August 9, 2013
In July Russia conducted the largest military maneuvers since the days of the Soviet Union, “in a massive show of the nation’s resurgent military might” (“Russia Holds Biggest,” CNSNews, July 16, 2013).
The maneuver involved 160,000 troops, 5,000 tanks, dozens of ships, and 130 combat aircraft. At a time when Russia is in resurgence and its president is a black-belt warrior who understands military might, America is led by a man who doesn’t seem to have a clue, a man under whose regime the nation’s most important secrets have been lost and its military weakened to a frightful degree.
While Russia’s elite soldiers train in secret, America’s brag and blab, writing books and making movies about their exploits.
This is God’s judgment on a once-great nation because of the apostasy and worldliness of her churches and the wickedness, selfishness, foolishness, and near-sightedness of a majority of her citizens.
But no matter what happens in the near future, we know the last chapter. Russia is the great Gog and Magog power that will invade Israel in the last days only to meet her Waterloo (Ezekiel 38-39). As we have stated the book The Future According to the Bible, there are at least seven reasons to believe that Gog and Magog refers to Russia: The genealogy, the name, the location, the size of the army, the alliance (e.g., Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer), the equipment, and the power’s hatred of Israel. Russia has a long history of anti-Semitism, stemming back to ancient times. The Israel Insider, June 30, 2005, stated: “It seems that just as anti-Semitism was at the very core of the old Russia, it is at the very core of the new Russia.” Russia has been arming Israel’s Muslim enemies since the early 1950s.