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Is the Russian Invasion of Georgia an End-times Development?

Prophecy Central Commentary

Ron Graff - August 16, 2008

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After the dissolution of the old Soviet Union, Russia pretended to be a model citizen of the world. But little by little, Russia has become less friendly and more threatening to her neighbors. Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent served the maximum term allowed as President of Russia. Then, in order to maintain his control over the country, he hand-picked the new president, Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev, in turn, appointed Putin as Prime Minister of Russia. From this new position he has continued their massive military buildup, started a new cold war with the United States, supported the nuclear ambitions of Iran, and developed close ties with other Islamic nations. Now Russia has shown its true attitude toward Georgia, a former member of the Soviet Union by attacking them over the issue of control of the break-away regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

So, what does this mean in terms of Bible prophecy? It could just be a minor temporary situation, or it could be a step toward the development of the next great war predicted by Ezekiel (Read chapters 38 and 39). Many prophecy scholars call this “The War of Gog and Magog” and relate it to the Second Seal of Revelation 6:3-4. The Seven Seals are developments during the future seven-year “Tribulation” period. The First Seal is the introduction of a world leader (Antichrist). The second seal is a great war. According to Ezekiel 38:1-2, the leader of this offensive is “Gog,” the head of the land of “Magog.”

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him.”

Magog has been identified since before the rise of the Soviet Union as the area of Russia and the countries nearby. Magog and his allies are nations that have developed from some of Noah’s close relatives in Genesis 10. They include other lands north of Israel, but also Persia, which is modern Iran; Cush, the ancient name for Ethiopia; and Put, which is Libya.

Georgia is vital to Russia’s success in any attack to the South because it largely controls the Caucasus Mountain passes and has coasts on the Black Sea. It is possible that Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia came from the name “Tubal” in Ezekiel 38:2. The suffix “isi” means “land of.” The first four letters, “Tbil” could easily be a later form of “Tubal.”

The target of the War of Gog and Magog is little Israel, miraculously re-established as a nation in the last days (Read the previous two chapters - Ezekiel 36 and 37). Israel is portrayed as a nation at peace when this attack begins. Is it just a coincidence that there is a great global push to establish peace in Israel today? And is it a coincidence that Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons and its radical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to eliminate Israel completely?

If this battle is beginning to develop, we have another important question: Where is the Rapture of The Church? The Rapture will take place before the events of the Tribulation. We are told to always be expecting Christ’s return for believers. With these new developments, that “blessed hope” may be very soon indeed! (Titus 2:13)

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