Again, the commentary is presented from an Amero-centric perspective because, indeed, at this particular time in history, America is at the heart of the geopolitical milieu.
Much of what has been happening has been influenced by the actions of those in control of the government of the United States. For example, when Donald Trump was president, Russian leader Vladimir Putin held in check his aggressive nature—or at least the Restrainer, the Holy Spirit, did so. At any rate, Putin threatened Ukraine because of its leaders talking about joining NATO on occasion. Mr. Trump is said to have let it be known (I don’t find the exact quote) that if Putin invaded Ukraine, Moscow would be the target for being nuked. Trump didn’t hide his intentions. He was blunt and always followed through on his promises/threats—at least for the most part.
Putin realized this, no doubt, and never came close to invading the former Soviet state.
The Trump administration put the Chinese Communist Party leaders on notice that to assault Taiwan or to disrupt American (or any other) shipping in the South China Sea would bring America’s naval might to the area, and it would be used if necessary. As a matter of fact, there was increased American naval presence there during all years of the Trump administration. Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist dictator, got the message and, again, with Holy Spirit restraint, thought better than to unleash his missiles, navy, and army upon Taiwan.
The Chinese are known for their patience, however—in waiting for the right opportunities that will inevitably come. Xi Jinping has been watching the Russian invasion and all attendant to it.
He has considered the present American president and his response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I’m convinced, as stated in previous commentaries, that Xi Jinping will, at some point soon, decide to take over Taiwan, the island state Chinese dictators have long considered part of mainland China.
This might be done sooner rather than later, as it is said. Xi Jinping knows that the American political environment is chaotic—that the Democrat Party is, at this point, due to take a drubbing in November elections. If things don’t change drastically, the presidential elections in 2024 will be calamitous for the Democrat Party also.
Almost certainly, the new governing elements within Congress and then in the White House will bring back strong leadership in direct opposition to all that is going on at present, with the Biden administration doing all it can to disassemble America as founded and to bring the nation into the globalist sphere. For example, Biden, immediately upon taking office, adopted the radical, green demands of the left, severely curtailing the Keystone Pipeline System, making America again dependent on global sources of energy, thus putting the nation under the thumb of the globalist elite.
The November 2022 election change to a pro-America (nationalist) administration will doubtless include a reconfiguration of the US military, with replacement of the present Joint Chiefs of Staff being almost a surety.
I believe the Communist Chinese leadership very likely might have concluded that now is the opportunity they have longed for since Taiwan broke away in 1945. Another such opportunity might not come until a future such weakened America and Western world—thereby with diminished resolve to oppose such aggression—might again come into being.
Now, understand that the above is offered with the absolute assurance that God’s mighty hand is in all of it. We know that from God’s Word.
“And now ye know what withholdeth [the Holy Spirit] that he [Antichrist] might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he [the Holy Spirit] who now letteth [restrains] will let [restrain], until he [the Holy Spirit] be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
So why do we “watch,” as the title of this blog suggests?
Because we are commanded to do so by the Lord Jesus Himself, to begin with:
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37).
“And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your head, for your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).
His command is more than enough to make clear that God wants us to be aware of His impending return to earth as the moment of that glorious appearance nears. He said to look up when we “see all these things begin to come to pass.” The Judaizers of His First Coming to present Himself as Israel’s Messiah and King couldn’t see the truth. Jesus was that Messiah. Christians must not be oblivious. We are commanded to be aware of the time of Christ’s return to put an end to the carnage that is happening now and is scheduled to take place in judgment and wrath during the seven years of Tribulation.
We are to thus warn those who are lost and headed for Hell of these things to come while witnessing the loving gift offering of God’s only Son in sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
To know that Bible prophecy tells the end of all things from the beginning does one thing more for the Christian who “watches” as Jesus commanded. It offers comfort and assurance—assurance that there will not be nuclear exchanges that end civilization. There will not be World War III, as so many are fretting about right now. People will be doing all the things of normal life at the very moment of His next intervention into human history. All will be normal for the times in that regard, while the times are chaotic just like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Boy howdy! Are we ever at that point right at this moment?
Jesus, Himself, promised this would be the condition of humanity in just one passage I continue to repeat for all who will listen.
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).
The Lord Jesus gave the most important promise of all as recorded in the following passage. And remember that “the last day” begins with the Rapture!
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).