Sunday, 20 August 2017

IS THE ANCIENT BIBLICAL AREA OF "TARSHISH" GREAT BRITAIN OR SPAIN??

Tarshish is mentioned in the prophecies of Scripture as having an important role in the last days. Usually reference is made to “the ships of Tarshish” or the “merchants of Tarshish”. If we can locate Tarshish in the ancient world we can identify Tarshish in the last- days prophecies.
Ezekiel, in 587BC described all of the commodities sold in the market place of Tyre and stated that "Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs" (Ezekiel 27:12).
The commodities that came Tarshish are listed above and this gives us a clue as to where Tarshish was located. If we can identify the source of these metals in the ancient world (6th century BC) then we can be certain about which country is Tarshish in the last days. Tarshish was a nation that was rich in minerals and supplied the known world in the 6th century BC through the markets at the coastal city of Tyre. Tyre was a maritime power and she built her own ships to bring merchandise to Tyre. "The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas (Ezekiel 27:25)".
"Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty. They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee. Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars" (Ezekiel 27:4-6). And "The ships of Tarshish will suffer during the judgements of the Day of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:16; Psalm 48:7). Also "For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low…And upon all the ships of Tarshish" (Isaiah 2:12-16).
During the Tribulation one third of the ships will be destroyed during the 2nd Trumpet judgment (Revelation 8:9) and Tarshish must therefore be a great shipping nation in the last days. If we are in the last days then this would point to the United States since they control the oceans with the greatest navy in the world. A further clue is given in Ezekiel 38:13 where the merchants of Tarshish are said to have “young lions”. "Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil"? (Ezekiel 38:13).
The young lions, or offspring, join with Tarshish to challenge the invasion of Israel by Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and Sudan in the last days. They are also associated with Sheba and Dedan whose descendants populated the Arabian Peninsula.
Most Bible maps show Tarshish somewhere on the west coast of Spain. The location in Spain is doubtful because Bible commentators have thought Tarshish was Tartessus which appears in Greek mythical writings. It is not known whether Tartessus was a city, a river or a nation. Archealogical diggings have failed to produce any evidence of it in Spain.
One historical record states: "The name Tartessus (sometimes Tartessos) has long been surrounded by myth. It is associated with the south west of Spain, and is likely to have been a kingdom. Nevertheless, different sources have referred to it as a city, a mountain, even a river – the Guadalquivir. It is said to be buried under the Coto Doñana (the combined marshlands and dunes at the mouth of the Guadalquivir that are now protected as a National Park), others claim it is under Seville… or Huelva and so on. There is consensus that it existed somewhere in the area between Huelva, Cádiz and Seville, but who the inhabitants were we do not know. (Spain -Thenandnow).
With such uncertainty surrounding Tartessus it would be dangerous to assert that Spain was the Tarshish of Scripture which was a maritime power in the days of Solomon and which was the source of minerals for the great trading city of Tyre when Ezekiel wrote in the 6th century BC. Some have pointed out that there is a mining town in Spain called Tharsis but this is a recent development and obviously an imported name by a British mining company. The record states: "Coincidentally, there is a town named Tharsis 50 kilometres north of Huelva;  the  “th” combination,  however, is a linguistic curiosity and alien to the Spanish language. A possible explanation is the influence of British mining concerns which owned  the  giant Rio Tinto Company with mines between Huelva and Tharsis in the 19th century".
The fact that a British mining company in the 19th century called it Tharsis is more likely to point to Britain being Tarshish. They gave it an English name! Reference to the minerals “silver, iron, tin, and lead” has been linked with Spain since extensive mining has been conducted in the mountains of south-western Spain. However, it seems that one of those metals was not plentiful in Spain and that metal was tin. Thus we read: "The south western part of the Iberian Peninsula was enormously rich in minerals, and Ezekiel’s reference reflects a common association of the metal with the western Mediterranean. (Tin came primarily from Cornwall in the British Isles, and was brought back by the Phoenicians; it was combined with copper, abundant in south west Spain, to produce bronze. The Rio Tinto mine just north of Huelva was first worked by the Phoenicians and still produces copper. It is reputed to be the oldest mine in the world").
It may be that the ships of Tarshish brought minerals from Spain but it is unlikely that they brought tin from Spain since its source was Cornwall on the south west of Britain. Cornwall was the only major source of tin in Europe for the past 2,500 years. In the 19th century there were 400 mines in Cornwall employing 18,000 people. The last mine closed in 2004. It is also true that the mountains of Wales, just north of Cornwall have been a source of all the minerals listed in Ezekiel 27:12. We have already noted the historical record which assumes that Tartessus was in Spain and that Tarshish was Tartessus however, it also acknowledged that tin was sourced from Cornwall as follows: "Tin came primarily from Cornwall in the British Isles, and was brought back by the Phoenicians; it was combined with copper, abundant in south west Spain, to produce bronze".
Archealogical research in Cornwall recently identified ancient harbour facilities along with evidence of ancient structures. The harbour was on the north side of the Cornwall Peninsula and has now silted up. In recent years the Spanish people have shown increased interest in their roots and a comic series made reference to Tertessus: "Probably more appealing to readers is the recent and highly successful comic series Tartessos. The firs album appeared in 2005 with the title La ruta del estaño (The Tin Route). It deals with the rivalry between the Tartessians and the evil Arkabala, the high priest of the Temple of Hercules in the Phoenician city of Gadir (Cádiz), for control of the tin route to “las islas Casitérides” (the British Isles.) Control of this precious metal which the Tartessians combined with copper to produce bronze, allows the Tartessians to live in great comfort. The basis of the trade is a long standing agreement between the Tartessians and the Celts from the British Isles (Spain -Thenandnow)".  
While this is just a comic series it is based on fact as Encyclopedia Wikipedia states: "Britain was not unknown to the Classical world. As early as the 4th century BC, the Greeks, Phoenicians and Carthaginians traded for Cornish tin. The Greeks refer to the Cassiterides, or “tin islands”, and describe them as being situated somewhere near the west coast of Europe".Ancient evidence goes back to “The Histories” by Herodotus who wrote about 450BC and is known as the “Father of Ancient History”. He wrote: "Now these are the farthest regions of the world in Asia and Libya. Of the extreme tracts of Europe towards the west I cannot speak with any certainty; for I do not allow that there is any river, to which the barbarians give the name of Eridanus, emptying itself into the northern sea, whence (as the tale goes) amber is procured; nor do I know of any islands called the Cassiterides (Tin Islands), whence the tin comes which we use. For in the first place the name Eridanus is manifestly not a barbarian word at all, but a Greek name, invented by some poet or other; and secondly, though I have taken vast pains, I have never been able to get an assurance from an eye-witness that there is any sea on the further side of Europe. Nevertheless, tin and amber do certainly come to us from the ends of the earth. (Book 3, para 115)".
We should note that Cassiterite is “tin dioxide” from which tin is extracted. The word comes from the Greek kassiteros meaning “tin”. The term “tin islands” could hardly be applied to Spain which is located in mainland Europe but it would fit well with the British Isles.
Herodotus indicated that he had no evidence of the North Sea on the north of Europe. The end of the known world in his day was beyond the “Pillars of Hercules” which stand on either side of the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic which was described as “the ocean”. In his day all of Africa west of Egypt was called Libya and south of Egypt was called Ethiopia. Herodotus travelled extensively gathering historical information (and myth) from Greece, Asia, Egypt and Persia but he never travelled to the western end of the Mediterranean or beyond the pillars of Hercules hence he was dependent on reports from others who had.
Herodotus tells the story of a boat that was driven by a storm past the Pillars of Hercules and ended up in Tertessus: "The crew, informed by Corobius of all the circumstances, left him sufficient food for a year. They themselves quitted the island; and, anxious to reach Egypt, made sail in that direction, but were carried out of their course by a gale of wind from the east. The storm not abating, they were driven past the Pillars of Hercules, and at last, by some special guiding providence, reached Tartessus". This indicates that Tartessus was in the Atlantic which would best apply to Britain.
The prophecies concerning Tarshish best fit Britain. Tarshish in Scripture has “young lions” or offshoot nations such as colonies. Spain colonized South America but Britain colonized the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many more places. No other nation in history has created an empire of colonies like the British Empire. The early colonizing nations were the Phonecians and the Greeks. The Greeks excelled with colonies in the Black Sea, Asia Minor and around the Mediterranean.
Tin smelter, Cornwall
Greece was formerly known as Javan (iavan) and was settled by the descendants of Javan the son of Japheth. Javan had four sons of whom Tarshish was the second. Throughout history the family of Javan have been merchants, traders and colonizers. If Spain were Tarshish then one would expect that she and her colonies would be a major maritime and military power in the last days along with her “young lions” in South America but the opposite is the case. Spain is economically weak and is only a small part of the EU. The Spanish-speaking South American nations are also weak and still developing. In addition, Tarshish and the young lions must be connected to Sheba and Dedan (Arabia) in the last days. Spain is not connected to Arabia whereas Britain and America have been the great oil-producing and oil marketing merchants. Oil is transacted in US dollars.
Summary - The evidence would indicate that Tarshish in ancient times was Great Britain for the following reasons:
  1. There is no doubt Cornwall was the source of tin from the earliest times and that no other location could supply the quantities used. The Bible states that the merchants of Tarshish supplied tin to the markets of Tyre when Ezekiel wrote in 587BC.
  2. It is possible that copper was mined in Spain but tin from Britain was mixed with it to make bronze. All of the minerals marketed by the merchants of Tarshish could have come from Britain but only some of the minerals could have come from Spain.
  3. Tartessus may well have been the Arabic form of the name Tarshish and the Spanish appear to identify Tartessians as the early Britons.
  4. There is no historical evidence that Tartessus was in Greek mythology simply placed it beyond the pillars of Hercules in the Atlantic Ocean. The great historian Herodotus had been told that the tin which was used in the Persian era, was from the Cassiterides or “tin islands” though he had no knowledge of where these islands were located or even if there was a North Sea on the northern side of Europe. Britain acquired the title of the “tin islands” because of the vast tin resources in Cornwall but Spain is a mainland country.
  5. Tarshish in the latter days must have “young lions” of nations that are her offspring. Both Britain and Spain have had many colonies and have been great maritime powers but the British navy defeated the Spanish Armadas and Spain is no longer a great maritime power whereas the US began with British colonies and has seven navies that rule the world’s sea lanes.
  6. Britain and America have strong ties with Arabia (Sheba and Dedan) which is linked to the last days whereas Spain has such no such links.
  7. The location Tharsis in Spain is probably so named by the British mining companies that owned the mines in the 19th The name is not Spanish. 
Conclusion
We therefore conclude that Britain, as the “Tin Isles” of ancient times is Tarshish, and that the “merchants of Tarshish and the young lions thereof” are the offshoots of Britain that will have a major role during the Tribulation period. They will be the first to bring the redeemed nation of Israel back to the land when Christ returns (Isaiah 60:9).

"Could The Coming Eclipse of the 21st August (Tomorrow) Be A Warning From the Lord" By The Cutting Edge Dr John McTernan!!

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Could The Coming Eclipse of 08/21 be a Warning From the Lord?

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For the first time in exactly 100 years, a full solar eclipse will travel across the entire United States. It will start off the coast of Oregon and then exit out through South Carolina. I have posted some about this, but not much. But, because of the timing of events, I believe that this eclipse could be a direct warning from the Lord.
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Fed Warning: The U.S. Consumer Is Sick As The Americans' debt rose to a new record high in the second quarter on the back of an increase in every form of debt!!


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Fed Warning: The U.S. Consumer Is Sick
 
Americans' debt rose to a new record high in the second quarter on the back of an increase in every form of debt: from mortgage, to auto, student and credit card debt.
 

The Lord Definitely likes to use the number 40, and throughout history He has repeatedly used His calendar to get our attention. Therefore Will The Coming Eclipse Begin A Period Of "40 Days And 40 Nights" For America?

Will The Coming Eclipse Begin A Period Of "40 Days And 40 Nights" For America?

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Next Monday, we are going to witness one of the strangest events in U.S. history. This will be the first total solar eclipse to ever be seen only in the United States and nowhere else. Millions upon millions of people are going to flock to areas of the country where the full eclipse will be visible, but everyone in the continental United States is going to be able to see at least a partial eclipse.  

There are lots of very unusual numbers associated with this eclipse, but in this article I want to focus on the number 40, and as this article unfolds you will start to understand why.

Our planet is the only place where you can view a total solar eclipse, and that is because our sun and our moon appear to be the same size in the sky.  

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Massive US-Korean Military Exercise Coinciding With Rare Solar Eclipse Could Spark Nuclear War!!

Massive US-Korean Military Exercise Coinciding With Rare Solar Eclipse Could Spark Nuclear War

 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

"NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN WITH NORTH KOREA: How did we get to the point that Pyongyang may have 60 warheads" By Joel C. Rosenberg.

Disastrous deals cut by Presidents Clinton and Obama. Here are the facts.
While a preemptive North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. and/or America's Pacific allies sounds like a plot ripped from my 2008 novel, Dead Heat, it may no longer be a fictional scenario.

U.S. intelligence agencies are now convinced that "North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power," reports the Washington Post, based on a confidential analysis by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The United States calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong In," notes the Post. This week, Pyongyang threatened to attack the island of Guam with ballistic missiles that could be armed with nuclear weapons. With 160,000 residents and two U.S. military bases, the Pacific island territory now appears to be in Pyongyang's crosshairs.

President Trump immediately warned the leaders of North Korea not to dare even consider attacks against the American people or their allies, saying they would experience American "fire and fury like the world has never seen." "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," the President added. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path."

We need to pray for peace, and for our leaders to have wisdom to know how best to contain the North Korean threat and ratchet down tensions. We need to pray that countries like China will use their considerable leverage to persuade the North Koreans to back down. As a protective measure, the U.S. needs to be urgently bolstering its naval and air assets in the Pacific theater, as well as its missile defense assets, closely coordinating both defensive and offensive capabilities with allies like South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan, among others.

At the same time, we need to reexamine the disastrous nuclear deals both President Clinton and President Obama made with North Korea. Both men promised the American people that their diplomacy would make us all safer by persuading Pyongyang not to pursue nuclear weapons or the long-range ballistic missiles to deliver them. Both could not have been more wrong. Such serious misjudgments have helped get us to this exceedingly dangerous moment.

In October of 1994, President Bill Clinton cut a deal with North Korea in which Pyongyang agreed to "freeze and gradually dismantle its nuclear weapons development program," reported the New York Times. "This agreement will help achieve a longstanding and vital American objective - an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula," Mr. Clinton told the American people.

"This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world," Mr. Clinton added. "It's a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community." In return, the Clinton administration gave North Korea $4 billion in energy aid. In addition, the Clinton deal gave North Korea two nuclear power plants, for which American taxpayers helped foot the bill.

"This is a good deal for the United States," Mr. Clinton said at the time. "North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons."
But Mr. Clinton and his senior advisors couldn't have been more wrong. In February of 2012, President Obama was similarly duped.

Mr. Obama agreed to a deal in which Pyongyang promised (again) not to build nuclear weapons and stop testing long-range ballistic missiles. In return, the Obama administration agreed to give North Korea 240,000 metric tons of food. Experts warned the Obama team at the time that "it is naïve at best for the administration to herald a North Korean 'commitment to denuclearisation' after the many years of North Korean actions definitively proving the contrary."

Less than a month later, Pyongyang tested another long-range rocket in clear violation of the agreement, and a humiliated Mr. Obama had to suspend the food aid program. Clearly, the policy of "strategic patience" (read: "do nothing and hope for the best") run by Mr. Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a colossal failure.

If all this weren't bad enough, it's made worse by the fact that the insane Obama nuclear deal with Iran was essentially patterned - and sold - after the Clinton deal with North Korea. As I warned in this Fox News interview and elsewhere (see here and here), the ayatollahs in Tehran are working closely with Pyongyang on nuclear and missile technology. They're also watching how the U.S. and the world powers handle a nation aspiring to become a nuclear armed power. So far, they're learning the West can be played for fools, and a small but aggressive nation can build a nuclear arsenal without much fear of being stopped.

"NORTH KOREA AND BIBLE PROPHECY" BY PETE GARCIA FROM "THE OMEGA LETTER".

North Korea and Bible Prophecy - Pete Garcia - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8491
 
With things heating up in the Pacific northeast, people are wondering what a potential war with North Korea means' in the prophetic picture. Let me be upfront and state that I believe a war with North Korea will transpire, and that they are about to experience fundamental regime change. Let me be clear in saying that the North Korean regime under Kim Jong Un (KJU) will collapse through divine action. Now God may use the military, diplomatic, or economic means, but it will happen because He allows it. As a result, the Gospel will go into North Korea even if for only a brief period of time.
 
But the Gospel will go none the less and reap a harvest of souls. Note what Jesus Christ stated in His Olivet Discourse:
 
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 24:14
 
The last time I checked, North Korea was included in that "all the nations" category.
 
Consider these two points. The first of which is since 1949 North Korea has remained belligerently and militantly closed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christianity, along with any other religion has not been tolerated. Rather, the Kim's are held up in messianic-type worship putting themselves before even God. Secondly, of the world's totalitarian regimes, North Korea is the last remaining one which has not allowed the Gospel in in any meaningful way since the 20th century. Consider the following:
 
Soviet Union: 1922-1991= 69 years
 
The Soviet Union killed an estimated 20 million of its citizens with atheistic and communistic purges through Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and other Soviet premiers. But that regime finally collapsed in 1991 and allowed around a ten-year window for the Gospel to go in and the Russian Jews to come out and back to Israel. Christianity is still allowed, although the Putin regime is starting to clamp down again on anything other than the Russian Orthodox Church.
 
The Peoples Republic of China- 1949-2017= 69 years
 
After Mao Zedong's disastrous Great Leap Forward and bloody Cultural Revolution, along with his death in 1976, China began to change the direction it had been headed. This fundamental shift came 27 years into their original communistic platform shortly after President Nixon opened the communication channels with the Chinese. They had seen the failures under Mao of his experimentation economics and social policies, along with the estimated deaths of 55 million deaths that had occurred and decided to go a different path. Although not a true democracy or republic, China at the presents tolerates in varying degrees, Christianity. Some estimate that there are currently over 100 million Christians in China which is why it hasn't collapsed as of yet.
 
North Korea: 1948-2017=69 years
 
Paraphrasing this article, North Korea is not an atheistic nation, but rather probably the most religious country on the planet. That religious worship is not directed toward God or any other deity, but to men. Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are both revered as "gods" in the sense that all North Koreans are required to direct their prayers toward them for everything. The Kim's have set themselves up much in the same vein as some of the ancient Roman Emperors (i.e., Nero, Diocletian, etc.) who either acted as a "god" or demanded worship of themselves.
 
Kicking the Can
 
As I noted in Rumors of War Part II (June 4th, 2013), North Korea already had the capability then to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and put it in a "weather" satellite. In fact, they've had that technology since at least 2008. I said this while most of the so-called paid "experts" scoffed and repeated the same old mantra that North Korea was '10-15 years away' from this technology. This was the same old mantra that had been regurgitated by swamp-agents in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations for decades. Yet, two satellites were launched under then-president Obama's tenure: Kwangmyongsong-3 launched on April 13th, 2012 (the truth was buried by the Obama administration) and Kwangmyongsong-4, which launched January 2016. (KW4 can be tracked daily by following the hyperlink)
 
Since US intelligence agencies have known since 2008 that North Korea could successfully miniaturize a nuclear warhead, it's not entirely unreasonable to believe that this is the reason why Kim Jong Un is even more unhinged and belligerent than his father. It is because he knows what he currently has flying over the earth at this very moment.
 
Contrary to most press reporting, that North Korea has nuclear missiles is old news. Previously, the DIA (2011), European intelligence agencies (2009), and a CIA official (2008) have all stated publicly that North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads and deployed them on its Nodong medium-range missile. This is a conservative, sound assessment, since North Korea has been working on nuclear warheads for nearly 20 years, and has had three nuclear tests. (Washington Times, April 2013)
 
IF North Korea does have a miniaturized nuclear warhead in one or both of those satellites, KJU could detonate a low-yield mini nuke in that satellite the next time it passes over the United States literally at will, which would essentially send the US back to the 19th century. And to a nation, as addicted to our electronics as we are, that would mean the complete societal collapse of this nation. From the Gatestone Institute:
 
A Super-EMP weapon is designed to produce gamma rays, not a big explosive yield. So a Super-EMP weapon is consistent with all the North Korean tests, including low yield tests, such as the first 3 KT test, and two other suspected North Korean tests. Those were sub-kiloton yet also showed evidence of traces of tritium.
 
Because a Super-EMP weapon is low-yield, and not designed for blast effects, it can be easily tamped when tested. That possibility could account for America's inability to detect any plutonium or uranium from North Korea's tests.
 
One design of a Super-EMP weapon, of Russian origin, is virtually a pure fusion weapon, so that after an explosive test, there would be little or no plutonium or uranium to detect. As a Super-EMP weapon is, essentially, a very low-yield H-Bomb, it would be consistent with North Korea's claim.
 
North Korea's two successful satellite launches -- of the KSM-3 in 2012 and the KSM-4 in 2016 -- both look like tests of a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS). The FOBS, a Soviet-era secret weapon, would, like a satellite, launch a warhead into low-earth orbit. The FOBS could therefore disguise a nuclear EMP attack as a peaceful space launch. It would conceal the intended target because its flight path masked that information. FOBS would also have allowed the Soviets to attack the United States from over the South Pole, the opposite direction from which U.S. early-warning radars and missile-interceptors, under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), are oriented, both during the Cold War and today. (In Air Power Australia, "The Soviet Fractional Orbital Bombardment System Program," Technical Report APA-TR-2010-0101 by Miroslav Gyurosi, January 2010.)
 
Fire and Fury
 
The liberal press and politicians were virtually apoplectic with Trump's strong message back to Kim Jong Un. In fact, they were more bothered by Trump's words, than North Korea's actual actions. But Trump supporters weren't shocked to hear him say this when commenting about KJU boasting on striking the US with a nuclear weapon...
 
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump told reporters just before a briefing on the opioid crisis at his resort in Bedminster, N.J. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement."
 
Ari Fleischer, the former Press Secretary for President G. W. Bush, was interviewed on Fox News recently about this particular "fire and fury" comment and said (I am paraphrasing this sound bite)
 
Trump has listened to what the past three administrations have said in regards to our messaging with North Korea, and how they all failed. He chose a different tone and message, which is in part why he was elected. This message was more likely intended for China (who holds the reigns on North Korea) than necessarily North Korea itself to let them know he is absolutely serious about stopping North Korea. The people didn't elect Trump to parrot the same old narrative that hasn't gotten the US anywhere with North Korea for the past 20 years.
 
As I've noted in previous articles going back several years, I believe then as I do now, that regime change is coming. I pointed out in The Hermit Kingdom (February 9th, 2015) how technology is forcing its way into North Korea and the people there are being exposed to the outside world for the first time in a generation. The average North Korean is beginning to realize they are not the center of the universe and that North Korea is NOT the greatest nation on the planet. 
 
In Blue Sky Option #4 (April 10th, 2017) I noted what the election of President Trump meant regarding geopolitics, and that he was not willing to continue kicking the can down the road. We have run out of road. What I reiterated in both briefs, is that a collapse of the North Korea regime could mean the Gospel making its way into one of the last satanic strongholds on the planet.
 
In recent history, there seems to be a seventy-year time limit in how far God will allow these atheistic nations to exist in their current forms...In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own corrupt and bloated bureaucracy.  But in all the cases where communism collapses two things are seemingly and divinely allowed to happen.  The Gospel is sent in, and the Jews that are there, are allowed out. (The Hermit Kingdom)
 
Furthermore, as God is the one who enthrones leaders and rulers for a time and season (Dan. 2:21) it seems that seventy years is about the extent that God has allowed for authoritarian-type governments to remain in control (at least now here at the end of the age). The Iron Curtain collapsed in 1989 after 44 years of control. The Soviet Union (1922-1991) collapsed after 69 years. Both China and North Korea formed communist governments in 1949 and 1948 (respectively), which puts them right about the 70-year mark in 2017. (Blue Sky Option # 4)
 
North Korea will not be allowed to continue as is going forward. Seeing as both Russia and China have signed on to the latest round of economic sanctions that actually put a bite into KJU's cash flow, this may be for one of two reasons.
 
Both Russia and China have finally come to their senses and realize that North Korea is every bit the failed state the West has said it was.
 
Both Russia and China are using North Korea as the attack dog they helped create, and are finally comfortable using North Korea to take out the United States by way of EMP. While this may initially destabilize the world markets and the like, it potentially sets themselves up in a far better position going forward to reshape the world as they see fit.
 
Conclusion
 
We have run out of road. The can we've been kicking is now the size of a barrel and filled with plutonium, and all we are doing is bruising our feet. The US can't sweep the threats under the rug anymore, or else we are no longer the world's superpower. North Korea doesn't follow the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine any more than Iran does. This is why then President G.W. Bush labeled them as part of the axis of evil. They don't care about the consequences because their leadership has lost the ability to reason. This is why diplomacy doesn't work with them because they will lie to your face and continue doing whatever they deem necessary to destroy their enemies.
 
In the West, we have relegated the Korean War (1950-1953) to the dustbin of history. But for North Korea, the war is as alive today as it ever was. That war is all they have because the Kim's didn't "exist" before it. The threat of war for them is all they have to preserve the status quo which places them as "gods" to their average citizen. They need their arch-nemesis to continue to cement their control. Unfortunately for them, they have finally developed the technology that allows for the justification for the West to finally finish what should have been done six decades ago.
 
That is not to say that the US will survive unscathed whatever comes of this action. If we are hit with an EMP, it may very be the key to setting up the Gog-Magog Alliance (Ezekiel 38-39) that comes to power here at the end. The US may not be in a position to help Israel when Russia, Turkey, Iran, and the other confederate nations come against her.
 
So of the three major communist regimes of the 20th century, only North Korea has remained unchanged. God has pried upon the other nations through a variety of means, and North Korea will be no different. This is why I feel very confident that God is about to tear down the house of Kim and allow the Gospel in for the first time in decades. Light will come into that oppressed nation full of misery and darkness which will bring millions of North Koreans to know Jesus Christ just before the Rapture of the Church. God will not be denied His harvest and those who have belonged to Him from before the foundation of the world.
 
"Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him. Daniel 2:20-22