Three weeks ago I wrote in this column about the Russia invasion of the Ukraine and how it could be a precursor to the invasion of Israel described in Ezekiel 38-39. The reason it could be putting the puzzle pieces together to fulfill that prophecy is because Gomer invades with Russia and her allies (Ezekiel 38:6) and the Biblical Gomer has the same borders as present day Ukraine, to include Crimea.
The straightest line by land from Russia to Israel an army would need to travel through Georgia, Turkey and Syria. Turkey, the Biblical Togarmah, is also in the alliance of invading nations (Ezekiel 38:6). If Russia takes a more easterly route, going through Iran instead of Turkey, then the path would also take them through Armenia and Azerbaijan. Iran, the Biblical Persia, is one of the invaders as well (Ezekiel 38:5).
So how does the Russian invasion of Crimea play into all this? The Ukraine (Gomer) will invade Israel with Russia at some future date. The Ukraine must either be allies of Russia or part of Russia herself. It appears as the latter is coming true.
As I write this, around noon on March 21, Russia has yet to send her troops into the Ukraine beyond Crimea. Russia not attempting to take more of the Ukraine seems unlikely. With Russia annexing some of the Ukraine it also is unlikely that the Ukraine would join Russia in an invasion of another country unless the Russian flag is flying over Kiev.
History tells us that once military giants start taking over the little guys next door they normally don’t stop at one. This does not bode well for Georgia, Armenia or Azerbaijan.
There may be others on Russia’s hit list as well. In the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 the list of invaders ends with the words, “and many people with thee.” Therefore, other nations than those listed will be involved.
Russia already has a small military presence in Moldova on the southwest side of the Ukraine.
There is more than just land at stake here. Russia could do a lot to cripple the US economy. Russia is the largest oil producer in the world and oil is traded in U.S. dollars. What would happen if Russia would start excepting payment for her oil with anything but the dollar, such as gold or even rubles? The American and world economy would enter into chaos.
President Reagan won the cold war by collapsing the Soviet economy by forcing her to keep up in the arms race. Don’t think for one minute the Russians didn’t learn something about economic warfare from being on the losing side of that one.
The Bible tells us half way through the future tribulation period the Antichrist will establish a mark for everyone to have in order to buy or sell. A world currency will be established; the world’s economy will be in a mess and these measures will be an attempt to fix it (Revelation 13:16-18).
Things needed to be done on the world stage, alliances formed and crisis take shape. America of past generations would not have accepted an Antichrist, but the moral, spiritual, economic and political climate of America today is much more antagonistic to the beliefs and ideas of her founders and more exceptive to the ideas of a new world order.
Political alliances between nations, such as between Russia and Iran have been formed, the rise of Europe also needed to be developed. The events in the Ukraine, the fall of the American dollar, the rise of terrorism and even the catastrophic natural disasters we have been experiencing the last few decades are all things that need to occur for the end time events to come to pass.
All is not lost however. Jesus Christ shed His blood for the salvation of mankind and no matter how bad it gets here He is coming back to set up His kingdom. Will you be part of that kingdom?
Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). Put your faith in Jesus Christ. We may be months, years or even decades away but the process has started for His return.
Preacher Johnson is Pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County Indiana, and is considered by many as an expert on Biblical prophecy. He and his wife, Julie, have 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren. All Scripture references are from the KJV. Blog: www.preacherjohnson.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.