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Monday, September 23, 2013

Russia, a superpower on the rebound

Prophecy Sign:  The Rise of the Land of Magog, (Russia) and her leader Gog

As the article reports, Russia is working hard to re-establish her credentials as a Superpower, with much of her renewed strength being derived from her influence in the Middle-East. At the head of the nation for much of this restoration has been Russian President, Vladimir Putin who may look to extend his reign at the head of the great northern Bear by running for yet another term as President.

Bible prophecy tells us that at the time of the end, a major power will arise from the farthest reaches north of Israel, (you can't get much farther north than Russia), and will align with nations from the Middle-East to attempt to invade Israel.  This alliance will be led by the leader of this northern nation.  The bible calls him Gog, which is not actually a personal name, but a title for the leader of this nation.

You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. Ezekiel 38:15-16 NIV

Russia, a superpower on the rebound
Russia's signing of a series of international treaties and involvement in Central Asia and the Middle East, coinciding the US and other Western countries retreating from those areas, suggests that Russia is out to revitalize its status as a superpower akin to the Soviet Empire. To that end, it is carrying out extensive development of military systems and technologies. For several years, large budgets have been allocated to the upgrading and renovation to the infantry, navy and airforce, including supplying the military with the most advanced technologies.
If the Russian solution to the Syrian crisis is successful, perhaps the Iranian standoff too will be solved through diplomacy rather than force. Following the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, the world will see a far more confident Russia. Unless flagrant errors are made, more and more international bodies will be forced to acknowledge the growing power and influence of Putin's Russia.

Putin Does Not 'Rule Out' Re-election Bid
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thurday he may run for a fourth term as head of state in the country's next presidential election, scheduled for 2018. His comments came during an annual meeting with journalists and Russia experts, held in the town of Valdai in the country’s Novgorod region.  Asked whether he might run for president again when his current six-year term expires, Putin responded: "I do not rule it out."  Putin was Russia's prime minister from 1999 to 2000, after which he served two four-year terms as president, from 2000 to 2008. He again served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012, when he was elected to a new, six-year presidential term.

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