Wars and Rumors of War

According to Matthew 24:6, "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come."

Wars have always been an unfortunate part of human history, but in the End-Times, Jesus said they would get worse. In his Olivet Discourse he identified four phases of the future: "The Beginning of Birth Pains," "The Tribulation," "The Great Tribulation," and "After the Tribulation."

We are apparently living in the first phase, "The Beginning of Birth Pains." Jesus said there would be certain signs accompanying this period of time. One of them is "wars and rumors of war." During the past century we have had two world wars, the use of nuclear weapons, the cold war, terrorism, and cyberwarfare.

There will be other wars in the future, including the war of the Second Seal (Revelation 6:3-4), the Beast's campaign to rule the world ( Revelation 13:5-8), the Battle of Armageddon( Revelation 19:11-21), and Satan's Last Stand ( Revelation 20:7-10) after the Thousand Year Reign of Christ.

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U.S. says China air defense zone unacceptable, shouldn't be implemented

Dec. 6, 2013 -
The White House said on Thursday that China's new air defense zone over the East China Sea was "unacceptable" and urged Beijing not to implement it, but stopped short of calling for it to rescind its declaration.
Source: OneNews

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

N Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: S Korea

Nov. 5, 2013 - South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) says that North Korea has purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP), technology and is in the process of developing their own weapons.
EMP weapons are used to damage to electronic equipment. At higher energy levels, an EMP event can cause more widespread damage including to aircraft structures and other objects.
Intelligence sources also say that they believe North Korea runs an elite cyber warfare unit with 3,000 employees, and has conducted thousands of cyberattacks against the South in recent years, causing financial losses of about $805 million.
Source: Military Aerospace
Analysts: NKorea Closer to Missile That Can Reach US - NewsMax

Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

Nov. 2, 2013 - A coordinated swarm of media stories was released in China this week touting the “awesomeness” of the People's Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. China is thought to have the world’s second-largest fleet of submarines - about 70 vessels - including 10 that are nuclear-powered. Four or more of those are equipped to launch nuclear missiles. are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles.
The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.
The news is evidentially designed to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.
Source: Washington Times
Navy's largest destroyer heading into the water in Maine - Fox

NKorea Puts Army on Alert; Warns US of 'Horrible Disaster'

Oct. 8, 2013 - North Korea has warned the U.S. that its military will be put on high alert, leading to the possible launching of agressive operations.
In the latest outburst, a spokesman for the North's military warned the United States of "disastrous consequences" for moving a group of ships, including an aircraft carrier, into a South Korean port.
Source: NewsMax
South Korea: North restarts nuclear reactor shut since 2007 - Fox

SKorea: NKorea Can Launch Nuclear-Tipped Missiles

Sept. 3, 2013 -
North Korea can now deliver a nuclear warhead on a missile, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a report, contradicting the U.S. position that the country is years away from developing the technology.

Obama Promotes Nuclear-Free World in Berlin Speech

Jun. 19, ,2013 - At the famed Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, President Obama calls for the New START agreement. In it the U.S. and Russia would reduce their arsenal to 1,550 deployed strategic warheads by 2018. He also called for a new treaty to halt production of fissile material used in nuclear bombs. Meanwhile, the United States will have a "safe, secure and effective" nuclear arsenal to guarantee its defense, and that of its allies, as long as nuclear weapons exist.
The test ban treaty bars all nuclear explosions on Earth, and has been ratified by 159 nations, including Russia, since its inception in 1996. China, India and Pakistan are among those that have not formally approved the treaty.
Source: Voice of America

'US successfully tests bunker buster bombs'

Jun. 8, 2013 - A test of a U.S. bunker buster bomb has shown that it could destroy Iran's underground nuclear facilities.
The nuclear facility replica, that cost millions of dollars to build, was made of concrete and buried under dozens of feet of dirt and rocks.
The bombs cost $3.5 million each to produce.

Just last week US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran that international patience was waning over their nuclear program.

Source: Jerusalem Post

'We're 1 act away from social cataclysm'

May 21, 2013 - This week in Washington at the annual International Electric Infrastructure Security Summit, the founder of the group, Avi Schnurr, explained that nuclear "electro-magnetic pulse" (EMP) weapon could disrupt the supply of electric power, cutting off the supply of food and water, and paralyzing transportation, emergency services and other necessities of life. He said,
“Governments and corporations are used to dealing with crises by experiencing them and gradually learning how to respond. EMP and severe space weather are . . . a black swan event, which is not effectively survivable.”
Scientists and government agencies are working to improve security standards for the nation’s electric grid.
Source: WND
Update 6/19/13 - Newt Gingrich warns EMP attack could end it all - Politico

North Korean video shows imagined strikes on U.S.

April 14, 2013 -
A video released Saturday by North Korea shows nuclear launches against the United States reaching four sites, including Washington, D.C., California, Hawaii and what the announcer describes as Colorado Springs, but which looks like Arkansas.
The video shows a map with missiles moving from North Korea to the various U.S. targets and then exploding into a ball of fire.
Source: USA Today
North Korea: Experts fear missile launch this weekend to mark founding father's birthday - Mirror - UK
South Korea says North Korean Missiles Could be Shot Down - NTD Television, South Korea

Obama says US will take 'all necessary steps' to protect against N. Korea threats

Apr. 13, 2013 -A Defense Intelligence Agency report reveals that North Korea probably has miniaturized their nuclear weapons enough to put them on a missile. This information was read to a public hearing by a congressman, saying that it was an unclassified segment of a classified report. Later in the day NPR's Tom Gjelten said that the findings were not yet meant to be made public.
"In fact some intelligence officials told me that they thought that the line which the congressman read had been erroneously declassified or marked as unclassified," Tom said. "They were not ready for this to come out."
President Obama warned that the United States will take "all necessary steps" to protect the American people."
Source: NPR
North Korea May Have A Nuclear Warhead To Put On A Missile, Says Pentagon - NPR
G8 ministers condemn North Korea nuclear moves - BBC
North Korea picks nuclear target - Pyongyang reportedly warns Japan it would target Tokyo first - WND
US, China agree on N. Korea denuclearization push - Jerusalem Post

N. Korea positions missile launchers on coast, Hagel says regime close to 'dangerous line'

Apr. 10, 2013 - North Korea has positioned two mobile missile launchers on the country's east coast.
The senior Pentagon officials told Fox News that a test of the Musudan missiles could occur "at any time." If the North Koreans proceed, it would be the first mobile test of this specific intermediate-range missile, which has a range of 2,500 miles.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line. Their actions and their words have not helped defuse a combustible situation."
Source: Fox

North Korea recalls its workers at factory jointly run with South Korea

Apr. 8, 2013 -
North Korea said Monday it will recall 51,000 North Korean workers and suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions escalate.
Source: Fox
Japan orders shooting down of North Korea missile - Times of India
North Korea Tells Foreigners to Flee Coming 'Thermonuclear War' in Region - NewsMax
Japan Deploys Patriot Missiles to Defend Tokyo from North Korean Threats - International Business Times

North Korea may be preparing to test missile, South Korea says

Apr. 7, 2013 - Reports from a South Korean official indicate that North Korea may be setting up another missile test.
His description suggests that the missile could be the Musudan missile, capable of striking American bases in Guam with its estimated range of up to 4,000 kilometers (2,490 miles).
It is thought that the test could be as soon as Wednesday, Apr. 10. That is the date the North Koreans have already said that foreign diplomats should be evacuated from Pyongyang.
Source: Fox
Iran lines up behind North Korea, warns the US of “great losses" - DEFKAfile
North Korea: UK's Hague calls for calm amid tensions - BBC

NKorea Asks Foreign Embassies to Evacuate as Tensions Rise

Apr. 5, 2013 - North Korea asked countries that have diplomats in their capital to evacuate them.
The British Embassy was told by the Asian nation’s government Friday that it won’t be able to guarantee the safety of foreign missions starting April 10 if a conflict flares up, the Foreign Office in London said in an emailed statement.
Russia is said to be “alarmed” by the tensions on the Korean peninsula, and has asked North Korea for clarification.

The North Koreans government has threatened to wage nuclear war against the U.S. and South Korea. They have also moved missiles to their eastern coast launch site.

Source: NewsMax
North Korean Christians Seek Prayer as State Threatens 'Explosive' War - Christian Post

North Korea warns military cleared to wage nuclear attack against US

Apr. 4, 2013 - North Korea has ratcheted up their war threats by moving a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast. It is not likely that the missile is the kind that could reach the United States. However, an unnamed source claimed that the military has been cleared to wage nuclear attack against US.
The range he described could refer to a mobile North Korean missile known as the Musudan, which has a range of 1,800 miles. That would make Japan and South Korea potential targets, but little is known about the missile's accuracy.
Source: Fox
North Korea nuclear threats prompt US missile battery deployment to Guam - The Guardian
Sen. Inhofe to Newsmax: US May Need to Strike North Korea Now - NewsMax
This time, things could be very, very different with North Korea - Fox

South Korea vows fast response to North; U.S. deploys stealth fighters

Apr. 2, 2013 - South Korea has changed its rules of engagement to allow rapid response if North Korea attacks.
North Korea says the region is the brink of a nuclear war in the wake of United Nations sanctions imposed for its February nuclear test and a series of joint U.S. and South Korean military drills that have included a rare U.S. show of aerial power.
Despite the rhetoric, the South Koreans say they have not observed military activity in the North that would suggest an attack is imminent.
Source: NBC
North Korea 'crisis gone too far' says UN's Ban Ki-moon - BBC
U.S. on alert for nuclear [EMP] blast overhead - WND

US sends F-22 jets to join South Korea drills

Apr. 1, 2013 - North Korea now says the Korean Peninsula has entered "a state of war." The U.S. has sent F-22 "Raptor" stealth fighter jets to South Korea to join current U.S.-South Korean military drills.
In a statement released Sunday, U.S. military in South Korea urged North Korea to restrain itself.
Source: Fox

North Korea Readies Rockets after U.S. Flies Stealth Bombers Over South

Mar. 29, 2013 - A spiral of events in the Korean Peninsula has resulted in a decision by North Korea place their strategic rockets on standby for fire at any time - possibly targeting the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, and U.S. bases in Guam and South Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a midnight meeting of top generals and "judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation", official KCNA news agency said.
Source: NewsMax
North Korea tensions: Russia's Lavrov fears 'spiral' - BBC
North Korea 'burning with hatred' for US after stealth bomber missions - Telegraph - UK

US deploys B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea

Mar. 29, 2013 - Since North Korea is acting like they are on the brink of war against South Korea (and even the U.S.), the Pentagon has sent a strong signal of its alliance with the South Koreans.
The two B-2 Spirit bombers flew more than 6,500 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions before returning to the U.S., according to a statement released by U.S. Forces Korea.
The B-2 Spirit is capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Source: Fox\
North Korea: 'War at any moment' - NewsMax

US takes swipe at China following hacking accusations

Mar. 28, 2013 - The growing threat of widespread hacking of business and government computers by the Chinese has prompted the U.S. take action by barring the purchase of information technology made by companies linked to China's government. The legislation was buried in a spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Source: Fox

North Korea orders military to combat ready; target U.S.

Mar. 27, 2013 - Reacting to military exercises by the U.S., North Korea has ordered its long-range artillery units to stand at combat ready, prepared to attack sites on mainland America, as well as Hawaii and Guam.
This is just the latest military threat issued by the North’s “supreme command,” Reuters says. But it’s likely just more talk. South Korea reports no signs of actual military action on the part of the North.
Source: Washington Times

Analyst: Russia prepping military to fight U.S.

Mar. 20, 2013 - Since a reset of Russian military policy in 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to recreate a post-Soviet empire by incorporating the former Soviet republics into a Eurasian Union, a duty-free zone that could rival the European Union.
According to Arbatov, Russia’s defense and foreign policies now reflect that Russia is surrounded by enemies led by the U.S. Moscow is concerned that the U.S. and its NATO allies will invade Russia at any time.
Source: WND

US Upgrading Missile Defense Systems After NKorean Threats

Mar. 15, 2013 - The Obama Administration has decided to increase the number of anti-missile defense stations, adding 14 of them in Alaska and California. The move came after North Korea made new threats to attack the U.S.
The additional interceptors would bring their total to 44, which had been proposed by the Bush White House, Fox News reports. The interceptors are designed to counter attacks from an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Source: NewsMax
Training for 'all-out war' with the West: North Korea uses live artillery in drills near border as Kim Jong Un continues threats - Daily Mail

North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid

Mar. 11, 2013 - North Korea's army has declared the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953 invalid. They are angered by new U.N. Security Council sanctions against them following their recent nuclear test.
North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.
Their action leaves North and South Korea still technically at war. However, the North has nullified the armistice several times in the past.
Source: CNN
South Korea and US begin military drills as North Korea threatens war - Fox

UN Security Council approves fourth round of even tougher sanctions against North Korea

Mar. 8, 2013 - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its latest nuclear test.
"Adoption of the resolution itself is not enough," China's U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said. "We want to see full implementation of the resolution." Li also urged calm and a resumption of ... talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Source: Fox

North Korea vows nuclear attack on US, saying Washington will be 'engulfed in a sea of fire'

Mar. 7, 2013 - A North Korean spokesman claimed that his country has the right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S. that would engulf Washington in a "sea of fire." The U.N. is about to vote on new sweeping sanctions against the country because of its nuclear program.
North Korea is angry over the possible sanctions and over upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills. At a mass rally in Pyongyang on Thursday, tens of thousands of North Koreans protested the U.S.-South Korean war drills and sanctions.
China, North Korea's closest ally, joined the U.S. in drafting the U.N. resolution
Source: Fox

Experts say North Korea nuclear test an 'important step towards weaponization'

Feb. 12, 2012 - North Korea has conducted its third nuclear test. The miniaturized weapon is a step toward the ability to deliver the weapon on a missile. It was done in direct defiance to U.N. Security Council orders to shut down its atomic activity.
It claims the test was its "first response" to perceived U.S. threats and warns it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility.
Source: Fox
UN Security Council Promises Action Over North Korea Nuke Test - Voice of America
North Korea nuclear test branded 'serious threat' to US - BBC

China's belligerence called 'crisis greater than Iran'

Feb. 1, 2013 - According to Asian analyst Michael Klare, China's new agressive attitude in the South China Sea and its tensions with Japan and the Philippines could become a bigger problem than Iran's nuclear aspirations.
A crisis in the East or South China Seas would pose an even “greater peril” due to the prospect of a U.S.-China military standoff that could threaten Asian economic stability.
The U.S. has defense treatys with Japan and the Philippines.
Source: Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin - WND

Satellite images reveal North Korea ready for nuclear test

Jan. 27, 2013 - North Korea's National Defense Commission has already announced an upcoming nuclear test, but has not said when it would take place. Satellite images of the area where their former tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009 show that they may be almost ready.
It described it as part of a "new phase" of combat with the United States, which retains 28,000 troops in South Korea and which it blames for leading the U.N. bid to punish Pyongyang.
Source: Fox
Time to get tough with North Korea and Iran as imminent nuclear bomb test looms - Fox

North Korea to Target US With Nuclear, Rocket Tests

Jan. 24, 2013 - The U.N. Security Council agreed to censure and sanction North Korea for their rocket launch in December. Now North Korea's National Defense Commission says they will conduct new nuclear tests.
"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States."
Source: NewsMax

Hagel may be nominated as US defense secretary next week

Jan. 6, 2013 - Chuck Hagel Former Republican Senator from Nebraska may be nominated by President Obama next week to fill the post of Secretary of Defense. Critics say that Hagel has ‘endemic hostility towards Israel.’ His appointment could give the president a "whiff of bipartianship on his cabinet."
Hagel, the former senator from Nebraska, is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Source: Times of Israel
Senators signal tough fight for Hagel - NBC

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