RUSSIA - Vladimir Putin Referenced Torah

Arno Froese

Russian President Vladimir Putin referenced the Torah in arguing that science and technology cannot fully replace traditional values, according to news reports.

“All that you’ve mentioned remain the eternal main values,” Putin said in response to a reporter’s question about the role of modern technology in Russian society, RT News reports.

“It’s not a coincidence that the Torah says that giving up the territories is a great sin,” Putin said at the Valdai International Discussion Club’s annual meeting in Sochi.

“The territories, the natural treasures and the people remain the most important factors,” Putin said.

However, technology’s influence is increasing in Moscow society, he said.

“But changes are coming at such a pace that it’s obvious,” Putin cautioned. “The science and technology factor becomes decisive in the military and foreign policy spheres.”, 19 October 2017

Arno's commentary

Russia is the largest country in the world. With eleven local time zones, Russia covers 17 million square kilometers (USA: 9.8 million km2).

This article, however, emphasizes the absoluteness of Russia’s borders. That obviously is a hidden reference to Crimea, which was annexed by the Russian Federation in 2014. According to Wikipedia, 65.3% of the population of Crimea is Russian, 15.1% Ukrainian, and about 12% Crimean Tatars.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea caused an uproar of protest, particularly in the European world (West). Regarding Putin’s relation to the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy), he testified: “…In 1993, when I worked on the Leningrad City Council, I went to Israel as part of an official delegation. Mama gave me my baptismal cross to get it blessed at the Lord’s Tomb. I did as she said and then put the cross around my neck. I have never taken it off since.”

Our answer? As Christians, we pray for people whose names we know, that the Lord, in His grace, may break through and impute living faith in Jesus Christ. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

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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