A new U.S. intelligence report predicts “[t]he risk of conflicts between and within nations will increase over the next five years to levels not seen since the Cold War as global growth slows, the post-World War Two order erodes and anti-globalization fuels nationalism” (Reuters, January 9, 2017). The report noted, “Uncertainty about the United States, coupled with an ‘inward-looking West’ and the weakening of international human rights and conflict prevention standards, will encourage China and Russia to challenge American influence… Those challenges ‘will stay below the threshold of hot war but bring profound risks of miscalculation… Overconfidence that material strength can manage escalation will increase the risks of interstate conflict to levels not seen since the Cold War’” (ibid.).
Global experts now expect what Christ predicted for the end of the age: “[Y]ou will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8). While increasing “rumors of wars” can be worrisome, seeing Bible prophecies come to pass should increase the faith of God’s people and motivate them to “press on” toward the coming Kingdom of God (Philippians 3:14). For more on this subject watch Discerning the Signs of the Times.