Japan’s prime Minister Abe, increasingly concerned about China’s militarism, has signed a PACT with NATO to allow more cooperation between Japan and NATO. This is a very important step. The first link describes this important development and it cites Japan’s concerns about Russian militarism in the Ukraine combined with the persistent Chinese militarism in Asia.
Prime Minister Abe also wants to take several steps to make Japan a more powerful and capable military nation and ally to other nations. He wishes “to lift Japan’s ban on collective self-defense” to bolster Japan’s ability to come to the aid of the USA and other nations in any future conflict. Abe also wants Japan to be more aggressive in defending overflight and navigation rights. The latter item is especially important because China is threatening every nation’s navigation rights in the South China Sea. In making this statement, Japan’s prime Minister Abe is indicating a willingness to have Japan’s navy be more active in defending free navigation rights in international waters that Chinese actions are now threatening.
The second link makes it very clear how threatening China is becoming to other nations in what many have long regarded as international waters. It shows and describes armed Chinese vessels intimidating Vietnamese ships and firing water cannons at them. That link also notes that the Philippines have arrested eleven Chinese fishermen as part of a longstanding maritime dispute with China. The Chinese are firing water cannons at other nations’ ships now. If and when they start firing shells at other nations’ ships, a regional war could quickly break out. I have suggested in previous posts that a limited, regional war may be exactly what China desires. China has build an impressive array of new warplanes, surface warships, submarines, missiles, etc., but none of them have ever been tested under actual combat conditions. China needs a limited war in which it can “field-test” its new weaponry. A similar historical precedent was when Hitler’s Nazi regime was building a large array of new weaponry to use in World War II, but it needed to “field-test” some of its new weaponry in actual combat conditions. Hitler had the opportunity to test his new weaponry in the Spanish civil war, but China has no local conflict in which it can take sides to test its new weapons. Before China launches a major world war, it needs to test its new weaponry to see if it actually works against western technologies and weaponry, especially those of the USA. Such a goal would explain why China is so bellicose and aggressive. It may be trying to provoke a conflict to test its weaponry.
The last link documents that the USA and the Philippines have signed a new defense pact that allows the USA to station military forces in the Philippines. The two nations were very close allies for a long time after World War II, so this pact is a return to a historical alliance for both nations. However, there is a problem. If the US Congress agrees to Obama’s very naive and, in my opinion, dangerous desire to cut the US army to its lowest level on uniformed personnel since before World War II, the USA soon won’t have any troops to send to the Philippines…or to other nations either.
The above developments are totally consistent with the biblical prophecy found in Ezekiel 38-39. That prophecy accurately predicted the global alliances now found in the modern world. It predicted the formation of the Gog-Magog alliance of Russia, China, Iran and their allies as well as the western alliance dominated and led by the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel who were prophesied to become rich and powerful nations in the latter days (Genesis 49). However, Ezekiel 38:13 also prophesied the formation of a third grouping of nations that would not be apart of the Gog-Magog alliance. That third group of nations has been identified in my articles as the developing Pacific Rim alliance of Japan, India and the smaller “young tiger” nations of South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, etc. Vietnam seems ever more drawn into this Pacific Rim alliance as well, as I’ve noted in previous posts. While it is clear that this Pacific Rim alliance is not allied with Russia, China and Iran in the latter days, the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 does not specifically state how closely allied with the western alliance this Pacific Rim alliance would be. The actions of Prime Minister Abe, the Philippine defense pact with the USA and other developments indicate that this Pacific Rim alliance is moving into a position of openly being allied with the western NATO alliance headed by the modern nations of the house of Israel–the descendants of the ancient ten tribes of Israel. The USA is the leading nation in NATO and its Israelite origins are made clear in my article, The USA in Biblical Prophecy, in my books and in my audio messages. For much more in-depth information on these three prophesied alliances in the latter days, please read my articles, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III and Japan’s Role in Biblical Prophecy.