I’m going to take a flying leap and predict something based upon biblical prophecy. I insinuate this in my book Immovable: Standing Firm in the Last Days that I hope to have out in the next month or two. I believe that one sign of the imminence of the last days is the rising strength, global popularity, and even world dominance, of Russia. Ezekiel 38 speaks of an alliance formed between Russia and five other nations, and this coalition will go south and attack Israel. God will defeat this alliance single-handedly in such a way that there is no doubt that God won that battle, not Israel. In order for Russia, who could be considered the modern-day equivalent of Magog, to create this coalition, they must have some political pull and at least regional popularity.
When the Soviet Union was disassembled in 1991, Russia became a small player on the world stage. The crumbling of the USSR must have had prophecy students scratching their heads in surprise because this meant that a major world power in the last days had just been minimalized. Is it possible that this is yet another sign God is offering us to give evidence that the last days may indeed be upon us? I would not be surprised to see Russia regain the Ukraine as it would strengthen Russia’s power as a nation. Should we be surprised at the recent prominence of the Russian President, Putin, in appearing to solve the Syrian problem, and more recently the Ukrainian problem? I’m not saying the problems are solved, but Putin seems to be the knight in shining armor on both issues. There was a time when someone from the U.S. would have been brokering peace, but now it is Putin. While I hate to make predictions and have them not come true, I will not be surprised if Putin ends up getting a peace prize for his actions. My prediction is that Russia will continue to grow in prominence while the United States will continue to decline in importance on the world stage. It may be that our days as a super power are numbered, and our opportunity to influence the world has been reduced. In the last days, Russia will have the approval of the world. Anyone who stands with Israel will be distained.