On Wednesday, July 1, Russians voted to approve a series of amendments to the Russian constitution. Russia’s Central Election Commission reported 78% of voters across the world’s largest country supported changing the constitution. Just over 21% voted against. Turnout was recorded at 65% although a number of irregularities were later reported to Golos, an independent election monitor.

Some 206 constitutional amendments were packaged with a single yes/no question. Russians would either accept or reject everything presented. Included amongst the changes was a critical mechanism that would allow Putin, whose term ends in 2024, to run for president again, potentially enabling the 67-year-old leader to remain in power until 2036. He would be 83 at this time.

Julia Gurganus wrote an article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace under the heading, ‘The Return of Global Russia.’ In that article she stated: ‘Over the past several years, the international community has witnessed the return of Russia as an important global actor… Success begets more success, and since Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012, his record has been enhanced by what Russian officialdom sees as several important wins. The annexation of Crimea, the war in eastern Ukraine, the military deployment in Syria, the tense military standoff with the West in the Baltic and Black Seas, and the interference in U.S. and European domestic politics have all enhanced Russia’s image as a major power with significant power projection capabilities, as well as Putin’s reputation as a bold and skilled leader. These victories have also demonstrated to the world Russia’s propensity for risk-taking and punching above its weight, along with its improved capabilities for warfare and operations short of war in multiple domains—land, air, space, sea, cyber, and information operations.’

Among the recent amendments approved was also the mention of ‘belief in God’ as core national value and a definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The results came despite a strong pushback from LGBT activists in the West.

On July 7, 2019, The Washington Post reported:

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has told interviewers he wears an Orthodox Church baptismal cross pendant, given to him by his mother. In his annual address to the Federal Assembly in 2014, Putin declared, “Christianity was a powerful spiritual unifying force… in the creation of a Russian nation and Russian state.” He added, “It was thanks to this spiritual unity that our forefathers for the first time and forevermore saw themselves as a united nation.”

Although Mr. Putin was once an officer of the KGB, devoted to defending the atheist Soviet Union, as leader of Russia he has embraced religious values and symbols, especially the Russian Orthodox Church.”

So, is Putin the Gog of Ezekiel 38, the “little horn” of the goat of Daniel 8:23-25 and “the king who shall do according to his will” mentioned in Daniel 11:36-39? There are a number of indicators that he is.

Firstly he “is of the land of Magog” (Ezek 38:2) as his posting to East Germany in 1985 as a KGB officer profoundly shaped his worldview of geopolitics.

Secondly, he is promoting Russian Orthodox priestcraft along the lines of Daniel 8:25: “through his policy also he shall cause [priest]craft to prosper in his hand.” In the near future he will also support the Papacy more intensely. In this regard he consistently promotes “the god of patron saints” as Brother Thomas translates Daniel 11:38.

Putin’s global reach will continue to intensify until “he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Dan 11:45).