Grasping At Shadows
Vol: 118 Issue: 25 Monday, July 25, 2011
China’s military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against US aircraft carriers in the event of a conflict with the United States.
Portions of a declassified National Ground Intelligence Center study on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons were recently made public.
The report said that the new systems are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal – weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.
EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse set off by a nuclear blast or a powerful solar storm. A sufficiently powerful EMP blast fries all electronics, including computers, automobiles, and, (China hopes) military aircraft.
Previous Pentagon reports on China’s military made only passing references to the weapons system. The declassified intelligence report provides details on China’s EMP weapons and plans for their use:
“For use against Taiwan, China could detonate at a much lower altitude (30 to 40 kilometers) … to confine the EMP effects to Taiwan and its immediate vicinity and minimize damage to electronics on the mainland,” the report said.
The report, produced in 2005 and once labeled “secret,” stated that Chinese military writings have discussed building low-yield EMP warheads, but “it is not known whether [the Chinese] have actually done so.”
The report said that in addition to EMP weapons, “any low-yield strategic nuclear warhead (or tactical nuclear warheads) could be used with similar effects. The DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile has been mentioned as a platform for the EMP attack against Taiwan.”
The Chinese government also reportedly conducted EMP tests on mice, rats, rabbits, dogs and monkeys that caused organic injuries, leading to the report’s conclusion that;
“it is clear the real purpose of the Chinese medical experiments is to learn the potential human effects of exposure to powerful EMP and [high-powered microwave] radiation.”
Alternatively, according to the NGIC report, the Chinese tests may have been research “intended primarily for torturing prisoners,” or the tests may have been conducted to determine safety or shielding standards for military personnel or weapons.
But all that may be unnecessary. China’s goal is to end US hegemony around the world so that it can assume its place.
Obama may beat them to it.
I reached the conclusion back in the 1980’s that for Bible prophecy to move forward in this generation, three major political shifts must needs occur first.
The Prophet Daniel, as interpreted, says that during the Tribulation, the leading Western power will be centered in Western Europe.
From the perspective of the mid 1980’s, that meant that the Soviet Union and the United States must decrease, whereas the European Union must increase. I thought it would probably come as the result of a war between the US and USSR that would decimate both nations.
Instead, God Himself stepped in to prevent a nuclear holocaust. The one thing I never expected was that the Berlin Wall would come down on its own.
And as the first Gulf War demonstrated, Russia was already massively outgunned. US forces cut through the cream of Saddam’s Soviet-built army like a hot knife through butter.
When the Soviet Union collapsed later that year, that left the United States as King of the Hill while Europe struggled with reunification.
In 1911, the British Empire was at its zenith. It was the largest empire in history and the most powerful on earth, and had been for over a century. It controlled almost a quarter of the Earth’s land mass and more than a quarter of the earth’s population.
The decline of the British Empire was directly related to its relationship with Israel. In 1917, Great Britain’s Balfour Declaration echoed ancient Bible prophecy, announcing to the world that:
“His Majesty’s Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. . .”
By 1922, the British Empire was at its absolute peak. Then it discovered that the Arabs had all the oil and started modifying the Balfour Declaration. Soon it began restricting Jewish emigration to the Holy Land. The policy meant that thousands of Jews would be sent back to their deaths in Occupied Europe.
After the war, the British continued to let the European victims of Hitler’s madness emigrate to Israel and by 1948, the British Empire was in shambles.
Guardianship of the Jewish State passed from Great Britain to the United States, as did Great Britain’s former superpower status.
Pax Americana ruled for the next forty-odd years – until Oslo. From 1993 onward, the United States began to move away from its previous relationship with Israel and began courting the Arab world.
In 2001, nineteen Saudi jihadis boarded four US domestic aircraft, beginning America’s long, slow inexorable slide downhill from a balanced budget and relative peace to the current state of economic chaos in the midst of four wars, all of which America appears to be losing.
That attack set off precisely the chain of events that Osama bin Laden was counting on. A decade later, America is bruised and battered, dazed and bleeding its economic lifeblood all over the Middle East and Asia — and rethinking its policy of supporting a Jewish state.
For the first time, Washington really began to see Israel as a liability it could do without and began backing away from its commitment to support the Jewish State. As America began pushing Israel back behind its Green Line, America’s fortunes continued to plummet.
The harder America pushed Israel, the worse it got for America. As times got tougher, America started selling itself off to the Chinese, one piece at a time.
Ten years later, relations with Israel have never been worse.
All three major credit rating firms have threatened to lower their top triple-A rating on U.S. debt if the White House and Congress don’t come to an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.
And Standard & Poor’s is now warning of a possible rating downgrade if the government doesn’t develop a credible plan to reduce its long-term budget deficit, even if it does work out a compromise before August second.
A lower rating could push up borrowing costs for the government, households and businesses at the worst possible time for the economy.
And President Obama appears poised to allow the country to go into default unless Congress extends the debt ceiling past 2012 — so it won’t be a factor in his re-election campaign.
China has repeatedly expressed concern in official diplomatic communications over the possibility the U.S. would default on its debt, a senior State Department official said.
What is happening?
The Bible promises blessings on those that bless Israel and curses on those that curse Israel, but it also predicts the time will come when Israel will stand alone against the whole world.
During that time, the Bible says the world will be divided into four spheres of power; the kings of the east, the kings of the south, the Gog-Magog alliance and a revival of the old Roman Empire under antichrist.
If America is present at all during that time, it is as an unimportant subordinate of revived Rome. While it is obvious that we aren’t there yet, look at the direction to which we are trending and ask yourself, “What are the odds?”
We’re not imagining it. We’re not bending current events to make them fit Bible prophecy. Think of all the hundreds of generations since the Bible was completed, all of whom looked for;
- a restored Israel,
- a revival of the Roman Empire,
- a global economic system,
- a global political system,
- instant communications,
- an exponential increase in knowledge,
- the ability to control individual commerce,
- signs in the sun, moon and stars,
- universal apostasy
- earthquakes, famines and wars
All of these things, the Bible says, would take place at the same time, in the lifetime of a single generation, somewhere in time. Jesus said of this generation,
“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till ALL be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” (Luke 21:31-33)
As the years tick by and the issues of the day ebb and flow, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we are seeing is really just the product of wishful thinking. After all, there have been lots of false starts whereby some Christians shouted “This is it!” — only to be disappointed later.
There will undoubtedly be more – there are a LOT of signs to be fulfilled in specific detail. This only looks like chaos – but it is really God’s Plan — from the very beginning.
For now, we see only shadows of what is to come. Trying to nail down specifics is like trying to capture a shadow.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)