Daniel 7:5 MSG “Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’
Ezekiel 38:1-19 MSG
1 GOD’s Message came to me:
2 “Son of man, confront Gog from the country of Magog, head of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him.
3 Say, ‘GOD, the Master, says: Be warned, Gog. I am against you, head of Meshech and Tubal.
4 I’m going to turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and drag you off with your whole army, your horses and riders in full armor—all those shields and bucklers and swords—fighting men armed to the teeth!
5 Persia and Cush and Put will be in the ranks, also well-armed, as will
6 Gomer and its army and Beth-togarmah out of the north with its army. Many nations will be with you!
7 “‘Get ready to fight, you and the whole company that’s been called out. Take charge and wait for orders.
8 After a long time, you’ll be given your orders. In the distant future you’ll arrive at a country that has recovered from a devastating war. People from many nations will be gathered there on the mountains of Israel, for a long time now a wasteland. These people have been brought back from many countries and now live safe and secure.
9 You’ll rise like a thunderstorm and roll in like clouds and cover the land, you and the massed troops with you.
10 “‘Message of GOD, the Master: At that time you’ll start thinking things over and cook up an evil plot.
11 You’ll say, “I’m going to invade a country without defenses, attack an unsuspecting, carefree people going about their business—no gates to their cities, no locks on their doors.
12 And I’m going to plunder the place, march right in and clean them out, this rebuilt country risen from the ashes, these returned exiles and their booming economy centered down at the navel of the earth.”
13 “‘Sheba and Dedan and Tarshish, traders all out to make a fast buck, will say, “So! You’ve opened a new market for plunder! You’ve brought in your troops to get rich quick!”‘
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy! Tell Gog, ‘A Message from GOD, the Master: When my people Israel are established securely, will you make your move?
15 Will you come down out of the far north, you and that mob of armies, charging out on your horses like a tidal wave across the land,
16 and invade my people Israel, covering the country like a cloud? When the time’s ripe, I’ll unleash you against my land in such a way that the nations will recognize me, realize that through you, Gog, in full view of the nations, I am putting my holiness on display.
17 “‘A Message of GOD, the Master: Years ago when I spoke through my servants, the prophets of Israel, wasn’t it you I was talking about? Year after year they prophesied that I would bring you against them.
18 And when the day comes, Gog, you will attack that land of Israel. Decree of GOD, the Master. My raging anger will erupt.
19 Fueled by blazing jealousy, I tell you that then there will be an earthquake that rocks the land of Israel.
In the headlines every day for the past several weeks has been the country which is referred to in the above portions of Scripture, Russia.
Governments would be wise not to under estimate the “bear”, for it is a carnivore looking for prey.
I began teaching and preaching about Russia over thirty plus years ago. And I am still studying the subject and watching the headlines closely.
I have written in past articles that I do not find America in end-time Biblical prophecy and yet we see Russia as an intregal part of Bible prophecy.
Students of Bible prophecy are very seldom surprised by headlines in the news. Headlines concerning Russia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, China. These are all mentioned throughout Bible prophecy concerning the end-times.
The chess pieces are all set up for the final march toward Israel. The culmination will be the greatest war in history, the battle of Armageddon.
To those who are busy building kingdoms, self-interest of accumulating mass wealth will be overtaken suddenly by the events which are about to take center stage on the world. For them it will utter destruction as cash societies fail, and the son of perdition setups his triad of evil.
Only those who have their lamps trimmed and burning will be watching for the groom to arrive and claim His bride, the church, body of Christ.