Since the last entry about two weeks ago, the Russians are lining up 80,000 troops, 270 tanks and 140 military planes along the 2,000 mile border they share with the Ukraine. They are calling this “military exercises.” The Crimean currency is being changed to rubles and this peninsula is being annexed into Russia as we speak. The Crimean populace voted 97% to leave the Ukraine and join Russia. (If you believe this vote was legitimate, I have an acre of swamp land in the everglades for you to build your house on). The nations of Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and others are concerned because they remember the Soviet Union all too well.
Do you remember the “peace” we had with the USSR from the late 1960’s through the 1980’s? Let me refresh your memory with some of the Eastern European words we used during this era:
1)detante- Literally means thawing out or unfreezing. Politically, in the late 1960’s it referred to the easing of previously strained relations between the US and USSR during the cold war. This occurred under the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
2)glasnost- This occurred under the leadership of Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1980’s. It was a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political and social issues. There was a free dissemination of news and information. It literally means “openness,” promoting policy reform.
3)perestroika- Was yet another type of reform, also introduced under Gorbachev in the 1980’s (1986). It was a political movement for reformation within the communist party of the Soviet Union. It is often attributed to the demise of the Soviet Union and the cold war.
Gorbachev’s leadership only lasted for one year. He did not represent the true Russian mindset. Vladimir Putin does represent the old Soviet Union (USSR) and it is his plan to once again put the old empire together. Oliver North does not think he will stop at the Ukraine, but will expand as long as he is unopposed and allowed to. Then there are those like myself who believe that Obama has already given Putin the green light, because our president opposes the United States as protector of the free world, and he wants to see Russia, the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood all enabled, and to isolate Israel. The situation looks bleak humanly speaking, but it fits beautifully into an endtimes scenario, where there is really no place for the involvement of the United States, and Israel is surrounded by her enemies, setting the stage for God to come to her rescue. Keep looking up…….
Maranatha, Pastor Steve