The Russians on the prowl in the Middle East

by Chris Schang

Over the past few days there have been several news articles that indicate that Russia could be making the start of their prophetic move that will finally culminate with the fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39. This prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 foretells of a Russian-led moslem coalition that attacks Israel in the end times and attempts to destroy Israel. Fortunately, the Bible tells us that this evil attack is spoiled when the God of Israel supernaturally intervenes to save Israel from what would be certain destruction from the overwhelming force of the Russian-led coalition. This weeks articles have painted a very gloomy picture as it illustrates that Russia is in my opinion beginning to make a serious move towards their prophetic destiny. One article that shows this is from the Haaretz news agency that reports:

Russia has signed deals with Syria under which it will sell it warplanes, anti-tank weapons and air defense systems, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a senior Russian arms trader as saying on Friday. Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia would supply Syria with MiG-29 fighters and truck-mounted Pantsir short-range surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery systems. He did not specify the kind of anti-tank weapons.


He Sat Down

David Brickner 90x115 by David Brickner

I want to propose a new celebration be added to the sacred calendar. I am not sure why it hasn’t already been suggested—it would commemorate an event that means so much to followers of Jesus, and I think we need more occasions to remember what He has done for us.

And yet, some of the holidays already on the books don’t get much attention. Many churches will observe the holiday Pentecost on Sunday, May 23.  That Sunday celebrates one particular and extraordinary occurrence of the annual Jewish holiday known as the Feast of Weeks, also called Shavuot or Pentecost (See Jewish Facts of Life). But for many churches, May 23 will pass with no special emphasis.