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Putin on the Ritz

Published at: 26/02

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Putin makes a fashion statement

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World War 2 babushka arrested in St Petersburg, Putin's place of birth.

Yes-men

One of the great traps for a strong willed or ambitious leader is to overcome challenges and resistance by surrounding yourself with people who share the dream but are weak yes-men. Whether it is church leadership, think Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill church, a corporation such as Enron under Kenneth Lay's governance, or a nation like Russia under several leaders of which the current one, Putin, fits the pattern.

President Putin organised a staged press conference with his closest advisers to announce his decision to invade Ukraine.

Let's Go Brandon

Perhaps Putin had been watching US politics though the lense of Lars von Retriever memes and came to a conclusion that US leadership was impaired and that a power vacuum created an opportunity for him to seize the initiative and go into Russian history as a legend who made Russia great again.

Killing is my business

Every 60 seconds in Russia, a minute passes

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The gospel of John 8:44 describes those who tell lies to achieve their ends in these terms.

You come from your father, the devil, and you desire to do what your father wants you to do. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He has never been truthful. He doesn’t know what the truth is. Whenever he tells a lie, he’s doing what comes naturally to him. He’s a liar and the father of lies.

Putin sees himself as a saviour

Ezekiel 11: 2-7

God said to me, “Mortal man, these men make evil plans and give bad advice in this city. They say, ‘We will soon be building houses again. The city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the meat in it, but at least it protects us from the fire.’ Now then, denounce them, mortal man.” The spirit of the Lord took control of me, and the Lord told me to give the people this message: “People of Israel, I know what you are saying and what you are planning. You have murdered so many people here in the city that the streets are full of corpses. “So this is what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to you. This city is a cooking pot all right, but what is the meat? The corpses of those you have killed! You will not be here—I will throw you out of the city! Are you afraid of swords? I will bring soldiers with swords to attack you. 9 I will take you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners.

Rain spoils Putin's parade

The God of Israel will defend and be with his people

Ukraine is an interesting country because it has allowed Jewish people to survive the Second World War unlike the countries that were under German occupation. Jews were persecuted by the Czars and Stalin but have avoided being wiped out like in countries such as Lithuania. Today the Ukrainian Jewish population is the second largest in Europe after France. The president Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian Jew and the country has strong family and business ties with Israel. I expect God will defend his people as well as the large evangelical Christian and Orthodox population.

Ezekiel 11: 16-20

“Now tell your fellow exiles what I am saying. I am the one who sent them to live in far-off nations and scattered them in other countries. Yet, for the time being I will be present with them in the lands where they have gone. “So tell them what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying. I will gather them out of the countries where I scattered them, and will give the land of Israel back to them. 18 When they return, they are to get rid of all the filthy, disgusting idols they find. 19 I will give them a new heart and a new mind. I will take away their stubborn heart of stone and will give them an obedient heart. 20 Then they will keep my laws and faithfully obey all my commands. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

Christians in Ukraine singing praise to God while sheltering inside a subway station in Kiev

Prayer works

James 5: 16

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

There is much prayer around the world for Ukraine and I believe God will deliver his people in the church and of Irsrael. The invasion of Ukraine will be a disaster for Russia; other countries as well as Ukraine will fight against the Russian forces. Putin will be handed over to foreigners and face accusations of waging war and murder.

Europe is awakening to the menace

UK forces arrive in Estonia to kick Putin's butt

Ordinary Russian point of view

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