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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US Military's Worst Nightmare: A War with Russia and China (at the Same Time)

Aug. 28, 2016 - After the Cold War era the Unisted States abandoned its “two war” doctrine, which meant we were capable of fighting two wars at the same time if necessary.

What if the United States had to fight two wars today, and not against states like North Korea and Iran? What if China and Russia sufficiently coordinated with one another to engage in simultaneous hostilities?

Source: The National Interest

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

Looking at the North Korean Problem From a Chinese Border City

Aug. 5, 2016 - In 2009 ineffective six-party denuclearization talks with North Korea were suspended. Since then the Korean peninsula has been a constant problem for the international community.

Pyongyang routinely threatens to turn South Korean and U.S. cities into “seas of fire,” and, in recent years, has sunk a South Korean naval ship, shelled South Korean islands and routinely fired test missiles.

Source: Time

Can The US Stop A North Korea Nuclear Attack? Missile Defense System Often Doesn't Work

July 14, 2016 -

A system designed to protect the United States from a North Korean nuclear attack won't work, according a report released Thursday. The missile defense system is "simply unable to protect the U.S. public," the report from the Union of Concerned Scientists said.

Source: International Business Times
Pyongyang may have Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile capability in year: U.S. expert - Japan Times
Experts divided over THAAD’s effectiveness in countering N.K. missiles - Korean Times
U.S. missile defense system is 'simply unable to protect the public,' report says - Los Angeles Times

‘Like a little war': Snipers shoot 11 police officers during Dallas protest march, killing five

July 8, 2016 -

After a peaceful march, the downtown [Dallas] suddenly exploded into violence at around 9 p.m. local time when gunshots echoed across through the streets, sending protesters and police officers alike scattering for cover.

Four Dallas Police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer were killed by snipers. One shooter was killed, and three suspects are in custody.

Source: Washington Post
Live Coverage - Fox
Dallas Police Shooting Live Updates: Officers Shot Amid Black Lives Matter Protest, Obama Remarks - International Business Times
What Do You Preach After a Week Like This? - Christianity Today
What to do in these fearful times - Greg Laurie - WND

China's military buildup is making the world 'greatly worried'

Apr. 25, 2016 - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that China is causing the world to worry about its military expansion.

China has rattled nerves with its military and construction activities on the islands in the South China Sea, including building runways, though Beijing says most of what it is building is for civilian purposes, like lighthouses.

China and Japan are the world's second- and third-largest economies.

Source: Business Insider

China and Russia combined now at military spending parity with US

Apr. 13, 2016 -

In 2015, the U.S. spent $596 billion ... on defense, while China spent $374 billion and Russia spent a further $187 billion... Throw in Iran, another $34 billion, and the sum does equal American spending.

Source: American Thinker
Russia defends pilots who buzzed US Navy destroyer - Fox
Defense Secretary: US Wary of China's S. China Sea Actions - Voice of America

General says Army at high risk in war against China, Russia

Mar. 16, 2016 - According to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, the U.S. military has suffered from budget and troop cuts, and would not be ready to fight a "great power war" against one or two of four countries - China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Source: AP
China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites Free Beacon

In drills, U.S., South Korea practice striking North’s nuclear plants

Mar. 7, 2016 -

The United States and South Korea started huge military exercises Monday ... that will include rehearsing surgical strikes on North Korea’s main nuclear and missile facilities and sending in special forces to carry out “decapitation raids" on the North Korean leadership.

Meanwhile North Korea's National Defense Commission threatens to conduct preemptive strikes. At the push of a button they claim they can launch nuclear weapons to reduce South Korean and U.S. military bases to "flames and ashes in a moment."

Source: Washington Post

US sending nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to ISIS fight

Mar. 5, 2016 -

The United States is sending nuclear-capable B-52 aircraft to drop bombs on the Islamic State terror group, defense officials confirmed to Fox News Friday. The B-52 Stratofortress will start its first bombing campaign against ISIS in April,

Source: Fox

US Navy reportedly deploys several ships to South China Sea

The U.S. Navy reportedly has dispatched several ships to the South China Sea amid rising tensions between the U.S., China and other Southeast Asian nations who have claimed territory in the disputed region.

Source: Fox

North Korean leader wants nukes ready to fly

Mar. 3, 2016 - North Korean leader Kim Jong told his military leaders to be ready to use nuclear weapons at "any moment."

The shift in military posture would allow North Korea to carry out pre-emptive attacks, and deprive "the enemies to sleep in peace till the moment they meet their final end in their land."

Source: USA Today

China Arms Exports Double as Regional Tensions Mount

Feb 29. 2016 -

China is now the world’s third largest arms exporter behind the U.S. and Russia, and the country accounted for nearly six percent of arms exports between 2011 and 2015.

Source: Voice of America

Feb. 24, 2016 -

In a move likely to further increase already volatile tensions in the region, China has deployed fighter jets to a contested island in the South China Sea, the same island where China deployed surface-to-air missiles last week

Source: Fox

North Korea Fires Long-Range Missile Designed to Hit US

Feb. 7, 2016 - North Korea has launched another long-range rocket, placing a small satellite into orbit. Analysts say the launch was an illegal test of a missile that could be used to carry a nuclear weapon to the United States.

The launch prompted South Korea and the United States to announce that they would explore the feasibility of deploying an advanced missile defense system in South Korea, which China and Russia both oppose, "at the earliest possible date."

An emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council will be held today about the launch, at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Source: NewsMax
North Korea rocket launch: UN Security Council to meet - BBC

Japan military on alert over N.Korea's planned rocket launch

Feb. 3, 2016 - North Korea plans to launch an "earth observation satellite" some time this month. Japan considers it a missile test.

Japan put its military on alert on Wednesday to shoot down any North Korean rocket that threatens it, while South Korea warned the North it would pay a "severe price" if it goes ahead with a satellite launch.

Source: Reuters

Doomsday Clock: World more dangerous than during Cold War

Jan. 26, 2016 -

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists chose to keep its so-called Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight this year, but said the lack of a tick forward shouldn’t be taken as a good sign.

Source: The Hill

After North Korea Violated United Nations Nuclear Resolutions, What Can The Security Council Do?

Jan. 6, 2016 - What can the United Nations do about North Korea's continued escalation of its nuclear threat to the world? The Security Council will meet tomorrow to discuss the issue.

The U.N. has levied sanctions and passed multiple resolutions for more than a decade against North Korea’s aggressive pursuit of a nuclear weapons program that the country has continued to ignore.

Source: International Business Times
N. Korea cites Kadhafi's 'destruction' in nuke test defense - France24
US Flies B-52 over S.Korea after North's Nuke Test - NewsMax

North Korea’s claims it tested a hydrogen bomb draw skepticism, condemnations

Jan. 6, 2015 - North Korea claims that it sucessfully tested a Hydrogen Bomb.

The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting in New York on Wednesday to discuss the international response to the test, which North Korea called an “H-bomb of justice.”

This is the fourth nuclear test conducted by North Korea. The U.N. Security Council has issued resolutions against all of their former tests.

Source: Washington Post
Top U.N. official calls for North Korea to face International Criminal Court - CNN
North Korea's H-bomb test sets globe on alert - WND
Expert: North Korea H-bomb is 'super-EMP weapon' - WND

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