Capital: Kyiv (Kiev)
Population: 44,291,413 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% (2001 est.)
Religions: Orthodox (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox (UAOC), Ukrainian Orthodox-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), Ukrainian Orthodox-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish
Note: Ukraine's population is overwhelmingly Christian; the vast majority identify themselves as Orthodox (2013 est.)
History of Ukraine:
Ukraine was known as Kievan Rus until the 16th century and was the major political and cultural center in eastern Europe in the 9th century. Kievan Rus adopted Byzantine Christianity in the 10th century. The Mongol conquest in 1240 ended Kievan power. Kiev was under the influence of Poland and western Europe from the 13th to the 16th century.
The negotiation of the Union of Brest-Litovsk in 1596 divided Ukrainians into Orthodox and Catholic faithful. In 1654, the Treaty of Pereyasav was signed recognizing the suzerainty of Moscow after Ukraine asked the czar of Moscovy for protection against Poland. Ukraine was eventually absorbed into the Russian Empire.
Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Ukraine declared its independence from Russia on January 28, 1918, but the Red Army was victorious. In 1920, Ukraine became a Soviet republic. In 1922, Ukraine became one of the founders of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In the 1930s, Soviet enforcement of collectivization was met with resistance. Grain was confiscated from Ukrainian farmers by Soviet authorities under Joseph Stalin resulting in a famine that took an estimated 5 million lives.
Ukraine was one of the most devastated Soviet republics after World War II. German and Soviet armies were responsible for 7 to 8 million more deaths.
On April 26, 1986, the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.
In 1990, Leonid Kravchuk was elected president by the Ukrainian parliament. Ukraine declared its independence on August 24, 1991. On October 29, the Ukrainian parliament voted to shut down the Chernobyl reactor.
In December 1991, Ukrainian, Russian, and Belorussian leaders co-founded the Commonwealth of Independent States with the capital in Minsk, Belarus.
In January 1994, the U.S. announced an agreement with Russia and Ukraine to destroy Ukraine's entire nuclear arsenal. In July 1994, Leonid Kuchma was elected president. In October 1994, Ukraine moved to re-establish central authority over Crimea. In 1995, Crimea's separatist leader was removed and the Crimean constitution revoked.
In June 1996, the last nuclear warhead was removed and parliament approved a new constitution allowing the private ownership of land.
The Russian financial crisis in fall 1998 led to problems for the Ukrainian economy. Leonid Kuchma was re-elected in November 1999. Viktor Yushchenko was elected as prime minister in December 1999, but in April 2001, he was dismissed in a no-confidence vote.
Violent demonstrations rocked Ukraine in the winter of 2001. Protesters demanded the resignation and impeachment of President Kuchma. Critics accused Kuchma of being involved in the murder of a journalist critical of government corruption. Kuchma was recorded on tape urging that the journalist be disposed of.
In 2004, Kuchma announced his retirement. The presidential election pitted Viktor Yushchenko against Viktor Yanukovich, Kuchma's chosen successor. Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin and had to be hospitalized shortly before the election. In the runoff election on November 21, Prime Minister Yanukovich received 49.5% of the vote and Yushchenko 46.5%. International monitors declared the elections fraudulent. Hundreds of thousands of Yushchenko's supporters protested in the streets. The protests became known as the Orange Revolution.
On December 3, 2004, the supreme court invalidated the election results. On December 8, parliament voted in favor of an overhaul of Ukraine's political system, amending the constitution to reform election laws and transferring some presidential powers to parliament. On December 26, Yushchenko won 52% of the vote and Yanukovich won 44.2%. Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in on January 23, 2005. Yulia Timoshenko became the prime minister, but administration infighting and alleged corruption led to Yushchenko firing Prime Minster Timoshenko and her entire cabinet in August 2005.
Russia quadrupled the price of gas sold to Ukraine in January 2006, triggering an energy crisis. Russia stemmed the flow of gas to force Ukraine to accept higher prices. A compromise was reached with Ukraine agreeing to pay nearly double the price. Ukraine's parliament sacked the government of prime minister Yuri Yekhanurov.
In parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006, Yushchenko's party received only 14% of the vote. Viktor Yanukovich received 32% and Yulia Timoshenko won 32%. In August, a ruling coalition was put together: Yushchenko appointed his Viktor Yanukovich as prime minister.
In October 2011, Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison. Prosecutors said she harmed Ukraine’s interests when she carried out negotiations with Russia over the price of natural gas. European leaders condemned the case as politically motivated.
In December 2011, Tymoshenko was moved to a prison camp 300 miles away from Kiev. On February 27, 2012, former Interior Minister, Yuriy Lutsenko, was found guilty of embezzlement and abuse of office. He was sentenced to four years in prison and with confiscaton of his property.
In February 2012, Russian and Ukrainian intelligence worked together to stop an assassination attempt against Vladimir Putin. Two men were arrested in Odessa after an apartment explosion. A third would-be assassin was killed in the explosion. Officials said the men were sent by Doku Umarov, a Chechen terrorist leader.
On April 13, 2012, the United States condemned the imprisonment of former Defense Minister Valery Ivashchenko. Ivashchenko was found guilty of abusing his power while in office and sentenced to five years in prison.
On July 3, 2012, Parliament passed a bill reaffirming Ukrainian as the country's national language, but the bill also allowed local governments to give official status to other languages, including Russian, as long as they are spoken by at least 10% of the region's residents.
In late October 2012, President Yanukovich's Party of Regions declared victory in parliamentary elections. The Fatherland Party finished second.
On April 30, 2013, the European Court of Human Rights judges delivered a unanimous decision citing four violations of Yulia Tymoshenko's rights.
President Yanukovich backed out of signing a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) in November 2013 under pressure from Vladimir Putin, who threatened financial penalties. Yanukovich also refused to comply with an EU demand to release Tymoshenko from prison. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Kiev to protest Yanukovich's decision. Police responded violently, using tear gas and truncheons to disperse the crowds in Independence Square. By early December, protesters in Kiev took over City Hall, the Trade Unions building, and Independence Park, blockaded the Cabinet of Ministers, and demanded that Yanukovich resign. During one protest, demonstrators tore down a statue of Vladimir Lenin. Yanukovich said he would consider re-opening talks with the European Union, but instead reached a deal with Putin in which Russia loaned Ukraine $15 billion and cut oil prices.
On January 16, 2014, Parliament passed sweeping measures that outlawed demonstrations. The protests turned violent and five protesters were killed in the battles with police. Yanukovich met with opposition leaders, but negotiations only produced threats. As protests spread across the country, Yanukovich offered to install opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minster and Vitaly Klitschko, a former boxer, as vice prime minister. Both refused the offer. On January 28, Yanukovich reversed the ban on protests and Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov and his cabinet resigned. Yanukovich named Serhiy Arbuzov as interim prime minister.
On February 20, 2014, riot police and protesters clashed as demonstrators attempted to reclaim portions of Independence Square. More than 100 people were killed and hundreds were wounded. In a deal between the opposition and Yanukovich brokered by EU officials on February 21, the president agreed to hold elections and accept a weakening of the presidency. Russia refused to endorse the deal. After the agreement, Parliament voted to free Yulia Tymoshenko from prison and exonerate her. The opposition didn't accept the deal and escalated protests. Yanukovich fled Kiev on February 22.
On February 23, 2014, Parliament voted to give Oleksandr Turchynov authority to fulfill the responsibilities of the president. Parliament also appointed Arsen Avakov as temporary interior minister. On February 24, Avakov issued an arrest warrant for Yanukovich, citing the deaths of civilians during the protests.
On February 27, 2014, demonstrations broke out in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. Masked gunmen took over several government buildings and raised the Russian flag. On February 28, in a speech from Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, Yanukovich declared himself to still be the president of Ukraine, and called his ouster a "gangster coup."
On March 1, 2014, Vladimir Putin dispatched troops to Crimea, which surrounded Ukrainian military bases and took over government buildings and airports. The move sparked international outrage and condemnation.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Kiev in a show of support for the interim government and pledged $1 billion in aid and loans to Ukraine. On March 6, the U.S. imposed sanctions on officials, advisers, and other individuals who have been involved in the undermining of democracy in Crimea. The EU pledged $15 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The Crimean Parliament approved a referendum asking voters if they want to secede from Ukraine and be annexed by Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov threatened to dissolve the Crimean Parliament. Nearly 97% of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine in the referendum on March 16, 2014. The next day, the Crimean Parliament declared the region independent and formally sought annexation by Russia. Putin said the vote was legal and binding. Obama told Putin that neither the U.S. nor the international community would recognize the results of the referendum. On March 17, Obama imposed economic sanctions on 11 Russian officials and Putin advisers, including Crimean prime minister Sergey Aksyonov. The European Union enacted similar sanctions.
On March 18, 2014, Putin signed a treaty stating that Russia had annexed Crimea. Neither the U.S. nor the EU recognized Crimea as part of Russia.
On March 21, 2014, the European Union and Ukraine signed a portion of the EU Association Agreement which lent political support to Ukraine. Ukraine withdrew its military from Crimea on March 24. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on March 27 declaring Russia's annexation of Crimea illegal. One hundred countries voted in favor, 11 voted against, and 58 abstained. On the same day, the International Monetary Fund agreed to loan Ukraine $18 billion as long as the country implemented austerity measures, and the U.S. Congress approved a $1 billion aid package.
In early April 2014, pro-Russian protesters and armed militants in Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Luhansk took over several government buildings and police stations announcing they were forming an independent republic and would hold a referendum on secession from Ukraine and annexation by Russia. Oleksandr Turchynov asked the United Nations (UN) to dispatch a peacekeeping force to the eastern part of the country.
On April 17, 2014, in Geneva, representatives from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and the EU reached an agreement stating that all illegal armed groups would lay down their arms and all buildings seized illegally would be surrendered. Both sides agreed to end the violence and intolerance, with anti-Semitism being singled out. Russia did not commit to withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border and pro-Russian separatists refused to vacate buildings.
The Ukrainian government launched an offensive in Sloviansk on May 2, 2014. Separatists shot down two Ukrainian military helicopters and fighting spread to Odessa where over 40 people died in a fire when the building several pro-Russian separatists had locked themselves in went up in flames.
On May 7, 2014, Putin announced the withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border and urged separatists to abandon plans for a referendum on autonomy. Pro-Russian separatists said they would hold a referendum anyway. The referendums on autonomy were held in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 11 with both provinces overwhelmingly approving them.
On May 15, thousands of unarmed steelworkers and miners took to the streets in Mariupo, urged on by Rinat Akhmetov, the country's richest man who employed them. The pro-Russian separatists withdrew.
On May 25, 2014, Petro Poroshenko won the special presidential election. Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko finished second. A day after the election, pro-Russian separatists attempted to take over the airport in Donetsk. The government dispatched the military to take back the airport.
On July 17, 2014 a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border killing all 298 passengers and crew members. President Poroshenko said the crash was an act of terror. Ukrainian, European, and American officials said the plane was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. The day after the crash, President Obama said he believed that rebels shot down the plane. After initially denying access to bodies of the victims at the crash site, on July 22, the rebels transported the bodies and the flight recorders to Kharkiv.
On July 24, 2014, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigned when two major parties, Svoboda and Udar, quit the coalition. Parliament rejected his resignation.
On September 5, 2014, representatives from the Ukrainian government, Russian-backed separatists, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, announced a ceasefire.
In October 2014, the parties of President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk dominated parliamentary elections, but neither won an outright majority. Crimea did not participate in the election, nor the rebel-held areas, which said they would hold their own elections.
The Future of Europe: 8.11.2000
Man versus God is the battle that the majority of Europeans are in. Europe has now become the dark continent where most people live their lives in direct violation of the laws of God (Jesus Christ). Men have tried to eradicate even the knowledge of God by burning Bibles, closing churches and persecuting true Christians. Traditions, myths, fairy tales, philosophies, science, medicine, religions, sports etc., has taken the place of obedience to the Holy Scriptures (Colossians 2:8). Humanism is simply man choosing his own set of values, beliefs and morality instead of submitting to God's standards. Humanism or secularism in the Bible is called "idolatry".
Man wants to constantly blame God for all his misfortunes and the injustice found in society. Men constantly make statements showing their total ignorance of the Word of God and God's character. For example, "If God existed then why did he allow Hitler to kill millions of Jews," or, "If God exists why is there so much needless fighting and countless wars; why the rapes, incest and poverty etc." The answer is so very simple yet so difficult for the proud to understand.
The Bible tells us that people's pride make them unable to understand basic truth. Pride causes rebellion and rejects truth so a spirit of deception takes over. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 reads, "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." The truth is that God is not ruling the world today, man is. Man is responsible for the wars, rapes and deaths not God. You first must understand how you are made to be able to understand why God does not interfere with your decisions. But, because God does not interfere with your decisions, you cannot blame him for your problems. If God did intervene, would not you then blame Him for being a tyrant and making you a robot? Men must face the truth; they cannot have it both ways. Either God interferes in our lives thus making us inhuman without free choice to govern our own destiny, or God allows for free choice of decisions (giving the possibility of real love and obedience). Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." People are totally different than the animals. God breathed his Holy Spirit into man thus morality. Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." People have a conscience, knowing good from evil intuitively. Animals perform by instinct. God made man to have sex for pleasure, intimacy, fellowship and reproduction. The only restrictions placed upon man by God is that sex is to be within the confines of marriage and that man is responsible for the life that he chooses to create during that sexual experience (Psalms 127:3). Once again we must understand that man is created like God. Man's very constitution is made like God so man cannot go against the components of his very fabric, lest he breaks the laws of his own creation and starts to self-destruct as glass, rubber or any other creation deteriorates and breaks when used improperly. Man is made to experience the utmost in happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction and enjoyment when having sex with his lifelong partner in marriage. Genesis 2:18, 21-24 God said, "...It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him... And the Lord God, caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Emotional problems (psychosomatic diseases), physical diseases, mental sicknesses and spiritual death result when men tamper with the way they were created.
Immorality blasphemes marriage as an institution created by God to protect the sanctity of marriage and sexual intercourse. Immorality is a manifestation of idolatry which is rebellion against God and subtly destroys a person and nation as a beast mentality starts to replace the human soul from the living attributes of God. Marriage has responsibilities toward one another so a person doesn't become totally selfish (a beast), which is total insensitivity to the needs of anyone other than himself. Immorality manifests its filthy destruction upon the human race (soul) of mankind in the following different forms: fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, cross-dressing, incest, sodomy, rape, bestiality, prostitution, pornography, etc.
People are so hypocritical. They want to govern their own affairs yet they want to blame God for the consequences of their decisions. People must take responsibility for their decisions and actions. God is not to blame for Hitler killing 6 millions Jews. People are to blame for voting him into office and not rising up against his anti-human actions. Nations once again are made up of people and they are also to blame for not stopping him sooner. God is not responsible for the poverty in the countries today. Selfish leaders and people are to blame for wanting more than others have and having no real compassion on society other than lying to people to get voted into office so they can use their position to advance their own lives. In the Bible, Jesus was kind to the woman caught in adultery. He did not judge her or condemn her but He forgave her and told her to go and sin no more. But to the religious leaders who were twisting the word of God to control the people, he was harsh and openly rebuked them (Matthew 23:1-39). All true prophets in the Scriptures used strong harsh words for rebuking both religious and governmental leadership. (Jeremiah 12:10; 14:13-16; 23:1-3,11-32; 1 Kings 18:17-18; 21:17-24; John 3:1-10; Luke 3:19-20; etc.) Leadership is responsible for the problems people suffer today in their nations not God. And people are responsible for electing or allowing the leaders to rule over them (1 Samuel 8:6-22).
COMMUNISM crushes the human spirit so people cannot become what God intended them to be consequently producing people that lack in ambition and creativity. CAPITALISM exploits the human spirit to depravity, debauchery, excess and extremes in selfishness, lusts and desires. People become gluttonous without genuine compassion, yet hypocritically involved in different charities to deceive their conscience of the selfishness they really want and enjoy. Selfishness that can justify the killing of a helpless baby inside the mothers womb because the mother doesn't want to take responsibility for her actions, and now wants to kill another human so she can continue to live a self pleasing life as this new human being might interfere with her own life. And now this self- deceived hypocrite wants to be involved in feeding the orphans or some other charitable cause as long as it does not interfere with her life as she already has killed one human being (her unborn baby) that would have interrupted her life. SOCIALISM can never work on earth with men in leadership as the leaders abuse their power and use the people to advance their own agendas, vanities, lusts and power.
Under Communism, Capitalism and Socialism, the humanist, the atheist and the religious develop the personalities, values and habits of the beast mentality. They become gluttonous, pious, proud, arrogant, self centered, biased, jealous, envious. They lie, cheat, steal, gossip, cause dissension, bitterness and strife. They create fights, strife and discord with bitterness and unforgiveness. They twist the Scriptures, picking and choosing what they want to use to manipulate people and live the rebellious lifestyle of a humanist or idolater (Ephesians 5:3-6).
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" The Protestant Bible is the literal word of God, given by God to be studied and used as the supreme source for people to live their lives while on earth. Revelation 22:18-19, gives a severe warning to anyone not to add or subtract from the Scriptures lest he be eternally damned. The Scriptures (Jesus Christ) is the only way for peace on earth, while all other methods cause mankind's problems and eventually eternal death (separation from God when a person dies on earth).
As we read earlier, human beings were made in the image of God. Galatians 5:22-24 tells us the people who are not living in idolatry (humanism) but instead obey the commandments of God in the Scriptures, have the Holy Spirit ruling them which produces the following personality and characteristics: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Consequently, utopia will only happen when people who are led by the Holy Spirit are governed by Jesus Christ. This type of government is called a Theocracy and it will be initiated after the battle of Armageddon when Jesus returns to earth to rescue His bride from a man ruled earth (Revelation 16:16-21 and chapters 17-20).
How do human beings created in the image of God with His character and personality, values, beliefs and morality change into an intelligent animal? How do we change into a beast mentality and will finally be led by the Beast of Revelation chapter 13? The answer is found in Romans 1:19-32; "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them (instinctively people know there is a God since they are made in God's image). For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (people have no excuse for not knowing God as the entire creation speaks of God's reality. If man chooses to ignore the evidence it is a matter of choice of that particular person as Scripture tells us that man can know God if he chooses). Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools (the atheist, agnostic and leaders who try and govern society aside from following the Scriptures): And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things (different religions such as Hinduism etc). Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves (homosexuality). Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, (humanism which is idolatry) who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature (lesbianism): And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (sodomy), and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which is meet (diseases, gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS etc.). And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Ephesians 5:4; filthiness, foolish talking, jesting). Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who, knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
Galatians 5:19-21 tells us the character of a person who rejects Jesus and the Holy Spirit cannot rule their life: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies (doctrines and traditions taught by religious and church leaders that are not substantiated in the Scriptures yet made sacred by a pastor or priest), envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Ladies and gentlemen, the problems in the world today are created by people who have rejected the way they were created and instead of living as human beings in God's likeness (character and values/morality) they now have chosen their own standards and have decreased to the standard of the animal kingdom or beast mentality. We are not ruled by God in today's world. The majority of our leaders both politically and religiously including most church leaders have adapted the beast philosophy, morality and beliefs. They pass laws in parliament which violate the Scriptures, thus they are guilty of idolatry which is one of the sins which bring judgment on a person or society.
Anti-christ stands for lawlessness (1 John 4:1-3), and there is lawlessness in most of the leaders throughout Europe. Both politically, religiously and within most churches, men make their own laws, standards and morality. They even change the laws of God in the Bible to please the rebellious masses or to control them as the scribes and Pharisees did, which Jesus strongly condemned.
Idolatry and immorality bring deterioration on a person or nation when the majority of people within that particular nation are guilty of these two forms of rebellion against God. The third crime which together brings certain destruction upon the individual or nation is described in the Scriptures as "the murder of the innocents" (Exodus 23:6-7; Psalms 106:38-41; Hosea 4:1-6; Leviticus 20:2-6 etc.). Israel became corrupted by the other religions present around them and they legally killed their firstborn by giving them to Molech as a sacrifice. Today people give their firstborn, and many times their second and third born, as a sacrifice to themselves to live the way they want in the sin of abortion. God makes it clear in Scripture (Psalm 139:13-16) that life begins at conception and that he has a special regard for the baby (embryo).
The world is moving fast toward the creation of a "New World Order" but, before it can be initiated the world will see a nuclear war. The "land for peace" plan by Israel and her enemies will fail. For when The Arab League and the PLO get all the land they can get from Israel peacefully, they plan to take the rest by war.
The Prophetic Vision reports that "according to a recent poll conducted by the website Islam On-line, 86.7% of the Arabic and Islamic world does not consider an Israeli withdrawal from Golan and South Lebanon sufficient reason for making peace. 66% consider the Palestinian question and the status of Jerusalem to be the essence of the conflict... What will happen now? The Russian people have elected a question mark. Putin has promised to restore law and order to a chaotic, crime ridden country, but how? His theory is, 'You have to hit first and hard, so that your opponent will not get to his feet.' He applied this to the destruction of Chechnya, Russia's version of NATO's intervention in Kosovo. Serving as a vent for pent-up public frustration after years of economic decline, diminishing influence abroad and international humiliation by the US, Putin's action is immensely popular with the Russian people. The first decree signed by acting president Vladimir Putin in January was a new National Security Doctrine lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. It allows Russia to use her vast nuclear arsenal to repel armed aggression. At the same time, with 75% of Russia's current conventional weaponry obsolete, Putin increased military investment by 50%. Russia is currently developing a new generation of low-yield weapons for precision non-strategic strikes, 10 years in advance of anything in the West. Where does the money come from? The IMF?...Russia's new military doctrine (14 January 2000), confirms China as her strategic ally, determined to resist US global dominance."
Russia and some of her allies are planning to move into the middle east against Israel. Russia and The United States will exchange a nuclear attack against each other. Out of the chaos, the New World Order will arise led eventually by "the man of sedition", The Anti-christ. Read Ezekiel chapters 38-39; the books of Daniel, Zechariah, Revelation and others.
2 Timothy 3:1-17 describe the character of people and how they will behave "in the last days." When people reject the laws of God through the Scriptures; when they reject the Author of Life and the future ruler of the world, Jesus Christ. Men turn into a beast until they finally accept and are ruled by The Beast of Revelation chapter 13.
2 Timothy 3:12-14 tells Christians that before Jesus returns, which is during the battle of Armageddon in the last days, that they will suffer persecution. Before the book of Revelation is opened and during that time Christians will face persecution for Jesus (Revelation 6:9-11). There is no way around it unless you compromise to avoid being scoffed at and/or rejected. But then the Scriptures are so very clear in Mark 8:38, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
We are in the last generation
In the world's history there has never been a generation as this. People today travel by jet around the world in one day where until recently men traveled by foot, animal or small boat. Today, mankind can literally blow themselves up through nuclear warfare whereas prior to this time the world's civilization was never in danger of being destroyed by bows and arrows, spears, swords etc. Today we have the technology to control mankind through identifying them by their birth date, identification numbers etc., through the computers so nobody can buy or sell unless they agree to the conditions, which will soon be implemented. All nations are working towards world communications and cash is being replaced with cards and finally a mark on a persons right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16-18).
Yes, we are living just prior to a world government and Jesus Christ himself returning. The United States of America's stock market will collapse as well as their economy. Shortly after there will be a nuclear war resulting in the formation of the New World Order. Great plagues are coming upon the world as described in the book of Revelation chapters 6-19. Billions of people will die in all. But those who are following Jesus Christ can be free from fear as nothing can touch them unless God allows it, and if he does, than he gives them the grace and strength to move into eternal life immediately (Exodus 8:20-23; 9:23-26; 12:12-13; Revelation 7:1-3; Daniel 3:16-28; 6:16-23; Psalm 34:7; Luke 22:40-44; Philippians 4:13 etc.).
© 2000 World Ministries International
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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