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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North Korea, Under UN Scrutiny, Turns to H-Bomb 'Scare Tactic'

Dec. 11, 2015 - Apparently to counter United Nations discussions about North Korea’s human rights violations, Kim Jong Un announced that North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb.

While North Korea tested nuclear devices in 2006, 2009, and 2013, there is no verifiable proof that it has developed a hydrogen bomb. The device, also known as a thermonuclear bomb, is significantly more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Source: Voice of America

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

China's potential game-changing weapon of future wars

Dec. 7, 2015 - According to Peter Leitner, a former Defense Department official:

China is developing an electromagnetic railgun to fire projectiles far faster and further than current gun barrels on ships and artillery, prompting what could become an electromagnetic arms race with the United States.

Source: WND

Russia flies strategic space warfare missile

Dec. 7, 2015 - Russia has had a sucessful test of its Nudol anti-satellite missile. This capability could cripple US intelligence, navigation, and communications capabilities that are necessary for critical military and civilian operations.

Russia now joins China as the only nations with strategic space warfare weapons. In October, China conducted a flight test of its anti-satellite missile, the Dong Neng-3 direct ascent missile.

Source: Space Daily

Iran tests another mid-range ballistic missile in breach of UN resolutions

Dec. 7, 2015 - Iran has tested another mid-range missile in a breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The missile fired in November is an improved version of the Shahab 3.

Source: Fox

Turkish F-16 shoots down Russian fighter jet near Syria border

Nov. 24, 2015 - A Russian warplane was shot down today by two Turkish F-16 fighter jets.

A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the Russian Sukhoi-24 was downed by an air-to-air missile north of the Syrian port city of Latakia. The official added that the Russian jet was warned three times.

In October the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had warned Russia that allowing their planes to enter Turkish air space was courting "extreme danger."

Source: Fox

Jordan’s King Abdullah II: ‘We Are Facing A Third World War’ Against ISIS

Nov. 18, 2015 -

While on a State visit to Kosovo, Abdullah described the terror group as “savage outlaws of religion,” adding that Islam was under assault by terrorists who seek to destroy its name. ... "And unfortunately over 100,000 Muslims have been murdered by [ISIS]."

Source: Breitbart
Jordan's King Abdullah - We are facing a Third World War - Jerusalem Post

China Warns U.S. of Potential for War in South China Sea

Oct. 30, 2015 - Chinese Navy chief Admiral Wu Shengli told the U.S. that even a minor confrontation in the South China Sea could escalate into a war.

Tensions between the two superpowers elevated on Tuesday when a U.S. naval vessel sailed within the 12-mile radius line established by China around artificial islands it has constructed in the busy shipping lane.

Source: Time

Showdown in the South China Sea: How did we get here?

Oct. 28, 2015 - China has literally built an island in an area of the South China Sea that neighboring countries consider a military threat. Their island has large airfields, ports and lighthouses. Yesterday the U.S.S. Lassen, a destroyer, came close to the area, causing the Chinese to issue a strong warning. Tensions have ratcheted up as China has reclaimed some 2,000 acres of land in a massive dredging operation, turning sandbars into islands equipped with airfields, ports and lighthouses. On Tuesday, China said it warned and tracked the U.S.S. Lassen, a destroyer, as it came close to five of its artificial islands in the South China Sea's contested waters.

Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the United States, told CNN Tuesday that the U.S. patrol was "a very serious provocation, politically and militarily."

This article gives valuable information about how this tension has developed.

Source: CNN

North Korea 'ready to defend itself against US'

Oct. 10, 2015 - North Korea celebrated the 70th anniversary of the reign of their Workers' Party.

North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has said his country could defend itself in any war started by the US.
He was making a rare public speech as part of mass celebrations involving troops, and military vehicles in Pyongyang,

Source: BBC
Message From China’s Leader, Xi Jinping, to North Korea May Signal Thaw - BBC

N. Korea 'hot cell' unit could mean better, larger nuclear bombs: US experts

Sept. 17, 2015 -

The head of the North's atomic agency said Tuesday that all facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex -- including a uranium enrichment plant and a five-megawatt reactor seen as the country's main source of weapons-grade plutonium -- had "started normal operations".

Source: Space Daily

China to cut 300,000 soldiers, speed up military modernization

Sept. 3, 2015 -

At a military parade Thursday to mark the end of World War II, President Xi Jinping announced that China will cut some 300,000 soldiers from the country’s 2-million-strong armed forces.

China plans to modernize their military by shifting resources from land to sea and air. But the president set the tone of their great military parade--featuring 12,000 troops and high-tech weapons--as a tribute to the “sunshine of peace.”

Source: Washington Post
5 Chinese warships spotted off Alaska coast during President Obama's visit - Fox

South Korea vows response to 'provocations' from North after exchange of fire

Aug. 21, 2015 - South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo told a press conference that North Korea may be planning to test-fire short- and mid-range ballistic missiles.

Earlier Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared his country to be in a "quasi-state of war"and be fully ready for any military operations starting Friday evening, according to a report by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency.


Russia to display mega H-bomb copy in Moscow

Aug. 18, 2015 -

Russia will display a replica of the most powerful nuclear device ever to be exploded - the Soviet "Tsar Bomba" - near the Kremlin in Moscow next month.

The 58-megaton H-bomb, detonated in 1961 in the Arctic, was about 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atom bomb.

Source: BBC

Threat of war with major power ‘low, but growing,’ military strategy report warns

July 3, 2015 - According to the National Military Strategy for 2015, the U.S. not only faces the threat of insurgent groups in the Middle East, but must also be aware of the growing possibility of war with major powers like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

The report specifically talks about threats from North Korea, Iran, Russia and China, which has continued aggressive land grabs in the South China Sea that violate international law.

The report predicted that cyber-attacks from these sources will be “unpredictable, costly and difficult to control.”
Source: Washington Times
USA's new defense strategy names Russia, China, Iran and North Korea prime enemies - Pravda
Putin Biding His Time? Build-up of Tanks and Generals in Ukraine - Fox
Russia Says Iran Nuclear Deal Will Be Reached - Israel National News

United Nations released Global Trends: World at War report on forced displacement

June 19, 2015 - A report from the UN revealed that the refugee crisis due to wars, conflicts and persecution is the worst in recorded history

The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million by 2013 and 37.5 million by 2005.

Over half of those displaced are children

Source: JagranJosh

Rand Paul Goes on Senate Floor to Protest NSA Spying Measure

May 21, 2015 -Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul delivered a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act. He said the law should be allowed to expire on June 1. It was meant to increase security, but has resulted in the bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

The Kentucky senator said at 1:18 p.m. EDT when he took to the Senate floor. "That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged."

Source: NewsMax

World On Fire

Apr. 26, 2015 - Hal Lindsey updates us on the seriously increasing risk of nuclear war. Vladamir Putin implied that Russia would have been willing to use nukes recently. Under Secretary of State Clinton, the U.S. has allowed Russian companies access to about half of our Uranium production. The North Koreans continue to build their nuclear arsenal. Metaphorically, "the world is on fire." The latest bad news is about Iran. Lindsey wrote:

If Iran’s breakout time to a nuclear weapon is only three months. . .How do we know they don’t already have such weapons? Maybe that’s why Iran refuses to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to all its nuclear facilities.

The good news is that God is still in control. Lindsey calls on his readers to be sure they have received Christ, so they will be ready for whatever happens.

Source: Hal Lindsey

‘Nobody is going to wait’: Saudi drafting nuclear back-up plan to counter Iran?

Mar. 7, 2015 - This past week Egypt's president visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday, followed by Turkey's president on Monday, and then Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. Simon Henderson, of the Washington Institute, told Fox News:

"The visit by the PM ... almost certainly has to be seen in the context of Saudi Arabia looking to Pakistan for nuclear cooperation to counter Iran's emerging status."

Last month Henderson wrote an essay suggesting that Saudi Arabia is providing support for Pakistan's nuclear program, "providing financing in return for a widely assumed understanding that, if needed, Islamabad will transfer technology or even warheads."

Source: Fox

North Korea might be restarting nuke plant, US institute says

Jan. 29, 2015 -
North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.
Source: Fox

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