A Ukrainian archbishop and spokesman for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “anti-Christ of our current time” as Russia invades Ukraine.
While Putin appears to be portraying himself as a kind of messianic figure, seeking to reunite the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches (which formally split in 2019), Yevstratiy Zoria put him on the other side of the Christian spectrum.
“Putin is really not messiah, but really anti-Christ of our current time,” Yevstratiy Zoria, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, told Harry Farley, religion and ethics producer for the BBC. “You think he’s the anti-Christ of your time?” Farley pressed in an interview broadcast on the BBC’s Global News Podcast.
Author and end-times expert Jeff Kinley recently appeared on Faithwire to discuss these important themes and questions. We previously spoke with Kinley about the “Gog and Magog” prophecies in Ezekiel. In a follow-up discussion, we dove into Bible verses he believes predict the rise of a future antichrist figure.
Kinley, a premillennialist and author of “Interview With the Antichrist,” explained that the word “antichrist” occurs about five times in Scripture. And while there are many perspectives on the End Times rapture, tribulation, and everything in between, Kinley broke down his take on the antichrist’s placement in the End Times paradigm.
“He’s depicted as an End Times figure who will arrive in the last days and who will be in prominence during the last seven years of earth’s history,” he said. “He’ll basically be a global leader. He’ll be the global leader of the planet.”
Kinley said he finds speculation about whether Putin is the Antichrist to be quite intriguing, especially considering what he argues the Bible contends. According to Kinley, the Antichrist arrives “through a peace platform” and not through war or invasion.
This, thus, makes Putin — a man actively using violence — an incompatible contender, at least at the moment. This is especially true as most of the world decries Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
“Revelation 6:1 makes that clear that he comes with a bow but no arrows,” Kinley said. “And Daniel 9:27 says he really kind of launches his career based on a peace covenant that he makes with the Jewish people.”