We all know that there is a recent war between Russia and Ukraine. I am no expert on politics in that part of the world, but the situation is scary. Where I live, we have close neighbours from Ukraine, and the lady of that home was crying, yesterday. She never cries or complains about anything, she just smiles and works harder than most men that I know. That’s my gauge of the problem, something made my neighbour cry.
I live in Canada, and we just had a surprise protest, by truck drivers. Convoys of trucks drove to the capital city, and people demonstrated, with loud horn honking, from their trucks. It was dramatic, and then the Government brought in emergency laws so the police could end the demonstrations. Emergency laws are really designed for when the country is at war. The demonstrators set up a bouncy castle for children and played street hockey.
The government was criticized and mocked around the world, and they cancelled the emergency laws after nine days, and it dropped out of the news like it never happened. At that time, the Russian military began attacking Ukraine, and the whole world focused on that. Now Ukraine has emergency laws, “Marshall Law” but they have good reasons for that:
This is all very strange, and it follows more than two years of COVID restrictions. That makes it even stranger.
So, what does God say about this?
I’m a Christian, and I try to understand what God is doing when things get weird. If I did not believe, if I was an Atheist, for example, there would be no explanation. I would be stunned by all the disasters that are happening in quick succession, for no apparent reason.
So, is God trying to tell us something?
Yes, always. We just don’t listen very well.
Notice the pattern, in all the dramatic events:
- Conquest – Someone goes on the offensive, against an easy target.
- War – Push-back happens, and we have a war.
- Famine – The economy suffers, and we start running out of supplies, including food. Have you tried buying a car lately?
- Death – People will suffer, and die; and
- God – Jesus steps back into history, and the world comes under his government.
Numbers one to four are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and they bring the end to our time in history. It starts like this:
“And behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)
And it ends like this: “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”” (Revelation 21: 5)
“Apocalypse” is another name for the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. “Apocalypse” is Greek, and “Revelation” is English, and they both mean that future events are uncovered for us.
So, is this happening now? Is this the end?
The protesting truckers set out to win the game, but they stopped and went home. The Government pushed back and started its own conquest, but they quit after nine days. Now the Russians are beginning “conquering and to conquer” and we hope they will stop before we have an economic collapse and many people die.
The world has many unfinished arguments like Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan, North and South Korea, Israel, and its Arab neighbors. What the Bible told us two thousand years ago could happen at any time. The four horsemen could ride out any time, and this might be the time.
I don’t know if you like their style of humor, but the “Babylon Bee” website made a joke about this:
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The ideas about the end of our world, in an old book, that many people don’t believe, are always popular. In 1962, a movie “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” was made in Hollywood, about the concept in the Bible.
We know, the ancient book got it right. The author of “Revelation” in the Bible was an old man named John, an inmate on a prison island called Patmos.
From that place, two thousand years ago, he described us, and our time in history, and he got it right.
So, is this the big one? We should watch carefully. We were told that the end would come, and we were told how it would come. The invasion of Ukraine fits the pattern, but there is one other thing that must happen:
“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed” (2 Thessalonians 2: 7 and 8)
When the ‘one who restrains’ is gone, what we see in the news will happen to us all.