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Russia Ignites War in Ukraine

Is this a sign of the End Times?

On the morning of February 24, 2022, Russia launched a devestating attack on Ukraine.  The attack occured by air, land and sea, with Russian forces bombing city centres and other civilian areas.  In the first week alone, at least 352 civilians have been killed and another 1,684 wounded.  Many people around the world are bracing themselves, asking: “is this the start of World War III?”

 
Is this event a fulfilment of Bible prophecies?
  • Jesus (pbuh) said that one of the events leading up to his return is warfare.  “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.” (Matthew 24:6).  And he said: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matthew 24:7).  Clearly, war is a sign of the times.
  • The Book of Revelation depicts Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.   The second of these horsemen is The Rider of the Red Horse.  “When the Lamb opened the second seal… Another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.” (Revelation 6:3-4)  Red equals blood and blood equals war. This rider takes peace from the earth.
 
Is this event a fulfilment of prophecies from the Ahlul Bayt (pbut)?
  • Prophet Mohammed (pbuhahf) said: “The Hour will come when violence, bloodshed, and anarchy become common.” (Al-Muttaqi Al-Hindi, Muntakhab Kanzul Ummaal)
  • The Prophet (pbuhahf) also said, “…the iron will run on the air’s back, and fire will be rained upon them, and the people of Earth will die, five from seven”  (250 signs until the appearance of Imam Mahdi (pbuh), by Muhammad Ali al-Tabataba’ei. Page 179) Clearly, modern warfare involving modern weaponry is exactly what the Prophet (pbuhahf) was describing in these narration.  
 
What does this mean for the future?

The appearance of the signs of the End Times also signal that relief is near. The Bible says that God will bring “an end to wars throughout the earth.” (Psalm 46:9).  And Jesus told his followers to pray for the arrival of the Kingdom of God, which will accomplish God’s plan for peace and prosperity to fill the world. 

The narrations of Ahlul Bayt (pbut) also indicate that the signs of the end times signal the arrival of the promised savior of mankind, and he has indeed arrived. The Qaim will overturn the darkness of the world and usher in a new era of light. “Prophet of Allah pbuh said: “From my sons will be 12 Naqeeb (princes), they are noble, spoken to by Angels and conveyers of knowledge, the last of them is the Riser (Qaim) of truth who will fill the Earth with justice just as it will be filled with oppression.” (AlAnwar alBahiya p.10;1 Al-Insaf fi alNus ‘an alAimma p.101; AlKafi lilSheikh alKulayni v.1 p.534 Hadith.18)

Learn more about the various signs of the apocalypse in the article “Signs of the End Times”

 

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