Is Putin on the way out?
Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019.
The Russian president is vulnerable but circumstances favor an even more belligerent hardliner as his most likely successor.
OCTOBER 11, 2022 Written by Anatol Lieven
As Russian defeats in Ukraine mounted over the last month, so has speculation about President Vladimir Putin’s survival in office, and talk in Washington and among Russian oppositionists of the need for the Biden administration to adopt “regime change” as an open U.S. strategy.
In its approach to this question, the Biden administration should concentrate above all on the question of the relationship between the composition of the Russian leadership and the search for an end to the war in Ukraine.
It would indeed be a very good thing if Putin were to be replaced. In fact, he should step down himself. Perhaps he will do so and hand the office over to a picked successor, as President Yeltsin did when he stepped down early and appointed Putin to succeed him. Putin has to stand for re-election in early 2024, and it seems likely that this time he would face very serious opposition and might have to resort to massive and overt rigging, ferocious repression, or both to win.
It is vital to note, however, that this opposition will come not only from opponents of the war, but even more dangerously for Putin from extreme nationalists who believe that the war should be waged more efficiently and ruthlessly. In recent weeks, there has been an enormous rise in criticism of the Russian government from this quarter, including from former Putin loyalists. After the Crimea bridge bombing and accusation of Ukranian “terrorism,” Russia responded by launching a barrage of rocket attacks against civilian infrastructure in cities across Ukraine Monday and Tuesday.
Bottom line: there is therefore no guarantee at all that the successor to Putin will be an improvement. He could be even worse.
True Bible Students are not surprised at this and in fact Putin is exactly the type of leader we expect to see in Russia at the time of the end prior to Christ’s Return when he will intervene in the final conflict of man. So, we fully expect to see someone just like him in power when Christ returns.
According to Bible Prophecy the Leader of Russia at the time of the End is called “Gog” ie. a chief one a strong and authoritarian ruler just like Putin. So, if stays in power for life, he could well be the one that will bring Russia and Europe down into the Middle East in fulfilment of Bible Prophecy.
Putin is very much fitting the description of ‘Gog’ as all news articles today paint him as a leader to be feared, an Authoritarian Leader not to be messed with. Gog will develop a close relationship with the EU whereby Gog will become a “guard” unto the EU.
Gog is also spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”. Together the Bible says that Gog and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.
Yet again we see in Today’s News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter-day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible.
See this article: PUTIN’S Gogian Style Rule fulfills Bible Prophecy
See this article below to learn more about this and the latter-day prophecies of the Bible.