A Solution to Escalating Conflicts
Conflicts around the world are on the rise and could suddenly escalate. The war in Ukraine is still raging, and Central Intelligence Agency Director Bill Burns noted on July 21 that China’s invasion of Taiwan is just a matter of time.
“I think the Chinese leadership is trying to study the lessons of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Burns noted in an interview with nbc News. “It probably affects less the question of whether the Chinese leadership might choose some years down the road to use force to control Taiwan, but how and when they would do it.” He believes that China is taking a different lesson from the recent war. “I suspect the lesson that the Chinese leadership and military are drawing is that you’ve got to amass overwhelming force if you’re going to contemplate that in the future.”
At the same time, Turkey is threatening to invade Syria. “It can happen suddenly one night,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu said in regard to what he calls “military operations against terrorism.”
Nations are preparing for major warfare. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute warned on June 13 that nuclear states “are super busy modernizing their arsenals. Both to extend the versions they have, but also to introduce new kinds.” Supposedly pacifist nations such as Germany and Japan have pledged to drastically increase their military budgets. One of the first pieces of military equipment Germany ordered was F-35s capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Iran is also pursuing nuclear weapons.
And yet the Trumpet proclaims peace is around the corner.
Notice how Jesus Christ described our day in Matthew 24: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars …. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (verses 6-7).
Mankind has attempted to bring about lasting peace. The spread of democracy, technological advancements, increased education were all praised as the solution. Yet mankind’s attempts at peace have failed. As the Prophet Isaiah wrote, “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:8).
Throughout history mankind has been plagued by war. Anciently no people were as familiar with war as the Assyrians. Wall reliefs in the British History Museum attest to Assyria’s cruel nature. With few natural borders and aggressive ambition, Assyrians were constantly at war. “In such an atmosphere,” historian Will Durant wrote in Our Oriental Heritage, “the only science that flourished was that of war; Assyrian medicine was merely Babylonian medicine; Assyrian astronomy was merely Babylonian astrology ….”
The Prophet Nahum recorded one of the strongest warnings in the Bible addressing Assyria’s capital, Nineveh: “Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not” (Nahum 3:1). But in the midst of this chilling warning, one verse provides phenomenal hope: “Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off” (Nahum 1:15).
God calls the one delivering this corrective message a herald of peace. The book of Nahum was recorded as a prophecy for our day. In his booklet on Nahum, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains:
Historians know the Assyrians have a bloody history. And modern historians know Germany has had an unparalleled history of causing bloody wars. What most historians don’t know is that the Assyrians and the Germans are the same people. However, this fact is easy to understand—if you know secular history, Bible history and Bible prophecy. But even secular history alone should give you that understanding!
The book of Nahum is prophecy for our day and a warning to a remilitarized Germany. The Assyrians mainly settled where Germany and Austria are located today. Right now we are seeing Germany remilitarize—gearing up to fulfill this prophecy. While it is true that our world is about to see unprecedented horrors, the message of Nahum is one of peace. In regards to Nahum 1:15, Mr. Flurry notes: “God says you can see the feet of him that publishes peace. We must not spiritualize this away. It is clearly prophesied that a man would be delivering the terrifying news about World War iii—and the wonderful peace beyond!”
Today there are many false promises of peace, but there is only one message of true hope. While the Trumpet often explains how current world events are leading to world war, every single fulfilled prophecy leads to Jesus Christ’s intervention in the affairs of man (Matthew 24). Peace is coming!
To understand how mankind’s history of warfare is about to end, request a free copy of Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany.