That was the title of a movie a number of years ago. The plot was the Russians had landed in a coastal New England town. In expectation, the tiny town was in an uproar – panic time!
If you’ve watched any news over the past few weeks, you get the same sense of panic over alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
Some have described Russia’s alleged actions and the Obama’s administration reactions as “The Cold War 2.0.” In a recent edition, THE WEEK magazine reports: “The President ordered 35 Russian ‘intelligence operatives’ to leave the U.S.; placed sanctions on two intelligence agencies, four individuals, three intelligence-linked companies and two alleged hackers; and shuttered two Russian compounds in Maryland and New York allegedly being used for espionage activities.”
Republican House Leader Paul Ryan said the “retaliation was overdue.”
Republican Senator John McCain called for “more meaningful and stronger” sanctions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denies any connection to the hacking, said he wouldn’t expel U.S. diplomats and would wait until Trump comes to office before considering “any further steps.”
Given the politicization of just about everything, it’s hard to know what the truth is about anything! Nevertheless, with Russia back in the headlines, it’s noteworthy to point out that for many decades Bible Believers have kept a careful eye on both the old Soviet Union and the reconstructed Russia.
The Bible does prophecy that Russia is in fact coming. Not for America, but primarily for Israel. Prophecy tells that Russia, along with Islamic nations (primarily Iran), is coming for Israel. Speaking of Gog, Magog and Rosh--ancient names for Russia, here’s what the prophet Ezekiel pens: “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north (Far North) parts…a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days…” Ezekiel 38:15-16 (KJV).
Is the current drumbeat of anti Russia rhetoric and allegations a puzzle piece in the big picture of Bible prophecy? Only time will tell.
But the timeless Biblical prophecies are true and give us an insight into news headlines and current events.
Bible students would do well to keep the “newspaper” in one hand and the Bible in the other – after all it was the Bible which first broke the news:
“The Russian’s are coming!
The Russian’s are coming!”