In ancient Israel, the Sanhedrin were like Congress and the Supreme Court are for modern America. They were the wisest rabbis who decided matters of Jewish Law. Disbanded near the end of the Roman Empire, the group has officially reappeared in 2004. And in 2008, the Sanhedrin sent an odd message to the President George W. Bush, addressing him as “the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, (Ezekiel 38:1) leader of the west.”
Students of Bible prophecy know that in the war against Israel in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39, (and specifically in Ezekiel 38:3) Gog is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal – and they attack Israel in the end times. Ezekiel 38:14-16 “Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel…”
Since Ezekiel clearly refers to the far north (of Israel – presumably Turkey or Russia) why do the Sanhedrin imply that Bush and America are Gog and Meshech and Tubal – in the West?
The document was not written by foolish men.
- Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, High Priest of the Sanhedrin
- Rabbi Haim Richman, Chief Rabbi of the Holy Temple
- Dr. Gadi Eschel, Chief Representative of The New Jewish Congress
They must have a reason, and I am trying to find it… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gog_and_Magog suggests that (just possibly) “‘Magog’ might refer to Babylon.” Anyone who so much as knows the title of my last book (Antichrist 2016-2019: Mystery Babylon, Barack Obama & the Islamic Caliphate) probably knows I think the United States is the “Mystery Babylon” described in Bible prophecy… so I am intrigued at the idea that Magog (and by extension, Meshech and Tubal) might be Babylon. Could the Sanhedrin view America as the enemy of Israel in end times prophecy?
About 25 minutes into this audio file from an Israeli radio program, they start discussing the “Bush Scroll” shown above and compare Bush’s role in a “peace” deal that divides the land of Israel with Palestinians and compares Bush’s role to Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar.
This web site claims that “the relevant passages in Ezekiel 38 and 39 do not describe Russia, but actually point back to the United States!” It talks about a TV program called “American Magog” but I can’t find any videos of it.
The title question is very interesting to me, and I can’t find a convincing explanation of why the Sanhedrin reach this conclusion, (that America is the land of Meshech/Tubal/Magog) so I encourage you to comment if you know a good reason.