RUSSIA - New ‘Satan’ Nuclear Weapon

Arno Froese

Russia has for months been testing a giant nuclear weapons delivery system that can carry 10 heavyweight warheads—enough power to wipe out Texas or France. But the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile known in Russia as “Satan 2” has been delayed yet again, suggesting Moscow is having a harder time than expected updating its nuclear arsenal.

Russia began testing the Sarmat last year and had been expected to enter it into service in 2018. It was slated to be Russia’s first new intercontinental ballistic missile in decades and much bigger than its U.S. counterpart, the Minuteman III, which carries three warheads.

The Russian weapon was designed to push through U.S. missile defenses. It is expected to replace the RS-36M, which was known as “Satan” by NATO in the 1970s, NBC News reported.

Russia has the world’s most nuclear weapons with 7,300. The U.S. is in second place with 6,970 nuclear weapons. Only seven other nations in the world have nuclear weapons, and combined they have fewer weapons than either the U.S. or Russia. They are France, China, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons., 23 March 2017

Arno's commentary

This powerful nuclear missile, the RS-28 Sarmat, is being nicknamed “Satan.” It is not surprising, since militaries all around the world have one target: namely, to kill and destroy the enemy. Jesus speaks about Satan in John 10:10: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” Interestingly, all nations of the world highly honor their military. There are thousands if not millions of statues and memorials throughout the world honoring soldiers. What is the real reason behind it all?

There is a deeper, spiritual reason for this type of veneration, which often borders on worship. The prophet Daniel has something unique to say, inspired by the Holy Spirit, “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:37-38). The god of forces, combined with materialism (merchandise), is definitely king in our world in these days. Recently in a church, the pastor prayed: “We thank our military for giving us peace.” That is the way of the world. In contrast, we read what the Prince of Peace says: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

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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