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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42 military conflicts near the end of 2011

Dec. 20, 2011 - This list will change from time to time.
Source: GlobalSecurity.com

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

Dec. 19, 2011 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died of a heart attack at the age of 69. One of his sons, Kim Jong-un, was named about a year ago as the "great successor." The North Korean news agency Yonhap reported the test-firing of a missile off their eastern coast before the announcement of Kim Jong-il's death was made, but South Korean officials did not think the launch was related to the leader's death. Nevertheless, South Korea is on alert.
Under Mr Kim's leadership, funds have been channelled to the military and in 2006 North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. It followed that up with a second one three years later. Multinational talks aimed at disarming North Korea have been deadlocked for months.
Source: BBC
10 things you may not know about the 'great successor' Kim Jong-un - Telegraph - UK
McCain Says Kim Jong Il in a 'Warm Corner in Hell'! - Newsmax

North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.

Dec. 7, 2011 - North Korea is apparently building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile. They already have large stationary missiles, but the new weapons are mobile and easy to hide. After this information was released last month Republican members of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces wrote to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, asking the administration to focus on building a missile defense of the homeland.

In June, when Robert M. Gates was defense secretary, he predicted the development of mobile missiles in North Korea. He said

With the continued development of long-range missiles and potentially a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and their continuing development of nuclear weapons, … North Korea is in the process of becoming a direct threat to the United States.”
North Korea may have obtained Chinese technology for this project.

Source: Washingon Times

Medvedev: Russia may target US missile defense sites

Nov. 25, 2011 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev complains that the planned missile shield in Europe would endanger Russia. He said that if Washington goes ahead with the US-led defense project, Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas where they can target the new installations.
Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama Administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.
Source: YNet News
U.S. to Stop Sharing Data With Russia on U.S. Forces in Europe - Fox

Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb

Nov. 18, 2022 - The Pentagon successfully tested a new "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon" (AHW)yesterday. It flew at hypersonic speeds (Mach 5 - or five times the speed of sound -- 3,728 miles per hour) and struck its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, some 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. This new flying bomb will be able to reach destinations anywhere in the world in less than a hour.
Source: Google News

Pentagon Receives Massive Bunker-Busting Bombs, Denies Targeting Iran

Nov. 17, 2011 - The Pentagon announced its new "bunker-busting bomb" yesterday. The 30,000-pound "massive ordinance penetrator" (MOP) is made by Boeing for the B-2 and B-52 bombers.
"It gives us a far greater capability to reach and destroy an enemy's weapons of mass destruction that are located in well protected underground facilities..." Pentagon Spokesman Capt. John Kirby said at a briefing Wednesday.
The new bomb may be 10 times as powerful as the ones formerly used for this purpose. Kirby said the bomb was not designed to attack Iran. However, Iran is the only country known to have buried its nuclear weapons program.
Source: Fox

Gaffney: Rise of Sharia Law Will Bring War to the Middle East

Oct. 25, 2011 - Frank Gaffney, director of the nonprofit Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., warns that war is on its way in the Middle East. Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahdahas just won the elections in that country a day after the new leaders in Libya announced that their country will be run on Islamic principles and under Sharia law. Gaffney said,
“I’m afraid there’s a war coming, a very serious, perhaps cataclysmic regional war,” he said. “It will be presumably over, at least in part, the future existence of the state of Israel. It may involve all of its neighbors."
He also expressed concern that it might involve the use of nuclear weapons, and will most likely spread beyond the Middle East.

Gaffney's solution to this threat is that the United States must stand “absolutely, unmistakably” as one with Israel and doing everything to prevent Iran getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

Source: Newsmax
See: Sharia Enshrined in Libyan Draft Constitution - Prophecy Central

Warfare is changing as weapons that destroy electronics, not people, are deployed on the field of battle

Oct. 15, 2011 - "Ray Guns" are actually being developed by U.S. military scientists. Using the concept that often been discussed of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) that could be caused by a high altitude nuclear device, smaller weapons are being tested. They look like radar devices and are called active electronically scanned arrays (AESA).
When acting as a normal radar, an AESA broadcasts its microwaves over a wide area. At the touch of a button, however, all of its energy can be focused onto a single point. If that point coincides with an incoming missile or aircraft, the target’s electronics will be zapped.
Source: The Economist

NATO preps for new war
Syrian chief warns attack will set Middle East aflame
Oct. 5, 2011 - Sides are forming for a possible war over Syria's treatment of their protestors. NATO may use Turkish-led troops to invade there. On the other side, Russia, Syria's traditional ally, has been advising Syria about possible military responses should NATO attack. Russia recently sold Syria a large quantity of Iskander ballistic missiles, and has pledged to sell them their advanced S-300 anti-missile system.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned that if NATO does attack, he will set the Middle East on fire.

"If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv," Assad reportedly said, according to Iran's state-run Fars news agency.
Source: WorldNetDaily

An EMP Attack on America?
Oct. 4, 2011 - The Department of Energy and the states of Maryland and Florida held emergency response exercises this week to determine their readiness if national electric power grid should fail. This massive failure could be caused by an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack (EMP) brought about by the detonation of one high-altitude nuclear bomb. Survivalists call this posibility TEOTWAWKI – The End of the World As We Know It. Without a moment's notice the nation could be deprived of all the services and supplies we take for granted.
No cell phones, no personal or business computers. No gas stations, no natural gas or water service. Cold storage, down; food processing plants, off-line. No trucking, no railroads, no airplanes, no ATMs, no inter-bank transfers.
According to a 2004 report from the EMP commission, a single EMP warhead exploded over the center of the US could bring down the power grid all across the country.
Source: Front Page Magazine
Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

Rick Perry suggests US military role in Mexico drug war
Oct. 1, 2011 - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a candidate for the Republican nomination for US president, Speaking in New Hampshire, he took a strong approach to the drug problem in Mexico.
"It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and keep them off our border," he said.
It is thought that Perry's suggestion will irritate Mexico's government.
Source: BBC

Lawmakers to File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Libya Operation
Jun. 15, 2011 - A bipartisan group being led by Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Walter Jones, R-N.C is filing a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, questioning the constitutional and legal justifications for military action in Libya. The suit would block the president from unilaterally going to war in Libya and other countries without the declaration of war from Congress (Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution).
The suit says the lawmakers are also seeking a judge to rule that the president may not commit the U.S. to war under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or under the authority of the United Nations.

North Korea 'may have developed nuclear warhead for ballistic missile'
Jun. 15, 2011 - There is no actual proof for this, but a minister to South Korea's parliament told the legislative body.
“It’s been a long time [since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006], so we judge that by this time (it) could have succeeded in making smaller or miniaturised versions of its nuclear weapons.”
It is known that the North unveiled a sophisticated new uranium enrichment facility last November.
Source: Telegraph - UK

FBI: 100 Percent Chance of WMD Attack

Feb. 14, 2011 -
The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.
Hundreds of reports are investigated each year by American intelligence. Only a few turn out to be serious plots by foreign terrorists, lone wolves who are terrorists, or even by criminal elements. However, some are arrested for obtaining materials and/or anarchist literature.Majidi says that when such an attack does take place, it will most likely employ chemical, biological, or radiological weapons rather than a nuclear device.
Source: Newsmax

Rumsfeld Warns of Iran, N. Korea Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Feb. 12, 2011 - In a recent interview by NewsMax, Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talked about his new memoir “Known and Unknown.” He said that all authorities thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and that President Bush should not have been accused of lying about the issue.
Rumsfeld said he is worried about the threat from an electromagnetic pulse attack from countries such as Iran and North Korea.
Source: Newsmax

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