so-called “Emperor of the World”?
this month's unprecedented events in England concerning Russia's alleged use of chemical
weapons in Salisbury against a former Russian spy and his daughter, we felt it necessary
to take a brief detour from Munich to Moscow, before returning to part 3 of Patrick's
Munich Nights series next month, God willing.
we update our 2013 article for this month's newsletter, Britain has expelled 23 covert
Russian spies from the Russian Embassy in London in retaliation for their purported
act of aggression on British soil against "traitors of the motherland," referred to
by some as "collateral damage."
is certainly the most serious crisis between the West and Russia since the Cuban Missile
Crisis of 1962.
course, time will tell how this potential new Cold War will play out, but with Putin
quite naturally being re-elected to the office of the presidency this past week (many
suggest the 2018 election was rigged like previous ones), Russia retains their strongman
at the top, much like his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was declared "president
for life" this
but not surprisingly, we hear almost nothing from so-called "social justice warrior"
(SJW) activists concerning such flagrant abuse of human rights in the above nations,
but as a people living in a post-Christian and post-modernism world based on subjectivity,
we are naturally not surprised.
also very rarely see SJWs demonstrating outside Russian or Chinese Embassies anywhere
in the world, and a good number of them are Gulag and Creation deniers anyway. So,
one does wonder: where does the official leader of her Majesty's opposition party
stand on this?
one takes the time to properly profile President Putin's life and personality and
analyse the mystery that surrounds him and the aura that he emanates, the first thing
one will be aware of is how poor he is at time-keeping.
2013, during a visit to the Vatican, he arrived some 50 minutes late and in style,
it seems, to the secret rooms of the Vatican, followed naturally by numerous KGB/FSB
bodyguards, cabinet colleagues, and I suspect odd oligarchs thrown into this Moscow
and Pope, Vatican City)
and a not very discreet man was always seen close by, wearing a tight-fitting suit
and clutching a bulging briefcase close to his master's elbow, containing nuclear
codes, something other heads of states enjoy permanent access to 24/7.
pope appeared to me rather awed with it all, as perhaps he should be, because Putin
has witnessed many popes, politicians, presidents and prime ministers coming and going
in his long tenure as the skipper of the Russian ship of State, remaining almost two
decades at the top of the realm, later seeing most of them discarded and dispatched
into the wilderness of political pastures. Incidentally, as regards his traditional
lateness no less, persons such as the Queen, Obama, Chancellor Merkel and numerous
others have been subjected to this embarrassing tirade from him.
the last time this article was written, Putin has successfully sided with Assad of
Syria and subsequently seems to have single-handedly defeated ISIS, whereas the incompetent
West has visibly appeared to be dithering and divided for years. A figure of $50 billion
has been suggested as his fee for exporting his huge arsenal of weapons to the world
you know that a recent newspaper in the U.S. recently "christened" him with the title
of this article? They may be partly correct in their assumption. According to a WikiLeaks
cable, Putin's personal wealth is said to be some $40 billion; this explains his personal
calling card. Some platinum credit card, we suggest!
young Putin, I suggest, was always searching for an opportunity to promote himself
and his talents, and if it didn't happen, then he made it happen, somehow, somewhere
and often, it seems. Any mishaps or mistrials in his early family years would later
be airbrushed out of his résumé as he entered the stage of the New World Order to
become the present president of that vast country, sometimes known as "Mother Russia."
also seems to have inherited some of those important moral values, like the traditional
family unit as clearly presented in the word of God. Such teachings today are very
controversial to espouse or explain in our liberal, hostile and secular society to
the unbelieving world. However, those Orthodox icons and relics of dead people that
he and other Russians hold to can save no one. They offer only a minimum comfort.
They can never guarantee salvation.
seek forgiveness of sins, a sinner must truly repent and be washed clean by the precious
blood of Christ. Only then is the sinner born again! And only then will a person be
given an unconditional entrance into the precious and sacred Kingdom of God.
Putin seems to neither care nor understand which way the political/religious winds
blow, nor should he because one day God's presence will destroy all doubt and division,
and definitely not before time either!
politicians of this fallen world are like a broken vaudeville act performing in a
three-ring paint-peeling circus, with Putin the smiling circus ringmaster cracking
his Caspian leather whip over and around them.
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, on a vulnerable energy-conscious
we in the West became so indebted and vulnerable to Russian energy supplies is something
past and current British governments must answer, and much to their shame!
Putin was born in Leningrad (perhaps with some Jewish lineage, but unconfirmed), today
known as St. Petersburg, that beloved northern city of the Romanovs, Tchaikovsky and
of course Dmitri Shostakovitch who completed his momentous 7th Symphony (my personal
favourite of all his symphonies). Such was a personal tribute from him to that city's
wartime memory of suffering and pain, yet it should be remembered that this was God's
judgment sent upon the city and Soviet Russia in those dreadful war years.
was born on 7 October 1952, son of a militant atheist communist father and a
deeply religious Russian Orthodox mother; certainly an explosive mixture of parentage
I suggest for the young boy to grow up in that awful atheist era of Stalin/Khrushchev
may not consider himself "religious" by today's standards (a former communist/atheist),
but he certainly seems to be devoutly superstitious according to Russian tradition.
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 prelate, a prime minister
or a personality.
did this former KGB Lt. Col., with an unassuming but not unimportant military title,
a penchant for playing the blues piano rather well (I wonder where he learnt that
skill), and also being a black belt performing judo champion, eventually reach that
pinnacle of success in the so-called "land of sorrows and secrets"?
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 secret security
network, if they would have him, only to be refused until he graduated from Leningrad
University in 1975. Of course, I've never considered any secret police to be complimentary
to a country's security and safety, but they are a necessary evil that must be tolerated,
and certainly in a democracy, however frail it may be. After all, it was the blasphemous
secret police of the Jewish temple that had Jesus arrested in the garden on the orders
of a cunning Caiaphas before the breaking light of day if you recall, a practice that
still continues to this present day, and always at the break of dawn, it being an
element of surprise for victims, apparently.
during KGB days)
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. 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.
graduation in 1975, as a willing member of the communist party in which he apparently
remained until 1991 and with a law degree from Leningrad State University on his CV,
the KGB finally beckoned him to join their elite in the counter-intelligence unit.
Naturally, he accepted. Incidentally, in the years to come, this city of the north
with its charm and culture would be prominent 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.
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 not or would not see the coming death of their atheist Marxist system
into the evolving Perestroika of the future Gorbachev years.
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 all the
attributes for a successful spymaster or politician, or both!
is still ensconced in the top job and is officially a favourable popularity; obviously
he's doing something right by the Russian public standards and thinking, or are these
high ratings also rigged (as some would suggest)? He once referred to the break-up
of the old communist Soviet Union as "a tragedy of the 20th century." Well, it certainly
was for him anyway.
Putin was nominated by an ailing Boris Yeltsin as his chosen successor, few indeed
had heard of him. Those who had heard of him knew him only as a minor bureaucrat or
a penpusher. 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!)
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 his nomination and his first
election victory by a skilful public relations exercise. (Prince Charles and his second
wife Camilla also benefited widely, when they too hired a PR firm, to help spruce
up their battered images, after the death of Princess Dianna). Suddenly, the heir
elect to the throne was seen flying aircraft, manoeuvring submarines, meeting people
and pressing the flesh, with all this recorded and aired regularly on television,
of course. And it all seemed to work because Putin coasted home to victory.
has now returned for a fourth term on the unstable world stage and to date, continues
to see off most of his political opponents, some being jailed, some killed.
June 2001, George W. Bush met Putin for the first time and said somewhat foolishly, "I
looked the man in the eye and was able to get a sense of his soul." He would later
claim again rather idiotically 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 claims to be born again!
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 inflammatory remark.)
certainly seems to be here to stay and this summer will see him bask in the global
limelight as his country hosts the prestigious and corrupt FIFA World Cup. Much was
reported concerning the alleged corruption and kickbacks he and other favourites enjoyed
when Russia hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi (nicknamed "Project Putin,"
with the president being a keen skier himself, if you did not know).
he 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. I wonder if
he attempted 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 politician's politician either; he is too much of an
outsider to fit into that useless straitjacket of public service.
shouldn't ignore Putin's sense of humour as reported in the media concerning the American
NSA's spectacular spy machine, which gathered personal data on world leaders and everyone
else, 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 him to Stalin, which is a ridiculous
assumption on his part.
course, we at this ministry do not profess to be political gurus, but we do watch
the world for the expectation of the coming Rapture for true born-again saints.
reports of Russian aircraft taking off from airbases in Indonesia to spy on "Australasia"
allies, not to mention their impressive and worrying nuclear upgrades, really has
put Russia back on the world stage. For several years, she has watched with envy as
China has rapidly grown and is now second to the U.S., both in their economies and
possibly their militaries as well.
has certainly rejoined the world stage with a bang, and no matter how much the war
of words between London and Moscow heats up, the Russian bear is going nowhere!
few years ago, the Russian Defence Ministry announced their heavy "Iskander" SS26
nuclear missiles had been moved to the borders of Poland and its neighbour Lithuania.
However, this does confirm how nervous and paranoid President Putin is becoming, as
more of these former Warsaw Pact countries are now fully paid-up members of the NATO/EU
defence catchments (look at the recent unrest in the Ukraine).
could possibly be a future flashpoint, as Russia has now been stripped of its former
republics/satellites, which were previously used as convenient buffer states in case
of a surprise attack on Russia.
also recently deployed battalions of troops to boost the defences of the tiny country
of Estonia. Some would suggest provocation on the part of NATO, whereas others call
it a desperate and dire need to reinforce vulnerable NATO allies. Either way, those
of us that watch the news and observe current affairs probably know very little of
what is actually going on.
after his own election victory, Putin would see off the cunning oligarchs who had
hoped to cage him to suit their own requirements. This he later did by literally caging
most of them and banishing the rest into exile. Of course, this is his style of leadership,
a style 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. However, like most people living
in a police state where their media and print press is owned and controlled by the
state, they know very little of what is really happening in their massive and beautiful
an article in a distinguished newspaper remarked about Putin that, "He was an extremely
wealthy but traumatized and lonely person who shuns human contact." Is this just gossip,
I wonder? In fact, without Christ in your own life, you will be more than lonely:
you will be 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 bidding
and practiced in the popular Russian Orthodox religion.
and Patriarch of Moscow)
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 off since."
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 that
he rescue his small daughters Masha and 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.
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 where Putin states
categorically today that he will expand the Russian military bases could feature in
a major role in a possible strike upon a vulnerable American defence system.
this month's election, Putin was met and greeted by adoring crowds, much like Trump
enjoyed during the 2016 election, when he appeared in Crimea, a part of Ukraine that
Russia recently annexed for itself.
commentators have suggested that within the next decade or so, well over half the
Russian military will be of Muslim heritage, something that leaves Israel even more
on the defensive.
it does seem unlikely to me that a man such as Putin, with his personality and a so-called
present 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 people's 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 predicted return of the Lord Jesus Christ can and will destroy the Antichrist
at the coming battle of Armageddon as foretold in the Bible. Putin, of course, is
not nor ever will be the real or even near "Emperor of the World." While Scripture
speaks of this world being under Satan's temporary domain, it 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.
date, most of the surrounding nations and republics around Israel are of the Islamic
faith and ancestry. This remains a dangerous cocktail against the small Jewish state
of Israel, so desperate to survive in a hostile world of hate and prejudice that we
call anti-Semitism today.
without Putin as its head of state, seems very distant and today is referred to sarcastically
as "the church of Putin," whatever that means. Putin and all politicians are of the
flesh. 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 John 3:6? In other words, you must
be born from above, meaning to be born again by totally believing and trusting in
the blessed Lord Jesus Christ to save you from all your past, present and future sins.
And only then, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature" (2 Corinthians 5.17).
is but a mortal inhabitant of this fallen world, as we all are, and until the New
Jerusalem appears, we shall remain in a permanent fallen state of conflict. In any
case, we are called upon to pray for all political governments, yours and mine, and
yes, even for President Putin.
friends, there will be no permanent peace, something we all seek for, until the true
and divine Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, descends with a flaming sword administering
lasting justice to all. Until then, this planet is doomed to die in its decay and
desires. At that time, the marching armies from China and Russia and elsewhere will
perish in pain and defeat, ending in complete annihilation, because only God has the
power, the privilege and the authority, if He so wishes, to be bestowed the title
"The Emperor of the World."
Christ returns, Satan is the temporary prince of this fallen world, but remember!
His days are numbered until "he is cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone...and
shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10).
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 must ask: Are you saved?
Have you repented today? 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. No religious rituals or trinkets or beads or scapulars,
no pilgrimages or penances or otherwise can save you, but only real faith in the precious
blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen and amen.
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
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