Ukraine a Sign of the End Times!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A potential trouble spot develops somewhere in the world and premillenialist evangelical Christians decide that this must be a sign that the long-awaited end times are coming and the rapture and all that other stuff they imagine is on the verge of happening.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s “The Harbinger” for two years has warned of God’s impending judgment.

And pastor Mark Biltz, the author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” has a message that the signs in the heavens are aligning again as they have in the past when there have been significant events for Israel.

Now, a writer for Haaretz, the Israeli news report, says observers are watching closely developments in the Ukraine based on the idea that it could generate the conflict with Gog and Magog, one of the Bible’s heralds of the end times and the return of the Messiah.

Chemi Shaley writes that Josephus Flavius, “the turncoat Jewish historian who chronicled the Masada saga,” theorized the Scythians, who lived in the central Eurasian region until the 4th century, lived in the land of Magog, “as in Gog and Magog, as in the war of Gog and Magog, as in the biblical prelude to the End of Days.”

Reported Shaley, “Which is one of the many reasons why recent events in the Ukraine have created a buzz among legions of apocalypse-anticipating true believers. This could be the real thing, they tell themselves, the big time, the major leagues, not the end of the beginning, to quote Winston Churchill in reverse, but the beginning of the end. And it is Vladimir Putin, aka Gog, aka King of the North, who has set things in motion.

“You only have to read Ezekiel chapters 38-39, the widely accepted handbook and screenplay for the upcoming decimation. According to traditional translations of verse 2 of Chapter 38, Gog is the ‘chief prince of Meshech and Tuval,’ ancient kingdoms also near the Black Sea. But the term used for ‘chief prince’ in Hebrew is ‘nesi rosh’ (as in נשיא ראש משך ותבל): Nesi could also mean ‘ruler’ or ‘president,’ and some scholars believe that ‘rosh’ is not an adjective, at all, but a noun denoting the name of yet another nation that will enter the fray. So Gog is the prince of Rosh, or the president of Rosh, or, with a little bit of help, the president of Russia.”

This is a repeat from every year since 33 AD.

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  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    OT: Ed, am I making things up or did there used to be a tab for reporting technical difficulties, which no longer appears at the top of the page?

    In any event, I’d like to report to you that FtB is currently displaying autoplay ads for the movie “Noah”. The ads display a “click for sound” icon, but the sound is on to start and, as far as I can tell, can’t be turned off. It’s even worse when the same ad appears multiple times on the same page, and the audio tracks aren’t synchronized.

    Please make it stop.

  • Kevin Kehres

    You forgot the part where they ask for money, so they can spread this “very urgent message”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “or, with a little bit of help, the president of Russia.”

    And if you hold the text sideways and squint really hard, it will also describe how the “chief prince” looks really hawt in a shirtless photo.

  • busterggi

    To Christians everything is a sign of the immediatly impending end-times.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You only have to read Ezekiel chapters 38-39, the widely accepted handbook and screenplay for the upcoming decimation. According to traditional translations of verse 2 of Chapter 38, Gog is the ‘chief prince of Meshech and Tuval,’ ancient kingdoms also near the Black Sea. But the term used for ‘chief prince’ in Hebrew is ‘nesi rosh’ (as in נשיא ראש משך ותבל): Nesi could also mean ‘ruler’ or ‘president,’ and some scholars believe that ‘rosh’ is not an adjective, at all, but a noun denoting the name of yet another nation that will enter the fray. So Gog is the prince of Rosh, or the president of Rosh, or, with a little bit of help, the president of Russia.

    Well, obviously.

  • eric

    This is a repeat from every year since 33 AD.

    That is a completely unfair characterization of Russian-invasion-of-the-Crimea doomsayers! Why, I’d have you know that this sign of the apocalypse has ONLY EVER appeared in 2014!!! Oh, and, um, 1853, 1854, 1855, and 1856.

  • Trebuchet

    @1, Hercules: Yes, there used to be such a button but it’s been missing for a few weeks now at least. I’ve paid to go ad-free but just today am getting autoplay audio advertising for some hotel or other, with no way to turn it off. I e-mailed Ed and Jason a couple of weeks ago but haven’t heard anything.

  • sugarfrosted

    Fun fact: That “prophecy” is probably actually referring to those kingdoms, so it didn’t come true. The Bible is a political book; it’s just that most of the politics are lost on the modern reader, since none of those places exist anymore. Trying to extrapolate them into the present day is of course silly.

    @1 Oh god, Ed was actually paid to advertise the movie. It all makes sense now.

  • peterh
  • zbeeblebrox

    And let us not forget that Popey McPopeington’s last name is BerGOGlio…

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    So Gog is the prince of Rosh, or the president of Rosh, or, with a little bit of help, the president of Russia.”

    That sort of stretching of the ve-ery long bow leaves me agog! Quite makes ones eyes / ears goggle really.

    This sort of meme is all of the place too – there’s a local religious cult that has a centre on one of Adelaide’s (my Aussie hometown’s) main roads with a similar message ie. Putin’s invasion of Crimea = a sign of teh End Timezz!!!1 Sign ha sbeen up a few weeks now.

    Still no rapture though. Or anything else. Well I spose there was a big earthquake the other week too (off the coast o’Peru) but then , when haven’t there been earthquakes and tsunamis and nations invading or threatening to invade others really?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    “Signs, signs everywhere a sign!

    There’s always been a sign blocking out the scenery breaking my mind!” :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzaZkRnrQA8

  • konrad_arflane

    So Gog is the prince of Rosh, or the president of Rosh, or, with a little bit of help, the president of Russia.

    Aaaand again American fundamentalists reveal their unacknowledged belief that God speaks English.

    The “sh” sound in “Russia” is an artefact of English phonology, and doesn’t appear in Russian (which separates the “s” from the succeeding vowel) or pretty much any other language as far as I know.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @8. sugarfrosted

    Fun fact: That “prophecy” is probably actually referring to those kingdoms, so it didn’t come true. The Bible is a political book; it’s just that most of the politics are lost on the modern reader, since none of those places exist anymore.

    Emphasis added.

    Except Israel. Israel exists today which whatever your thoughts about it you have to say is extraordinary.

    Of course modern Israel is vastly different from the Davidic kingdom but still.

  • greg1466

    @14. StevoR

    Not extraordinary at all. It doesn’t still exist, it was recreated intentionally by people who were already aware of the original incarnation. My understanding is that the creation of the current Israel was strongly backed by Christians in the U.S. not because they wanted to help Jews, but specifically because it needed to exist before the second coming could happen.