Assessment: As the world gets caught up in WWIII, God’s word gives us a clear look at the final war of mankind. “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” Daniel 11:40
The great East-West divide in Europe isn’t what it used to be. During the Cold War the independent Western republics faced off against Eastern Communist dictatorships in thrall to Moscow.
Now the Western side of the divide are part of a regional union whose mission is to diminish nationalism and national independence, while on the Eastern side all the nationalism that had been suppressed by Communism reigns unchecked.
And some of the smaller and weaker nations are caught in the middle “betwixt the devil and the deep blue sea ”
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.” Rev. 16:12
Centuries of invasions, wars, and subsequent population transfers have left the region pockmarked with national and ethnic groups with a fierce sense of their own destiny and culture that don’t fit into any kind of workable national borders.
“And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16
(from the Hebrew har (mountain)+ megiddo, or “the mount of Megiddo”, transliterated to Greek, Harmagedōn)
The Russian invasion of the Ukraine is yet another in a series of regional conflicts between two competing groups of nationalists over borders and territory. As the victim of an invasion by a larger power, Ukraine naturally has the sympathy of many Americans. But, contrary to the facile analogies of political propaganda, this isn’t World War II, let alone World War III.
It’s World War I.
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