Former televangelist Pat Robertson said Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine was “compelled by God” and is the fulfillment of a Biblical prophesy of the end times in the book of Ezekiel.

“People say that Putin’s out of his mind,” he said on The 700 Club, a show on the Christian Broadcasting Network on Monday. “Yes, maybe so. But at the same time, he’s being compelled by God. He went into Ukraine but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.”

In Ezekiel, it talks about nations uniting against Israel, and Robertson believes that Russia’s attack on Ukraine is a precursor. The televangelist added that what is currently happening is a “staging area” for Armageddon, the final battle between good and evil.

Robertson referenced a world map and pointed to a “choke point” between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece and said Russia might want to control the area.

“And he will link up with Turkey across the little (land) bridge, and they will come together,” he said. “And then, you look down into North Sudan, you’ve got a Muslim country down there, and there they all are. Persia, of course, is Iran.”

“And there is the land that is set up in Ezekiel 38 and you see how Ukraine is key because you see the land bridge between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey,” Robertson added. “And all of that area is going to be mobilized against Israel in the latter days. And God says, ‘I am going to deal with it.'”

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