Seeing the rapidly-growing military threats in the modern world, Japan has decided to “deploy missile defenses nationwide as a result of the growing threat from China and the existing threat from North Korea.” This statement is buried deep in the third story in the first link below with four separate stories by Bill Gertz, who writes the “Inside the Ring” column for The Washington Times.
Japan is seeing the world realistically. The third story in the link states that Japan’s decision is based on (A) “military modernization in China,” (B) “that North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats ‘are immediate and grave destabilizing factors to the regional security'”, and (C) “‘increasingly robust’ Russian military activities.” Japan is also making a decision to expand its submarine fleet from 16 to 22 ships for defense of its home islands. While it is unspoken, Japan’s submarines could also be sent far from Japan’s home islands on offensive wartime missions when/if war does break out. The second and third links provide more information on Japan’s decision to expand its submarine fleet and the nature of the Chinese threat to Japan. No details are provided whether Japan’s new subs will be equipped with long-range cruise or ballistic missiles, but I would not be surprised if they will be built with such capabilities.
I find it interesting that neither Japan nor China regard building aircraft carriers as a priority. Japan has no plans for any such vessels and China is rapidly building submarines while proceeding at a very desultory pace on modifying a rusty old Russian carrier for eventual use at sea. Do both nations see aircraft carriers as too big and vulnerable to justify putting so many funds into a single vessel that can be sunk by one cruise missile or ballistic missile?
Japan is expanding its submarine fleet and building a nationwide missile defense system because it sees realistically the rapidly-growing military threat from Russia, China and North Korea (all members of the Gog-Magog alliance of Ezekiel 38-39). It was President Ronald Reagan who foresaw the need for a national missile-defense system for the USA, but his critics derided it as a needless “Star Wars” proposal. Reagan was years ahead of his time in seeing the dangers that the Russians and Chinese would eventually pose to the world. Indeed, the fourth link below has sidebar paragraphs that President Ronald Regan took the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 seriously.
The fourth link below has a series of scenarios and media programs on the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy, including interviews by Glenn Beck with Joel Rosenberg and one from the Hal Lindsey ministry. Many Christian ministries which focus on prophecy easily see that Russia, China and Iran are forming the Gog-Magog alliance before our eyes and that we are living in the latter days when this alliance will attack “Israel” in the latter days. [I do need to observe that the fourth link misidentifies Germany as Gomer. Gomer is modern China, a modern Oriental nation of Japheth—Germany is a combination of the ancient Semitic/Caucasian Israelite tribe of Gad and the ancient Semitic/Caucasian nation of Assyria.] What these other Christian ministries do not grasp is that when the Bible uses the term “Israel” in prophecy it cannot possibly mean the Israeli nation in the Mideast which the Bible always calls “Judah” in its prophecies. The Israeli Jewish nation is always called “Judah” in biblical prophecies (such as in Zephaniah 2, Zechariah 12 and 14, etc.) because the Israelis/Jews are descended from Judah, one of the many tribes of Israel. “Judah” isn’t even mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39!! Ezekiel 38-39 is NOT a prophecy about an attack by the Gog-Magog alliance vs. the Israelis. It warns about an attack by Russia, China, Iran and their allies against the nations of the modern ten tribes of “Israel” and their allies.
As readers of my books, articles, blog and listeners to the audio messages at this website know, the nations of modern “Israel” can easily be proven to be the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, all Scandinavian and many mainland European nations and their global allies (such as Japan and the Asian “young tiger” nations). Indeed, my article at this website entitled Japan’s Role in Biblical Prophecy indicates that Japan and its latter-day role is identified in the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy. Japan is going to need its submarine fleet and national missile-defense system in a future year. They are wise to make such investments in their national defense against Russia, China and North Korea. Meanwhile, the USA and the European nations, utterly absorbed by the overwhelming consequences of their chronic economic/financial sins, are neglecting their defenses and are oblivious to the growing dangers of an impending World War III in which Ezekiel 38-39 warns will see the nations of North America and Europe as the main targets of the Ezekiel 38-39 attack.
Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? When will some other Christian ministries “wake up” and understand the difference between “Israel” and “Judah” in biblical prophecy? They will not be effective “watchmen” until they get their national identifications correct. I hope they wake up soon. Nothing less than the survival of much of the western world is at stake.