Ukrainian politics are looking pretty grim, if you’re looking at it from a perspective of freedom, democracy, & capitalism.
That’s been my default way of evaluating politics being American.
But I’ve changed what I think about and focus on over my last 4 years in Ukraine. It all shifted for me when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008.
Georgia is very close to Ukraine geographically, and a missionary friend shared how refugees were living in the local public schools and she was doing counseling with them.
At this time, I had really wanted us to buy an apartment.
But, war? Russia breathes down Ukraine’s neck, too. Tanks, bombing … it’s not that far-fetched now, is it.
Maybe God knows an apartment we’d buy would be blasted to ruins.
I started praying for my children’s faith even more, realizing that we might be in war situations in my lifetime, or in their lifetimes.
Enter Revelation. Or, “The Book of the Revelations,” as Vitaliy puts it in English.
Over the last few years since Russia invaded Georgia, I’ve become much more aware that Ukraine is situated near to the prophesies talked about in Revelation, Daniel and other places. And putting that together with reading Isaiah, where he says things like:
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
and where he calls rulers simply God’s instruments.
And I started thinking about how God sees it all. He doesn’t see it as a question of democracy. It’s about aligning the nations of the earth to His final ends.
I think about that a lot. That the wicked are unwittingly serving God’s plan.
And I don’t know what hardships will come, being situated where we are in Ukraine. But I read Revelation and cry every time. Well, when I stopped reading Revelation like my Bible courses taught me to read it– trying to figure out what each prophecy meant and how exactly it would be fulfilled. I asked God to show me Jesus in Revelation, and it’s so utterly moving.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might
forever and ever!”
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Jesus is King, no matter what’s going on down on the earth–wars, wickedness, rebellion. He’s in control, He’s working it towards His all-wise, all-wonderful ends.
So I pray and I ask God that He would help me know Him enough that I would not miss what I need to understand when He’s fulfilling His prophesies around me, as most misunderstood when Jesus was fulfilling prophesies when He was on earth.
That I would sing the song of Moses and the Lamb:
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations!
Lord, who will not fear
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your judgments have been revealed.”
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