From Catacomb to Cabbalism, Russia-Ukraine War to Armageddon : Anticipating Antichrist

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Amna Raza Abbasi

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CATACOMB Circa. 1943 Listening to soviet radio, few men and women playing chess or checkers others cooking food below the Odessa one of the main city of Ukraine were soviet unions funded Ukrainian rebels trying to make life as normal as possible living underground to inflicting occasional damage to Nazi forces above during the second world war. Fast forward to eighty years in the future people in Ukraine still curse the catacombs if there pet or any belonging goes missing. Interestingly these cities makes Ukraine unique in the world in times of any nuclear catastrophe to be able to save a few men even if that is a remote possibility as Ukraine has labyrinths of catacombs beneath its cities extending to 2500 km, making it unique in the world. That time Ukraine defeated Nazi Germany with the help from mainland Russia, this time it is at logger heads against Russia that the world believe might lead us all to the third World War, and Joe Biden in the beginning of 2023, cautioned the world of nuclear apocalypse if Russia used its nuclear assets stored in Ukraine. “It is Russia I have to get across it is some war or other,” – Sylvia Plath

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RUSSIA – UKRAINE According to Scott T Tuck, Putin's objective definitely looks like a subsuming of Ukraine's government back into Russia's autocracy. NATO's eastward expansion is infiltrating the former socialist entities that were once the underdogs of USSR. But giving memberships to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the approach of NATO goes straight in the eyes of Moscow. From 2008, NATO hinted at the possibility of Ukraine becoming a member, which to President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin is a threat to Russia he won't let happen. Putin is believed to be a USSR romantic whose 22 years are a steady progress for Russia and a lament of a possible single superpowers past glory. The inculcation of Crimea into Russia leads thinkers to believe that Putin wants to rewind the clock three decades back. And same could be the fate of Ukraine. But Putin assert that Ukraine trying to get admission into NATO Academy is a threat which Volodymyr Zelensky should not have tried to do. Earlier Yanukovych, Zelensky's predecessor, had not agreed to sign a treaty binding Ukraine to European Union. That led to the ouster of Yanukovych from parliament, which then president called it a coup and asked Russia to intervene. In relationship of pro EU Euro Medan protest demonstrations in favor of Russia became frequent occurrence in Southern Ukraine. That led pro Russia separatist detached the now republics of Donetsk and Luhansk from Ukraine. With Crimea well into Russia's fold, the war rages on as of today. Russian sources claim to have gotten Bakhmut into their fold while other side is still mentioning. 2,000,000 deaths. Although US supports Ukraine, sending U.S. troops on the grounds isn't a priority. United States and other Western allies on the other hand, have enforced monetary sanctions on Russians worldwide, leading to dysfunction of many Russian banks. According to Mr. Scott Tuck, it was Russians hostility that helped European nations fix on a common ground. Before that they were all at odds at how to respond to Russia. Interestingly, Europe, despite being aligned with EU and NATO and US against Russia, has more to lose if sanctions about trade in any exchange occurs. Europe mainly relies on Russian gas supplies. Angela Marker, a moderator of Russia between Russia and West, has departed. She, with her roots towards Eastern Europe was politically stabilizing the atmosphere. Her successor Olaf Schulz did approve the Nord Stream connection. The tensions of Ukraine and Russia started escalating since 2021 after Joe Biden promised Ukraine a place in NATO. Russia, on the other hand, does not want that Ukraine, a party of US must at least not be a part of NATO. Ukraine since 1991 has left Soviet past, but still has a proportion of pro-Russian residents which have been Putin’s powerful tactic in the game. Russia is growing its armed forces through several ways. A biannual conscription, which President Putin has emphasized aren't sent to Ukraine, then, is by allowing citizenship to people of far off lands. The law passed to Russian Dumas allows them to fight for one year with Russian military. Then there are volunteer enlistment even from independent states like Donetsk and Luhansk and Chechnya. Ramzan Kadyrov calls them self-mobilization. The world legitimizes Ukraine's position in the war. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it will help Ukraine at all costs. Jake Sullivan US National Security consultant, said that they will not recognize any Ukrainian land other than being Ukrainian. German Chancellor ULAF shows asserted Ukrainian right to its domain and vote based system. So did Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine is tilting the 3 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

balance of world security, economy and energy cycle. The war has resulted into a humanitarian crisis with 11 million people displaced, a worldwide food crisis as Ukraine produces 10% of world's grain supply, 50% of world's sunflower oil supply and almost 1/4TH of world's corn supply. And due to ongoing war, the harvest, production and delivery all is being affected. Ukraine is itself affected by food shortages and so will be a repercussion in this global village. To put Russia against the wall, U.S. and Mexico has put a ban on Russian oil and Europe is also trying to get away from the energy dependency. The refugee crisis of Ukraine has shown the bias of the world, the acceptance of Ukraine refugees in the major cities of World and Europe, against the backdrop of outcast and uprooted citizens of Afghanistan, Congo, Ethiopia, Syria and Yemen, demands one to wonder what is so special about the Ukrainians? Nuclear energy threats are the main apocalyptic pressure points of this war. Both Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for risky bombings near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station. The area is under Russian military control, but the plant is still run by the Ukrainian staff. Volodymyr Zelensky stands at the helms of fire and fantasy. He is actively engaged in a war with Russia and hopes of NATO membership. But on other hands have also entered at giving these two away if Russian, American and Turkey trio gives him their word on the autonomy of Ukraine. In the 2019 Davos World Economic Discussion, Antonio Guterres has asserted that the worlds powers like Russia, US and China has never been at such a standstill and equally dysfunctional relationship in recent history as they are today. This is the multi polar world US, Russia, China equally stand like giant Ukraine war in. Gangly every major power in exceptionally mind boggling loss total. Putin being anti-Semitic is also viewed as a flawed opinion as life abuse in Russia is considered better than pure government. Putin was born many years after Nazi Germany and its interaction and altercation with Russia. His parents were wounded and uncle were a casualty in the fight against Nazi Germany. Putin's elder brother died in the siege of Leninguard by Nazi Germany. Putin is most of the times misquoted in the West, who mostly believe him to be USSR project bearer and creating back that great power at the expense of its neighbors. Putin reminisce in 2010, that any Russian who is not sorrowful about the loss of Soviet Union is heartless; and any Russian who believes in renaissance of USSR is brainless. Putin has helped the West during 9/11 world operations, sided with West in sanctioning Tehran and shared information of Boston Marathon 2012 bombings pre-hand. But with persistent Russia phobia at the hands of West. Putin attested he had a change of heart about his initiation of cordial terms with West, Putin believed his faith in goodness of West was a mistake as West misused Russia’s trust and distorted for their own goals. But the negative portrayal of Russia continues. Russia has been always negatively portrayed by the West, referring to Olympic doping allegations a paper called Russia “a shamed nation.” A New York Times column blatantly puts that, The Russia Putin is leading is a sinister dimension for global politics, a definite antiWestern power, adding that Russia is indeed a norm-violating power.

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“Russia’s Snark, a CNN correspondent responds, with another being quoted as saying: “Treat Russia like the Terrorist It Is.” One depict Russia as the “Gangster’s Paradise.” Another NPR reviewer laments if Russia can ever be normal. The behavior that western media depicts is explained by Guy Mettan who call the western media’s behavior “Russo-madness” or their act is like creating Russophobia. This russophobia was translated into the mainstream narrative through the Christian Scholars interpretations of Bible’s Gog oracles into asserting that the evil rightman of antichrist may indeed be Russia.

Gog/Magog: Russia “On the one side is Gog, and on the other Magog. But be careful, my Lord Mayor, when you put them back to keep them from colliding with each other, for if that happens, both Gog and Magog would be smashed to atoms and we would all have to begin all over again — and begin from the bottom of the pit.” In the Guildhall London, there has been two statues standing tall since 1554 one is now called Gog and other Magog. These were destroyed in the Second World War in London. Winston Churchill at its commencement speech commented that like the historical timeline of effigies of Gog and Magog here in Guildhall, world’s political landscape is equally confusing and disputed. Somehow or other these ideas about Gog and Magog seem to have some suggestive relationship to the discussions which are taking place in Paris at the present time ….On the one side stand all the armies and air forces of Soviet Russia and all their Communist satellites, agents, and devotees in so many countries. On the other are what are called “the Western democracies” with their far superior resources, at present only partly organized, gather themselves together around the United States with its possession of the mastery of the atomic bomb. It was a political analogy of that world’s situation to the figures which theologically are associated with the end of times. But the Gog and Magog, standing tall in London are two giant statues of pagan figures, taken from the mythical folklore of pre-Christian England. The effigies appeared in the reign of Henry V, initially in 1554 they were labeled as Gog-Magot and Cornelius later stationed outside Guildhall for everyone to see. With passage of time they became Gog and Magog. Bombed down in World War they were restored few years later. After a hiatus they were brought out in 1993 to the dismay of Members of English Clergy. Today they can still be seen with in guildhall great hall as Gog and Magog. These wicker giants are considered the long-established custodians of London. But similar to Churchill’ allegorical-political rendition of Gog/Magog and Communism/Capitalism, Gog and Magog has been a subject of political sleights as well. In 1971, then governor of California Ronald Reagan claimed that "Gog must be Russia". Using the biblical references and interpretations of Gog and Magog mentioned in the Bible. And so did George Bush, convincing Jacques Chirac in going at war with Iraq, asserting that in the Middle 5 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

East the evil of Gog and Magog is at play. The time has ripen the prognostications of Bible, said George Bush that ‘it is by the command of God to eradicate his enemies as this conflict ensues before a new era dawns, aside from ulterior motives of politicians using religion for personal gains, it is important to look at this subject from the perspective of primary sources of majority religions, starting with Bible itself. The description of Gog and Magog come in Bible Revelation 20: 1-10, and Ezekiel 38: 1-23, Ezekiel 39: 1-29. These two texts asserts that Gog and Magog are accomplices of Satan and Antichrist who will come after a millennia rule of Christ, and will create anarchy and a setting for the end of times. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:7-10) In the eschatological account of Christianity, the zenith is coming back to Jesus Christ to govern his dominion. During that time to avoid Satan from its usual deception of men, Satan would be locked in a pit. All the faithful (the priests of God and Christ) who were rendered lifeless for being true to Christ will be resurrected to be able to rule alongside Him. When the millennia would be over Satan shall be set free so that he can mislead the humanity followed by Gog, Magog and antichrist himself. But the most vivid and descriptive test in regard to Gog and Magog is that of Ezekiel 38: 1— 39:29. Various Christian interpreters like Hitzig, Herrmann, Hölscher, Taylor, Cody, Cooke, and Eichrodt consider Ezekiel 38: 1—39:29 as later added to the main Testament because its tone is different from the rest of Ezekiel. The natural flow of the Ezekiel –from Ezek 37: 28 that mentions ‘God’s sanctuary dwelling among his people to Ezek 40-48 discussing the temple seems to have been broken up by the apocalyptical nature of the Gog oracles. Contesting the claims of modern interpretations, the Jewish Study Bible, mention that despite the fact that various prophetic manuscripts like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Amos-show, indicates there has been excessive changes in the composition, similar claim about Ezekiel has less merit. Book Ezekiel is an autobiographical account of prophet, where he is shown being instructed by God to standup and account for the Israeli exiles in the same manner as God has commanded Moses and he similarly acted out the instructions. There has been later editorial work on the text but as a whole it cannot be completely disregarded. 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: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and 6 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (Ezekiel 38:2-7) Meshesh and Tubal were offspring of Japheth, grandsons of Noah. It is mentioned in Genesis 10: 2. And so are Gomer and Magog sons of Japheth; along with Madai, and Javan, and Tiras. And Togarmah of the north quarters are sons of Gomer. And Ezekiel move on to warn against them. Regarding Ezek 38—39, C. I. Scofield and J.N Darby both believed that Gog is Russia, and Darby went further to assert that Russia with a coalition will try to raid and ransack Israel. 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? Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And 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. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And 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. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 13-23) Old Russian King was used to be called Magog, Tubal is a place in Siberia, and old Biblical interpretations associated Gog and Magog with Russia. Sheba and Deedan according to the lampstand, –a theo-political Australian commentator of Bible –is the region of Middle East that aligns with the merchants of Tarshish. And according to prophecy will work for the state of Israel against the impeding Russian (Gog’s) adventure. So when in Saudi Arabia, in 2016, Northern Thunder, a joint military operation in which some twenty countries including UAE, Senegal, Jordon, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Maldives, Oman, 7 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Pakistan etc., participated; the joint effort was seen by lampstand as defiance to Russia and its under-dogs Iran and Syria. The interpretations of Bibles’ Gog and Magog change with the ever altering geo political situation of the world. In a post 1925 Christian interpretation of Bible Tubal became Turkey from Russia. The next chapter of Ezekiel also deals with Gog oracles. Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And 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. (Ezekiel 39:1-5) There are definite apocalyptic aspects Ezek 38:1—39:29 according to Paul Joyce: Are radical eschatology, accentuation of divine authority, dualism of present and future as well as good and evil? 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. I will make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 39:6-10). But not Every Christian theologian believes Russia could be Gog/Magog, Paul F. Beacham, thinks that it might be a possibility that Gog and Magog might be a symbolically denote any Gentile nation that will rebel against Jesus Christ at the end of kingdom-age.” Beacham later added that Gog and Magog might be any nation that will be lured by Satan to work against people of God at the end of millennium. Dr. Wesley Myland thought that Gog Magog will be the people among Christians deceived by Satan. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon–Gog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the 8 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon–Gog. (Ezekiel 39: 11-15) The identity of Gog and Magog has been pretty much doubtful and under speculation since ages. For some Gyges of Lydia of seventh century BC, ruling Asia Minor was a true candidate for the post of Gog and Magog. This isn’t the case. In Bible the landscape labelled as Magog is associated with Meschech and Tubal that according to Jewish interpretations falls in the places where we have modern day Turkey. The nations mentioned in Bible are land of Magog inhibited by Scythians falls into places like Afghanistan. Kazakhastan, Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan of today. Another place mentioned as birth place of Gog/Magog is Rosh Jew readers believe it to be Russia. Persia is today’s Iran, Cush is Ethiopia, or Sudan, and Put is Libya. Gomer and Beth Togarmah falls in Turkey The fierce fight mentioned in Revelation 16:16 as Armageddon and another debacle involving Gog on one side and Magog assisting them are mentioned separately but C. I. Scofield thinks that could be one battle. And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land? And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 39: 16-20) And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. 23And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name (Ezekiel 39: 21-25) After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their 9 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them anymore there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 39:26-29) C. I Scofield thinks that battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:16), and battle of Gog and Magog might be same, but battle of Gog and Magog could also be a post-millennium battle that Revelation 20:7—9 mentions. Scofield believe that Rev 19:11—21 tells us about the second coming of Jesus, followed by angels and saints. Gog/Magog or beasts for Christian and Jews will be powered by Gentiles. Christ will come back to annihilate them. Whatever will follow according to Scofield will be Armageddon (Rev 16:13—16 and Zech 12:1—9). Lastly, Satan will be castigated into a pit of fire where he will remain for eternity (Rev 20:7—10). According to Alicia F. Jackson, the Christian dispensational eschatology always gave a justification for violence through biblical references and the need to equate Russia with Gog came from that. According to one of the main scripture of Judaism, Tanakh, Ezekiel who was a medium of Godwas being told divinely that Israel will ultimately win against the Gogs who belong to a place called Magog. Another divination asserts Gog as the commander of several impure nations that will try to destroy the invincible fortress of Zion but they will ultimately fail. Incidentally Elizabeth Sisson sees these verses showing Jews as a feeble flock rescued supernaturally by God. One interesting story of end of times mentioned since antiquity, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica is the masonry of Alexander’s gates that were set up to hold some savage and brutish people until the world sees the last days. Similar is the legend perceived through readings of Quran that mentions a certain Dhul Qarnain who built a wall against Gog and Magog, although initially Dhul Qarnain in Islamic scholarship was also considered Alexander the Great but later in depth studies found him to be King Cyrus of Persia. The reason for such interpretations could be a Syriac influences, namely the Christian liturgical texts of seventh century AD like Apocalypse of Pseudo Methodius, In the apocalypse the author assures his fellow Christians that the rise of Muslims, -sons of Ishmael, however charismatic that feel would end as abruptly as they’ve come. The author evidence suggest was a highly revered monk of Monophysite community of Mosul, Singara. And these Muslims are not the Gog and Magog, they’re waiting for; as some people were predicted by Christ and his apostles. These messengers of doomsday Gog and Magog will lead the unclean – uncouth people who will start their journey from north and will try to annihilate everything that comes their way.

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According Apocalypse of Pseudo Methodius these people first came in touch with Alexander of Macedonia when he was marching towards the East. Alexander the great found them to be unbearable with respect to their habits and looks. They could eat anything from aborted fetuses to corpses to unhygienic animals. Alexander with his quest to bind these animals inside a limit, stopping them from adulterating God’s land. For that Alexander restricted them to the confines of inescapable territory, ‘beyond the north.’ after this Alexander prayed to God and in its reply God enclosed mountains over Gog and Magog. And in gap between the mountains Alexander of Macedon installed bronze gates. Pseudo Methodius asserts that they will remain there till the consummation of this world‫۔‬ The gate or wall of Alexander that kept the mischievous Gog and Magog in their place, remained a part of majority scholarship on this subject. Similar is the case of Sallam al-Tardjuman, a language genius of Samara -he was ordered by Abbasi Caliph AlWathiq for an inquisition in locating the barricade that the two horned one built, studies suggests that Sallam was a Khazari Jew, which would have enabled him to study the wall that contained the Gog and Magog at the other side. Sallam’s description of Alexander’s wall shows a resemblance with the Syriac texts. If he travelled to the Central Asia, and discovered an iron wall it was probably, in the Caucasus mountainous range. The wars of Gog and Magog are a key theme in Jewish eschatology in the distant future when Israel will be in peace with its residents in harmony; Gog will attack them and the Semitic nation will spend months burying their dead. The attackers as Ezekiel 38 and 39 promises Jews survival and reestablishment of Kingdom of sons of Jacob where the exiles would get back and the nation will be very certain that He is the Lord, the utmost Holy in Israel and “never again will God’s face be hidden from the Jewish people. In the Islamic Gog Oracles specifically in Surah Kahf of Quran mentions about Gog and Magog through the story of Dhul Qarnain. They ask you about Dhul Qarnain. Say “I shall now recite to you an account of him.” Surely we gave him power on earth and gave him means to (have) everything (he needs). So he followed a course, until when he reached the point of sunset, he found it setting into a miry spring, and found a people near it. We said, “O Dhul-Qarnain, either punish them or adopt good behavior with them (18: 83-86).” He said, “As for him who does wrong, we shall punish him, then he will be sent back to his Lord, and He will punish him with a severe punishment. As for the one who believes and acts righteously, he will have the best (life) as reward, and we shall speak to him politely in our directions (18:87-88).” Therefore he followed a course, until when he reached the point of sunrise; he found it rising over a people for whom We did not make any shelter against it. Thus it was, and Our knowledge fully comprehend whatever (wealth and equipment) he had with him (18: 89-91). 11 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Thereafter he followed a course, until when he reached between the two mountains, he found by them a people who were almost unable to understand anything said. They said, “O Dhul-Qarnain, the (tribes of) Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) are mischief makers on the earth. So should we assign a tax for you on condition that you make a barrier between us and them (18:92-94)?” He said, “What my Lord has (already) given in my control is better enough (for me than the tax you are offering to me), so help me (only) with some (man) power, and I shall make a rampart between you and them. Bring me big pieces of iron.” (They proceeded accordingly) until when he leveled up (the gap) between the two cliffs, he said, “Blow.” (They complied) until when he made it (like) fire, he said, “Bring me molten copper and I will pour it upon this (18: 95-97).” So they (Ya’juj and Ma’juj) were not able to climb it, nor were they able to make a hole in it (98). He said, “This is mercy from my Lord. Then, when the promise of my Lord will come, he will make it leveled to the ground. The promise of my Lord is true.” And on that day, (i.e. the Doomsday) we will leave them (all the people including Ya’juj and Ma’juj) surging over one another. And the Horn shall be blown, then we shall gather them together. (99) And on that day we will bring Jahannam [hell] fully exposed before the infidels whose eyes were under a cover against my reminders, and they were not able to listen (18:100101). Although the early Muslim scholarship thought of Dhul Qarnain and his wall attributed to Alexander, this changed in the beginning of 20th century by the research of Indian Islamic scholars like Maulana Muhammad Ali, Abul Kalam Azad that suggested that the Dhul Qarnain of Surah Kahf is a Persian King. Later a study conducted by Karl F. Geldner asserted that Dhul Qarnain was an honorary title used to praise Cyrus the great. It was later ascertained by Maulana Maudodi as well. Majid Daneshgar suggests that accepting Dhul Qarnain as a Persian leader is “Persian-shi’tizing of Quran” and Muslim’s answer to who was Dhul Qarnain depends upon their racial/sectarian prejudices. His claim itself falls flat on its face as he himself mention scholars like Ali, Azad, and Maudodi –pioneers of Islamic scholarship of Dhul Qarnain is Cyrus. And all three of them were Sunnis. And Cyrus the great was a king, more than a century before the advent of Shiite Islam and his dominion was far greater that what Iran is today Taking the majority view that Dhul Qarnain was the Achaemenid-Persian king Cyrus the great. The question lies where is the acclaimed wall that captivated or captivates the mischievous Gog and Magog, till the time God wills. According to two Hadith of Sahih AlMuslim, the geographical location of Gog and Magog can be narrowed down, one states: “. . . It will be under such conditions that Allah will reveal to Jesus against whom none will be able to fight; you take these people safely to the mountain, (fa yab’athullahu 12 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Y’ajūja wa M’ajūj) and then (in those periods of history which lead to such events) Allah will send or raise Gog and Magog (this does not necessarily imply that the release or unleashing of Gog and Magog will have to take place only after Jesus returns) and they will spread out in every direction or occupy every place of advantage. The first of them will pass by Lake Tiberias (i.e. the Sea of Galilee) and drink out of it, and when the last of them passes (and that would have to be a very long time later), he will say: ‘There was once water here . . . .’” A Sahih Bukhari Hadith states that Gog and Magog will keep marching forward up to the Jabl al khamr which is actually a mountain of Bait-al-Maqdis The Quranic description of Dhul Qarnain’s voyages mentions that he was stopped by a Sea while travelling westwards and also was halted by a huge reservoir of water while going towards East where he saw the sun rising moreover a tradition regarding the Jewish rabbis of medina asserted that Dhul Qarnain reached the confines of the Earth “Ask him what happened to the young men who disappeared in ancient days, for they have a marvelous story; ask him about the mighty traveler who reached the confines of both East and West; and ask him what the spirit (Ruh) is! If he can give you the answer then follow him, for he is a Prophet. If he cannot, then he is a forger and treat him as you will. ” (Ibn Ishaq, p. 136) Similarly the Kahf (18:90) mentions the eastward journey as well when he moved the farthest to East, Dhul Qarnain had to stop as he couldn’t find any passable land, that created an illusion of end of the world due to presence of huge sea and he also saw the sun rising from there after that point there was no natural covering. The description tells us that it must be a land that is encompassed on West and East by seas but are also impassable because of some mountain range. So looking for a place where two seas are somewhat connected by a mountainous range and that too being near the domain of Cyrus the Great. And as Kahf 97 mentions Dhul Qarnain was able to make a huge wall of alloy rendering Gog and Magog unable to penetrate it. The miry and dark Western sea of Dhul Qarnain’s travels seems to be the Black sea while the eastward sea would be the Caspian Sea. Incidentally this mountainous place has a passageway reminiscent of the iron alloy wall of Dhul Qarnain between the two seas. In this area From Tbilisi Georgia to Vadikavkaz Russia the Caucasus mountains is one such place where there is Georgian Highway only one passable route through such difficult and high altitude mountain range. This has the famous Iberain Gates or Caucasian Gates or Darial Gorge defining the ancient metallic barrier. The area that Dhul Qarnain’s travels mentions; was a bustling empire some thirteen hundred years after Cyrus the great and have a unique and somewhat baffling history of a Kingdom converting to Judaism.

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Interestingly in latest news there has been channels alleging that Russia’s war on Ukraine is legitimate as Russia is attacking “Khazarian Mafia, the so called Jews” originating from Ukrainian land, the people of whom converted to Judaism in eighth century, unlike the common narrative that you are only Jew by birth. These Khazarian Jews now make up the most of the Semitic world today. Others believe that these Khazars/Ukrainian are the actual Gog/Magog – the consorts of Antichrist

Khazaria-Ukraine: Gog/Magog The Lost Tribes of Israel beyond the Sambatyon perpetrate a lot of speculation in JudeoChristian works that in them might be Gog and Magog. As mentioned earlier most biblical interpretations talk of Russia as Gog and Magog others like Muslim scholar Muhammad Ali believe that the Germanic and Slavic races related as a subtle difference of ‘ma’ in Gog and Magog are the latter. For others the speculation regarding who the lucky men could be includes the Scythian, the tartars, the Vikings, the Scandinavian etc. the list is not exhaustive. In Apocalypse Pseudo Methodius, a seventh century Syrian Aramaic Christian writer talks about Alexandrian gates, that holds up Gog and Magog but tells us that Muslims are not Gog and Magog and that wasn't apocalypse yet, that has been true for 13th centuries. By some scholars Gog was believed to be Gyges, a late seventh century king of Lydia. Others thought Gog was Akkadian God and Magog meant land of Gyges. A Jew historian of first century equated Scythians as Gog and Magog. In some studies they were thought to be Huns, later thinkers also wrote that Magyars and Muslim might be Gog and Magog. Imran N Hosein, a Muslim eschatological studies scholar, thinks the case of Khazar Jews is best exemplification of Gog and Magog, in the very beginning they were the only ones to stop the fast moving expansion of Muslim Empire, that was conquering every land but had to halt at the Byzantine as they were stopped by the Khazarians in the Caucasus mountains which some years later would convert to Judaism. The place, the lost kingdom of Khazaria existed from seventh to tenth century is exactly where the wall of Dhul Qarnain is found. According to Islamic traditions Gog and Magog should have military prowess like no other As one of the sayings of God goes like this, that God has made his servants, high-powered to the extent that only God can wage war against them We know they had that in middle ages. For Professor Dunlop the Arabs might have outnumbered the forces of Eastern Europe if it was not for the Khazaria and the history of Islam and Christendom might have been very different. The Khazaria Jews is a unique albeit baffling phenomenon of history that is not part of a contemporary narrative. Do you believe there was a Jew King Joseph twelve centuries ago, although we know about several Jew Kings who were two or even four millennia old? Khazaria –a tribe of Turkic origin along the banks of Caspian and Caucasus were once a thriving Kingdom. The descriptions of Bible suggests that Gog and Magog will be descendants of 14 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Japheth. The Turks, Chinese, Russian and Mongols etc., are considered progenies of Japheth – son of Prophet Noah.

The Khazaria Equation Al Muqadasi the 10th century Muslim scholar mentions that in the kingdom of Khazaria there is an abundance of sheep, honey and Jews. The Khazaria Empire was at its peak during seventh to ninth century the inhabitants of Volga and also Caucasus had a Jewish ruler. Constantine VI Prophrygenitus 913- 959 in a book on ceremonial protocol at Byzantium court correspondence to the Pope or Frankish emperor the letters had two gold coins attached while to the Khazarian it had three gold coins. This shows real politics. Khazar might have lesser International standing then Charles the Great and his later successors but nevertheless there positioning and reign was really important populating a land between the Caspian and Black Sea. It was the military that let none pass through it the Bulgars, Magyar, Pechenges they were also able to stop the Vikings and the Russians. The undefeated Muslim Army couldn't rule past their land even when the skirmishes went on for a century The last of these hundred years’ wars between Muslims and Khazar ended in latters defeat. At the end the Muslims expeditions and conquest to capture more lands were fizzling out so this area never became a part of Muslim empire. Five years earlier Emperor Constantine took a Khazarian princess as a bride, a child through this marriage was called Leo IV or Leo the Khazar And in 740 AD whole of Khazar Kingdom converted to Judaism with the ballooning Christian Empire of Byzantium at one end and Muslim at the other, acceptance of the religion of a people who were actually persecuted at that time is an indication of independent policy of the kingdom and the subject that will intrigues scholars to come. In 10th Century the Khazar khangate was dissipating and the citizens of that area emigrated to Hungary Crimea Ukraine and Lithuania and here comes the Koestler thesis that parts of Jewish residents of now Europe are non-Semitic. The very first mention of Turkish people in Chinese annals is about a sixth century Empires that spanned from Great Wall of China to the Black Sea those were to Koi Aur gok turks or sky turks to the turks confederation of nomads After this the expansion came in this area of the Khazar who settled in the east of Gok Turks and were Turk themselves. also mentions their conversion to Jewish faith is surprising to their contemporaries intriguing to historians a phenomenon that is equally mysterious and powerful The location was much to their advantage the territory north of Black and Caspian Sea they had a trouble free access to each to their steppes while the Russian rivers give them access to north inland seas provided a safety barrier converting them into a stronghold who unlike their 15 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

contemporaries were able to stop the Muslim conquest east of Black Sea and thanks to them the Byzantine Empire remain intact they had an upper hand over next door Slavs and Magyar An Arab general in the Muslim caliphate, Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Rabīʿah, is believed to have taken the task of surmounting the Khazarian territory and had went there with an expedition in 640s. Some sources say he died in the siege. Khazars were undefeatable. One century later these Khazars converted to Judaism their leader citing their link to Japheth. Scholars says that if it weren't for Khazars, Muslims would have conquered past Caucasus and the Byzantium empire in the very beginning as well and there would have been no Christendom. And the middle ages would have been only Islamic. Quite interestingly their baffling move to convert to Judaism make them on equal footing to deal with the Christian Byzantine empire at south-west and Islamic Caliphate in south. They reign for three centuries but in the 10th century the Russian needs to show their dominance so they successfully invaded the khazarian area north of Black Sea but Byzantines come over and make them flee. The khazarian were forcefully relocated from Dnieper Valley (883-5), Sviatoslav I ransacked Khazaria kingdom. Apparent heir of earlier Khazars created their homeland in Crimea which was subdued by the Byzantines. Two generation later while the Russian have now converted to Christianity they along with Byzantine invade Khazar. By late 1016 they were able to take control of the once Khazaria empire that encircled Crimea According to some Khazar means wandering or Nomadic whose modern day form is word Gezer their territory spanned over modern day Southern Russia, Western Kazakhstan, Eastern Ukraine large areas of Caucasus, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and even Crimea. They were allies of Byzantine against Sassanid Empire. One of the surviving evidence of that time is the response to letter of Hasdai ibn Sharput (915970 AD) –a Jewish Scholar, diplomat and courtesan of Umayyad Cordova Court. In his actual letter Hasdai asks for what it is like in a Jewish state, Omeljan Pristak observes that those letters were a diplomatic treatise by Hasdai bin Sharput for the Caliph and Islamic Empire but Hasdai’s main interest was the Jewish land beyond Andulasia. The reply by the King Joseph’s court mentions that Khazaria hosts the Jew refugees that were persecuted in their own homelands, Jews who were fleeing the idol-worshippers in Armenia. The idol-worshippers could be the Christians of Emperor Heraclius as Jews admonished Christians for worshipping the portraits made by them. An Arab chronicler makes an interesting statement: "As to the Khazars, they are to the north of the inhabited earth towards the 7th clime, having over their heads the constellation of the Plough. Their land is cold and wet. Accordingly their complexions are white, their eyes blue, their hair flowing and predominantly reddish, their bodies large and their nature’s cold. Their general aspect is wild." 16 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

The written works surviving regarding the life’s and history of Khazars shows that the Arab, Georgian and Armenian writers has no compassion for those people as Khazars had repeatedly ransacked their lands. Some Georgian writers linked the Khazarians with the Gog and Magog’s “wild men with hideous faces and the manners of wild beast, eaters of blood” Armenian scribe calls Khazars a horrible horde who has broad, lash less faces with lengthy falling hair, like women. Istakhri divides Khazars into two Kara Khazars who looked more Indian, others were Ak-Khazars who were white people mostly Ashkenazi who were very good looking. For him Khazars did not resemble Turks at all How their conversion to Judaism happened: “The Turks will take control of Kufa in southern Iraq and the Khazars the province of al-Jazira in northern Iraq” runs a popular quote of the early ‘Abbasid Caliphate. The patently false attribution to the Prophet notwithstanding, this hadith suggests that the Khazars, a militarized semi-nomadic Turkic people securely established in their Khanate north of the Caucasus Mountains, loomed menacing and large in the imagination — and fears — of their settled neighbors. This is hardly a surprise. Khazars had a strong trade empire, they rose to economic power when the Gok Turk Empire disintegrated. They were a go-between a North and South Trading network and got tributaries from twenty five different tribes of people. Their centralized fiscal administration created a possibility of having a stand-alone army of ten thousand, with their revenues giving them a possibility of growth, they also had fortifications with desirable stability inside and has a penchant for keeping offensive position that was unusual in the Steppe politics. According to the Schechter Document, Bulan achieved power due to his military prowess: There was (at the time) no king in the land of Qazaria; but rather whoever would achieve victories in war would they appoint over themselves as chief officer of the army. (Thus was it) until the Jews once went out with them to do battle as was their wont. On that day a certain Jew prevailed with his sword and put to flight the enemies come against Qazar. So the men of Qazar appointed him over them as chief officer of the army according to their ancient custom. It is plausible that a Jewish general could have taken control of Khazaria in the 830s. Which led to a mass conversion towards Judaism. The Thirteenth Tribe was the book that started the speculations on the Khazaria equation and startled the world as well. The book asserted that the Ashkenazi Jews are descendants of Khazaria Jews, Shlomo Sand writing about Arthur Koestler’s book says that it worried the Israeli historians, they only wrote angry responses and not one verified paper was published. The Hebrew reader only found out about it by annoyed and provoked responses and vile denunciations of the thesis of The Thirteenth Tribe. Evan Goldstein quoting Sand said that people refuted Koestler’s Book not because it lacked merit, but because the critics were cowards 17 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

and ideologues. 'No one wants to go looking under stones when venomous scorpions might be lurking beneath them, waiting to attack the self-image of the existing ethnos and its territorial ambitions.'" The main idea for Koestler to write the book on Khazars was to question the anti-Semitism, proving Ashkenazi descended from the Khazars would blow off the foundations of the chosen race and also to prove the genius of Hungarian Jews had something to do with the Khazarian equation. The purpose of Arthur Koestler was to question the racial basis of anti-Semitism, if he could assert some Jews were descended from Khazaria his work would be done. The thesis of Arthur Koestler book was to refute the claims of chosen race which is not the case for us but it is mentioned that Gog and Magog would be Jews according to Islamic tradition and gentile in biblical realm. The Khazar aren't Jews by birth or descendant from Levant but their existence in a place where Dhul Qarnain made a war against Gog and Magog and their military might and their descriptions and their dominance on other Jews make them no less baffling A study on the DNA of Ashkenazim Jews shows us that they only share 3% of their DNA with the Jewish ancestral line of Levant Middle East, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. Such a miniscule amount is what European as a whole would share with Neanderthals. In the sixth century when the persecuted Jews started settling in Persia thanks to their hospitality They assimilated in the Persian stratosphere so much so that they adopted Persian names customs social practices and very swiftly climbed up the social ladder attaining Monopoly quite unlike what we know about Jewish faith this paper mention that they started converting locals to Judaism hence increasing their power and authority. The converts spread across the shores of Black Sea ethnically including Alans (Iranian nomadic pastoral people) Slavic and Greeks. After the mass reformation towards Judaism they translated the Old Testament into Greek built shuls and had prosperity in the local trade around the area Jewish community later call themselves Ashkenazi. These Ashkenazim have a unique Y chromosome Asian mutation that relate them to Gok Turks. The Gok Turks or the Nomadic Tribes of the region of Asia were governed by an Ashina tribe or Siberian Turkic people who were forced by Chinese Tang Emperor to move towards the Black Sea. So the military and tactical prowess of these people made them a powerful entity giving rise to Khazar Khangate. Later these Jews adopted Ashkenazim title, as their DNA can be traced back to ancient Ashkenazi -trade transactional route of Turks comprising of four villages. What happened there was that ashina Elite and common Khazarite who left shamanism for Judaism became Ashkenazim. This was the study conducted by Erhan Elhaik who also suggests for the sake of monopoly Ashkenazi Jews adopted the Slavic custom and created Yiddish as a secret language for their Mega trade network. While during the tenth century the Khazar Khangate started to collapse they all immigrated to Ukraine but lingua franca of the Jews remained Yiddish with Slavic grammar and assimilated 18 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

German words. Later on the Italian, the Dutch the English took away the trade Monopoly from them but the Yiddish remained. Erhan Elhaik claims that some of the real Jews patriarch descended from Ashkenazim tribe. With this connection and knowing Ashkenazim Jews are actually 8th century converts of Caucasus region. Ashkenazim Jews are gentiles taking the Jewish choose race at the face value and they roam and rule Palestine and even Sephardic Jews. Rhineland hypothesis on the Jewish race claims that White Jews area an isolated population emerging from the Rhineland area, descendant of Judah. Khazarian Hypothesis states that East European Jews came down from Khazar of North Caucasus area where a confederation under the title of Khazar Khangate with people of Alans, Avars, Finno-Ugrian, Iranian, Sabirs, Scythians and Slavic and Turk tribes. They reverted to Jewish faith in 8 CE, had the most pluralistic and powerful kingdom in late Iron Age. These Khazars with Georgian and Armenian people had a mixing of people followed by isolating themselves differentiated by others that led to genetic mutations. Along with Jews migrating to Khazar kingdom from Byzantine Empire and Muslim Caliphate. The Black Death of 1347-1348, led to a rising of Polish and Hungary empires that relocated people from Khazaria to there. The Khazarian Hypothesis predicts that European Jews comprise of Caucasus, European, and Middle Eastern ancestries and is distinct from the Rhineland Hypothesis in the existence of a large genetic signature of Caucasus populations. Because some Eastern European Jews migrated west and admixed with the neighboring Jewish and non-Jewish populations they became distinct from the remaining Eastern European Jews. The Caucasus Jews are the ones that are predominantly Ashkenazi. Both Jews are descendants of Judea but Semitic Jews are very distinct from Caucasus Jewish population. The Khazaria Empire never vanished they went through a makeover migrated West and became the Jews of Eastern Europe. Yiddish speaking Rhineland inhabitants Harroll Rhome vents: Benjamin Freedman always called them “so-called and self-styled Jews”. They are not the people seen in the Bible. They are not Semitic and certainly not Judean, but Judaism from AD1000 onward is almost entirely a Khazar creation. Moreover, their ideology and their behavior are truly elitist and racist, just as we see in their apartheid mini-state. Even with other Judaic, Khazar supremacism rules. This is emphatically why the Sephardim, the few remaining Karaites, Mountain Jews, Ethiopian Falashas, the Kai Feng of China, Torah True Jews and other Judaic minorities, do not get along very well with the snobby Ashkenazi, who act as if all the others are inferiors. Note that all the Judaic minorities mentioned are non-Talmudic sects. While treated a little better than Palestinians, they are definitely victims of prejudice and animosity in New Khazaria. Oops, I mean “Israel”. The Jewish are a many thousand years heritage a unique cultural identity lacking a geographical state. They wandered, changed settlements and were dispersed during their history. Eran Elhaik, a geneticist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, thinks the genome data is a map of the 19 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Jews’ wandering. In his work he asserts that Jews could also belong to people that are not descended from the twelve Jewish tribes. And he believe one such case are Khazaria. Elhaik willfully claim to reject the Rhineland hypothesis in favor of Khazarian hypothesis. Elhaik wants to help his colleagues who are studying genetic disorders, for which he hopes his work will open up a new era in genetic studies where population stratification will be enabled for further Judean population researches as Tay-Sachs disease is more prevalent in sample of Jewish populations than common other people. For several decades, two hypothetical backgrounds of present-day European Jews have seemed plausible to historians and geneticists. In the favored “Rhineland Hypothesis,” Jews descended from Israelite–Canaanite tribes who left the Holy Land for Europe in the seventh century, following the Muslim conquest of Palestine. Then, in the beginning of the 15th century, a group of approximately 50,000 left Germany, the Rhineland, for the east. There they reproduced rapidly, in a kind of “hyper–baby boom.” Their breeding outpaced their non-Jewish neighbors by an order of magnitude—despite disease, persecutions, wars, and economic hardship—ballooning to approximately 8 million strong by the 20th century. Under this history, European Jews would be very similar to each other and would have Middle Eastern ancestry. Khazarian Hypothesis is favored by Elhaik and some others.

Ashkenazi Elhaik after reading The Thirteenth Tribe, -that evaluated that eight million Jews in Eastern Europe might not be without the addition of Khazarian Jews –was intrigued to write a genetic evaluation. Using Behar 2010, “The genome wide structure of Jewish people,” Elhaik evaluated seven counts of ancestry, relatedness and geographical origin, along with other studies using varied comparisons. Elhaik argues that current literature genetic findings are tangled. Everyone is basically following the same assumption: Ashkenazi Jews are a population isolate, so they are all similar to one another, and this is completely incorrect. Previous studies had, for example, combined the question of similarity among and between Jewish populations and the question of ancestry and relatedness to non-Jewish populations. Elhaik viewed these questions separately. Jewish communities are less homogeneous than is popularly thought, he says, with Jewish communities along the former Khazarian border showing the most heterogeneity. His second question centered on ancestry: When comparing Jewish communities to their nonJewish neighbors, Caucasus or Levant (Middle Eastern) populations—which is the closest to Jews? “All Eurasian Jewish communities are closer to Caucasus populations,” he writes, with Central European Jews closer to Italian non-Jews as the exception. Not one of the eight evaluated Jewish populations were closer to Levant populations. “I had the hardest time clearing myself from the mindset (of previous work),” Elhaik says. “I was on the train, thinking hard, when it came to me how to separate the questions. It was a great moment.” However, it would be a mistake, Elhaik says, to conclude present-day Jews have 20 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

nothing to do with the ancient Judeans. “I found a signature of the Middle East. I’m not certain whether it suggests Judean or Iranian ancestry, but it's there.” Iranian, as well as Judean, Jews began joining the Khazarian Empire as early as the 5th century B.C.E. “It might be strange given today's political situation, but it makes a lot of historical sense.” For Shlomo Sand, history professor at Tel Aviv University and author of the controversial book The Invention of the Jewish People, Elhaik's paper was a vindication of his long-held ideas. "It's so obvious for me," says Sand. “Some people, historians and even scientists, turn a blind eye to the truth. Once to say Jews were a race was anti-Semitic, now to say they're not a race is antiSemitic. It's crazy how history plays with us. “ “There is no Jewish genome and certainly no Jewish gene,” says the Israeli-born Elhaik. Instead, all humans are a mix of the same building blocks, built with slightly different architectures. “The confusion about European Jews results from their tragic history of persecutions and deportations, creating multiple links between ancestry and geography. By dismantling our notions of genetically distinct populations and understanding our kinship, we can better appreciate our common history, and more importantly, our shared future.” Due to their enforced in-breeding Ashkenazi Jews are more apt to genetically induced diseases. That may have come from the founder’s effect. So hundreds of years ago mutations occurred in the gene of certain Ashkenazi forefathers with similar marrying and small communities a century later Ashkenazi Jews are more prone to genetic diseases like Gaucher disease, Cystic Fibroisis, Tay Sachs disease, familial dysautonomia, Spinal Muscular autrophy. About 1 in 10 Ashkenazi Jews are carriers of a genetic mutation causing gaucher disease. This is dramatically higher than non-Jews, where about 1 in 100 people is a carrier. This led Eran Elhaik to do a deep research on genetical origin of Ashkenaz that lead them to 7th century Khazaria and medieval towns of Ashkenaz. Ashkenaz is one of the most disputed Biblical place names. It appears in the Hebrew Bible as the name of one of Noah’s descendants (Genesis 10:3) and as a reference to the kingdom of Ashkenaz, prophesied to be called together with Ararat and Minnai to wage war against Babylon (Jeremiah 51:27). In addition to tracing Ashkenaz Jews to the ancient Iranian lands of Ashkenaz and uncovering the villages whose names may derive from “Ashkenaz,” the partial Iranian origin of Ashkenazi Jews, inferred by Das et al. (2016), was further supported by the genetic similarity of Ashkenazi Jews to Sephardic Mountain Jews and Iranian Jews as well as their similarity to Near Eastern populations and simulated “native” Turkish and Caucasus populations. There are good grounds, therefore, for inferring that Jews who considered themselves Ashkenazi adopted this name and spoke of their lands as Ashkenaz, since they perceived themselves as of Iranian origin. The term “Ashkenaz Denotes an Iranian people “near Armenia,” presumably Scythians known as aškuza, ašguza, or išguza in Assyrian inscriptions of the early Seventh century B.C. A minority of Judaean emigrants and a majority of Irano-Turko-Slavic converts to Judaism, Jews from the Khazar Empire and the former Iranian Empire plying the old Roman trade routes and Silk Roads began to settle in the mixed Germano-Sorbian lands during the first Millennium. Upon arrival to German lands, Western and Eastern Slavic went through a relexification to German, creating what became known as Yiddish. During the half 21 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

millennium (740–1,250 CE), Khazar and Iranian lands harbored the largest Eurasian Jewish centers. Ashkenazi, Khazar, and Iranian Jews then sent offshoots into the Slavic lands.

We have mentioned that most of the Khazaria Jews went to Ukraine, post breakup of their empire. Stephen Cohen writes in his columns that the Israel’s official annual report on antiSemitism 2017 concluded that such incidents had doubled in Ukraine and the number “surpassed the tally for all the incidents reported throughout the entire region combined.” By the region, the report meant the total in all of Eastern Europe and all former territories of the Soviet Union Interestingly in an article on May 2, 2018; Stephen F. Cohen writes that mainstream Western media is deliberately not showing the activities of neo-Nazi forces in Kiev, which is assisted by US. The revolution that ousted Vicktor Yanukovych in Maidan Square, Kiev in February 2014 was triggered by killing of a lot of people including police and protestors; was not actually ordered by the government but done by Right Sector, a neo-fascist organization. Later on there were pogroms conducted against ethnic Russians and Russian speaking natives of Odessa, burning them alive putting shame to WWII atrocities. Although the Azov Battalion of Ukraine with highly qualified battalion that led the Ukrainian post-2014 civil war is banned for pro-Nazi regalia and slogans, it will somehow keep getting assistance from U.S. There has been rampant attacks on Roma, women feminist, gays and Russians etc. Moreover recently Ukraine has started memorialization and honoring of Ukrainian Collaborators of Nazi Germany. Moreover The Palestinian American author Susan Abul Hawa, has been banned from twitter for stating Zelensky as a fascist and Ukrainian war a reason to relocate white Jews in the apartheid state of Israel.

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Pictures of Russian soldiers making two Russian letters XB with bombs are circulating the social media. Христос Воскресе (Khristos Voskrese): Christ is Risen. But we know that before Christ, antichrist will arrive. St Augustine’s summary of Christian eschatology from The City of God: Elias the Tishbite shall come; the Jews shall believe; Antichrist shall persecute; Christ shall judge; the dead shall rise; the good and the wicked shall be separated; the world shall be burned and renewed. The Ukrainian and Russian debacle is doing just that. In Christian eschatology the antichrist is someone recognized as fulfilling the biblical prophecies about one who will oppose Christ and substitute himself in Christ place before the second coming. The polar opposite and ultimate enemy of Christ. According to Christian tradition, he will reign terribly prior to the period of last judgment According to St Hippolytus, the mother of Antichrist will come from the Tribe of Dan, the only tribe of Israel not mentioned in the Apocalypse, and which is called (in Gen. 49:17) ‘a serpent by the way, a viper by the path.’ (The serpent-god of Voudoo, Danbhala, is perhaps related to the Tribe of Dan, especially since one of the many tributaries to the magical syncretism of Voudoo was a heterodox form of Ethiopian Judaism. The place of Dan, among the regions in Palestine assigned to the tribes of Israel, is in the North, which may indicate that he, like the serpent in Eden, has something to do with the fall of the Hyperborean Paradise. The Antichrist, according

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to the Apocalypse, will rule for ‘seven days’ which are really seven years, though even this period of time should not be taken too literally. According to Engleman, he will rise to power in a politically unified world. His capital will be Jerusalem, his seat a renewed Jewish Temple. (Conservative Jews in Israel are prepared even now to rebuild the Temple, and believe that the one who leads them to rebuild it will be the Messiah.) The Antichrist first appeared in the epistles of St. John, Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time (1 John 2: 18). The first epistle of John introduces an important distinction between “the” Antichrist who will come and the many antichrists who are already active in the world. This distinction not only enabled believers to denigrate contemporaries as “antichrists” without having to label a single individual as “the” Antichrist but also allowed them to identify the “body of Antichrist” as a collectivity existing in the present but destined to have its day of triumph in the future. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. (1 John 2: 22) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4: 3) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.(2 John 1: 7) The Christian conception of Antichrist was derived from Jewish traditions, particularly The Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible. Written about 167 BCE, it foretold the coming of a final persecutor who would “speak great words against the most High and wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws” (7:25). Scholars agree that the author of Daniel was alluding to the contemporary Hellenistic ruler of Palestine, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who attempted to extirpate Judaism. But because Antiochus was not named, later readers could apply the prediction in Daniel to any persecutor. Early Christians applied it to the Roman emperors who persecuted the church, in particular Nero (reigned 54–68 CE). Islamic eschatology shares with Christianity the belief that Jesus will return at the end of time. Muslims, however, who call Jesus ‘the Spirit of God’ and even accept the doctrine of the virgin birth, still see him as a great prophet but not the Son of God since, according to the Koran, God ‘neither begets nor is He begotten.’ The Islamic word for Antichrist is Dajjal. In a tradition related to Prophet Muhammad it is mentioned through Abu Huraira: 24 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

May I not inform you about the Dajjal what no Apostle of Allah narrated to his people? He would be blind and he would bring along with him an Image of Paradise and Hell-Fire and what he would call as Paradise that would be Hell-Fire and I warn you as Noah warned his people In another Hadith it is said that, Allah is not one-eyed and behold that Dajjal is blind of the right eye and his eye would be like a floating grape. Or the Prophet Muhammad stressed that there has never been a messenger that has not warned his people against “that one-eyed liar; behold he is one-eyed and your Lord is not one-eyed. On his forehead are the letters”. It is believed that he will have only one eye on his forehead other hadiths clarify that “Dajjal is blind of left eye with thick hair and there would be a garden and fire with him and his fire would be a garden and his garden would be fire (Book 41, Number 7010)”. According to Sunni sources, Jesus will come down to Afiq, slay the Antichrist with a spear. Travel towards Jerusalem at morning prayers. Imam would try to give his position to Jesus but he will follow the Shari’a of Muhammad standing behind Imam. Christ will kill the swine, break the cross, and kill all disbelievers. Later on the people of Book The Christians who do not believe in him. Once al-Dajjal is killed, the Peoples of the Book will believe in him and will form one single ummah of those who submit to the will of God. Jesus will establish the rule of justice and will remain for forty years, after which he will die. His funeral will take place in Medina, where he will be buried beside Muhammad, in a place between Abu Bakr and ‘Umar’. Like the Christ of the Apocalypse, al-Qaim al-Mahdi ‘he who rises up, the rightly-guided’ will embody the principle of inflexible justice, rather than the quality of severity tempered with diplomacy and mercy exhibited by the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace). According to Shiïte sources, he will inherit the Prophet’s coat of mail, his short spear, and his sword, Dhu alFiqar (meaning either ‘two-pointed’ or ‘doubly piercing’), which he gave to Ali ibn abi-Talib. Dajjal (anti-Christ) is deception. Dajjal would have with him water and fire and his fire would have the effect of cold water and his water would have the effect of fire, so don't put yourself to ruin. Goes one hadith, so does another that Antichrist will be sight-less with presenting Hell-Fire on one hand and Paradise on other, what he would call as Paradise that would be Hell-Fire. In that hadith the prophet stresses that he warns his people like the prophet Noah warned his people. Martin Lings recounts the hadith that the Antichrist will be ‘a man blind in his right eye, in which all light is extinguished, even as it were a grape.’ In a tradition of Ali, the Antichrist’s single eye is ‘in the center of his forehead, shining like a star’—which is paralleled by an apocalyptic vision of St John of Kronstadt, where he was conducted in the spirit by St Seraphim of Sarov through scenes of the coming of the Antichrist. In one scene, Antichrist sits enthroned on the altar in Jerusalem, presumably in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—though the Dome of the Rock or a restored Jewish Temple are also possible interpretations—wearing ‘a golden crown with a star.. For Charles Upton antichrist is a system, whiles traditional authorities across religions with likes of Martin Lings and René Guénon believe that antichrist is an individual. The symbol for both 25 ‫ٓاہنمراضابعیس‬

Christ and Antichrist, according to St Hippolytus, is the lion. (It’s an interesting fact that the god Legba, the ‘Christ’ of the Voudoo religion, is also symbolized by the lion.) As Guénon says in The Reign of Quantity, that like the Arabic words for Christ El-Mesiha and anti-christ El-Mesikh which only differs due to a dot. In which mesikh literally means deformed which will be the case with Antichrist who will literally deform the qualities of Messiah but use in an inverted sense. Last year the Russian Patriarch Kirill during a speech declared that it is Russia’s duty to annihilate the antichrist that would destroy the whole world and Russia. He did not explicitly mention Ukraine but that is what the world knew he was talking about. He emphasized that Russia is the katechon prophesized in the scripture, who will stand against the man of perdition. A lot of evangelist believe that Russia and Putin are supposed to wage this war to start the end of times, as they mention Ezekiel God says, ‘I’m going to put hooks in your jaws and I’m going to draw you into this battle, whether you like it or not. Muslim thinker Muhammad Ali believed the Germanic and Slavic who has a slight difference like ma in Gog and Magog are the real contenders of being consort of antichrist. Interestingly these two races are against each other in this war Russia (Slavic) and Ukraine (backed by Germanic Europe) are bringing the world to the cusp of apocalypse. Volodymyr (Zelensky) and Valadimir (Putin) means “ruler of peace,” “great leader,” and “peaceful emperor,” in Russian and Ukrainian origins alike. Ironically both of them are doing the literal opposite of their names and are the contenders of who could be the real antichrist of our times.

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CABBALISM In the Jewish Mythology of Kabbalah, a red string worn on the left hand by a person depicts that he is a receiver of spiritual blessings. Interestingly few pictures of Vladimir Putin is the office shows him wearing that. Not the side you’d expect to be having it. As Russian literature in the post-Soviet times seems to be opposed to kabbalah.

It is interesting to note that Russian literature is pretty much against Kabbalah, a poem about Moscow goes like this: Russia is in grievous alarm, Katz has really gone wild, He is recklessly putting up synagogues His bald kike head gleaming. The ads are full of Kabbalah, And murderers are everywhere.

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The churches are open, but their doors are closed To those with righteous hearts. Another poem keenly articulates that: Judeo-Masonic frauds are everywhere, Produced by Friedman and Berman in cahoots As soon as Moscow winds are blowing The kikes work their magic in the cemetery. Kabbalah has caught Russia in its poisonous web, But Spring is coming, the Holy Era of the Resurrection, I am leaving my house with an ice pick and a banner. The black banner is flying in the Moscow wind. Russia is aflame and its fires are spreading.

Kabbalah (spelled Cabalah or Qabalah as well) is a Jewish practice based on linguistic and numerical Hebrew –each of which relies on a unique physical and spiritual ambit of God. Kabbalah can re-establish the unity of the world, it lost after Adam. This is the belief of Kabbalists. Antichrist would be a time ‘deception’ would be at its extreme. The right will feel like wrong and wrong as right until, the Anti-Christ will standup and tell who is what... But when the antichrist will arrive, the Jews will return to their homeland. Activist like Abbas Hamideh, Rabbi Em Cohen and writer Susan Abulhawa thinks the situation created in Ukraine is caused only to make acceptable the massive migrations of Jews from there to Palestine. Later on, the great Temple will be reinstated. In it the Antichrist will be acknowledged by the Jews as their Messiah, and later as God. Most of Christendom will abandon its doctrines to follow him. The end times will be times of mass apostasy and demonic deception. Such apostasy cannot be stopped; the best one can do is avoid being influenced by it, which in itself will be a kind of lifeor-death struggle. When the Antichrist arises, it is time to return to the catacomb church, since the ‘above-ground’ church, even Orthodoxy itself, will for the most part worship him.

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If Satan is the ape of God, Antichrist can be called the ape of Christ. He will counterfeit the life experiences and miracles of Christ, even, as far as possible, the resurrection. Like Christ, he will be a teacher. He will be a king of this world, as Christ is a monarch of a kingdom not of this world; he will be a high priest of all religions, requiring that all men worship him as God. He will begin his reign with a show of mildness, which will quickly become a reign of terror. He will deceive many—including himself, according to some, since he will not know that he is really Antichrist. From Volodymr to Valadimir, the contender could be anyone or no one.

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