Prophecy Update: The Hook
The much discussed “blood moon” phenomena appear to have come and gone. People shrugged and thought, well, nothing happened. But maybe what went on behind the scenes of the world stage is just not commonly known. Let’s look at some history and current events in light of the following Scriptures: Ezekiel 38: 3-4: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
Ezekiel 38: 14-16: “Prophesy and say to Gog: In that day, when My people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against My people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.”
In 1720 a prodigy and genius was born. He would become Rabbi Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman, known as the most renowned Torah authority in over a thousand years, and considered the most influential Jewish leader in modern history.
By the age of seven, he was considered a prodigy after giving an insightful and intellectually brilliant public discourse on the Torah. By ten he had outgrown all his teachers with his command of the Torah. He became known as “the Gaon,” meaning genius. Besides his renown as a scholar, he was recognized as a kind and righteous man who gave twenty percent of his income to the poor and was known for his charity and wisdom.
Today, the great grandson of this renowned rabbi has revealed a prophecy that was passed down to him through the generations. His great grandfather wrote shortly before his death,
“When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard. And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul), you should put on your Shabbat clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.” 1,2 Ezekiel prophesied, “O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out…”
Bible scholars have traced these people back to what is now Russia. Gog refers to a title, like czar or pharaoh. In Joel Rosenberg’s book, Epicenter, he provides a detailed discussion of how a “study of ancient Hebrew, ancient history, and modern day geography points us to Russia…Based on textual, linguistic, and historical evidence, we can conclude with a high degree of confidences that Ezekiel is speaking of Russia and the former Soviet Union.” 3
• Moscow, Russia is 1,663 miles from Jerusalem. • In April of 2014 —during the first blood moon of the recent tetrad— Ukraine officially announced that Russia controls Crimea. Sevastopol, Crimea is 892 miles from Jerusalem – about half way there from Moscow. • Russia entered the war in Syria in full force on September 28, 2015, just two days after the last blood moon over Jerusalem, during the seven-day Feats of Tabernacles. Letakia, Syria is 261 miles from Jerusalem. Just recently Russian missiles and jets have been deployed in a major operation targeting Aleppo, Syria.
The hook is pulling Russia down, increment by increment.
Isaiah 17:1 predicts that one day Damascus, one of the oldest continually habited cities in the world, will be attacked and destroyed. That ancient city is only 135 miles from Jerusalem.
What would bring Russia into Israel? What draws them down? First, the Russian – Israeli relationship has a “special character,” says the website of the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, “because Israel is home to over a million of our compatriots. The Russian-speaking community is a powerful catalyst for the development of bilateral political, economic, cultural, business and cultural ties.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also recently discussed the importance of a strong relationship and of making “sure that militant Islam doesn’t penetrate and destabilize Russia. There are many, many millions of Muslims in Russia, including in greater Moscow, I think it’s up to two million. And the concern that Russia has, which many other countries have, is that these populations would be radicalized.” 4
Ancient prophecies, recorded in the Bible and other prophetic writing, have predicted the unique relationship of Russia and Israel. Here’s a picture of the path Russia has taken so far from a bird’s eye view. You can see that it resembles a hook from that heavenly view.
Picture No Longer Available of A Turkish flag flies from an Istanbul ferry as a Russian warship sails through the Bosphorus en route to the Mediterranean AFP/Getty.
Sitting in a Starbucks four friends shot a picture, now being studied by military strategists and analysts around the world. You can say, sitting here in your local Starbucks, well, the blood moons came and went and nothing happened. That depends in which Starbucks you are sitting! This was shot on the Bosporous strait near Istanbul, Turkey.5
In his commentary on the book of Ezekiel, Rabbi Moshe Eisemann wrote, “An oral tradition passed down from Vilna Gaon says that when the Russian navy passes through the Bosporous …it will be time to put on Sabbath clothes in anticipation of the coming of Mashiach (Messiah).”6
Watch and pray!
- Joel Rosenberg, Epicenter (Illinois: Tyndale House, 2006), pages 81-87.
- Russian warships in Bosphorous strait near Istanbul, as mentioned in the Gaon’s prophecy: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russian-warships-and-naval-assets-sailing-through-bosphorus-strait-has-turkey-frightened-a6914796.html
- Rabbi Moshe Eisemann, Yechezkel / Ezekiel: A new translation with a commentary anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic and Rabbinic sources (Artscroll Tanach Series (ArtScroll/Mesorah Publishers, 2000), p. 581