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Russia: a Giant

Introduction

                Otto von Bismarck was one of the
greatest statesmen in the history of Europe. He once shared how to be
successful in policymaking: The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with
Russia. Why is Russia so important to European politics and to the world? As
Mackinder so famously said, “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who
rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island
commands the world.”1
Were these influential men right in their thinking? What is Russia’s place in
the world? Russia, a nation that is spoken about in the Bible, is one of the
key players in modern geopolitics because of its massive size, its location and
its resources. This nation has risen to dominance recently, and it is going to
play an important role in the near future of the world.

Biblical Background

Russia is mentioned by almost by name in the Bible. Ezekiel 38:2
contains some Biblical names that refer to Russia: “Son of man, set thy face
against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and
prophesy against him.” In a Trumpet article, Ryan Malone explained, “Gog, was
apparently a tribal subdivision of Magog, students of prophecy generally agree
that it refers to the vast regions of northern Eurasia extending from the
Baltic to the Pacific.”2
Looking at a map, that basically outlines Russia’s territory. Meshech appeared
in Assyrian and Greek histories as Mushu, Mushki or Muski. Those names all
related to the Russian spelling of Moscow, Russia’s current capital.
Furthermore, “Tubal” is very close to the spelling of the Tobol River, which
the city of Tobolsk was named after. This city was once the seat of Russian
government over Siberia. So, these two places refer to the east and west sides
of Russia.

If that wasn’t enough evidence, there is even more evidence in the
title “the chief prince.” In the Moffatt and New King James versions of the
Bible, “chief” is rendered as the proper noun “Rosh.” This means that the
phrase should be translated “Prince of Rosh.” Rosh is an alternative spelling
of the ancient name of Russia—Rus.3
According to Jamieson, Fausset &
Brown Commentary, “The modern Russians may have hence assumed their name,
as Moscow and Tobolsk from Meshech and Tubal.”4

The Bible also shows the races that compose Russia as we know it
today. Tubal and Meshech are descendants of Japheth, one of the three sons of
Noah (Genesis 10:1-2). Japheth was the father of the oriental nations, which
Russia is one of.5

History

In the 9th century, Kievan Rus became the first major
state to be set up in the land now known as Russia. The Rus territories were conquered
in the 13th century by the Mongols. These armed marauders destroyed
many cities, ending the power of Kiev. This Mongol conquest also solidified
Russia’s separation from Europe, which has remained to this day.

After destroying the control of Kiev over the
territory of Russia, the Tatars (another name for the Mongols) established the
empire of the Golden Horde in southern Russia. The Khan (leader) of the

1 Mackinder, Halford John. Democratic
Ideals and Reality. Forgotten Books, 2015. 150.

2 Malone, Ryan. “Coming World Crisis—Asia: Marching Toward Armageddon.”
The Trumpet, Jan. 2002, Print. 1.

3 Flurry, Gerald. The
Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’. Philadelphia Church of God, 2017. Print. 2.

4 Fausset, A. R., et al. Jamieson, Fausset & Browns commentary on
the whole Bible. Zondervan Pub. House, 1961. Print

5 Fraser, Ron. “The Origin of the American Indian.” The Philadelphia Trumpet, Dec. 1997,
Print. 1.

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