SO-CALLED "EMPEROR OF THE WORLD" OR NOT?
As I commence this write-up on the life and personality of President Putin and the surrounding mystery about himself and the aura that he emanates, he is today arriving some 50 minutes late, and in style it seems into the secret rooms of the Vatican, followed by naturally numerous KGB/FSB cabinet colleagues and I suspect an odd Oligarchs thrown into this Moscow mix. Oh and a man not so discreet is seen close by wearing a tight fitting suit clutching a bulging briefcase close to his masters elbow, all very strange behaviour. And the pope seems to me rather awed with it all as perhaps he should because Putin, in his long tenure as the skipper of the Russian ship of State, has witnessed many popes, politicians, presidents and prime ministers arrive and depart in his time, and later seeing most of them being dispatched into the wilderness of political pastures. Incidentally as regards his traditional lateness no less persons than the Queen of England, Chancellor Merkel and numerous others have been subjected to this tirade from him. And remember he is expected to be in power until 2018, and it seems pursuing a conservative agenda for his country and its citizens beyond if possible as well as a $50 billion export of weapons to be bought on the world market!
But did you know that a recent newspaper in America recently 'christened' him with title of this article. They may be true in their assumption. And with a personal wealth ticket according to a Wikileaks cable of some $40 billion this explains his personal calling card. Some platinum credit card we suggest!
The young Putin I suggest must always have been searching for the opportunity to promote himself and his talents, and if it didn't happen then he made it happen, somehow, somewhere and often it seems. Then any mishaps or mistrals of his early family years would later be airbrushed out of his resume as he entered the stage of the new world order to become the fourth and present President of that vast country, sometimes known as "Mother Russia." And he seems to have inherited some of those important moral ideology in society, traditional family values as espoused by the Orthodox Church and the present Patriarch Kirill. Today those teachings are very controversial to espouse or explain in today's liberal and secular society to the world and his wife. Factually also these icons and relics of dead people can save no one. They offer only a minimum comfort. They cannot guarantee salvation. To seek this sinner must truly repent and be washed clean by the precious blood of Christ, only then is the sinner born again. Only then will a person be given an entrance into the Kingdom of God. Yet Putin seems to neither care or understand which way the political/religious wind blows, nor should he because one day God's presence will destroy all doubt and division and definitely not before time either!
Today the politicians of this fallen world are like a broken vaudeville act performing in a three ring paint peeling circus with Putin the smiling circus ring master cracking his Caspian leather whip over and around them.
I suggest we really should not ignore his presence or his persuasive powers as he continues to turn the energy screw amongst other weapons at his disposal to a vulnerable energy consciences world.
Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad (with perhaps some Jewish linage, again unconfirmed,) today known as St. Petersburg, that beloved northern city of the Romanovs Tchcaikovsky, and of course Dimitri Shostakovitch who completed his momentous 7th symphony (my personal favourite of all his symphonies) is a personal tribute from him to that cities wartime memory of suffering and pain, yet it has to be remembered that this was God's judgment sent upon the city and Soviet Russia in those war years. Putin the son of a militant atheist communist father and a deeply religious Russian orthodox mother arrived on 7th October 1952, an explosive mixture of parentage I suggest for the young boy to grow up in that post Stalinist/Khrushchev Russia.
Putin may not consider himself religious by today's standards but he certainly seems to be devoutly superstitious by Russian morals or any other seekers of the truth. Yet did not Jesus proclaim with supreme authority: "I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6.) Solemn words for all sinners to contemplate by any measure, whether a president or a prime minister, politician or prelate.
But how did this former KGB Lt. Col., with an unassuming but not unimportant military title, who with it seems a penchant for playing the 'blues' piano (I wonder where he learnt that skill,) and as well being a black belt performing judo champion, eventually reach that pinnacle of success in the so-called "land of sorrows and secretes."
Putin seems to have been an average disruptive schoolboy and apparently after watching numerous Soviet propaganda cinema films that glorified the role of the KGB in Soviet communist society, he decided as a 16-year-old boy, to enlist into that security network, if they would have him, only to be rebuked until he graduated from Leningrad University in 1975. Of course I've never considered any secret police complimentary to a country's security and safety, but they are however a necessary evil that has to be tolerated and certainly in a democracy however frail that may be as well. It was after all the blasphemous temple secret police that had Jesus arrested in the garden on the orders of a cunning Caiaphas before breaking light if you recall, a practice that still continues to this present day, and always at the break of dawn, always the element of surprise it seems for the victims.
When the young Vladimir walked through the guarded doors of the KGB academy after his acceptance he had now found a political identity, though not a spiritual one yet. Today he still serves its aims and ambitions, and who knows maybe you can remove the man from the KGB but never the KGB from the man, whatever the consequences or reasons. After graduation in 1975 and as a willing member of the communist party in which he would remain apparently until 1991, and with a law degree from Leningrad State University in his CV, the KGB finally beckoned him to join their elite in the "counter-intelligence unit," naturally he accepted and incidentally this city of the north with its charm and culture would be prominent in the years to come in the rise of the young Putin, when he later accepted the keys of the Kremlin and all the power that was bestowed upon him as the newly elected landlord of his country.
Putin's first serious posting it seems was to be Dresden in the old East Germany, then ruled by informers and the secretive STASI as well as the aging dinosaur communist politburo leaders who could or would not see the coming death of their atheist Marxist system into the evolving Perestroika of the future Gorbachev years.
He would serve his country in Germany for almost five years offering surveillance information to the secret police. One former colleague remembers him as: "Polite, friendly, obliging and unobtrusive. He was capable of making everyone like him." Seems to me rather all of the attributes for a successful spymaster or politician or both!
Today Putin is still ensconced in the top job and a favourable popularity rating as of December 2013 shows a high score of over 50%, obviously he's doing something right by the Russian public standards and thinking. He once referred to the break up of the old communist Soviet Union as "a tragedy of the 20th century." Well for him, maybe.
Yet when Putin was nominated by an ailing Boris Yeltsin as his chosen successor few indeed had heard of him and those who did know him knew him only as a minor bureaucrat or a pen pusher. Interestingly one exiled European billionaire, who had assorted dealings with him some years ago, remembers him rather fondly, saying, "He was the first bureaucrat who did not take a bribe seriously. It made a huge impression on me." (I bet it did!)
More importantly than ever fewer Russian voters knew anything about the man or his personality or what he stood for. All that was to change between nomination and his first election victory by a skilful public relations exercise, suddenly the heir elect to the throne was seen flying aircraft, manoeuvering submarines, meeting people and pressing the flesh and all recorded of course on television. And it all seemed to work because Putin coasted home to victory. He has now returned for a third term on the unstable world stage and to date he continues to see off most of his political opponents.
In June 2001 George W. Bush met Putin for the first time and he later foolishly remarked: "I looked the man in the eye and was able to get a sense of his soul." He would later claim again after looking into Pope Benedict's eyes how he saw 'the face of God.' What a stupid and preposterous statement especially from a man who claimed to be ‘born again’ some years ago.
(George Bush and Tony Blair both remarked in 2004, at a joint press conference in London, how Jehovah and Allah are 'the same God.' Another nonsensical and blasphemous remark.)
Yet Putin seems to be here to stay and linger at least until 2018 when the FIFA World Cup journeys to Moscow, and the winter Olympics next year to be held in Sochi (nicknamed 'Project Putin,' the president being a keen skier himself if you did not know) kicks of its season in the snow, and elsewhere as he walks the corridors of world power, has busy streets named after him (one in Bethlehem no less) and maybe has even been offered an honouree citizenship of the Vatican City by the pope, and I do wonder did he attempt to arm wrestle with surprised soldiers of the elite Swiss guards before meeting a flustered Pope. Nothing surprises me about this man and I wouldn't put it past him to try it on with the pope as well or one of his favoured courtiers. I do not equate him as being the politicians politician either, he is too much of an outsider to fit in to that useless straight jacket of public service.
We shouldn't ignore his sense of humour as reported in the media this week such as referring to the NSA searching spy machine gathering personal data on world leaders when he joked to the press: "I envy Obama because he can spy and expect to get away with it." And referring to Oliver Cromwell he remarked sarcastically as well: "Cromwell, he was quite a treacherous dude," comparing to Stalin which is a ridiculous assumption on his part.
So if and unless health issues strike her down Hillary Clinton should be elected the 45th President elect of the Unites States in November 2016, and with President Putin perhaps still secure in the Kremlin walls these two could or will dominate future world events, still yet to arrive. Yet these are after all the "end times" for this dying world as we continually warn in articles and broadcasts. The Lord is coming and with His own sword of Justice.
We at this ministry of course do not profess to be political gurus but we do watch the world for the expectation of the coming rapture of the born again saints. Hence, the reports recently that the Russian Defence Ministry and its militarization ambitions has located heavy "Iskander" SS26 nuclear missiles to the borders of Poland and of its neighbour Lithuania. This does, however, confirm how nervous paranoid President Putin is becoming as more of these former Warsaw pact countries are now today fully paid up members of the Nato/EU defence catchments (look at the recent unrest in Kiev.) This could possibly be a future flashpoint as Russia is now and has been stripped of its former republics/satellites, which were previously used as convenient buffer states in case of a surprise attack on Russia. This does now leave the Kremlin dangerously exposed to Western ambitions what ever they may be.
Previously Putin would see off after his own election victory the cunning oligarchs who had hoped to cage him to suit their own requirements, this he later did by caging literally most of them and banishing the rest of them into exile. This of course is his style of leadership that accepts no compromise on his part. Yet the people of Russia seem to admire this man for what he has done for them in the past in raising the standard of living, it should see him well in the future I suggest.
Recently an article in a distinguished newspaper remarked about him that "he was extremely wealthy but traumatized and a lonely person who shuns human contact." Is this just gossip I wonder and in fact without Christ in your own life you will be more than lonely, but forever damned in Hell.
However, I do believe that Putin has acquired some spiritual input (though not the born again gift that we would understand it to be) in his own daily life. Mainly I suggest inherited from his late mother's biding and practiced in the popular Russian orthodox religion.
Interestingly in an interview some years ago he remarked: "In 1994 I went to Israel...Mama gave me a baptismal cross to get it blessed at the Lord's tomb. I did as she said and then put the cross around my neck. I have never taken it of since." Now some time ago I read of reports (unconfirmed) that only once was the symbol removed from his neck and then a dangerous fire broke out at his country home necessitating in his rescuing his small daughters Masha & Katya from the blaze which he did without any loss of life. Putin would certainly see such an act as a divine providence upon his family, never to be ignored again.
The book of Revelation warns of the Kings of the east and others preparing a pre-emptive strike against Israel, at the end of the Millennium. Many explain this as the Russian Federation, and I have also long suspected that the arctic region in which Putin today 10.12.13 states categorically that he will expand the Russian military bases presence there in that dangerous region that could feature in a major role in a possible strike upon a vulnerable American defence system.
(Also, within the next decade of so, military commentators have suggested that well over half of the Russian army, will be of Muslim heritage, so this leaves Israel even more on the defensive.)
It does seem unlikely to me personally that a man such as Putin with his personality and a friend to Israel at that will be the leader to collaborate or order the attack on that future defenceless Israeli territory as prophesied in scripture. But remember the devious hand of Satan can and does enter into peoples psyche using them to further his wicked deeds and maybe that future development will happen to Vladimir Putin, so I cannot rule that out of the picture. The return of the predicted Jesus Christ can and will destroy the Antichrist at the coming battle Armageddon as foretold in the Bible. Putin of course is not or will ever will be the emperor of the world. While Scripture speaks of this world being under Satan's temporary domain, this is ultimately God's world, for He holds the full mortgage deeds in his own hands and always has and will continue to do so.
To date most of the surrounding republics and members of the armed forces are also of the Muslim faith and ancestry. This is and could be a dangerous cocktail against that small Jewish state of Israel so desperate to survive in a hostile world of hate and prejudice that we call anti Semitism today.
Yet a Russia without Putin as its head of state seems very distant and today it is referred sarcastically as "The church of Putin" whatever that means. Yet Putin and all politicians are of the flesh and did not Jesus proclaim long ago: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." In order words, you must be born from above, meaning to be born again, by totally believing on Jesus Christ to save you from your sins. And only then, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature." Putin is but a mortal inhabitant of this fallen world as we all are and until the New Jerusalem appears we remain in a permanent state of conflict. But we are, however, called upon to pray for all political Governments, yours, and mine, and yes even Vladimir Putin.
My friends, there will be no permanent peace that we all seek until the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ descends with a flaming sword administering lasting Justice to all and until then this planet earth is doomed to die in its decay and desires. And then the marching armies from China and Russia and elsewhere will perish in pain and defeat ending in complete annilation, because only God has the power and the privilege and the authority if He wishes to be bestowed the title "The Emperor of the World." And until Christ returns Satan is the prince of this fallen world, but remember his days are numbered until "he is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone...and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10.)
This terrible fate is predicted and promised for Satan and the antichrist and the future false prophet from Rome, and millions of others as well but we ask are you saved, have you repented today or tonight because it is imperative you make this decision NOW because the final destination is HEAVEN or HELL there is no in between because you are either saved or lost and no religious rituals or trinkets or beads or scapulars pilgrimages or penances or otherwise can save you, but only the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment."
The man without a face, Masha Geeson
The age of assassins, Yuri Felshtinsky
25th December 2013
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