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 over Provinces in 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. Here is an example of how princes were typically set over provinces in other countries.
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. Japheth was the king of what we know as Turkey today. 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 the primary governor of Turkey. I would call him the Prime Minister. From 2003 to 2014 Turkey’s Prime Minister was Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is the prime candidate to fulfill the end time role of Magog the primary governor of Turkey.
In Ezekiel chapter 38 Turkey leads an invasion into Israel along with Libya, Iran, and Sudan. All of these nations are fighting in Syria today. In Ezekiel chapter 39 the chief prince of Turkey leads the battle of Armageddon. The primary governor of Turkey is the Antichrist.
15 thoughts on “Princes of Turkey!”
isn’t the root word of moscow = to meshech?
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.
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 ??
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 that Magog is the Antichrist. https://hightimetoawake.com/magog-made-easy/
Gen 10:1-5 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. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
Eze. 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Gog in this verse> (Eze. 38:2)< is saying set thy face against Gog the land of Magog. So is that to say that Gog, is the land and Magog are the people of Gog?
Hi ZionCynt: I am glad that you are thinking about these verses. They are about to be fulfilled! Yes, Magog is a man. His name is found in the genealogies. Gog is his land. Gog is Turkey. Magog is its ruler.
Who, or what, are the 4 Angels that arise out of the Euphrates?
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 think these four angels are four nations located along the Euphrates. The only nations that are located along the Euphrates River today are Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Certain angels are set over nations; 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 that are located along the Euphrates River to 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. I think that the predominately Shia Muslim nations of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran and others will make war on Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim nations. This is the Shia vs Sunni war that everybody expects is inevitable.
Even if Iraqs ancient counterparts (Babylon, Babylonia, Shinar, Chaldea, Mesopotamia) are not named as a grandson of Noah, does that mean Iraq is not included in Gog’s armies?
Hi Dixie. Iraq is not listed in Ezekiel 38. Ezekiel 38 describes an invasion into Israel by Turkey, Iran, Libya, and Sudan. I’m sure that Iraq will attack Israel during the final war at the end of the Tribulation.
Shalom, I am a messianic Judean Jewish Christian. I would like you to send me concrete scriptural proof of what you are actually saying here please being appreciated, as I am quite sure, if you are right, then such knowledge should be broadcast throughout all Christian circles and especially my people Y’israel as a matter of urgency.
Shalom Dr I Cromwell
Shalom Dr. Cromwell. Thank you for your comment. Yes of course you are correct. The message of the coming Turkish led invasion into Judea should be broadcast throughout the world and especially in Judea. As a matter of fact Turkey is about to lead three separate invasions into Israel beginning with a Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights with the forces that are now fighting in Syria. This invasion is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. According to Ezekiel chapter 38 God will cause these armies to retreat using torrential rain, disease, and infighting. Ezekiel 38:5 says that Turkey will lead Iran, Libya, and Sudan into Israel. All of these nations are already fighting in the Golan Heights of Syria today!
By the way I think that Jeremiah 49:23-27 describes a Turkish invasion into northwestern Syria along with the destruction of Damascus that happens just before Turkey invades northern Israel. The conquest of Syria and the following invasion into northern Israel are modeled in the Assyrian invasions of Syria and northern Israel in 734 BC.
I have written extensively about these things on my website http://www.hightimetoawake.com. Please share these things in Judea. I have compiled a full report about the coming Judean ambush in my book “Judea Flee! Jerusalem Wait!”. You can find it on amazon in paperback and kindle eBook versions. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUENCKX
Turkish President Erdogan is certainly the Antichrist! He is the “chief prince” or primary governor among the provinces of Turkey that is described in Ezekiel 38:1-3 as well as in Ezekiel chapter 39. Ezekiel describes two other separate invasions into Israel than the Judean ambush.
I am so very glad that you contacted me. God bless you, Craig C. White
PS: You may want to start by reading my commentary “Warning to Jerusalem” https://hightimetoawake.com/warning-to-jerusalem/
Now I’m beggining to figure it out that maybe the reason why they are invading the Syria is that it will be easy for them to enter into the land of Israel. That’s why Iran says they can destroy Israel in just 5 mins. Shalom And God Bless
I’m just an ordinary Caregiver in Israel .
A friend received word from Father in the form of a car number plate with the number 383 – after prayer he was lead to Ezekiel 38:3. We are South Africans living in South Africa. This coming Saturday the well know South African evangelist Angus Buchan has called all South Africans to the “It is time” gathering where we are gathering to pray for South Africa. You might be aware of the plight of all South Africans currently regarding our corrupt government. My question is: can there be a wider symbolic interpretation to Ezekiel 38:3 – which has implications for our current situation in South Africa? What is the symbolic meaning of Gog and his brothers. Who would they represent in the wider sense of the word?
Hi Desiree. No Ezekiel chapter 38 has nothing to do with South Africa. Ezekiel chapter 38 describes a Turkish led invasion into northern Israel. This invasion is forming now in Syria.
A few years after Turkey invades northern Israel, Turkey will then invade northern Africa and conquer many nations. I don’t think that Turkey will reach South Africa but it is possible. Read my commentary titled Egypt shall not escape.