"...On that day I will seek to destroy ALL the nations that attack Jerusalem."
- Book of Zechariah 12 : 9 NIV
Vladimir Putin of Russia did it, so did Erdogan of Turkey and so has Xi Jinping of China and that is to : amend/tamper/find loopholes with their respective countries constitution so that they can extend and remain in power indefinitely !!! Russia's Putin has now been in power since 1999; Putin first became Prime Minister under the very alcoholic dependent Boris Yeltsin and just recently announced ( to no one's surprise*) that he will seek re-election as President of Russia for a 4th Term ( 6 more years*). Initially, Mr.Putin was just another Russian bureaucrat, there was nothing much special about him; Boris Yeltsin put him there exactly because Mr.Putin didn't seem at the time to be any kind of a power hungry 'backstabbing' political foe. On the other hand, Mr. Erdogan of Turkey meanwhile has almost disassembled the 'secular democracy' that Kemal Ataturk had set up after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey and Mr.Erdogan like Stalin has been purging the military as well as the political institutions of Turkey to eliminate all potential political threats very undemocratically. While it is true that : Putin, Erdogan and Xi are 'NOT' yet in a category anywhere near as Totalitarian as Hitler or Stalin were at their prime; these 3 have learned to 'Tone it Down' somewhat because of global mass communications; they have themselves learned to become very 'Smooth Operators' who little by little long ago began to : control, manipulate and suppress the mass media of their respective countries !!!
Meanwhile in the Far East, in China, Xi Jinping is almost following in the footsteps of both : Putin and Erdogan, ( The CCP has recently amended the Chinese constitution so that Mr.Xi will be able to serve for a 3rd Term*) Mr. Xi together with his Communist Party have continued to 'Reform' and have continued to root out the massive corruption of the Chinese armed forces ( PLA ) as well amongst very powerful and entrenched fellow Communist Party leaders ( CCP suffers rampant corruption*) 'BUT' it is also no secret that along the way, Mr.Xi is also 'Smashing' any potential dissent from Chinese Generals and others; to some degree; Mr.XI has done what his fellow authoritarian friends in Russia and in Turkey did over a year ago. In sum, all 3 have somewhat modified / trampled upon their respective countries constitutions to extend their term in office and in power almost indefinitely and very possibly into the Tribulation period should none of them suffer from any mysterious illness or an 'accidental death' along the way !!!
What does this all mean in light of Bible Prophecy and this Final Generation ??? It actually means a lot !!! According to the Prophecies of Ezekiel and Revelation, the countries that all 3 of these 'Authoritarians' represent will play a major role in the coming WARS that will lead up to the Battle of Armageddon. According to the chronology of the Biblical Prophecies both : Russia and Turkey will attack Israel 'FIRST' and both will fail and find defeat upon the hills and mountains of Israel. China for its part will go down last as it leads the Kings of the East into the Middle East during the global chaos that will lead to the Battle of Armageddon.
This student of Bible Prophecy and World History is here because he 'KNOWS' who the final world empire will be when most of the 'Present' super powers/regional powers 'Fall' in the not too distant future !!! ( The Beast with 7 Heads & 10 Horns*) Russia's days are numbered and so are Turkey's as well as China's !!! Ladies and gentlemen we have 3 world leaders that do 'NOT' even trust a large percentage of their very own fellow countrymen; because they feel that most within their 'Inner Circle of Power' are plotting against them; ( Like Julius Caesar & the Ides of March*) how on earth can anyone interpret that they will be part of the final 10 King's of Daniel & Revelation ! ( Authoritarians do not like to share power; just study North Korea's : Kim Jong-un !!! )
Prior to World War I, the Imperial / Colonial Empires of Europe dominated a great part of the world. The powerful navies of the : British Empire, the Spanish Empire and the French had colonized the America's as well as the African continent and even parts of Asia too !!! It was mainly because of WAR amongst themselves that eventually all of these once mighty Imperial European powers collapsed upon themselves and World War II absolutely would erase the global DOMINANCE that the European powers once yielded throughout this planet; their IMPLOSION and DEMISE would create two new world super powers in : The Soviet Union and the United States of America.
The good thing about Turkey's Erdogan is that he/ it is 'NOT' a nuclear power !!! The last NATO nuclear missiles were REMOVED out of Turkey over 1+ year ago. Mr. Erdogan knows that Turkey is 'Never' going to be allowed into the EU and much less now that he has 'Provoked/ Offended' various EU leaders such as Ms. Merkel. ( Calling them NAZI's etc...*) Additionally, Mr.Erdogan is as big a 'Hypocrite' as most Muslim leaders; who condemn Israel for defending itself against Islamic terrorists 'BUT' leaders the likes of Mr.Erdogan have no problem killing their own Muslim-Kurds in the Syrian / Iraqi borders !!! ( Even though most of the Kurds are Sunni-Muslim's 75% in Syria, Turkey considers some of them terrorists* )
Mario Romano is 'NOT' totally against authoritarianism ( depends how it is defined and executed*) because as the MILLENIUM comes to a close after Armageddon; you and I know that Satan is going to be let loose once again so that he can sell his lies once again to a world who had enjoyed no contact with him nor his lies for over 900+ years and one of the lies that Satan is going to sell those who were born in the Millenium is that our LORD Jesus Christ is an Authoritarian who doesn't allow 'democracy' nor dissent of any kind. There have been a few 'good' authoritarians/king's throughout human history who did 'NOT' seek : power, fame and fortune at any and all costs; but that sought power to better their societies and Kingdoms. In the case of Putin it is 'NO' secret that he has killed in the past to get to where he is at and so has Erdogan of Turkey. ( 10+ past critics of Putin in the past have all 'accidentally' all wounded up mysteriously dead !!! ) Yes, the Holy Bible reveals to us that our LORD Jesus Christ is going to rule with a 'Rod of Iron' ( Revelation 2 : 27 ) but not in the same way as the extremely CORRUPT and power hungry world leaders such as : Putin, Erdogan and Xi are presently pushing their way into absolute power. There are societies and countries where 'ALL' governmental institutions of power have so corrupted themselves that the only way that they can be fixed is by a very strong leader who does 'NOT' seek to exploit his own people any more than they have already been by the former leaders !!! ( I could give you a long list of countries who are in that position right now in this 2018 !!! )
Boris Nemtsov a political critic of Putin was assassinated on February 27, 2015 by an 'unknown assailaint' who shot at him with some eight shots, four of which hit him and thus killed him instantly. ( 5 men from the Northern Caucauses were later convicted 'BUT' Nemtsov's family stated that it was all just a 'Cover Up' the real culprit/s according to them is / are still free*) Mr. Nemtsov was taking part in support of a marsh against Russia's war in the Ukraine at the time. Even though its questionable if Putin's Federal Security Service 'sponsored the hit' against Nemtsov what is not questionable is that most of Putin's critics somehow all increasingly inherit a shorter and shorter lifespan !!!
Mr. Fethullah Goren was once a political ally of Turkey's Erdogan who has now gone 'Stalinistic' !!! Mr. Erdogan perceives Goren ( a former charismatic Imam*) to be his number one political enemy and even accused Mr.Goren of masterminding a political coup against Mr.Erdogan all the way from the U.S. in late 2016. In mid-2016, Mr.Erdogan jailed and persecuted thousands of Turkish : soldiers, judges, policemen, journalists and others who were considered 'spiritual & political' followers of Mr. Goren. ( Mr. Erdogan continues to : jail, eliminate and persecute anyone he perceives to be a political threat*)
Meanwhile in China, Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have amended the Chinese Constitution so that Mr.Xi won't be limited by two terms in office. Mr.Xi initiated one of the largest anti-corruption campaigns in modern China's history and he sure has made many new powerful enemies along the way because he had to 'uninstall' and jail several corrupt Chinese Communsit Party members who had grown a little bit too greedy and corrupt !!!
This student of world history fully understands and acknowledges that most people throughout this planet today have the perception that China is this 'Exploding, Beautiful Utopia' "BUT" nothing could be further from the truth !!! While it is true that China has undergone a massive economic and industrial revolution in the past 20+ years it has done so at a great : social, political and religious expense and price !!! Although China's one child policy has been somewhat eliminated the reality is that there are some 200 million Chinese males without the possibility of marrying a Chinese women anytime soon. Additionally, in its great leap forward China industrialized itself at a very heavy cost; today great parts of China are known to have very heavily contaminated toxic rivers ( water supply*) as well as having some of the SMOGGIEST cities in this planet !!!
The rise of these three powerful men remind me somewhat to what the world was like Pre-World War II; during those times ( Late 1930's*) : Totalitarians like : Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler seemed to be the norm 'BUT' even though they were all 'Son's of Satan' they distrusted each other and even though Hitler had made promises to Stalin; that he wouldn't attack the USSR obviously Hitler broke his word and the rest was history !!! The new authoritarian's like : Putin, Erdogan and Xi have learned 'NOT' to dress in a full military regalia ( uniform*) like authoritarian's of the past 'BUT' their 'fancy custom-tailored suits' ( wardrobe*) certainly do 'NOT' make them democratic figures !!!
As this student of Bible Prophecy and World History let's it all 'Sink In' so to speak; he is pre-witnessing how the future collapse of : Russia, Islam, China, the U.S.A and others is going to allow the final 10 Horned Beast of Revelation to rise to power and fill in the : Military, Political and Economic vacuum that will be left behind after these presently powerful countries 'Self-Destruct' one another and 'Implode' both financially and politically in the not too distant future !!!
Although Russia presently in this March of 2018, has the largest number of Nuclear Weapons on planet earth that doesn't seem to be enough for Mr.Putin who very recently announced to the world that mother Russia has a new generation of an intercontinental cruise missile that could outsmart all American defenses !!! ( As of this 2018, Russia currently possesses some 7,300 Nuclear Warheads *) Obviously they really don't need another one, regardless of how fast it can be carried by any new missile !!!
According to Biblical Prophecy and especially by the very words of our LORD Jesus Christ things in this 'Final Generation' are going to exponentially get worse and worse !!! This student of Bible Prophecy does 'NOT' believe that our LORD's very own Prophecy about : 'Nation rising against Nation and Kingdom against Kingdom' ( Matthew 24 : 7 ) has been fully fulfilled 'YET' !!! Unfortunately, there will be a World War III as symbolized by the upcoming 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse; some teachers of Bible Prophecy on Youtube were recently debating that the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse don't really KILL 25% of the world's population but that it may just mean that it will affect some 25% of the world; the truth is that 'REGARDLESS' more people will die because of the 4 Horsemen than the estimated 120+ million that died in World War I and WW II PUT TOGETHER, hands down !!!
The Happiest Man in Europe ?
Meanwhile, as Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan and China's Xi consolidate more and more power; it appears that no one could be happier that Germany's : Angela Merkel won another term as Chancellor of Germany than France's : Emmanuel Macron; as SPD Party votes were counted in Germany this past Sunday March 2, 2018, Ms. Merkel was assured of governing Germany together with the SPD Party for one last term after members of the SPD backed a 'Coalition Deal' with Ms. Merkel. Merkel has promised to work with Macron in order to reform / revamp the European Union especially as : Russia's and China's growing military and economic clout seem to want to overshadow the European Union and especially as : Brexit, the Immigrant Crisis, NATO's future and the questionable sustainability of the $ EURO threaten to destabilize this European experiment that has survived over 50+ years now !!! Individually, Germany and France are NOT so much of a match for an ever growing $$$ China nor for a militarized nuclear Russia; 'BUT' together Germany and France leading the EU do have a CHANCE against other emerging powers/beasts who threaten to : Devour and Dominate a disunited Europe and you and I know what Bible Prophecy has to say about it all !!! This student of International Relations can't think of two other politicians that NEED each other more if they are to 'REVITALIZE/ REFORM' the European Union and the EuroZone in the midst of a looming Brexit !!!
This student of Bible Prophecy has been studying and keeping up with Mr. Putin's political rise since 1999 and as a student of Political Science; Mario Romano personally does 'NOT' know of any other world leader who is as 'Emotionless, Self-Controlled, Cunning, Patient, Sinister and Revengeful as Mr. Putin has demonstrated in almost some 18+ years of power in Russia. Remember this is the most powerful individual on planet earth, very simply because he has access and power to over 7000+ Russian nuclear weapons !!! When the West imposed 'Economic Sanctions' on Russia because of his decision to invade the Ukraine, the Russian economy did suffer a 'big hit' and I know that Mr. Putin wants REVENGE against the West in due time, Mr. Putin is not one who 'forgives and forgets' that fast or that easy !!! As : cunning, controlled and militarily powerful as Mr. Putin is he will be absolutely 'NO' match for the final Western 'Little Horn' !!! This student of Bible Prophecy believes and interprets according to the Biblical Prophecies that the endtimes 'Little Horn' is going to accomplish what Adolph Hitler was not able to accomplish against Moscow and Russia during the Tribulation period; thus Mr. Putin's days in power have been numbered and he will be defeated by someone even 'MORE' cunning and ruthless than even he is !!! This student of Bible Prophecy and Russian history acknowledges that Mr.Putin is nowhere near as : Ruthless, Paranoic, Psychopathic nor a Mass Murderer as was Stalin in the 1930's 'BUT' Mr. Putin is as much an AUTHORITARIAN as Stalin was at least politically speaking; when I think of the Russian Government; the Russian Duma sure doesn't come to mind and that is because Mr.Putin has become thee STATE !!! ( He makes personal telephone calls to : Judges, Policemen, Russian Intelligence, Russian Military, Crony Russian Politicians, Russian T.V. and also to Unofficial Russian Hitmen of the State and things get done quickly !!! )
Dates such as September 7, 1941 ( Surprise Pearl Harbor Attack*) or August 6, 1945 Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb attack and others 'have come and gone' and those dates/events would forever change world history as well as the entire 'World Order' !!! This student of Bible Prophecy 'INTERPRETS' several upcoming events that will 'hands down' eclipse the events of : September 11, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and even those of World War II !!! ( Matthew 24 : 21 )
In conclusion, Mr. Putin, Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Xi will all have a very embarrassing end. ( They will all be defeated militarily*) According to the Prophecy of Revelation 17 : 13, it states that the 10 endtimes King's will have 'One mind, One purpose' and that they will give all of their power and authority over to the Beast; in all my years studying political science and numerous biographies of : Tyrants, Dictators, Totalitarians and others it is rare and virtually impossible to find men like a : Putin, Erdogan and Xi, yield any of their national sovereignty and military power over to a foreign individual, agent or alliance !!! On the other hand, authoritarians like : Putin, Erdogan and Xi are power hungry individuals who seek to EXPAND beyond their national borders and isn't that the case of Russia in the Ukraine, of Turkey against Syrian/Iraqi Kurds and of China in the South China Sea against Taiwan, Vietnam and others ?
By : Mario Romano. This servant of GOD sometimes feels powerless to stop or lessen what is coming upon this planet in the not too distant future. The Biblical truth is that what is coming is 'UNSTOPPABLE' !!! Our Omniscient/Omnipresent Creator foresaw everything; "The very end from the Beginning" that would come out of the rebellious creation from this planet. While we can 'NOT' stop the events that are guaranteed to come according to the Book of Revelation we 'CAN' prepare spiritually to be found worthy to ESCAPE all those judgments from GOD which are heading onto this planet !!! ( Luke 21 : 36 ) While it is still day; we can still : Evangelize and Teach others for the day and night is coming when it will not be quite as easy nor possible to some degree !!! I pray for the 'Peace of Jerusalem' but GOD is going to allow what's hidden deep, deep inside the souls and hearts of unrepentant men/women to fully come out during the Tribulation Period; men are in effect going to be slaughtering one another ( Revelation 6 : 4 ) and 'NOT' necessarily just because of differences in 'Skin Color' but because the RESTRAINER is going to allow all the hidden and repressed unholiness of all humanity to come fully out and on display during the Tribulation Period !!! ( It's not even the Tribulation and men are killing each other all over : African, Asian and South American countries and skin color in most cases doesn't have anything to do with it 'BUT' $$$ Money, Illegal Profits, Illegal Weapons and control over the not so secret underground Black Market in those countries usually has the most to do with it all !!! Examples : Drug Wars, Sex Trade, Mafia Wars, Gang Wars over Turf etc...!!! )