One of the (many) intriguing aspects of the Gog-Magog
scenario in Ezekiel 38-39 is that Gog — whoever he is — does not plan this
invasion of Israel for a long time. The Bible tells us that God puts this idea
in his mind. That truth would mitigate against some of the theories that
Russian/Soviet leaders have long planned to take over
Israel, ostensibly to secure a
warm-weather seaport in the Mediterranean.
This flitted across my mind the week of the presidential
election, as some wise commentators wrote that we should also be watching what Russia
is up to. Most were preoccupied with the “messiah” being elected as U.S.
president. However, the sinister Vladmir Putin of Russia
evidently has designs on retaining absolute power for the rest of his life.
We should be cautious, though, when speculating too much
that Putin is Gog. In the last decade, Alexander Lebed seemed to fit the bill,
seemingly next-in-line to the alcoholic Boris Yeltsin. And then Lebed was killed
in a helicopter crash. This is the great danger of too-much speculation.
Still, it is clear that the Russians are up to mischief. We
can wonder why they help the Iranians arm themselves, but the Russian
perspective is different. The people who survived the siege of
are hard people. They live and die in a brutal environment and have since their
ancestors first breathed the north air. Russia, one can presume,
feels that if Iran
decides one day to attack it, the winner will stagger and slump over the
vanquished. They simply look on war and their soldiers who fight them as cannon
So it is that Putin is making plans for another superpower
He obviously doesn’t much care for Western alliances or even Western diplomacy.
It is interesting to note that
Charles King has recently written that China, Venezuela, Iran, and Syria share Moscow’s
view of “the global order.” He also notes that others, such as India and Turkey,
are sympathetic to it.
This then is at least the broad outlines of a coalition
that will invade Israel
at some point. America
will be unwilling or unable to help.
Soon after the
presidential election, Israel’s Tzipi Livni phoned
Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden, and urged him to continue being “tough” on Iran.
Hard to believe that a former Mossad agent and hard-boiled Israeli politician
would actually believe that Biden is tough on anything, but there it is. Biden
and his boss haven’t the courage to be tough on a sewer rat.
As I have said before, because Barack Obama supports even
the most extreme views on abortion, he cannot have empathy with anyone. It isn’t
there. If he won’t fight for the unborn, for whom will he fight? America?
Allies? His family? Biden is cut from the same cloth, and we will see a widening
gap in official American support for Israel.
Rahm Emanuel, tapped by Obama to be chief-of-staff, is an
old-style political knuckle-breaker from Chicago.
Ironically, he volunteered for duty with the Israel Defense Forces at one time,
but also helped along the disastrous Oslo Accords. As Jan Markell has pointed
out, Emanuel, if he tries at all, will be a lone voice of support for Israel
in an Obama Administration. Many of the Israel-haters from the Carter, Bush, and
Clinton years are lining up for jobs with the new president.
The Russians correctly see that with the Americans so
preoccupied with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran,
the Kremlin can do as it likes regionally. Obama’s taste for diplomacy will give
Putin and his lackeys even more time to meddle in the Arab-Israeli conflict. For
many years, Russia
has sought to be included in peace talks and diplomacy where the Arabs and
Israelis are concerned.
And the Russian foray into Georgia
this past summer has raised another interesting reality: the Russian people
themselves seem to like their country’s muscular responses. A poll taken
indicates that 80 percent of the Russian people approved of the show of force in
Georgia, and King’s essay ends with a chilling warning, concerning this and
possibly future engagements: “The deeper worry is that the Kremlin and average
Russians can now imagine a world in which they do not have to care.”
This attitude, and forming alliances with regional players,
make the Gog-Magog conflict not so far-fetched, even in the minds of
Today’s geopolitics reflect biblical scenarios, perhaps
even more clearly than many of want to accept.