COVID served as a forerunner to just how governments, private industry and the media around the world can coordinate to shut down entire countries, control movement of people and suspend citizen rights using fear and intimidation. Now world leaders seem bent of taking yet another step toward the end times by promoting World War III. Russian “president” Vladimir Putin has further rattled the WWIII sabers by unilaterally suspending the nuclear arms limitations between Russia and the US, citing US support for Ukraine is a threat to Russia. Putin has been using the old Soviet-era threat of nuclear weapons as a way to advance his expansionist philosophy for years, but now it’s become critical. Everybody is jumping in.
Putin, in his state of the union speech, said, “The West uses Ukraine as a ram against Russia. The Western elite does not conceal their goal, which is to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia. It means to finish us forever and grow a local conflict into global opposition. This is exactly how we understand it all and we will react accordingly, because in this case we are talking about the existence of our country.” The Biblical allusion could be drawn from the ram in the end time prophecy of Daniel 8:4, “I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.” If this is truly the apocalyptical way that Putin is viewing Ukraine, then much of his paranoia about Ukraine and the West signals danger.
Putin attacked Western morals, saying, “They distort historical facts and constantly attack our culture, the Russian Orthodox Church, and other traditional religions of our country. Look at what they do with their own peoples: the destruction of the family, cultural and national identity, perversion and the abuse of children are declared the norm. And priests are forced to bless same-sex marriages. As it became known, the Anglican Church plans to consider the idea of a gender-neutral God … Millions of people in the West understand they are being led to a real spiritual catastrophe. Look at what they do to their own people: the destruction of families, of cultural and national identities and the perversion that is child abuse all the way up to pedophilia, are advertised as the norm … and priests are forced to bless same-sex marriages.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is in Ukraine trying to rally the people in their bloody war with Russia. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said any weapons help for Russia by China would be “a red line” in the EU’s relationship with China. As if COVID wasn’t enough, leaders seem to be itching for a major conflict that will result in further erosion of human rights, pursuit of life and personal liberty. Christ said in Matthew 24:6-8, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” In all this, do not fear. Pray the Lord’s will be done.