Hook in the Jaw
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Monday, March 05, 2012
''Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.'' Ezekiel 38:1-4
Growing up in the 80’s, I remember hearing about our super-secret Star Wars program. What it was proposed to do was to effectively neutralize anything the Soviet Union could throw at us by zapping it from outer space with laser beams…at least, that’s the way I understood it. In my young impressionable mind, we were invincible, and this program was proof positive.
From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, the military strategists ‘war-gamed’ every possible scenario and it seemed like the best option we could come up with was Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The least likely option that anyone seriously considered, bankrupting their economy with a costly arms race, didn’t happen until President Reagan rejected détente and began his Strategic Defense Initiative…aka “Star Wars”. So here we are again 30 years later, trying to get the Russians to see reason and get on board the American gravy train, and they just don’t seem to want to play ball.
Imagine the outrage amongst the Soviet elite, when they found out ‘Star Wars’ was really a ruse to bankrupt them into oblivion? Did we think that they would just throw their hands up in the air and laugh about it? Lucky for us, most people back then couldn’t afford their own home computers and therefore didn’t understand the technical difficulties of such a complicated system that laughably promised coverage to the continental United States. Despite its failings, the SDI worked, and the Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991.
On a positive note, a door was opened and for the first time in 70 years, the Gospel had freedom of travel inside Russia.
Initially, there was joy and real hope that an era of peace could emerge. But just like every other nation that has undergone some period of chaos, a powerful political leader always emerges, promising to restore order and fix all the woes. All the Soviet economic meltdown did in the 1990’s was allow for a new strongman to emerge amongst the chaos and fiscal rubble and assume control.
Enter Vladimir Putin. He entered into the KGB around 1975, and left the service of the KGB as a colonel right around the time of the Soviet Union’s demise in 1991. Upon leaving, he began dabbling in politics in his hometown of Leningrad (St. Petersburg). He went from mayor of St. Petersburg in 1994 to President of Russia in just five short years, pretty impressive for an ambitious young man. But as Putin began to accumulate power and control during his reign, he resuscitated his old KGB ways and began to silence his detractors.
Having lived and served the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War and then having to watch his beloved motherland collapse economically only to get taken over by Mafioso thugs and greedy entrepreneurs, I can only imagine the harboring of some deep-seated resentment toward the United States for the demise of his once glorious Soviet Union.
Having to step down in 2008 from the office of the Presidency due to their Constitutional rules, a popular Vladimir Putin ensured that his young protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, assumed the office of President and in which he would appoint him as Prime Minister. He allowed Dmitry to run the nation for the interim four years until he became eligible to run again, but Vlad’s never been far from the camera. Somehow the photographer always gets him in some action shot proving that he’s more than just a pretty face.
The Prophetic Perspective
The Battle of Gog and Magog is a war that is just over our horizon, but has been scheduled on God’s prophetic calendar now for over 2500 years. In this war, the Russians, Iranians, Turks, Libyans, and descendants of the Cushite peoples, will come against Israel. To date, this particular alliance of nations has never occurred in history. As it is in acting, people are asking…what is Russia’s motivation in this? How are they dragged into this?
I think part of the reason they are involved, is for financial retribution, as Israel becomes the main source of reliable energy (natural gas) to the European and Mediterranean Unions. Another reason is because they destroyed Damascus and sacked Iran’s nuclear facilities in which the Russians have invested a lot of time and energy in.
Nationally, the Russian political structure is atheistic. Technically, the Greek Orthodox Church is the national religion, but it is merely window dressing. To the former Communistic Russian leadership, religion is a useful tool that is to be manipulated in order to consolidate power and wield control over the masses. Once the true Church is removed from within their borders, like everywhere else, mankind will not be restrained by any moral or ethical inhibitions, and taking out Israel once and for all will seem like the most logical strategic move. It is in their minds, a strategic chess move that once made, will set them up as the premier powerhouse on the planet.
I think it’s a little ironical that so much effort and energy is put into to trying to win the Russians over to our side. The State Department is seemingly in a perpetual state of denial when the Russians side with brutal, ruthless regimes over our muddled global agendas. It’s not complicated and it’s not that the Russians prefer leaders like Kim Jong Il, Basher Assad, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to non-tyrants. We just fail to recognize the level of loathing in which they have towards the United States. They want to see the US collapse like they did. They want the US to suffer the same fate they did, and be the laughing stock of the world as they were. They’re not worried about two-bit thugs like Kim or Mahmoud, because when push comes to shove, they will slap the iron-fist down on them without a second thought.
That’s why they will continue to support whoever stands against us via proxy. They will fund and train a tyrannical Islamic theocracy’s nuclear weapons program even when it goes against their own best interests because they know we oppose it. They will do this to watch America jump from hotspot to hotspot putting out fires as the global-policeman; all the while as it demoralizes our military ranks and bankrupts us financially. They are watching with much delight as the US finds itself embroiled in the same quagmire they found themselves in back in the 1980’s when they invaded Afghanistan.
And the Hook is the varied diplomatic, economic, and militaristic agreements Russia has with those nations that oppose the US, which simultaneously locks them into the same trajectory of those nations who hate Israel.
If it wasn’t for their leaderships utter despise of the US, I don’t think they would be in lock step with nations like Iran, Syria, and North Korea. They wouldn’t continually put themselves at odds against our interests worldwide. But now, the spider-web they themselves spun over 70 years has caught them and has turned the predator into the prey.
"Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 38:15-16, 22-23
About Pete Garcia
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