As has been reported by numerous major news agencies recently, the nations of Russia and China have announced their intention to enter into a program of intensified military cooperation as part of developing a “strategic partnership.” This announcement, coupled with the continued deterioration of Russia’s relationships with the United States and NATO, could result in an international environment in which Russia and China would have a mutual interest in various political and economic actions directed at hurting the United States and its allies. For instance, during recent interviews with TASS and Xinhua, the official state news agencies of Russia and China respectively, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine, which he called “illegitimate,” have encouraged Russia to strengthen their ties with China. Putin went on to say, “Russian-Chinese ties have now probably reached a peak in their entire history and continue developing.”
He added, “The partnership between Russia and China is based on sincere friendship and sympathy between our peoples, on deep respect and trust, consideration for each other’s key interests and commitment to make our countries flourish.”
Such an alignment of global superpowers, who harbor no love toward God’s chosen people of Israel, should concern us as it bears certain similarities to end-times predictions in the Bible. The prophet Ezekiel, writing more than 500 years before the birth of Christ, predicted that a mighty ruler nations to launch a massive invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). The leader of this invasion, according to Ezekiel will be a ruler with the title “Gog” (Ezekiel 38:1-6). Ezekiel prophesied about a nation known as “Rosh” which many Bible teachers, including my friend Mark Hitchcock, have identified as Russia! Interestingly, as many Bible teachers have pointed out, Ezekiel makes repeated references to the Gog and Magog armies coming from the “north” and Moscow (the political capital of Russia) is almost exactly due north of Jerusalem, Israel. Additionally, the nations of Magog, Meshech, Tubal which Ezekiel mentions are often identified as encompassing the geographic region that stretches from Iran, through Afghanistan, and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia – nations that presently share borders with China!
While China is not specifically mentioned by Ezekiel as being involved in the Gog and Magog confederation, it cannot be quickly dismissed as a potential partner in such an alignment. We need not be unduly afraid of such international situations, but we must be mindful of such alignments of world powers and prayerful that the Lord will continue to protect His people. – PNL
PRAY: Pray that the Lord will protect the nation of America from the growing military presence other countries are demonstrating. Pray that the Lord would bless the freedom loving intentions of the American people and our desire to see all people of the earth enjoy our political and religious freedom. Pray also that the Lord would send a great revival of faith in Jesus toward the leaders, and citizens, of America, Russia, and China.