My thanks to reader, Pat, for bringing this report to my attention. The link reports an announcement made a few days ago that Venezuela is purchasing a battalion of Russian tanks and armored vehicles. The deal was arranged via a phone call between Venezuela’s leftist leader, Hugo Chavez, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. This purchase of Russian weaponry will add to Venezuela’s previous purchases of Russian fighter jets, combat helicopters and 100,000 assault weapons. Russian naval vessels also made a port call in Venezuela a few months ago to help cement the new military alliance between Russia and Venezuela. Chavez also traveled not long ago to deepen his friendship with the leadership of Iran, his other new ally. Undoubtedly, more Russian weaponry will be shipped to Venezuela in the future.

A positive side of this story is that Colombia, Venezuela’s next-door neighbor, has made an agreement to allow the USA to use several bases on its territory.

Ezekiel 38:2-6 lists Russia, China, Iran, the Taliban-dominated regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, etc. as allies in the “Gog-Magog” alliance which will be anti-Western and anti-American in the latter days. Eventually, this alliance is prophesied by God to attack the USA and its allies around the world at the very end of this age. [Documentation identifying the USA and its allies as the target of the Gog-Magog attack is offered in my new audio message, The USA in Bible Prophecy, or in my article of the same name available at the home page of this website.] After listing many specific nations as part of the Gog-Magog alliance, the end of Ezekiel 38:6 includes language (“…and many people with you”) which indicates that various unnamed nations will also be part of the Gog-Magog alliance. It seems increasingly obvious that Venezuela will be part of the Gog-Magog alliance, and that it will join Cuba as a Russian ally in the Western Hemisphere. I expect Russia will “pre-position” increasing amounts of its weaponry in its Cuban and Venezuelan vassal nations.

Meanwhile, the USA and the West continue to sleep, oblivious to the impending danger that the Bible has warned is sure to come in the future.