August 26th, 2016
This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’
Russia is on the move again. Ukraine is the target again.
Recently, the Russian military moved as many as 40,000 troops, along with tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, to staging areas along Russia’s border with Ukraine.
Russia is also conducting massive military exercises nearby and in Belarus, north of Ukraine.
Some media organizations are noting that these are the same preparations Russia made before invading and annexing Ukraine’s southern peninsula of Crimea in 2014.
Some are speculating that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine and seize the eastern regions that are home to many Russian-speaking Ukrainians. Others think that Russia is flexing its muscles in response to NATO’s and the European Union’s efforts to draw Ukraine into the western sphere.
Even more ominous is the response of the United States. Several media outlets are reporting that President Obama recently ordered the removal of the large nuclear arsenal housed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
Now, in view of the unrest and instability in Turkey, that is a wise decision. However, instead of moving the arsenal to a stable NATO ally like France or Great Britain, Obama has apparently decided to move the nukes to Romania — the nation that borders Ukraine to the east and south.
Whether or not he means to, the President just sent a provocative message to Vladimir Putin. And he is furious!
Poor Ukraine. A furious Russia — who has already invaded and seized prized territory — on its eastern border, and NATO and the United States and its nuclear arsenal on its western border.
Further, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander recently said that “Russian doctrine states that tactical nuclear weapons may be used in a conventional response scenario.”
So Russia believes it can use nuclear weapons when fighting a conventional war; it has become more aggressive with its challenges to western air forces and naval forces; it has increased its submarine patrols off the U.S. coast; and it is in the midst of a huge buildup of nuclear warhead-capable missiles.
One prominent Russian military observer and analyst is convinced that “Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks.”
Welcome to the end-times!
You snicker when I say that, but consider this. Ezekiel 38 describes one of the pivotal moments in the end-times scenario. The scripture says that Magog and Persia will lead a confederation of nations in a massive invasion of Israel.
Magog and Persia are modern-day Russia and Iran.
Once antagonists, Russia and Iran are now thick-as-thieves. In fact, Iran did something it has not done since it has been the Islamic Republic of Iran. It allowed a foreign military to base assets on an Iranian military base.
Until just weeks ago, Russia had strike bombers based at Hamedan air base, just west of Tehran. They were flying bombing sorties through Iraqi airspace into Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Unprecedented. But precisely as predicted for these days by the Bible thousands of years ago!
Remember the famous Battle of Britain at the beginning of World War Two? The outmanned and outgunned Royal Air Force (RAF) defeated the deadly German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler’s attempt to invade and defeat the British.
The Brits may not be so fortunate in the new Battle of Britain. This time they are fighting a force that is firmly implanted in their own midst: Islam.
The new Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is wasting no time. It was recently announced by Scotland Yard that it will use its full force and resources to protect London’s Muslim minority — at all cost.
The new mayor is instituting a help-line to report hate crimes against Muslims. Although the Scotland Yard statement suggests that it is open to victims of any crime motivated by the victim’s race, faith, age, sexual orientation, gender, or disability, the general consensus is that it is aimed primarily at Muslim citizens.
But what makes this hate help-line different is that Scotland Yard is telling the public that, “You do not have to prove that the incident or crime was motivated by prejudice, if you or any other person believes that it was, then it will be dealt with as a hate crime.”
Evidence? To paraphrase a famous movie line: “We don’t need no stinking evidence!”
Forgive me, but it’s hard for me to believe that a sophisticated western society can sink so far so quickly.
Over the last few years, preachers of the Gospel have been hauled to London jails because someone thought their words were hateful. Tolerance in Great Britain has apparently become a one-way street.
Now, the vaunted Scotland Yard promises to harass anyone even accused of saying something negative about Islam — whether or not a law is actually broken or there is actually any just cause.
Since when have religious ideas been exempt from scrutiny?
But Islam is more than a religion. It is a political ideology. A free society must be able to openly criticize political ideas or it will not remain free.
What the Germans couldn’t do in WW2, political correctness may do today.
Finally, on this week’s program, I am going to continue my discussion of the Biblical concept of “propitiation.”
I will also show you how the exacting rituals of the Jewish tabernacle in the Old Testament foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and how that sacrifice became our propitiation. It turned away God’s wrath and allowed Him to show us His mercy.
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