Over the past few weeks, the world has watched with much concern as Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. Many Bible expositors have made reference to the vision of Ezekiel concerning Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38). Others have seen the unfolding events as a sign that the rapture of the church is imminent and that the dark figure known as the Antichrist will be revealed. The invasion by Russia has launched the body of Christ into a frenzy of apocalyptic speculation and interpretation. How should we pray about the situation?
If the events of the last few weeks are in fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the battle of Armageddon then it would be futile to pray against revealed prophecy in terms of changing the outcome of the battle. As always, we pray into the situation that somehow God’s purposes will be accomplished in people’s lives; that it will lead to a greater awareness of God’s sovereignty over the nations; that it will bring God’s people together as one and that the nations may recognize their Messiah. We pray ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.’
Over the coming days, we will begin to look at some deep insights into the current situation and how to interpret them prophetically and accurately. The world is changing rapidly and the church must catch up with events from a historical, theological, philosophical, and prophetic perspective. These insights will help to equip us for what lies ahead so that we can stand strong in the midst of the coming storm.