These issues, in fact the entire state of the world in general, have caused something unprecedented to occur within U.S. military and civilian intelligence circles. In the decade of years previous to 2015, a highly respected, widely but privately distributed and obviously widely read (US/EU and Israel) Open Source intelligence report (based in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area) which previously would never have published so much as a single word regarding Bible prophecy about these 'last days' nor acknowledge any validity whatsoever regarding Bible prophecy of near-future events, has suddenly reversed its editorial and content position and begun including Bible prophecy articles and advertisements heralding prophecy conferences all over the world!
Along with the usual updates on events on the Syrian civil war, Islamic State, Iran, Russia, China, EU the US and the plethora of other issues that keep current and former intelligence professionals well-primed via its daily ListServe emails, there is now a steady stream of reports and articles about the same kind of prophetic issues you are reading here and at other Bible prophecy websites and blogs. In fact, on Monday, the entire chapter of Matthew 24 was published with an active link to the Biblegateway.com NIV webpage. God is at work brethren!
Contrary to the beliefs of many, and directly related to the Ezekiel 38/39 prophecy, the Russian Federation is not as militarily powerful as is currently being claimed. Yes, they have nuclear weapons, and, yes, they have several divisions of modern, upgraded armor, aircraft and naval ships and newly uniformed soldiers, sailors and airmen, but to use a metaphor, that is just the shell of an egg of the Russian army. Inside that egg is a gelatinous mass that is anything but threatening and certainly not capable of sustained warfare far from the Russian homeland.
Consider what Ezekiel 38/39 actually says and view this prophecy in the context of the prophesies which have come to fulfillment just ahead of it. Essentially the Lord is telling us that when Russia and its pathetic military allies come against and suddenly fall dead upon the mountains of Israel - this is a "one and done" type of military operation!! Look closer at the text. There is no second wave, there is no retaliatory strike, there is no long-range missile war of attrition. There is nothing but death and destruction for the invaders.
Also, consider the words of "Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions" in this major 'last days' prophecy. Are these the words of a weak military alliance, or are they actually the long misinterpreted words of incredulity from a strong alliance regarding a Russian-led attempt to invade and conquer modern-day Israel and Jordan? "Have you came to take a spoil" could be interpreted in modern parlance as "What? Are you kidding me?!" These same Arab/Western allies are very likely to be the same military forces which had reduced Iranian military capabilities as prophesied in Jeremiah 49:34-39.
What is likely to occur is that upon Russia's total defeat in Ezekiel 38/39 fulfillment the forces of the West will expand to secure whatever advances Russia has recently made, or will yet make in the near future, in Ukraine and the Crimea. Geo-political power vacuums are always filled by the dominant military power at that time. As it was in the days of ancient Rome, Western power is likely to be returning to the regions around the Black Sea as the very basic map below illustrates. Is this illustration not what Bible prophecy predicts to be the geo-political reality for the 70th Week?