MOSCOW - If Vladimir Putin's ends remain mysterious, so do the means. Putin is allocating ' unprecedented ' amounts of secret funds to accelerate Russia's largest military buildup since the Cold War, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The part of the federal budget that is so-called black -- authorized but not itemized -- has doubled since 2010 to 21 percent & now totals 3.2 trillion rubles ($60 billion), the Gaidar Institute, an independent think tank in Moscow, estimates. Stung by sanctions over Ukraine & oils plunge , Putin is turning to defence spending to revive a shrinking economy. The outlays on new tanks, missiles & uniforms highlight the growing militarization that is swelling the deficit & crowding out services such as health care. Thousands of army conscripts will be moved into commercial enterprises for the first time to aid in the rearmament effort. Putin has increased defence spending more than 20-fold. In dollars , it exceeded $84 billion last year, more than any other nation except the U.S.
NEWS REPORT : Bloomberg ( 2 June , 2015 )
PROPHECY INSIGHTS - Uniformed manpower has declined in every Western nation since 2011 but the number of Russian personnel increased by 25 percent to 850,000 between 2011 & mid-2014. Russia also has about 2.5 million active reservists out of a total population of 143 million, according to Global Firepower, which studies the conventional war making capabilities of 129 countries. It ranks Russia No. 2 , after the U.S. & ahead of China, India & the U.K. So Russia has an enormous force which is controlled by one man – Putin. At his finger tips he commands one of the most fearsome armies in the world. When the Bible says Russia will come down ' like a cloud to cover the land ' we can see how this will happen. The Russian war machine is being prepared for conflict. When Russia descends into Israel it will be the greatest invasion of all time.
EZEKIEL 38 v 7-9 - Be thou ' prepared ' & prepare for thyself , thou , & all thy company that are ' assembled unto thee ', & be thou a ' guard ' unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited : in the ' latter years ' thou shalt come into the land ( Israel ) that is brought back from the sword , & is gathered out of many people , against the mountains of Israel , which have been always waste : but it is brought forth out of the nations , & they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend & come ' like a storm ' , thou shalt be like a ' cloud to cover the land ' , thou , & all thy bands & many people ( Iran , Libya , Ethiopia China ? etc ) with thee.
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