Russia is a country that is rich in Christian history. It is one of the primary countries where the Orthodox Christian Church flourished until the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and creation of the Soviet Union (USSR) which was an atheistic Communistic Dictatorship. For several decades after World War II the Soviet Union was a formidable world power with great nuclear stockpiles. A "Cold War" existed between the USSR and the United States, representing two philosophies of government: Communism versus Democracy. Nuclear war was avoided by the concept of "Mutual Assured Destruction" (MAD), which meant that neither super-power would dare attack the other since both would surely be annihilated in the exchange. The USSR was disbanded in 1991 with the so-called "Fall of the Iron Curtain."

There has been progress toward a stable democracy in Russia since 1991 with free elections and greater freedom of religion. However, the politics of Vladimir Putin have undermined confidence in their democracy. It is possible that the country will revert to old dictatorial practices.

Prophecy scholars have wondered for more than a century if Russia would be the End Times leader of the war of Gog and Magog, prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39. We relate this to the war of the Second Seal in Revelation 6:3-4, a major conflict near the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Some respected scholars apply it to The Battle of Armageddon later in the Book of Revelation.

The Aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel 38:1-4
According to Ezekiel, an alliance of enemies will attack Israel in the end-times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog (most likely Russia), who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia and Somalia), Put (Libya), Gomer, Beth Togarmah and other nations (possibly Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union). Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10.

God will bring a quick end to this future war. He may use literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or he might pit nation against nation, the way he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.

And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. - Ezekiel 38:22 (NIV)

There has been a surprising resurgence of faith in Russia, but the will of the people may not be able to deflect the governments's direction when this war is fought.

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Syrian campaign showcased Russian military might, Putin says

Dec. 29, 2017 -
President Vladimir Putin praised Russia's soldiers Thursday for their actions in Syria, boasting that the campaign demonstrated the nation's military might to the world.
Source: Fox

Prophetic Significance of Russia

Russia's New Electromagnetic Missile to Turn Enemy Weapons Into 'Scrap Metal'

Sept. 29, 2017 - According to the deputy head of Russia's Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET):
Russia is developing radio-electronic weapons, which use a powerful UHF impulse capable of destroying all electronic equipment miles away.

Vladimir Mikheev said that all leading world powers, including the US and China, are developing similar technologies.

Source: Sputnik

Putin expels 755 diplomats in response to US sanctions

July 30, 2017 - The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Russia in retaliation both for Russia's takeover of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Vladimir Putin called it "unprovoked step towards worsening bilateral relations," and responded by expelling 755 U.S.diplomats from Russia.
Source: Fox
US Says Cuts to Staff in Russia 'Uncalled For' - NewsMax

Report: Russia Wants to Build World's Biggest Aircraft Carrier

Apr. 25, 2017 - Because of escalating world tensions, Russia wants to build the biggest aircraft carrier in the world.
The carrier, coined the "Shtorm," is projected to be similar in size to the U.S. Gerald R. Ford supercarrier with a take-off deck the equivalent of three football fields with room for up to 100 fighters and bombers. The cost is expected to be between $6.15 and $17.5 billion.

The cost for the massive project would be between $6.15 and $17.5 billion.

Source: NewsMax

Tillerson, G7 ministers look to pressure Russia to reconsider Assad support

Apr. 10, 2017 -
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, along with six other Group of Seven [G-7] foreign ministers, aims to send Russia a “clear and coordinated message” in the wake ofthe U.S.’ response to a gas attack that left scores dead.
Source: Fox
Haley on Russia and Iran: 'I don't think anything is off the table' - CNN
Putin must choose between Iran axis and US - Times of Israel
Syria war: Anger after Russia vetoes resolution at UN - BBC

Russia Warns of 'Extremely Serious' Consequences From US Strike in Syria

Apr. 7, 2017 - In the wake of Syria's chemical attack, and President Trump's retaliation against the Syrian airbase, Russian officials have expressed their anger against the U.S.
"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the U.S. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious,” Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev characterized the U.S. strikes as one step away from clashing with Russia's military.

Source: NewsMax
Syria war: US 'disappointed' at Russia's Syria stance - BBC
Did Russia Hit Hospital To Cover Up Syrian Gas Horror? New U.S. Probe On Kremlin Involvement - Fox
Newt Gingrich: China, Russia 'Shaken' By Syria Strike - NewsMax
Syria, Russia and Iran threaten the US: “We will respond to every attack” - Jerusalem Online

How Russia Is Turning Syria into a Major Naval Base for Nuclear Warships (and Israel Is Worried)

Mar. 18, 2017 - Russia and Syiria have entered into a 49-year agreement to allow Russia to have a major naval outpost at Tartus.
The specification allowing nuclear-powered warships means that Russia wants to be able to base in Syria large surface ships, namely Kirov-class nuclear-powered battle cruisers, as well as nuclear submarines.
Source: National Interest

Russia spy ship located near U.S. Navy base in Virginia

Feb. 18, 2017 - On Wednesday the Viktor Leonov, a Russian spy ship, was near the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, known as the “Home of the Submarine Force.” On Friday it was located near another U.S. naval base in Virginia.

Last week a group of Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea and the U.S. accused Russia of secretly deploying cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Source: CBS

Russia sends Syria its largest missile delivery to date, US officials say

Feb. 8, 2017 -

Russia has just sent Syria the largest shipment of missiles between the two countries to date...The shipment of 50 SS-21 short-range ballistic missiles arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus along the Mediterranean Sea in the past two days.

Source: Fox

Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall

Jan. 31, 2017 - In a push to dominate the Arctic regions, Russia is building new nuclear icebreakers. It is thought that the Arctic holds more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia.

Russia's build-up is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had.

Source: AOL

Russia freezes Syrian, Iranian military movements

July 31, 2017 -

An order to remain stationary was issued ... by the Russian Commander in Syria Lt. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlev to the high commands of the Syrian army and of the Iranian and Shiite forces positioned in Aleppo, as well as Hizballah.

Source: DEBKA
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