The Love Triangle Revisited.
Previously, we reported about the bizarre love triangle that Russia and Israel are involved in… Russia loves Syria. Israel and Syria hate each other. Russia and Israel share very close diplomatic ties. As we concluded earlier, it’s complicated. You can read more about this in our previous articles.
There’s that old saying about romantic relationships, “Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.” It looks like Russia is now turning a cold shoulder toward Israel. So, what happened?
First, Israel got a backbone and decided to join the chorus of nations that are confronting Russia about war crimes in Ukraine. It was reported in the Jerusalem Post (source) that Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, condemned Russia of slaughtering Ukrainian citizens in the “Bucha Massacre.”
Second, Putin’s response was swift. He demanded that Russia gain control of a Jerusalem church that was promised by Benjamin Netanyahu years earlier in a diplomatic swap. The name and place of the church is significant—the Alexander Nevsky Church and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity which is in the heart of the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City (source). Putin also said that Israel was using Ukraine to cover up for its own conflict with the Palestinians.
This lover’s spat could have serious consequences on the world stage. Imagine Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett giving Putin control of a significant church in the Holy City while the rest of the world is sanctioning Russia back to the stone age. If Bennett refuses, what will that mean for Russian support to keep the so-called peace between Israel and those who hate her in the region. The stage is being set for more than a jilting, but a full-fledged divorce. More on this later.
Inside the Maniacal Mind of a Malignant Megalomaniac
While the rest of the world is riveted to the daily news cycle coming out of Ukraine, Putin is playing a game of three-dimensional chess around the world. He’s fiercely ambitious and obsesses over his public image. No doubt, he was delighted when Time magazine made him person of the year in 2007. But we shouldn’t forget that he shares the same honor with other notables: Adolf Hitler (1938) and Joseph Stalin (1939 & 1942).
When we say that Putin exhibits maniacal behavior, we mean that he is extremely wild and violent. Combine this with a megalomaniac/narcissistic personality disorder and you uncover a bedlam of antisocial behaviors:
- The inability to experience empathy, lack of remorse, not caring about the pain they cause—even enjoying it by feeling empowered
- The fixation on fantasies of infinite success and control, while believing that they are extraordinary, even omnipotent, and indestructible—a grandiose sense of self-importance
- Manipulating everyone and every situation to their advantage
- They place value only upon themselves—their beauty, brilliance, and power
- Unable to handle criticism and often lash out if they feel slighted
- Blaming others for their own bad behavior
- Hidden insecurities and a weak sense of self
- Seeking to win at all costs, leaving a great amount of pain, frustration, and disaster in their wake
Like any former KGB intelligence officer, Putin is skilled at seizing the upper hand in any situation. He learned the art of asserting his dominance very early in his career. Today, he meticulously crafts the narrative through which he is portrayed in the public’s eye. Manipulating the behavior of others, either through the fear of punishment, imprisonment, or assassination, thrills his ego. Make no mistake, Putin considers no one as his equal. He will always seize the initiative to force his opponents to react to the terms he dictates. The fact that his army murders babies, rapes women, and guns down people who are fleeing for their lives doesn’t keep him up at night. History will record his name in the same lists that mention Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong. And like those men, Putin is the spawn of hell.
Normal people have a hard time understanding the nature of a malignant megalomaniac or the atrocities they are capable of committing. Most people have a conscience, right? Most people will feel guilt and shame at some point during their life. Yes! But men like Putin are simply incapable of feeling these emotions. It is for this reason that we can say, “He is absolutely capable of doing anything, no matter how dark, sinister, or evil it may be.” Don’t call him insane or crazy. Call him what he is, “a lost, demon-possessed soul in control of a nation, an army, and the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.”
Now back to Jerusalem.
Why Putin Wants a Jerusalem Church
With everything stated above and throughout this series, why would Putin want Russia to own a church in Jerusalem? According to The Times of Israel, it's at the top of his agenda (source). Does the butcher want to hear some of that old-time religion… add his measly voice to the chorus of gospel music? Perhaps he’s thinking about turning from his evil ways, repenting, and following Jesus as Lord. Maybe he wants to tithe from the bounty of billions that he’s stolen from the Russian economy… kind of like Zaccheus—the New Testament tax collector.
No, Putin doesn’t believe in God, Jesus Christ, the Bible (no surprise), Karl Marx, Lennin, Buddha, or in anyone other than himself. He wants complete control of a Jerusalem church to create an outpost in the most politically volatile piece of real estate on the planet. In Putin’s mind, he’s played Israel like a cheap wood-splintered fiddle. He’s the loathsome architect of the latest Holocaust to afflict mankind.
Israel obviously feels embarrassed on the world stage after closely aligning their nation with Russia, especially considering their own "never again" history.
Putin has successfully squeezed Israel between a rock and a hard place. They relied on his military prowess to protect their nation from enemies on every side… the Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, Iranians, etc. If Israel hadn’t spoken out, their Holocaust museums all around the world would be seen as so many symbols of hypocrisy.
Yes, Putin lured Israel into his love triangle, wooed them like any cheating lover will do, and then sprung the trap on their spine. The latest reincarnation of Hitler now demands that Israel hand over a church in the sacred heart of old Jerusalem. The irony is palpable. This must feel like a stab in Father Abraham’s back.
If you’re a movie fan, you’ve seen this script before. The protagonist arrives on the scene, only to discover that he’s been betrayed into the hands of the enemy. Who did it? Most often, the character he trusted most. There’s always that initial shock… followed by gut-wrenching disbelief. The gnawing realization of a well-planned treachery begins to wash over the hero’s face. No one in the theater blinks or reaches for that last handful of popcorn.
As the music reaches a crescendo, all hell breaks loose.
The Path from a Church Heist to Invading Israel
When a malignant megalomaniac faces an existential threat, "the sum of all fears" is the only option. HNewsWire believes that Vladimir Putin is very capable of fulfilling Biblical prophecy. Though this scenario may not be on his self-survival radar currently, invading Israel would accomplish his objectives. Tensions are already arising in the Middle East. Major news outlets are not reporting on the escalating conflicts in that region. They are focused on the daily atrocities in Ukraine.
Russia seizing control of Israel would throw the Western World into chaos and restore the upper hand to Putin. According to Ezekiel chapters 38-39, if he is the man who fulfills this prophecy, he will be defeated by God Himself. Putin's arms are too short to box with God!
Ezekiel 38:18-23 (NIV) This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’
We are one step closer to the Apocalypse. Read part 5 by clicking here.