The Russia/Ukraine Conflict

Arno Froese

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:9-10).

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the number one story the media currently proclaims. Apparently, Covid-19 has taken a back seat. What does war do? Kill and destroy. That is what all military personnel are taught in their respective war colleges.

History books are filled with the enumeration of wars and their subsequent casualties and physical destruction. 

Where did it all start? We can go back approximately 6,000 years ago, when one brother killed another, as recorded in Genesis 4:8: “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” 

From that time until this very day, the killing has not ceased—precisely according to the prophetic words of our Lord: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:6-7). That is exactly what is going on today.

Thus, the question: when will war cease? The answer is in our introductory Scripture: “He maketh wars to cease.” How? “He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.” That simply reveals total elimination of weapons of war. 

The prophet Micah declares, “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3).

While we talk much about peace and freedom, in reality there is no such thing. In the New Testament, James addresses the Church: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” (James 4:1).

When it comes to peace and freedom, the late Dr. Scofield made a profound statement:

Theoretically, we are free politically. Actually, we are the slaves of party, of the caucus, of the bosses. The very minute I give over into the hands of a convention the right to formulate my political creed I am no longer absolutely free. When I take my opinions, or convictions, concerning morals or religion, second-hand from other men, whether they are men of today or men of the Reformation period or of the early church council, I am no longer free.

When I allow a habit to dominate my life, I am no longer free. When I allow pride or vanity or ambition or pleasure to control my life, I am the basest of slaves. The very fact that I do not, can- not, of myself, cease from sin proclaims me a slave. Jesus Christ came into a world of slaves.

-Scofield, C. I., The New Life in Christ Jesus (2007), p. 35

Israel’s Dilemma
While the Western world outright condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Israel did so only after being prodded, particularly by the United States. Why Israel’s hesitancy? There are multiple reasons, the first being that the overwhelming majority of immigrants to Israel came from the Soviet Union. The Jerusalem Post reports that about a million people in Israel are Russian-speaking.

Historically, Israel has deep roots in the former Soviet Union. It was the Belarusian Andrei Gromyko, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, who made the compassionate plea at the United Nations in favor of the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab nations, which led to Resolution 818 of the General Assembly, on 29 November 1947.

Israel also remembers that it was the Soviet Union who permitted Czechoslovakia to send military equipment to Israel, while most powers in the world refrained from sending military hardware to conflict areas.

We must also note that the 37 signers of the Declaration of Independence, governed by the Histadrut (trade union), followed the ideology of communism, which resulted in the establishment of the well-known kibbutz movement in Israel.

It is noteworthy that nine of the 37 original signers of the Declaration came from Ukraine, with eight from Belarus and five from Poland. Thus, we see: whether it’s the fatherland or the motherland, a large part of Israel’s population has its roots in the former Soviet Union.

Doubtless, many Israelis have family, relatives and friends in the countries involved in this war. 

Israel’s former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (now the Finance Minister)—who was born in Moldova and immigrated to Israel in 1978—previously said regarding Russia: 

“We are not looking for any confrontation with Russia,” Israeli Public Radio quoted Lieberman as saying.

“On the contrary, in recent years, there was an open and transparent dialogue with Russia—both when our opinions have been compatible and [when they have been] incompatible,” he added.

According to Israeli radio, Lieberman made the remarks in [an] interview with Russian daily Kommersant.

“Israel does not intend to interfere in Syria's internal affairs; [Syrian] President Bashar al-Assad would do well not to work against us,” the hardline defense minister was quoted as saying. 

“Israel takes into account Russian interests and hopes Moscow will also take into account our security interests in the Middle East,” he said., 3 May 2018

Israel’s main enemy is Iran. They use war-torn Syria as a staging ground against Israel. Subsequently, hundreds of raids have been conducted by Israel against Iranian military targets in Syria. Russia is supporting the Syrian government, but assents to Israel targeting Iranian military movements in Syria.

In summary, what we know is that the prophecies uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ in Israel will continue to be fulfilled, until “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth.” Then, and only then, will all the lies proclaimed by all governments around the world, throughout the millennia, be exposed. There is no peace, and there will be no peace until the Prince of Peace arrives. He will immediately abolish all weapons and command real peace, prosperity, and security for Israel, and from there to the rest of the world. 

Our position as Christians is to pray for His church in the affected countries, so that they may stand strong in upholding and sending forth the Word of God. His Church is the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” That’s the Church Jesus is building—“I will build my church” (Matt 16:18b).

Midnight Call - 04/2022

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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