You may have seen media reports of a Russian “fleet” arriving in Havana, Cuba recently. Just for technical accuracy, I think these reports should have reported it as a “flotilla” of Russian ships. That term applies to a small number of warships while “fleet” generally applies to a bigger number of warships. Russia only has two warships in this flotilla of ships: a surface combatant and a nuclear-powered submarine. The other two ships were support ships: an oiler (a ship carrying oil for the other ships so they can refuel) and an ocean-going tug (first link and second link). I find the presence of an ocean-going tug to be interesting. This type of vessel can attach a cable to a disabled ship and tug it to a friendly port for repairs. The fact that an ocean-going tug was sent with the three other vessels indicates that the Russians had fears that one of their ships could potentially break down while underway. It is no secret the Russian navy had decades of poor maintenance after the fall of the USSR, so this may indicate that Russia’s naval ships are still not in reliable sea-going condition. 

The third link reports that an American submarine made a port call in the American base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba–arriving at the same time the Russian ships are in port at Havana, Cuba. I think this sends a signal that the US Navy is shadowing the Russian flotilla wherever it goes. The Russian flotilla may be in the Western Hemisphere for a matter of months as there are apparent plans for it to stage naval maneuvers with the navies of Cuba and Venezuela.

Having said the above for proper perspective, the appearance of Russian warships in Havana is still a noteworthy event. It is, no doubt, a saber-rattling display of Russian power as a response to NATO’s actions to send substantial armaments and financial support to Ukraine as it continues to fight off an unprovoked Russian invasion. The decision by the USA and other NATO nations to allow their armaments sent to Ukraine to be directed at targets inside Russia is a significant, but likely necessary, escalation. In any war or contest, if only one side gets to play offense and the other side can only play defense, the side playing offense will win. Ukraine must be allowed to take offensive as well as defensive actions. Permitting Ukraine to strike inside Russia may motivate Russia to seek a negotiated settlement to the war. I think the best outcome that Ukraine can realistically seek is a type of “armistice” like that which ended the Korean War in the early 1950s: a permanent cease-fire along the battle-front where the border is the territory militarily controlled by each side.

I do not expect the Russian warships to act in a provocative manner. Indeed, I think they will behave in a peaceful manner. Given the prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39, this visit of Russian warships to Cuba may be part of a long-term strategy to induce the US military to see these Russian warship visits as peaceful and stop taking them so seriously. Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies that a new axis of Russia, China, Iran and their allies will attack the modern descendants of the ten tribes of Israel and their allies at the very end of our current age. The wording of the prophecy indicates it will  be a surprise attack like the one at Pearl Harbor or the surprise attacks vs. Israel during the Yom Kippur War and the recent October 7, 2023 invasion of Hamas into Israel. It will come when it is not expected (Ezekiel 38:10-12). Just as the Israelis were lulled to sleep before the two above-cited invasions of Israel, the Ezekiel 38-39 attack vs. the Western allies will occur when it is not expected.

Ezekiel 38:15 foretells the primary attack vs. the Western allies will come from out of the north. That is logical given modern geography. The easiest invasion route to invade North America is for Russian and Chinese forces to seize Alaskan airbases in a surprise attack, followed by waves and waves of transport planes bringing in Russian and Chinese troops and their tanks and armored vessels–which would be sent south to seize as much of Canada and the USA before the USA can seriously react. Russia also has territory north of Scandinavia and in Kaliningrad in the northern part of the European landmass from which to launch attacks southward vs the NATO nations. While the primary invasion route will be from the north, enemy subs will surely attack our east and west coasts with cruise missiles and launch many missiles from any Russian warships which may then be in Havana, Cuba for a “good-will visit.” These simultaneous attacks will be launched at all US naval bases, shipbuilding facilities, air bases, US warships in port, etc. to take out much of the American military in one massive blow. It is vital the USA install air defense systems around all American airbases in North America.

This attack will occur when God decides to let it happen. Proverbs 21:1 tells us that God directs the hearts of national rulers to make decisions which will implement God’s will. Ezekiel 38:10 prophesies God will decide when the leader of the Gog-Magog alliance will attack the western allies in the latter days. It will come at a time in the future when it is completely unexpected. Many biblical prophecies add additional details to how this final World War will be fought and how it will end. To see them examined together in one research paper, you may read my paper, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III, for free. To get a sample of how easy it is to identify the nations of the modern Western nations as the descendants of the ten tribes of Israel (who were promised large populations, national power and wealth, etc.), I invite you to read my article, The United States of America in Biblical Prophecy. Several other modern nations of the ten tribes are documented in the “Articles” portion of my website, stevenmcollins.com.

All the modern tribes of Israel are traced and identified in my booksIsrael’s Tribes Today and my E-book, The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found!, Both can be obtained at the homepage of my website. Did you realize that the Bible’s prophecies give us solid clues to find the ten tribes in the latter days? The Bible prophesies that these tribes would, by the latter days, have been “lost” so long that they would even forget they were Israelite in origin. The Jews are the tribe of Judah in biblical prophecy and their identity today is well known. However, to understand what the prophecies foretell about our future, you have to know where the ten tribes are or you will never understand biblical prophecy accurately.

[PS. A previous notice was posted that I was having major problems with my email service. Thankfully, I can now relate that my email services are working properly.]

  1. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2024/06/12/russian-warships-enter-cuban-waters-ahead-of-caribbean-exercise/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb
  2. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/06/12/navy-deployed-3-destroyers-planes-monitor-russian-submarine-and-frigate-off-florida-coast.html?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mil-ebb
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