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

Consider this:

• 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.

The hook

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 this 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

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  2. Joel Rosenberg, Epicenter (Illinois: Tyndale House, 2006), pages 81-87.
  4. Russian warships in Bosphorous strait near Istanbul, as mentioned in the Gaon’s prophecy:
  5. 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


Time for a New Perspective on End Times Prophecy?


The world is not falling apart…

Eschatology: Noun / es-kə-ˈtä-lə-jē: A branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind. – Merriam-Webster Dictionary


Their eyes either glaze over, as if to say, “Heard that … too often.”  Or they become uncomfortable and clearly communicate, “I don’t want to hear this.”

They might smile and say,  “Yeah, come quickly, Lord,” but what they are really thinking (I’ve been told) is, “Hey, I’m young, starting a family or career or just getting out on my own. I’m still figuring out my faith, and what all this means.” If they were raised in church in the past three decades or so, many feel like they grew up with the expectation of the Lord’s imminent return, and they just don’t quite buy it anymore. Many still believe and want to be ready; they just don’t want to listen to “the end is near” for the rest of their lives.

And many people who long and wait for the Rapture of the church are so weary and broken down by life, their attitude is, “Just get us out of here.” The Late Great Planet Earth was a best-selling book in the 70s that ignited a passion for prophecy in many young people, including me. A movement was started with other like-minded literature. But unfortunately, some Late Great veterans have helped foster a mindset and an eschatology (the study of prophecy) that has engendered fear, gloom and doom, and discouragement, as if the world is just simply falling apart and we need to get out of here. I think some even resent it when “prophecy enthusiasts” seem almost giddy about some natural disaster or war that seems to be another piece of the prophetic puzzle falling into place. They need encouragement and hope for themselves and their loved ones.


Not change what we believe, but how we view it; and how we present the hope of the Lord’s return. The world is not falling apart. The world is falling into place!

Jesus said to us, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28). He didn‘t just say, “ Look up.”  He also said, “Lift your heads.” Christians have had their heads down too often for too long.


God is doing great and mighty things among His people and in the world. There is a great harvest coming in which are we are called to participate.

I feel for young people whose lives are just getting started, as they hear a constant drumbeat of danger, troubles and a hostile world. No wonder some ask, “What have we got to look forward to and why should we even have kids?” I believe this last out pouring of the Spirit will be multi generational. As the prophet Joel predicted, and Peter repeated in the book of Acts:

“And in the last days … I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17).

We need the energy, passion and vision of the younger generations and the wisdom of the older. But we also need to view and present what God has revealed to us through His Word with hope, victory, compassion and joy. Remember, The world is not falling apart. The world is falling into place! Lift up your heads!


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