If it is, it’s hardly surprising—it’s a horrific spectacle! On 24th February the world woke up to the shocking news that Russia had invaded Ukraine. It has become increasingly evident as the war has progressed that Putin is determined to conquer Ukraine, whatever the human and economic cost.
World leaders are asking the questions: Where next? Where will Putin stop his expansive aggression? Given his unpredictability, he has everyone guessing.
Bible prophecy, however, is clear. Ezekiel Ch. 38 describes a major invasion of the Middle East, focussed on Israel. This invasion is carried out by a confederacy of nations led by a power named “Gog”, the ruler over a territory whose ancient names are identified by historians as modern Russia (Ezekiel 38 v1-3). Significantly, the leader of this invading confederacy, Gog, is also described as ruling “Magog”. Ancient maps show the area of Magog situated between the River Don and River Danube, encompassing the country we now know as Ukraine.
This invasion of the Middle East will culminate in the battle of Armageddon, in the Land of Israel (Revelation 16v16). Not the end of the World in nuclear conflagration, as some fear, but the beginning of a new and better era for this World. Ezekiel 38 v 21-23 describes God’s destruction of the invading armies, and the world beginning to realise that there is a God, whose purpose with this Earth will be accomplished.
It will be the time when Jesus Christ returns to this earth (Revelation 16v15) to set up the Kingdom of God, ruling with justice and authority to achieve the words of Isaiah 2 v 4 “…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (ESV)
As believers in God, we long for that day.
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