The rumours of a war within Ukraine are getting louder each day – Some even assert that war in Ukraine is ‘just days away’. On Friday 14th January, Ukrainian government websites were hit by a cyber-attack. Prior to the attack messages appeared on government sites warning Ukrainians to prepare for the worst. Consequently, Western nations have rallied to support the Ukrainian government online defence against further cyber-attacks. NATO is preparing to sign a cyber defence agreement to support Ukraine – a measure that could be seen by Russia as a military alliance by the back door. A move that would be a red flag for Russia’s quest for a military security agreement from NATO.
Additionally, while, at this time, it is unknown who perpetrated the attack, Russia is being blamed. Oleg Nikolenko, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, asserts that there is a long record of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine. For example, in 2015, Ukraine’s power grid was attacked by a cyber attack that was accredited to Russia. Moreover, the cyberattack is being seen by many in the US as a Russian move in preparation for war.
Furthermore, the media alludes to Russia committing a false flag event as a pretext for war with Ukraine. Consequently, military analysts argue that the US must prepare for war with Russia. Likewise, Europe must also prepare for a war in their backyard that could go global.
The Russian and Ukraine situation has intensified within the past 24hours. Six Russian landing ships sailed past Britain on Tuesday 19th January sparking fresh speculation of the forthcoming war. President Biden responded by stating,
“The cost of going into Ukraine in terms of physical loss of life to the Russians, they will be able to prevail over time, but it is going to be heavy. It is going to be real. It is going to be consequential”.
TROOP MOVEMENTS & PREPARATIONS
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that it would be ‘a disaster for the world’ if Russia invaded Ukraine. In response to the Russian intensification of its military presence, Sweden deployed hundreds of troops and armoured vehicles to the island of Gotland.
However, while NATO provides support for a non-NATO member Russia issues a stark warning to NATO, demanding that NATO respond within 48 hours to its requests for security guarantees. Konstantin Gavrilov, the head of the Russian delegation at the NATO negotiations, stated on Wednesday 19th January.
“There arrives a moment of truth when the West either accepts our proposals or other ways will be found to safeguard Russia’s security,” Gavrilov said. “I am convinced that with goodwill and a willingness to compromise in any situation, it is possible to find a way out to mutually acceptable solutions. We are running out of time. The countdown begins.”
The UK government has sent weaponry and troops from the newly formed special forces Ranger Regiment to help train Ukrainian forces, and Sweden is providing medical training for Ukrainian troops. Additionally, the US has sent missiles and heavily armed patrol boats, and Turkey has sold drones with guided missiles to Ukraine. Russia will see the moves to offer military support to a none NATO member as a refusal to their request for military security of its borders – a move that will only intensify the situation and the prospect of war between Russia and Ukraine. A war many analysts predict will go global within a short period of time.
IS WAR IMMINENT?
Russia currently has 100,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border. However, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s latest figures suggest Russia has increased its military presence to 127,000. This vast army and the naval support on route to the region reinforces that war is imminent. Satellite images of the region show a battlegroup deployed at Voronezh base about 200 miles from the Russian-Ukraine border along with tank artillery at Yelnya amassed at a base 77 miles from the Belarusian frontier. There is also an intensification of military equipment at two bases, Klintsky and Klimovo, 18 miles from the Belarusian frontier and 31 miles from the Ukrainian Russian border. Video footage also shows Russian tanks and armoured vehicles being moved towards the Ukrainian Russian border.
Clearly, the Russian military build-up is not normal and does signal the high probability of a future conflict. However, regardless of how things look in the physical, only the LORD knows what will transpire. What is clear is that we are living in prophetic times. A period when the seals recorded in the book of Revelation are being opened. God is judging the nations. Consequently, it is crucial we draw close to the LORD and seek His face.
IS WAR INEVITABLE?
I do not know when war will transpire, but I wholeheartedly believe it will happen. War is inevitable. Nonetheless, the question we should be asking is not regarding when war or if war, but rather what is my relationship with God? How would God judge me if I stood before Him today?
When we are born, apart from the final generation, we can be certain of one thing, we will all die!
The forthcoming war is only the physical manifestation of a spiritual conflict. Nations and world leaders are being used as pawns by spiritual forces to usher in the Beast Kingdom of the antichrist. Furthermore, the death count of innocent people is immaterial to the powers that be. The antichrist and his demonic cohorts are not bothered about the sanctity of life. Instead, they are focused on overthrowing God and destroying humanity.
THE WORLD HAS CHANGED FOREVER
It should be very clear to people now that the world has changed. Things will never go back to how they once were. We now live in a draconian, undemocratic society that seeks to control every aspect of our lives. The days ahead are going to be ones of great difficulty, a period the Bible refers to as the time of Jacob’s Trouble – the Great Tribulation.
The cost of living continues to spiral out of control. Food shortages are here, along with astronomical energy costs. Unemployment levels increase as many businesses collapse as they are no longer financially viable.
PREPARATIONS FOR THE STORM
So, what can we do to ride the storm and endure till the coming of Jesus – Yeshua the Messiah? First, we must continue to make changes in our lives as we continue to disengage from the Babylonian system and become self-sufficient. People must establish a store of food goods and items they feel are needed to ride the storm. However, physical preparation is pointless if it is not done in unison with spiritual preparation. I have already stated that we are witnessing the physical manifestation of spiritual forces – a spiritual battle. Thus, people must prepare spiritually. They must draw close to the LORD and seek His face.
The days ahead are going to get very dark. At times it will seem impossible, and many will give up out of despair and a lack of focus and resolve. Thus, it is imperative to prepare spiritually, physically and psychologically. Are you emotionally and physically prepared for what is coming? More importantly, are you spiritually prepared?
War is coming, but the greater battle is the one for the souls of humanity. The question is, whose side are you on and what are you doing to see victory?
I pray the LORD will protect and guide you in these days.
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