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. Watch also the video: Can the Great Tribulation begin before 2020?
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.
Some based upon their interpretations of the 16th century seer Nostradamus have indicated that Donald Trump's election could point to WWIII possibly starting in 2017.
Nostradamus Prophecy 2017: Who Is The 3rd Anti-Christ? WW3, End Of The World Coming? ...
Another prophecy by Nostradamus stated that the third Antichrist could rise in 2016. This rise could actually result in the beginning of World War 3 – a nuclear war or biological warfare that really sustain for 27 years. 11/10/16 http://www.morningnewsusa.com/nostradamus-prophecy-2017-who-is-the-3rd-anti-christ-ww3-end-of-the-world-coming-23120740.html
Irrespective of what Nostradamus may have intended, the reality is that Donald Trump is NOT going to be waging wars for 27 years, nor will the final Antichrist wage war for 27 years.
Furthermore, contrary to the views of some, World War III is not going to start prior to 2021 (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).
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? See also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses.
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.
Germany has made progress in its development of fusion power:
December 11, 2015
A German nuclear fusion experiment has produced a special super-hot gas which scientists hope will eventually lead to clean, cheap energy.
The helium plasma - a cloud of loose, charged particles - lasted just a tenth of a second and was about one million degrees Celsius.
It was hailed as a breakthrough for the Max Planck Institute's stellarator - a chamber whose design differs from the tokamak fusion devices used elsewhere.
The Sun's energy is created by fusion.
Physicists are in a worldwide race to create stable fusion devices that could not only mimic the Sun but release abundant energy, without the volumes of toxic waste generated by nuclear fission - the splitting of the atom. ...
The stellarator's plasma was created on Thursday using a microwave laser, a complex combination of magnets and just 10mg of helium. The Max Planck Institute calls its machine Wendelstein 7-X.
The project began nine years ago and has cost 1bn euros (£720m; $1.1bn) so far.
The EU's main nuclear fusion project is called Iter, at Cadarache, in the south of France. But it will not be fired up until the 2020s. It is controversial, having already cost more than €10bn.
Iter will be a tokamak device - the word comes from Russian, meaning a ring-shaped magnetic chamber.
Scientists have been working on nuclear fusion for more than 50 years but the extreme temperatures involved and the difficulty of controlling plasmas mean progress is slow. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35074848
This project could greatly assist Europe and reduce its dependency of Islamic sources for fuel. It also has massive military potential.
Germany used deuterium in WWII when it was trying to develop its own atomic weapons. The USA, with the help of German-born scientists, was able to do this first. But for WWIII, the Germans seem to be ahead.
Europe is already stronger militarily than many realize.
Notice something that was sent to me in Spanish, with a machine-translation into English below it:
19 Mayo 2016
La Unión Europea (UE) sería “la segunda potencia militar” del mundo si los Veintiocho uniesen sus capacidades de defensa, afirma el codirector del Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflictos y Acción Humanitaria (IECAH), Jesús Núñez, quien lamentó la actual “cortedad de miras inquietante” de los líderes europeos.
“Si sumamos las capacidades que ahora mismo tiene la Unión Europea en defensa automáticamente pasaríamos a ser la segunda potencia militar de la Tierra, y si no lo somos es porque no hay voluntad política, porque cada gobierno nacional sigue pensando en clave de que es mejor ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león”, aseguró este comandante en la reserva, experto en conflictos.
Hemos llegado a un punto en el que los Veintiocho tendrán que decidir, según Núñez, si “seguir siendo el eterno adolescente que los fines de semana pide la paga a sus padres porque no quiere vivir de manera autónoma y ser responsable de sus actos, y en ese caso seguir bajo el paraguas de Estados Unidos en el marco de la OTAN”, o bien asumir que ya “somos una criatura adulta, dueña de su propio destino y tenemos que apostar por una Europa de la Defensa”.
El problema es que la Defensa es una de las pocas políticas de peso que los Estados europeos aún no han transferido a Bruselas, añadió, para explicar las “resistencias” a la integración en esta materia, en la que identificó tres posturas muy diferenciadas. http://euroefe.euractiv.es/5861_protagonistas/3823109_la-ue-seria-la-segunda-potencia-militar-del-mundo-si-uniese-las-capacidades-de-sus-miembros-segun-jesus-nunez.html#
The European Union (EU) would be “the second military power” in the world if Veintiocho unite their defense capabilities, says the co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH), Jesus Nunez, who lamented the current “shortsightedness disturbing view “of European leaders.
“If we add the capabilities that now has the European Union in defense automatically we would become the second military power on earth, and if we are not is because there is no political will, because each national government is considering key that is better be head mouse lion’s tail, “said the commander in the reserve, an expert in conflict.
We have reached a point where Veintiocho will have to decide, according to Nunez, if “remain the eternal teenager weekend calls pay their parents because they want to live independently and be accountable for their actions, and in that case remain under the umbrella of the United States in the framework of NATO “, or assume that because” we are an adult creature, master of its own destiny and we have to bet on a European defense “.
The problem is that the defense is one of the few policies weight that European states have not yet been transferred to Brussels, he added, to explain the “resistance” to integration in this area, which identified three very different positions.
So, at least one analyst already believes that Europe (including the UK which plans to leave the Brussels-based European Union) is essentially the second military power in the world, if it transferred its power to a central authority. And that is before it would increase its military spending as the USA has encouraged, and a President Trump might insist upon.
Let’s look at the Book of Revelation:
12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)
The above shows two future reorganizations in Europe (see also Must the Ten Kings of Revelation 17:12 Rule over Ten Currently Existing Nations?). Notice that the power and authority are given to one central leader in verse 13.
Is this a warring leader? Well yes, since the Bible says that the world will marvel over the military success of this leader:
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 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 13:3-4)
For decades, the late Herbert W. Armstrong taught:
John also pictures this BEAST, not as a church, or as an individual man, but as a powerful GOVERNMENT having a great ARMY. For they worshiped the beast by saying: "WHO IS ABLE TO MAKE WAR WITH HIM?" (Rev. 13:4). (Armstrong HW. Who is the Beast?, booklet, 1960)
John also pictures this beast, not as a church or as an individual man, but as a powerful government having a great army. For they worshiped the beast by saying, "Who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:4). (Armstrong HW. Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? - Part 1. Good News, 1985)
The Book of Daniel specifically shows that this European Beast power will have a great army:
25 He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. (Daniel 11:25)
Various ones in Europe have called for a European army (e.g. More leaders calling for a European army and ‘Post-Brexit summit could pave way for European army’ or is it ‘laughable’?). One will form.
The Book of Daniel also shows that this armed European Beast power will destroy the USA (the land with the ‘strongest fortresses’) and a confederation of nations that are predominantly Muslim:
39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. 40“At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushitesin submission. (Daniel 11:39-43, NIV)
Donald Trump has encouraged the Europeans to arm. It is not likely that he understands the end time prophetic ramifications of that–the end of the USA is coming. See also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses.
Although he does not seem to understand the biblical prophecies related to it, Pope Francis has claimed that WWIII may already be being fought in piecemeal:
September 13, 2014
A “piecemeal” World War III may have already begun with the current spate of crimes, massacres and destruction, Pope Francis has warned. … “War is madness,” the Pope said…
“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29190890
A severe WWIII will come and it will involve at least the USA, its Anglo-Saxon descended allies, and Europe (the Middle East and North Africa will likely be directly involved and Asia at least indirectly involved).
Pope Francis made some other comments in 2015:
June 6, 2015
Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in front of tens of thousands of Catholics at a stadium in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The pontiff’s visit to the capital, Sarajevo, is aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation across the country.
The Pope is also meeting members of the Muslim, Orthodox Christian and Jewish communities during his one-day trip.
Bosnia remains divided along religious and ethnic lines, 20 years after its civil war which depleted the Catholic population.
“War never again!” Pope Francis urged in his homily before 65,000 worshippers at Sarajevo’s Kosevo stadium.
“War means children, women and the elderly in refugee camps; it means forced displacement, destroyed houses, streets and factories. Above all countless shattered lives,” he said.
“You know this well having experienced it here,” he added in reference to the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, which left some 100,000 dead and two million displaced.
The Pontiff also warned that the world faced “a kind of third world war being fought piecemeal and, in the context of global communications, we sense an atmosphere of war“. …
Speaking to reporters on his flight to Sarajevo, he described Sarajevo as the “Jerusalem of the West”.
“It is a city of very different ethnic and religious cultures. It is even a city that has suffered much during its history. Now it is on a beautiful path of peace. I am making this trip to talk about this, as a sign of peace and a prayer for peace.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33033866
June 6, 2015
Pope Francis has arrived in Sarajevo for a one-day visit to encourage the dwindling number of Catholics to stay and help forge a peaceful future with Bosnia’s Muslims and Orthodox Christians following a devastating three-way war. …
The pontiff said Sarajevo is “a city that has suffered so much in history. But now it is walking along the path to peace,” Francis told reporters en route from Rome. “I’m making this trip as a sign of peace, and as a prayer for peace.” …
“I encourage you Catholics to stand beside your countrymen as witnesses to your faith and God’s love, working for a society that walks toward peace, coexistence and collaboration,” Francis said in a video message this week. …
Francis will also host a meeting with Muslim, Orthodox and Jewish leaders, and preside over a rally for young people before returning to Rome in the evening. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/06/pope-heads-to-sarajevo-to-encourage-post-war-reconciliation
June 6, 2015
Vatican officials say Francis believes he can have a positive impact by promoting interfaith communication.
In a message to the residents of Sarajevo earlier this week, he wrote: “I come amongst you… to express my support for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and above all to encourage peaceful cohabitation in your country.”
Sarajevo, once a multicultural hub, is also now largely split along ethnic lines.
While I do believe in peaceful relations between those of different religions, I cannot endorse the type of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue that Pope Francis calls for as what he really seems to want is condemned in the Bible (cf. Revelation 17 & 18). I believe Pope Francis is basically telling people that if they want to avoid a major World War III, that they need to heed his ecumenical and interfaith agenda. An agenda that is shared by the United Nations and others these days (see also United Nations: Humankind’s Last Hope or New World Order?).
Notice something else the Bible warns about:
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Revelation 13:11-12)
Much of the mainstream media acts like Pope Francis looks like a lamb, yet the message he is giving is consistent with that of the dragon of old called Satan (Revelation 12:9, 20:2; see also Satan’s Plan).
The ecumenical and interfaith movements will have a certain success according to Bible prophecy (Revelation 13:4,8), but they will not end well (Revelation 18). Remember also that the Apostle Paul was inspired to write:
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-6)
While Pope Francis hints that he is trying to stop WWIII, the reality is that he is helping to set the stage for it. WWIII will devastate the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).
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.
Bizarrely, the USA announced that the US Army in Europe has to report to a German general (see US Army in Europe to report to a German general!). This is yet another way that the USA will be impeded once attacked if such a command structure stays in place. The USA even announced on June 23, 2015, that it will provide more military equipment to Europe.
The USA has been pushing a policy of appeasement since the Snowden leaks (see also The Snowden Leaks are Leading to the Destruction of the USA). As the world learned related to Nevil Chamberlain's pre-WWIII appeasement policies with Germany, appeasesment does not work. Appeasement boldens potential enemies, and now prior to WWIII, will be a factor in getting the Europeans to be ready to start and win WWIII.
Believe it or not, since Barack Obama has become USA president, the USA has taken numerous steps to push the Germans and other Europeans to be able to start WIII. And so has Donald Trump.
Back in the Summer of 2009, I had a book published that warned:
Barack Obama has pledged increased cooperation with the Europeans. And while cooperation is normally a good thing, this particular cooperation is likely to lead to the rise of the prophesied King of the North, who is to be the final leader of the Beast of Revelation (Revelation 13:1). Unlike previous U.S. administrations, President Obama’s administration has declared that it will encourage and support increases in Europe’s own military, far beyond what Presidents Bush or Clinton were willing to consider. (Thiel B. 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect. Nazarene Books, 2009, pp. 131-132, 147)
Has that been happening?
Here is a list of ten steps that the Obama Administration has taken that is leading to the rise of the Beast of the sea, the final King of the North of Bible prophecy:
Encouraged the Final Approval of the Lisbon Treaty. On October 15, 2009 it was reported that Czech President Vaclav Klaus was the lone EU leader still opposed to the Lisbon Treaty (Waterfield B. Czech President Vaclav Klaus ‘to continue’ lone resistance to Lisbon Treaty. Telegraph, October 15, 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/czechrepublic/6329690/Czech-President-Vaclav-Klaus-to-continue-lone-resistance-to-Lisbon-Treaty.html).
The Obama administration worked to get the Lisbon Treaty approved as President Obama “wants a strong and united Europe” (Source: Baldwin T, Reid T., Coates S. Obama Administration worried about Cameron effect in Europe. The Times, October 21, 2009. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6883075.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093).
On October 23, 2009, the USA sent Vice President Joseph Biden to the Czech Republic in order to apply provide secutiry assurances as well as to apply pressure to the Czech government to sign the agreement for a European empire to form (U.S. foreign policy aware of threats – Havel after meeting Biden. CTK, October 23, 2009. http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/u-s-foreign-policy-aware-of-threats-havel-after-meeting-biden/404375). This could have had some limited influence on some of the Czech leadership.
Once its then President Klaus signed it, he announced with disappointment that he had just signed away the sovereignty of the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic was the only hold-out for the agreement and if the Czech Republic had not then signed it, the agreement would have expired. Instead the USA applied pressure to form a more complete European government that will ultimately change and become the Beast power of Revelation 13:1-10 and will take over the USA as prophesied in Daniel 11:39.
On November 3, 2009, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that USA President Barack Obama publicly expressed his support for the Czech President’s signing of the Lisbon Treaty and for now having a ’strengthened’ EU (Obama welcomes ‘strengthened’ EU. AFP, November 3, 2009. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hJ8OzJSh0xfKow8z47RGCYQu1nsg).
The European nations became part of the new empire called for the European Union on December 1, 2009 with Herman Von Rompuy as its “first permanent president” (EU Constitution Comes into Force. Voice of America, December 1, 2009. http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/europe/EU-Constitution-78224062-01DEC09-.html).
On November 10, 2010, EU President Herman van Rompuy declared that in Europe the "time of the homogeneous nation state is over" (Johnson D. The end of Britain as a nation state? Not on your life, Mr Van Rompuy. Daily Mail, November 11, 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1328579/Herman-Van-Rompuy-The-end-Britain-nation-state.html). Full political union is expected in the next decade by many leaders (Willis A. Germany predicts EU 'political union' in 10 years. EU Observer, December 13, 2010. http://euobserver.com/9/31485) and some want it much sooner (Czuczka T. Parker B. Merkel Risks EU Clash Over Political Union Push. Blommberg, November 14, 2011. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-14/merkel-risks-eu-clash-over-political-union-push-to-end-europe-debt-crisis.html). It has been reported that the “EU is an empire” (Baudet T. The EU is an empire, and empires mean war. NRC Handelsblad, Press Europ, July 9, 2012. http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/2300601-eu-empire-and-empires-mean-war).
This is an empire the Barack Obama has been supporting.
In December 2010, it was announced USA made “an extra commitment of money” to support the EU and it was also reported that the “United States, has committed 250 billion euros to the EFSF” (European Financial Stability Facility) to support the euro and economic structure of the European Union (US Ready to Back Bigger EU Stability Fund: Official. Reuters, December 1, 2010. http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/12/01/eu-us-efsf-idUSLDE6B023Z20101201). "US believes it’s time Germany stepped up and started acting like a regional and even a global leader" and Barack Obama publicly stated, "The world today does not fear a strong Germany" (DJW. Media roundup: Barack gives Angie a push. The Local, June 8, 2011 http://www.thelocal.de/opinion/20110608-35537.html).
"the Europeans are planning on having their own global positioning system (GPS), called Galileo, available for military applications. This will allow the Europeans to track the world and attack others without relying on the U.S.A.’s GPS. This will be the first time in the 21st century that Europeans will be able to have that type of independent military capability. Furthermore, according to a 2009 report from the U.S. government, the U.S. Air Force may have to start relying on the European Galileo system (at least to a degree) beginning in 2013, as the U.S. GPS capabilities are expected to deteriorate by then (other problems are also appearing in the newer U.S. satellites). Because the Europeans will be able to control Galileo, they will also likely be capable of derailing certain sophisticated U.S. military applications. This will give the Europeans a unique defensive (as well as offensive) capability that no others on the planet will have. (Thiel B. 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect. Nazarene Books, 2009, p. 85)
Because of concerns about China, Reuters reported on February 4, 2010, “The U.S. Defense Department is linking its Global Positioning System with Europe’s Galileo, another space-based global navigation satellite system. GPS will feature a new military signal called M-code to boost anti-jamming, facilitate secure access and increase the local signal strength.” (Wolf J. US, wary of China, mulls satellite substitutes. Reuters, February 4, 2010. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0411054720100205).
This linking will essentially guarantee that the USA will have a portion of their military response ability controlled by the Europeans. Galileo initially had critics as there were “early objections from the Americans who thought a rival system to GPS might be used to attack its armed forces” (Amos J. EU awards Galileo satellite-navigation contracts. BBC, Jan 7, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi /science/nature/8442090.stm).
The “brain” of the Galileo satellite system was shipped to Rome on April 26, 2010 (First EU Navigation Satellite Payload Shipped. Red Orbit, 26 April 2010. http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1855166/first_eu_ navigation_satellite_payload_shipped/ /science/nature/8442090.stm). On July 31, 2010, it was announced that the USA would, indeed, do this (see USA GPS and EU Galileo linking was expected ). This is all the more astounding because the USA was initially opposed to Europe developing Galileo because it felt this could be used against the USA. Now, the USA is partially-dependent upon it, and in the event of war with Europe, the USA will not be able to effectively communicate or counter-strike because of this.
Pivoting Away from Defending Europe. The 'pivot' that the USA and its ally Canada have been doing towards defending Asia as it has been called since at least 2012 (see Canadian and USA Shifting Military Power to Asia), has resulted in a pivot away from Europe. The Germans and others in Europe are realizing that the USA is not intending to defend them as before, hence the USA is pushing them to arm themselves.
Pushing the Europeans to Develop Their Military. In 2012, US Defense Secretary Panetta made public calls for the Europeans to increase their military strength and spending (Carmichael L. Europe Needs To Invest In Defense, Too: U.S.. Defense News, February 4, 2012. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120204/DEFREG02/302040001/Europe-Needs-Invest-Defense-Too-U-S-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p). In the Spring of 2014, the Obama Administration again called for Europe (meaning to a great degree Germany) to increase their military spending (see Obama tries to provide assurances to Europe while pushing for increased European military spending). Increasing military spending will turn out to be the destructive to the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39). This is very dangerous.
Removal of Tanks from Germany. In 2013, the USA removed the last of its tanks from Germany (see There are no longer USA tanks in Germany: Do Americans understand this is a serious risk?). By having no tanks on the ground, this means that the USA will not have the ground-force power to fight against Germany in the event of a war against the USA, should some elements of the US Army attempt to do that.
Agreement to Share Espionage and Techniques. Because of the Snowden leaks in 2013, US President Barack Obama promised to turn over to Germany all of its espionage techiques etc., as well as to reduce espionage against Germany (see Germany most upset by USA espionage). This will give the Germans a major advantage over the USA. If you know how your enemy spies and what it spies on, you can take steps to protect secrets.
Cessation of Chancellor Merkel's Cellular Telephone Conversations. Barack Obama agreed to no longer allow listening in on the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she complained (Merkel angered by USA allegedly listening in on her cell phone and EU summit to discuss USA spying), and presumably will not do this for her replacement (s). This will reduce the ability of the USA to understand what is going on when Germany is coordinating an attack in the future. While this may not seem to be important, it could prove disastrous.
Giving Europeans Control Over More of the USA Military. As far as control of the military, the first non-American, French General Stéphane Abrial became the “Commander of the Allied Command Transformation” of NATO in Europe in September, 2009 (French General Takes Over Key NATO Command In U.S. RTT News, September 10, 2009.http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView. aspx?Id=1062869; http://www.nato.int/cps/
en/natolive/topics_50114.htm). He was replaced by another French General, Jean-Paul Paloméros. So, this is another part of the military no longer under USA control.In the Summer of 2014, the Obama Administration placed a German general over the entire US Army in Europe (see German general now commands the US Army in Europe).
In August 2014, the Obama Administration placed a German general, Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal (formerly commander of the 12th Armored Brigade in Amberg and chief of staff for the international security assistance force regional command north in Afghanistan), the chief of staff for U.S. Army Europe. This means that the Europeans will have much more control over the military over the USA than most have imagined.
And the above are steps that are publicly known; watch also the video 10 Steps Obama Has Taken Leading to the Rise of the Beast. These steps will help Europe when it finally decides to start WWIII. There may also be other steps that have not been publicly revealed. This will not end well for the USA.
The Europeans in general, and Germans in particular, have not been pleased with the USA in many areas, including the espionage (see also Karl Guttenberg on USA espionage and damage to US-German relations; He calls Obama the ‘most detached President’ in decades).
Donald Trump has stated that the USA needs to decrease funding to NATO and that the Europeans need to spend more on their militaries (http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/21/politics/elections-2016-final-five-highlights/index.html).
Donald Trump, even prior to his election offended many Europeans and they have made public statements about him. Notice something from one European leader:
September 15, 2016
If U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election in November, it would be problematic for the entire world and encourage copycats in Europe, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told a German magazine.
"Trump is not only a problem for the EU but also for the whole world," Schulz said in an interview with Der Spiegel published online on Thursday.
"If a man who shows off by not having a clue and by saying that specialist knowledge is elitist rubbish ends up in the White House, a critical point will have been reached," said Schulz, a German center-left Social Democrat.
Such a scenario would mean that there is an "obviously irresponsible man" sitting in a position that demands the utmost sense of responsibility, Schulz said.
He added that he was concerned that Trump getting into power would spur on copycats in Europe. "That's why I want Hillary Clinton to win." Donald Trump is a problem for the whole world, EU's Schulz says
There has never been this much high level German resistance to a US presidential candidate before (see also Donald Trump in Prophecy).
In September 2016, I wrote in this article:
Should Donald Trump become President of the United States, the Europeans will be offended by this and will take more steps to separate themselves from the USA.
On September 15, 2016, I posted the following elsewhere:
If Donald Trump wins, the Germans will take steps to ultimately be able to rise above the USA!
If Donald Trump wins, the Europeans will take steps to ultimately be able to rise above the USA! (Thiel B. President of EU’s parliament backs Hillary Clinton and warns against Donald Trump. COGwriter, November 15, 2016)
The election of Donald Trump has upset many there. Donald Trump's comments about NATO, climate change, trade, and military spending have not set well with many Europeans. So much so, some in Europe are saying the USA can no longer lead the West--that now it is Europe's turn (see ‘America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West’). They want more separation from the USA.
Consider that Europe now is looking seriously at developing its own nuclear arsenal--and likely beyond what France has:
9 December 2016
The issue is so secret that it isn't even listed on any daily agenda at NATO headquarters. ... The discussion surrounds nuclear deterrent. ...
In European capitals, officials have been contemplating the possibility of a European nuclear deterrent since Trump's election. The hurdles -- military, political and international law -- are massive and there are no concrete intentions or plans. Still, French diplomats in Brussels have already been discussing the issue with their counterparts from other member states ...
"It's good that this is finally being discussed," says Jan Techau, director of the Holbrooke Forum at the American Academy in Berlin. "The question of Europe's future nuclear defense is the elephant in the room in the European security debate. If the United States' nuclear security guarantee disappears, then it will be important to clarify who will protect us in the future. And how do we prevent ourselves from becoming blackmailable over the nuclear issue in the future?"
An essay in the November issue of Foreign Affairs argues that if Trump seriously questions the American guarantees, Berlin will have to consider establishing a European nuclear deterrent on the basis of the French and British capabilities. Germany's respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, meanwhile, even contemplated the "unthinkable" in an editorial: a German bomb. ...
In an interview that gained attention internationally in mid-November, Roderich Kiesewetter, the chairman for the conservative Christian Democrats on the Foreign Policy Committee in German parliament proposed a French-British nuclear shield in the event Trump calls into question American protection for Europe. "The US nuclear shield and nuclear security guarantees are imperative for Europe," he told Reuters. "If the United States no longer wants to provide this guarantee, Europe still needs nuclear protection for deterrent purposes." ...
Wolfgang Mischnick, parliamentary floor leader of the Free Democratic Party, which shared power with Kohl's Christian Democrats at the time, publicly clarified what that meant during a session of the Bundestag on February 20, 1974: "It is still possible to develop a European nuclear power," he said.
Forty years later the issue is actually now being raised for the first time. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/europe-responds-to-trump-win-with-nuclear-deterrent-debate-a-1125186.html#ref=nl-international
The Bible tells of a military power that will
Donald Trump has made trade renegotiations a centerpiece of his election platform.
Many believe that errors in trade policy were the major factor in the Japanese attacking the USA and getting it involved in World War II.
The Bible tells of a powerful trade empire arising in the last days in Europe, called "Babylon the Great" (Revelation 18). It has long been my view that problems with trade and/or trade agreements will be a factor that will further turn Europe against the USA, and be a factor in the start of WWIII (see also WTO Trade Deal and the Rise of the European Beast Power).
The Bible says that the Beast of the Sea power will rise up and the USA has taken many steps that are leading to it. The Bible also teaches that this is a power that borders the Mediterranean Sea (Joshua 9:1; 23:4; Ezekiel 47:13-16; cf. Daniel 7:2-8). There is a related video Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?, as well as an article Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation with more details.
The USA will be destroyed (cf. Daniel 11:39).
Is there any way to escape from this?
Notice one secular view:
December 8, 2015
The 10 safest countries if World War Three breaks out
Following a string of terror attacks and violence, we take a look at the safest places if another world war broke out
The remote island nation of Fiji lies within the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
It keeps Fiji isolated from potential invaders.
It’s small in population, neutral in foreign affairs and does not have any resources to justify invasion.
2. Ireland …
3. Malta …
4. Denmark …
5. Iceland …
6. Chile …
7. Bhutan …
8. New Zealand …
9. Tuvalu …
10. Switzerland … http://pulse.com.gh/travel/revealed-the-10-safest-countries-if-world-war-three-breaks-out-id4438918.html
The above list is interesting as some of those lands and islands initially would not be impacted by World War III, but ultimately they would get affected.
Well, for one, the Bible warns that islands will end up with problems, so that eliminates or at least reduces the safety factors for many on that list. Consider that the Bible teaches the following:
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. (Revelation 16:17-20)
It will not only be the islands that are affected by these events, as even inland areas apparently will have flooding too (the Netherlands, a very low lying country, comes to mind as does the Florida Everglades). Chile, Bhutan, and Switzerland are mountainous and thus subject to being leveled. Iceland is sort of like a large mountainous island, so it is also at real biblical risk.
Because Denmark, Switzerland, and Ireland have many descendants of Israel, they are prophesied to be negatively affected, and will face issues with from the coming Beast of the Sea of Revelation 13 (see Ezekiel 5:4 and the article Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).
New Zealand, being inhabited by descendants of Ephraim, will be among the earlier casualties of World War III (see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel). It will NOT be a place of safety.
None of the 'top ten' safest countries will be safe for the duration of the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord, which will include WWIII.
Actually, the descriptions in the Bible of a place of safety will refer to a rocky place in the wilderness in a location like part of southern Jordan (see There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra).
Of course, certain Protestants believe that they will be ‘raptured’ away from the earth prior to the start of the Great Tribulation. While that is their professed hope, the idea is NOT supported by the Bible and is in error (for many biblical details, check out the article Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected?).
It should probably be noted that although many in the COGs believe that they will either be protected where they are at, this is NOT what the Bible teaches (cf. Revelation 12:14-16). Most in the COGs will NOT be protected at all (Daniel 7:25b; Revelation 12:17)–only the remaining Philadelphian remnant will be (Revelation 3:10; see also There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra).
Christians do need to pray to be accounted worthy of the end time protection according to Jesus:
35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:35-36)
Jesus rebuked most of the Christians in the second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation. And notice the following which clearly shows that not all Christians will be protected in the end:
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)
Sadly, even most Christians will not do what they should in the end. That is why Jesus rebuked the Laodiceans and told them to change (Revelation 3:14-21). Laodicea is basically composed of two words which mean “people decide” and in these end times, most Christian people have decided not to support proper biblical church governance (see The Bible, Peter, Paul, John, Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, Roderick C. Meredith, and Bob Thiel on Church Government) and doing the work of God in truth (Psalms 33:4; see also The Final Phase of the Work).
Consider also the following from other secular sources:
December 7, 2015
America enters World War Three
As the West finally awakens to all-out Islamic invasion, President Obama remains in denial – or worse
It’s been an era of strange, otherworldly warnings.
Pope Francis, referring to the growing barbarism and genocidal fury of Islamic jihadists and specifically ISIS, eerily predicted months ago that a “piecemeal World War III” was emerging, evidenced by ever-mounting “crimes, massacres, destruction.”
World leaders agreed – from Jordan’s King Abdullah, who called the fight against ISIS a “Third World War” and urged all nations to help neutralize the threat posed by the metastasizing terror army, to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, to former Ukrainian ambassador Yuri Shcherbak – all warning that we are literally staring World War III in the face.
In the U.S., clear-headed pundits echoed the warnings: “World War III has begun,” opined top-rated radio talker Mark Levin. “I sincerely believe it. … It hasn’t begun like any other war, but it’s begun. … and I believe we’re going to be attacked.” Newt Gingrich added, “The real war is worldwide and the real enemy is Islamic supremacy in all its forms. The center of gravity,” added the former House Speaker, “is not Syria. The center of gravity is the Internet.” Glenn Beck agreed we’re looking at World War III, but warned that that “Nobody will recognize it yet. … Just like we were at the beginning of World War II when they invaded Poland. We are entering those times – we just don’t know it yet.” http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/america-enters-world-war-three/#3DVCfdbpukkkTiWD.99
WWIII is not here yet, but when it comes, most Christians will not be protected.
The top ten list will not provide real safety between the start of the Great Tribulation and the return of Jesus.
Because of a coming peace deal (see Daniel 9:27 and also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27), it is likely that more Christians will become complacent and not believe that the end will be near, when in fact it will be the closest it has ever been and will be imminent.
Those without a COG background, as well as some of those with one, may find the following from the late Dr. Herman Hoeh of interest:
IF WORLD WAR III COMES – There Is a Way of Escape
You need to be prepared. ...
Jesus' Amazing Prophecy
Let's notice Jesus' prophecy of the "times of the Gentiles" in Luke 21:24.
When speaking of the Jews, Jesus told His disciples that "they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
This prophecy is not speaking of a period of peace, but of war. It is a message for our day — a time when the Gentiles are conquering and destroying, when they are ruling themselves contrary to the way of God who is Creator and RULER. ...
Remember what Jesus said in Luke 21:24? That Jerusalem would be trodden down of the Gentiles until the very completion of the times of the Gentiles!
Since Zechariah 14:1-3 shows that Jesus Christ will return in order to deliver Jerusalem from the Gentiles, it is plain that THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST WILL PUT AN END TO THE TIMES OF PUNISHMENT ON THE GENTILE BABYLONISH SYSTEM! (Isaiah 27:13; I Cor. 15:52.) Then God will send His Son to rule the world!
As Christ said, of the second coming, "But of that day and hour, knoweth no man!" But ... world-occurrences warn us that ... it is very near! ...
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! (Hoeh H. If World War III Comes--There is a Way of Escape. Plain Truth, June 1963)
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.
On the Wings of an Eagle
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!
Where Will They GO?
Now notice another amazing prophecy. Daniel was inspired to write of this impending nuclear war, and its immediate aftermath. He describes the rising BEAST power in Europe, a coming resurrection of the ancient ROMAN EMPIRE, symbolized as the "King of the North." But the European power crushes and occupies these poorly equipped up-start countries.
"And at the time of the end [NOT back during the days of the Seleucidae of Syria)... the king of the north shall come... like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships, and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
"He shall enter also into the glorious land [Palestine], and many countries shall be overthrown, but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edam and Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon" (Dan. 11:40-41).
Why are these areas spared?
For a very special reason!
A PLACE of Protection
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 sayBut where is this "wilderness" place God is readying?
Many Bible statements indicate it is in the areas anciently occupied by the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites, southeast of Jerusalem, in the rugged, barren mountains beyond the Dead Sea — the modern country of Transjordan (Dan. 11:41 and Isaiah 16:4-5).
Regardless of WHERE the "place" is that God's Church is nourished and protected during these perilous times described in so many dozens of prophecies — the way to make sure you are going there is clear!
To those who will truly repent of wanting their own way, and who will come to God through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, He promises spiritual, supernatural, MIRACULOUS shelter!
Does this sound fantastic? Does it sound incredible? Have we strayed so far from our RULER and our SAVIOUR that we think Him UNABLE to save us? Is it ridiculous to most today to really believe in God above and His supernatural protection — His divine INTERVENTION in our own personal lives?
Of course not!
He is our Fortress! 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?
There will be a place of physical protection during the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord for the Philadelphian remnant of Christians, but it will not seem to be in any of the top ten nations that some believe would be safest.
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.
In the past, some have claimed that Russia’s actions in Ukraine have been intended to start WWIII (see Kiev PM asserts ‘Russia…wants to start World War Three;’ Russia’s FM claims ‘West wants…to seize control of Ukraine’). Some have feared that if Israel attacks Iran, that will start a world war (see Iran, Armageddon, Israel, and WWIII). Although some correctly feel that Iran is mentioned in Ezekiel 38 (see Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day?), that battle is much later and is NOT WWIII (see also World War III: Steps in Progress).
In July 2014, Money and Markets‘ Larry Edelson claimed WWIII had started (see M&M: ‘World War III has ALREADY started’).
In September 2014 and June 2015, Pope Francis stated that a ‘piecemeal’ WWIII may have begun (see Pope Francis objecting to current ‘piecemeal’ World War III; Vatican radio reports bishops blasting Russia for blood in Ukraine and Pope Francis refers to World War III in his ecumenical appeal in Sarajevo).
While elements of WWIII are in progress, and Russia and terrorism are influencing events that will lead to that, neither Russia nor the Islamic State are the powers that will actually start WWIII. Instead, their actions are influencing the actions of others, and ultimately that will start what could be called WWIII.
Many believe that WWIII will entail massive conflict with Russia and/or China and/or Iran and/or is mainly an Islamic war. Those views are in 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 (cf. Daniel 11:39; Isaiah 10:5-11; see also Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy).
Terrorism will be part of that and will likely involve an alliance with Europe of many nations in the Middle East and North Africa that are currently Islamic (see Psalm 83; see also Is the Future King of the South Rising Up? and Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy and Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History). But then Europe will eliminate them as a threat (Daniel 11:40-43) after the USA is eliminated (Daniel 11:39).
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 also Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future and Asia in Prophecy. As far as Armageddon goes, please see the video shot from there simply titled Armageddon.
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.
Donald Trump's election is speeding up the type of unity that the European Beast power will have.
WWIII will not come until about 3 1/2 years after a ‘peace deal’ has been confirmed by a ‘prince’ (Daniel 9:26-27) who later will become the final King of the North (Daniel 11:31-44). This leader will be European, and eventually destroy the nation with the strongest fortresses (Daniel 11:39), which in the 21st century would be the USA. He will proclaim peace and safety:
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25, KJV).
This leader will encourage proclamations of peace, yet sudden destruction will come (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:3). After destroying the USA, etc., he will turn against a power in the Middle East and North Africa (Daniel 11:40-43): this could be called WWIV or perhaps will be considered as a second part of WWIII.
A battle involving Russia and its allies against the final Beast power will come over three years later and could be called WWIV (or WWV if the elimination of the confederation in the Middle East and North Africa would be called WWIV). Russia and its allies are in preparation for that now, though none probably think that they are as they are not particularly attuned to the details of biblical prophecy.
The reality is that steps are in progress for world war. Peace will be taken from the earth:
3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)
People are not as safe as most seem to think that they are. WWIII is not yet here, but steps are in progress.
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 per se is not about to begin (it cannot start before 2021; 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 2014/201/2016 1209
A related YouTube video is available: Is World War III About to Begin? Can You Escape?
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