Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Sea of Azov incident raises tensions — and questions

Russia ceases three Ukrainian vessels, shot, and detained some of their sailors.
Ukrainian’s president invokes martial law as he calls this an act of provocation. From all accounts, Ukraine invoked martial law as it fears an invasion from Russia is the next move. If Russia’s past dealings with Crimea is any indication, Ukraine’s fears may be valid.

Top U.S. officials are quick to point the finger at the Kremlin and call this Russian aggression. President Trump on the other hand is not so quick to make such claims. NBC News had this to say: “Their boss — often accused of being soft on President Vladimir Putin — appeared reluctant to apportion blame. “We don’t like what’s happening either way,” President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.” The article goes on to say that western leaders are criticizing calling this Russia’s “creeping annexation.” Read article

This may well be a testing of the waters in many ways.

First, if it is “creeping annexation,” then this could be a foreshadowing of what the Bible describes in the Ezekiel 38 War. In this scenario, the enemy of the North (which many believe is Russia) with a coalition of Islamic states (one of which includes Iran), will “creep” into Israel at a time when she is secure and without walls. The Bible also describes that these enemies will move in with their eyes on Israel’s vast resources. In the time of the end, the aggression of these nations, lead possibly by Russia, will go unchecked.

Secondly, the nations that supposedly should have checked the Russian led aggression is described in the Scripture as “the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions” (Ez. 38:13). The two other nations that raise the question along with Tarshish and her lions are Sheba and Dedan. In past articles, I referenced some research that showed that Great Britain could very well be Tarshish of old that Bible mentions, and if that’s the case, then the U.S. would certainly be one of her young lions. Regardless, it would make sense that if this scenario were happening today, then the Western nations, or NATO, would be the best candidate to put the aggression in check. Note the weak response put up by the nations that should have come to Israel’s defense: “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil” (Ez. 38:13)? If you read further in Ezekiel 38, this pathetic response had no effect on their advance.

But today, let’s examine just one of the major young lions known around the world as a super power, the U.S. Although the White House currently has things really stirred up on several fronts, which is not always a good thing, I have to commend the President that he appears to give a strong deterrence to evil on the world front. I would have to say though, the major question that is looming over President Trump’s head, is what is his history with Russia? Or should we say, what will be his future stance? He has talked tough with China, Iran, and North Korea, but in my opinion, he has yet to prove tough on Russia. The real end time question remains, assuming that Russia is the enemy of the North and Britain is the mother lion, if President Trump proves soft on Russia as he has been accused, will Russia’s “creeping annexation” shift gears to full speed ahead?

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