ECHOES OF GOG & MAGOG? Tensions between Russia, Israel soar

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. - The Russian government resigned on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of constitutional reforms, Russian news agencies reported. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the proposals would make significant changes to the country's balance of power and so "the government in its current form has resigned." (Photo by Dmitry ASTAKHOV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by DMITRY ASTAKHOV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Joel Rosenberg: A member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle of advisors threatened this week that Moscow is ready to sever diplomatic ties with Israel.

The threat came via former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev who publicly warned that any Israeli effort to supply arms to Ukraine will “destroy all diplomatic relations between our countries.”

“Israel appears to be getting ready to supply weapons to the Kyiv regime,” Medvedev wrote Tuesday on Telegram, the social media platform.

“A very reckless move,” he wrote. “It would destroy all bilateral relations between our countries.”

Medvedev is currently the deputy head of the Russian Security Council.

On Sunday, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai wrote on Twitter that due to Iran reportedly transferring ballistic missiles to Russia for use in the Ukraine war “there is no longer any doubt where Israel should stand in this bloody conflict,” the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

“The time has come for Ukraine to receive military aid as well, just as the USA and NATO countries provide,” Shai wrote.

“Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel.” Ezekiel 39:1-2

WHY SHOULD THIS MATTER TO CHRISTIANS?

This is the most tense moment that I can recall in Israeli relations with the Kremlin in decades.

It’s significant to many Bible-believing Christians – and to religious Jews – for a very specific reason.

The prophecies found in the book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, foretell a day when Russia (Gog) and its dictator (Magog) will build an alliance with Persia (Iran), Gomer (Turkey), and other countries to turn against Israel and attack the Jewish state in the “last days” of history.

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