Russia's aggression in the Ukraine has dominated the world news of late. With Putin seeking to reestablish the old Soviet Union, we can see the prophetic biblical end time events appearing right before our eyes (Ezek. 38, Matt. 24, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 6). Whether Putin is the "Gog" which is to come is unknown, but one thing is totally certain, one cannot read Ezekiel 38 and not see the perfect parallels of our day. Many today - including prophetic scoffers (2 Peter3:3), who lack an in-depth biblical perspective - continually state, "What makes this day - in which we are living - any different than any other time? There have always been aggressions and wars and as before we as a world have always bounced back and will rebuild." My friend, the answer to your reply is very, very simple.
In this age of EXPONENTIAL advances in weaponry, in technology, 24/7 global media coverage etc. etc... There is ABSOLUTELY no more room for the nations of the world to isolate themselves from global influence. Even from a secular point of view the next world war will be this world's final. For those of us who grew up during the Cold War the threat of nuclear war was always present and we were always mindful that we could see a nuclear holocaust and the end of mankind. However when the Soviet Union fell that reality removed from our world thinking and an "Utopian" vision of peace and the belief of the end of wars has taken its place. Today 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a new world generation has been raised which knows no such nuclear threat and only has been taught that world peace is just around the corner. This dramatic change in global perception is not by any means of man but by the demonic design of the god of this world (John 8:44, Eph. 2:1-2, 6:12). No wonder the world shall say, "Peace, Peace, then sudden destruction shall engulf them (1 Thess. 5:3).
(John 8:44, Matt. 24, 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13). His goal these last 25 years has been to distract the world and have them look at the delusional straw-men of false hopes and aspirations of achieving world peace and a global utopia all the while arming and raising up his war pigs and nations to fulfill his final demonic agenda (1 Thess. 5:3, Rev. 6). With all the EXPONENTIAL advances in technology, weaponry and in media etc. etc... Satan is more powerful than ever to deceive and lead the global masses to fulfill his will. He knows that his moment is at hand to institute his final agenda and his demonic troops are on standby until after the rapture of the body of Christ and the removal of the Holy Spirit's presence (2 Thess. 2:3-12).
(Rev. 5, 6) that Satan will then be able to release his Four Horsemen and begin his move to finally eliminate Almighty God's Divine judgment at Babel and breakthrough it's blockade of the nation's cultures, creeds, spiritual ideologies (i.e., religions), political ideologies (Gen. 10, 11:1-9, Rev. 13, 17:11-18) by global war, death, famine, pestilence (Rev. 6). It will be the use of humanity's godless war pigs and demonic hosts that he will absolutely break and pulverize humanity's spirit and reduce them to a unrepentant, hateful, wrathful, raging, bitter global mob with only one desire, to obliterate the REALITY of the ETERNAL Triune God, Almighty God's Two Witnesses, His 144,000 Jewish evangelists, Israel, and all those of the nations that call on the Name of the Messiah of Israel for RIGHTEOUSNESS and salvation (Dan. 7:21,25, Rev. 6-9, Rev. 11:7, 12, 13:7, 17:13-14).
My friend, Almighty God has flooded this world today with EXPONENTIAL access to his Word and saving message, but truly who will hear it? The EXPONENTIAL advances in technology have opened the doors for the TRUE Gospel message to reach all nations, tongues and kindreds and ALL are without excuse. Oh the ETERNAL GRACE and MERCY of Almighty God, who desires NONE to perish but ALL to repent and receive His pardon for the transgressions against His RIGHTEOUSNESS (John 3:16-17, Rom. 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).
My friends, as the world in which we are living is at the crossroads of the Day of the Lord (John 3:36) may you not be one of those who choose to scoff at what will be and reject Almighty God's saving grace for your soul. Hear His voice today and be ye saved from the wrath which is at our door.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!