“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.”
Ezekiel 38:1-3 ESV
Has anyone ever noticed the geography given for all the nations/regions mentioned in Ezekiel’s prophecy? If you look at a Bible atlas you will see the region of Asia Minor, which is modern day Turkey.
Many prophecy teachers designate the Hebrew word rosh as a proper name for Russia. Thus many believe Russia will lead this invasion. But knowing rosh is used around 600 times in the Bible to mean head, leader, chief, etc. (Consider the holiday Rosh Hoshana, for example. It is the head day of the year). And given the context in which this word is used in this prophecy it becomes clear that it is not referring to Russia, but to the chief prince, or leader, of this land mass of Turkey.
Look at the map and you will see Meschec, Tubal, Togarmah, Gomer, Magog, etc., are all in this same region. Now consider the context of the majority of the Old Testament that puts Israel at the center of God’s program, and the history of her enemies being her neighbors. The far parts of the north is referred to the Babylonian empire in Jeremiah 6:22. We know by the context that God was referring to Bbylon. So why would this reference to the utter parts of the North referred to by Ezekiel be interpreted as Russia? All the other names mentioned (the context) are in Asia Minor.
Briefly put, we should keep an eye on Turkey and this end times leader referred to by God as Gog. This man from Asia Minor will be the main leader, not Russia.