princes typically refer to the sons of rulers. Princes were set over different provinces.

Esther 1:14  And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven Princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;)

So Magog was the son of Japheth, king of today’s Turkey. Magog and his brothers ruled over different provinces in the land we call Turkey today. Magog was the chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal. In other words, Magog was the most prominent Prince amongst his brothers. Remember that Meshech and Tubal settled in today’s Turkey. In prophetic terms Magog is a primary leader of Turkey.

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  1. michael

    isn’t the root word of moscow = to meshech?

    1. hightimetoawake

      Hi Micheal: No Meshech is not the root of Moscow. That view is only a wild guess. Most bible teachers realize that Meshech lived in Asia Minor or today’s Turkey. Meshech settled Turkey with several other brothers including Magog.
      http://www.russian-moscow.com/how-moscow-got-its-name/

  2. Jazzy

    Dear Sir, In my Indonesian Bible Version, “Gog” is the Name of a Person in the Land of Magog, and he (Gog) is also the Prime Minister of Mesekh and Tubal.

    Do you think this person (Gog) is the Anti Christ ??

    1. hightimetoawake

      Hi Jazzy. In Ezekiel 38 and 39 a man named Magog leads two invasions into Israel. The second invasion described in Ezekiel 39 is the same as the battle of Armageddon. So I think Magog is the Antichrist. http://hightimetoawake.com/magog-made-easy/

  3. Eldon

    Who, or what, are the 4 Angels that arise out of the Euphrates?

    1. hightimetoawake

      Rev 9:14-19 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

      Hi Eldon. I don’t know. Certain angels are set over nations in the bible; like Michael over Israel, and perhaps the Prince of Persia and Greece in Daniel 10. Although I think that these two Princes are set over empires. My guess is that spiritual forces will lead the armies of four nations near or east of the Euphrates River to march west and kill a lot of people.

      Dan 10:20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

      In Zechariah 13 one third of the Jews living in Israel are killed. So I don’t think that Revelation refers to that event.

      Zec 13:8-9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

      The large number of soldiers also leads me to believe that this slaughter isn’t confined to the land of Israel.

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