Is Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Related to the End Times?

Monday, March 7, 2022

In this article, which is a continuation of a previous article, I continue answering the questions you submitted, with a focus on making sense of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the lens of Scripture.

To answer many of your questions about Russia and Ukraine, you need to understand three background topics. These are: 1) the 7th kingdom; 2) America’s current condition; and 3) The Great Reset. I will briefly summarize these three now.

The 7th Kingdom

Drawing from Revelation 17:9-11 and Daniel 2,7, there have been six antichrist kingdoms in history. These kingdoms have had regional dominion with international influence and impact. Each of these six kingdoms have persecuted the Lord’s people.

These kingdoms are: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.

But Revelation 17:9-11 tells us there will be two future antichrist kingdoms—the 7th and 8th kingdoms—and the 7th kingdom will prepare the way for the antichrist’s 8th kingdom.

Daniel 2:40-43 states, “Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle.  And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.”

The mixing of iron and clay is the final phase of the Roman Empire. What some refer to as the Revived Roman Empire. You can reference these links below to see why I believe Rome is the fourth empire of iron and to learn more about the 7th kingdom.

In the end times, the iron represents European nations that once comprised the Roman Empire. Many of these nations are presently part of the European Union (EU). The clay represents other non-European nations. These will form an alliance to create a global government—a one-world government, economy, and religion. However, this federation of nations will be divided and brittle, just as clay doesn’t adhere to iron.

The key takeaway is the 7th kingdom will emerge out of Europe.

If you want to learn more about the 7th kingdom, here’s some links with more in-depth teaching.

The Great Reset

The Great Reset is being pioneered by the World Economic Forum (WEF) under the leadership of Klaus Schwab. This is part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, which is a blueprint for global government by the year 2030. The WEF is attempting to transform the global economy from free market capitalism/shareholder capitalism to what they call inclusive capitalism or stakeholder capitalism.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but this basically means a public-private partnership between government and big corporations and banks to control the world’s population through money. The elite will become extraordinarily wealthy while the majority of the world will become like serfs.

Basically, this global cabal wants to control everything in the world—money, education, healthcare, religion, culture, justice, equity, natural resources, industry, infrastructure, media, cities and communities, consumption, and production—anything and everything you can fathom. They want total control over everything, including what we are allowed to believe about God and the Bible.

To really understand all that happened from 2020 to 2022—including government shutdowns, printing exorbitant amounts of money, race riots, mandates, media propaganda, misinformation about Covid, etc.—you have to understand The Great Reset. To me, it feels like Nazi Germany in the 1930s as Hitler was rising to power, except this time, it isn’t limited to one nation, but to the entire Western world, including America, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Keep in mind the primary drivers of The Great Reset are European globalists and the EU is in full alignment with The Great Reset. This is likely the iron of the 7th kingdom while the clay are nations such as America, Canada, Australia, China, and others who will likely join this alliance.

America’s Current Condition

Here’s a prophetic word the Lord gave me in the summer of 2020, which I shared at Restoration Life Church on September 20, 2020:

America—the great eagle—I am plucking out your wings one by one until your nakedness is exposed to all. I will pluck out your wings one by one until all the world sees your shame and nakedness. Like Nebuchadnezzar, you will be like a mad animal for 7 years [doesn’t necessarily mean this will be seven years for America]. And then I will restore you.

Keep in mind I shared this before the 2020 election. Also, it just hit me recently how the Lord fulfilled this word. He gave us a president who many believe is in the early stages of dementia. Like Nebuchadnezzar, who lost his mind, the Lord has given America a president whose mind is failing. And He also gave us an incompetent, unqualified vice president.

When a nation is under divine judgment, the Lord allows unqualified, incompetent, compromised, and weak leaders to be appointed (see Isa. 3). Such is the case with America.

America has presently gone mad. We have lost our minds. It seems as if we are committing national suicide with our crazy decisions. I’m convinced the current administration is purposefully trying to destroy our great nation. But like Nebuchadnezzar, God is allowing this. He is humbling and weakening America. This will last until we humble ourselves and recognize that the Most High is ruler over mankind and that He gives dominion to whomever He wishes.

In summary, the Lord is presently judging America and we can’t pray this one away.

Why did Russia invade Ukraine?

There’s never a simple answer to a question like this. But here are at least three factors.

First, Putin is a nationalist who wants to see the glory of Russia restored. He wants to see the former Russian Empire (1721-1917) revived. Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire, so Putin wants to reclaim this nation. That is why he attacked Crimea in 2014. But he stopped. Why? Because Russia had an oil pipeline that went through Ukraine. To get around this, Putin constructed Nord Stream 2. This pipeline was completed in September 2021. This pipeline goes under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St. Petersburg to Lubmin in Germany. So, Putin waited until he could first complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Second, Putin, a nationalist who puts Russia first, didn’t fit the profile the European globalists want for their Great Reset. tweeted on February 24, 2022, “Putin claims he was forced into Ukraine invasion, says Russia remains part of the global economy and countries should not push them out of the system.”[1] In short, Putin did not want to surrender Russian sovereignty to The Great Reset and the UN; therefore, he realized Russia would not be a key player in the new global economic system. So, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is also a declaration of war against the EU, The Great Reset, and the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

Third, Putin saw the weakness of America, especially Joe Biden and the debacle of Afghanistan. Putin is an opportunist, who took advantage of America’s implosion. That is why he acted now.

How will the Russian invasion affect America?

The world is in a very serious crisis that could potentially lead to WW3. And the key nations in this conflict are nuclear superpowers, including Russia, America, and China. What troubles me most is our present leadership in the White House. This is a delicate and sensitive situation and we have Biden and Harris in charge, who from my perspective, are purposefully trying to weaken America. That really troubles me.

To answer how the Russian invasion will affect America, we have to understand 21st century warfare. Modern warfare now consists of at least four types of war: 1) information war (propaganda); 2) cyber war (attacking computer systems); 3) economic war (trying to crash national and world economies); and 4) kinetic war (using weapons).

We are presently in an information and economic war with Russia. In case you don’t know, Russia has been banned from SWIFT, the global messaging system that enables bank transactions. This, along with other economic sanctions, could crash the Russian economy. All of this could potentially lead to a cyber war and even a kinetic war.

At this point, it looks like we are facing the greatest crisis since WW2. Even if we don’t have military conflict with Russia, the threat of cyberattacks, EMP attacks, and the collapse of the financial system are very real.

The American economy is designed to operate with oil around $100 per barrel. This current crisis with Russia will cause the price of oil to rise significantly. That means gas prices and inflation will increase, leading to much more serious supply chain disruptions.

After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, I have a strong sense in my spirit we are headed for a serious economic crisis in the days ahead.

It’s probably a good idea to store some extra food and water for the uncertain days in which we live.

What does Russia invading Ukraine have to do with the end times?

If all we are talking about is Russia invading Ukraine, then this would not have much effect on end-time related events. But I don’t believe this invasion will be limited to Ukraine.

It’s very possible we are on the threshold of WW3 and this international conflict will be fought over a new world order. Since WW2, the world order has been dominated by America as the world’s superpower and the USD as the world’s reserve currency, but these days are over.

After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, I’m convinced it is the Lord’s will for America to no longer be the superpower of the world. This is one of those “these things must take place” events.

With America weakening, this current conflict is over which world order will fill the vacuum and have international dominance. A Russia-China world order, where Russia and China and national communism have dominance over the world? Or a European-Western world order, where Europe, America, Canada, Australia, and other nations have dominance through global fascism?

China is trying to play its cards right. China could go along with Russia if it senses Russia will emerge as a world leader once again. Or China could align with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Great Reset. China is posturing to be positioned best for both scenarios.

In essence, this worldwide conflict is really about nationalism versus globalism. Nations such as Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran, who are ultra-nationalistic, want to reestablish the former glory of their empires. European nations, along with other Western nations, have exchanged nationalism for globalism.

So, the question is what new world order will dominate in the years ahead? A global government or several strong imperialistic nations, such as Russia, China, and Turkey?

When I study end-time prophecy, from a big picture perspective, I see a coming clash between two kingdoms. A global government established by uniting European nations with many other nations. I refer to this as the 7th kingdom. And an Islamic caliphate centered in Turkey, who wants to reclaim the former glory of the Ottoman Empire. I refer to this as the 8th kingdom.

If you are interested in learning more about the 8th kingdom, here’s a link with more in-depth teaching.

This in mind, the present conflict with Russia could potentially result in strengthening global fascism and ultranationalism while weakening America further. This could set the stage for a future clash between global fascism (the 7th kingdom) and ultranationalism, embraced by Turkey, who wants to restore the former glory of the Ottoman Empire (the 8th kingdom).

So, yes. I do believe, when looking at the big picture, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine could very well shift end-time puzzle pieces into place.

Is Russia invading Ukraine related to Ezekiel 38-39?

I don’t believe so. I know a popular evangelist recently said on his TV show that God put hooks into the mouth of Putin and forced him to invade Ukraine. But I don’t believe this is correct.

In case you are unfamiliar with Ezekiel 38-39, these two chapters are a prophecy declaring the Lord will send a federation of nations to attack Israel in the last days.

As I argued in my class Understanding the End Times, I don’t believe Russia is mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39. Numerous scholars have interpreted Rosh to mean modern-day Russia. However, if you look at the meaning of the Hebrew word and how it is used throughout the Old Testament, Rosh is not a nation. Rather, it means “head, top, summit, upper part, chief.” This is why the KJV, NLT, NIV, ESV, CSB, NASB 2020, and RSV translations use the phrase “the chief prince,” or something similar, rather than “prince of Rosh.”

In summary, I believe Ezekiel 38-39 reveals the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the last 3.5 years before Christ returns. After the antichrist and 10 kings destroy the beloved city Rome and her one-world religion, this coalition, along with their formidable military, will go forth conquering and to conquer (Rev. 6; 17-18). One of their first targets will be the nation of Israel, and more specifically, the city of Jerusalem. They will be laser-focused on conquering this beloved city for Allah and establishing the antichrist’s global worship platform on the Temple Mount.

Ezekiel 38-39 reveals this military campaign in great detail, which is the same narrative of Zechariah 12 and 14 but from a different perspective. The antichrist is the leader of this Islamic coalition and he emerges from Turkey. Several of the nations who align with him, formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, demonstrate the antichrist’s quest to restore the former glory of the Islamic Caliphate.

If you are interested in learning more, please see my teaching on the 8th kingdom. The link is below.

How will the Russia invasion in Ukraine affect Israel?

With the current oil crisis in America and Europe, Iran could come into the picture as a major oil supplier. This could potentially enrich Iran and strengthen them as a possible nuclear power.

This would pose an existential threat to Israel and could trigger a war with Israel and Iran. It’s possible, after a war with Iran, Israel could rebuild its temple on the Temple Mount. This would be a very significant event related to end-time prophecy.

Does the Russia invasion relate to the 10 kings in Daniel and Revelation (Dan. 7:24; Rev. 13:1; 17:12)?

No, I don’t believe so. The 10 kings are related to the antichrist’s reign and I don’t believe the antichrist emerges out of Russia. Plus, the antichrist has not yet emerged onto the world scene.

Hopefully, these two articles helped answer some of your questions. I’m sure, as we head deeper into 2022, there will be many more questions to answer. If you would like to receive future articles like this, please subscribe to the Radical Pursuit email list.

[1], referenced on 3/4/2022.

Bryan Kessler