Bible Prophecy In Review     03/01/2024

If you study Bible Prophecy, one of the next set of events you should be looking for, (not including the Rapture), is a Russian invasion into Israel—or at least the events that would lead into an invasion. Why look for these events? Check out this link if you are interested in a time line of events that must take place around the time of the Rapture. If you are not familiar with the term, Rapture, check out this link. Also, our blogs of 2/2/2020 and 2/7/2022, (scroll down to 2/7/22,) are packed with some historical insights on this topic.

Are the countries the Bible refers to as aligning with Russia in place? Let's start with:
Ukraine

To date, Russia is entering it's third year of war with neighboring Ukraine. There are some annalist who expect this war will come to a close this year. It would appear something would need to be decided as the NATO backed, (or really the U.S. backed‐ check out this chart) war in Ukraine is slowly losing the monetary momentum of western support. Even though, as of December 2023, the U.S. President signed a bill to send $300 million to help support Ukraine for two years; but, this is a far cry from the $61 billion he asked Congress to approve back in 2022, or the recent U.S. Senate approved bill of sending $64 billion to Ukraine. (Please note, the U.S. Senate can pass as many bills as they desire; but, if they need funding, the bill must be voted upon in the U.S. House of Representatives. To date, the house majority speaker has not acknowledge he will present the bill any time soon. And while the Senate desires to send $64 billion to Ukraine, not an official ally of the U.S., their bill only allots $14 billion to Israel for it's war with Hamas, and $8 billion to Taiwan and partners in the pacific for countering China, who are official allies of the Americans.)

However, many believe the outcome of this war is not going to be on the battlefields of Ukraine, but by the diplomatic talks amongst the members of NATO, Ukrainian and Russian diplomats. What would stop the war? The same assurances Russia demanded three years ago—guarantees that NATO would not expand into nations that border Russia. That would include Ukraine. (If you would like to learn more about NATO see our blog of 04/08/2019).

Ukraine, is listed in the book of Ezekiel as one of the countries that aligns with Russia to invade Israel. Certainly, with the destruction war brings, the country's dependence on itself for food, sheltering it's citizens and infrastructure has been challenged. Before the war, 70% of Ukraine's land was used for farming. In a recent ABC News article they report that, “Ukraine's role as the breadbasket of the world is in jeopardy as war rages on, tearing apart the country's agricultural lands and leaving behind dangerous obstacles, (particularly mines), further hindering the cleanup and rebuilding that must take place in order to restore the fields. The war is exacerbating an already delicate food system that could have consequences for decades to come.”

So, even if Russia and Ukraine came to some kind of an agreement today, that would not help the current food shortages that are already being felt around the world, and most assuredly inside Ukraine. According to the Kyiv School of Economics, due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine's agriculture sector has lost $4.3 billion U.S. dollars. However, the GDP of the country is not the only thing the war has disrupted. Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced or murdered, families torn apart, towns reduced to rubble. Ukraine is going to need money to rebuild infrastructure, along with assurances that it is safe for families to come and live again. The world is tired of sending millions to help them—they will need to start helping themselves. Where can they get food and funds? Russia might have an answer—perhaps an invasion into a very prosperous country.

And what countries have been most hit by the Russian/Ukrainian war regarding Ukrainian export? Mostly, the horn of Africa. Which bring us to our next country the Bible indicates will be allied with Russia in the invasion of Israel—Ethiopia. Lord willing, that should be the subject of our next blog.

The handwriting on the wall is very clear—no matter what country you live in. Just as the Bible predicted people's consciences have been seared (or destroyed)‐ref 1 Tim 4:2. They say evil is good and good is evil—they count the proud blessed, including those that work wickedness. Many challenge God in their deeds and in their speech. They do not perceive the judgment that will come against them because it does not come right away. They say, “it is vain to serve the Lord—what profit is it that we have kept His commandments and walked humbly before Him?” But, those who fear the Lord and speak about Him to one another, the Lord is listening attentively and hears it. The Scriptures tell of a book of remembrance that is written before God, and those who fear the Lord and esteem His name, their names are written in that book. These are the people the Lord receives and spares‐ref Mal 3:3‐18.

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation (our Lord's return) is nearer to us than when we first believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let’s rid ourselves of the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let’s behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and debauchery, not in strife and jealousy-Ro 13:11-13 (NAS). Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded-Ja 4:8 (KJV). Be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near-Ja 5:8 (NAS).

Sources: reuters.com-Biden Signs 886 Billion U.S. Defense Policy Bill Into Law; cnn.com; cfr.org; pbs.org; cato.org; bbc.com; abcnews.go.com-1 Year Later: How The War In Ukraine Is Affecting Food Supplies; reuters.com-Ukraines Economy falls; abcnews.go.com-Nato Rejects Russian Demands.