Rumors of War: Part II
By: Pete Garcia
The United States is the most powerful nation on earth. In fact, the U.S. is the most powerful nation this world has ever seen, yet there is no mention of a great superpower that fits the description of the U.S. in the pages of our Scriptures.
As students of Bible Prophecy, we know that the Bible lists only four major power-blocks in the end-times; a Revived Roman Empire, the Kings of the East and South (directional from Israel), and Russia. Based on this glaring absence, logic leads one to believe that something terrible or unexpected happens to us. We will become less relevant to Bible prophecy, than Libya or Ethiopia…who are mentioned.
We also believe that there are yet still four major conflicts that the Bible states must happen. These are: Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 38-39, and Revelation 19 (Armageddon). With the exception of Armageddon, we aren’t sure when these events will happen, or in what order they will happen. All we know, is that the prophetic stage has been set and the actors are all waiting in queue. As Gavrilo Princip was the spark for World War I (and subsequent events), all we are waiting for now is for that prophetic spark to get these last-days chain of events in motion.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, President Bush then famously called out the “Axis of Evil” as being Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. But if we are to be truthful about the matter, and really look at who is the ‘powers behind the thrones’, then I would have to disagree. The truth be known, only one of those countries really fits that definition. The real geo-political “Axis of Evil” is China, Saudi Arabia (Sunni)/Iran (Shiite), and Russia. These four nations are the puppet-masters who control and influence all of the following nations: the United States, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, and the former Soviet satellite countries as well as numerous global terrorist networks.
The Russians and Chinese have increasingly (and tactically) used their position as Permanent Members on the United Nations Security Council, to thwart any western intervention against rogue regimes which are actively seeking to destabilize the world…primarily North Korea and Iran. The UN General Assembly is increasingly being used against the United States and Israel.
I included Saudi Arabia on this list, since they are the main exporters of radical Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism. 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi nationals…yet the U.S. to date has not officially declared Saudi Arabia as a state sponsor of terror. The number one terrorist in the world for 10 years, was a Saudi man named Osama Bin Laden. The reason we haven’t, is because the Saudi’s have used OPEC and its control over oil as an economic stick and carrot against and for U.S. foreign policy since the early 1970s. We have remained invested in keeping the Royal Monarchy in power because they keep our dollar propped up by selling oil only in US Dollars.
But times they are a changing, and the further we sink into debt, the more other nations are looking to spread their fiscal eggs into different currency baskets. We always thought we had them over a barrel, it seems we just put ourselves over one. Like the new kid on the block who, unlearned in the harsh ways of the old world, befriended a dealer…but it wasn’t heroin we got hooked on, it was cheap oil…and that addiction to cheap oil has driven a wedge between the US and Israel ever since. The King of the South could include a united Sunni front under the leadership of Saudi or Hashemite royalty.
Much of Putin’s motivations have been an enigma to the West as to what exactly is driving his seemingly contradicting positions. On one hand, he advocates helping radical Islamic regimes like Iran and Syria, by building their nuclear reactors and selling them chemical weapons. On the other hand, he’s waged a relentless campaign against Islamists in his own country, mainly the Chechen Muslims in the Caucus regions. On one hand, he is for arming Syria to the hilt, but on the other, he’s actively courted Israel by seeking a joint-development and management venture in Israel’s newly discovered vast natural gas fields that lie off their coast.
Putin is seeking to further destabilize the region by arming Israel’s neighbors so Israel will either have to turn to Russia for help, or Russia can move in and “protect” the gas fields by force in the event that Israel is no longer able to do so in the event of all out war. Warm water ports might be worth the risk, but Turkey, Greece, or Cyprus could contract out such ports if the rubles were right. There is no other logical reason (i.e. the costs outweigh the benefits) why Russia would risk open war with the U.S. or NATO over Lebanon or Syria. Ezekiel 38-39 points to such a scenario.
China’s ruthless use of economic sabotage, cheap (slave) labor, and reverse engineering has allowed them to become the number two exporter of manufactured goods in the world (behind the EU). They’ve used this influx of wealth to not only sell us our own goods, but to loan us the money to buy them. The U.S. borrows money from China, who in turn uses the money off the interest we pay them, to modernize their weapons and armies, which allows them to modernize their Army, Air Force, and Naval capabilities. China has had the ability to man a 200 million-man army for some time now, but what they lacked was the ability to project that strength (logistically) beyond their immediate borders. Now we see how this makes Revelation 16 possible.
Formerly known as Persia up until 1935, Iran was considered a friend of the West (or at least not an enemy) until radical Shiite revolutionaries under the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979. Ever since then, they have bounced between enemy number 1 and 2 on our list. They are the number one/two spot (along with Saudi Arabia) as state sponsors of terrorism. Their leadership’s current objective is to achieve the status of a nuclear-armed state and bring the world to state of chaos so they can receive their messiah, the 12th Imam.
Having threatened Israel’s existence numerous times, the Jews would never let this happen. They align themselves with Russia in Ezekiel 38-39 as those who would come against Israel.
As I noted back in this article from November of 2011, Assad will not go quietly into the night. He saw what they did to Qaddafi, Zine el-Abidine and Mubarak and knows there is no benefit to stepping down. He still has his stronghold in and around Damascus, through central Syria to the coast. Those military officers and politicians who previously defected from his regime only left the most loyal behind, which in a way, has strengthened Assad’s grip on what remains. He is still receiving arms and munitions support from Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China, as well as militia support from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Between his regime and the various terrorist factions seeking to overthrow him, the West has been reluctant to openly support anyone, as both sides have been guilty of committing serious atrocities. The Al Nusra Front, which has risen to be the most serious challenge to Assad, is really Syria’s version of Al Qaeda. The US does not want to be seen as openly supporting Al Qaeda, which is why we tried to backdoor weapons to them through Libya (think Benghazi). The real goal in the Syrian revolt is not freedom from Alawite oppression, or even seizing Damascus, but Assad’s vast chemical weapons stores.
The “freedom fighters” want them so they can turn them on Israel and Israel of course will never let this happen. So when uncertainty occurs, we must return to the Scriptures to see how all this will play out. Isaiah 17 notes the complete and immediate destruction of the world’s oldest continually inhabited city Damascus overnight. In fact the whole region is turned into an uninhabitable area. It does not stretch one’s imagination to see that Israel possesses the technology to bomb Syria into a fine powder if forced too.
Admiral Mike Mullen once said, “The only predictable thing about North Korea, is their unpredictability”. So when we think of North Korea, we have to realize that not all of their random acts of aggression are based on the whim of the Kim.
As Bashar Al Assad’s regime is both a proxy and beholden to the Ayatollah of Iran, so to is North Korea’s hermit-kingdom’s relationship to China. Both North Korea and Syria would have collapsed long ago, had it not been for the benevolence of their overlords.
So when we look at North Korea, we can’t think of them as an autonomous entity, because in many ways, they are tied at the hip. They exist solely because China continues to support them. They take their marching orders from China’s communist leadership, and Beijing shrouds her true intentions from the West in almost complete secrecy.
The secret is, is that North Korea doesn’t need long-range missiles, nor a high-yield uranium warhead to be a threat to the US or Europe. They have acquired a Cold War tactic known as FROBs. Consider North Korea’s ability to place a low-yield, miniaturized warhead inside a “weather” satellite and have that orbiting the earth. They could detonate that at altitude (300 km’s up) when and where they choose too, causing whatever nation lies beneath the blast-cone to instantaneously be sent back into the 1800’s. We continue to dismiss them as an archaic regime that lacks the technology to be a relevant threat to us, but consider this information from the Washington Times:
“North Korea’s long-range missile orbited a satellite that weighs only 220 pounds. Can a nuclear warhead weigh so little? North Korea’s so-called Space Launch Vehicle could deliver against the U.S. heartland any of the following nuclear weapons:
Using the technology of 56 years ago, the United States in 1957 deployed the MK-9, a nuclear weapon weighing 120 pounds with a yield of 15 kilotons, as powerful as the 9,000-pound Hiroshima bomb (10 to 15 kilotons), but with weight reduced to nearly 1 percent.
Using the technology of 51 years ago, the United States in 1962 deployed the W-45 missile warhead, which weighed 150 pounds with a yield of 15 kilotons.
Using the technology of 49 years ago, the United States in 1964 deployed the W-58 Polaris warhead, which weighed 257 pounds and had a yield of 200 kilotons some 20 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. The W-58 was deployed 19 years after Hiroshima.
North Korea has been working on nuclear weapons for 19 years, but using modern 21st-century technology, with access to copious declassified U.S. materials on nuclear-weapons design, and with help from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and others.”
Handwriting on the WallIt is increasingly clear that the U.S. had to rise to preeminence out of the two World Wars in order to prevent Europe (Revived Roman Empire) from utterly destroying itself, and to serve as the economic catalyst that would re-energize the world after its restructuring.
We were the economic engine, sufficient in size, natural resources, and man-power which enabled the following nations to either find shelter under (Israel, Europe, Korea), or to rise up against (China, Russia, and Islamic Powers) us. Almost every nation on earth owes the U.S. in some form or fashion for our blood, sweat, and dollars for their current resurgence and capabilities.
But as the Scriptures point out by our awkward absence, our usefulness in the prophetic course was directly tied to our faithfulness to our Creator. It would seem that both have run their course. As we turned from God, He simply allowed our wishes and returned the favor. The American shelf-life has expired, and it has become clear that we are now THE major impediment to a global one-world order.
God has allowed our enemies to be both numerous, and to rise up, both from without and within our borders. They are numerous, and increasingly volatile, with the weapons of war that could end all life on this planet were it not for The Restrainer, holding events at bay. But in order for all those end-time scenarios to line up and come to pass as so many of us have expected, for so long…a major realignment in the World’s order would need to take place.
So what would immediately and effectively end the American experiment? What could wean the world’s dependence on the mighty US Dollar? What would demand an immediate restructuring of the world’s political, militaristic, and economic orders?
I don’t need to tell you…
“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6