Russia: a GiantIntroduction Otto von Bismarck was one of thegreatest statesmen in the history of Europe. He once shared how to besuccessful in policymaking: The secret of politics? Make a good treaty withRussia.
Why is Russia so important to European politics and to the world? AsMackinder so famously said, “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; whorules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Islandcommands the world.”1Were these influential men right in their thinking? What is Russia’s place inthe world? Russia, a nation that is spoken about in the Bible, is one of thekey players in modern geopolitics because of its massive size, its location andits resources. This nation has risen to dominance recently, and it is going toplay an important role in the near future of the world.
Biblical BackgroundRussia is mentioned by almost by name in the Bible. Ezekiel 38:2contains some Biblical names that refer to Russia: “Son of man, set thy faceagainst Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, andprophesy against him.” In a Trumpet article, Ryan Malone explained, “Gog, wasapparently a tribal subdivision of Magog, students of prophecy generally agreethat it refers to the vast regions of northern Eurasia extending from theBaltic to the Pacific.”2Looking at a map, that basically outlines Russia’s territory. Meshech appearedin Assyrian and Greek histories as Mushu, Mushki or Muski. Those names allrelated to the Russian spelling of Moscow, Russia’s current capital.
Furthermore, “Tubal” is very close to the spelling of the Tobol River, whichthe city of Tobolsk was named after. This city was once the seat of Russiangovernment over Siberia. So, these two places refer to the east and west sidesof Russia. If that wasn’t enough evidence, there is even more evidence in thetitle “the chief prince.” In the Moffatt and New King James versions of theBible, “chief” is rendered as the proper noun “Rosh.
” This means that thephrase should be translated “Prince of Rosh.” Rosh is an alternative spellingof the ancient name of Russia—Rus.3According to Jamieson, Fausset &Brown Commentary, “The modern Russians may have hence assumed their name,as Moscow and Tobolsk from Meshech and Tubal.”4The Bible also shows the races that compose Russia as we know ittoday. Tubal and Meshech are descendants of Japheth, one of the three sons ofNoah (Genesis 10:1-2). Japheth was the father of the oriental nations, whichRussia is one of.5 HistoryIn the 9th century, Kievan Rus became the first majorstate to be set up in the land now known as Russia.
The Rus territories were conqueredin the 13th century by the Mongols. These armed marauders destroyedmany cities, ending the power of Kiev. This Mongol conquest also solidifiedRussia’s separation from Europe, which has remained to this day. After destroying the control of Kiev over theterritory of Russia, the Tatars (another name for the Mongols) established theempire of the Golden Horde in southern Russia. The Khan (leader) of the 1 Mackinder, Halford John.
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2002, Print. 1.3 Flurry, Gerald. TheProphesied ‘Prince of Russia’. Philadelphia Church of God, 2017.
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House, 1961. Print5 Fraser, Ron. “The Origin of the American Indian.” The Philadelphia Trumpet, Dec. 1997,Print. 1.