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40 And at the time [`eth] of the end [qets] shall the
king [melek] of the south [negeb] push [nagach] at him: and
the king [melek] of the north [tsaphown] shall come against him like a whirlwind [sa`ar], with chariots [rekeb], and
with horsemen [parash], and with many [rab] ships ['oniyah]; and he
shall enter [bow'] into the countries ['erets], and shall overflow [shataph] and pass over [`abar]. KJV-Interlinear
40 And at the end time the king of the South will collide
with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with
horsemen, and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them, and
pass through. NASB
We have already studied
Daniel 11, but I am going to rewrite that study a little bit, in order to give
us some consistency in our study of Armageddon, from Revelation 19.
Recall briefly, that at the
mid point of the Tribulation, the anti-christ will enter into the Temple in Jerusalem,
and defile it. He will initiate an
attack against the Jews and Christians.
That is when they are to flea, immediately, to the mountains. Get out of Dodge! Many will not run and many will die.
The anti-christ will be
injured, perhaps from an assassination attempt.
He will appear to have died, and he will then fake his
resurrection. The powers to the north
and to the south will begin making their plans to invade the Middle
East. That is, if they
haven t already started making those plans.
After all, the European powers, if they remain in control of the Middle East, will then control the commerce of the
world. And, in effect control the world. Thus far in the Tribulation, the economies of
the world are not in very good shape.
The actions by the dictator
and the anti-christ, will lead to an invasion by the King of the South who has
conspired with the King of the North. Actually, the King of the North will be the
one to hatch the plan.
Collide is the word 'nagach' which means push, as with two bulls
in locked horns, pushing against each other.
First forward then backward, with neither making much gain against the
other. From Ezekiel we have already seen
that this is a holding attack.
The King of the North, will
jump into this 'war' by invading and over running Israel,
and continuing through, and into North Africa. This becomes the great double cross against
the southern powers.
The King of the North
intended to invade in concert with the King of the South, but his intensions
are more of an effort to preserve his own interests in the region. Again if this were to happen today, then what
would the northern kingdom have to protect, other than oil or diplomatic
With the West poised and
the East looking on, the invasion by the North would have to be for a very good
reason. And, we have already seen, from Ezekiel 38,
that their reason for invading is to gain the wealth of Israel, and to
gain control over the center of the world.
Who is the Northern Kingdom?
Ezekiel 38 defines the players.
' ... O Gog, prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
Gog is the ruler over the
regions of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.
These are nations or regions found in the North relative to Israel. Gog is the ruler of the land of Magog. These references are found in Genesis 10,
commonly called the table of nations, as it lists the descendants of Noah. With the exception of Rosh, the others are
sons of Japheth.
Herodotus places the tribes
of Meshech and Tubal in the northern regions, and having descendants then
called Samaritans and Muschovites, who lived in the ancient province of Pontus
up in northern Asia Minor.
Josephus names peoples
called Moschevi and Thobelites, who were founded by Meshech and Tubal and lived
in the northern regions above the Caucus
Pliny, a Roman writer in
those ancient times, calls the Scythians, the descendants of Magog and these
make up the peoples that inhabit the regions of our modern day Russia. Further, peoples who lived in the Moschian Mountains
are the founders of Moscow,
the name which was drawn from the word Moschi, and of whom are descendants of
Tubal who is the son of
Rapheth, is the founder of the Tibereni peoples who settled along the Black Sea.
Rosh is a word for 'prince'
or 'top' and is frequently referred to peoples above the Taurus Mountains near
Finally, the commander of
these northern regions, is called Gog, and is said to be from the 'utmost'
northern regions. This identifies our
present day Russia,
or that region at least.
In other regions identified
in Ezekiel 38, Persia is our
present day Iran. That has been documented extensively in the
Ethiopia, and Put are located in Northern Africa from Morocco to Egypt. Cush
is translated to become Ethiopia,
which means, a black nation. These are
peoples who settled to the west of Israel,
migrating into Africa, then south into deeper Africa. Libya is translated from 'Put' who
is the third son of Ham, son of Noah. These peoples settled along the northern
regions of Africa, along the Mediterranean.
Gomer, again we are taking
these names from Ezekiel 38, was the eldest son of Japheth, and he was the
father of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
These peoples settled along the Black Sea, then moved west into the Eastern Europe regions.
Early Roman maps place them in our modern day Poland,
and Eastern Germany.
Daniel has identified the
King of the North as the area north of Israel,
and under the reign of the Seleucid dynasty, (in pre-Rome days), which is the
area from Persia through
northern Asia Minor and into the regions which would be inhabited by their
descendants, into Russia and
The king of the south is
identified by the regions of Egypt
and south to Ethiopia and west
to the regions ruled by Hannibal along the Northern Coast
These all agree with Ezekiel's list of nations. The Southern kingdom was the weaker, and the
Northern kingdom was the more powerful of the
two. Just as it is in our present
day. Russia is the more formidable of
The Southern kingdom will
butt heads with Israel, in
their weak effort to invade, but then the King of the North will actually
invade and roll through the region and even into Northern
Africa, destroying the King of the South.
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End Of Lesson
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