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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.

North Korea has become a great threat in recent years, constantly ignoring world sanctions and UN resolutions to develop a serious nuclear capability, which now includes interconeinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States. They have even tested a massive hydrogen bomb. They are, of course, not mentioned by name in Bible prophecy, but they do figure prominently in the build-up of Iran's nuclear ambitions, exchanging information with them about missiles and weapons. Iran is a key player in the major future war of "Gog and Magog" predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

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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Invisible Christians of North Korea

Sept., 2017 - Amazingly, from the late 19th century until 1942, North Korea’s capital--Pyongyang--was known as the “Jerusalem of the East.” The once-thriving Christian community was victimized after WW2 when the communist regime of Kim Il-sung attempted to stamp out Christianity and all other religions.
Operation World says that although no one really knows their true number, there could be as many as 350,000 underground Christians living in the slave state... up to 100,000 ... are locked up in harsh prisons or work camps.
Source: CNS News

As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

Sept. 25, 2017 - For some 15 years U.S. officials have been raising the alarm about what could happen if a rogue nation like North Korea would detonate a nuclear bomb at high altitude over the United States. It is generally agreed that such an attack, known as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, would seriously damage the nation's power grids. Unfortunately, according to U.S. experts:
While there are players purporting to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure... the reality is that no one really knows what will happen and what can be done.
Source: Fox
Millions of American lives could be at stake as North Korea threatens to attack power grid - Fox

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

Sept. 23, 2017 -
Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump. The launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV.
Source: BBC
Tremor of 3.4 Detected Near NKorea Nuclear Test Site - Fox
Hawaii reportedly prepares for nuclear attack amid North Korea rhetoric - Fox
What if worst comes to worst with North Korea? China ‘must be ready’ for war on the peninsula - South China Morning Post

Trump responds after North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test

Sept. 22, 2017 - Following President Trump's UN speech against North Korean nuclear weapons developments, Kim Jong Un said that he is convinced that "the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last."
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho [said] "This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean."

In response, President Trump tweeted that Kim would be "tested like never before."

Source: Fox

Transcript of President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly today:

Sept. 19, 2017 -
The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.
Source: The White House
In U.N. speech, Trump to call for international cooperation on North Korea - USA Today
Erick Erickson: The Best Speech by President Trump So Far - Fox
Trump to U.N.: North Korea's 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un On A Suicide Mission - NPR
Trump hints at possible withdrawal from Iran nuke deal - NY Post
Conservatives Welcome Trump's 'Blunt' Speech to the UN - NewsMax

North Korea fires 2nd missile over Japan in a month, sparking US condemnation

Sept. 15, 2017 - Following latest sanctions ordered byi the United Nations against North Korea, the Pyongyang military launched another missile -- the second one to pass over Japan.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the missile a reckless act by the North Koreans, adding that the missile "was fired over Japan and put millions of Japanese in duck and cover."
Source: Fox
U.S. Calls On China, Russia To Act Against North Korea After Missile Test - Radio Free Europe
Tillerson: China and Russia need to take 'direct action' on North Korea - USA Today

North Korea slapped with UN sanctions after nuclear test

Sept. 11, 2017 - New sanctions were adopted by the UN Security Council against North Korea.
The measures restrict oil imports and ban textile exports. The latter is aimed at starving the North of income for its weapons programs ... The sanctions... were met with anger by North Korea
Source: BBC

Report: Trump to Call for UN Naval Blockade of NKorea

Sept. 10, 2017 -
The United States' effort to further isolate North Korea with tough measures including an oil embargo will also call for a partial naval blockade .. a block on textile exports and the hiring of North Korean labor by foreign countries.
Source: NewsMax

Trump Orders Military to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

Sept. 9, 2017 -
President Donald Trump has given military orders for U.S. forces to shoot down and destroy any missile launched from North Korea and moving toward the continental United States, Hawaii, and Guam.
Source: NewsMax
North Korea Openly Threatens Electromagnetic Pulse Attack for First Time - Breitbart
What in the world is going on? Catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, nuclear threats. Is God trying to tell us something? Yes. - Joel Rosenberg

Nikki Haley to UN: North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'Begging for War'

Dec. 4, 2017 - The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting today to consider nuclear threats by North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said North Korea's Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" and urged the 15-member U.N. Security Council to impose the "strongest possible" sanctions to deter him.
Source: NewsMax
S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences - Space Daily
North Korea tests its most powerful nuclear bomb yet - North Korea may already have the capability today to detonate a nuclear bomb in the upper atmosphere, generating an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could virtually destroy the US.'s electrical grid and communications systems. - FrontPage Magazine
Retired Navy SEAL breaks down threat of EMP attack on US - Fox Video
North Korea’s nuclear test site at risk of imploding, Chinese scientist says - South China Morning Post
North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless - BBC

UN Security Council calls emergency meeting after North Korea claims successful hydrogen bomb test

Sept. 4, 2017 - Following the news that North Korea claims to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, the United Nations Security Council will conduct an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis.
“We along w/Japan, France, the UK and S.Korea have called for an emergency Security Council meeting on N.Korea in the open tomorrow at 10am,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tweeted.
Source: Fox

Nations React With Alarm Over North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Test

Sep. 3, 2017 -
North Korea's state-run DPRK-TV confirmed that the country carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test by detonating a Hydrogen bomb Sunday, prompting strong condemnations from other countries across the world.
Source: International Business Times
Trump calls North Korea 'dangerous' and 'great threat' after overnight nuclear test - Fox
- US News and World Report
Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of 'large-scale conflict' - Reuters

North Korea claims it can load hydrogen bomb onto missile

Sept. 2, 2017 -
North Korea's state-run media claimed that the country has developed the ability to load a hydrogen bomb onto a new intercontinental ballistic missile, although some outside experts already cast doubts on the claim.
Source: CBS

Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of 'large-scale conflict'

Sept. 1, 2017 - Vladimir Putin, preparing to attend a summit of the BRICS nations in China next week, wrote this about the problem with North Korea:
“Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere... The situation on the Korean Peninsula had deteriorated so much that it was now 'balanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict.'”
Source: Reuters

US shoots down ballistic missile in test amid recent North Korean provocations

he U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced Wednesday that it successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii... The USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer successfully launched an SM-6 interceptor missile to shoot down the target.
Source: Fox
Russia Fears US More Likely to Use Nukes Due to New Precision - NewsMax
US Tested 2nd Nuclear Bomb in August - NewsMax

North Korean missile flies over Japan, escalating tensions and prompting an angry response from Tokyo

Aug. 28,, 2017 - fter North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said, “Launching a missile and flying it over our country was a reckless act, and it represents a serious threat without precedent to Japan.”
Source: Washington Post
Japan's Shinzo Abe consults with Trump after North Korea missile launch - Washington Examiner
South Korea reacts to North Korea's missile by testing plan to bomp Kim Jong Un - Newsweek

North Korean ruler stands down on threat to Guam

Aug. 15, 2017 -
North Korea’s autocratic ruler has decided not to launch missiles toward Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported Tuesday, easing the immediate threat of an attack on the U.S. territory in the western Pacific.
Source: LA Times
North Korea: America is preparing military options in case sanctions fail, says most senior US general - Independent - UK
Update Aug. 20, 2017 - NKorea Warns of 'Merciless Strike' Ahead of US-SKorea Drills - NewsMax

Congressional Expert: North Korea Satellites Orbiting U.S. Could Be Used for ‘Surprise’ EMP Attack

Aug. 13, 2017 - Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security and chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, warned:
We are ignoring two North Korean satellites currently orbiting the U.S. that could be used to carry out a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Such a “surprise” attack could paralyze the U.S. electrical grid and critical civilian infrastructure.
Source: Breitbart
What gov't and media won't tell you 1 nuke can do - Chuck Norris - WND
North Korea: No imminent threat of nuclear war, says CIA chief - BBC
China says it will stop importing North Korean coal, iron ore, fish and other goods under U.N. sanctions - L A Times

North Korea threat: Pentagon says ready to 'fight tonight,' as Trump shows bomber pics

Aug. 11, 2017 - President Trump warned that USAF B-1B Lancer bombers on Guam are prepared to respond to North Korea's threats if necessary. He tweeted:
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump tweeted early Friday morning.
Source: Fox
In phone call, Trump and Xi discuss a nuke-less Korean Peninsula - Fox
NKorea Warns of 'Tragic Doom' if Trump Doesn't 'Talk and Act Properly' - NewsMax
Xi urges restraint on Korean nuclear issue in phone talk with Trump - Xinhuanet.com

Trump Stiffens Resolve Against North Korea

Aug. 10, 2017 - Tensions continued to increase today in the war of words between President Trump and the North Koreans.
North Korea said it was finalizing a plan to launch a salvo of four ballistic missiles to the waters off the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam. It was Pyongyang's latest provocation in the war of words.

President Trump responded that North Korea had "better get their act together" or they will experiene greater trouble than most nations ever have.

Source: Voice of America
Kim Jong-un just wants to stay in power, like any normal dictator - and that is an argument against nuclear war - South China Morning Post
North Korea's nuclear threat isn't really Trump's fault: How Bush Clinton and Obama contributed to conflict - Newsweek
Defense Secretary Mattis: War with North Korea would be 'catastrophic' - Fox
Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Bringing the world to the brink - Fox
Humanity and North Korea - Hal Lindsey
Tillerson, Mattis back up Trump’s stark warning to North Korea - Washington Times
Chinese paper says China should stay neutral if North Korea attacks first - Reuters
US diplomacy on N Korea 'gaining results' - BBC
Thousands of North Koreans Escape Using Underground Christian Network Spanning Across China - Legal Insurrection

Gingrich: North Korea is a 'genuine threat' to the world

Aug. 9, 2017 - This transcript of the Sean Hannity News records opinions on the threat by North Korea from a variety of experts, including John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, and Oliver North. One of Gingrich's suggestions was
"And finally, I think we have to have a launch -- a very rapid preemptive strike capability that the North Koreans knows if we think they're going to scare us, we will take them out before they have a chance to attack."
Source: Fox
Threat of Mutually Assured Destruction May Not Work With North Korea - Oliver North - Fox
Ingraham: 'The Only Country That Can Change North Korea's Behavior Is China' - Laura Ingraham - Fox
NKorea Will Develop Guam Strike Plan by Mid-August - NewsMax
Trump's 'fire and fury' rhetoric baffles and outrages foreign policy establishment and its toadies - American Thinker
North Korea Outlines Plan to Launch Missiles Toward Guam - Time
Update 8/10/17: Japan ready to protect Guam, defense minister says -Fox

Trump Warns of 'Fire and Fury' for North Korea if Threats Don't Stop

Aug. 8, 2017 -
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a stark warning to North Korea, saying if Pyongyang continued its threats against the United States, "they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Source: Voice of America
US intelligence: North Korea can now fit nuclear warheads on missiles and may have 60 bombs - Business Insider

North Korea must halt missile tests for talks with US to occur, Tillerson says

Aug. 7, 2017 - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that North Korea must stop its testing of missiles before the U.S. would be willing to have talks with them about lifting sanctions.
The Secretary of State also praised the most recent sanctions imposed on North Korea ...saying that in leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind whether there is a common view on the matter among the international community.
Source: Fox
North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions - BBC

UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea after missile tests

Aug. 6, 2017 - After North Korea conducted two long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test last month, the The UN Security Council voted UNANIMOUSLY (including China and Russia) to impose new sanctions on North Korea. The sanctions include the ban on some $1 billion in exports.
The new resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, [snd] new joint ventures with North Korea,
Source: Independent- UK
North Korea: China urges neighbour to stop missile tests - BBC
North Korea must not provoke international community, China says - The Guardian - UK
Tillerson hails N. Korea sanctions, won't meet North Korean counterpart - CBS
Asia-Pacific regional disputes impede united stand on North Korea - Fox

North Korea's 'No. 2' official on 10-day visit to Iran that may signal wider military ties

Aug. 5, 2017 - Kim Yong Nam, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea is in Iran to acknoledge the inauguration ceremony for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
But given the head of North Korea's parliament is expected to stay for 10 days in Iran, the trip is being seen as a front for other purposes, including expanding military cooperation.
Source: CNBC
North Korea could soon develop a hydrogen bomb more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan - Fox

US, allies prepared to use 'overwhelming force' in North Korea, general says

July 30, 2017 - Following North Korea's latest missile launch, the U.S., South Korea, and Japan conducted 10 hours of bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula. Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, said, "The U.S. and its allies are prepared to use 'rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,' if necessary, against North Korea."
Source: Fox News
Trump Rips China for Doing 'Nothing' With NKorea After New Missile Test - NewsMax
US Conducts 'Successful' Test of THAAD Defense System in Reply to NKorea - NewsMax
North Korea threat: Japan's Abe says he and Trump agree to take further action - He also called on China and Russia to do more to stop Pyongyang. - Fox
What's Next? - Hal Lindsey
U.S. Test-Launches ICBM as Tensions Rise With North Korea - NBC

North Korea may have just shown a capability to strike the continental US

July 29, 2017 - After North Korea's latest test of a long-range missile, South Korea conducted a large-scale exercise as a warning to the North. They launched a barrage of large missiles into the waters off the South Korean coastline.
The test came just hours after North Korea’s test of an ICBM which analysts said for the first time displayed the capability to exceed 10,000 km in range, a distance capable of potentially threatening New York or San Diego.
Source: Military Times
Russia, China are North Korea's 'enablers,' Tillerson says - Fox
Early Observations of North Korea’s Latest Missile Tests - 38North

China reportedly preps for crisis along border with North Korea

Feb 25, 2017 - Chinese military and government websites are reporting that China has built bunkers near their border with North Korea to protect against nuclear blasts, and have sent more troops to the area. The defensive activity coincides with President Trump's statement that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is causing him to consider military action. The Washington Post reports:
The preparations are intended to respond to worst-case scenarios, like an economic collapse, nuclear contamination or a conflict.
Source: Fox

68 percent of voters are concerned about war with North Korea

July 21, 2017 -
A majority of American voters thinks military force will be required to stop North Korea from continuing work on nuclear weapons -- and half favor the U.S. using such force.
Source: Fox

Diplomats: US Drafts New Sanctions Resolution Against NKorea

July 12, 2017 - Because of North Korea's first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a draft resolution has been created by the U.S. It proposes new sanctions on the rogue state.
The proposed resolution has been circulated to North Korea's closest ally and main trading partner, China, as well as the three other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — Russia, Britain and France.
Source: NewsMax

Trump to China's Xi: 'Something Has to be Done' With NKorea

July 9, 2017 - North Korea's launch of an ICBM has called for for action. President Trump and President Xi Jinping met Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.
Trump says he told the Chinese president "I appreciate the things that you have done...[but] something has to be done" about North Korea.
Source: NewsMax

North Korea successfully test-launched ICBM, US officials confirm

July 4, 2017 - North Korea has successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike Alaska or other targets as far as 4000 miles away. A joint statement by the foreign ministries of Russia and China proposed that ...
...North Korea declare a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests and the United States and South Korea refrain from large-scale military exercises.
Source: Fox
North Korean Leader Openly Boasts of Successful ICBM Test - Voice of America
NKorea ICBM test marked escalation of threat: top US diplomat -DEBKAfile
North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill - BBC
Trump Moving Toward Hard Line With China on North Korea Crisis - NewsMax
North Korea missile: US says it will use military force 'if we must' - BBC
After missile test, North Korea vows more 'gift packages' for 'Yankees' - USA Today
Lt. Gen. McInerney: U.S. must be prepared to use nukes against North Korea - WMD
Report: US Missile Shield Not Ready for NKorea Nuke Attack - NewsMax

Why North Korea Gets Away With Torture

Jun. 20, 2017 - Otto Warmbier, a 22 year-old young man, who made the fatal mistake of taking a 4-day trip to North Korea, and was unjustly imprisoned, and evidently mistreated by the Stalinist regime, died just a few days after being released. It is a reminder that hundreds of thousands of Koreans have been subjected to similar criminal abuse.
In 2014, a U.N. commission reported that "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Source: Fred Hiatt - Hartford Courant

US conducts successful missile intercept test, Pentagon says

May 30, 2017 - While North Korea continues to test threatening missiles, the U.S. military sucessfully tested an anti-missile missle.
In a statement, the agency said an unarmed rocket launched from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean was "destroyed" by a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California as it traveled outside Earth's atmosphere.
Source: Fox

North Korea: US bomber flight pushes two countries on brink of nuclear war

May 2, 2017 - North Korea complains about the flight of two U.S. supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers in the area.
"The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war," the North's official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
Source: Fox
Here's the Missile Sub That Would Kick in North Korea's Door - Popular Mechanics
Seoul: THAAD can defend against North Korean missiles - Washington Pos

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