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Russia In Bible Prophecy

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Russia’s Origin Mentioned in the Bible

As with all people’s we see the origins of Russia and the ajoining nations in the book of Genesis.  Gen 10:2
The sons of Japheth; Gomer,  and Magog,  and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal,  and Meshech,  and Tiras.  Japheth was one of the three sons of Noah.   1 Chronicles 1:5 repeats the birth order and the origins of Russia.

1Ch 1:5
The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

The Abrahmic religions historial term for peoples descended from Japthet is Japhetite. They are reffered to as  Japhethitic or Japhetic people. The other two sons of Noah, Shem and Ham, are the  ancestors of the Semites and the Hamites.

In medieval ethnography, the world was believed to have been divided into three large-scale racial groupings, corresponding to the three classical continents: the Semitic peoples of Asia, the Hamitic peoples of Africa and the Japhetic peoples of Europe.

Other Mentions of Russia in its early Biblical History

There are thee other mentions of Russia in its early history.  In Isaiah 66:19 mentions  Tubal and Javan in a prophecy that will occur during the melenium.  We see from Ezekiel 27:13 their trade with Tyre (Ancient Phoenicans.)  Ezekiel Eze 27:13 records: Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market. There is also a mention of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 32:26, which deals with the destruction of Pharoah and Egypt.   A major prophecy regarding Russia occurs in Ezekiel 38 & 39 and mentions Meshech and Tubal (and Rosh, in certain translations) as principalities of “Gog, prince of Magog.”

Russia’s Roots in Ancient History

We know little of Russian history prior to about the 3rd Century A.D.  Flavius Josephus  identifies Mesheck  with the Cappadocian “Mosocheni” (Mushki, also associated with Phrygians or Bryges) and their capital Mazaca.From about 1500 BC the Slavs, an Indo-Europeangroup, settle in the region of Poland and western Russia. Vulnerable to attack along the steppes, they are often dominated by other groups (in particular the Khazars). But they hold their territory until the arrival of Vikings from the north.

In Hippolytus of Rome’s chronicle (234 AD), the “Illyrians” were identified as Meshech’s offspring. In addition, Georgians have traditions that they, and other Caucasus people as well as Armenians, share descent from Meshech (Georgian: Meskheti), Tubal, and Togarmah.

The Illyrians (Ancient Greek: Ἰλλυριοί, Illyrioi; Latin: Illyrii or Illyri) were a group of Indo-European tribes in antiquity, who inhabited part of the western Balkans. The territory the Illyrians inhabited came to be known as Illyria to Greek and Roman authors, who identified a territory that corresponds to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, part of Serbia and most of central and northern Albania, between the Adriatic Sea in the west, the Drava river in the north, the Morava river in the east and the mouth of the Aoos river in the south.

The first account of Illyrian peoples comes from the Periplus of Pseudo-Scylax, an ancient Greek text of the middle of the 4th century BC that describes coastal passages in the Mediterranean.

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The East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire,beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium.Rus’ ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus’ lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde in the 13th century.The Grand Duchy of Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities, achieved independence from the Golden Horde. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to become the Russian Empire, which was the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland on the west to Alaska on the east.

The Official History of Russia begins with that of the East Slavs

The traditional beginning of Russian history is 862 A.D. Kievan Rus’, the first united Eastern Slavic state, was founded in 882. The state adopted Christianity from the Byzantine Empire in 988, beginning with the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Orthodox Slavic culture for the next millennium. Kievan Rus’ ultimately disintegrated as a state due to the Mongol invasions in 1237–1240 along with the death of about half the population of Rus’ as a result.

After the 13th century, Moscow became a cultural center of Moscovia. By the 18th century, the Tsardom of Russia had become the large Russian Empire, stretching from eastern Poland all the way eastward towards the Pacific Ocean.

Ezekiel 38 & 39 War

Ezekial 38 and 39 predicts a major event in end time Bible Prophecy of a war against Israel that is spearheaded by Russia.  For this reason Bible Prophecy watchers follow developments in Russian foreign affairs.  More on Ezekiel 38 & 39  war in a coming special report.  We also see Russia mentioned again going to Armageddon, more on this further down the page.

Russia takes a role in Bible Prophecy in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 War

Today’s Russia’s allies are several of those mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 war. In our multi-polar world and age of Empires that we currently live Russia is one of the leading empires.  Russia today lines with the Russia we see in end time Bible Prophecy.

It features my articles on current global affairs as well as those that are currently fulfilling Bible Prophecy and those that lead to future fulfillment.

All Bible Prophecy watchers are well aware of the Ezekiel 38 &39 war Prophecy concerning Russia and many speculate on its timing and events that may be possibly leading to it.  I will be publishing a special Magi Report on Russia and the Ezekiel 38 & 39 war in Bible Prophecy. I will provide  details on the predicted invasion you will not find anywhere else. What has baffled the Bible wise men and women is its timing and in my report I address the very topic.

Concerning Russia and its current president Vladimir Putin there is a good deal of bad press and information. Some writers are still living in the Cold War era and viewing Russia through Cold War lenses.  Geopolitically the world has entered the age of Empires or a multi polar world, which lines with end time Bible Prophecy and it is these lenses Russia must be viewed through as well as the US, EU and other nations and empires.

The United States and Russia

Many ask if the US is mentioned in end time Bible Prophecy.  We know the US is not the leading empire.  Possibly in the Jeremiah 6:22 passage along with Russia.  Some theologians hold the view that the “north country” mentioned in the verse is Russia.  They state that Russia is always the people from the North in Prophecy.

Jeremiah 6:22-26  predicts and invasion of Jerusalem by peoples from the North country and from the farthest parts of the earth.  This could be referring to Russia and the United Statess. The passage reads:

Thus says the Lord:“Behold, a people comes from the north country, And a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the earth.

23 They will lay hold on bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy; Their voice roars like the sea;
And they ride on horses, As men of war set in array against you, O daughter of Zion.”
24 We have heard the report of it; Our hands grow feeble. Anguish has taken hold of us, Pain as of a woman in labor.
25 Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.
26 O daughter of my people, Dress in sackcloth And roll about in ashes! Make mourning as for an only son, most bitter lamentation; For the plunderer will suddenly come upon us.

Russia attacks the Antichrist in Jerusalem

At this time the Antichrist heading the revived Roman Empire, i.e. the European Union will control Israel and will have made Jerusalem his capital.  We read in Daniel 11: 40: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him;and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships…”

We read further down in Daniel in 11:44 talking about the Antichrist and this coming invasion from the North:  But news from the east the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.   It should be noted that this is not the Ezekiel 38 & 39 war.

Jeremiah 6 might very well record this invasion. It makes sense that the nations of the world will go after the Antichrist at the time of the end when his true colors are revealed. Russia and the United States will form a partnership.  Remember at this time the EU is the leading world empire and an extremely powerful one.

Russia goes to battle of Armageddon

Jerusalem is only 79 miles from Megiddo or Armageddon, which is an hour and a half drive’s distance away.  Based on the above passages, the Antichrist’s actions lead the world to the final battle, the battle of Armageddon and we read of Russia taking its part. Possibly in a partnership with the United States.

Russia in the News

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Russia in Bible Prophecy

See also

Ezekiel 38 & 39 war Prophecy 

Turkey-Ezekiel 38 Playlist

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This page is part of a series of pages of Main Bible Prophecy Topics. Other subjects fall under these topics. For example under the Beast of Revelation falls World Government. On the Tribulation page you will find the Peace Treaty, which begins the Tribulation.   The Abomination of Desolation begins the Great Tribulation.  It falls under that category.  This is set up so that you can easily navigate the key topics of end time Bible Prophecy.