Thinking on a visit to my office from South Korea’s public broadcasting group (KBS) a number of years ago stimulated cogitations about the perilous times in which we find ourselves. Fears back then of what North Korea’s then President Kim Jong-il might do with nuclear weapons, should he be allowed to continue to develop them, was the obvious point of the visit. Particularly, the South Korean press, like the press worldwide, wanted to know what those who examine Bible prophecy had to say about what the future might portend.
There was good reason then, as there is now, to be concerned.
As it stands now, the nations in possession of nuclear weapons technology are the US, the UK, France, Israel, Russia, Pakistan, India, China, and now North Korea. Other nations are pursuing the acquisition of nukes, with Iran being in the lead in the drive to become nuclear powers.
More than 40 additional nations are involved in “peaceful” nuclear power projects that could be turned into weapons research and development, according to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Many within the diplomatic community who deal with nuclear arms control issues believe the developing situation in the spread of nuclear technology presents a more dangerous condition than that of the Soviet and US arms race during the Cold War. This is because there were only two powers to be concerned about, and because the mutual destruction that was assured if nuclear conflict began was a deterrent to both sides, who had at the controls people who thought about such an eventuality. There are tyrants and madmen today who seem to exhibit no such thought processes. At least not a thought process governed by concern for the people they hold under their despotic thumbs.
So, the people of the Korean Broadcasting System came to visit to discuss the matters involved –those of Bible prophecy as it might relate to the current issues and events of their region and the world.
According to a network spokesman, “KBS was then drafting a special edition documentary film on religion and society. A part of the film was dedicated to religion and society in America.”
Like so many of the media who seek interviews with those of us who deal in matters of Bible prophecy, KBS developed an interest in talking with me after checking out the raptureready.com site, the website in which I’m partner with Todd Strandberg, its founder.
The Korean peninsula represents a threat to disrupt world peace. Not since the early 1950s have things in the region presented such potential for armed conflict. And, this time the threat is nuclear, thanks to Kim Jong-un, son and successor of Kim Jong-il, much more so than was the Korean conflict of that earlier time.
China is the key to war and peace, however, just as that massive nation was the key to war and peace in that earlier Korean “police action.” If China chooses to put its controlling thumb on the young dictator, things will settle there. It is my view, at this juncture, that this will happen. China is in rapid development as an economic world power, and even more importantly from their perspective, as a world nuclear armaments power. They aren’t likely to allow hostilities they can govern to go out of control while they seek to become so much more powerful among the nations of earth. They can exert exponentially greater hegemony at a later date once their power is consolidated in the Orient and is fully developed. The Chinese are quite patient–and make no mistake, they are building for a future effort at world domination.
God has forewarned of this force, which I’m convinced is China, once it reaches its maximum power. It will bring with it all of the Orient, which will by that time have come under its great influence, if not its total domination.
Bible prophecy says about that juggernaut that will invade toward Megiddo for the final battle of the war called Armageddon: “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (Rev. 16:12).
“And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them” (Rev. 9:15-16).
It continues to amaze me that the secular media around the world expresses far greater interest in matters of Bible prophecy than does the clergy. And, I must say that most within evangelical Christian circles seem the least interested in these crucial times in which we live, and which might be the very end of the Church Age.
Again I come back to my and other’s contention that it is apathy within the Church body –as much as the nation Israel being at the center of world anxieties– that comprises the primary signal of exactly where this generation might stand on God’s prophetic timeline.