In Isaiah 14:29-31, there is what appears to be an inconsistency when it reads as though the Palestinians are themselves attacked by Gog: "Do not rejoice, O Philistia [modern Gaza], all of you, because the rod of your striking is broken, for a viper comes forth from the root of a snake, and his fruit is a fiery flying serpent..." A chronology of events can be ascertained in this text.
The Palestinians are first struck by Gog, who is identified easily as "the rod of your striking" and "a snake." Then, the Palestinians rejoice over the destruction of Gog, a destruction seen in previous verses up until verse 28, where he is called both the "king of Babylon" and the "Assyrian."
One would think that Gog would employ the Palestinians as his allies in the invasion of Israel, as they would only be too glad to help, and while it is predictable that some of them will support Gog, the peaceful majority are expected to oppose him because, in his invasion of Israel, Palestinian livelihood dependent upon the Israeli economy will also be at stake. We might even predict that any Palestinians not fighting alongside the anti-Christ cause will be treated badly.
The rejoicing of the Palestinians over Gog's demise brings the times to brink of Armageddon, for Gog's lights are put out (i.e. his kingdom is plunged into darkness) in the 5th Bowl of Revelation, just days prior to Armageddon. At that time, says Isaiah above, another serpent comes forth to put Israel and the Palestinians to more grief, which at that late stage can only be the Orientals who arrive for Armageddon, as per the sixth Bowl of Revelation, to kill the fighters of Gog. Indeed, because the Orientals have depicted themselves as a flying red dragon to this day, they suit the Isaiah phrase very well when it uses "a fiery flying serpent." And so we see that God will pit dragon peoples against dragon peoples for the Mother of all Battles.
Kittim plays an important role in the end times by stopping the advance of the anti-Christ (i.e. Ezekiel's Gog) into Israel by the use of her ships (see Daniel 11); this must be referring to the huge military ships of the revived Roman empire i.e. the EU. The book of Jasher, in chapter 17: "...when the Lord had scattered the sons of men upon the face of the earth, the children of Chittim went and embodied themselves in the plain of Canopia, and they built themselves cities there and dwelt by the river Tibreu" (quote available online). In the next sentence we read: "And the children of Tubal dwelt in Tuscanah, and their boundaries reached the river Tibreu." This is an obvious reference to the Etruscans of Tuscany who lived north of Rome on the Tiber. The Chittim are equated by the Book of Jasher with Latins.
Now it seems obvious to me that this Book of Jasher is a counterfeit; it's purpose in mimicking Scripture was to pass off a shady group's doctrines as God's word. None the less, we see something of how the group viewed history, and it would appear that they had reason to equate the Kittim with Rome. It may not have been erroneous, anyway, because Kittim in Genesis is a son of Javan, in-turn a son of Japheth who smacks of the chief Roman god, Jupiter. But from Japheth also came Magog, Meshech, and a host of scythians that are Gog-relevant.
The Septuagint substitutes "Romans" where the Hebrew Bible uses "Kittim," in Ezekiel 38. The ancient Hebrews who wrote the Septuagint had interpreted Daniel 11:21-31 as being fulfilled by Antiochus IV, who, because he was checked in his Egyptian invasion by Roman forces, gave the Septuagint translators the idea that the "ships of Kittim" were those of the Romans. But will the end-time ships of Kittim be from Romans proper? I don't think so. It's the Brits who have military bases on Cyprus.
I think it possible that the Scandinavian war god, Tyr, refers to the Rosh/Rus, for Jasher chapter 10 says "the children of Tiras are Rushash." It sounds like a Russian bloodline...that I trace to Rhodes, the sacred island of Helios. Greek myth has the Romans stemming from a marriage between Helios and Perse, from whom was born Circe; it was she who gave birth to Latinus. Circe depicted the Caucasus mountains ruled by Gog, for those mountains are/were also called "Circasia," and in fact "Circe" seems to be a variation of "Gorgon/Georgian." Note that Helios and Rhode were said to gave birth to "Kerkaphos" (ignore the "phos' suffix), no doubt the same as the peoples depicted by "Circe."
Some identify Chittim/Kittim as the island of Cyprus because a city on that island is "Kition." In the first book of Maccabees, Kittim is tied to Alexander the Great, a Macedonian by blood. In that book, Macedonia is called the "land of Kittim." This is interesting because the book of Maccabees was written after Antiochus IV, at which time other Jews identified Kittim as the Romans. Alexander traced his bloodline to Epirus, which place I think was named after Aphrodite, who was not only a chief Roman goddess, but was made born (by Greek myth writers) in Cyprus. Moreover, I identify Aphrodite with "Aprutium," and therefore with "Bruttium," smacking of the Brits. The Brits have naval bases on Cyprus.
The origin of the ancient term, "Makedones," remains a mystery to historians. I have read that the "Mak" portion of the word means "great," as per the Greek term, "mega" (caution here because "mac" means "son" in other languages, but not Greek). Therefore, "Makedones" could be understood as Mak-Edones, and suddenly the Edones (Thracians) come to mind...who had a Mygdone tribe smacking of "Megiddo/ArMAGEDDON." Megiddo is not far from Cyprus...nor from Sidon, which is mentioned because Edones also had a SITHONE tribe.
I suppose it's possible that Megiddo was founded by Edones, but then Thracians also had a Getae tribe that may have been from the namers of Kition. In any case, the German historian, Tacitus, wrote that SITONEs (soft-C version of "Kition"?) of Sweden's Gotland (smacks of the Getae) were identical to the "Sviones" except that Sitones had emphasis on female bloodlines. It just so happens that Swedes/Svi co-founded Moscow. The Getae lived off the north-Black sea not extremely far from Moscow, and could be expected in Kiev and Novgorod, where the Swedish proto-Moscovites invaded. Those Swedish peoples were the Varangian Rus, whom we may assume named Russia.
It's interesting that the first Swedes claimed to stem from the "Aesir," a term smacking of "Assyria." It's as though God is bringing this full-circle snake back down again to its ancient roots in Assyria for the Mother of all Meltdowns. Although I'm not fully convinced of it, the ancient Guti of Iran / Assyria are said to have been alternatively called "Gardu" -- the ancient Kurds -- and for this reason it is thought by many that the modern Kurds stem from the Guti. Note that the Aesir gods were said to live in mythical "AsGARD." The Gardu, perhaps?
Ancient Amazons (called "Mazices" in north Africa), whom I've identified with Mazaca, capital of Cappadocia (north of Cyprus), and therefore with "Meshech," were a female-depicted peoples. In other words, Kittim seems to link to Moscow as well as to Romans. [The chief Amazon goddess, Artemis, was traced by ancients to a Cretan goddess, BRITOmartis. Did I mention that Brits have military bases on Cyprus?]
It's likely that Gypsy lines were related to "Kittim." The controversial book of Jasher says that "the children of Chittim are the Romim who dwell in the valley of Canopia by the river Tibreu." The Romim here are the Romans, yet there were Gitan and Roma branch Gypsies.
In a Dead Sea Scroll called the War Scroll, dated a century or two after Christ, the Essene cult of Israel made mention of a red dragon in the west, which for me is the Rhodian peoples leading even to the red-dragon Cimmerians of Wales, and the architects of Rosicrucianism.
There shall be g[reat] panic [among] the sons of Japheth. Assyria shall fall with no one to come to his aid, and the supremacy of the Kittim shall cease, that wickedness be overcome without a remnant..."
As you can see, the War Scroll shares a mishmash on Armageddon topics. As the text is written as a prophecy rather than an explanation of Biblical prophecy, I deem it to be a false prophecy no matter how many correct points it may share. In the Scroll, what we deem to be the anti-Christ is called "Kittim of Asshur." No doubt, the phrase is the result of Isaiah's use of "Ashshur" (= Assyria) when referring (in Isaiah 14:25) to the anti-Christ.
As Gog's second invasion into Egypt is checked successfully by Kittim's European ships, how does he manage to invade Israel instead? Do the ship's of Kittim tolerate his Israeli invasion though resisting his Egyptian invasion?
After finding resistance, he first goes home to think it over. But where does he go home to, anyway? Ezekiel supports the idea that he returns to Magog, not Mosul/Iraq, for Ezekiel tells that, when Gog comes against Israel, he will come from the "recesses of the north," a phrase that doesn't fit Iraq very well, especially as even the northern environs of the Black sea were inhabited in Ezekiel's day (by Cimmerians, Tocharians, and Scythians, for example).
"Magog" does not mean "land of Gog" as so many assert, for "Magog" was a man's name before there was a Gog location. The location of Magog is in dispute, some suggesting Caucasia only, others to the north of it in what is now Russia, and others both of the above. "Gog" is thought by some to have been a variation of "Cauc," and indeed the Gogi can be traced to Caucasia, at Gogarene, to the south of Tubal in Georgia. If the trick is to discover what the Gogi of Caucasia were called on the north shores of the Black sea, Herodotus traced the children of Gargarians to Sarmatians, but he didn't make that trace aside from including Amazons as the mothers of the Gargarian children. If those Amazons carried their Mazaca / Mushki / Meshech term to the north parts of the Black sea, one could envision the term evolving into the naming of Moscow.
Whether right or wrong, I traced Apollo (twin brother of Artemis) to Dacians, a tribe of the Getae. The Hyperboreans, translated by Greeks as "far northerners," were worshipers of Apollo. It may be that God through Ezekiel used "far north" to portray Gog and Togarmah for just the reason of alerting us to Hyperboreans.
Compare an interesting phrase in Ezekiel 39:2 with a phrase in the Daniel quote above. The Ezekiel phrase reads, "And I [God] will turn you [Gog] back, and lead you on. And I will bring you up [to Israel] from the recesses of the north." The LORD will play yo-yo with Gog. If the man won't know what to do to solve European opposition to his plans, it won't matter, for God makes him come back to Israel anyway, by making him believe that he can plunder the nation successfully.
There's a yo-yo event in Daniel too, in verse 30, which says, "And he shall be grieved [by the ships of Kittim], and turn, and be furious against the holy covenant. And he shall act, and will turn, and will regard those forsaking the holy covenant." It appears that he decides to utilize the Palestinian problem as his means to plunder Israel successfully. It also appears that he is fully and passionately in the camp of anti-Israelis due partly to his understanding that the ships of Kittim are operated by pro-Israelis.
While the Daniel text doesn't reveal that it is the Lord who turns him around, the Ezekiel text does. The problem is, I can't say whether the two instances of turning in the Daniel quote are the same event mentioned twice, or two separate turnings.
In the phrase, "it will not be as the former or as the latter," the "former" refers to the first invasion of Egypt, and the "latter" to the first military stab against the Holy Covenant. Both the "former" and the "latter" are revealed to be successful in that both are contrasted with the anti-Christ's failure here in his second strike on Egypt and Israel. Therefore, when he returns to his own land for the first time, after the first strike, it's not a retreat due to his being unsuccessful against Israel. But if not, why will he retreat to his own land rather than carry on with a campaign in which he's winning? I don't know, but it all seems to locate him in Egypt personally during the war, not back in the far north...where we would expect the president of his country (i.e. Gog seems more like a military general than the president).
Now look at what Daniel says concerning that plan to find sufficient support for crushing Israel. Instead of calling out for those who are already anti-Israeli, since these he already has firmly under his command, he calls out for those who "forsake" Israel. This can suggest that he will attempt to convert the masses, especially European rulers, who had previously supported Israel, to urge them to betray Israeli interests. Will the American False Prophet be one of those converts?
Behold. When Gog does come southward again very near mid-Week, he comes with hordes of official soldiers i.e. not merely civilian fighters/terrorists donning aged rifles and running shoes. For Ezekiel 38:4 tells us that he comes to cover the mountains of Israel with hordes "dressed most perfectly." That sounds like official military to me rather than paramilitary terrorists without uniforms...not at all meaning that he won't also have the latter.
Togarmah does not likely refer strictly to Turks proper, for Ezekiel places Togarmah in the far north (with Gog), and for that reason would better refer to the Tocharians north of the Black and Caspian seas. In Christian centuries, Tocharians proper were in Russia but easterly so, in the face of China. However, they had western counterparts called by other names, the languages of whom are collectively called "Kuchean." Strabo described the "Tochari" as a major branch of Scythians in the vicinity of the "MassaGETAE" Scythians east of the Caspian and due north of Aria (original home of the Aryans).
Even as the western Tochari language, Kuchean (the root of which looks like "Kok") was associated with the UGOR tribes of Turks (Turks proper were first called "Kok-Turks / Gok-Turks"), there was in far-north Russia an Aryan peoples called "UGRians" that I think is a corruption of "Gugar" (the Caucasian locality of Gogarene was called "Gugar" in Assyrian).
The reason that I trace Apollo to the Dacian tribe of Getae has to do with my identification of Apollo with proto-Dagestani Dehae peoples in the land of the Massagetae. But I also link Apollo's Dacians fundamentally to the Carpae/Carpii/Arpii that named the Carpathians, and that named the Arpad Hungarians. The latter's Magyar roots are known to be from Gugar-like Ugrians, and of course, "Magy(ar)" resembles "Magog."
The Lord brings end-time Gog to Israel with a delusion, saying, "and I will turn you back and put hooks into your jaws" And so Gog comes back to surround Jerusalem with Iranians, Libyans and all of his "many peoples" listed in Ezekiel 38, with whom he partakes in an anti-Israeli war covenant (that phrase, "many peoples," is found in Ezekiel 38:9, and it mirrors "the many" of Daniel 9:27 who make the covenant).
It's okay to weep for Israel, and to celebrate the destruction of Gog, even if we don't know who Gog is.
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