Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy and cold (16 degrees; 7 with the wind chill) Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I did not see any of God’s creatures, but did get a record 2 “beeps” from 2 truck drivers! Thank You, Jesus!
These two headlines from this morning’s news really got my attention:
#1. North Korea launches another ICBM, one of most powerful yet (New York Times)
#2. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear response to US and allies (The Jerusalem Post)
In the first article, Choe Sang-Hun and Motoko Rich reported: “North Korea on Friday launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile this month and one of its most powerful yet, South Korean and Japanese officials said, pressing ahead with its recent barrage of weapons tests in defiance of admonitions from the United States and its allies. The missile landed in waters west of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. While it was airborne, the commander of the United States Air Force 35th Fighter Wing ordered all personnel at Misawa Air base in Northern Japan to seek cover, a precautionary measure that underscored rising concern in the region over the North’s brinkmanship.”
In the second article, the Jerusalem Post Staff wrote: “North Korean leader Kim Jung Un pledged to counter US nuclear threats with nuclear weapons as he inspected a test of the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, state media KCNA said on Saturday. The isolated country fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) toward the East Sea on Friday, the South Korean military said, in protest over the United States’ move to reinforce its ‘extended deterrence’ protection of South Korea and Japan. Attending the site with his daughter and wife, Kim said threats from the United States and its allies pursuing a hostile policy prompted his country to ‘substantially accelerate the bolstering of its overwhelming nuclear deterrence.'”
Let me remind you again, Jesus told His disciples that, before His return, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of war” (Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:7; Luke 21:9). And, just as Russia’s threats to invade Ukraine turned into war with Ukraine, so is it possible that Kim Jong Un’s threats of war may also turn into war, perhaps even with the United States.
Let me also remind you that, according to Ezekiel 38-39, when Russia and her allies invade Israel to “take a spoil,” no one, not even the United States, come’s to Israel’s defense which means, in my opinion (and I could be wrong), that the U.S. has either been destroyed or weakened. But, the so-called “kings from the east” (perhaps China and North Korea among others, along with the armies of the world will march to Megiddo to participate in, what has been called, “the battle of Armageddon” where they and the other nations of the world will be destroyed by the Lord Himself (Revelation 16:12-16; 19:11-21).
And, while this is “scary stuff,” it is also means Jesus’ coming is that much closer. So, dear soldiers of Christ, let us “put on the full armor of God so that we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:11, 12).”
And, if you are still not a believer in Jesus, your eternal hell is coming, unless you agree with God you are a sinner who needs a Savior Who is Jesus (Romans 3:23, 24)Who died on a cross for our sins, was buried and raised from the dead (I Corinthians 15:1-4) to forgive all your sins and give you eternal life (John 3:16). Blessings, Doug (11/19/22)