Since those days the number of nuclear missiles in both countries have been greatly reduced, and there is hope that someday they will be completely eliminated. This, of course is not likely since many other countries now have nuclear weapons of their own.
Before the dissolution of the Soviet Union the two superpowers were greatly opposed to one another, but they limited their attacks to harsh rhetoric against one another and political maneuvering in the fast-changing world. This serious antagonism between the two was known as the "Cold War." A "Cold War" definitely falls into the prophetic category of "Rumors of War." During that time it seemed logical to prophecy students to see Russia as the possible leader of the Gog and Magog war predicted in chapters Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Russia then declined in power, and tensions were greatly eased between the U.S. and Russia for many years. Gradually, however, in recent years Russia has returned to some of its old attitudes. It is rebuilding its military capabilities. The leadership there resents a NATO missile defense shield that is being erected to protect Europe from attacks by other countries. The U.S. and Russia are on different sides of human rights issues and other important matters like the development of Iranian nuclear weapons and the outcome of the Syrian Civil War. This renewed climate of hostility is now being called the "New Cold War" by many observers.
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