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's real-life 'doomsday scenario' for U.S.

Oct. 16, 2017 - The heads of two U.S. government commissions gave alarming testimony that North Korea already has the ability to cause unimaginable damage to our country.
If just one of the nuclear weapons North Korea is now known to possess could be directed toward the heartland of the U.S. and detonated in the upper atmosphere, it could fry the electrical grid with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Such an attack could the nation's communications and transportation, and cause the majority of Americans to die in one year.

Source: WND
Read the Complete EMP Report
As North Korea threat looms, US Navy tests ballistic missile shootdown capability - Fox

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

Russia's New Electromagnetic Missile to Turn Enemy Weapons Into 'Scrap Metal'

Sept. 29, 2017 - According to the deputy head of Russia's Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET):
Russia is developing radio-electronic weapons, which use a powerful UHF impulse capable of destroying all electronic equipment miles away.

Vladimir Mikheev said that all leading world powers, including the US and China, are developing similar technologies.

Source: Sputnik

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

Prophetic Significance of Wars and Rumors of War

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

'We Are Not Nation-Building Again,' Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy

Aug. 22, 2017 -
Trump said, "From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaida, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge."
Source: NPR

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 Civil War in the USA:
Bachmann blames assassination attempt of GOP lawmakers on 'ravings of 'lunatic left

Jun. 14, 2017 - Former member of the House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann, says that the assassination attempt of GOP lawmakers is the result of listening to dangerous TV political ‘teachers’ and taking their ‘resist’ marching orders to an unthinkable level.
“The political left is more than unhinged; they have fallen into a dangerous delusion of their own making,” she remarked after a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning, wounding five people.
Source: Garth Kant - WND

Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis

Jun. 6, 2017 - Because of Qatar's support of terrorism in the Gulf region, other major Gulf countries have abruptly cut off relations with them.
Six countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives - cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been given Qatari nationals two weeks to leave.
Qatar denies the claim, but has already said they will seek to mend the rift with the other countries.
Source: BBC
Five reasons why Israel should care about the Qatar crisis - Jerusalem Post

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

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Bringing the world to the brink

May 14, 2017 - See links to developing news about North Korea's latest missile test, including these stories:
North Korea fires ballistic missile off its coast, Pentagon confirms - Fox
White House: North Korea has been 'flagrant menace for far too long' - Fox
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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