INSIGHTS WRITTEN 6 YEARS AGO IN “THE FINAL ROMAN EMPEROR”:
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, was working for the Soviet secret police Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnost (KGB)[i] under the code name “Mikhailov.” Pacepa bluntly asserts, “Liberation Theology was not invented by Latin American Catholics, but rather it was developed by the KGB.”[ii] Liberation theology was concocted by the KGB and the Patriarch Kirill promoted it. Thus, Kirill was instrumental in spreading Marxism into the Western hemisphere, an existential threat to US soil. Kirill appears to be a rather sinister character. According to investigative journalist Stephenson Billings:
The man in question is named Patriarch Kirill, a genuinely ruthless figure in the harsh world of Soviet politics. A former KGB agent and now a close associate of Vladimir Putin, he has called his leader “a god.” He has been widely condemned for spreading Stalinism and atheism to the Ukraine in a cruel bid to expand his empire. Evidence unearthed in Soviet archives has revealed that the Russian Orthodox Church has long been infiltrated and managed by the KGB as a tool of population control. This is one of the many reasons that the CIA has kept a very close watch on the secretive kingpin Kirill for decades.[iii]
Apparently, the KGB pays well, because “Archbishop Kirill’s personal wealth was estimated at $4 billion by the Moscow News.”[iv] Of course, this information has concerning implications in regard to the Russian Orthodox Church’s recent “holy war” declaration as well.
Freemasonic scholar Manly P. Hall described a Sibylline prophecy in the Great Seal of the United States [as explained in Zeitgeist 2025] and now current academic research of medieval literature presents the case that the same Sibylline source inspired the last Roman emperor literary topos resulting in the Catholic monarch and Mahdi traditions via Sibylline paganism and could turn out to be from a very ancient pagan source. Hillary Clinton, whom we identified from her birthdate after the Parsons/Hubbard ritual as the most likely candidate for the Babalon working’s “whore of Babalon,” is the frontrunner as Democratic presidential candidate.[v]Are we perched at the Zenith? President Obama’s ambition to become UN secretary general has become public knowledge. While we label not, we are very intrigued by his bravado. More so, Vladamir Putin and Prelate Archbishop Kirill have openly declared a twenty-first century crusade while remaining belligerently pro-Assad/anti-USA, and we cannot help but sense that it is leading to a time when the reptilian spirits will be gathering the world’s leaders (Revelation 16:14), and that the world is already perched upon the ultimate battle of biblical prophecy…
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker was almost speechless: “I don’t even know what to say, we are getting to a place where there are very little, if any, options left.”[vi] Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, the former top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, added, “The answer is not ‘Go after Russia and start World War III.’ I just don’t know what the [solution is]—that’s what we’re working on now.”[vii] But what if Russia leaves us no choice? Over 750,000 of the world’s most ancient Christian population has already been displaced or brutally murdered. How many more Syrian Christians must die before the US—or as suggested by Pope Francis, a United Nations Force—does intervene?
However, seemingly in response to the US criticism, a few days later, Putin nailed nine important Islamic State targets. As this book goes to press, we read, “Soviet jets pounded terrorist targets in Syria overnight using bunker busting bombs to blow up an ISIS command outpost, potentially killing dozens of fighters.” Even so, the Russian strategy emphasizes bombing American supported rebels more than the IS.
Russian diplomats and military officials contend the air attacks are aimed at Islamic State extremists, but that claim is widely disputed by the US and others, who say the Russians have too often bombed Syrian opposition fighters who have no connection with, or allegiance to, the Islamic State militants.[viii]
The raids come after a senior British military expert said the West has been totally outflanked by Putin on the Syria crisis because its policymaking has been dominated by “wishful thinking.”[ix] Where does this place Vladimir Putin in the long-game, preternatural dialectic of the powers and principalities? As one might expect, many prophecy watchers believe Putin is a likely candidate for Gog of Magog, the leader who comes against Israel from the North in the famous prophetic battle of Ezekiel 38–39.
Doug Woodward explains the Islamocentric view of Mystery Babylon as “an ascendant empire in the Middle East (usually Turkey, Saudi Arabia, possibly Iran or now, ISIS) will become the power base of Antichrist, when he claims to be the Mahdi.”[x] For example, Michael Heiser, once wrote, “We need not twist such prophecies to target modern political villains, like the former Soviet Union. The Israeli-Muslim feud is both more rational, and more biblical.”[xi] Heiser explained:
The book of Revelation prophesies the revival of the now defunct eastern Roman Empire (“mystery Babylon”; Rev. 17) in the future—a kingdom with which the beast/Antichrist is somehow associated. This revived Babylonian empire, the revived eastern Roman Empire, encompasses all of today’s modern Muslim nations, as did the original eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empire.[xii]
Heiser’s view stands in sharp relief to the Scofield Reference Bible, which explicitly identified Russia and was actually published long before the Marxist revolution and formation of the militantly atheistic Soviet Union. In a sense, Islam is a more modern enemy in that Mahdism, as expressed by the IS, is a relatively late phenomenon resulting from the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Woodward predicts that the “Islamic-centric view will prove incorrect within a few short years. Many will object, but I will continue to advance the much more conventional position that Gog is not just a Turk.”[xiii]
Defending the Scofield view, Woodward notes, “The conventional view has held for over a century that the ‘revived Roman Empire’ (inferred from Daniel 9:24–27), from which Antichrist draws his earthly power, will arise from Western Europe (the ‘merchants of Tarshish’) or its ‘young lions’ (their colonies in the Western Hemisphere—See Ezekiel 38:13). Alongside this conclusion, the traditional view sees Russia leading the alliance of Islamic nations (Iran, aka Persia).”[xiv] He believes that Putin might indeed be the infamous Gog, at least the humanly visible side of an unseen “power” driving his ideology.[xv] Gog does not seem to be Muslim because its “evil purpose” (Ezekiel 38:10) is about securing financial gain (Ezekiel 38:12–13). He does not attack Israel to gain the holy land (Ezekiel 5:5; 38:12–13). He has no interest in the Temple Mount or its sanctuaries. “Gog’s battle is not launched against Israel because of who Israel is in relation to God, nor because of the spiritual significance that Jerusalem holds to Christians, Jews, or Muslims.”[xvi] If Gog were the Mahdi or any Muslim, a religious motivation for invading Israel would be present.
When it comes to Russia as Magog or Turkey, rather than an “either/or” situation, this could be a case of “both/and”—especially because of both Turkey and Russia’s continuing political alliance with Muslim nations like the Assad regime and Iran. A Messianic teacher, Benni Kleynhans, identified: “Russia, Moscow, Tobolsk, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sudan, Lybia, Austria and Germany, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and Russian allies are respectively identified with the following names from Ezekiel: Gog and Magog, Mesech and Tubal, Persia, Ethiopia, Lybia, Askenaz, Gomer, Togarmah and many nations with you.”[xvii] One is not bound to an exclusively Muslim confederation, much like Israel’s political enemies in the UN; the Magog war very well could entail Russia leading a group of Islamic nations.
The Russian Orthodox Christian Church has described the Putin administration’s fight against the IS as a “holy battle” [crusade]. Head of the Church’s Public Affairs Department, Vsevolod Chaplin, told Interfax news agency:
The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it. The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the People of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. Christians are suffering in the region with the kidnapping of clerics and the destruction of churches. Muslims are suffering no less (emphasis added).[xviii]
He also said that an interfaith council representing Russia’s main religions—Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism—will release a joint statement supporting the crusade against ISIS. In early 2012, Putin met with church representatives who described the horrific treatment of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world:
The head of External Church Relations, Metropolitan Illarion, said that every five minutes one Christian was dying for his or her faith in some part of the world, specifying that he was talking about such countries as Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan and India. The cleric asked Putin to make the protection of Christians one of the foreign policy directions in future.
“This is how it will be, have no doubt,” Putin answered.[xix]
The Muslim rebels were quick to respond. Syrian opposition member, Bassam-Jaara said:
The Orthodox Church’s call for a holy war in Syria warrants a declaration of jihad. The Orthodox Church described Putin’s battle in Syria as ‘holy’, meaning a crusade war.… A “holy” war requires a call for jihad.[xx]
The stage is set for World War III and, perhaps, the final battle occurring at “a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16).
[i] Tony Halpin, “Russian Orthodox Church Chooses between ‘ex-KGB Candidates’ as Patriarch,” The Times (of London), January 26 2009, http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article2100100.ece, accessed October 12, 2015.
[ii] Ion Mihai Pacepa, “The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology” National Review, April 23, 2015, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417383/secret-roots-liberation-theology-ion-mihai-pacepa?target=author&tid=901039, accessed October 8, 2015.
[iii] Stephenson Billings, “Should the CIA Stop Patriarch Kirill, The Murderous Billionaire Cult Leader Leading the Soviets to Satanism?” http://christwire.org/2012/04/should-the-cia-stop-patriarch-kirill-the-murderous-billionaire-cult-leader-leading-the-soviets-to-satanism/ accessed January 4, 2016.
[iv] Pacepa, “The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology.”
[v] Putnam and Horn, On the Path of the Immortals.
[vi] Youssef, et al, “U.S. Admits: We Can’t…”.
[viii] “Putin, Erdogan Discuss Syrian Crisis,” VOA, November 4, 2015, http://m.voanews.com/a/putin-erdogan-discuss-syrian-crisis/3036177.html, accessed November 4, 2015/.
[ix] Nick Gutteridge, “ISIS Jihadis OBLITERATED: Putin Jets Blast Terrorist HQ in Syria with Bunker-buster Bombs,” The Express, October 4, 2015, http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/609665/Islamic-State-ISIS-command-post-destroyed-Russian-airstrike-Putin accessed October 6, 2015.
[x] Douglas Woodward, “Is Gog Just a Turk?” Prophecy Watchers Magazine, October 2015, http://faith-happens.com/exposing-the-dark-forces-behind-gog-and-magog/, accessed October 6, 2015.
[xi] Michael Heiser, Islam and Armageddon, 73.
[xii] Ibid., 82–83.
[xiii] Woodward, “Is Gog Just a Turk?”
[xvi] Jack Smith, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist (Last Mile Books, 2011), 246, https://books.google.com/books/about/Islam_the_Cloak_of_Antichrist.html?id=ihvaoAEACAAJ.
[xvii] Benni Kleynhans, Die laastewaarskuwing, (V.G. Uitgewers, Springs, S.A, 1993). 54.
[xviii] “Church Says Russia Fighting ‘Holy Battle’ in Syria,” France 24, September 30, 2015, http://www.france24.com/en/20150930-church-says-russia-fighting-holy-battle-syria, accessed October 7, 2015.
[xix] Raymond Ibrahim, “RUSSIA DECLARES ‘HOLY WAR’ ON ISLAMIC STATE / While Obama Sides with Christian-murdering ‘Freedom Fighters,’” Front Page Magazine, October 7, 2015, http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/260372/russia-declares-holy-war-islamic-state-raymond-ibrahim, as reprinted by The United Jerusalem Foundation, Paragraph 5, http://www.unitedjerusalem.org/index2.asp?id=1952135, accessed October 7, 2015.
[xx] KesavanUnnikrishnan “Russia’s Orthodox Church Backs ‘Holy War’ against ISIS,” Digital Journal, October 4, 2015,http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/russian-orthodox-church-backs-holy-war-against-isis/article/445605, accessed October 7, 2015.