By Lou Yeboah
You see, Jesus prophesied to the disciples that there will be wars and rumors of wars. He said, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this MUST take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” [Matthew 24:6-7].
Hear me and hear me good. God has a plan for the End Times. The war between Russia and the Ukraine, is part of the plan. As told in the Bible, the world is moving toward the Tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon. God is preparing the nations. This is the most likely reason for the war between Russia and Ukraine, and God is allowing it. Ultimately, it is part of His plan. God has allowed Russia to invade Ukraine. He knew the events of March 3rd, 2022, before they occurred. He knew the Russian army would attack Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine in the city of Zaporizhian. He knew the fires would erupt during the battle over the nuclear reactor as the Russian invasion continued into its second week. He knew that on the morning of March 4th, the world would learn the reactor was safe, the fires would be extinguished, but the invasion would continue. Because as King David declared in [Psalm 139] God knows everything. It is obvious that God knew about the war before it started, and He continues to know all that will happen. So, why did God allow this war to begin and continue? The question to explore is, “What does the Bible reveal about Russia and Ukraine in the end times?”
The first prophecy that helps to answer the question is [Daniel 11:40-45]. The prophecy describes a series of battles that will occur BEFORE and DURING the Battle of Armageddon. The prophecy refers to the major countries that will be engaged in the Battle of Armageddon. It states that the king of the north and the king of the south will attack Israel. So, who is the king of the north? The prophecy in [Ezekiel 38-39] reveals that most likely it is Russia. These two chapters provide more detailed information about the role of Russia’s army in the battle of Armageddon at the end of the tribulation. Read it. Pick up your Bible and read it. So that you will not be caught off guard as to the things that is YET to come.
Here are His words, “This is the plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” [Isaiah 14:26-27]
The message is that God rules over human history. No one can stop His plans. [Isaiah 40:1-23] says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. It is He who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. [Isaiah 40:21-23].
The best example of why God can allow such overwhelming evil, suffering and any circumstance to exist is the crucifixion of Jesus, Himself. The GREATEST wrong, evil and sin EVER committed by any human or humans was when Jesus was crucified. The creation tortured its Creator and then nailed Him to a tree to suffer the most agonizing of deaths. This is the reason God can allow such awful suffering and circumstances to exist in the world: if God can take the GREATEST evil/sin [the Crucifixion] and turn it into the entire creation’s greatest blessings, our salvation, how much ‘easier’ will it be for God, through Jesus, to eventually bring about blessings and a glorious ending from ALL the ‘lesser’ evils, sins and sufferings that exist today, as well as in times past.
No one can frustrate God’s plans. Russia may plan, march, invade, murder, and destroy, but that nation cannot do anything that God does not permit and cause to happen. No President, head of state or ruler of any country can carry out any decision or policy they have made UNLESS God give them ‘permission’ to do so: As [Proverbs 16: 1] state, “Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” An illustration of this is in [Job 1:6,12; 2:6] where Satan, himself, is shown to be limited ONLY to what God gives him ‘permission’ to carry out. [Job 1:6, 12; 2:6].
My faith is in God not man. What about you?