The North Korean surprise

There was a stunning development this past week that took the world by surprise!

In a striking announcement March 8th, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong proclaimed that U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un of North Korea as early as May. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president would meet with Kim at a place and time to be determined, adding that America looks forward to a denuclearized North Korea.

This swift announcement follows a breakthrough meeting between South Korean officials and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that took place a few days ago. North Korea asserted that it will refrain from further nuclear or missile tests, and offered a conciliatory outreach by noting that he understands routine U.S.-South Korea military exercises must continue. This statement was truly shocking. Also of note, the U.S. president said in a tweet that sanctions would remain in place until an agreement is reached.

Why is North Korea bending? North Korea is under heavy sanctions pressure; its foreign currency reserves are quickly depleting. It is also attempting to relay a message to South Korea that it is reasonable and does not want a nuclear war with South Korea.

The announcement is an encouraging sign for China. Beijing’s uppermost priority is to calm the quarrel and discourage the United States from resorting to military action to blunt Pyongyang’s saber-rattling. Chinese leaders clearly grasp its limited ability to rein in North Korea, and they know they have little power to influence President Trump.

The March 8 announcement worries Japan. A sudden shift in the U.S. position will put Japan in a difficult place—as it fears North Korea and does not trust at all Kim Jong Un. How much Russia will be involved in all of this is yet to be seen.

There are still many weeks and many meetings before any Kim-Trump meeting would take place. Much can happen before now and then. At times such as these I always think of this passage about the spirit world interfering in world affairs. This is worth reading yet again—a very important passage:

When watching nations and geopolitical trends ALWAYS keep in mind that the spirt world is at work, toiling behind the scenes; often demons are motivating and influencing world leaders to make certain decisions. The North Korea story reminds me of the lying spirit that swayed King Ahab as recorded in 1 Kings 22. In 1 Kings 22 we are told of a council of war between the kings of Israel and Judah. Treacherous King Ahab and the good Jewish King Jehoshaphat were planning war against Syria to regain land that Israel had lost. At the council, God’s prophet Micaiah was brought before the two kings, he revealed a perceptive vision from the throne of God, revealing how the world of angels and demons can sway world leaders:

Micaiah viewed God sitting on His throne and the spiritual host of heaven around Him. “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him [Ahab].’ The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets’” (verses 21-22). God was allowing Ahab to be persuaded by his advisors (influenced by a lying spirit) to engage in a battle that would lead to Ahab’s death. The lesson for us is that at times lying demonic spirits work through government advisors and Leaders [types of false prophets] to prevail upon tyrants to make rash decisions. With this background; I cannot help but to consider that demon spirits will be involved, provoking and influencing the leader of North Korea.

Bible prophecies have long foretold the rise of an end-time Asiatic superpower capable of producing a huge army that will ultimately fight against a European beast power stationed in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:44; Revelation 9:13-17). Most likely North Korea will be part of the 200- million- man army that makes its way across the Euphrates river as it advances to Jerusalem (Revelation 9:16). That is yet to take place in the future, soon before Christ’s return.

Will President Trump actually be able to “de-nuke” North Korea? Hard to believe that will happen. We watch the whole situation with Daniel 2:21 in mind–God controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings…thus we watch the Korean crisis with intense interest.

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