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Tubal In Prophecy

Tubal (not to be confused with Tubal-Cain of Genesis 4:22) was born after The Flood; he was the fifth son of Noah's youngest son Japheth. According to the Scriptures, and secular history, Tubal's descendants, along with those of Gog, Magog, Gomer, Meshesh and others form a great north and central Asiatic nation that includes parts of Russia, Mongolia and China (e.g. the people of Meshesh, known as Moskhi to the Greeks, became known as Muskovs - from Muskov was named the Russian capital city of Moscow). Although mentioned in Bible History, most of what the Scriptures have to say about Tubal is yet-to-occur Prophecy.

Tubal In History And Prophecy

The World Tubal was born after the flood; his descendants, as a nation (nation means a specific race of people, whereas country means a political entity e.g. see Country and Nation) have existed since very ancient times.

"These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras." (Genesis 10:1-2 RSV)

After The Return Of Jesus Christ, Satan will be imprisoned in The Abyss for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3) and not permitted to deceive the nations any further (see Who Still Rules The World Today?) at that time, but even so, hostility toward Christ's rule will only be fully cured by events on the battlefield. A great Asiatic army (the Scriptures describe that the "Christian" people of the rest of the world will be more cooperative by then, after they learned their lesson, the hard way), which will include people of Tubal, will come against The Messiah at Jerusalem when Israel is living in peace and appears militarily-weak (i.e. "without walls") because The Messiah will be their army. According to the Word of God, the great army of invaders will be annihilated; it will take 7 months to bury all of the dead troops:

"The word of The Lord came to me: "Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says The Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; and I will turn you about, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords; Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Bethtogarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes - many peoples are with you.

"Be ready and keep ready, you and all the hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. After many days you will be mustered; in the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land where people were gathered from many nations upon the mountains of Israel [see The Gathering of Israel and Judah], which had been a continual waste; its people were brought out from the nations and now dwell securely, all of them. You will advance, coming on like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you." (Ezekiel 38:1-9 RSV)

"And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus says The Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; and I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel; then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples that are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the wild beasts to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field; for I have spoken, says The Lord God ... For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land." (Ezekiel 39:1-5,12 RSV)

After their hard-learned lessons, the people of Tubal, along with all of the other nations/people of Asia, and all of the other nations/people of the entire world, will come to know The Lord at that time:

"I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard My fame or seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to The Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says The Lord, just as the Israelites bring their cereal offering in a clean vessel to the house of The Lord. And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says The Lord. "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me, says The Lord; so shall your descendants and your name remain. From new moon to new moon [see New Moon, New Month], and from Sabbath to Sabbath [see The Fourth Commandment], all flesh shall come to worship before Me, says The Lord." (Isaiah 66:19-23 RSV)

Fact Finder: At the end of the 1,000 years, when Satan is released for a short time, will he again cause the people of Gog and Magog to fight the rule of The Messiah?
Revelation 20:7-10


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