Russia's President, Dmitry Medvedev, has vowed to press ahead with an ambitious overhaul of Russia's armed forces despite the nation's economic problems and vocal opposition from within Russia's military. The plan envisions the most dramatic transformation of the Russian military since World War II, doing away with a structure designed to mobilize large numbers of troops to fight a major war and replacing it with a leaner standing army that can respond more quickly.
The plan has run into stiff opposition from Russian politicians who say that it will leave Russia too weak to prevail in a war against a strong opponent such as NATO or China.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
Word from Moscow that Russia will overhaul its military and make it ready for a quick strike should have prophecy students looking for the Russian military to play out its end time scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.
The Russian military has been very active this last year with its navy traveling across the world and docking in many port cities. At the same time, the armed forces of Russia were involved in a ground operation in the former Soviet bloc country of Georgia. It cannot go unnoticed how the Russian political leadership has been developing deeper relations with many if not all of the Middle Eastern nations including Israel. All the world's leaders are very aware and are much concerned with the Russian-Iranian partnership to develop Iran's nuclear program. This report is evidence of the restless bear arising to become once again a world superpower especially with the announcement of a major overhaul of the Russian military.
Russia, known by its Biblical name "Magog" in Ezekiel 38:2, is the major player in a coalition of nations that will come together to attack Israel. This alignment of nations spoken of in Daniel 11:4-44 and Ezekiel 38, will be led by Russia in the attack on Israel that comes at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period yet in the future.
The announcement of Russia overhauling its military, the most dramatic overhaul since World War II, is indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.