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Did the prophet Zechariah and Apostle John see what Vladimir Putin is threatening — nuclear war?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) in 2015
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There have been several recent reports of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, threatening to use nuclear weapons if the West tries to intervene during Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Putin is becoming increasingly embarrassed and even frustrated by his army’s inability to conquer the much smaller Ukraine, which is putting up a much stronger fight than expected.

In a statement released on Thursday, Feb 24, 2022, Putin intimidated that the nuclear option was on the table if Western countries interfered with Russia’s invasion.

“Whoever tries to hinder us, and even more so, to create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate,” Putin said. “And it will lead you to such consequences that you have never encountered in your history.”

More recently, a senior Russian newscaster, Dmitry Kiselyov, was more blatant as he spoke of Russia’s nuclear arsenal on a recent broadcast as a warning to the US and any country that would try to intervene on Ukraine’s behalf.

“Our submarines can shoot more than 500 nuclear warheads,” Kiselyov boasted. “This would guarantee destruction of the USA, and all other NATO countries.”

The Daily Mail reports that with 4,447 warheads, Russia has one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world.

Putin would not have allowed such threats to be broadcast without his prior approval, and this coincided with the Russian president putting his nuclear forces on high alert on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.

Nobody knows if Putin is serious or if he’s bluffing, but many thought he was bluffing about invading Ukraine.

With threats of nuclear war hanging over our heads, many wonder if the Bible’s apocalyptic literature warned of nuclear war as we approach the end times.

The biggest problem that we have with interpreting these end-times prophecies is that many of these individuals, such as Zechariah and the Apostle John, were having visions.

They were seeing events taking place hundreds of years in the future and then had to find words in their non-technological vocabulary, where bows and arrows were the most advanced weapons of the day, to describe what they were seeing.

Zechariah’s plague prophecy:

 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. (Zechariah 14:12 ESV)

In this vision, the prophet saw people’s flesh, eyes, and tongues falling off while they were still standing. It would happen so fast, that they would not even have a chance to fall down.

So if he was seeing the results of a nuclear explosion, how would Zechariah describe it?

Well, the prophet used the only word in his vocabulary that even came close, plague. This is because leprosy, the most feared disease at that time, caused people’s flesh to rot and body parts to fall off.

People would understand that. The major difference in Zechariah’s prophecy is that it was instantaneous.

The Apostle John’s wormwood:

The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter. (Revelation 8:10-11 ESV)

In his vision of the end times, the Apostle John saw a star falling from heaven that he called Wormwood.

So, if John was seeing a nuclear attack, how would he describe a ballistic missile that leaves the earth’s atmosphere before reentering and launching its nuclear payload?

First, John calls it a star, the only word in his first-century vocabulary that described something falling from the sky.

But this star was different, it looked like a torch. It was long and thin.

Perhaps even missile-like?

But then John adds this strange description. He called this star Wormwood and said when it hit the earth, the Wormwood on this torch was transferred to the ground, contaminating the water, causing people to die.

Was John describing the radiation contamination that followed a nuclear strike?

READ: Putin implies nuclear attack if West interferes in Ukraine. Why it’s not just an empty threat AND ON THE BRINK: Putin’s ‘propaganda chief’ threatens West with nuclear destruction as Russia’s arsenal put on high alert AND Ukraine invasion: Putin puts Russia’s nuclear forces on ‘special alert’ AND Inside Putin’s nuclear arsenal: Russia’s military is armed with some of the most brutal weapons to exist including 4, 447 warheads


  1. What does the Bible say about the provocation of Putin? Putin has long warned his ‘opponents’ to not tread on Ukraine as that is a line in the sand for him and his country. NATO, a la the US, has meddled in that country for years, and now, to a certain extent, it seems that they have left Ukraine as a slaughter for something bigger.

    I know that the article was focused on Putin’s threats and the Biblical passages that could instruct us in understanding.

    The only other thing I would question is if Russia is really having trouble with Ukraine… couldn’t Russia not just overtake ‘little’ Ukraine if it really wanted to? Could it be that Putin does not want to destroy what he would like to take over (he has threatened much worse than has occurred and he has continued to ‘work on a resolution with NATO countries). Or, could it be that this is another theater created by NATO countries including Russia as an actor as a means to an end for something else?

    I don’t know the answers, nor do I think that Russia should start a war as it has threatened. But, there is now way that Russia is the only evil in this story.


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