Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China
Vol: 92 Issue: 27 Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In an astonishing turn of events, the North Korean government announced it is no longer bound by the terms of the 1953 Armistice which ended the armed conflict between North and South.

The Korean War never formally ended. Instead, both sides signed an armistice agreement. The Wikipedia entry for the Korean War reads as follows:

“The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) regimes, with major hostilities beginning on June 25, 1950, pausing with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953, and resuming when North Korea withdrew from the armistice on May 27, 2009 and declared that “the Korean peninsula will go back to a state of war.”

While I wouldn’t necessarily describe Wikipedia as an authoritative voice on anything, the editors got this one right. The Korean War resumed on May 27, 2009.

The Korean War is often called “The Forgotten War” because it was fought as a UN “police action” and because it was sandwiched between the much larger 2nd World War and the much more controversial Vietnam War.

World War II was a clear win; Vietnam a clear loss. The Korean War ended in a tie. And now the North Koreans want a rematch.


Choe Sung-Chol was vice-chairman of the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, a quasi-government organization made up of key officials from both Koreas.

Choe Sung-Chol was instrumental in developing the “Sunshine Policy” of peaceful engagement with the North, providing massive aid to the impoverished North during the 1998-2007 famine.

The Sunshine Policy went dark in 2007 when Kim Jong Il ordered Choe executed for mishandling relations with the South by becoming too friendly.

Against this backdrop, the Washington Post’s assessment of North Korean belligerence as “An Early Test for Obama’s Engagement Policy” is a monumental case of understatement.

The North Koreans have conducted two successful nuclear tests. They’ve test fired a half-dozen short-range missiles. (Seoul is only thirty-five miles from the North Korean border.) And now they have withdrawn from the 1953 Armistice.

It may be an ‘early test for the Obama administration’, but it could be the final exam for Seoul’s metropolitan population of 22.25 million people.

So far, the Obama administration has met the test posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear test on Monday by speaking strong words from twin teleprompters.

“By acting in blatant defiance of the United Nations Security Council, North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community,” Obama said in a brief statement outside the White House.

“North Korea’s behavior increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia. Such provocations will only serve to deepen North Korea’s isolation.”

The Japanese and South Koreans are less concerned with North Korea’s isolation than they are its containment. Japan has once again violated its post war pledge, dispatching military aircraft beyond its own airspace to monitor North Korea’s activities, despite the possibility of engagement by North Korean aircraft.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday night that his country “absolutely cannot tolerate” the nuclear test because North Korea is also beefing up its ballistic missile capability, which “could be a means of transportation for weapons of mass destruction.”

North Korea has more than 200 missiles capable of reaching Japan and enough plutonium to construct six atomic bombs.

Although not a nuclear power, Japan has enough plutonium to construct about one thousand nuclear bombs. And it has the know-how to build them, should it decide to.

It has, therefore, the fissile materials, highly-enriched uranium and plutonium, and the nuclear physicists and engineers needed to produce nuclear weapons in a short time months rather than years.

Japan could relatively quickly become an actual nuclear-weapon power. And that, according to a report by the US Congressional Research Service, could trigger catastrophic consequences. And not just for the North Koreans.

If it does acquire them, the report found, it could set off an arms race with China, South Korea, and Taiwan. India and/or Pakistan may then feel compelled to further expand or modernize their own nuclear weapons capabilities.” The consequences for global security would indeed be severe.

It is fascinating, in a somewhat horrific way, to watch as circumstances continue to align the nations and fine tune the roles each will play in unfolding Bible prophecy.

In Revelation Chapter Six, the Lord Jesus breaks the first of the Seal Judgments — the appearance of the antichrist.

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)

The antichrist is depicted as riding on a white horse. The white horse is a symbol of conquering power. When Jesus returns at the Second Coming, He is similarly depicted as riding on a white horse. In his hand, he holds a bow, but no arrows.

Notice that a “crown” was “given” to him — indicating he had already come to power is by popular acclamation, like an elected official, before going forth “conquering, and to conquer”.

So what is depicted is the leader of a peaceful nation who later becomes a rapacious conqueror, (presumably once he is indwelt by Satan.)

Whoever the rider on the white horse might be, he is certainly alive now and probably already a popular world leader. That doesn’t mean he knows he is the antichrist.

The antichrist isn’t revealed (even unto himself) until the ministry of the Holy Spirit is withdrawn at the Rapture and he is indwelt by Satan. But he is out there right now, and we would probably recognize him on sight.

The second seal judgment immediately follows: “And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

The third seal is that of famine and economic collapse, the fourth is death. Antichrist, War, Famine and Death.

And we can already hear all four horses from here.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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