The Mystery of Sheba
By: Gary Stearman
(Of Prophecy in the News)
Focus on Jerusalem is
pleased to present this excellent article on the identity of Sheba and Dedan
that is referred to in the prophecies of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Gary
Stearman is an excellent student of Bible prophecy, and his article on Sheba and
Dedan are timely subjects for study in this present time, considering the
war-on-terror and the rising threat posed by Shia Islam from Iran. (04-14-2006)
The Mystery of Sheba
the years, we have often referred to the signal battle depicted in Ezekiel 38
and 39. In graphic detail, it depicts a latter-day invasion. Led by Gog, it
sweeps down toward Israel from the north. It features a vast array of allies,
ranging from Persia to Eastern Europe. The opening phase of the assault
apparently meets only a moderate, diplomatic resistance. And here, the story is
of great contemporary interest, because of the Middle-Eastern power bloc that
raises its voice against Gogís forces. We see this coalition of powers in
Ezekiel 38:13, where it is shown in the act of questioning the leader of the
"Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions
thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered
thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle
and goods, to take a great spoil?"
invaderís forces are aimed at Israel, but involve the entire Middle East. Sheba
and Dedan, aligned with a group of "merchants," are seen here questioning
the motives of the northern aggressor. Since the powers represented by these
names, Sheba and Dedan, seem to figure rather strongly among the latter-day
world powers, they may very well have a message for us, today. But the question
is, who are they, really?
we examine their biblical history, we shall see that the Bible has much to say
about their geographic locale, as well as their "personality" and "character."
They are a tough and wily people, with a culture forged by the millennia of
political and economic crosscurrents that have ranged across the ancient lands
of the Bible. The invasion that brings them to biblical prominence is, of
course, the renowned battle of Gog, the leader of the land of Magog. Sheba and
Dedan have a specific reaction to the offensive from the north. We shall analyze
it closely, noting that it contains clues to the disposition of world powers. As
we do so, we shall see that they remind us of something that we are seeing at
the present time.
The Russians Are Coming
has been said that the only prophecy in the Bible that invokes a modern Gentile
power by name is found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. There, we find Russia,
called "Rosh" in the Hebrew of the Old Testament. In the King James
translation, its name is somewhat obscured, seen in the word, "chief" in
the following passage:
the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, "Son of man, set thy face against Gog,
the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy
against him, "And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog,
the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal" (Ezk.
Virtually every other Bible translation follows the Hebrew text of verse two,
which actually reads, "prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal," [kc,u lan atr
thab nasieh rosh, meshech vítubal]. "Rosh" is a place name, rather
than a positional title. Today, any standard Hebrew text (such as a newspaper)
refers to Russia by using the proper noun, "Rosh." Many authorities add that
Meshech and Tubal are the names of Scythian tribes, whose names have been
standardized as modern place names. Meshech is Russiaís capital, Moscow.
Therefore, Magog is Russia. Its prince and leader is Gog. We know that
throughout the twentieth century, Russia has dabbled with the extension of its
power into the Middle East. This prophecy tells us that one day in the future,
they will take their desire a step further, in an actual invasion. This being
said, a question immediately comes to mind. Every student of the Bible has asked
it more than once. Namely, when does all this occur? First, Ezekiel writes that
it happens in the "latter years," when Israel has "Ö come into the
land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people"
further augment this idea, Israel is described as a "land of unwalled
villages" (Ezekiel 38:11). This is the building style of today, not of the
medieval or ancient eras, when even the smallest city was surrounded by a
protective wall. The contemporary Israeli method of building does not include
surrounding walls. Finally, the text plainly states the time and the result of
thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it
shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the
heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their
eyes" (Ezekiel 38:16).
on Jerusalem, while strongly supporting the theme of Mr. Stearmanís article
concerning the identity of Sheba and Dedan, it however views the timing of the
Russia-Persia invasion against Israel differently from that described in the
paragraph shown highlighted here; (FOJ prefers to place the Ezekiel 38 scenario
at the later half of the Tribulation era. The picture of Israel dwelling in
peace is a picture of Israelís entrance into the false peace covenant of the
Antichrist, and not a pre-trib scenario.) (Albeit, FOJ still recommends this
article and even the further study of the pre-trib Ezekiel 38 scenario taken by
Mr. Stearman, as Bible Prophecy is always a developing science in terms of
Taking all this evidence, the clearest
picture that emerges is one of Israel, regathered from the torments of its long
Diaspora. Ezekiel pictures the regathered Jews as dwelling in peace, but with a
false sense of security. In short, we are given a picture of todayís Israel, not
the Israel of the past. The fact that they are living in relative peace also
counters the possibility that the Russian invasion takes place during the
Tribulation. This seven-year period is invariably depicted as a time of
instability, characterized by earthquake, famine, disease and war. Thus, the
alignment of nations, the geophysical description of Israel, and their sense of
relative peace all weigh in favor of a pre-Tribulational event. But to drive the
point home, Ezekiel offers us another prophetic time marker of unusual clarity:
it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of
Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. "For in my
jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there
shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; "So that the fishes of the sea,
and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping
things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the
earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and
the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground"
There is little doubt that these verses describe the initiation of the
Tribulation. Take note of the phrase, "at the same time." It is quite
unusual to find any prophetic event so directly linked to a specific physical
event. We are clearly told that when the Russians invade the Middle East,
then the Tribulation will commence. Furthermore, this time marker links
Gogís invasion with the unveiling of the Lordís "fury." Note that the
result is geologic upheaval, described elsewhere in Scripture as typical of the
"Day of the Lord." In the New Testament, we read about the same period.
But most often another word is used. Instead of "fury," we find
"wrath." "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to
stand?" (Rev. 6:17).
concluding book of the Bible makes it plain that the Tribulation begins with a
war, just as described in Ezekiel. The sixth chapter of Revelation features the
"Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," they bring war, famine, economic collapse,
and a deathly plague. Taken together, they are typical of a world war, in which
there is a total breakdown of societal restraint, law, and infrastructure. It
also tells us that victims will number in the millions, as in World Wars I & II.
This war, however, will dwarf the conflicts of the twentieth century. And to
make matters worse, after the smoke clears, the Antichrist will arise as
peacemaker, promising to bring a better world.
Sheba and Dedan at the Beginning
letís return to the beginning of Ezekielís battle. Gog and his allies charge
southward toward Israel. As we have already seen, Sheba and Dedan react to the
offensive, not with reprisals, but with a question:
Art thou come to take a spoil?"
other words, they question Gogís motives. Perhaps through diplomatic channels,
they inquire as to his real intentions. They wish to know whether or not he
desires to rob them of their riches. As we shall see, they are very rich. They
are descended from Cush. We first see their names in Genesis, where they are
mentioned as the sons of Cush, who were descended from Ham:
the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and
the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan"
Historical authorities tell us that this genealogy is not complete. It has gaps,
but it does serve to link the two tribal heads, Sheba and Dedan, with their
earlier progenitors. They were not always as wealthy as they are today. For
centuries, people known as Sheba and Dedan were a wandering people, migrating
back and forth through the desert wastes of Arabia. Their origins are ancient.
The same two tribal names are directly linked to a much later time as offspring
of Abraham, through Keturah:
"Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him
Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. "And Jokshan
begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and
Leummim. "And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and
Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. "And Abraham gave all that he
had unto Isaac. "But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham
gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived,
eastward, unto the east country"
"east country" is Arabia. Technically, it lies east of ancient Ammon
(modern Jordan) in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. First Chronicles features two
genealogies that terminate with Sheba and Dedan. The first is a repeat of
the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha. And
the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan" (1
second genealogy repeats the Genesis 25 account of Abrahamís offspring through
Keturah. Here, she is referred to as a concubine of Abraham:
the sons of Keturah, Abrahamís concubine: she bare Zimran, and Jokshan, and
Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan; Sheba, and
the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Henoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All
these are the sons of Keturah" (1 Chonicles
have called the Chronicles a spiritual biography. They place as much or more
emphasis upon holiness, than they do upon mere genealogy. For this reason,
Keturah is called Abrahamís concubine, because his real ketubah (marriage
contract) applies to Sarah. Keturahís sons founded the tribes of Arabia. It was
first said by the historian Ptolemy, that Zimran established the region of
Zabram, just west of todayís Mecca. The descendants of Jokshan have been loosely
associated with Arabian tribes on the eastern side of the Arabian Penninsula.
Medan and Midian are thought to have been neighbors, on the western side of the
peninsula. Medan is the Hebrew word for "strife."
land of Midian, of course, offered safe haven for Moses, when he fled from the
Egyptians. There, he encountered the hospitality of Jethro, and became a
shepherd in the vicinity of Mount Horeb, the Mountain of God. Though he found
refuge there for forty years, the territory was always hostile to Israel. Of
Ishbak and Shuah, little is known. Their territory is thought to have been close
to the Midianites. The Arabian culture began with a long journey eastward. They
ranged eastward to the Persian Gulf, northward to ancient Persia and Assyria and
southwestward across the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. They became expert at
surviving in the desert, as nomadic traders whose lives were built around a few
village oases that were sprinkled across trackless wastes. They lived by the
sword, defending their trade routes and caravans from competing tribes. To this
day, that is their mentality. They are shrewd traders who twist the truth, when
necessary to complete a business deal.
Dedan, the Brother
Brother to Sheba and grandson to Abraham, Dedan is an important patriarch of the
Arab tribes. His sons are the Asshurim (unrelated to Asshur, son of Shem), the
Letushim and the Leummim. Their territories are unknown, except by indirect
reference. This is true of most Arab tribes, since until recent times, they were
nomadic, traveling from one trading site to another, lodging in a widespread
network of oases. For centuries, territory was less important to them than
trade. In the following scripture, Isaiah depicts Dedan in this very setting:
burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling
companies of Dedanim. "The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him
that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled. "For they fled
from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the
grievousness of war. "For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year,
according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
"And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of
Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it"
most Arab tribes, Dedan is not known as a power associated with any particular
geographic area. But in this quotation from Isaiah, he is associated with Tema.
It is probably the modern city of Tayma, located about two hundred miles north
of Medina. Also mentioned in this prophecy against Arabia is the power known as
"Kedar." As long ago as the seventh century, BC, the chronicles of the Assyrian
King Ashurbanipal mention a battle against Kedar. This would make
central-to-northern Arabia the region most likely to be the homeland of this
tribe. Thus, even though Arab literature is not known before the rise of Islam
in the seventh century AD, Kedar is indirectly recognized as a power to be
reckoned with a thousand years earlier.
there is another fact that makes Kedar most interesting. His authority and
position are recognized by Islam, itself, whose biographers make careful note of
his lineage. Kedar, they say, dates back to Abraham through Ishmael.
In this way, they make themselves the inheritors of the Holy Land. However, in
the Scripture below, there is a clear reference to the disposition of Ishmael.
It should be recalled that when Hagar and Ishmael fled to the desert after
leaving Abrahamís home, they came to the well Lahai-roi. There, the angel of the
Lord told them that Ishmaelís descendants would become a multitude. Later, as
illustrated by the following verses, it is Isaac who possesses this oasis, not
it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and
Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. "Now these are the generations of Ishmael,
Abrahamís son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarahís handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
"And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to
their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and
Adbeel, and Mibsam, "And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, "Hadar, and Tema, Jetur,
Naphish, and Kedemah: "These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names,
by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
"And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven
years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people. "And
they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward
Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren"
the genealogy above, Ishmael is the father of Nebajoth and Kedar, said to
be the "Nabatoei et Cedrei" mentioned by the Roman historian Pliny. They
would correspond to the Nabateans of northern Arabia. Additionally, Dumah, Tema,
Naphish and Kedemah have all lent their names to villages throughout Arabia.
Their tribal strongholds reach from the Persian Gulf to Egypt ("from Havilah
unto Shur). But it must be remembered that Kedar is given a special place
in the Islamic claim to Abrahamís land grant. Because of this fact, he
may be considered a metaphor for Islam, itself. This study will make it
clear that this is indeed, the case. Today the Islamic movement is growing
exponentially. Over a billion and a half strong, and it is increasingly wielding
its force upon the worldís stage. It would be strange, therefore, if we didnít
find Islam in the biblical prophecies that speak of the latter days.
Merchants of Tarshish
that note, we return to Ezekielís prophecy concerning the reaction of Sheba and
Dedan to Gogís southward advance. As earlier noted, they question his motives,
most likely inquiring through diplomatic channels whether or not he is coming to
take their riches. But they do not act alone. They are affiliated with, "the
merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof" (Ezk. 38:13).
Concerning this group, there is no mystery at all. Tarshish is the biblical
term for the West. Some have positively identified it as the modern city of
Tortosa, on the Spanish east coast. Others have placed it as far north as the
ancient seaport of Roman Londinium, todayís London, England. However, it
describes not a single location, but the world outside ancient Israel.
merchants of Tarshish began as the ancient Phoenician traders, whose ships
circled the Mediterranean and exited it through the Strait of Gibraltar, before
sailing northward toward ports in the territory we now call Europe. They also
sailed southward around Africaís west coast, then around its southern cape,
before heading toward the ports of call in the east, where the silk and spice
trade awaited them. Some sources say that they sailed as far west as the future
territories of North and South America. These merchants were the early global
traders. Tarshish is the generic term for their trade in the world at large.
Going west meant leaving the Holy Land and the will of God, as when Jonah
refused a direct order from the Lord:
the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to
Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up
before me. "But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the
LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid
the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the
presence of the LORD" (Jonah 1:1-3).
prophet Jonah was told to go to Nineveh, a trip that would take him by land, via
the trade routes that led northeast. But he knew that Nineveh was a cruel and
godless place. He would have nothing to do with taking the Lordís word there. So
he headed to a place where he thought God would never find him. He fled to
Tarshish. He probably wanted to live out the rest of his days there, in the
blissful tropics of the western Mediterranean. Maybe he wanted to go even
farther, to a place where, even if God found him, it would be too far to return.
This is Tarshish, the Old Testament term for the far-flung continents of the
princes of ancient Tyre, whom we now call Phoenicians, established the
precedents of international trade. Their methods of banking and credit, of sales
and management would grow through the centuries to become todayís international
banking complex, with its fleets of ships, planes and real-time global monetary
system. The entire chapter of Ezekiel 27 is devoted to a lament over the fall of
this great system. Indeed, this is one of the Bibleís dominant themes. In the
third verse, the tone is set:
say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a
merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou
hast said, I am of perfect beauty" (Ezekiel
Ezekielís view of Tyreís trade routes expands to take in virtually the entirety
of the ancient civilized world:
was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver,
iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs. "Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they
were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy
market. "They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and
horsemen and mules. "The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the
merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and
ebony. "Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy
making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work,
and fine linen, and coral, and agate. "Judah, and the land of Israel, they were
thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and
honey, and oil, and balm. "Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the
wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and
white wool. "Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright
iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market. "Dedan was thy merchant in
precious clothes for chariots. "Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they
occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy
merchants. "The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they
occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones,
and gold. "Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assur, and
Chilmad, were thy merchants" (Ezekiel
traders listed above ranged from the Ionians to the Scythians. (And remember,
Meshech is in todayís western Russia.) Togarmah, todayís Armenia and Turkey, met
with the ancient tribe of Dedan. Even then, they headed up large traveling
caravans of goods, borne to the ancient seaports where trade could be
established. Above, we discover Dedan specialized in the riding clothes of
Syria, Judah and Israel are prominently mentioned. It should also be recalled
that Hiram, king of Tyre provided the bulk of the materials for the construction
of Solomonís Temple. The princes of Kedar represented Arabia. Raamah,
a son of Cush, was father to Sheba and Dedan. Ptolemaic history places Raamah on
the Persian Gulf in eastern Arabia. But again, it should be kept in mind
that Arabic tribes, given to constant travel, are difficult to link to any
particular geographic location.
Finally, Ezekiel mentions the merchants of Mesopotamia, Assyria and Nineveh. The
system of Tarshish brought them all together. Down through the years, the old
and established trade routes expanded and strengthened. Many times, they changed
hands, but have remained the same, right down to the present era.
wooden ships of the Dutch East India company followed the very sea lanes
habituated by the Phoenicians. In the era of the worldwide British Empire, their
ships reigned supreme along the same, identical routes. As sailing skills
improved, traders and men of war took to the high seas. Wooden ships were
replaced by iron steamers. Today, millions of shipping containers are taken from
truck beds and placed aboard trains and diesel cargo vessels, where they cross
the sea, to disembark onto identical truck beds in other countries.
there was one commodity that the ancient traders never thought of shipping:
energy. Today, tankers take millions of barrels of oil and tons of liquefied
natural gas to every port in the world. Itís no mystery to anyone that the
production and distribution of oil are the number one political concern in the
twentieth century witnessed the worldís first oil boom. It began in Americaís
eastern states. But it literally exploded in the central part of the country, in
the state of Oklahoma, where a shallow supply of sweet crude blasted the world
into an oil race that continues to this day. It has been rightly said that more
gold came out of Oklahomaís Glen Pool than from all the gold mines in
California. But this was only the preparation phase of the oil rush that took
place in the Middle East.
Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, Britain and France cut up
the Middle East like a pie. In 1922, Ibn Saud created the empire of Saudi
Arabia. He was a British ally, who valued his new connection with the European
powers. The Bedouin had become a king. At that point, oil was not a factor in
global politics, even though it had been discovered in Persia in 1903. But
thirty years later, in 1938, oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia. The British
were already in place to take advantage of the situation.
British Petroleum became heir to an enormous supply of wealth. In rapid
succession, oil was discovered in other states around the Persian Gulf. One
after another, they sprang to wealth. Petroleum wealth gave the sheikhs and
emirs untold riches. As good as this seemed to them, they soon discovered that
their riches locked them into a marriage of convenience with the West. In order
to retain their hold on a growing fortune, they were forced to preserve their
ties with the Westís production technology and distribution systems. Thus, they
had to walk a tightrope between their Islamic past and their increasingly
For their part, the British and later, the Americans, discovered that they were
locked into a conflict between Arab nationalism and the march of Zionism.
Following the Balfour Declaration and World Wars I & II, Israel became a nation.
France departed the region after the Second World War, leaving British and
American oil interests with a problem that they could not resolve. Nor could
they free themselves from its clutches.
1950s, the powers of Europe released direct control of the region. As the oil
industry increased in global importance, the United States became the dominant
energy entrepreneur. American oil developers brought immeasurable wealth to
Islam. Growing religious zealotry was fueled by seemingly unlimited oil. Soon,
the region was rocked by revolutions in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq.
Today, the US and its allies of the West are defenders of both the wealthy
monarchies of the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emerites, and the State of
Israel. This is indeed, a conundrum for all concerned. In a delicate balance of
world oil pricing, Islamic zealotry and conflicting nationalism, the US is
centrally poised in perhaps the most critical balancing act in history.
The Mystery Solved
Thus, the merchants of Tarshish, the Bibleís symbol for the latter-day complex
of trading nations, are inextricably linked with the emirs of Arabia. It is
from this conflicted situation that Sheba and Dedan (in league with the global
merchants) ask, "Are you, O Gog, coming to take our wealth?" Also present are
the "young lions." These would be the latter-day partners in global
trade, whose riches have catapulted them to world power.
Earlier, we mentioned that one of the ancient Arab tribes, Kedar, was very
likely a metaphor for Islam, itself. Kedar has become known for its amazingly
successful strategy of playing both ends against the middle. Shrewd Arab traders
who, in the last few centuries have become unified around Islam, have long
valued the principle of "divide and conquer." They quietly inject themselves
into a society. Then, when their numbers become sufficient, agitate for
equality, and finally, supremacy. Their credo holds that if you are not with us,
youíre against us. Now, they have learned to incorporate energy wealth and
Western technology into their struggle for dominance. This has come to include
what are called WMDís, weapons of mass destruction. Chemical gasses, biological
terror and nuclear power are all at their fingertips.
since the 1950s, the Russians have sent their "advisors" to assist in the
process of bringing Islamic tribal nomads into the nuclear age. This goes on
even to the present moment. In a very real sense, the Arabs have learned to
play the antagonists of the old Cold War, playing Russia and the US against each
other. A remarkable Psalm brings this fact into focus Ö from the Israeli
point of view:
Song of degrees. "In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
"Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. "What
shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
"Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. "Woe is me, that I sojourn
in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! "My soul hath long dwelt with him
that hateth peace. "I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war"
seven verses of this Psalm are a succinct and heart-rending expression of the
awful truth. The word "Mesech" has precisely the same Hebrew spelling as "Meshech"
in Ezekiel 38. In other words, it is the spectre of Russia that is
invoked here. This Psalm is Israelís lament that Russia and Islam are
wholly given over to war. They lie with impunity and bare their weapons for
the purpose of forcing foreign policy. But in the end, Islam will turn against
itself, as the Russian alliance charges south. And so, the mystery is solved.
Sheba and Dedan seem best described by the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia and a few other Arabian partners. Because of their commitments to
the US over the last seventy years, they will continue to side with the West,
and the merchants of Tarshish, including the US and Western Europe. Right up
until the time of the great invasion from the north, Arab determination to
produce and sell oil will win out over their desire to be good Islamists.
The present Saudi monarch, Abdullah Al-Saud holds exactly this position. To the
contrary, other Islamic factions have already aligned themselves with Russia,
making Islam a house divided. When Russia is finally dragged into the Middle
East on a full-scale basis, the illusion of Islam as a united force will be
shattered. Israel will emerge as the victor. Concerning Gogís fate, Ezekiel
I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall
out of thy right hand. "Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and
all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the
ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
"Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
"And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the
isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD"
war is coming. Call it World War III or Armageddon. It will begin in the Middle
East, but will extend to "the isles." This is the biblical way of
expressing the idea of other continents, dominated by Tarshish. One of them may
well be North America. Currently, we are the head of the nations, situated in
the Western Hemisphere, far from the center of the action. But our alliance with
Sheba and Dedan (and Israel) makes us as much a target as if we were located in
the Middle East.