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To understand geopolitical alignments among the nations at the time of the end, we need first to understand who the King of the North and South is in Daniels Prophecy.

More than 2,500 years ago both the prophet Daniel and Ezekiel described worldwide events that would lead man to his final conflict in what is referred to in the Bible as the “battle of Armageddon”.  In describing the events that would lead to this last global conflict they foretold how the geopolitics of the nations will be divided in a north and south alliance around the nation of Israel.

This alliance means that Bible students long expected Britain to leave the European Union, and current events have and are fulfilling this Bible Prophecy before our very eyes.

Despite all political commentators saying it wouldn't happen, BREXIT has happened

So let us look at what the Bible describes as the “King of the South” and a “King of the North” alliance in the last days.

This is what we read in Daniel 11:40-45

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

When the Bible describes geography like this ie. North and South it does so upon the land of Israel being at its centre.  The people of Israel “are His chosen people” who are a witness to His existence before all nations.

Deuteronomy 7:6   6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

Isaiah  41:10   10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, And my servant whom I have chosen: That ye may know and believe me, And understand that I am he: Before me there was no God formed, Neither shall there be after me.”

So who is this “King of the South and King of the North”?

King of the North and South in Bible Prophecy

Well in short the Bible reveals this to be Russia and the EU while the King of the South who challenges the King of the North’s invasion of Israel and Egypt is revealed to be “Tarshish with all the young lions…” thereof.

Below is a headline article that appeared in 2001 highlighting what was seen then as a dramatic change to global political alignments.  Whereas the World used to be divided on a West versus East alignment highlighted by the so called Berlin Wall symbolising the Iron Curtain that communism had surrounded Eastern European countries with, the World is now moving more towards what the Bible described as a North versus South alliance centred on Israel and Egypt and including the countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

The King of the North:

World Geopolitics are changing into a North vs South alliance of Nations

The King of the North is revealed in Ezekiel 38 as follows:

“Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and  Tubal, and prophesy against him…Persia, Ethiopia and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer and Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes: even many people’s with thee… 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: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days.”  Ezekiel 38:1-16

King of the North in Bible Prophecy

It is said that the name Gog signifies a “roof” and therefore relates to “one at the top” or ‘powerful one’ or ‘one lifted up’.

This can have both a geographical and a political leadership connotation.

Here in Ezekiel 38 both aspects are applicable. It is used as a title for a great leader, a man of great political and military stature, and one who comes from “the top”.

Ezekiel says that Gog is of the “uttermost parts of the north” or from the top, and if we were to draw a line on a map from Jerusalem it would point directly to Russia in the north.

However we are left in no doubt to the identity of this leader termed “Gog” by the description “the prince of Rosh” as the Revised Version renders the phrase “the chief prince”.

The historian Josephus states: “Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians,” and  another Historian comments that the Scythians “spread from the River Tanais or Don, westward along the banks of the Ister or Danube” ‑ the area of central Europe incorporating Germany, Austria, Hungary etc…

An even earlier historian, Herodotus (approx. 450BC), placed the Scythians north of the Black Sea in an area between the River Don in Russia and the River Danube in Europe. 

Another ancient writer, Diodorus Siculus (approx. 100BC) traced Scythians as far as the Baltic Sea”  See map below

Ancient names of Nations


According to Hebrew Scholars the word rendered “chief” in the Authorised Version should be rendered “Rosh” as it is a proper Noun.

Rosh can be identified as Russia.

The Historian Bochart writes:

“Rosh is the most ancient form under which history makes mention of the name of Russia”

And Gesenius in The Hebrew ‑ Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament writes:

“Rosh is the proper noun of a northern nation, mentioned with Tubal and Meshech, undoubtedly the Russians, who are mentioned by Byzantine writers of the 10th Century under the name of Oi Ros ‑ the Russian dwelling to the north of Taurus.”

“Tubal” – From Wikipedia

Not to be confused with Tabal.

This article is about the Biblical character. “Tubal” is also a minor character in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Tubal, according to Book of Genesis chap. 10 (the Table of Nations), was the name of a son of Japheth, son of Noah.

The Book of Genesis (chap. 10) gives us the descendants of Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. We are told that the sons of Japheth were Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Many authors, following the Romanized Jewish author Josephus (1st century AD), related the name to Iber. Concerning the question of the ethnic affinity of the population of Tubal, Josephus wrote: “Tobal gave rise to the Thobeles, who are now called Iberes”. This version was repeated by Patriarch Eustathius of Antioch, Bishop Theodoret, and others.

However, the Welsh historian Nennius stated another tradition that Tubal was ancestor to the Iberians, ‘Italians’ [i.e., Italic tribes] and ‘Spanish’ [who were also called Iberians].

In the book Elpis Israel written by John Thomas we read…

“Thus, then, we discern the modern names of Russia and of Moscow, or Moskwa, in the ancient names of Ros and Mosc, or Musc. It is not difficult to recognize in Tobl, Tubl, or Thobel, a name which naturally connects itself with them; and which, in conjunction with them, tends, in a very remarkable manner, to determine and fix the proper object of the prediction. The river Tobol gives name to the City Tobolium, or Tobolski, the metropolis of the extensive region of Siberia, lying immediately eastward of the territories of Moscovy, or Mosc. Tobol and Mosc are mentioned together by Ezekiel who characterizes them as nations trading in copper, a metal for which it is notorious, and which abounds in the soil of Siberia…

And thus the three denominations Ros, Mosc, and Tobl, united in prophecy, point out, with equal capacity and conciseness, those widely extended regions, which, at the present day, we denominate collectively The Russian Empire.”

 “…Gog, of the land of Magog (Germany and other parts of the EU)…”

Russia’s Putin has called for “strategic partnership” with EU as early as 2007
Below a news heading dated: 27 March 2007

Russian President Vladimir PutinPutin calls for “strategic partnership” with EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a “strategic partnership” to deepen relations between Moscow and the European Union.
“The logic of the development of relations between Russia and the EU make necessary the elaboration of a strategic partnership agreement,”
He wrote the proposed agreement should become an instrument capable of deepening economic integration and cooperation in the domain of human rights and security on the European continent.
Putin noted Moscow was prepared “to go as far as possible” in its partnership with the EU, adding, “It was self-evident that our partners must be prepared to do the same.”

Putin and Angela Merkel of Germany

“…Gog, of the land of Magog…”

Putin Vows To Expand Russian Influence In the European Union – 25 March 2007

►  Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to expand his country’s influence with the European Union by developing strategic partnership with the bloc. Putin’s statement came on the 50th anniversary of the EU.

►  Putin said, “The development of Russian-EU relations has logically led us to the need for a Treaty on Strategic Partnership to replace the 10 year-old Agreement that will soon expire,” Putin said in an article entitled “50 Years of European Integration and Russia.”

►  He said the deal would “ensure a higher level of economic integration and interaction and provide for freedom and security on the European continent.”

► The Russian leader also described the European integration as “an objective process, representing an integral part of the emerging multi-polar world order.”

Russia today is a Superpower due to its vast Oil and Gas reservesBeware Russia, energy superpower

►  Putin’s control of oil and gas may bring the West to its knees

►  Russia has now overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil. It already dominates natural gas

►  In a world concerned with terrorism, genocide and nuclear-powered despots, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is assembling an economic machine powerful enough to force Europe, the US and Asia to their knees.

► Around £210m a day in oil and gas tax revenues now pour into the Russian treasury. Russia is now an oil and gas economy

Russia is spending a vast amount of her money on re-equipping her armed forces.  As such she is rising to the position of power that the Bible predicts she will hold over Europe even to the extent of being “a guard unto them” Ezekiel 38:7

A world News Headline in 2011 read…

Can Moscow regain superpower status?  (October 11, 2011 06:09)

MOSCOW – Russia is desperate for the world to think of it as a superpower again.

Last week, Vladimir Putin — the country’s once and presumed future president — proposed the formation of a “Eurasian Union” among former Soviet states. The move was widely seen as a challenge to the West, and a push to re-establish Moscow’s former empire.

Putin floated his idea in the context of an unprecedented Russian military renaissance. Moscow is so eager to re-establish its military mojo, in fact, that it has pledged $730 billion to equip its long-neglected armed forces with 21st century weaponry by 2020. According to the plan, Russia’s military will receive 1,000 new helicopters, 600 combat aircraft and 100 warships – including aircraft carriers and 8 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The build-up also envisions new generations of intercontinental missiles and advanced air defence systems.

So we can see that everything points to Russia as the King of the North and that ‘Gog’ is very likely to be Putin who is also forming a close alliance with Germany who is ‘Magog’.

We can also see that Germany is moving more and more to lead the European Union.  With Britain out of the EU this will allow Germany to take the lead in fulfilment of Bible Prophecy.

The King of the South:

Ezekiel 38:13  “And Sheba,  Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, and all the young lions will say to you…? ‘Have you come to take plunder, have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, ….to take a great plunder’ ”

Ezekiel 38:13    “Sheba {ie. ‘Saudi Arabia’} and Dedan {ie. ‘Oman’}  and the merchants of Tarshish {ie. ‘Britain’}, and all the young lions thereof…”

These are the Nations who owe their existence to British colonization – ie. Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, South Africa. 

The British Commonwealth Nations

The Opposing Nations – “Merchants of Tarshish”.
In Ezekiel 27:12, we are told that the Phoenicians traded with Tarshish and one of the chief commodities they sought was Tin.

It has been claimed by some that the name Britain comes from the Phoenician ‘Baratanac’, which is said to mean “the Isles or Land of Tin”. While this is not universally agreed to, we can see that there is a high probability of the correctness of this interpretation as there is a metal called, “Britannia” (which is also called “Britannia Metal) which is an alloy of TIN, copper and antimony.

The importance of Britain to the Phoenicians trade and the importance of tin is seen in the following extract from Richards Topical Encyclopedia, where it states…..

“Phoenician traders sailed out through the straits of Gibraltar and discovered the English tin mines, long before the Egyptians or the Babylonians even knew that there was such a place as Britain.

England comes into the light of history much earlier than many of the modern European countries, such as Germany.

This is because the British had valuable tin mines. Phoenician traders, used to visit England to get tin, many centuries before Christ. They tried to keep the location of the tin mines a great secret in order that no other nation should discover the deposits of the useful and costly metal. But other people did find out about the island, and a Greek geographer mentioned it in his writings as early as BC 350“.

“Merchants of”

This is a further indicator of the power that opposes the Russian confederacy. Britain is one of the premierCalling the commonwealth to war trading nations of the world. In an article in Time Magazine for May 21st 1990, headed “THE NEW ELIZABETHANS”, the writer saw a parallel between “the reign of Elizabeth 1st .. “when Britain became famous for its merchant adventurers” … and the 1980’s when “BRITAIN’S ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS HAVE RE-WON AN EMPIRE UPON WHICH THE SUN NEVER SETS,  and restored the kingdom to its position as a major international creditor and provider of capital.”

For example it is a little known fact that historically Britain has been the largest single investor in the US.  (now taken over by China)

“Young Lions thereof”
This is a further pointer to Tarshish as it states the ‘young lions’ had their origins in her. If the countries that can trace their ancestry to Tarshish and are the young lions, then Tarshish must be the ‘old lion’. The lion is a well know symbol of Britain as the following old posters and cartoon indicate.

1.    The poster at right proclaims, “Helped by the YOUNG LIONS the OLD LION defies his foe”. Their emphasis

2.    Top right. The poster at the door states, “10 Downing St, ALL YOUNG LIONS World War 2 Postersare WELCOME”.

3.    Bottom Left. Those lions said to be ‘responding to the call’ are named. They include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.

The young lions not only include those countries listed, but countries such as the USA, which also had its origins in Britain.

Sheba and Dedan
These are the nations that settled in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, and can be identified with modern Saudi Arabia, and the gulf states of United Arab Emirates etc. Oman, and the 2  Yemenis’.

The Response

Britain/Tarshish is indicated as the country that is taking the lead in opposing Russian/European designs in the Middle East. their response is, “Art thou come to take a spoil?” v. 13. This what we would say today as a diplomatic response, as this and other prophecies indicate that The Russian confederacy will not be stopped by the nations that oppose them and will only be defeated by Divine intervention v.18-23.

The map below shows how Britain and America are already entrenched with military bases in the South of Israel.

King of the South in Bible Prophecy

For this reason it is not a surprise to see Britain on the outer of the European Union, in fact she must leave this as the EU moves closer to a United States of Europe with one central government.  At this time the EU will also forge even closer ties with Russia.

So before our very eyes Bible Prophecy is being fulfilled!

The response to this challenge by the King of the South will bring the war to end all wars known in the Bible as “Armageddon”.

But just as this war commences we also read these words in Zechariah 14

1Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

And in Revelations 16 where the word “Armageddon” is used we read:

16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”

And so in both places this final battle of man ends with God overthrowing the armies of man.

This is the time when the Lord Jesus Christ shall have returned to the earth to establish God’s divine rule over all nations.  This is when God’s Kingdom shall be established on the EARTH.

Of this time we read this in Isaiah 2:1-4

“1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

God's Kingdom Temple on Earth

“And when these things begin to come to pass…
know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”