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“This passage clearly charts the march of the enemy from

the north, which brings a state of paralysis and defeat to Jerusa-


The part that was omitted from Dr. McGee’s commentary

is that he believed this invader from the north to be Russia

alone. But Isaiah, in the above chapter, speaks of this day of

reckoning to be via the “King of Assyria” (v. 12) with “his

thorns and his briars” (v. 17). Many writers and speakers be-

lieve that Russia alone is the invader from the North (the

“Rosh” of Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:1) and see that battle occurring

in the middle or just before the beginning of the tribulation. It

is not, as will be shown.


The battle of Ezekiel, in chapters 38 and 39, is the end day

battle of Armageddon, for it happens,

“On that day



the end day

. The Antichrist (Gog) will be leading

Russia and others from the North. There will be types of this

battle before the end, perhaps before the seven-year peace cov-

enant with Israel by the Antichrist, referred to in Daniel 9:27.

The Antichrist will be in sheep’s clothing, and will win a mar-

velous victory, possibly over Russia, in order to have sufficient

“power” to sign the peace covenant. He will appear to many as

their deliverer even their long-awaited Messiah. The Antichrist

(like many Bible commentators), will see “Gog” (Ezek. 38:2) as

someone other than himself. The Antichrist will then be in a

position to claim to be the one who executed the judgement of

bloodshed and burning sulfur on the invading troops (Ezek.

38:22) in essence, claiming to be Israel’s deliverer!