I believe Russia does not want to invade Ukraine and take over all of the country. They may invade the eastern side, but they may not. Russia wants resources, and Crimea gives them the ability to import and export those resources. Crimea gives Russia a viable warm water port, and it also gives Russia a military base. Russia is a mainly landlocked county because their most important ports are in very cold waters. Russia’s main goal is to control the Middle East. This switch from American dominance to Russian dominance in Asia will likely bring in voices for a strong EU leader to confront Russia. The EU’s message is garbled and weak. I believe the Russian takeover of Crimea has a twofold consequence.
First, this exposes the West’s weakness and impotence in controlling Russia’s ambitions. Russia knows it can exert its will in selected parts of the world, and the West cannot compete. President Obama announced to the world America will not defend Israel if it does not do the President’s bidding, which will embolden Russia even more. Ukraine could lead to the hook spoken in Ezekiel where Iran, Russia, Turkey, and their allies craft an evil plan to take over Israel. God will come to the defense of Israel and save her on that day, and it will begin her salvation.
Second, the EU has looked extremely weak. America’s weak leadership has opened the door for the EU to exert its power, but no one did. The big three, Germany, Britain, and France are in disagreement on the way forward, and the EU External Action Service from which the EU Foreign Ministry is at is nowhere to be found in the crisis. I believe the Russian advances will force the EU to select a more powerful EU Foreign Minister in the months to come to replace the current officeholder, Catherine Ashton, come January 1st, 2015.
Lastly, I don’t want to forget the meeting yesterday between Israel and the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rebuffed Obama’s peace push. Reports say that the two leaders were in disagreement. Whether the meeting was a façade or real remains to be seen. I don’t think we will know much more until Palestinian President Abbas visits the White House on March 17th. Time will tell, but we may be seeing the seeds of the EU Foreign Ministry as the officeholder of the soon to be Antichrist, Gog marching toward the mountains of Israel soon, and the 70th week of Daniel in the near future.