Some believe that we are at the start of World War III (WWIII). Is a third world war coming? If so, are there steps that are taking place that show this? Which steps?
And if WWIII comes, is there anything that you can do about it? Is there protection for any Christians?
There is also a related video:Is World War III About to Begin? Can You Escape?
Some believe WWIII is in its beginning stages. The interim Ukrainian Prime Minister in Kiev stated:
April 25, 2014
“The world has not yet forgotten World War Two, but Russia already wants to start World War Three,” Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk told lawmakers on Friday in remarks broadcast around the country. Russia and Ukraine reached an agreement in Geneva last week calling on all parties in the country to lay down arms and vacate public buildings, but neither side moved to abide by the agreement’s terms. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-accuses-west-of-trying-to-seize-ukraine/
In March of 2014, a study found that over one in five Germans believed that Russia's intervention in Crimea could start WWIII (see Russian nuclear threat against USA, Crimea, EU, and WWIII).
Notice the following by Larry Edelson of Money and Markets that says that it has already started:
July 7, 2014
World War III has ALREADY started.
It is going to be unlike any previous wars in history.
Make a list of every possible type of war you can imagine, and check them all off. They are all very likely to be a part of WWIII. That includes:
International military conflict. Between China and Japan. Between Russia and Europe. Check.
Civil war. In many different parts of the world. Check.
In the Middle East, in Africa. Even in Europe, as the European Union disintegrates and the northern, richer countries of Europe are pit against the indebted southern countries and the periphery of the Union (Greece, Bulgaria, Spain).
Financial warfare via currency devaluations. Check.
Government confiscation of assets and rising taxation against the people. Check.
Increased terrorism and jihadist movements as well as domestic terrorism. Check.
North Korea increasingly rattling its saber against South Korea. Japan. The United States. Check…
Look, I’ve been studying the Cycles of War for nearly 36 years, and WWIII, I said, is just beginning.
I had originally presented my results at the Weiss Wealth Symposium in January 2013 and shocked nearly everyone in the audience…
I’ve been writing about the rising tide of war ever since, pounding my fists on the table.
And I warned that the Cycles of War will turn up massively in 2014.
The list of wars, conflicts, civil uprisings, rebellions and soaring international tensions is now going off the charts. In almost every nook and cranny around the globe, there is evidence of rising unrest. http://www.moneyandmarkets.com/july-4-weekend-yet-wwiii-already-underway-62835
Because of wars and rumors of wars, various ones feel that World War III is beginning or about to begin.
Yet, Jesus taught:
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8, NKJV throughout, unless otherwise noted)
Notice Jesus said that the end is not yet. Wars were part of the sorrows.
Continuing, Jesus foretold of persecutions to the faithful and betrayal:
9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:9-14)
This parallels a lot of what Daniel 11:30-35 teaches.
Jesus also then foretold of the time a European leader, spoken of by Daniel would rise up (Matthew 24:15). And then He taught His faithful people should flee (Matthew 24:15-20) and then the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21; see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?) would start.
The Bible talks about a time that the Israelite-descended nations would have problems:
7 Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob's trouble, (Jeremiah 30:7)
This is the time that many in the USA and its Anglo-Saxon dominated allies would tend to call WWIII.
The late Herbert W. Armstrong wrote of it:
Matthew 24:15...That will be a time when the UNITED Europe shall appear--the revival of the medieval "Holy Roman Empire." We shall then be warned, and readied to be taken to a place of refuge and safety from the Great Tribulation. Forty-five days later "the beasts armies" will surround Jerusalem. Thirty days later the Great Tribulation will probably start with a nuclear attack on London and Britain--and possibly the same day or immediately after, on the United States and Canadian cities. The GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall fully then realize, is the time of "Jacob's Trouble," spoken of in Jeremiah 30:7. And Jacob's name was named on Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:16). (Armstrong HW. The Time We Are In, Now. Pastor General's Report-Vol 1, No. 15, November 20, 1979, Page 2).
So, what are the steps which began that are leading to WWIII?
Well, first of all Europe has the ability to launch a massive nuclear attack against the UK, USA, and Canada
Is Italy capable of delivering a thermonuclear strike? Could the Belgians and the Dutch drop hydrogen bombs on enemy targets? And what about Germany — a country where fear of atomkraft is so great that the last government opposed all civilian nuclear power? Germany's air force couldn't possibly be training to deliver bombs 13 times more powerful than the one that destroyed Hiroshima, could it? It is Europe's dirty secret that the list of nuclear-capable countries extends beyond those that have built their own weapons — Britain, France and Russia. The truth is that Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands store nuclear bombs on their air-force bases and have planes capable of delivering them. There are an estimated 200 B-61 thermonuclear-gravity bombs scattered across these four countries. Under a NATO agreement struck during the Cold War, the bombs, which are owned by the U.S., can be transferred to the control of a host nation's air force in time of conflict. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dutch, Belgian, Italian and German pilots remain ready to engage in nuclear war. (Harrall E. What to Do About Europe's Secret Nukes . Time, January 4, 2010. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1943799,00.html, viewed 05/09/14)
The US has supplied some 480 B61 thermonuclear bombs to five so-called “non-nuclear states”, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. Casually disregarded by the Vienna based UN Nuclear Watchdog (IAEA), the US has actively contributed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Western Europe... Among the five “undeclared nuclear states”, “Germany remains the most heavily nuclearized country with three nuclear bases (two of which are fully operational) and may store as many as 150 [B61 bunker buster ] bombs” (Ibid). In accordance with “NATO strike plans” (mentioned above) these tactical nuclear weapons are also targeted at the Middle East. While Germany is not categorized officially as a nuclear power, it produces nuclear warheads for the French Navy. It stockpiles nuclear warheads (made in America) and it has the capabilities of delivering nuclear weapons. Moreover, The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company – EADS , a Franco-German-Spanish joint venture, controlled by Deutsche Aerospace and the powerful Daimler Group is Europe’s second largest military producer, supplying France’s M51 nuclear missile. Germany imports and deploys nuclear weapons from the US. It also produces nuclear warheads which are exported to France. Yet it is classified as a non-nuclear state. (Chassudovsky M. Belgium or Iran, Where’s The Nuclear Threat? Europe’s Five “Undeclared Nuclear Weapons States” Are Turkey, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy Nuclear Powers? Global Research, February 12, 2010, updated March 21, 2013. http://www.globalresearch.ca/europe-s-five-undeclared-nuclear-weapons-states/17550 viewed 05/11/14)
The reality is that if Europe chooses to turn against the USA, it has the nuclear ability to do so pretty much any time. In addition to nuclear weapons of the USA, Europe's upcoming Galileo satellite system will give Germany and the Europeans the ability to interfere with the USA's ability to respond to an attack.
Related to the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, we have seen an acceptance of immorality. Romans 1:18-32 states that not only those " those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:32).
The Bible also has an end time prophecy:
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
"Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
What is this end time prophecy about that should cause people to run? Notice that it is a prophecy about debt accumulation:
6 "Will not all these take up a proverb against him,
And a taunting riddle against him, and say,
'Woe to him who increases
What is not his — how long?
And to him who loads himself with many pledges'?
7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly?
Will they not awaken who oppress you?
And you will become their booty.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
All the remnant of the people shall plunder you (Habakkuk 2:6-8)
The USA is the most indebted nation of all time. And on a per capita basis, the UK is one of the most indebted nations on earth.
The Bible tells of the rise of the final European (Daniel 9:26-27) Beast power. This power will be unexpected by most.
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:4)
Notice that the land of the strongest fortresses will be destroyed:
39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)
The 'he' above is the European King of the North as verse 40 tells us. Is not that land the USA, and to a lessor degree its Anglo-Saxon allies, in the 21st century?
But the world will marvel because they did not believe that the USA could be taken over. I believe that Europe will decide to heavily rely on technology in order to do that.
Already, it has space programs, laser programs, super colliders, and a new satellite system, called Galileo. One of the steps that likely will lead to WWIII is that the USA has already declared that it will rely on Europe's Galileo system for part of its military GPS needs in the future. This step will give the Europeans a unique ability to not only attack the USA and/or its Anglo-Saxon allies suddenly (1 Thessalonians 5:3), but also interfere with the USA's ability to launch a counter strike. See also European Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
Additionally, because the USA eliminated having tanks in Germany in 2013 (see There are no longer USA tanks in Germany: Do Americans understand this is a serious risk?), the USA will have little ability to mount a ground response to an attack. All of these steps, which can be considered as prepatory to WWIII have been happening.
Notice a news item from April 16, 2014:
Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defence spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions…
Maciej Popowski, said: “We’ve had 70 years of peace now [in Europe], but we see that power politics is back with a vengeance, so it’s a wake-up call and now we need to get serious about defence.”
He noted that “this was the feeling around the table” at the Luxembourg event.
He added that EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton told the ministers: “If Ukraine is not a trigger to get serious about spending, about pooling and sharing, about smart defence, then what more do we need to get real?” http://euobserver.com/defence/123868
Ukraine is getting Europe to consider how it should prepare to fight World War III.
The Bible is clear that the time of Jacobs' trouble (Jeremiah 30:7, the great tribulation is coming (Matthew 24:21; see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?). Europe is taking steps.
It also is likely that Europe will actually make deals with Russia to give it more leeway when it (Europe) starts WWIII.
In World War II, the Germans utilized a strategy known as blitzkrieg.
Here is some information about it:
Blitzkrieg means “lightning war”. It was an innovative military technique first used by the Germans in World War Two and was a tactic based on speed and surprise. Blitzkrieg relied on a military force be based around light tank units supported by planes and infantry (foot soldiers). The tactic was based on Alfred von Schlieffen’s ‘Schlieffen Plan’ – this was a doctrine formed during WWI that focused on quick miliatry victory. It was later developed in Germany by an army officer called Heinz Guderian who looked at new technologies, namely dive bombers and light tanks, to improve the German army’s manoeuvrability. …
Blitzkrieg was based on speed, co-ordination and movement; the major science of this approach was the ability to get large mobile forces through weak points in the enemies defences and then cause damage when behind his static lines. …
The Blitzkrieg was fundamentally about moving away from the tried and tested methods of modern warfare and creating a new, more effective doctrine. To that end, Hitler had given his full backing to Guderian. Ironically, he had got his idea for Blitzkrieg from two officers – one from France and one from Britain and he had copied and broadened what they had put on paper. …In 1940, Britain and France still had a World War One mentality. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/blitzkrieg.htm
It is interesting to me that Germany got the blitzkrieg ideas from France and the UK. In other words, Germany got tactics and information from nations it was later going to invade. I expect the same in the future. It should be noted that the USA still has the ‘cold war’ mentality about the Germans and acts like they will always be USA allies. I read something today in the Wall Street Journal where the writer could not fathom that Germans could consider that the USA is a threat. Many do not understand the mentality of the Germans and where all of this will lead (cf. Isaiah 10:5-11).
As far as blitzkrieg goes, consider the following biblical prophecy:
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
In WWIII, I expect that the Germans will lead a type of blitzkrieg against the USA, the UK, and other Anglo-Saxon descended nations. It will be based upon technology, coordination, intelligence, and deception. I believe that because of the espionage incidents with the USA, that the USA will feel that it will have to kowtow to German requests for military technologies, trade agreements, political arrangements, and espionage information, which will put Germany and much of the rest of Europe in a position that to rise up and become the successful military power that the Bible prophesies it will become in Revelation 13:1-4 and Daniel 11:39-43.
Is there any way to escape from this?
The late Dr. Herman Hoeh wrote about a way to escape from WWIII. Notice:
Way of Escape
But in this end-time of turmoil there is a place of safety-if you heed-until Christ does bring us peace.
It's a vital part of the gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of God! Jesus said, " ... except those days were SHORTENED, there should no flesh be saved!" (Mat. 24:22.) But He went on to say that God would supernaturally cut short the days, for the sake of the ELECT!
That is our only real hope for survival!
The intervention of God! Jesus Christ promised protection to His own elect! He PROMISED they would survive the prophesied holocaust to strike this unsuspecting world!
WHO are the Elect?
He said, "FEAR NOT, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12: 32).
He promised that somewhere on this earth, right now, there would be His own WORK! That work would be faith· fully performed, He promised, by His own true followers, who KNOW HIS VOICE, who would be preaching..."the Gospel of the Kingdom" as a WITNESS TO the WHOLE WORLD!
They would be preaching it, chapter- by-chapter, verse-by-verse, word-by-word, just exactly as it really IS, not as they might interpret it to be, or any man, woman, or organization of men or women would like to have it preached!
You NEED TO FIND WHERE THAT WORK IS BEING CARRIED ON! Why? Because it is ONLY THOSE who have an absolute guarantee of safety! The very elect are those who are the called and chosen, who have truly RE-PENTED of their own carnal ways, and have accepted the Holy ways of God! They are the ones who have been made members of the very BODY of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 12:13) performing HIS WORK! Jesus speaks of these faithful ones, in the Book of Revelation.
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia [the prophesied end-time Church of God, doing the work of God) write: ... 'I know thy works , behold, I have set before thee an open door II (Rev, 3:7-8).
The Apostle Paul spoke of a door flung open before him to PREACH THE GOSPEL (II Cor. 2:12). Remember, Jesus promised, "This Gospel of the Kingdom SHALL be preached in all the world . .. " (Mat. 24:14), and promised to make a way for that message of hope and good news to go-by flinging open the massive DOORS of radio, the printing press, television, and personal evangelism. He promised those doors would remain , .... and no man can shut it, for thou has a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name" (Rev, 3:8), Yes, the very elect would NEVER become corrupted by false doctrines, or be muzzled by boards of men-it would not deny the name of Jesus Christ, or His true doctrine!
Let me interject here that the Continuing Church of God is now getting that gospel out over the printing press, radio, YouTube 'television' videos, personal evangelism, and the internet. We represent the remnant of the Philadelphia portion of the Church of God that Dr. Hoeh mentions below:
Later, Jesus gave the exhilarating GOOD NEWS to those faithful ones who put the WORK of God far above their own personal considerations. He said "Because thou hast KEPT the word of my patience, I ALSO WILL KEEP THEE FROM THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION [TRIBULATION) WHICH SHALL COME UPON ALL THE WORLD, TO TRY THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH!" (Rev. 3:10) . Yes , Jesus promised SAFETY. He promises supernatural PROTECTION to His own elect...
Eagle God brought the ancient Israelites out of Egypt on symbolic "eagles' wings." This symbolizes the loving care and protection of God for His own children. Notice, now, an amazing prophecy. It is about the same Church of God addressed in the promise of protection we have just read in Revelation 3.
"And to the woman [the Church) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time from the face of the serpent" (Rev. 12:14), In this end-time prophecy, John writes of the last, end-time REMNANT Church which is to ESCAPE the terrible WAR and tribulation that will soon strike our heedless people, They are, just as the ancient Israelites, carried to a place of SAFETY ... in the wilderness by the supernatural power of Almighty God, their Banner, their Shield, their Prorector!...
God promises His people will be flourished, provided for, in the "wilderness"! He will supernaturally protect them, carrying them safely there on symbolic "eagles' wings. " They may be taken by air, sea or land-the Bible doesn't say...
To those repent of wanting their own way, and who will come to God through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, He promises spiritual , supernatural, MIRACULOUS shelter.'...
He is our Rock! He is our God! He will supernaturally bring His people to a place of safety! (Hoeh H. If World War III Comes--There is a Way of Escape. Plain Truth, June 1963)
More on this place of protection can be found in the article There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra; there is also a video on the subject: Might Petra be the Place of Safety? Here is something related in the Spanish language: Hay un lugar de seguridad para los Filadelfinos. ¿Puede ser Petra?
The Bible shows that not all Christians will be protected:
17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:17)
The Bible teaches that if you wish to be protected, you need to "gather together":
1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together,
O undesirable nation,
2 Before the decree is issued,
Or the day passes like chaff,
Before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you,
Before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you!
3 Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
It may be that you will be hidden
In the day of the Lord's anger. (Zephaniah 2:1-3)
You need to gather together early--before it is too late! Support the true work of God and the final phase of the work. Peter calls Christians a "peculiar people" (1 Peter 2:9, KJV).
Jesus only promised the Philadelphian portion of the Church of Godt protection in the end. He did not make that promise to those associated with the other six churches discussed in Revelation 2 & 3. The time to support the Philadelphian work as being led by the Continuing Church of God is now.
Many believe that is what WWIII will entail Russia and/or China. That is an error. WWIII basically will be the risen European power and its allies (Germany and its allies began WWI and WWII) attacking and beating the USA, UK, and their Anglo-Saxon allies.
What perhaps could be called World War Four (WWIV) would be an attack against the European Beast power by Russia, China, and their confederated allies. This will also tie in with the gathering of the armies at Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-16). For more details, see aslo Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future and Asia in Prophecy.
The fact is that the 6000 years God gave humankind to rule itself is about to come to an end (see Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?), which means we are nearer to the start of the Great Tribulation, WWIII, and even WWIV.
Because of the proximity to the end of 6000 years for humanity to rule itself mainly cut off from God, we are to expect wars, rumors of wars, and various sorrows (Matthew 24:4-8). And then the end of the nations of USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies once the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21) begins.
Ultimately of course, there is good news as ultimately, Jesus will return, God’s kingdom will come, and those issues will be gone (Revelation 7:16).
While WWIII is not about to begin (it cannot start before 2018; see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?), steps are in place for this to happen.
The moral decline of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies is happening--this will lead to destruction. Because of their hypocrisy (Isaiah 10:6, KJV), they will be dealt with first in the Great Tribulation. Others will be impacted later.
The Bible clearly teaches that the highly indebted will be taken over. The USA and UK qualify.
The Bible says that Europe will rise up and surprise the world militarily. Steps are being taken for this to happen now.
However, God does promise to protect His Philadelphians. Steps are being taken for WWIII. Do not wait until it is too late.
Thiel B. World War III: Steps in Progress. http://www.cogwriter.com/wwiii.htm 2014 0711
A related YouTube video is available: Is World War III About to Begin? Can You Escape?
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