The Cold War ended in 1989 when the Berlin Wall was torn down, and with Russia’s “opening” to the West. That thaw in relations led to the dismantling of the Soviet Union and even some of its former “satellite nations” joining NATO. Thirty years later, we are witnessing a re-freezing of relations between Russia and the West. Just last week, Deutsche Welle reported: “In his state-of-the-nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US of unilaterally withdrawing from the INF [Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces] treaty” (February 20, 2019). The United States has accused Russia of breaching the INF treaty with the development of its new cruise missile—a missile that Russia, until recently, denied was in its arsenal. Russia also denies that the missile breaches the treaty. According to Deutsche Welle, Mr. Putin said that his country “was not seeking confrontation despite the US withdrawing from the [treaty], but that it would deploy missiles if the US chose to do so.” Putin also announced that Russia is developing both a hypersonic missile and a thermonuclear drone weapon carried aboard submarines that could be used to carry out such a threat.
Will Russia attack the West (including the U.S.) in the near future, or is Mr. Putin just posturing to discourage the placement of American missiles in Europe, presumably for defense against potential Russian aggression? Bible prophecy warns that at the end of the age, a massive 200-million-man army will form in the east along the Euphrates, and weapons will be unleashed that will kill one-third of mankind (Revelation 9:13–16)! Tremendous military, monetary, human, and other resources will be needed to muster and support such a destructive force. Russia is one of the great nations east of Jerusalem, and currently the one with the greatest military resources. Could it be part of this coming “greatest army in history”? The Bible sheds more light on this subject. To learn more, be sure to read or listen to our insightful booklet, Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled.