After a dramatic weekend in which it seemed that a bloody civil war was about to erupt in Russia — and the future of Vladimir Putin seemed very much in doubt — world leaders, intelligence agencies and journalists around the world are baffled and asking critical questions.
What does the future now hold for the Russian Federation?
What does the future hold for Putin personally?
Has Putin been fatally weakened — or dramatically strengthened — by this showdown with mutinous rebels?
And what does the future now hold for the people of Ukraine?
Are Ukrainians safer now that Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner group of Kremlin-financed rebels have been humiliated and Prigozhin has been forced into exile?
Or is Putin going to dramatically escalate his offensive against Ukraine — even use tactical nuclear weapons — to reassert the “fear factor” that he needs to dominate his people as well as his neighbors?
Bible-believing Christians are also asking critical questions — or should be — in the wake of this weekend’s bizarre events in Russia.
How much longer will God allow Czar Putin and his evil regime to continue massacring Ukrainians, and sending Russian soldiers to be slaughtered in Ukraine?
When will God bring Putin and his regime to justice for all the wickedness that they have perpetrated against the Russian people and against so many others that they have invaded, from Georgia to Syria to Ukraine?
Is it possible that ancient End Times prophecies — specifically those described in the biblical Book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, what Bible scholars refer to as the “War of Gog and Magog” — refer to the coming judgment of Russia and its leaders and allies?
And could the War of Gog and Magog actually come to pass in our lifetime, and maybe even soon?
In a 24-minute video just being released on YouTube by The Bible Prophecy Project — an initiative of ALL ISRAEL NEWS — I unpack and explore Ezekiel’s famous (and so far unfulfilled) prophecies from chapters 38 and 38 at some length.
I explain why many — though certainly not all — Bible prophecy scholars believe that Ezekiel is referring to a divine and cataclysmic judgment of Russia and its top leaders that will happen one day, even though the word “Russia” never appears in the text.
Using a good deal of what I call “historical detective work,” I also seek to shed light on the other strange words used in Ezekiel’s text and explain why many Bible scholars believe these ancient terms refer to specific modern-day countries that Russia will draw into a coalition to surround and attack Israel in the “last days” of human history.
In light of Russia dominating the headlines in recent days, my colleagues and I hope that you will take some time to watch this new video and to share it on social media with family and friends.
We also hope that you will take some time to prayerfully process the video — to use it as a catalyst to study Ezekiel’s prophecies more closely for yourself — and to ask the Lord how you and your family should live differently in light of what the Lord is determined to tell us.
After all, as I note in these videos, Bible prophecies are “an intercept from the mind of the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful God of the universe,” designed to give us “advance warning” of specific events that will happen in specific countries before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth.
We can ignore them, but we do so at our peril.
Since the beginning of the year, ALL ISRAEL NEWS has been publishing a series of videos to help people rediscover the purpose and power of Bible prophecy.
This is especially important since 27% of the verses in the Bible are prophecies — yet so few pastors and ministry leaders today are teaching these vital passages or helping understand what they say, what they mean, and why God put them in His Holy Scriptures to begin with.
Here are the videos we have produced and published so far.
* WATCH VIDEO #1: Here’s why I’m launching ‘The Bible Prophecy Project,’ a new series of YouTube videos. 27% of all Bible verses are prophecy, yet too few pastors teach about them – so, let’s try something different.
* WATCH VIDEO #2: New video illustrates how Ezekiel’s prophecies led to Israel’s miraculous resurrection in 1948 after 2,000 years of exile. As Israel turns 75, this creative new YouTube video was produced by The Bible Prophecy Project.
Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.