Russia’s New Military Delayed Until 2016

The Admiral Chabanenko, Russian anti-submarine destroyer.


As I mentioned two months ago (see Russia’s Financial Crisis), I thought that the economic situation in Russia may delay its military plans.  Well, that does seem to be the case:

Russia to rebuild army by 2016
RIA Novosti, Russia – Jan 22, 2009

MOSCOW. (Nikita Petrov for RIA Novosti) – The financial crisis has affected Russia’s military reform plan. That became clear after Dmitry Medvedev signed a corresponding decree, now posted on his website.

In contrast to Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov’s order issued last year to finalize the army and navy reforms by 2012, the new presidential decree sets the date at January 1, 2016…

According to the plan, the first stage will involve the creation of three military training and research centers for the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The bulk of the funding will apparently be allocated for the establishment of a Naval Academy on Kotlin island in the Kronshtadt district outside St. Petersburg, which will include five military schools, professional officer courses, three naval research institutes, the Nakhimov Naval Academy and St. Petersburg-based Naval Cadet Corps. The transfer will require the construction of educational and laboratory buildings, houses and dormitories. The infrastructure will include operational models of surface ships and submarines and separate compartments. The project requires enormous funding, and it is unclear what the amount will be…

Military experts regard the presidential decree signed on December 29, 2008, as reasonable. There is no need to hurry, as there’s no large-scale war in sight, and quality is therefore a higher priority than time. If no unnecessary haste takes place, it looks possible that by 2016, Russia could have the army it deserves.

I will not comment here about what kind of army any country, including Russia, deserves.

However, notice that this delay means that if the Great Tribulation does in fact begin in 2013 or a few years later, that Russia expects to have more military might.

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, President of Russia

Hence, the comments by the Russian President Medvedev are lining up with what the COGwriter website has been stating.

Thus, it appears that even secular sources may be in agreement that Russia will have enough military might by 2016 or so (they may have various delays) so that they (along with other Asians, like the Chinese) can fulfill certain military objectives.  This strength will help Russia fulfill the following prophecy in Daniel 11 that comes probably 3 plus years after the Great Tribulation begins:

44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many (Daniel 11:43-44).

The “him” who is troubled is the European King of the North.

Russia, China, and India are kings of the east and Russia also represents the northern power (just not the King of the North, which is European).

Thus, even with these delays, events are lining up for prophecy to move ahead.

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?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for China? Is it a “King of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
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”?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies 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?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? When does the six thousand years of human rule end?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?

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