This End Times Deceptions Bible study discusses whether Russia and President Putin are fulfilling Bible prophecy, as Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38, as the king of the North of Daniel 11, or as one of the kings of the East of Revelation 16.
Russia is playing a huge role right now, so let’s look at the true fulfillment of those prophecies to know the truth.
Some teachers point to Daniel 11 and say that Putin is the King of the North, so let’s take a quick look at the fulfillment of the prophecies in Daniel.
Daniel was given visions (recorded in chapters 2 and 7) of the four beast kingdoms, which would reign until Messiah returns: which are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
Daniel 8 clearly is about the kingdoms of Medo-Persia and Greece, and the little horn, Antiochus of Greece.
The great horn was Alexander the Great, who with his army conquered the Medo-Persian Empire.
The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Verses 20-21
The little horn was Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a lesser leader of the Grecian empire.
And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. Verse 11
Daniel 9 foretold that the Romans would desolate Jerusalem, the temple and the Jews.
and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolation. Verse 26
That vision caused Daniel to be distraught, so the angel returned to give him more information about the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
Daniel 11 gives the historical narrative of events which would take place during the 70 weeks of Daniel 9.
This time frame spanned 490 years, so there are detailed accounts of its fulfillment by historians. Here’s a list of key figures who fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel 11:
God used Cyrus, leader of Medes-Persia, to set the Jews free from Babylonian captivity, and to empower them to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the temple.
Alexander the Great of Greece, the Great Horn of Daniel 8, rose up and ruled with great dominion.
The Seleucids (kings of Syria, “the north”) and the Ptolemies (kings of Egypt, “the south”) had incessant wars.
Antiochus Epiphanes, the Little Horn of Daniel 8, was a vile person who surrounded Jerusalem with his armies ( abomination of desolation) and killed 10’s of thousands of Jews. They defiled the sanctuary and caused the daily sacrifice to be taken away for 2,300 days (Daniel 8:14). His persecution of the Jews began in 171 B.C. and the temple was cleansed on December 25, 165 B.C., which is 2,300 days.
The Maccabean uprisings delivered the Jews in the reign of Antiochus, and faithfully served their people as rulers and priests for 130 years.
King Herod exalted himself above all gods (leaders). To protect his kingdom, he decreed for the slaughter of the babes of Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill baby Jesus.
Caesar Augustus conquered many countries such as Egypt, and took power of their treasures.
Many prophecy teachers incorrectly apply Daniel 11 verses to an end-times Antichrist, but the context clearly shows that they are not, and that history has confirmed their fulfillment.
And many prophecy teachers incorrectly apply Daniel 11:13, the king of the north, to Putin of Russia; so let’s look to some esteemed theologians for their perspective:
From the Geneva Bible study notes by the Protestant Reformers on Daniel 11:13
For the king of the north (b) shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
b. After the death of Ptolemais Philopater, who left Ptolemais Epiphanes as his heir.
From John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible on Daniel 11:13
For the king of the north shall return, As Antiochus king of Syria did, upon the death of Ptolemy Philopator, who was succeeded by his son Ptolemy Epiphanes, a minor of five years of age: Antiochus took the advantage of this minority, and entered into a league with Philip king of Macedon, to divide the kingdom of Egypt between them; and marched an army into Coelesyria and Palestine, and made himself master of those countries:
From Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible on Daniel 11:13
Antiochus the Great shall raise great forces, even from Babylon and Media; Philopater being dead, and Ptolemy Epiphanes his son yet a child, under whom Agathocles, a dissolute, proud person, hated of all, governed Egypt as his viceroy.
From Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible on Daniel 11:13
The king of the north shall return – after certain years – In about fourteen years Antiochus did return, Philopater being dead, and his son Ptolemy Epiphanes being then a minor. He brought a much larger army and more riches; these he had collected in a late eastern expedition.
Revelation 16 describes the Kings of the East, the Muslim countries which were created after the Ottoman Empire dried up.
Some prophecy teachers are saying that Russia and China are the kings of the East of the 6th bowl, but they have no explanation of a past fulfillment of the 1st-5th bowls being poured out.
The sixth trumpet of Revelation 9 represents the Turks, who became the great Ottoman Empire, being released from the Euphrates River to go attack the Eastern Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire conquered a vast amount of territory.
Hence the drying-up of the Euphrates during the sixth bowl, has long been interpreted to mean a wasting away, or notable diminution of Turkish power; involving the decline of its population, and the loss of its territories.
The Turks lost control of the Middle East, which paved the way for the formation of the ‘kings of the east’.
In 1932, Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was founded.
The Kingdom of Iraq was founded on 23 August 1921 under British administration following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Mesopotamian campaign of WWI.
The Proclamation of Arab Kingdom of Syria took place on March 1920.
After the post–World War I division of West Asia by Britain and France, the Emirate of Transjordan was officially recognized by the Council of the League of Nations in 1922. In 1946, Jordan became an independent sovereign state officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan. After capturing the West Bank during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Abdullah I took the title King of Jordan. The name of the state was changed to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 1 December 1948
The Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913 (29 July 1913) was an agreement between the Ottoman Porte and the British Government defining the limits of Ottoman jurisdiction in the area of the Persian Gulf with respect to Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain (officially the Kingdom of Bahrain), and the Shatt al-‘Arab.
The Ottoman Empire lost control of Palestine to General Allenby of Great Britain in 1917.
Gog and Magog do not appear in Revelation until after the millennium, not before; so it’s not pointing to Putin or Russia.
Many teachers today cite Ezekiel 38-39 and say that Magog represents Russia, and the Gog is their leader, Vladimir Putin.
But the Gog of Ezekiel was a historical man who the Greeks called Gyges of Lydia. In Gyges of Lydia we have the leader of the Assyrians called “Gugu, King of Ludu,” and “Gugu of Magugu,” who is referred to in the Bible as Gog of Magog. “Magog” simply means “the land of Gog.”
In Akkadian ‘ma’ means land, so in Akkadian Ma- gugu means “the land of Gugu,” which becomes our Ma-gog. (Just as the Assyrian eponym for the land of the leader called Zamua is rendered as Ma-zamua). Magog is an eponym for the ancient nation of Lydia that was in the westernmost part of Asia Minor.
The Assyrians often referred to a new land by the name of the first leader they learned of from this land. The Assyrians dealt with Lydia through Meshech, who were subsequently defeated by Gomer, and thus the Assyrians finally came to deal with Lydia directly.
In Revelation, the mention of Gog and Magog is in chapter 20, after the millennium; when a leader, referred to as Gog, will gather the nations, Magog; against the saints and people of God, in the beloved city and camp.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” Revelation 20:7-8
Conclusion about Russia and President Putin in Bible Prophecy:
Vladimir Putin is not the King of the North of Daniel 8, and Russia is not one of the Kings of the East of Revelation 16, or Magog of Ezekiel 38.
Russia is playing a role to be sure, but it is controlled by the Jesuits of Rome, the earth beast of Revelation 13.
The Jesuits control almost every nation, and is using Putin in Syria, along with America, Israel, France, Great Britain, etc.; to help overthrow President Assad who has not bowed down to the authority of the Jesuits, and does not have a Rothchild central bank for them to control the money supply.
Putin is a puppet of the Jesuits of Rome. They have him acting as if he opposes the Illuminati and big bankers; and that he opposes President Obama; but they all play for the same Jesuit team.
The Jesuits are using the Hegelian Dialectic to pit Russia and America against each other, all the while they control both countries, so that they can control the desired outcome.
Vladimir Putin promotes the Orthodox Christian Church, which teaches a false message of salvation by the sacraments, and which teaches that Mary is their Intercessor.
Here he is kissing an image of the Virgin Mary in front of Jesuit Pope Francis.
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Related Study: The Beasts Of Daniel 2 and Daniel 7