Light for the Last Days

The battle between Russia and Ukraine

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Russia – Ukraine

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

John 8.44-45

We are now witnessing the activity of the liar and the murderer very much in view. 

Is Russia on the way to victory? As the Ukraine war enters its third year, the infantry of the 59th Brigade are confronting a bleak reality: they’re running out of soldiers and ammunition to resist their Russian invaders. 

Ukraine has suffered heavy casualties at hands of Russian forces as well as many soldiers succumbing to sickness as a result of long periods in terrible conditions.

The lack of equipment with which to fight the Russians is also a major concern as military support from the West slows down despite pleas for more from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Propaganda war

There is much evidence of Russian propaganda infiltrating at all levels in western society. The Western support for Ukraine is weakening. It looks like Trump supporters are apparently pro Putin now.

Putin’s recent interview by Tucker Carlson was portrayed in much of the media as extraordinary. Yet, I believe it tells us much more about the power of deception. In fact, many now say it was a whitewash for Russia.

The Alt-right, anti-New World 0rder/’deep state’ in the USA are siding with Putin because they don’t like NATO, the West, the WEF, etc. They say that we have an ongoing situation were Russia is the victim of Neo Nazis in Ukraine and the Western imperialists trying to break up Russia.

Putin, during the interview, put forward his ‘History of Russia – Ukraine’ without mentioning the Holodomor famine in 1930s, when Stalin stole food from Ukraine to feed the Russian people, causing famine in which over 1 million Ukrainians died. 

27 Both these kings’ hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time.

Daniel 11.27

The interview did not uncover many new things about Putin’s Russia and left out the real reason why Ukraine wants to be free from Russian interference (and with Ukraine, every country and region that has once had the misfortune to be controlled from whoever is in power in Moscow or St Petersburg), that is, Russia’s history of imperialism, and its very bad, corrupt, incompetent, and totalitarian governments (Tsars, Communists, Putin), all backed by antichristian ideology/theology (Communism and the Russian Orthodox Church). 

The Russian Orthodox Church is antisemitic and anti-evangelical. 

“When the war started, I was waiting to hear from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the ‘father’ of our church. But first there was no reaction at all, and then there was worse,” he says.
“Patriarch Kirill blessed the Russian army and gave his blessing to the war. It was not just him but the majority of priests of the Moscow Patriarchate [Russian Orthodox Church] including some that even have Ukrainian roots. I was in shock.”
As well as having failed to unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent people in Ukraine, or call for a ceasefire, the Patriarch has held large televised services in Moscow to bless Russian troops. He has also suggested in sermons that the Kremlin’s war is a righteous one about the future of Christianity.
“What is happening today is much more important than politics,” he said last month. “We are talking about human salvation, about where humanity will end up and on which side of God the Saviour.”

‘I’m shocked by my church leaders in Moscow’ – priest in Ukraine – BBC News

Ukraine has long wanted to be freed from Russian control as have Baltics and all of eastern Europe formerly part of Warsaw Pact. Most took opportunity to do so as soon as it was possible when the Soviet Union collapsed. 

Ukraine has proven to be a bridge too far for Putin who wanted it back under Moscow’s control. He can’t afford to let Russians see a country prospering with democratic freedoms while Russia (outside Moscow and St Petersburg) languishes in crumbling poverty under a dictatorship.

War has brought death destruction and despair to both Ukraine and Russia itself. Around 500,000 Russians are either dead or wounded as a direct consequence. 800,000 young men have fled the country. 40% of Russian Gross Domestic Product economy spent on the war effort. There are disastrous poverty and infrastructure breakdowns around the country outside Moscow and St Petersburg.

Additionally, there are many other societal events taking place in the Russian Federation that bode badly for the country. The brutalisation of Russian society starting with the atrocities committed in Ukraine, and followed closely by phenomena such as criminals being released from jail to fight the war, pardoned and sent back to commit more heinous violent crimes in Russia itself.

The covert elimination of those who oppose Putin’s despotic rule with the recent example of Navalny give little hope of change to both Russian citizens and to the rest of the world.

A couple of questions Tucker Carlson did not ask was: ‘If Russia succeeds in taking over Ukraine, what will the day after look like?‘ ‘How many Ukrainians will Russia need to kill to make sure that all those remaining are loyal?‘ 

A new report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) claims that Russia is ‘weaponizing religion’ in its conflict with Ukraine and is persecuting churches in the occupied areas. 

Russian forces have closed or taken over 76 places of worship, looted, desecrated or destroyed 13, and have killed or seized 29 religious leaders in occupied Ukraine. This is described as

“part of a deliberate campaign to systematically eradicate “undesirable” religious organisations in Ukraine and promote the Moscow Patriarchate (Russian Orthodox Church).”

They regard the repression in Ukraine as an extension of Russia’s policy towards its own citizens in Russia itself. They argue:

‘Russian authorities systematically repress religious liberty in Russia as a matter of state policy.’ 

In 2016, Vladimir Putin ratified the “Yarovaya Law”, requiring all religious organisations and churches in Russia to register with the government.

That law, according to the ISW, effectively outlawed foreign missionary work and persecuted Baptists, along with many other Protestant sects.  Uses corrupted Orthodox Church to back regime and war. 

The Antichrist system

He is a liar and a murderer

The facts are clear, Putin is turning Russia back into a Stalin-type dictatorship. Today, a ludicrous election is taking place in Russia, in which Putin will be installed as President for another 6 years.

No opponents to Putin are allowed to stand, they are either in jail or have been killed. The killing of Alexey Navalny, a real hero who exposed the colossal corruption at the heart of Putin’s regime, is the most obvious example. 

He published videos seen by millions of Russians and people around the world showing Putin’s palaces and his massive wealth stolen from the Russian people, along with those who have supported him and plotted with him, his oligarchs, while the Russian masses live in poverty and the country is in a state of disrepair. Navalny was an atheist but, according to reports, he came to faith at the end of his life. Let’s hope so. 

Russian activity in Africa

How does all this fit in with the prophesied Gog and Magog war? Russia is already involved in the Israel/Palestinians conflict, and is making a push for a Palestinian state. 

Russia is also allied to Iran (Persia) and Türkiye. But it is also involved in Africa which could pave the way for allies from that region to join in the Gog and Magog effort. 

However, Russia will first have to reach some resolution in Ukraine. Putin did seem to hold out some idea of a settlement in the Tucker interview. Possibly, a solution involving Ukraine giving up its eastern regions and Crimea. Zelensky is not interested, but this may yet happen, especially if Trump is elected as US President.

21 And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honour of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.

Daniel 11.21

Disillusion with democracy

In the West, things are not much better.

USA

The USA is getting ready for the Trump vs Biden confrontation. The Nationalist/MAGA/extreme right want to stop uncontrolled immigration and are diametrically opposed to the globalist, extreme left/BLM/critical race theory/LGBT mostly democrat-supporting groups that generate, support and lobby for anti-family policies, the breakdown order in cities, and that have brought immigration to an out of control state in many cities and states of the country.

A Biden victory is seen as a nightmare scenario by the right. It will mean the collapse of US. Trump’s re-election is seen as a nightmare scenario by the globalists, the Davos crowd, the progressives, the climate alarmists, the DEI gurus (Diversity Equity and Inclusion), and just about anyone else who can’t stand Trump.

There is a fear that Trump will take the US out of Climate Change Net Zero policies (although John Kerry said at Davos that because of the current legal framework set in place, he will not be able to do so).

The run up to the November 2024 elections in the US have shown a trail actions by institutions controlled by the Democrats to sabotage Trump’s attempt to become the Republican candidate.  A raft of court cases, financial accusations, personal cases, etc. have been stacked to the point Trump has called on the Lord to help him.

In Tennessee Trump spoke to the Association of Christian Communicators and said that ‘he would protect God in the public square and appoint a federal task force to fight anti-Christian bias‘. He concluded that

“To achieve victory just like in the battles of the past we need the hand of our lord and the grace of Almighty God.”

Donald J. Trump

Is that true or false? Just saying this has roused the fury of the opposition, and the fact is that you will not hear anyone on the left saying anything like this today. The Left/Right split is so great that some people consider the danger of civil war to be great. 

The legal onslaught from Trump’s opponents and the corresponding reaction from his supporters has set the stage for an eventful run up to the elections.

For his part, Biden is clearly not up to it. He comes across more and more like a puppet being controlled by the deep state/globalist forces. 

Again, there are repeated claims that the elections are being rigged, that there is danger of a financial meltdown, of energy shortages resulting from the Green New Deal, a push for central bank digital currencies, and the increasing use of surveillance tools to seize money from those opposed to the globalist agenda. 

UK

In the UK, we face some similar issues to those highlighted in the US. Most people are saying it is a forgone conclusion that Labour will win the next election with a big majority. 

Such a result will mean a greater imposition of the ‘woke agenda’ with a clear marginalisation and opposition to biblical Christian values. The general feeling is that neither party is really working for our interests as citizens. The feeling is that politicians can’t be trusted and that they are subject to the influence of globalists behind the scenes. 

Starmer will be 100% pro WEF. He attended the recent Davos Summit and said how much he approved of all they want to do. This type of ideological alignment will lead to their control of our nation by anti-Christians forces. 

Germany and the EU

Germany has experienced a financial downgrade. The rising right wing revolt and the issues with farming have spread from Germany and the Netherlands to the rest of the EU. 

Additionally, the Pandemic Preparedness Treaty, Climate change, the increasing issues with large numbers of refugees and open borders policies, have also engendered the disconcerting feeling among EU citizens that their societies are not being run in the interest of settled population, and has stemmed the rise of right-wing, anti-globalist parties. 

What to conclude?

If another worldwide financial crisis hits, the West’s war with Russia escalates, China enters into conflict with Taiwan and its allies, or massive civil unrest overtakes the USA, these factors, independently or together, will most likely lead to end of democracy, and a new form of controlled state arising.

Such a platform is ideal for the Antichrist and will also lead to small number of people choosing to live their lives away from the grid in what is called ‘survivalist mode’, and, perhaps more importantly to the breakdown of law and order across the West. 

Revelation 13 describes the spirit of deception, the lies, and the corruption that we clearly see infiltrating and becoming very much part-and-parcel of all democracies’ electoral processes, as well as the consequences of such breakdown. 

Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marvelled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. …

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Revelation 13

The potential for a bad result that unleashes civil strife and murder is high. Behind it all, we see spirit of Antichrist motivated and supported by the Devil, the one who has been a liar and murderer from the beginning.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Revelation 21

Tony Pearce

2 comments

  • A somewhat glib overview of the complex Russia – Ukraine relationship – Ukraine with a significant Russian population of some 17 – 20% – a nation led by a drug fuelled psychopath and a significant leadership and much of the military, dedicated fascist ruthless evil killers. But Western leaders and media insist Zelensky good – Putin bad.

    The reality is there is no good in leadership on either side – nor in the West, who have fomented much of the pressure on Russia and are largely responsible for his actions.

    • Thanks Chris. Ultimately, the purposes of those who rule will be probably related to financial interest and the accumulation of power.

      However, there are 2 clear differences between Putin’s regime and Zelensky’s:
      1. They stand at 2 different ends of the democratic process, with Ukraine closer to what we understand to be a legitimate/people-validated mandate to rule.
      2. Russia invaded the territory of a sovereign country which, in a similar yet not equal way reminds us of Hamas’ invasion of Israel. Both illegal and violent.

      These 2 differences are substantial and should, in my opinion, guide our approach to and our analysis of the conflict.

      The intricacies of God’s plans for countries, territories, and rulers is not out in the open yet, so it is wise to keep an open mind, I agree.
      Blessings