Some People Just Want to Watch the World Burn!
Earlier, HNewsWire explored the Old Testament prophecy in Ezekiel 38:18-23, which suggests that Russia will attack Israel on some future date. You can find part 1 of this series by clicking here.
Then in part 2 we shed light on the reality that many of the world’s nations have conflicting loyalties to support and/or defend each other against an aggressor nation. For instance, Syria hates Israel but loves Russia. Russia uses Syria to maintain its military presence in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is friendly with Russia and seeks her help to continue their occupation of the Golan Heights, which technically, still belongs to Syria. Yes, it’s complicated, but most love triangles are!
America’s Role in the Last Days
The Biblical Timeline for a Russian Invasion
Here’s the majority consensus among pretribulation scholars. The “Gog” and “Magog” (Russian) invasion of Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38 occurs just prior to the Great Tribulation. Depending on your interpretative viewpoint, the Rapture of the Church by Jesus Christ may have already occurred, and in fact, may be necessary for such an invasion to succeed. Why? Evangelical Christians are fierce supporters of Israel for the most part. Their absence would remove many obstacles for a character like Putin to succeed in a real invasion.
The Present Escalating Hostilities
As we write this news article, the Western World is utterly shocked by the atrocities being committed in Ukraine. “War Crimes” and “Genocide” are headlining the 24/7 coverage of every news agency. Pictures of decapitated civilians with hands tied behind their backs are grimly displayed on prime-time television and on websites all over the world. We’ve all seen (excluding Russian citizens) corpses dumped without dignity into mass graves surrounded by the hollow shells of bombarded buildings… scorched earth on full display.
In addition, Vladimir Putin and his military are being branded as the international pariah of the modern world. U.S. and European sanctions are beginning to decimate the Russian economy. Putin’s worst-case scenario is playing out before his eyes. Ukraine has resisted more successfully than anyone could have ever imagined. He is a becoming a very desperate man.
In Putin’s autobiography, there is a curious story he shared about his childhood. He lived in a dismal, rat-infested communal apartment building in St. Petersburg along with his mother. In his own words,
There, on that stair landing, I got a quick and lasting lesson in the meaning of the word cornered. There were hordes of rats in the front entryway. My friends and I used to chase them around with sticks. Once I spotted a huge rat and pursued it down the hall until I drove it into a corner. It had nowhere to run. Suddenly it lashed around and threw itself at me. I was surprised and frightened. Now the rat was chasing me. It jumped across the landing and down the stairs. Luckily, I was a little faster and I managed to slam the door on its nose.
Today, with Putin’s largest military gamble falling horribly short of expectations, and while ordinary Russians suffer the consequences, close observers of the Kremlin wonder if Putin is the one who feels cornered. And they’re frightened about how the rat will react next.
As we write, there is no indication that hostilities will deescalate. There’s not even a plan for de-escalation. The trend is up and up and UP! Putin is cornered by nations carrying the sanctions club, the international ban hammer, and the promise of continued support for the Ukrainian military. When a cornered rat with powerful allies (Communist China & India), and nuclear weapons decides to pounce, what does that look like?
Answer: Desperate men resort to desperate measures.
Putin’s Only Path to Victory
Let’s face it, America and it’s NATO backed allies are a bigger threat to Putin than Ukrainian resistance to his invasion. Yes, NATO was weak until they united to resist him. He underestimated the likelihood of this possible outcome. But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t plotting another way to unravel these alliances. His next best move is to distract his enemies with an expanded theater of war.
It is the opinion of many that there is only one place on the planet that could achieve global disruption of an unprecedented scale. It happens to be the most invaded, contested, and volatile piece of real estate the world has every known. And this is no exaggeration for those who are students of western civilization. Where is it?
At first, Putin would wage a proxy war against Israel, much like America and NATO are waging a proxy war in the Ukraine. This could be accomplished by enlisting either Syria, Pakistan, or Iran. Notice how entangled these relationships really are. Syrian mercenaries deployed to join the battle in Ukraine on March 31, 2022 (source: NYT). Pakistan recently listed Israel as it’s number one enemy on account of Israel supplying India with high-tech military equiptment and surveillance systems (source). Ironically, India refuses to condemn the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and has stated that the U.S. sanctions are illegal (source). And yet, India supports Palestine. Also, consider Turkey, a NATO ally, a nation that also supports Palestinian claims against Israel. Oh, then there’s Iran who unilaterally hates both the U.S. and Israel.
Do you get the picture?
If Putin supported a secret, backchannel, proxy war with any number of nations that despise Israel, he would set the world on fire. But how would that lead up to a Russian invasion of Israel?
How It All Ends… Or Begins
With Russian support, the Syrians could retake the Golan Heights. He owes them “bigly,” as Trump was known to say. Similarly, the Palestinians could retake the West Bank. Then the Hamas would remove the 21 Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. Iran would seize the opportunity to fly over the carcass as well. The feeding frenzy escalates when ISIS and the Taliban smell blood in the water. They gird up their loins, mount their camels and jump into the fray.
On the other side of the world, Americans are riveted to the news. Another holocaust is occurring, but it plays out on live TV for the first time in history. Swarms of Jewish refugees flee back into Israel carrying the dead bodies of their loved ones. For the foreseeable future, there will be no more church trips to the Holy Land or baptisms in the Jordan river. Every Congressman and Senator receives thousands of calls each day in support of Israel.
Unfortunately, Israel is not part of NATO… so Article 5 will not be triggered. Perhaps help will come from another horizon. Canada? No. What about South America? Are you kidding. Venezuela is dancing in the streets over these events.
“But wait a second,” Naftali Bennet reasons. Russia occupies Syria which boarders Israel. “Didn’t Putin say in March 2016 that relations with Israel were based on friendship, mutual understanding, and the long common history, (source). And remember those two Russian military bases in Syria?
Initially, Moscow claims that their movement of forces to the Israeli boarder is merely a peace-keeping mission. Wink. Wink. But not really. These maneuvers serve a larger purpose in the mind of Putin. He wants to force NATO to recognize the reestablishment of the Soviet Union. In a ballsy move, he seizes control of the airports in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ramon.
The Prime Minister of Israel now realizes that he’s been used like a play thing… sold out and kicked out of the love triangle. His blood boils with the intensity of a scorned lover who realizes the relationship was all a lie from the very beginning.
It is estimated that Israel has 90 nuclear weapons, small by comparison to the bigger players on the field. But here’s the thing about those bombs. You don’t need many to do a lot of damage in a small area.
The Jerusalem Times publishes the headlines, “We Have a Right to Exist. We Will Use Our Nuclear Weapons to Survive!”
Is that saber rattling or is the threat real? Israel launches before the pundits finish their first debate. Nuclear bombs fall on Syria, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights.
And as Scripture predicted thousands of years ago, the Russian military in that region is obliterated.
Ezekiel 39:11-14a On that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of travelers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog. For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign Lord. People will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury any bodies that are lying on the ground.
Now back to Putin. He hears the news and flies into a rage. The memory of the cornered rat from childhood flashes in his savage mind. He launches all 5,977 nuclear warheads against NATO and the U.S. in retaliation.
The first strike is utterly devastating… made so much worse by the fact that the global defense satellites were hacked by the Russian military with zero-day viruses long ago. Who could have imagined that all those Russian hackers who infected the U.S. infrastructure, pipelines, hospitals, and small businesses with ransomware were only getting smarter and better each day? They were just experimenting back then on small targets. This was always the end game.
America is in rubble. Putin seizes control of the UN. The New World Order is established.
The Great Tribulation has begun… and things will get unimaginably worse over the next seven years.
Will these events play out as we’ve theorized here? That’s probably not the question anyone should be asking. The real question is, “When will something like this eventually happen?”