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Where Headlines and Prophecy Meet
On The Brink?
Commentary on the News
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor

Preferring to deal with one crisis at a time is entirely reasonable -- but not always possible. To do that effectively, it is necessary to secure the cooperation of one or more opponents, but it doesn't look like that cooperation is forthcoming. Both Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il seem determined to push Washington to the limit and see what happens.

It is fairly clear at this point what will happen regarding Iraq. Saddam's days are numbered, with or without UN participation.

The Bush administration will either lead a UN coalition or it will lead what it calls a 'coalition of the willing'. That coalition exists, despite the best efforts of the liberal press to downplay it.

In Australia, Prime Minister John Howard is putting his political future on the line by supporting Saddam's removal.

The Australian Senate passed a no-confidence motion against him and his party for deploying troops to the Gulf ahead of a possible war.

The motion passed 33 to 31, but this was no political theater. It was the Senate's first vote of no-confidence against a serving leader in its 102-year history.

Tony Blair is risking just as much -- his is the only other government so far to commit troops for actual combat in the Gulf, should it come to that. And war with Iraq is no more popular among the British than it is among the Australians.

Or the Americans, for that matter, although opinion polls suggest the Americans, as a nation, are taking a more pragmatic view. Polls suggest that more than 80% believe war is preferable to leaving Saddam in power.

On the other side of the world is North Korea. North Korea serves as an object lesson in why Saddam must be removed from power.

This is one of the most serious situations the world has contemplated since the late 1930s. The US has refrained to this point from calling the situation in North Korea a 'crisis' but that is simply an exercise in semantics.

Instead, the closest we have come to characterizing the situation in its true light came when Richard Armitage called it a 'big problem.' In point of fact, Iraq is a 'big problem' -- North Korea is the actual CRISIS.

The North Koreans have begun processing the spent fuel rods that were sealed under a deal where we paid off Pyongyang in fuel and food. In return, the North had agreed to abandon its nuclear program. It broke the agreement in spades.

But Armitage admitted that North Korea's record of weapons proliferation is even worse than the Iraqis, and the North Koreans have lots more weapons to proliferate.

Armitage cited sales of missiles to Yemen, Pakistan, Iran, and Egypt "and other places". The US also had "suspicions" that North Korea had spread nuclear weapons technology, indicating that Pakistan and Libya might have benefited.

Armitage also confirmed that US-based long-range bombers were on alert to move to the Pacific if needed, calling the move "prudent military planning".

Russia attacked the US approach to North Korea, exposing a widening rift between Moscow and Washington over the issue.

Moscow said it opposed any reinforcement of US forces in the Pacific and criticized Washington's plan to refer North Korea to the UN Security Council.

The North Koreans also have the tacit support of China, who has steadfastly refused to apply pressure on Pyongyang to stand down.

The North Koreans say that they will continue to develop their nuclear program until the United States signs a non-aggression treaty.

Washington has flatly refused. And in any case, it is unlikely in the extreme that the US Senate would ratify such a treaty if one were presented for ratification.

So what does this all mean? If history is any judge, it means a world war.

Viewed from an historical perspective, all the necessary elements are there. The world is polarizing. On one side are those who, for reasons they can't quite articulate clearly, are putting their support behind the two most repressive dictators this planet has to offer.

Styling themselves as anti-war, opposition leaders like France and Germany say there is no evidence to support war with Iraq, but when pressed, they start to babble about American colonialism. America's history of colonialism pales by comparison to that of the Europeans.

America was itself once a collection of European colonies that was forced to fight a war of independence to get free of them.

On the other side of the world are Russia and China, who oppose action against Kim Jong Il, whom they clearly recognize as a megalomaniacal dictator who is less stable than Hitler was at the height of his madness.

(A megalomaniacal dictator with nuclear weapons that can reach either country's mainland, I hasten to point out).

When pressed to explain their position, they start to sound like the French and Germans, babbling about American expansionism.

America's record of expansionism stopped at the borders of the continental United States. America bought the Midwest from France. America bought Alaska from Russia. Hawaii joined the Union at its own request.

Russia led the Soviet Union that in its hey-dey had expanded from the Bering Straits to East Berlin.

China is on the edge of war over its lust to expand its hegemony beyond Hong Kong and has set its sights on Taiwan. The Chinese call it 're-unification', but the Taiwanese call it 'invasion'.

The world has divided itself into four spheres of influence, as measured from Jerusalem; Russia to the north, China to the east, the Islamic Middle East and Africa to the south, and Europe to the west.

America is a sphere of influence unto itself, not part of any, but engaged in -- and resented by -- all four.

This is the precise lineup of nations predicted by Scripture for a horrible end-times war that will engulf the whole earth.

The Scripture assigns a role to each of these four; Gog-Magog, the Kings of the East, the Kings of the South and the revived Roman Empire of antichrist.

There is no mention of the fifth existing global sphere of influence currently led by America. On the fate of the United States, Scripture is silent.

There are a number of possible reasons. The most obvious one is that there is a world war -- one so devastating to America that it has no role left to play in the last days.

Another, more hopeful scenario would be the Rapture of the Church. In this scenario, so many of America's leaders and population will suddenly vanish in the 'twinkle of an eye' that there won't be enough Americans left to form a distinct national entity.

Which scenario is correct remains to be seen. But what is of importance to Christians who are anticipating the return of Christ is the fact it is all taking shape now.

Christianity has no nationality. Jesus said we are in the world, but not of it.

Christianity is, at its roots, not American. If Christianity were to have a national identity, it would be Jewish.

This is not a time for fear, but a time for prayer and for redoubling our efforts to inform the world of what is taking place. The Lord is preparing for His return.

The signs of the times are all around us. There is no time to waste in pointless debate over signs, and seasons and times.

We of the Church have "a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:" (2 Peter 1:19)

We already know what is to come to pass, and what the signs of the times will be. There is no debate.

And Jesus told us that "when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

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Excerpted from The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest Vol: 6 Issue: 5

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