Friday, April 13, 2018

Anti-Russian Propaganda and its Biblical Roots

Decades ago before I heard and responded to the Call of the Blood and the Call of the Gods (two concepts which in my opinion are inextricably linked) I immersed myself in the study of the Old and New Testament scriptures relating to the events of the 'End Times'; eschatology in other words (or an aspect of it). The reason why I mention this is because what I have to say has a direct relevance to the current and extreme anti-Russian propaganda which permeates western media which I am sure many of my readers will agree is just a mouthpiece for government propaganda.

Much of this anti-Russian sentiment has its origins in American Christian fundamentalism. Christian fundamentalists take their bible very seriously (as I once did) and are far better versed in the scriptures than their European counterparts. They will be aware of the following prophecy in the book of the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel:

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:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38: 1-12, AV)
The above passage is a prophecy relating to the invasion of the land of Israel by 'Gog' from the land of 'Magog', the "chief prince of Meshech and Tubal". It is clear from the context of the passage that Gog is the leader of the confederation of nations who are predicted to attack Israel in the 'last days'. We see that Gog is from the land of Magog. It is frequently stated by bible believers that Hesiod writing in the 7th century BCE identified Magog as the Scythians and southern Russia. However I can find no evidence to back up their assertion but whether it be true or not its frequent repetition for many decades now in the eyes of some makes it a 'fact'. What matters though is not actually what Hesiod wrote but what Christians believe he wrote, an important distinction. The association of Magog with Russia has long coloured the perception of Russia by western Christian fundamentalists and is an important factor in the current out of control hysteria about the 'Russian bear'. This hysteria is all bound up with what I call The Pilgrim Fathers Complex

What of Meschech and Tubal? In some translations of the Hebrew scriptures Rosh is mentioned along with Meschech and Tubal. Ancient peoples considered Meschech to be a barbaric Turkic people and inseparable from Tubal. These peoples are believed to have migrated into the Russian plains so again we see an association with Russia. Some commentators draw a link between Meschech and Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation. Again rightly or wrongly (it matters little in the scheme of things) Rosh is said to be Russia. Verse 15 of the passage which I quote below makes it clear that Ezekiel places Magog geographically to the north of Israel:

"And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:"

One look at an atlas and one can see that only the Russian Federation as it is today would fit the description of "from thy place out of the north parts" for Russia is directly north of Israel. There appears to be no general agreement as to which country or countries Gomer is supposed to equate to in modern times. In the past when Germany was divided some commentators interpreted Gomer as being eastern Germany (the DDR). Others believe it represents the countries of eastern Europe which were satellite states of Russia in the days of the USSR and yet others believe that it represents western Europe! Very little consistency with that one!

It is rather interesting that Ezekiel predicts that Israel will be restored in the last days:

"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (38:8)

The founding of the state of Israel in 1948 was an important event in the lives of those who study end time prophecy in the bible and can be linked to the 'Second Coming' of Christ:

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24, AV)

I would draw my readers' attention to verse 32 and the reference to the 'fig tree' which is taken to be a symbol of Israel and its subsequent rebirth being a significant sign of the coming 'Armageddon'. One other factor I wish to point out is that none of these predicted events can come to pass without the rebuilding of the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount and for this reason some Christian groups, notably American ones are working to restore the temple but for this to happen the Dome of the Rock, a shrine sacred to the muslims situated on the Temple Mount must fall! Verse 15 refers to the 'Abomination of Desolation' which is taken to refer to the appearance of the 'Antichrist' in the inner sanctum of the Jewish temple, the 'Holy of Holies'. So in the thinking of Christians the restoration of the temple is the next significant event which must happen before the appearance of the 'Antichrist' and the 'Second Coming'.

Returning to the primary topic at hand, Russia one can see how significant Russia appears to be in bible prophecy and one can see from their distorted thinking why western Christians and westerners generally who are inflicted with the insanity of the Christian virus display such (unchristian) venom towards modern Russia and its strong leader Putin and I am sure many identity him with the Gog of Ezekiel.

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