A Tale Of Two Enemies
By Garner Ted Armstrong
America’s enemies are many. So many, in fact, that it would look like a list of virtually all the nations in the world if I were to include them here, and such a list would have to include many who are viewed by official government doublespeak as “friends and allies,” such as Europe and Saudi Arabia.
But now, quickly on the heels of the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons and ICBM’s, comes word that the rogue Communist dictatorship intends sharing not only technical assistance, but actual nuclear and missile hardware with Iran, described by Khomeini’s own grandson as “the worst dictatorship in the world.”
According to a recent Japanese newspaper, North Korea is now planning to export the actual missiles to Iran, and would begin working “jointly to develop nuclear warheads.”
As I have stated in the past, the United States need not act like the world’s policeman in such a case, notwithstanding the growls and saber-rattling coming from the State Department.
There are other great powers in the region, and a power in the Middle East, who will be forced to respond.
Already, news comes that Russia is upgrading its once mighty fleet; will be sending powerful vessels into the seas around Korea from its base in Vladivostok; that Russia is entering into a significant new “arms race” to counteract an emerging threat from its once cozy cousin, North Korea, which it supported in the Korean war. However, the relationship had cooled as a result of Russia’s commitments to the US and Europe; Russia’s desperate need for western investment and aid.
More importantly, JAPAN will be the regional power which will have to react.
Talks are scheduled for either later this month or September between the US and regional powers such as Japan, Russia and South Korea.
If there was ever a prophecy which describes our shocking headlines of today, it is the prophecy of Jesus Christ – the famous “Olivet” prophecy, in which He outlined the major events which would shape this world as it plunges toward the chaotic “time of the end,” and the GREAT TRIBULATION which is to strike our peoples!
He said, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:5-7).
Already, televised news reports have quoted statements from officials in the State Department who have been speaking of another massive air attack; of how many US troops would be required; of the length of time it would take for the US to overthrow yet another rogue regime.
Do not doubt for a moment that war plans are already drawn up in the Pentagon; that top-secret talks have not already taken place between Japanese, Russian, American and South Korean military leaders. Offices in the Pentagon are no doubt already wrestling with the mountainous details of the logistics of yet another massive air, sea, and land war on the Korean peninsula; which troops would be involved; which aircraft carrier battle groups would be sent; which targets would be bombed; which nuclear submarines would participate; the time involved for cruise missile carrying B-52’s from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, and from staging areas in Guam and Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, to arrive on target at the same time such missiles which were launched from ships and submarines would impact selected targets.
Such threats present very real excuses for Japan to arm itself; to produce nuclear weapons of its own! I have known Japan will become a SUPER POWER, militarily, for decades. The trends and conditions of modern times demand it.
Japan is a “bicycle” economy – having few natural resources of her own, she must import iron, tin, rubber, molybdenum, chromium, and especially OIL, from all over the world. She imports fertilizers from Chile; chromium from South Africa; oil from Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states.
She imports timber and other products from the United States. This allows Japan to be a modern industrial, exporting economy; to load hundreds of ships jammed with containers filled with automobiles, trucks, buses, heavy machinery; with refrigerators, television sets; computers; radios; cell phones, golf clubs and equipment – a massive outpouring of consumer goods which goes to the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Mid East – everywhere. The streets of Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; or Riyadh, Saudi Arabia buzz with Toyotas, Nissans, Hondas and Kawasakis, as do hundreds of American cities!
Japan cannot afford to see a major nation in the Mid East equipped with the latest IRBM’s and ICBM’s, tipped with nuclear warheads. Such missiles could reach EUROPE, as well as ISRAEL.
For its part, Israel is a nuclear power, equipped with a powerful air force, capable of delivering a nuclear strike. Back in 1981, when the US was unwilling to do anything about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program, Israel sent a surprise attack against Saddam’s nuclear reactor at Osirak, a suburb of Baghdad, and destroyed it! Flights of American-made F-16’s; half for fighter cover, the other half as bombers, struck the plant with precision, utterly destroying it.
Israel is planning, make no mistake, for every eventuality.
The Israeli government knows it cannot sit on its hands until Tehran possesses the Taepodong II long-range missile, tipped with nuclear warheads! Already, you can be assured, the Israeli military is planning all the logistical requirements for a pre-emptive strike against Iranian targets!
You and I live in a world which is steeping, seething in HATRED; in virulent anger and hostility! Here, we see Buddhists in league with Islam, plying their hateful, Satanic plots together against the Jews in Israel and the nominal Christian West! Most especially, the USA!
How will it all play out?
Will the “talks” coming up in a few weeks cause the mad dictators of North Korea and Iran to back down? Will Japan be feverishly ARMING again; building its own nuclear missiles; putting to sea a nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed navy?
Will the Russians be frantically building up their fleet – sending their nuclear powered, nuclear armed submarines and aircraft carriers to the South China and Yellow seas?
How will CHINA react? Will the tension in the region give China an excuse to invade Taiwan, as it has threatened to do for decades?
Truly, we live in the very times described by Christ, who said, “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places [this is a time of unprecedented EARTHQUAKE activity!], and famines [even now stalking many parts of the world!], and pestilences [AIDS, the “West Nile Virus,” Bubonic Plague and the Ebola virus!]; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
“And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
“Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
“But there shall not an hair of your head perish” (Luke 21:10-18).
Yes, there is coming GREAT PERSECUTION against God’s people! Much of it will come from FELLOW CHURCH MEMBERS – even from FAMILY!
Christ said, “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:21,22).
Jeremiah was a great prophet of God. A great patriot, he lamented the national and personal sins of his people – found it very distasteful that he was commissioned to warn them of their impending national calamities as punishments from God!
When he wrote his first book, the king cynically had it read to him, and, as each section of scroll was unrolled, had it cut off, and thrown into the fire! The book we have today is truly “Jeremiah II,” for Baruch was ordered to write the identical words the second time.
The entire 36th chapter of Jeremiah makes interesting reading: “And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
“Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
“It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin [notice the MOTIVE here! The purpose for the witness and warning was that men and women would TURN AWAY FROM SIN; from sodomy, homosexuality, licentiousness, hedonism, thievery, divorce, murder – from every kind of evil, sinful behavior; would REPENT, and come under the grace and mercy of God!].
“Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
“And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD:
“Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day [The Day of Atonement; see Leviticus 23:27-32]: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
“It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people [the hoped-for happy outcome was REPENTANCE of the nation!].
“And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’S house.
“And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
“Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD’S house, in the ears of all the people.
“When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
“Then he went down into the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
“Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
“Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.
“And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.
“Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.
“And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth?
“Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
“Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
“And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
“So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
“Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
“And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth [This was contempt and disdain; cynical disregard for God’s warning].
“Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
“Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
“But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.
“Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
“Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.
“And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?
“Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
“And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
“Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words” (Jeremiah 36:1-32).
Later, after having been placed in stocks twice, Jeremiah was thrown into a slime pit!
The greatest PATRIOT in the country; one who loved his homeland; loved his people; loved God, and loved His word, was faithfully fulfilling his life’s work; that of preaching and writing a witness and a warning to his government and his people in the hopes they could be saved from the impending WAR to come upon them; privation, suffering, torture, captivity, and death!
Instead, he was called a traitor!
Read the entire account: “Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
"Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
“Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king, saying,
“My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city [they were already under seige – the very predictions of Jeremiah were coming to pass before their eyes, yet many were still in denial!].
“Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.
“So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
“And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
“So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
“Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
“Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
“So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.
“Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:
“But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.
“And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.
“But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.
“But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath showed me:
“And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.
“So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.
“Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.
“But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee:
“Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan’s house, to die there.
“Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.
“So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken” (Jeremiah 38: 6-28).
Jeremiah was given diplomatic immunity by the conquerors of his country; was permitted to go with Gedeliah into Egypt, taking with him Zedekiah’s daughters, including Tea Tephi, who was to become the wife of King Herremon, in the British Isles. The fascinating story is contained in my book, “Europe and America In Prophecy,” published on our web site, or available in hard copy from our office, by calling (903) 561-7070, and ordering your free copy.
What does this account of Jeremiah have to do with America’s concerns over North Korea and Iran; with my repeated warnings about America’s personal and national sins?
There are some remarkable parallels!
I am a fervent patriot. I believe the documents written by our founding fathers are like a “civil Bible,” for our peoples; that our Constitution was guided by God; that it is the basis of all of our liberties; our laws; our moral values!
I also believe that our constitution is under attack! I see our nation plunging into the morass of hedonism, nihilism, self-indulgence, amorality, crime, divorce, illegitimacy, pornography, homosexuality; that our families are disintegrating, our most important institutions being infiltrated by liberal, anti-American, anti-God factions who seek only personal power!
When the leading candidate for President is to the left of Nikita Khrushchev; when America stands on the brink of eventually electing a leftist, liberal female into the highest office in the land, the prophecy of Isaiah will then come to pass, “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).
This work is a work of WITNESS AND WARNING; a work of “cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their sins!” (Isaiah 58:1).
And because of this, when the leftists, hedonists, nihilists and anti-God people ascend to the positions of power in this country, God’s work will come under attack! The most patriotic people in the country will be accused of being “anti-American!” The "pot will call the kettle black"!
Christ said so!
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