RUSSIAN CONFEDERACY: THE IMAGE UNITED
As King Nebuchadnezzar listened to the words of the prophet, and recalled the dream he had of the warrior-image (Dan. 2:31), he was enabled to anticipate the course of world story. He saw in the head of gold, the glory of Babylon; in the breast and arms of silver, the might of the Persian Empire that would succeed it; in the belly and thighs of brass, a reference to the swift conquests of the Grecian Empire; in the legs of iron, the ruthless power of Rome; in the feet and toes of iron and clay, the divided state of modem Europe.
But, in addition, he saw the image standing upon its feet as a united whole, and then witnessed a “stone” divinely “cut out of the mountain” which “smote the image upon his feet,” causing the top-heavy structure to fall and be broken into pieces. The stone then grew, and crushing the metals of the image into powder which the wind blew away, it became a mountain and filled the whole earth (Dan. 2:34-35,45).
In recording these things, Daniel told the king that “the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter” (v. 45), in “the latter days” (v. 28).
How is the Image to be united together and stand upon its feet?
Only by the coming together of the various parts of the image (most of these countries are now belong to the European Union), and by the uniting together of all these various nations (Russia, Persia (Iran), Libya, Turkey and Ethiopia) so that all the territories covered by the image are included together in a confederacy of Nations.
How is this to be done?
Bible prophecy reveals that Russia and the European Union will accomplish it. Russia will influence the European Union, which now relies on her oil and gas. Russia will also influence Turkey and Persia (Iran) under its plan to build a trading block in Eurasia. She will extend her power westward becoming in the words of Ezekiel 38:7 “a guard” to the European Union. By mutual compromise, the European Union (Rome) and Russia will come to agreement, and the image will again be caused to stand upon its feet.
Ezekiel 38 shows that Russia will influence all the modern powers found on the territories represented by the image, into one great military confederation that will invade the Middle East, esp. Israel and Egypt. The prophecy speaks of this mighty power “from the north” (Ezek. 38:15), coming against the “people of Israel” (v. 16), and involving “all nations” in war (Zechariah 14: 1). The Middle East will thus become the battle ground of nations, but the issue will be resolved to the glory of God and to the praise of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, current Russian intrigue in the Middle East, the influence of her power within the European Union, and her “Gog” (Hebrew sig. ‘chief one’ ie. President Putin) like leader who continues to show antagonism towards the English speaking world, are straws in the wind showing that these prophecies are about to be fulfilled. Everything is happening in accordance with the predictions of the Bible and as its students have anticipated, and placed on record for over 100 years.
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