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An American Evangelical pastor has claimed that the invasion of Ukraine is a sign from God that Jesus is returning.

Pastor Greg Laurie is among a group of people who believe that the war signifies that Jesus is coming to Earth to save the souls of the innocent and punish sinners.

Laurie is a pastor at the Harvest Christian Fellowship church in California and made his views known in a clip posted on Facebook, captioned: “Is there any prophetic significance to what is happening in Ukraine right now and other events that are unfolding around the world? The answer is. . Yes!”

In it, he claimed that Putin waging war on Ukraine is a sign that we are living in “the last days”.

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He said: “I believe we’re living in the last days. I believe Christ could come back at any moment. There are signs of the times the Bible tells us to be looking for.”

Is there any prophetic significance to what is happening in Ukraine right ...

Is there any prophetic significance to what is happening in Ukraine right now and other events that are unfolding around the world? The answer is. . Yes!

Laurie goes on to reference scripture from Matthew 24, which describes an increase in the frequency of unusual events as a sign that Jesus is returning.

He continued: “Jesus likened it to labour pains in a woman who’s ready to give birth – the idea being the closer they get together the closer you are to the birth.”

Laurie also quoted scripture, saying “in the last days there’ll be wars and rumours of wars” and pointed to the war in Ukraine as “war on a scale we’ve not seen in a long time”.

The coronavirus pandemic was also compared to a plague and the Holocaust and the creation of Israel was compared to a prophecy by Ezekiel that said Jesus would return to fight on behalf of Israel.

Laurie closed the almost 4-minute clip with a statement we call agree on, that Ukraine is “going through a time of great suffering right now”.

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