For a fire is kindled in My nostril, and burneth
unto the depths of the nether-world, and devoureth the earth with her
produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the mountains.
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 rabbis words, another look reveals a deeper, Biblical understanding
of the threat that faces us today.
When the noted Kabbalist, Rabbi Levi Saadia Nachamani, 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.
Not Syria, not Persia (Iran), and not Babylon (Iraq), and not Gaddafi
(Libya), the rabbi said, naming Israels greatest threats at
the time. Korea will arrive here.
Rabbi Nachmanis 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 Koreas 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 Nachmanis 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 Sheol would come
to Israel. Sheol 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 (Sheol), and devoureth
the earth with her produce, and setteth ablaze the foundations of the
mountains. Deuteronomy 32:21-22 (The Israel Bible)
[Dov Bar Leib, an "end-of-days" blogger,
explained the apparent conflation of North and South Korea to Breaking
Rabbi Nachmani was hinting that Gods 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 Nachmanis 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
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 Shiite 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.
Rabbi Nachmanis prediction (in Hebrew with English subtitles).
Adam-Eliyahu Berkowitz is a features writer
for Breaking Israel News. He made Aliyah to Israel in 1991 and received
rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lives in the Golan Heights with his
wife and their four children.
Part 2 - May 1, 2018