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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Urban Warfare:
Police on alert across America after murder of NYPD officers

Dec. 22, 2014 -
The murders of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn heightened fears about the safety of law enforcement officials nationwide, though there is no evidence any threats are imminent.
The two policemen were ambushed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had posted on Instagram that he would put "wings on pigs" because of the slayings of black men by white police.
Source: Fox
[New York Mayor] De Blasio Snubs Slain Cops' Families as Relations With NYPD Worsen - NewsMax

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

US Navy Tests New Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

Dec. 12, 2014 -
The weapon, which utilizes a solid-state infrared beam of energy to cripple or destroy targets, was tested over the past few months aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. The Navy says the system performed flawlessly.
Source: Voice of America

China flight tests new stealth jet during Obama visit

Nov. 12, 2014 - Upstaging the Asian economic summit in Beijing, China's military tested its new J-31 stealth fighter jet.
China obtained secrets from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through cyber attacks against a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin. The technology has shown up in China's first stealth jet, the J-20, and in the J-31.
According to White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes President Obama was planning to ask China President Xi Jinping to stop Chinese cyber espionage.
Source: Fox

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Get Used to Endless War

Oct. 29, 2014 - According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the current world mess-- ISIS, Ebola, Russian imperialism, Chinese saber-rattling, etc. -- are not going away any time soon. His message seems to be,"get used to endless war." He told the Washington Ideas Festival:
"Tyranny, terrorism, the challenges and threats to our country ... is going to be with us. ... We are seeing a new world order—post-World War II, post-Soviet Union implosion—being built."
He stressed that the conflict with ISIL will be a long-term efford. And it will require better cooperation among lawmakers in Washington.
Source: The Atlantic
Hagel questions U.S. role in 'new world order' - The world is experiencing “historic, defining times” that will result in a “new world order.” - WND
Henry Kissinger’s new world order - Prophecy Central's New World Order Section

How ISIS could change the world forever

Oct. 2, 2014 - Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor at Washington D.C.'s Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security, makes the case that the US decision to eliminate ISIS could bring about great changes in the fragile balance of Middle Eastern powers and could affect the course of all world nations.
Source: SpaceWar

Pope Francis: World's Many Conflicts Amount to WW III

Sept. 14, 2014 - Speaking at a war memorial in Italy, where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried, Pope Francis said "War is madness."
"Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction," he said.
However, last month the Pope said that it would be legitimate for the international community to use force to stop "unjust aggression" by Islamic State militants.
Source: NewsMax

Nato summit: Russia criticised over Ukraine crisis

Sept. 4, 2014 - Before the summit began, Ukraine's president briefed US and EU leaders on the ceasefire plan that they had made with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Approximatelly 2,600 people have died so far in the fightiing in Ukraine.
The West says it has evidence that Mr Putin is supporting the separatists with training and arms, and has sent Russian troops across the border. Russia denies the accusation.
Source: BBC
Kremlin warns Ukraine against joining NATO - Washington Post
Hagel: Russia, China Aim to Close Military Technology Gap With US - Voice of America
NATO Approves New Force Aimed at Deterring Russia - NewsMax
Russian General Seeks Nuclear First-Strike Option Against US - NewsMax
Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal - BBC

Obama, Cameron to push for coalition against ISIS at NATO summit

Sept. 4, 2014 -
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will use this week's NATO summit to press for a multi-national coalition to carry out military action against the Islamic State militant group, formerly known as ISIS.
The two leaders published a joint op-ed in The Times of London saying that they would "not be cowed" by the beheadings of two journalists in Iraq.
Source: Fox
Sotloff Family Challenges ISIS Leader on Islam — in Fluent Arabic - NewsMax

Aug. 22, 2014
RonGraff.jpg - 6668 Bytes ETHNIC WARS

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom... - Matthew 24:6-7b (Jesus)

When Jesus predicted the early stages of the End Times, He taught that there would be "wars and rumors of wars." He was probably referring to the state of the world in our days. There have always been wars, but in the last century they have been worse than ever. World Wars I and II, the development of nuclear warfare, and the rise of modern terrorism have made the world a dangerous place. According to GlobalSecurity.org's website, "The World at War," there are about40 wars being fought at any given time.

A new report from the Institute for Economics and Peace reveals that "Only 11 countries in the WORLD are not involved in conflict." The study says that the world is getting progressively less peaceful since 2007.

Jesus said "nation will rise against nation." The Greek word for nation is ethnos, and it is derived from etho, meaning "forming a custom, culture." So Jesus' prophecy was not just about one country versus another, but about "ethnic" groups fighting each other. It includes racial conflict and religious wars. Today's headlines are loaded with bad news about these ethnic wars. Russia is invading Ukraine. Israel and the Palestinians are bombing each other. The worst Islamic jihadist group yet, the "Islamic State" (also called ISIS and ISIL) is butchering people of other religions and political viewpoints. And even in America, where the Civil War guaranteed emancipation of slaves, and where the Civil Rights movement and legislation of the '60's prevailed, there is racial rioting on the streets of Ferguson, MO.

We can't know just when Jesus will return again, and He warned us not to set dates. But this period of ethnic wars should be a wake-up call for anyone who doesn't believe that prophecy is being fulfilled in our times.

Attorney general visits Ferguson, says he understands why black Americans mistrust police

Aug. 22, 2014 - After more than a week of rioting in a St. Louis suburb where a black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white officer, the country's Attorney General visited the area.
Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers.
Source: Fox
Update: 8/23/14 - Officials brace Ferguson for exoneration of officer - WND

Only 11 countries in the WORLD are not involved in conflict, new study reveals

Aug. 16, 2014 -
Out of 162 countries, 151 of the world's nations are currently involved in some form of conflict.
Even more depressingly, the study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) shows that the world getting progressively less peaceful since 2007.
Source: Express - UK

U.S. sends ballistic missile destroyers to counter North Korean threat after Pyongyang announces ‘new’ nuclear test

Apr. 7, 2014 - Because North Korea is planning more nuclear tests, and Japan has ordered their military to shoot down any threatening projectiles, the U.S. is sending two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat. the U.S. is also warning China against aggression in the area following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Source: National Post
US defence chief warns China, drawing parallel with Crimea - Yahoo

North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border, Seoul says

Mar. 31, 2014 -
South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border Monday after North Korean shells from a live fire drill conducted by Pyongyang fell into the water south of the frontier.
Technically, the Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war since 1953 when the war there ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Lately North Korea has been frustrated with the slow pace of improvement in ties with the U.S. and South Korea. They have threatened to conduct a fourth nuclear test in the near future.
Source: Fox

NATO Commander Warns of Putin Invasion Threat

Mar. 23, 2014 -
NATO's top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a "very sizable" force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe is U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlov. According to him the 28-nation alliance needs to improve its readiness for possible conflict.
Source: NewsMax

Pentagon: U.S. Not Capable of Detecting Foreign Nuke Threats

Jan. 26, 2013 - The Pentagon’s Defense Science Board has released a report that warns:
“The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases “current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist.”
The report explains that current methods of treaty verification and inspections are not adequate.
Source: Free Beacon

North Korean leader warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US

Jan. 1, 2014 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned that a small, accidental military clash with South Korea could lead to an all-out war.
''If the war breaks out again in this land, it will bring about a massive nuclear disaster and the US will never be safe,'' Kim said in his New Year message, broadcast on state television.
Source: WND

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