I was excited to read pastor and teacher Mark Hitchcock’s newest book Russia Rising – Tracking the Bear in Bible Prophecy.
Pastor Mark Hitchcock is a solid Bible and prophesy teacher. He is well balanced and does not get off track like some Bible prophesy teachers. He doesn’t try to manipulate current events into fulfillment of Biblical end time events. He’s not a date setter and has good understanding of Scripture and a healthy respect for God’s timetable which He alone knows.
Russia Rising starts with a history of Russia and goes into recent incidents that give evidence that Russia, under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, is exercising more and more power and is actively expanding their reach into other countries, like Syria and Iran. Russia is a formidable foe on the world stage.
One area I disagreed with Mark was his take on 2016 US presidential election. He spoke of the Russian fake news strategy and the DNC “hacking” as the work of Russian spies. That narrative is one that is suspect at best and may have actually been internal leaks from someone within the DNC.
Mark went into great detail to explain why the king of the north, from Ezekiel 38-39 and Daniel 11 is modern-day Russian. He also discussed the various interpretations on when the War of Gog and Magog may take place. He not only covers his own opinion on when this event may take place, but he also addresses other views and explains if they line up with Scripture, history, current events and Bible prophesy.
I especially appreciated Mark bringing the discussion of Bible prophesy and end times back to Christ. He reminded the reader that anticipating the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ should impact us to live holy lives and eagerly share the Gospel message with unbelievers around us.
If you want to have a better understand biblical end time events and know what in the world is going with Russia and how it all fits into Bible prophesy, pick up a copy of Russia Rising by Mark Hitchcock.
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers and Tyndale Blog Network for the opportunity to read Russia Rising for free. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.