For at least the second time in recent history Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he is seriously considering the option of deploying a limited use of nuclear weapons. The most recent account of Putin’s consideration of the nuclear weapon was apparently just about two years ago. The U.S. news source military.com reported that Russia would have activated its nuclear arsenal if necessary when its troops secured the Crimean peninsula and carried out a referendum on the strategic peninsula’s secession from Ukraine. Now, Putin has announced that, if necessary, Russian cruise missiles could be fitted with nuclear warheads and used to combat terrorists in Syria the Russian government-funded news agency RT reports. RT adds, in a meeting with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin said Russia’s missiles “have proved modern and highly effective” and could be transformed into nuclear weapons, but added he hopes the situation will not come to that. With such options as nuclear strikes against terrorists being casually mentioned by powerful world leaders, one cannot help but recall the numerous passages in the Bible that seem to describe events shockingly similar to that of a nuclear attack. Consider a passage in the Book of Revelation that seems to describe the effects of a nuclear explosion, “the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together” (Revelation 6:14). This could be descriptive of the vacuum created by a nuclear explosion that is immediately filled by the atmosphere literally rolling back in on itself with a tremendous rush of air. Similarly, Isaiah predicted a time when “all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll” (Isaiah 34:4). Likewise, Isaiah also foresaw a time when the earth would be “utterly broken down… dissolved … [and] moved exceedingly” (Isaiah 24:19). Such a description could very well result from a nuclear attack. Likewise, the Apostle John spoke of a time when 1/3 of the earth’s water supply would be poisoned leading to the deaths of many people (Revelation 8:10-11). Therefore, such a threat as Mr. Putin has once again raised, should not be taken lightly. We must continue to pray for wisdom and discretion for all involved in the tenuous situation in the Middle East. — PNL
PRAY: Pray that this latest mention of nuclear strikes by the President of Russia would prove to be only boisterous saber-rattling. Pray also that ISIS would be defeated quickly, and finally, before they can cause even more havoc on the rest of the world.