North Korea has only recently emerged as a major threat to the Western world, but a noted kabbalist predicted 22 years ago that the rogue nation would become the nuclear key to the final war of Gog and Magog. Now that politics have shifted, revealing the prophetic nature of the rabbi’s words, another look reveals a deeper, Biblical understanding of the threat that faces us today.
When Rabbi Levi Sa’adia Nachamanii gave a speech in 1994, one month before he died, he surprisingly warned that of all the threats to Israel, North Korea posed the most danger.
Rabbi Nachmani’s prediction was shocking for many reasons. He had accurately predicted the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, giving credence to his prediction, but it was inconceivable that the threats he mentioned, all posing the greatest dangers to Israel at the time, would vanish. As time has shown, that is precisely what has happened since the rabbi made his speech.
Even more perplexing was his prediction that North Korea would threaten Israel, since North Korea was not even considered a real threat to any country other than South Korea at the time.
That has changed dramatically in recent years. Since its first nuclear test ten years ago, North Korea’s weapons testing has increased in frequency and size. Coupled with its missile program, condemned by the UN and neighboring countries, North Korea has made its aggressive intentions and capabilities clear. Earlier this month, White House representative Nick Rivero was quoted saying the United States was “very close” to engaging in some sort of retaliation towards North Korea.
In Rabbi Nachmani’s prediction, he provided an oblique Biblical reference to support his claim that the distant country would one day become a major threat. He warned that ‘She’ol’ would come to Israel. She’ol is Hebrew for Hell, but it is spelled the same way in Hebrew as Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The rabbi cited a verse hinting at the name of the distant city with nuclear overtones.
They have roused Me to jealousy with a no-god; they have provoked Me with their vanities; and I will rouse them to jealousy with a no-people; I will provoke them with a vile nation. For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth unto the depths of the nether-world (She’ol), and devoureth the earth with her produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains. Deuteronomy 32:22
“Rabbi Nachmani was hinting that God’s fire cited in the verse is a nuclear war that would begin between North and South Korea. North Korea will attack Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Those same nukes will be used by Iran to threaten Israel,” he clarified.
“In the verses, the ‘no-god’ is the current global tendency towards atheism,” Bar Leib explained. “The ‘no-people’ are the Palestinians who are not a nation.”
Bar Leib explained that Rabbi Nachmani’s reference to North Korea had its source in the Zohar, the foundational work of Jewish mysticism. He cited a section of the Zohar (VaEira 32a) which states that the nation of Islam would be given 1,300 years to rule in the land of Israel, 100 years for every year until Ishmael was circumcised. After that period, a nation “from the edge of the earth” would be aroused against Rome and wage war against it for three months.
“The globe does not have an edge,” acknowledged Bar Leib. “But the international date line runs through North Korea. That line is in effect the dividing line on the globe, technically the beginning and the end.”
The Zohar, Bar Leb notes, quotes a verse in Isaiah which describes this catastrophic war with the country at the edge of the world.
The sword of Hashem is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for Hashem hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom. Isaiah 34:6
“Bozrah is a Shi’ite city in Iraq, technically controlled by Iran,” explained Bar Leib. Bozrah is described in the Zohar as aligned with the country at the edge of the world, which, according to Bar Leib, is North Korea.
“This is the Biblical source for this unholy and unlikely connection between Iran, named as Bozrah, and North Korea, described as the edge of the earth. Edom, their common enemy, is the Western World.”
An alliance between Iran and North Korea seems illogical, since the two nations have nothing in common, sharing neither a religion or a border. They seem to be united only in their hatred for the Western World, a commonality that has led them to cooperate on their intercontinental ballistic missile programs, and perhaps on their nuclear programs as well.
“When the two come together, as described in the Zohar,” said Bar Leib, “It will be the final war of Gog and Magog, as described by Rabbi Nachmani.”
Watch Rabbi Nachmani’s prediction (in Hebrew with English subtitles):