Mar 19, 2017

North Korea Is a Ticking Time Bomb

North Korea has been a problem nation since day one. It is a product of the Cold War. After Japan was defeated in World War II, the Soviet Union and the U.S. split up Korea on the 38th parallel.

The willingness of the Communist Bloc to support any nation that would hold high the Marxist banner resulted in one of the worst dictatorship’s on the planet. The government is based on an elaborate cult of personality—around Kim Il-sung and his family. All households are required to have a photo of the “Great Leader” on their wall. Anyone who makes even the most casual negative remark about the government can result in being sent to a death camp.

Kim Jong Un is the third descendant of this dynasty; he is a joke of a leader. He was made commander of the army despite the fact he doesn’t have any military experience. Kim Jong Un looks like a clown, with his Dr. Evil suits, his high cut hair and lumbering weight. The Chinese press has focused on how odd it is to have a fat guy running a nation where millions constantly face starvation.

All this nuttiness would be entertaining for us in the West if North Korea was not one of the most heavily armed nations on earth. It is the country with the highest number of military and paramilitary personnel (a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel). Its active duty army of 1.21 million is the fourth largest in the world.

North Korea has become even more dangerous by its nuclear program. The nation’s first atomic bomb was too heavy to fit onto a missile and on a jet. After years of development, they appear to now have a nuke that could fit for a short range mission.

With North Korea’s ingenuity, they will soon have an atomic missile that can reach Hawaii or the West Coast of North America.

Kim Jong Un has boasted that North Korea has enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear warheads and the ability to launch ballistic missiles at least 600 miles. North Korea is working on building hydrogen bombs. They have made two underground tests that show how they are making continuous progress in achieving this goal.

If there is any doubt we are dealing with evil people, the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, should show the ruthlessness of the Pyongyang leadership. Kim Jong Nam was walking through a Malaysian airport when two women walked up to him and touched him on the face with two clothes. Both of them produced the banned VX nerve agent; which killed the brother within two minutes.

The North Korea media constantly put out saber-rattling statements that warn of how ready they are for war. The propaganda press agency KCNA issued this statement attributed to Kim:  “If they [The U.S.] infringe on the DPRK’s sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater.”

The average North Korean is constantly being told to prepare for warfare. This past week Kim Jong Un gave orders that every soldier—even if away on business, on leave, off-base for training, or even those with a recent death in the family must return to their units. The authorities have ordered the military police in each region to summon all soldiers back to their bases.

This constant high level of tension will eventually produce a miscalculation on someone’s part. Once a mistake is made, the consequences will be very high. The North Koreans have thousands of missiles aimed at the south. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is only about 20 miles from the border.

The day will eventually come where North Korea will be able to strike downtown Los Angeles with an H-bomb. Our leaders may come to regret not acting when Pyongyang only had conventional weapons. China should be the one with the greatest remorse. It foolishly supported North Korea for decades. Now that South Korea has decided to install a THAD missile defense system, the Chinese are starting to realize the mess they’ve allowed to fester right on their doorstep.

By now, a war between the West and North Korea should have started a dozen times. I think God is holding things back because now is the time of “peace and safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). As we reach the Tribulation hour, situations like North Korea  will likely continue to get worse and worse.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).


Presidential Prophecy Briefing

This president is doing his best to fulfill campaign promises. His “best” is something to behold. He is getting it done at breakneck speed and despite opposition–much of that opposition satanically inspired.

The hatred toward him and even his family is unlike anything witnessed in our nation’s post-election history. Donald J. Trump forges ahead as if he doesn’t notice the fierceness and threats of the haters screaming their vitriol from every quarter. At least the rage doesn’t seem to bother him much.

He doesn’t turn the other cheek, of course. His Tweets can be as devastating as slaps across the face.

For example, his Tweet that asked the question: Isn’t it terrible the way Obama had my phones tapped in the Trump Tower?

He responds immediately in most cases to the written words of the hostile news media and spoken words of political antagonists. He is a New York City street fighter, and can obviously handle himself amongst the political and media street brawlers in spite of the fact that he is a political neophyte–but one that is quickly attaching himself to the learning curve.

Mr. Trump can be very kind, generous, and compassionate, as well as tough. We have seen these traits demonstrated on a number of occasions before and since he became president. He gets no notice of approval for this side of his personal deportment from any of his opposition of course. Neither does he seek it. He just…well…forges ahead and accomplishes what he has promised.

Although I’ve received criticism even from brothers and sisters in Christ who read this column for being “too caught up in worldly politics,” I don’t mind being perhaps overly transparent that I’m an ardent supporter of our new president. This doesn’t mean I approve of some of his NYC street jargon or his every word uttered or action taken. But for the most part, I think he is a man of honor, determined to do exactly what he promised the voter who supported him. I have no doubt that he is God’s chosen man for the job at this critical time in history.

The larger part of what makes this a critical time is Israel’s position on the world stage. That stance is becoming more front and center –more focused– with every hour that passes. This, as we have said many times in these essays, is a prime indicator, if not the prime indicator of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline.

I believe this, in conjunction with the convergence of many prophetic indicators at this late hour constitutes the number one signal that the Rapture of the Church is very near.

After all that positive assessment of President Trump to this point, I must project an exhortation, almost an admonishment, in his direction. Rather, more to the point, I am issuing such to a select few people who orbit him, on a personal basis, I’m presuming.

I’ll mention five men specifically. These, I believe, have a responsibility the Lord Himself appointed for influencing this president. Each, I know absolutely, has biblical knowledge of God’s Word regarding the wind-up of human history. They must, if they have opportunity–and I have no doubt they do have opportunity–inform Mr. Trump, in detail, what Bible prophecy has to say about anyone dealing with Israel.

These men whom I believe have this responsibility are Franklin Graham, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Dr. David Jeremiah, and Mike Huckabee. One other might be Jerry Falwell, Jr. Each is thoroughly familiar with the futurist view of biblical prophecy. Each understands Israel’s role in the final disposition of prophetic fulfillment.

I’m not certain about Huckabee as to how in-depth is his stance on prophetic details regarding Israel. Sadly, Southern Baptist seminaries are now egregiously weak in prophecy teaching. Huckabee, however, was inculcated as a budding Southern Baptist minister when that denomination was on the money in God’s truth surrounding eschatology. Falwell surely must adhere to his late father’s viewpoint in matters concerning Israel’s future.

These people have apparently been embraced as evangelical leaders friendly to and accepted by the president. Thus, their responsibility to advise him is profound.

My reason for addressing the matter stems from President Trump’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Trump’s subsequent comments. The following news excerpt frames my concern.

US President Donald Trump is mulling the option to hold a peace conference in the Middle East in an effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after speaking on Friday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas…

“The president emphasized his personal belief that peace is possible and that the time has come to make a deal,” the White House said…

“The president noted that such a deal would not only give Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security they deserve, but that it would reverberate positively throughout the region and the world,” the White House clarified. (Source: Trump Mulls Middle East Peace Conference, Annette News -Israel news by Orly Azoulay & Elior Levy, 3/12/17)

So, the question comes: What’s wrong with the president of the United States trying to make peace?

Another question: Didn’t Jesus say, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will inherit the earth”?

The problem isn’t the effort at peacemaking by Mr Trump or anyone else. The problem is that the attempt at making peace between Israel and her enemies always involves Israel having to give up its land for peace–something that God says will bring mankind to the battle of Armageddon.

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3: 1-2)

God will not abide the dividing of His land–which the world, in effect, has already done. To further divide the land, after God has brought the Jews back from dispersion will, undoubtedly, be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

God’s Word prophesies about peace deals that involves His chosen people and nation He forewarns His people, Israel:

Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves… And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. (Isaiah 28: 15, 18)

Antichrist will make that final peace deal with Israel (read Daniel 9: 26-27). The results, as you see from Isaiah’s prophecy, will be catastrophic for Israel. Joel, in his prophecy, makes it clear that it will be equally disastrous for the whole world.

President Trump, like all presidents before him, receives daily briefings on the important matters he must consider. There is no matter more important than the way he deals with this nation so close to God’s great heart.

The gentlemen I’ve mentioned have an awesome responsibility to give the president the most important briefing he will ever receive: forewarning from God’s prophetic Word regarding Israel.


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