Kyiv: Orthodox Church should declare Vladimir Putin is Satan
- Ukrainian National Security Council official calls Russia’s Putin ‘Satan’, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill a ‘devil’
- Ukrainian authorities continue to suspect the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of collaboration with Moscow
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday. Photo: Sputnik / AFP
In the dispute over whether the Orthodox Church should remain in the world-famous Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv, the Ukrainian leadership has strongly urged the church to distance itself from Moscow.
“If you have no relations with Russia, then officially say goodbye, say that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is Satan,” National Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov demanded of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on television on Tuesday.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is also a devil, Danilov added.
Until May, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate.
At that time, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church officially renounced Moscow and condemned Russia’s war against Ukraine ordered by Putin.
However, the Ukrainian authorities continue to suspect the church of collaboration with Moscow. The organisation’s premises have been searched several times.
The church’s rental contract for the historic Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv was terminated at the turn of the year. As a result, the head of the monastery, Metropolitan Pavel Lebed, turned to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with criticism and a request to stay.
It’s true that Putin has identified himself as a Christian with the Russian Orthodox Church, but how does this sit with his actions in Ukraine, clearly not very well at all and one can understand the angst of the Ukrainian people about this. And yet this too is fulfilment of Bible Prophecy that the leader of Russia would align himself with the church and that the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church would Unite in the latter days.
The significance of this both historically and prophetically cannot be underscored enough. Based on the prophecies throughout the scripture, Bible students have been anticipating this move for 100’s of years. The Orthodox and Catholic churches are destined by prophecy to be reunited and work together. The picture of Daniel 2 sees the image with both its Eastern and Western legs united and standing on the mountains of Israel:
“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:31–35)
The image stands complete on the mountains of Israel together, where it is destroyed. This required the recombining of all the composite elements in to one unified body of flesh. East and West, though divided for 1000 years must reunite.
This is the picture of Daniel 11 when the King of the North, headed by Rosh or Russia of Ezekiel 38 comes down like a whirlwind:
“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown….” (Daniel 11:40–41)