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The Present Nomenclature
'You will now remark that since we are justified in relating Ezekiel's
prophecy to a time yet future to the present, can we discover the identity of
all those nations as they exist to-day?
'Before I venture into this most alluring inquiry I must be emphatic in
drawing a clear line of positive distinction between the actual revelation of
Holy Scripture and the accumulated results of human speculation. Let me say
with every emphasis that Holy Scripture is one thing and human speculation is
another. Where Scripture statement is concerned, we dogmatize. Where human
speculation is concerned we deduce. With regard to what I have said so far,
in the degree that I have been faithful to the Scripture, I am justified in
just that degree of dogmatism. Now, however, I venture out on to quite a
different ground. That is why I call your attention to it. Not dogmatism
but deduction constitutes the concluding section of my address. If my
deductions prove to be incorrect, they are merely my deductions and I make no
claim to infallibility. My incorrect inferences, however, do not render the
Scriptures unreliable. The Scriptures remain uninjured by any false
conclusion at which I have arrived.
'You still have your touchstone, the Scriptures, by which to test any
opinions I may venture.
'Well, to begin, I commend to your private study the nations,
enumerated in Bereshith (Genesis, chapter 10). Amongst them you will find
some to which reference is made in the Ezekiel prophecies.
'Let us marshal before us in Scripture nomenclature these nations that
relate to the gargantuan Gog in "the end of days".
'We begin with Gog. The Caucasus Mountains stretch from the Caspian
Sea to the Black Sea. I am informed that the word "Caucasus" is derived from
two Oriental words meaning "Gog's Fort" or "Gog's Fortified Place". It is
interesting to observe that the Caucasian Mountains constitute a natural
fortress guarding present -day Russia. Of Magog, Pliny says "Hierapolis
taken by the Scythians was afterwards called 'Magog'". The Scythians and
tribes beyond the Caucasus were known to the Arabs as "Rus", and to the
Greeks as "Ros". Again modern Russia seems indicated. I have, of course,
studied the Hebrew text of the Scripture relative to the translation of the
Hebrew word "roch" in Ezekiel 38:3. I simply quote Bishop Lowther who says
"Rosh, taken as a proper name in Ezekiel, signifies the inhabitants of
Scythia, from whom the modern Russians derived their name".
'Meshech is related to the Moschi, east of Black Sea. Hence the
appellations "Muscovy", "Muscovites" and the modern "Moscow", a city together
with Leningrad, in the very same longitude as Jerusalem. Examine your map.
'Josephus says the Thobelites were founded in Tubal. A conjecture
later than Josephus attributes the derivation of the modern Tobolsk from this
word. Scripture says Gog, Magog, Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Human opinion
deduces these ancient designations as having current reference to modern
Russia, certainly a "great anti-theocratic power" in the world today. Gog's
partisans Paras, Cush and Put appear to be a regular Mohammedan Pan -Islamic
confederacy if these three ancient names have current application to Persia,
Ethiopia and Libya. And what of Gomer and Togarmah? The country populated
by the descendants of Gomer was anciently called "Cimmeria". These people