As the conflict surrounding North Korea heats up and all eyes turn towards the armies amassing in Asia, a prominent kabbalist identified Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, as the leader of the prophesied War of Gog u’Magog. Another respected rabbi agreed, but noted that such claims, rooted in the esoteric, needed to be understood in depth when considering current events.
Kooker, a Hebrew news service for ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Israelis, published an article on Monday quoting a kabbalist, well-known in Haredi circles, who prefers to remain anonymous in the media.
“The kabbalist was giving a sermon about the End of Days and stated that the situation in North Korea is far more serious than people realize,” Moshe Herman, a reporter for Kooker, told Breaking Israel News. “It is, in fact, so serious that he warned it may be the final war before Messiah, the War of Gog u’Magog (Gog and Magog).
“He based his opinion on a prophecy in Isaiah, which referred to the war of Gog u’Magog beginning in the east, which the kabbalist interpreted to be Asia.”
According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; to the islands He will repay recompense. So shall they fear the name of Hashem from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of Hashem driveth. And a redeemer will come to Tzion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Yaakov, saith Hashem. Isaiah 59:18-20
The kabbalist said that the miracles associated with the End of Days will appear first in the war in Asia.
“Despite the near global nature of the war in the east, Israel, will be miraculously spared,” Herman said, quoting the rabbi. “The war camp of Gog and Magog will flow forth like a flooding river, and the forces of the Lord will be trampled at first.”
The rabbi then quoted Ezekiel referring to the end of the war.
“In the end, just as in a flooding river, all the countries will be lifted up by the war and brought to the mountain of God in Jerusalem,” Herman said. “As prophesied, the focus of the war will move from Asia to Israel, where the redeemer will be revealed.”
The kabbalist went on to say that the difficult times will also serve to bring the Sanhedrin and the Third Temple into existence, effectively ending the war.
Rabbi Yosef Dayan, a former member of the nascent Sanhedrin and descendant of the Davidic Dynasty, agreed that Kim Jong Un could be the prophesied ruler that brings on the ultimate battle. But, warned the rabbi, extreme care should be taken when identifying countries with Biblical roles.
“It is important to be precise when using these labels,” Rabbi Dayan said to Breaking Israel News. “There are some rulers and countries that conduct themselves in the manner of Amalek, or like Gog u’Magog. This does not necessarily mean that they are the entities the prophecies spoke about.
“North Korea is certainly conducting themselves in the manner described in Jewish sources as Gog u’Magog but I don’t believe that anyone today can say this with total certainty,” Rabbi Dayan said. “If this is true, it will become absolutely clear very quickly.”
Indeed, many mystics and rabbis have identified several despotic leaders who, according to their role in current events, may be the fabled Gog u’Magog. 22 years ago, Rabbi Levi Sa’adia Nachamani first identified North Korea as having a role in the End of Days. More recently, Rabbi Moshe Aharon HaKohen, a centenarian mystic, interpreted a 1,200-year-old esoteric prophecy concerning the End of Days as referring to Kim Jong Un.
Alternatively, another ancient prophetic source has identified the conflict between Russia and Turkey as the war preceding the Messiah, and some rabbis have even noted that the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear weapons conforms to the descriptions of the final war lasting mere minutes.
Rabbi Dayan commented that the framework for events occurring at the End of Days has been known for a millennium, and though it may only be speculation, current events justify considering these prophetic teachings.
“These prophecies are about real events that will occur one day,” said Rabbi Dayan. “With massive armies facing off around North Korea in an unprecedented manner, it is certainly necessary to consider what the prophecies say about the war of Gog u’Magog.”