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Edition 226. September 24th 2014
Putin’s Russia and WW111!
Putin’s Russia and WW111:
Russia’s honeymoon with the West didn’t last long and has now ended in hostility. In fact the West is now crushing Russia through economic sanctions. The mad dog Putin has responded with a few barks, but soon he will bite back, bark and howl.
This edition is a bit strange for me. I’m writing about facts that have not happened yet. And yes they will soon be facts! These events are about to break onto the world stage. We have the advantage of being informed by our Lord beforehand.
The red bear of the uttermost north is arising. Thousands of years ago, the Bible prophesied this and his downfall.
Rosh was an ancient name for the territory called Russia today. It was originally called Rus. The biblical “Prince of Rosh” would be none other than the leader of this nation at the time of the great war of Ezekiel 38 & 39. It is Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s world- history legacy will be the most terrible, devastating, nuclear war in history!
Putin the psychopath:
A psychopath is one who feels no emotions. Putin is considered a despot –dictator by many, but highly intelligent. He has no morals and in many ways is just like a street fighter. Because of his psychopathic nature, he is a dangerous controller.
Putin is a playboy, gladiator, a Tarzan, a romantic and one of the world’s wealthiest.
He is a political chameleon, able to befriend whoever is good for his image. Dominance and power are the forces that control him. Some have compared him to Hitler, others to Mussolini. His true nature will become evident when he is drawn tragically into the battlefields of Israel.
His true colours are yet to be unveiled.
Why has he attacked Crimea and now Ukraine? Why will he join with a coalition against Israel very soon? There are primarily two reasons. The first is because this type of psychopath wants control. And the second reason will be to assist Russia out of her economic catastrophe.
Putin does fit the prophetic bill of Ezekiel 38 & 39, besides it too late for a new Russian leader now.
Russia is undergoing an economic collapse right now. Things were looking okay just a short while ago. After the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, the West slapped sanctions on Russia. Putin shrugged it off and threatened to respond with his own sanctions on the West. Then came the next round of sanctions and they began to bite hard. Now we have another round of economic sanctions coming from the EU.
Russia’s GDP forecast has been slashed by the IMF and World Bank. OPEC has slashed Russia’s oil-supply outlook. Their economy is sinking fast.
These graphs below are just two that show the economic injuries caused by sanctions on Russia. All other sectors of their economy are also being hit.
One of the causes of the war:
Ezekiel 38:12-14 “Let us go to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited and against the people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods and dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions will say to you, have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, livestock and goods?”
The description of all the goods and commodities shows that Russia will be in great economic turmoil as this war begins. Why else would it come for these goods?
This gives us one of the clear reasons for the invasion of Israel.
Of course no nation would use nuclear weapons if they wanted to take these sorts of goods. They were be ruined by nuclear fallout. Yet this does appear to be a nuclear war. What does this tell us? We can only speculate. It is very probable that Russia will find such incredible resistance from Israel that it all goes wrong and nuclear weapons come into the picture.
Russia’s population has shifted from Christian to Muslim in recent years, although the Muslims are still the minority by a slight margin. The Muslim influence is being felt in almost every sector of their economy. Almost the entire south of Russia is now Muslim.
But the real big problem in Russia now is the Putin-caused economic downturn and resultant pressure on every sector. This is most certainly part of the “hooks in the jaw” which will draw Russia into conflict with Israel, which by contrast has a thriving economy and a land of abundance in almost every area.
Why will Russia invade Israel? The answer is because of the Muslim spirit of eternal hatred on the one hand, and on the other, the results of economic collapse and a great lack in food, livestock and commodities. (Ezekiel 38:13). They will also come to take Israel’s new-found gas and oil.
Putin’s strategies have been economically disastrous for Russia. The question is; what will he do next? If the past is anything to go by, he will make more tragic mistakes. Tensions are already at breaking point!
Ukraine will fall to Russia:
The land mass called Ukraine, (and some other nations) contains some parts of ancient Magog of Ezekiel 38.
In this incredible prophecy we see that Magog is under its prince, Gog of Rosh at the time of this great war. This clearly means that Ukraine’s days are numbered!
The Ukraine PM says Putin wants to destroy Ukraine and restore the old Soviet Union. There is no doubt that this is what he wants to do. There is no other reason at all for the invasion of Crimea and Ukraine.
“Ukraine is on the brink of economic collapse.” This was the headline in Business Insider on the 21st, a few days ago. Ukraine has been in trouble for a long time, but now thanks to the Putin invasion its position is worse. Ukraine is now in deep recession. Exports have fallen by 19% in the last month alone and GDP has fallen by 5% (a very big fall for GDP). Retail sales and industrial production are collapsing, while their currency is at record lows. Inflation is running at 14%.
Ukraine is weak, very weak right now. Russia is also economically weak now, but it is far stronger than Ukraine. Russia is weak, but has channelled a huge amount of resources to the military.
Timing of the war:
The main nation involved will be from the “uttermost north of Israel.” (Ezekiel 39:1-2). There is only one significant nation north of Israel, which is Russia.
According to Ezekiel 36:24, it will be when Israel has been regathered to her land. In Ezekiel 38:8 it says that it will be in the “last days” and “latter years.”
It must be in a time when Russia is in economic need. It must be in a time when Islam is united against Israel with a common cause to annihilate her. It must be at a time when Islam is a major participant in Russia. It must be in a time when Iran (Persia) can form an alliance of sorts with Russia.
It will occur when Israel is a “land of un-walled villages.” (Ezekiel 38:11) This is not a reference to the current security fences and short sections of security walls in Israel. In Biblical times all the villages had large walls around them. The remains of some are still evident.
In those days, every village or city had a wall right around it. Currently, the security system is mostly fences, which do not surround the cities, as the old walls did. The image below is a compilation of artist impressions of the ancient villages and their security walls.
Israel is now a land of un-walled villages. It does not have walls around the villages and cities – not one of them.
So, each of these requirements for this war is before us today.
Other time factors:
The war will result in a seven year cleaning up period (Ezekiel 39:9) which sounds very much like the sort of cleansing required after nuclear fallout.
Many including myself believe that this familiar seven-year period is the tribulation- period. Meaning the war would have to begin and become nuclear right at the start, or near to it.
A key ally of Russia in WW111 is Iran (Persia). How will Iran be drawn into allegiance with Russia? Right now there is a loose alliance between Russia and Iran. Bear in mind that Israel is the main target of Russia in WW111 and right now is out of the picture. Bear in mind that Iran still wants to wipe Israel off the map.
The nature of the war:
Ezekiel 38:9 “You will ascend coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many people with you.”
Bible prophets used descriptions that were familiar to themselves back then. It does the prophecy no harm to insert modern weaponry into the prophecy. But we must be careful and not go out of bounds here!
We can say that ascending like a storm cloud refers to aerial combat. Other verses use “horses” and other implements like shields. We can replace these with modern war-weapons.
How might it play out?
Both World Wars were caused by the efforts of some elitists to change the world economic order. War and disorder cause a cry for a new order. Word wars have always been about domination, control of social and ideological systems, and economic control.
Both world wars resulted in the creation of an international body. (League of Nations and United Nations.)
Both wars resulted in the creation of and propagation of communist control.
Russia’s new bedfellow is Islam, which is now the second biggest religion in Russia and growing. Russia’s new bedfellows also consist of major Muslim nations as well as China.
Obama is either out on the golf course or snoozing somewhere. At the same time Putin is preparing for war. He has already sent a number of bombers out over Alaska and into Californian airspace just to intimidate the US and test their resolve. (A few days ago).
Russia is building and testing new nuclear missile launching systems. News out a few days ago, suggests Russia is upgrading her nuclear weapons. At the same time a news report maintains that the US still uses floppy disks in their nuclear technology. (True).
Russia is upgrading strategic bombers, “black hole” submarines (super-stealth subs), nuclear missiles, and a new array of super-efficient weapons. While the Russian economy gradually collapses, defence spending has been ramped up to $500 billion! Putin is behind this drive to put Russia in the military driving seat.
Obama has just called for new reductions in military spending and cuts to all military divisions, including the nuclear arsenal. Obama has singlehandedly weakened the US in the face of a rising angry bear.
Perhaps Obama thinks everyone loves him and wouldn’t want to harm him. The fact is, this useless President Obama is setting America up for a nightmare fall.
The cold war is not over my friends; in fact it is just going into high-gear while the US President almost completely ignores it. The US President may be the very one who turns the American Dream into a nightmare of monumental proportions. The cold war is about to turn very hot!
●Putin is not preparing to invade Israel. He is preparing to attack Europe and the US. It will be some as-yet-unknown event that will draw Russia into Israel.
Interestingly Obama’s approval rating is plunging. It’s about the worst for any US President at this point in their presidency. Putin’s approval rating is flying through the roof right now amongst Russians. It is at 80%!
The big danger is that this 80% means that the Russian population supports Putin. By the way, a lot of other nations in the east also support Putin and hate Obama.
The end of Putin:
Ezekiel 38:18-23 “It shall come to pass when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord, that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken. Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake (mega-seismic or great shaking), so that the fish of the sea, birds of the heavens and beasts of the field and all creeping things on the earth and all men shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down. I will call for a sword against Gog...and every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed...Thus I will magnify Myself and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel39:29 “I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel, says the Lord God.”
The end of this terrible war will result in victory for Israel. By the way, this “mega-seismic” event spoken of above may be an earthquake, but it may also be a reference to nuclear warfare.
The Prince of Rosh, Gog, will be destroyed by “sword” in this war. Again this may mean any of the modern weapons of war.
The end of this war ties in with the many descriptions of Israel coming to salvation in the tribulation period, especially towards the end of it.
Although the facts I’ve presented to you in this edition are widely held, there are obviously some variable possibilities, including timing. As you can imagine there are a number of variable options in identifying people, places and events. But this is the most logical scenario, in line with scripture and events before us now.
Israel, the only way you can be strong in the Lord, which is an immediate requirement, is by falling on your face in repentance before Him.
Great tragedy faces you Israel, because you will not repent en-mass.
Israel, your time is just about upon you. Israel, it’s time to repent! No I don’t mean repent of your sins, I mean repent of your 2000-year rejection of Messiah Yeshua, who is the only one that cancels out your sins and renews you from the inside out!
Some believe that the “King of the North” of Daniel 11 is the Russian leader. Some believe this individual will be the antichrist. I don’t believe that the Russian leader is the antichrist. It does appear that this king of Daniel 11 is the Russian leader, but it is not that clear!
While ISIS sets up a new (ancient) caliphate, Putin is trying to turn the clock back as well, to restore the old Empire! It’s not so much that he wants to re-introduce communism, but it is the control he desires.
The importance of all of this now is that it is playing out now. Yes it’s early days in terms of all that is entailed in the prophecies, but nonetheless this is it starting up.
On top of this we have other major prophetic developments on the go simultaneously, and a lot more about to break.
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Shalom and grow in grace!