If you get an answer, sidelined, maybe he or she can also enlighten us on how Russia is supposed to come crashing down from the North and trigger the Big Battle. I mean, their economy is limping along and their military is laughable. Any Chechen rebel can easily take out a dozen Russian conscripts. Maybe Russia can get a loan from the IMF to upgrade their weaponry.
And China is having too much fun making money and taking our jobs away. Why start a war when getting rich is a much more enjoyable activity?
"THE END IS NEAR!"
"You're right. Your job just went to a sweat shop in Bejing. But just call this toll free number and they will connect you with a job placement counselor in New Delhi."
Well, yes and no, Azure Moon. I agree that more and more people have embraced a one-on-one with God. Organized religion be damned. However, the very nature of this new one-ness will gravitate toward conventional worship.
"Oh, you worship that way?. So do I. Let's get together".
There is also the issue of accountability. Since there is no central authority in the new one-ness, then free-thinking is also a synonym for free-for-all. Everyone is right. No one is wrong. Although, my beliefs may be more right than yours.
And I don't see one smidgen in the reduction of materialism. Although there is a much greater emphasis on beauty and looks than years past. The new narcissim. God is beautiful. I believe in God. Therefore, I am also beautiful.
My answer to the nuclear holocaust Abshalom is, and always has been...
Tierra del Fuego
Why? Because nobody gives a damn about South America. It doesn't fit into anyone's end time geography. Most people can't find it on a map, let alone the country it is in, Argentina. You're not going to bomb someplace you can't find.
In the beginning, God created Argentina and He said "It is good". Then He realized it was too good, so He created Argentinians. - old Argentinian folk story -
You end timers just won't leave Russia alone, will you.
Has anyone asked the members of the Duma or Putin whether they give two hoots in Hell about Israel? Russia exports oil. They certainly don't need to get tangled up with the camel jockies and all their oil fights.
Throughout the Cold War, Russia consistently backed the losing side. I think they learned something from that. DO you see hordes of Russian troops pouring into Iraq to gain a foothold for the Iraq-without-US troops era? Wouldn't it make political sense to establish a presence? Saddle up to the US and take over "peace keeping" duties and let the US troops go home?
Or is it because most Arab nations hate Russia's guts and will have little to do with them, unless it's to make a buck (or ruble). After all, the Russians are just as "infidel" as the U.S. is.