From here to where?
The protests in Kiev are a movement of a spirit that speaks great things. The protests have arisen on the issue of Europe vs Russia. The protesters think Europe is worth dying for, yet their long history will project into the future. As Russia moves into the Crimea, it is to be noted that the Bible speaks of the Rus, and Kiev is the old Rus heartland.
On Saturday, 1 March 2014, the Russian President Vladimir Putin led the upper house of the Russian parliament saying, “I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country,” The parliament unanimously supported it.
Previously tensions had escalated from when protesters in Kiev were backed by the European Union who “agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainians with "blood on their hands" SMH
The truth is all have blood on their hands. After a EU and Polish-backed deal, the protesters caused the Ukrainian president Yanukovych, who was Pro-Russian, to flee to Russia and seek help. A new Po-EU Governemnt is formed in Kiev causing deep proteste in the culturally Russian parts of the Ukraine, especially in the Crimea. The local leaders of the Russian-speaking regions in east Ukraine took control of their territories until "constitutional order" is restored in Kiev. bbc. These Local leaders in the Crimea formally asked Russia for help against what they see as the illegal coup in Kiev. The first Russian move was a “snap drill” nearby,
Crimea - where ethnic Russians are in a majority - was transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.
Also on Wednesday, Mr Kerry urged Moscow to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity.
His comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a snap drill to test the combat readiness of troops in central and western Russia, near the border with Ukraine. BBC
Then Russia moves formally to move in troops into the Crimea
Arutz Sheva's Russian-language sources noted Saturday night that the decision follows a warning by Kiev that two Russian ships equipped with anti-submarine measures entered its territorial waters near the city of Sevastopol, in violation of the agreements between the two countries.
Thus the Kiev Crisis is now the Crimean Crisis. What happened to lead to this? Where is it going?
The commentators didn't know where the Kiev or Crimean protest movements are going.
Analysts remain puzzled about the current political status of the embattled country. INN
It might be argued that they may begin something they have no control over.... There are relvant aspects of history that have affected the events.
The first Kievians were Slavic, however, the city was made great by trader Varangian (Viking) princes, who were thought to be of Swedish origin, but who eventually adopted and added to the Slavic Rus culture. From 882 to 1169, Kiev was the capital of the Kievian Rus. The people were Rus and they were pagan. However famously in 988 by order of the Prince Vladimir the people of the city were baptised in the Dnieper river into Roman-Byzantine 'christianity'. This event was part of the beginning of their Golden age. When the Roman and Byzantine Church schism began, Kiev appointed a local bishop and maintained contacts with both Byzantine and Rome. The long shadows from the history of Kiev are cast, as again the city has become the crux of Catholic Europe and Byzantine Russia.
It seems commonly accepted opinion that the fall of the Kiev state in 1169, “allowed the Principality of Vladimir-Suzdal to take a leading role as the predecessor of the modern Russian state.” Wikipedia.
While reduced in prominence and under attack from the Tartars, the city was still the seat of an Orthodox Metroplitan, who remained though the city was taken over by the kingdom of Poland after 1569. At that time the City became an Orthodox centre to counter Polish Roman Catholicism's growth in influence. By 1686 Kiev was lost to Poland due to a complex struggle between duchies of Poland and Lithuania and the Tsar of Russia. The Polish and Roman Catholic connections to the City remaimed strong, and they were behind moves for Ukrainain independence from Russia in the late 1800s. In response, Russia promoted Russian migration and made a strong effort to promotse the Russian langauge. The struggle for Kiev between Polish, Ukrainan and Russian elements was repeated again after 1817. This historical struggle for Kiev explains much of the current events.
The pro-Euopean protesters fall within the historical anti-Russian Ukranian element. They might not realise that the European Union, while speaking of offering a place for national aspirations, is in fact itself a juggernaught of increasing bure-autocracy that already is dancing to a Roman Catholic tune. Britain's MEP has on a number of occasions publicly berated the EU chamber for being undemocratic.
The historical division explains the violence and depth of the struggle, but where will it end?
Then in an echo of the past, we see once again another Vladimir (Putin) leading Russia. Thus again we will see how the internal divsion of Kiev and the destruction of these riots, and the events in the Crimea is leading once again to Russia's rise and dominance over the region.
At the present the EU and Russia are in a struggle for influence, as if two great superpowers. Yet Europe is partly weak and partly strong, as the Russian USSR was partly weak and partly strong. For this reason Russia will prevail and control all Europe. This struggle in the end serves only to highlight Russia's growing influence, and European weakness in the face of Russian dominance over Energy supplies. But there is more.
To know where it will end, consider the Dnieper River and the role of the Varangian and the Rus. The Varangian are called that, as the Huns called the Dnieper river 'Var' (the Varangian language had much in common with the Gothic). The Slavs of that river called it after themselves the 'Slavuta', but the Romans and Greeks called it the Dnieper. The Varangians travelled, fought and traded along the river Var because it was a canal or connection from North Europe into the Middle East. The river also connects to West Europe. There is a disused canal connecting the Dnieper to the Bug River and therefore to Western Europe. At present Belarus is preventing the use of the canal. Because of the trading of the Vikings along this key strategic river, the Rus people rose as powerful and distinct from neighbouring Slavs. This growth in power in turn expanded North and West to lead to the rise of Russia and the tsars, who chose Byzantine Orthodoxy, the Greek script and to be called 'Russians' from the ancient name for the Rus/ Ros people as recorded by the ancient Greeks. The key role of the river in the rise of the ancient Rus people is again evident in Russia's struggle for control of Kiev now.
The city of Kiev and the Dnieper River in Ukraine are a key strategic point for Russian expansion of control of both Western Europe and the Middle East. It is also key to European expansion.
For now Russia has moved to take control of the piece of Ukraine connected to the Middle East, yet Kiev is significant. What if the outcome is both Europe and Russia together? The Bible has something to say on the matter.
But what has this to do with the Bible? The Bible records the ancient trade from those rivers to the Middle East via Tyre. When they were told to lament for Tyre, it was written that,
Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market. They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules. (Ezekiel 27:13-14)
The brass trade of Tubal and Meshech was the precursor to that of the Vargarians who also traded in slaves and brass and later Arabian silver. The Bible records the ancient growth of nations. Though the names have changed slightly, their fate was written about.
What does the Bible say about these nations' key role in the hisory of the end of the age? To set some background. Magog is a descendant of Japtheth, from Noah. His brothers among others were Gomer, Meshech and Tubal. Magog's descendants are thought to have settled central Europe including Germany. Gomer is Gaul, who now are not the leaders of Europe. We are shown a leader from the land of Magog, as prince and leader over the the decendants of the brothers of Magog, the descendants of Meshech and Tubal.
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal:
And I will turn you back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto you, and be a guard unto them. (Ezekiel 38:2-7)
Yet the final end is the destruction of this great force, because this leader thinks to lead all thse nations to invade and control Israel!
And you shall come from your place out of the north parts, you, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and 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, and I will bring you against my land, that the heathen (nations) may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. (Ezekiel 38:15-16)
After the co-alition formed to invade Iraq and Afghanistan with tanks (modern horses) and ground forces, the precedent has been set for this action. But there is more. The Bible connects the events we see in Kiev to the battle for Israel.
The events in Kiev and Crimea lead us to ask, What motivates civilised people to the anger and brutality shown in destruction and bloodshed, over a direction in politics that in day to day life might not have a great effect? The issue at stake is greater than individuals. What is moving these people to such madness? The Bible says that the preparation for the great battle that he called Gog to in Ezekiel would be preceded by political agitation symbolised as the work of “unclean spirits”, similar to the spirit of rebellion found in the French Revolution. The French are characterised nationally as the 'frog', and the spirit of revolution for liberty and fraternity is therefore a frog-like spirit.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings (basileus, the basis of power) of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:13-14)
The movement of the people together occurs where the wind of an idea, a common spirit, moves them together. This then has an effect on the bases of power of the earth, moving them also in directions they may not have wished. The symbolic 'beast' is the animal of the earth, the strength of earthly thinking in political form. The 'dragon' is from the Roman pagan serpent as it lies and the 'false prophet' is corrupted christianity. In the protest in Kiev, did any of the people own their own ideas, or are they moved by the words of others? Where did the idea of liberty come from? Is there liberty in truth, or is it a lie? Aren't the followers of Christ all servants, asked to obey all power? Is there any liberty outside the hope of the future in Christ? Thus the call for liberty and independence is from the spirit from earthly thinking, and is a lie, which is promoted by the three, each for their own political outcomes.
There is a law of liberty. But it is not found by protest or violence,
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2Peter 2:19)
There will be no liberty for the people of the rising Autocratic Europe. The bloodshed and violence is doubly in vain. The success of Russia over Kiev on the Dnieper will allow the rise of the Euopean Gog from Magog, who will rule Russia and lead many nations, to their destruction but to the Glory of God. The struggle is so strong in Kiev already, as Kiev is lost. We don't know precisely how Russia will unite with Europe. However, as Daniel was shown, West and East, the Roman and Orthodox though fragmented and partly strong and weak, and mixed with the earthly thinking of the 'Beast' will use disturbances such as in Kiev as a lever to seek to unite. Russia has used the events in Kiev as a reason to justify moving into the Crimea. Ironically, the British Foreign minister, Mr Hague said: "It's in the interests of the people of Ukraine and Russia to trade with the European Union."http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26313075
They will indeed 'trade' and stand together, though fragmented, to the consertantion of Britain, at the end to fight a common foe, the Jews in Israel.
The events have shown that underneath there is a common dislike of the Jews in Ukraine, who are targeted now both in Kiev and in Crimea.
Arutz Sheva's Russian-language sources reported disturbing facts on the ground Saturday, claiming that the Ukrainian police forces - who are loyal to Yanukovych - have been making open threats against the Jewish community there. Anti-Semitism in Ukraine has picked up throughout the unrest, which began in late November. In January, unknown assailants stabbed a hareidi man in Kiev as he was making his way home from synagogue. israelnationalnews.com
Both EU and Russian supporters might be responsible,
In the face of increasing hostility toward Jews throughout the Ukraine, the Director of the Federation of Jewish Organizations in Europe, Rabbi Menahem Margolin, has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to act urgently and send trained security personnel to protect Jewish communities in the Ukraine. ..a growing feeling of dread among Jewish communities, in the last 48 hours, as the anti-Semitic wave grows.
Among the events reported, Rabbi Margolin lists: a fire bomb thrown at a synagogue in Zhprozha, a message telling the rabbi of Krivoy Rog that he must leave the city within 72 hours, a graffito on the home of the rabbi of Blitzkorov saying “we are already near you,” another graffito near a Jewish building in Kiev saying “you are next,” and other anti-Semitic graffiti.
In the Crimea,
A synagogue in the city of Simferopol was spray painted with anti-Semitic language. (algemeiner)
Its seems that a common factor of a divided Ukraine is an undercurrent of anti-semitism. The Chief Rabbi called Jews to leave Kiev due to the events there. Jews urged to flee Kiev (algemeiner)
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev 18:4)
Despite standing together, the Euro-Russian co-alition with its conflicting ideals and the power they sought will be smashed to pieces, to make way for the peace and justice of kingdom of God.
Whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Dan 2:43-44)
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