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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Tillerson: Military action against North Korea 'an option'

Mar. 17, 2017 - Until now the U.S. has practiced "strategic patience" with North Korea, but that policy has not worked. It may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action. to stem their agressive activities.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the option was "on the table" if the threat from the North's weapons program reached a level requiring it.

Tillerson also said the US was exploring other diplomatic and economic measures.

Source: BBC
UN Ambassador Haley: 'New Approach' Needed on NKorea - North Korea has completed 24 ballistic-missile tests in the last year – along with two tests of nuclear missiles – as well as the "assassination" of Kim's half-brother. - NewsMax
US, China to cooperate on 'dangerous' N.Korea situation - Space Daily

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

Navy SEAL Team Six Practicing NKorean Decapitation Strike

Mar. 13, 2017 -
Four elite U.S. military units [the highly secret SEAL Team Six, Army Rangers, Delta Force, and Green Berets] — are slated to practice taking out North Korea's leadership during a military exercise with South Korea.
Source: NewsMax

U.S. nuke 'killing power' boosted by factor of 3

Mar. 13, 2017 -
A little-known change in the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal has boosted the killing power of the W-76 warheads used on submarine-based missiles by a factor of three, prompting concern that Russia will “undertake countermeasures."
Source: WND - From a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin

North Korea tests four more missiles

Mar. 6, 2017 - North Korea launched four missiles that landed in the Sea of Japan near Japan's economic zone.
It came not a month after North Korea tested a solid-fuel rocket that it claims is part of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, and three weeks after the assassination in Malaysia of ruler Kim Jong Un’s half brother.
Source: Washington Post
North Korea Says It Was Trying to Hit US Bases in Japan With Missiles - Fox
Thaad: US begins deploying missile defence system in South Korea - BBC
THAAD deployment threat stokes US tensions with Beijing, Moscow - China said Tuesday it would take measures against the U.S. missile system deployed in South Korea. - Fox
Pentagon Calls North Korean Missile Launches 'Very Serious Threat' - Voice of America
China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests - BBC

N. Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile: Seoul

Feb. 28, 2017 -
North Korea has up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, South Korean experts said Friday, including the toxin used to assassinate its leader's half-brother.
Source: Space Daily

Four NATO Nations Would Pick Russia Over U.S. to Defend Them

Feb. 18, 2017 - Just before Friday’s annual gathering of the transatlantic security community in Germany, A new Gallup poll confirmed that most countries would chose the U.S as its defense partner.

At the same time, however, China and Russia picked each other, war-torn Ukraine and Iraq split down the middle, while those four members of the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia and Turkey -- plumped for Russia.

Source: NewsMax

Russia spy ship located near U.S. Navy base in Virginia

Feb. 18, 2017 - On Wednesday the Viktor Leonov, a Russian spy ship, was near the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, known as the “Home of the Submarine Force.” On Friday it was located near another U.S. naval base in Virginia.

Last week a group of Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea and the U.S. accused Russia of secretly deploying cruise missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Source: CBS

North Korea test-fires missile, apparently challenging Trump

Feb.2, 2017 -

North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday ... its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move "absolutely intolerable."

President Trump said, "TheUnited States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent."

Source: U.S.News and World Report
Japan, US condemn North Korea's missile launch over the Sea of Japan - Fox
President Trump Faces Foreign Policy Challenge After North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile - Time
New alarms sounded over North Korea's EMP potential - WND

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

Feb. 8, 2017 - A branch of the Department of Defense has conducted a sucessful test of a missile that intercepts enemy threats in space.

The SM-3 IIA missile can sense ballistic missile attacks from space and neutralize the threats. The SM-3 made its debut by eliminating a ballistic missile fired from the Navy's USS John Paul Jones destroyer.

Source: Space Daily
Russia sends Syria its largest missile delivery to date, US officials say - Fox
Islamic State claims Eilat rocket attack, threatens more - Times of Israel
Iron Dome intercepts three rockets from Sinai headed for Eilat - Times of Israel
Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump - NY Times

Mattis: US will defend Japanese islands claimed by China

Feb. 4, 2017 -

US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Saturday reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defending Japan, including a group of disputed islands which have been claimed by China. ... Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty applies.

Source: CNN

Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists

Jan. 26, 2017 - This morning the prestigious group of scientists who publish the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it believes the world is moving closer to a nuclear holocaust. The world condition is described by them as "two and one-half minutes to midnight." At one point, in 1953, after the testing of the hydrogen bomb, it stood at "two minutes to midnight."

In a report, the BPA said President Trump's statements on climate change, expanding the US nuclear arsenal and the questioning of intelligence agencies had contributed to the heightened global risk.

Source: BBC
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

North Korea intends to launch long-range nuclear missiles to ruin Trump’s big day

Jan. 19, 2017 - News sources say that two North Korean missiles have already been placed on mobile launchers, and it is possible that they will be tested on Donald Trump's inaugural day.

US-based monitoring project 38North said evidence suggested Pyongyang may also be preparing to resume operations at a plutonium production reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center 90km north of the capital.

Source: News.com.au

US ability to shoot down North Korean missile not guaranteed, report says

Jan. 10, 2017 - The Pentagon’s weapons testing office says the U.S. has a "limited capability to defend" its homeland from North Korea or Iran.

The report said that the U.S. maintains ground-based interceptors based in Alaska and California, but they cannot be counted on with any degree of certainty due to “lack of ground tests,” according to Bloomberg.

However, Vice Admiral James Syring, the director of the missile defense agency, says he has a “high confidence” in the existing defense system.

Source: Fox

Kim Says North Korea Close to Testing Nuclear Missile That Can Reach US

Jan. 1, 2017 -

Kim Jong Un said North Korea is in the “last stage” of preparations to test-fire an inter-continental ballistic missile, refusing to slow his nuclear arms development as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office in Washington.

Source: NewsMax

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