Russian is working on greatly expanding its international naval bases:
Russia seeks to set up naval bases abroad
Naval chief confirms talks with Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about setting up overseas facilities for Russian ships
July 27, 2012
Russia is talking to Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles about housing Russian navy ships, its naval chief has said.
Vice-admiral Viktor Chirkov told the RIA Novosti state news agency Russia was in talks with the three countries about setting up maintenance and supply facilities but would not give further details.
Russia’s only existing naval base outside the former Soviet Union is located in the Syrian port of Tartus. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/27/russia-seeks-naval-base-abroad
The above is likely subject to many interpretations. Yet, Russia, now is publicly denying this:
Earlier, a news agency quoted Russia’s navy chief as saying that Cuba, Vietnam and the Seychelles were being considered as possible sites.
But the ministry said that Vice Adm Viktor Chirkov had never made the alleged remarks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19022178
There are three comments related to Russia’ military I wish to make.
The first is that Russia probably has figured out if there is a regime change in Syria that it may lose its only warm weather naval base–hence it likely feels it needs other ports (if not bases).
The second is that Russia believes it can better project its military might by having its naval forces having access to ports around the world. Presuming it gets all three ports (whether or not they call them bases or not), and does not lose the one in Syria, Russia will have warm water ports in Asia, the Middle East, Indian ocean, and the Western Hemisphere (to a degree, it already has agreements for most of these). As far as the Seychelles of the Indian ocean, China and the USA already have a presence there (see Chinese Naval Presence in Seychelles; US Drone Crashes in Seychelles; Indian Concerns). The presence of China, and possibly Russia, in the the Seychelles may facilitate the gathering together of Asian forces in Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-16).
The third is that, along with China, Russia will be a greater military distraction to the USA. Russia has absolutely claimed that it plans to expand and modernize its military (and not just its navy). The USA will likely conclude that Russia and China are its real international military threats (beyond Islamic-related terrorism and domestic concerns) and direct much of its military budget to deal with perceived Russian and Chinese military threats while overlooking the real threat which will further rise up in Europe.
So, what will the statements and actions by Russia and China really mean?
They mean that USA military leaders will tend to walk by sight and not by faith (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:7), and hence not see what really is happening in the world–US military planners will focus too much on Russia and China. Thus, they will overlook the fact that the Bible shows that it will be a future European military leader that will takeover the land of the strongest fortresses, the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39).
Russia, China, and many of their allies are increasing military spending and cooperation. This is consistent with prophecies of both the Old and New Testament that suggest that a Russian-led Eastern force will ultimately help destroy Europe (a few years after Europe destroys the USA) per Jeremiah 50:41-43 and Isaiah 13:1-8.
Now, since the Europeans are perceiving both lack of US support for Europe and a growing Russian and Chinese military, these events will likely serve as a catalyst for Europe to develop its military technologies (and, to a degree, they already have). Enough so, that for a while at least, the world will marvel (cf. Revelation 13:1-4) as it currently does not act like Europe could possibly become a powerful military force. But, for a time, it will (Revelation 13:4).
Several articles of possibly related interest may include:
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Where do the Russians come from? What is prophesied for Russia? What will it do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?