In the aftermath of the Malaysian MH-17 tragedy , western leaders abhorred by the blatant & brutal criminality of this incident & the unmistakable fingerprints of Vladimir Putin , have found new resolve & are now moving to further tighten economic sanctions against Russia. Instead of contrition , a defiant & combative Vladimir Putin has threatened retaliatory sanctions against the EU & further directed his ire at the EU's most vocal voice Britain , warning Russia will confiscate the Russian-based assets of major UK energy companies such as BP & Shell , if EU sanctions are imposed. Further escalating tensions , Putin's Armed Forces also shot down 2 Ukrainian military jets in Ukrainian airspace in the days following MH-17. Amid troubling reports Russia is now pouring weaponry & equipment into East Ukraine & moving some 15,000 troops to the border , Putin's forces have been caught launching artillery fire from Russian territory against Ukrainian forces - the ' first time ' since 1939 a European country has been attacked by another sovereign country. In the face of US-EU unwillingness to confront Russia militarily ( repeating the pre-WW2 miscalculation ) the expanding sanctions against Russia will be the trigger that unleashes Russia's military expansionsim far beyond the Ukraine.
HOW AMAZING !!! Over 2,500 years ago God's Word , the Bible described the exact circumstances & reason for Russia's coming latter-day descent into the Middle East. In Ezekiel 38 , in His own words , God states explicitly He will bring this dictator ( ' Gog ' ) with his confederate allies , to ' the land ' against the mountains of Israel. In vivid language , he says He will put ' hooks in the jaws ' of this northern invader indicating severe economic necessity ( not ' choice ' ) will drag Russia down to the riches & resources in the Middle East to ' take a spoil '. As we see more sanctions cripple Russia's crumbling economy . . . Russia will be ' preparing itself ' !!!
Ezek 38v3-8 - I am against thee O Gog , ' chief prince ' of Meshech & Tubal ( Russia ) : I will turn thee back & put hooks into thy jaws & I will bring thee forth & all thine army , even a great company Persia ( Iran ) , Ethiopia & Libya with them , Gomer & all his bands ; the house of Togarmah ( Turkey ) of the north quarters & all his bands & many people with thee. Be thou prepared & prepare for thyself , thou & all thy company that are assembled unto thee & be thou ' a guard ' unto them. In the latter years , thou shalt come into ' the land ' that is ' brought back from the sword ' & is ' gathered out of many people ', against the mountains of Israel