On February 27 or 28, 2022, the solution for the Russian/Ukrainian war came to me. What a surprise! What could that be? Negotiations? Peace talks and treaties? Compromises? Trading resources and rights? Ukraine’s surrender? No, none of the above.
Is it prayer? Is it turning to God? Yes, and no, not directly. I don’t understand. Well, the answer sounds so banal, so bizarre, yet so obviously true. Nor can this answer apply to any other adversarial situation like Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, Left and Right, or China and Taiwan and Hong Kong, India and Pakistan.
This answer is… wait for it – to love one another. Russians and Ukrainians, you are brothers. You are of one blood. Don’t you know? Let there be no divisions between you. Love and forgive one another. Begin, set yourselves to do good to one another, to look to your brother’s good as your own.
Would you help someone you cared for who is in need, like your immediate family? That’s what each of you must do for each other now. You must begin to love one another. Set yourselves individually to do good, no matter what has happened in your history to this present day. It begins with one person, then goes on to the next, and the next. Let the love, the fire of goodwill and action spread, beginning with the smallest of thoughts and acts. Start to displace acts and attitudes of hatred, self-pity, resentment, bitterness, anger, fear, and vengeance with care, consideration, forgiveness, patience, tolerance, and love.
Can you love your neighbor? Can you love your brother and sister? By God’s grace, yes you can, no matter the past, no matter the “scorecard,” no matter the heinous crimes committed against one another. Begin to love your neighbor.
This is God’s Command; it is His Solution; it is His Answer for the Ukrainians and Russians.
Why has this answer come to me? I don’t know. I’m Ukrainian, 4th generation in Canada, born and raised in a Ukrainian social, linguistic, agricultural, cultural, religious, psychological environment in Manitoba, Canada. Could that be why I’m thinking and feeling this way? I don’t see it, but maybe. I know I’ve been separated from Ukraine as have been my parents and perhaps even my grandparents. There may be an element of that, granted; however, I think it’s because God has appointed this hour, this duty for me to speak something way beyond me. I wasn’t pondering these matters, except that in the news we were watching events unfold as Russia came to invade Ukraine.
Understand, I’m not on either side, even though I’m Ukrainian. I don’t blame the Ukrainians and I don’t blame Vladimir Putin or the Russians. Both have been a hard people, full of cruelty and fault but I don’t blame them for who they’ve been, what they’ve done generally, or what they’ve done towards one another in the present or past. This is no call or time for blame now; it is a call and the time to love your brother, to love your neighbor, to forgive. Now is the time.
This is a strange step. You’d think people would be called to repentance, to stop sinning, to fast and pray, to cry out to God, all good, necessary, and true. However, it’s as though God is calling on people to take the first step. To try to do what’s right. He’s calling on you, Russians, and you, Ukrainians to start to do the right, and do you must, or you’ll destroy yourselves.
And why you people? Why not the Americans or Europeans or Chinese or the United Kingdom nations, or the many adversarial situations such as colonists and aboriginals, Jews and Gentiles, Japanese and Chinese, British and French, British Canadians and Quebecers, blacks and whites, Dems and Republicans, and so forth? But no, God has decided to begin with the Russians and Ukrainians in an hour of great trial and conflict, of warfare, of blood, clouds, fire, and smoke.
Does Japheth, one of the three of Noah’s sons, the original ancestor of the Slavic nations, have anything to do with it? I don’t know. All I know is this is where it begins or is happening.
Why not in the Middle East with Jews and Muslim Arabs? After all, isn’t that where the center of human conflict begins with man pitted against God, right around where God established the Garden of Eden and created the first man in His image, where Adam and Eve then disobeyed God, where man was cursed, and where Cain killed Abel, in the land of the Bible? Why not beginning with Israel, as we have seen and thought, from where came the Law of God, the Bible, and the Messiah of Israel and the world?
Speaking of the Jews, a people scattered to the ends of the earth by their God, there’s where you, Ukrainians and Russians, begin. You begin to do good to the Jew first. You begin to love and not hate them. You begin to make reparations and restitution to the Jews you’ve so hated and drastically persecuted throughout centuries. You begin to help them, heal them, restore their pillaged and stolen goods, present and past, as far as you know and can go. They are the neighbor you least appreciated, to put it mildly.
Knowingly or ignorantly, you have hated God’s chosen people, the Jews. True, they have not been innocent. In this world, both the best and the worst have come from the Jews, the race chosen by God to be His. You must now turn to love them. You will find favor with God, according to Genesis 12:3, where God spoke to Abram, the father of the Jews:
“I’ll bless those who bless you, but I’ll curse the one who curses you, and through you, all the people of the earth will be blessed.”
That is the Eternal Word of God, Ukrainians, Russians, and all people. Believe it, and the moment you do and act accordingly, you will begin to be blessed. That is an ironclad guarantee no man can annul.
Begin to restore the Jew in your land, and everywhere you can find and bless him, do so, and God will begin to take every opportunity to forgive, bless, and restore you.
Russians, Ukrainians, and all related and surrounding peoples, do this and you will live and prosper. Love first the Jew, then your peoples, your adversaries, those who have done you evil, and to those you’ve done evil. Don’t wait for them to make the first move. YOU must take the initiative.
You are being asked to do the impossible. How can I forgive and do good to someone who destroys me and my family, even without cause or provocation? How can I do such a thing? It’s impossible. I can’t. And you can’t. But start. Just try. With men these things are impossible, but with God, all things are possible:
Matthew 19:26 NIV:
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Thus says the Lord: “Love your brother, your neighbor, your enemy. Forgive them their offenses against you and I will immediately begin to love you and forgive your offenses against Me.”
14 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Eternal Truth. No more blame, which everyone deserves, only love and forgiveness. Success and peace are guaranteed. Russians and Ukrainians, wherever you are, whether Ukrainians in Ukraine or Russia, Russians in Russia or Ukraine, whether religious or secular, believers or atheists, rich or poor, you are now all called to love your neighbor and to be no respecters of persons. Do it and you’ll not only live but you’ll also be blessed.
All these centuries, you’ve lived under God’s wrath for what you as nations have done against the Jews, your brothers, and neighbors, people who have sought refuge from you. Because you have hated the Jews, God has turned you against yourselves, against one another.
In obedience to this message of God, you will begin to enjoy with thankfulness the remarkable contrast between God’s wrath and His blessing. You’ll begin to marvel at the Accuracy and Truth of His Word as written in the Holy Scriptures. You will begin to say, “God LIVES!” You’ll be turning from lawlessness, proving to yourselves and others that God’s Law, God’s Truth, God’s Love, works, and nothing else does. You’ll KNOW! You’ll be blessed and not cursed. Amen! Thus says the Lord!
GOD’S ANSWER WHY: I had been pondering why God was calling the Russians and Ukrainians to stop fighting, and love and forgive one another. Why them? Then it occurred to me on March 2, I believe.
All of mankind is a brotherhood, as the Scriptures declare, and the Russians and Ukrainians are of the same household. And suddenly, there is this war between them on a serious scale. Siblings in this house have gone to a serious battle where they could destroy themselves in their fury and likely drag the rest of the world into a terrible conflict.
It’s a matter of God, the Father of all, the parent in the household, shouting to striving siblings, “Hey! Stop it! Somebody will get badly hurt!” Just as many of us have experienced in our homes. There’s no mystery to this, after all; it’s perfectly understandable that God should speak to them in urgency at this time.
This message was posted to Facebook here:
A response from Oleksandr Kraiev:
Let me get this straight – you proposal is equal to proposing Jews to love and forgive Hitler, and only indicates the lack of historical and political underlying of the conflict on your side.
I’ve had many vicious and vulgar replies for declaring what I say is God’s Answer, His solution for the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. “No [expletive] way!” they shout. These people passionately hate Vladimir Putin and the Russians. These replies have come from Ukrainians and some may well be coming from bots. But I have many questions for the real people who are expressing real thoughts and feelings. The main one is this:
DO YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA? Think about it. I ask you again, DO YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA?
True, many have suffered tragedy and horrific crimes. All true. So, what now? Revenge? So, Ukrainians kill a few more Russians, or many more. So, Russians kill and torture more Ukrainians. Then what? Do you not know that your enemies are setting you one against another?
So, you continue to hate, fight, torture, rape, rob, kill, and destroy. and your enemies laugh.
You enemies of one another will certainly kill bystanders and innocent people who want no conflict; they just want to be left in peace. So, now you’ve imposed sufferings on others like you may have suffered yourselves. Is that right? Is that good? Is that a solution, really?
When will it stop? When there’s no Russian or Ukrainian left, or when there’s only one left standing if any? Then what? What will you have accomplished?
Do you want to live with your entire nation losing? Will you be willing to stand with your nation winning, at great cost, with many loved ones dead when they might have been spared by forgiveness? Will your passion and thirst for revenge pacify you?
Whether you win or lose, will you win?
DO YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA? THINK IT THROUGH TO THE END OF YOUR ACTIONS BASED ON HATRED AND REVENGE, AS JUSTIFIED AS YOU MAY THINK IT IS.
Seriously, soberly, with no nonsense, I ask you to give me a better answer, a viable solution. Answer me.
Are you sure you know who’s ultimately guilty for all this hatred and enmity? There is much disinformation and deliberate misinformation. Who do you believe? If you want to get even with those you think are guilty, and if you are wrong, won’t you be as guilty of the same crime? If you act on false propaganda as they have acted on false propaganda, won’t you be doing the very thing you claim to hate and protest against?
But God says, “Vengeance is Mine. I will repay.” He knows who’s guilty or innocent and how guilty or innocent each person is. Admit it: You don’t. Don’t lie to yourself. After taking revenge and retaliating to death, what will you say when the Truth comes out?
I’d rather die than take an innocent life. Wouldn’t you? If not, then you deserve everything you get and which you think anyone else deserves. THINK ABOUT IT.
Listen, people! I’m not talking churches or religion now. Churches and religions are guilty and responsible for the evil you suffer. Men have done horrible things in the Name of God and religion. And over the centuries and millennia, you have listened to these men and women and have suffered grievously. Time to stop listening to people and start listening to God, to Jesus Christ. I’m speaking in His Name, now.
The Lord Jesus Christ is done with your evil and passionate ways. I’m sounding the alarm. If you do not repent, do not change your minds quickly, you’ll be destroyed, I tell you. God knows who He wants to live. Let Him judge. He’ll take out those who are truly guilty and He will give them exactly what they deserve. His vengeance is perfect; yours is faulty. You know it. I don’t care if you believe in Him or not.
You, people, know very well you have no idea who’s guilty or exactly how guilty they are. You don’t even know how guilty YOU are. Do you? Get honest! God knows your hearts. You won’t fool Him. As you judge, you’ll surely be judged.
KNOW THIS: If you believe me and obey God, He will spare you. He will. You’ll be safe in His hands and no guilty person will escape His judgment. It’s HIS GUARANTEE, HIS PROMISE, HIS JUSTICE, HIS MERCY, HIS PERFECT JUDGMENT. HE’S IN FULL CONTROL OF BOTH GOOD AND EVIL. By Him, all things consist.
My main question: DO YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA? You will reap multiplied the answer you give. I say you have no choice but the right one to make, and you know it, too.
A Facebook user, Eve Engle, had this to say:
I hear you on your question. It’s a logical, fair, and justified one. I’ve pondered this very thing since I wrote the main article. Why is THIS situation so important, as you ask? Doesn’t the same “solution” apply to everyone else? After all, isn’t God’s Law THE Solution for everyone? Surely.
Wars, conflicts, and diverse problems are everywhere, especially today and especially in the Middle East, which are also serious. But this situation is different for a few reasons. I’ll explain.
There’s a time and place for everything, a turn, if you will, according to the Lord and His Testimony of the Scriptures:
So, there’s the Answer from the Lord. The time is now for Russia and Ukraine to receive this message. They are the siblings in their house who must now stop fighting and set themselves toward doing the Right Thing or they will destroy themselves. God is giving them a Direct and Solemn warning. They dare not ignore to their peril.
Remarkable things have been happening related to this situation. I’m Ukrainian. I’ve had nothing to do with those countries, being 3rd generation born in Canada. However, suddenly, without planning or intent, I’m learning my mother tongue I quit speaking 70 years ago. Why picking it up now? Not sure.
I’ve just completed a few Christian Gospel albums by a Jewish producer and arranger whose occupation has been music professionally most of his lifetime. He with many Jews in the Western world is being impacted by rising anti-Semitism and events in the Middle East.
Indications are that the Russia/Ukraine war is all about Israel. Globalists have been manufacturing and using this situation and stirring up enmity between the two Slavic brothers to ultimately overpower Israel. Israel, God’s peculiar nation of the earth, is the focus, though the Main Stream Media will not tell the Whole Truth or reveal the real issue(s).
So, here we have a Jew and a Ukrainian working together doing our part to bring the Good News, Salvation, and peace to the world, beginning with Israel through the Russians and Ukrainians. Our music site: www.VictorHafichuk.com
I planned none of this. I didn’t expect to address the Russians and Ukrainians. I couldn’t even dream of it but there it is. The Lord is giving me this message in a time of a major world war crisis.
Will people believe me? Will they believe God’s Answer I now deliver for them? I doubt it, though I hope, always hope.
Our article was posted on a Ukrainian FB page, as recorded at The Path of Truth, and the message was met with a horrible, vile reaction, which only exposed the great need for that message, after all. The chastening the Ukrainians must now endure for their anti-Semitism and every kind of corruption imaginable is here and if they don’t change, they’ll perish.
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