All readers know that China has been on a very rapid military build-up. China’s neighbors are now being forced to play “catch up.” India has successfully tested a new ICBM which will be able to hit Beijing with a nuclear warhead. Its range is reportedly far enough that a sidebar to this article (in the print version) states that India’s new ICBM can travel as far as Eastern Europe. That means a large swath of Russia, China’s strategic ally, will also be within the range of this missile. Not only is India developing its own domestic missile capability, it is also the world’s leading importer of military weaponry as it seeks to “catch up” with China (see first link). The new ICBM is expected to be deployed “by 2014” which means it may be deployed earlier than that date. A naval ICBM variant may also be built.
South Korea has quietly developed and deployed a new cruise missile which can hit all parts of North Korea (see second link). The full range of this cruise missile is not revealed, but if it can hit all of North Korea from wherever it is based in South Korea, it can hit Chinese cities as well. Beijing would not be that far from South Korea. Given that North Korea’s nuclear facilities are within range of this South Korean cruise missile, it makes South Korea’s cruise missile a strategic weapon.
North Korea has made a new warlike threat against South Korea (see third link). North Korea does this every so often, and it is usually bluster. However, North Korea is unpredictable as it not long ago shelled a South Korean island with its artillery and was the obvious suspect in the sinking of a South Korean warship. North Korea has a massive number of artillery pieces aimed at Seoul, so artillery suppression would be a major mission of both South Korean and American forces if war ever does break out on the Korean peninsula. The fourth link adds an odd twist to the North Korean arms situation. It poses the question of whether a sophisticated missile launcher vehicle in a North Korean military parade was given to them by the Chinese in violation of arms agreements, and it raises a further question of whether the missile it carried is a new, sophisticated missile or a dummy made to look like a real missile.
I’ll add one more comment on the Indian military situation. The final link indicates that even though India has successfully tested a new ICBM that can reach Beijing and is buying a great deal of military equipment, it has a long way to go before its military is truly ready to fight a war. The last link cites an internal Indian readiness review that India’s military is critically short of tank ammunition, other types of ammunition, modern artillery, etc.
These developments further fulfill Ezekiel 38-39’s prophecy. North Korea, Russia, Iran and China are all in the Gog-Magog alliance which is prophesied to attack the nations of the latter-day house “Israel”–the ten tribes of Israel (USA, UK, NATO nations in much of Europe and their allies) at the very end of this age. The Israelis (“Judah”) are not even mentioned in the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy although I fully expect they will part of the attacked American/western alliance due to prophecies in Zechariah 14 and Revelation 16:12-16.
India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore and (increasingly) Vietnam are falling into place as allies in the prophesied Asian alliance described in Ezekiel 38:13 which is called “Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all the young lions thereof.” This alliance clearly is not part of the Gog-Magog alliance in Ezekiel 38’s prophecy and they are falling more in line with the western nations in a defensive anti-Chinese alliance by sheer necessity and mutual strategic interests (as the first link indicates). India, challenged by two nuclear enemies (China and Pakistan) especially needs allies with nuclear capabilities (i.e. the USA). Given the information in the last link, India also very much needs allies with conventional military strength. For more information on this anti-Chinese Asian alliance prophesied in Ezekiel 38, I recommend reading my free article, Japan’s Role in Latter Day Prophecy.