October 27, 2017: President Vladimir Putin himself was involved in Russia’s most recent military exercise.
“The commander in chief carried out the launch of the four ballistic rockets.” -Putin’s spokesman.
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Two nuclear submarines propelled three of the missiles. The fourth missile was fired from Plesetsk. Per the Russian Defense Ministry, “All training targets were successfully hit.” Results are available on YouTube.
Of particular note was the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. This was the RS-28 Sarmat nuclear missile. It is also known as the Satan 2 missile. Russia claims the Satan 2 missile can carry 12 nuclear warheads. It can travel at least 3,600 miles. The Defense Ministry states the Satan 2 can destroy entire countries the size of Great Britain and Texas. The ICBM can deliver 40 megatons of nuclear explosives. That would be 2,000 times stronger than the atomic bombs released on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
Cruise missiles were displayed as part of the drill from Russian bombers.
In Ezekiel 38-39, the prophet Ezekiel calls the leader of Magog by the name “Gog”.
Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog…
A Russian news source identifies Scythians as Siberian Russians. Ancient historians consistently equate Scythians with Magog. Modern day Russia = Scythians = Magog per Russians.
Is Vladimir Putin the leader “Gog”? That remains to be seen. The news item of note is the personal involvement of President Putin. This aspect of Putin’s character is consistent with Ezekiel’s Gog.
Gog will decide to get personally involved in the future invasion of Israel per the text in Ezekiel. This is a bad decision on Gog’s part. In Israel, Gog will meet his demise. And in Israel, Gog will be buried. His cemetery will be a memorial.
Ezekiel 39:11 On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.
Many Bible scholars and commentators take this area to be east of the Dead Sea. Currently, this is modern day Jordan. In the future, this land will be part of God’s original land grant to nation Israel.
Genesis 15:18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates…
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