News Review - 2 Jun 2017
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A hermit kingdom… with nuclear weapons… ballistic missiles… making threats against other nations… including the USA… what’s going on in…

North Korea?

Hardly a day goes by without something hitting the news concerning North Korea. This tiny nation grabs more than its fair share of the news headlines because of its constant threats… threats against South Korea, threats against Japan, threats against the USA… even threats to start WW3.

Is this tiny nation to be taken seriously?

Can they really carry out their threats?

Where does North Korea fit into end time Bible prophecy?

First, a little history:

Why The Division Between North And South Korea?

“Since their division after World War Two, North Korea and South Korea have experienced very different fortunes. Japan ruled Korea from 1910 until the Japanese surrendered after World War Two in 1945. Afterwards, Soviet troops occupied the area north of the 38th parallel, and US troops the south.

The tensions between north and south centred on the differences between democracy and communism. An industrial boom in the decades that followed the Korean War allowed South Korea to prosper.

North Korea, however, became isolated under the Kim family dynasty. It means that the divisions put in place mid-way through the 20th Century remain stark today.” ( bbc.co.uk)

Basic Differences Between North And South

The population of North Korea is around 24.7 million against 48.9 million in the South.

Imports and exports show a massive difference.

The North exports $4.7 billion against $552 billion in the South.

The North imports $4 billion against $514 billion in the South.

Now we can start to see why North Korea is often referred to as a hermit nation.

North Korea’s Kim Dynasty

Kim Il-sung: He’s the founder of North Korea, remains the Eternal President of the state and is the grandfather at the top of the Kim dynasty family tree. Kim Il-sung’s reign ended on July 8, 1994 when he died from a heart attack.

Kim Jong-il: His father chose him as successor, in part because he was the most ruthless among his siblings and considered a master of propaganda.

He came to power just as the Cold War ended and North Korea lost the economic support of the Soviet Union. Crucially, in 2003 he announced North Korea would quit the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Kim Jong-il died in 2011, aged 69, from a reported heart attack.

Kim Jong-un: In his five years in power, Kim Jong-un has carved a bloody path through his administration and purged members of his own family.

He has executed over 300 people since coming to power, according to CNN. Among them was his uncle Jang Sung-thaek, who was considered to be the second most powerful man in the country. Kim Jong-un had his body burned with flamethrowers, according to the New York Times.

North Korea’s top education official was executed by firing squad and its former Defence Minister was killed by an anti-aircraft cannon in front of an audience, the reports said.” ( abc.net.au)

How Dictators Keep Control

“Images of North Korean women (and some men) weeping inconsolably at news of the death of strongman Kim Jong-Il was perhaps not surprising in a country where obedience is expected and much of the society, experts say, followed their ‘Dear Leader’ because it has been in their collective best interest to do so.

But how do dictators like Kim - or Saddam Hussein, or Hitler or Stalin for that matter - maintain power over their people?

Psychologists and sociologists who study terrorism say dictators are able to spread fear among their people, and place themselves as their only salvation. Manufacturing an external threat, like Jews to Hitler’s Germany, or the entire West for Kim, help keep the society off balance and collectively paranoid as well.

Dictators also exploit a well-known instinct for most people to seek protection from a strong leader, according to Alice LoCicero, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based clinical psychologist and researcher on leadership and terrorism.” ( seeker.com)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the classic example of how a dictator stays in power. He constantly tells his people that they are under threat from South Korea, Japan, even the USA. “Onwards Toward the Final Victory” is his mantra. His constant threats to attack the enemies of the State are backed up by a huge military.

Are These Threats Real?

Not according to the following article in the Washington Post:

“North Korea loves to threaten to start World War III. In the last week alone, it has warned Japan that it might launch a preemptive nuclear strike against it and released a video detailing its plan for a three-day invasion of South Korea.

The threats – turning Seoul into a sea of flames, eradicating the American military presence and maybe America itself – are empty, of course. And not just because North Korea doesn’t actually have any incentive to start a second Korean War (it has every incentive to make empty threats). They’re also empty because the North Korean military is just not that powerful any more.

It is true that the North Korean military is very big, one of the world’s largest standing armies: 1.1 million troops! 4,200 tanks! 820 fighter jets! It’s also, by virtue of Pyongyang’s ‘military first’ policies, perhaps the most privileged and best funded arm of the state, maybe outside of Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy banks.

Even the military’s size and political backing, though, can’t make up for North Korea’s isolation and impoverishment. Most of those fighter jets, for example, will never take off because the regime can’t afford enough fuel to fill them up.

Even if they could somehow procure enough jet fuel, the fighters ‘would have been shot out of the sky in the first few hours of a conflict,’ Dartmouth professor and North Korea-watcher Jennifer Lind told NPR recently. The tanks, likewise, are old and inferior.

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Gara tweeted, ‘North Korea appears to have crossed a dangerous threshold and developed a fully-functioning calculator’.” ( washingtonpost.com)

But There IS A Very Real Problem

…and it is a dangerous problem. For some years, the North has been developing nuclear weapons. They have conducted several test blasts confirmed by the USA and others. Lately, they have been developing ballistic missiles – in collusion with Iran, and possibly China, and the world is now a little more worried!

“After months of threatening the US with nuclear war, and just days after a new president took office in South Korea, Kim Jong-Un fired a ballistic missile that landed too close for comfort to Russian territory. The launch took place in the Kusong region located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched an intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

The missile landed in waters 60 miles south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Kim Dong-yub, an expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said he estimated a standard trajectory firing would give it a range of 3,700 miles, meaning it would be capable of reaching Hawaii.” ( theduran.com)

The Threat To The USA IS Very Real

“The scenario is apocalyptic: The United States plunges into darkness after its electrical grid goes down— not just for a few hours or even a few days, but a vulnerable power system could take 18 months to recover, so long a period of time that millions would die.

The reason? An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack come from a terrorist group or rogue state using a nuclear weapon detonated in the atmosphere. It sounds like something out of the most dystopian of Hollywood disaster movies.

But news that North Korea recently launched four missiles that traveled 620 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan has heightened concerns among those who have warned that an EMP attack that could essentially vaporize the US energy infrastructure.

‘I think this is the principal, the most important and dangerous, threat to the United States,’ said James Woolsey, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993 to 1995.

‘If you look at the electric grid and what it’s susceptible to, we would be moving into a world with no food delivery, no water purification, no banking, no telecommunications, no medicine. All of these things depend on electricity in one way or another,’ Woolsey said in an interview with the Union-Tribune.” ( sandiegouniontribune.com)

The Warning Went Out!

Yet again, Mr Armstrong is shown up as a man before his time. Over 35 years ago, he warned that nuclear terrorism would be an end time problem! One source could well be North Korea!

“I have very frightening, very sobering – yet very reassuring – news! You need the real facts on nuclear terrorism now threatening the lives of every one of us. You need to know the immanency and reality of this impending threat – but we need also to know the prophecies about it and that the assurance of God is also real!

Even more disturbing is the growing prospect of nuclear terrorism – nuclear mass murder by madmen bent on their own insane goals! Many authorities believe that when the next nuclear bomb is used, it will be by terrorists and not by a national government.

The destructive capacity of nuclear bombs in terrorists’ hands is a growing risk.

In addition to terrorist groups, experts fear that unstable regimes in various countries could also get the bomb. An unbalanced Third World dictator with a nuclear device could kill millions of people. A new Stalin or Hitler in a major nation would have the stockpiles to literally obliterate the entire human race!

The nuclear ‘genie’ is out of the bottle! Events are even now impelling the world toward a time of cataclysmic destruction. It is time to awake to the imminence of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism!” ( Co-worker Letter – April 21, 1982)

The “End Really IS Nigh”

As you read the following excerpt from ‘The United States And Britain In Prophecy’, keep in mind that this was written around 40 years ago.

“This may sound incredible, but it’s true. Editors, newscasters, foreign correspondents do not understand the real meaning of the world news they report, analyze and discuss. Heads of government are utterly unaware of the true significance of the very world-shaking events with which they deal . They have no conception of where these events are leading. Incredible? Perhaps – but true!

Winston Churchill declared before the United States Congress: ‘He must indeed have a blind soul who cannot see that some great purpose and design is being worked out here below of which we have the honor to be the faithful servants.’ But he did not understand that purpose! That great purpose long ago was master-planned by the Master Mind of the universe.

There Is Purpose

It is true, though almost totally unrealized: Mankind was put on this earth for a PURPOSE! And the Maker of mankind sent along with the human product of His making an instruction book to reveal that purpose and to guide man in happily, enjoyably fulfilling it. But the human race has rejected the revelation and the guidance and has preferred to stumble on in the darkness of its own futile reasonings.

About one-third of that Instruction Book is devoted to basic education – revealing to man the necessary foundational knowledge otherwise undiscoverable and unknowable: knowledge of what man is, why he is, where his destiny may lead, how to reach it and live happily along the way; revealing knowledge of the true values as distinguished from the false; knowledge of the way to peace, happiness, abundant well-being. In other words, the most necessary of all knowledge – the foundation on which to build discoverable knowledge.

Another approximate third of that Book is devoted to history – to those events and experiences fulfilling the master plan during the first four millennia of man’s mortal sojourn, as examples for our admonition and guidance today.

And then approximately a third – grasp this! – an entire third of our Maker’s revelation to mankind is devoted to prophecy – writing the history of future events before they occur. These foretold future events reveal the great purpose being finally worked out – being brought to its completion.

Without this vital knowledge, none dealing in news gathering and news reporting, none responsible for government policies can understand current world happenings or where they are leading.” ( The United States And Britain In Prophecy)

Here Is Some Of That “Vital Knowledge”

What follows is a key point:

“Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. He said, ‘Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings’(Daniel 2:19-21, New Living Translation).

Once we understand that God has a plan which He is working out for mankind,

Once we understand that it is God who removes some leaders and appoints others,

Once we understand the true identity of the key nations in today’s world,

Only then we can start to understand what is happening in our confused and troubled world.

World Attitude Change!

In just the last few months, great changes have taken place. US President Trump has set the world on edge. He is not a politician but a businessman. As far as the political establishment is concerned, he is a maverick, unpredictable, brash and therefore dangerous.

But his actions are setting up end time attitudes.

Europe and America are on the brink of a trade war – which we were warned about over 40 years ago. His policy of “America First” has upset NATO – leading the Germans to push for a Euro-army. Yet again, this fits in with bible prophecy. He has stirred up the EU, saying that a United Europe does not tie in with US policy. Relations between Europe and the USA are at an all time low.

Meanwhile, Britain seems set to leave the EU, and yet again, this is causing great upset in Europe. But Europe itself is in a dire position. Several EU nations no longer want to follow the diktat of the unelected leaders in Brussels. They claim that they are being overrun by a “Muslim invasion”, as some have called it. The financial position of the EU is also in trouble. Many are upset by German leadership, but since Germany pays the bills, Germany is calling the shots!

The situation is so bad the EU leaders recently went to the Vatican to seek help and guidance from the Pope!
( breitbart.com)

Then we have a serious situation in the South China Sea. China is laying claim to the whole area and this is causing political upheaval in the area, with even the USA getting involved. The list of problems goes on and on… and now there is the situation in North Korea!

North Korea – In Prophecy?

The problem with North Korea is exactly what was revealed by Mr Armstrong over 35 years ago.

“Even more disturbing is the growing prospect of nuclear terrorism – nuclear mass murder by madmen bent on their own insane goals!” ( Co-worker Letter – April 21, 1982)

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un fits this category well! They are certainly one possible source of the terror foretold in the Bible.

But it’s not just North Korea – what about Iran? If the media is to be believed, they must be close to producing nuclear weapons and are also working on ballistic missiles to deliver them! When we take into consideration that the Shi'ite Muslims in Iran believe that if they create a major war, then the Mahdi, the redeemer of Islam, will return to take control… so they are ready to force the issue.

So we have not one, but two “ …madmen bent on their own insane goals!” As if that were not enough, Saudi Arabia looks set to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan, after bankrolling Pakistan’s nuclear program. India also has nuclear weapons, and the situation between India and Pakistan is tense. Israel has nuclear weapons, and could be forced to use them in defence.

Even Germany is openly talking about getting its own nuclear strike force! Add to this the various Islamic terrorist organisations who would not think twice about using a nuclear weapon – if they could just get hold of one… then we realise that ‘the nuclear “genie” IS well and truly out of the bottle!’

God Warns: “I Will Even Appoint Over You Terror…”

God’s people, Ephraim and Manasseh - the USA and Britain - and some of the nations of Western Europe were warned that if they would not obey God, He would correct them.

I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror…(Leviticus 26:16).

In the book of Deuteronomy, the threat is expanded:

The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs” (Deuteronomy 32:25).

This is happening right now! Terrorism IS now a major world-wide problem. Events in the UK in Manchester this last week attest to that, with 22 dead and over 20 still in intensive care after a suicide bomb blast. Around the world we see almost daily terror attacks.

But now, the danger increases. Now we do have a “…growing prospect of nuclear terrorism”. We now see in Iran “…madmen bent on their own insane goals”, while in North Korea, we witness an “…unbalanced Third World dictator”.

From Now On, Terror Takes Centre Stage!

Whatever happens, always be aware of who is in total absolute control:

“He [God] controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings” (Daniel 2:19-21, New Living Translation).

What Do We Have To Do?

Christ gave the following instructions to His people:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man(Luke 21:36).

Four points here:

Now read Psalm 91 (possibly written by Moses, according to Jewish authorities). This is a promise to God’s people.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation’ .” (Psalm 91, New Living Translation)