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Russia on the Road to Triumph!
Europe will end up in chains.
Friday, June 15, 2012  Audio & Print versions

With Vladimir Putin back in full power in Russia we can expect tough dealing with the United States and other Western powers. Already we see him adopting a strong position on Syria and on Iraq. We shall see a difficult time ahead for Western Europe, and we expect to see Europe chained. Indeed the process of economic break-up now taking place can only lead to Russia's rise to dominance.
Hello, this is Paul Billington bringing you this weeks edition of The Bible in the News.

On the basis of Bible prophecy students have long expected Europe to come under the dominion of Russia. John Thomas, produced an exposition of Daniel’s prophecy in 1854 entitled: Anatolia; or Russia Triumphant and Europe Chained!!! The title page of this work  leaves us in no doubt as to his expectations—for him, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy concerning Russia was an absolute certainty. In this book John Thomas described the extent of Russia’s future dominion, and in placing Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog as a parallel to Daniel’s prophecy (which Ezekiel 38:17 allows for), he wrote:

“By turning to a map of Europe and Asia, the reader may trace out the territory of the Kingdom of Babylon as it is destined to exist in its last form under the King of the North in his Gogian manifestation. The names of countries furnished by Ezekiel will lead him to a just conception of its general extent. Beside “All the Russias,” it will take in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Prussia, Austria, Turkey, Persia, Tartary, Greece, the Roman Africa, and Egypt. This will be a dominion of great magnitude, extending from the North Sea to the Wall of China and Afghanistan, and from the Ice-Sea to the Deserts of Africa and Arabia.

“The organization which this vast empire will assume,when fully developed, is represented in the second chapter of Daniel by a Colossus in human form, which as an apparition flitted before the mind of Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. Daniel says that the scene of which it was the subject, was representative of what should be “in the Latter Days.” This being admitted, it follows that what is recorded in that chapter is yet in the future. The scene exhibits a Colossus standing on its feet in unrivalled brightness of glory, and terrible to behold.”
So how is this “vast empire” to be established? Since the Cold War ended and Europe was seen to be uniting, many have thought that Russia’s Image empire would be established by peaceful means. We must now question that assumption. The conclusions presented in Anatolia may prove to be correct after all. John Thomas wrote:

“...leaders (of Britain, France etc.) are all wrong in supposing that “the age of conquest is past for ever,” and that they will succeed in establishing the freedom and independence of Europe. There never has been such an age of conquest as that which will soon open upon the world; and as to the establishment of European freedom and independence, the war to be initiated is the setting in of an overwhelming inundation that will submerge them under one of the most terrible and scorching despotisms that ever wrung the heart of nations... and then, unless Britain can form some alliance beyond the limits of the Kingdom of Babylon, she will have to fight the battle of freedom and independence alone, and at the price of her own existence if she fail. France, as I have said, is Gomerian; and as such must come into confederacy with the great Cossack Ruler of the Gogian image.”
The military “inundation” foreseen by John Thomas was not a guess made on the basis of a personal point of view—it was based upon Daniel 11:40 and other Scriptures.

In his book Russia, The Vatican and the Invasion of Israel (published in 1970) Graham Pearce saw the involvement of the Catholic Church in Russia’s take-over of Western Europe. He expected an accommodation between Russia and the Vatican so as to create a pan-European Christian-socialist state. He wrote:
“ the light of the prophetic word, we may expect there to be a deal between the Vatican and Russia, the Vatican preparing the way for the Russian takeover of Western Europe. Through the chain of archbishops, bishops, priests, and local priests, a suitable message will be passed to every catholic and the ‘submission’ of Western Europe will be assured.”

Then, in reference to the 1854 book Russia Triumphant and Europe Chained he said:

“This is a true reflection on what the prophets say. Europe is to come under cruel bondage, with freedom suppressed... We remember the parable of the latter-day “king of Babylon” of Isaiah chapter 14. He smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he ruled the nations in anger, he made the world a wilderness and destroyed cities, he opened not the house of his prisoners. Habakkuk also in his second chapter sees this “proud man” gathering unto himself all the nations and heaping unto him all people. So the lights are to go out in Europe, it is to be “in chains”. This may not take place immediately Russia takes over Western Europe. But as the occupation proceeds, and is consolidated over some years, then the chains will be found to be brutally there.”
Since those things were written in 1970, we have seen meetings between Russian leaders and the pope. We have seen the growing rift between the European Union and the United States. We have seen the emerging energy weapon of gas and oil held over Europe by Russia—and now we have seen that Russia is willing to use military force against those neighbouring countries that resist her.

So we watch the march of events. They are telling us in the clearest possible way that the great crisis predicted in the Bible is almost upon us. Russia must first consolidate her empire—which means her gaining the supremacy over Europe. She must then gather her allies (including Iran) in preparation for her assault upon Israel. It was in 1849 that John Thomas wrote in his preface to Elpis Israel:

“The future movements of Russia are notable signs of the times, because they are predicted in the Scriptures of Truth. The Russian Autocracy in its plenitude, and on the verge of dissolution, is the Image of Nebuchadnezzar standing upon the Mountains of Israel, ready to be smitten by the Stone. When Russia makes its grand move for the building-up of its Image-empire, then let the reader know that the end of all things, as at present constituted, is at hand. The long-expected, but stealthy, advent of the King of Israel will be on the eve of becoming a fact; and salvation will be to those who not only looked for it, but have trimmed their lamps by believing the gospel of the kingdom unto the obedience of faith, and the perfection thereof in “fruits meet for repentance.”
So the task before each one of us is plain. May the Lord in his mercy strengthen us to prepare ourselves before him.

Listen again to Bible in the News next week God willing.

Printed:  Friday, June 15, 2012


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