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by Dr. John Thomas
From these premises, then, I think, there cannot be the shadow of a doubt that the Autocrat of Russia, when he shall have attained to the plenitude of his power and dominion, is the subject of the prophecy contained in the thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth of Ezekiel.
This personage at present is only "Autocrat of All the Russias," that is, of Ros, Mosc, and Tobl; while the Emperor of Austria holds the position of Gogue and Magogue.
But, as we have seen elsewhere, the Austrian and German empire is doomed to extinction by fire and sword; so that when this is broken up the Gogueship will be assumed by the Autocrat, or "prince of Ros, Mosc, and Tobl".
Having proved as I think, that the phrase "Gogue of the land of Magogue" signifies Emperor of Germany, and that the particular emperor referred to will also be the "prince of Ros, Mosc, and Tobl" -- that is, that at some time hereafter, and that not far off, a Czar of Russia will be both Emperor of Germany and Autocrat of All the Russias -- I proceed to remark that, although the Son of Man is his conqueror, he is to be antagonized by another power before he comes to fight his last battle, in which he loses both his life and crown.
Ezekiel informs us that Gogue's earthly adversary occupies the countries of Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish; and that when the Autocrat (for Gogue is an autocrat, ruling by his own will ) invades the Holy Land for the purpose of spoiling the Jews, the Lion-power of these countries assumes a threatening attitude, and dares him to execute his purpose.
"Art thou come to take a spoil?
Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey"?
Thus it speaks to Gogue: as much as to say, "Thou shalt not spoil Israel and subdue their country, if we can help it".
The prophet Daniel, however, shows that the only effect of these threatening tidings is to make him furious; for he says, "Therefore shall he go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many".
But furious as Daniel represents him, Ezekiel testifies that he meets with one more potently furious than himself.
But this is not the Lion-power of Tarshish, but the Lord God Himself, "whose fury comes up into his face" when He beholds the extortioner and spoiler ravening upon His prey.
The lion - and merchant - power of Tarshish will not be permitted to usurp the glory of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
It is to the latter that Jehovah hath assigned the work of delivering His people from the destroyer.
The Lion-power of Tarshish, which will possess Edom and Moab, and Ammon, as well as Sheba and Dedan, will be indeed a covert to Jehovah's outcasts; and therefore will "Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon escape out of his hand"; but it is only Michael the great prince, who commands the artillery of heaven, that can "break in pieces the oppressor".
The men upon the face of the land shall shake at his presence; and the solid earth itself will be convulsed.
He will turn their swords against Isa.
themselves; and Judah shall fall upon them, and augment the slain.
Mutual slaughter and pestilence will be aggravated by terrors from above; for "the Lord of hosts will visit them with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest," and "an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone".
"Thus," saith He, "will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I (Jesus) am the Lord".
But what is the lion-power of which Ezekiel speaks?
To ascertain this we must direct our attention to the countries named in connection with "the young lions".
Of these, Sheba and Dedan are districts of Arabia.