Wars and Rumors of War in Korea, Brazil, Middle East, Iran, Plus Christmas Terrorist in USA

Thirteenth Century Depiction of the 2nd Horseman of the Apocalypse


The Book of Revelation tells of a time when various seals are opened and the four horseman ride.

Here is what it mentions about the red horseman of war:

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)

Jesus taught that wars and rumors of war, of themselves, meant we were on the way to the end, but that that occurrence was not the end:

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. (Matthew 24:6)

Currently there are a lot of rumors and threats of wars.  Notice a few of them this week:

Blasts heard near North Korea border

North Korea is believed to have fired more artillery shells near the island where four people were killed earlier this week. No shells are said to have landed on South Korean territory.

The firing appears to have been part of a training exercise but came with a warning from Pyongyang that Seoul’s plans for military manoeuvres with the US were pushing the region to “the brink of war”.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11849198

War for Rio? Olympic city facing gang backlash

(AP) – 27 Nov 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The drug gang leader jabs the muzzle of his .556-caliber Sig Sauer assault rifle around as he talks.

Yes, Jogador says emphatically, Rio’s drug gangs are feeling threatened by the biggest police push against them in the city’s history, a Herculean effort to improve security before the 2016 Olympics. The heavily armed criminal gang he helps lead is being driven from long-held turf in the slums, leading to losses in cocaine and marijuana sales.

It’s what the 25-year-old career criminal says next, with a low laugh and a nodding of his head, that strikes at the heart of fears in this seaside city: He says that Rio’s gangs are preparing for a return to the city’s most violent days.

“You take any animal and put it up against the wall,” he says, eyes ablaze, pointing the tip of his Swiss-made weapon toward a whitewashed ledge pocked by bullets. “Its last option is what? To attack.”…

It was midmorning on a rainy Saturday in early November and Beltrame, the architect of the police program to take over the slums, was standing in the Morro dos Macacos slum. He was there to celebrate the creation of his 13th police post in a slum, known as a pacification police unit, or UPP. This slum was taken three weeks earlier without a shot.

The crowd applauds after Beltrame speaks. Behind the claps, however, are worries…

“If they try to put a UPP here,” he says, “there will be a war.”

Jogador pulls his rifle strap over his head and laces it around his right shoulder. He walks to the street’s edge, talks to other gang members. His hand is always on his weapon, watching and waiting for the police to arrive.  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g56Z08YYoHJFr1lBWofrMZ-wuseQ?docId=a1552ef6f82344bcb05f7295ee683492

Israeli leader lobbies America for war with Iran

By Jim Lobe | Last updated: Nov 23, 2010

WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) – Less than a week after Republicans made major gains in the U.S. midterm elections, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on President Barack Obama to “create a credible threat of military action” against Iran.   http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/World_News_3/article_7444.shtml

Moallem: Israel evading commitment to peace

By Sebastien Malo
Daily Star staff
Saturday, November 27, 2010

BEIRUT: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem slammed Israel for repeatedly failing to commit to peace with Palestinians and warned that the collapse of the current peace talks could engulf the region in a devastating military conflict during an interview Friday.


The news suggests that more wars may break out shortly.

An attempt at “Christmas terrorism” in the USA was attempted last night:

Jihad at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Published: Saturday, November 27, 2010  Steve Duin, The Oregonian
…Very early in the wake of the chilling news that the FBI thwarted a terrorist bombing at Friday night’s “holiday” tree-lighting ceremony at Pioneer Square…

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine…

Mohamud, according to the FBI affadavit, tried to contact someone involved with terrorist activities overseas.  Mohamud had written essays for “Jihad Recollections,” a delightful online forum advocating holy war.  Mohamud had been dreaming of jihad since the age of 15, and told FBI operatives posing as terrorists that the tree-lighting ceremony was the ideal, unguarded spot to make those dreams a reality.  http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf/2010/11/jihad_at_pioneer_courthouse_sq.html

Now, recall that Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars, but that was not the end.

For those wondering when the end will be, Jesus provided more details:

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.

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  (Matthew 24:14-21)

For those looking for a timeline, notice that the end comes shortly after the “gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations” and when the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel is seen “standing in the holy place”.

When will those events be fulfilled?

Apparently about three and one half years after a peace deal is confirmed in the Middle East by a rising European leader (Daniel 9:26-27; 11:31).  And it may take war and/or rumors of war to get enough motivation to make such a deal happen.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2010, 2011, or 2012? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse What is the Book of Revelation trying to tell us about them? Does the first one deceive many?
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from evangelists?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? True religion should be based upon the true gospel.
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Korea in Prophecy, Any Witness? Where did the Korean people come from? Does God have a plan for the Koreans? Is Korea mentioned in any prophecies? Will Koreans be among the first in the Kingdom of God? 한국의 언어로 : 한국 예언, 모든 증인에?
Mexico, Central America, South America, and Brazil in Prophecy [Español: México, America Central, Suramérica, y el Brasil en profecíal] [Português: México, América Central, Ámérica do Sul, e Brasil na profecia] What will happen to those of Latin America? Will they have prosperity? Will they cooperate with Europe? Will they suffer in the future? What rule might the various Caribbean nations/territories play?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days? Do you know what the Catholic Church says were the original Christian holy days? Was Christmas among them?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?

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