America isn’t mentioned in end-time Bible prophecy. Is this because it will be neutralized as a world power?
David and Goliath
In much of the world’s eyes, America has become like Goliath; a huge, seemingly invincible bully. But, like Goliath, America is not invincible, and by 1999, two Chinese colonels (Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui) wrote a game plan for America’s demise, entitled: “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America.”
In the book, China’s former defense minister (General Chi Haotian) is quoted as saying,
“War with the United States is inevitable; We cannot avoid it.”
The next world war may have been triggered by American missiles against Iranian targets, but precision munitions, aircraft carriers, and nuclear bombs are 20th Century weapons.
In the 21st Century, America’s enemies are preparing to defeat America by using unrestricted, asymmetrical warfare.
“The authors discovered that the American military’s obsession with expensive, high-tech precision weapons, so well deployed during the Gulf War, has deluded American military planners into a false sense of superiority.”
This quote refers to General Norman Schwartzkopf’s fantastically-successful 100-hour ‘shock and awe’ campaign against Saddam Hussein in 1991.
‘Unrestricted, asymmetrical warfare’ advocates a multitude of means, both civilian and military, to defeat an enemy. Russia, China, and Iran do not want an all-out nuclear exchange with Goliath that would result in global nuclear winter—destroying all human life on earth. Instead, they’ll prefer to attack Goliath using weapons and methods of warfare which decimate the enemy’s nation without harming his own. Here are a few examples:
- Hackers can anonymously disrupt the electronic banking system, or China can dump it’s US Treasury bonds. Either would destroy the dollar and the US economy. Monetary credit would immediately freeze, preventing trucks from delivering food and supplies to stores, resulting in nationwide shortages, and then mass starvation and riots within weeks.
- Hackers or commandos could exploit known vulnerabilities in electric grids, causing nationwide power outages for months, if not years. On October 12, 2017, a congressional assessment warned that 90% of Americans would die in six months if electric power is lost in an EMP.
- Terrorist sleeper cells across the US could be triggered to simultaneously attack power grids, sabotage bridges, poison municipal water supplies, block highway intersections, pollute cities with dirty bombs, assassinate politicians and policemen, etc.
In Judo, you use an opponent’s weight and strength against him, turning his advantages into liabilities. In the same way, the expensive, high-tech weapons America depends on are ineffective against the kind of unconventional warfare America’s adversaries have been planning for (at least) the last 20 years.
The American Goliath has a big sword, but we’re totally vulnerable to these stones in David’s sling. So, while America is fighting a conventional, high-tech war overseas, its enemies will be pulling the rug out from under our feet at home, undermining our economy, infrastructure, and food supplies; completing the social fragmentation of American society and the internal collapse of America as an effective world power.
After America is neutralized, global power will revert to Europe and Asia, with the Middle East as a contested, oil-rich crossroad in-between them. This sets the stage for the subsequent, end-time battles of Gog/Magog and Armageddon in Israel.
An Optimistic View?
Finally, believe it or not, the events above are an optimistic view of WW3 and why I don’t see America in end-time prophecy. It gives people and nations the possibility of survival.
A pessimistic view is that WW3 will escalate into using WMDs (weapons of mass destruction), resulting in the terrible fulfillment of these verses in the Book of Revelation:
I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals. (Rev 6:8)
And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.” Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops. (Rev 9:14-16)
We know that God’s kingdom of righteousness and peace must be born out of the tribulation of this age, and this is transition is difficult for people to face.
Let’s pray for the ability to see our primary citizenship is now in God’s kingdom. All the nations of this present evil age will be destroyed (Daniel 2:44). We need to look up and hasten the coming of God’s kingdom of righteousness and peace.