Bible scholars for a long time have identified Gog in Ezekiel 38 as Russia, because, as verse 15 indicates, he will come from his place out of the remote parts of the north; and directly north of Israel is Russia. Now the question I pose in this post—mainly because of what Russia, under Putin, has been doing lately—is whether Putin is Gog. Or, to put it another way, does the activity we see from Russia, under Putin, match what we see in Ezekiel 38? Hence, are we seeing right now, before our eyes, Gog (under Putin) gathering nations together that will eventually come down against Israel?
Well, let’s take a look at how Gog is described in Ezekiel 38 and see if we see any similarities to Vladimir Putin.
- Ezekiel 38:3. Here God says that He is against Gog. This has to mean also that Gog is against God. Certainly this is true of Putin, since he is a Communist and an atheist.
- Ezekiel 38:3-4. Gog will command a large army with many troops. This is certainly true of Putin, and his army is growing.
- Ezekiel 38:5-7. Gog will attract many allies to fight with him; and he will take command of their troops. Putin recently has met with Chinese leaders, Iran leaders, the Syrian leader, and others. And these counties seem to be getting along with him. I believe these nation respect his leadership.
- Ezekiel 38:8-13. Gog, with all his allies, will devise an evil plan to swoop down on little Israel to destroy its people and plunder their goods. Russia has a history of moving in and conquering weak nations. And Putin has this mindset. He seeks power for himself. I believe he is very Gog-like.