For the first time in more than 50 years, Sweden will send war-preparation packets to their entire population of 4.8 million households (The Guardian, May 21, 2018). The publication is distributed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and “comes as the debate on security—and the possibility of joining NATO—has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.”
The 20-page pamphlet shows citizens how to “secure basic needs such as food, water and heat, what warning signals mean, where to find bomb shelters and how to contribute to Sweden’s ‘total defense.’” Sweden first distributed similar publications in 1943 in the midst of World War II.
Although war in Europe may not be imminent, geopolitical trends and the actions of Sweden’s neighbors have raised concerns among the nation’s leaders. Jesus Christ warned that “wars and rumors of wars” will be one of the signs of the end of the age, but that these are just “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6–8). God also warns the Israelite-descended peoples (which includes the Scandinavians) that when they live contrary to His ways, they will experience “terror” that could impact their societies and national decisions (Leviticus 26:14–16). While it is sobering to see world events falling in line with ancient prophecies, there is hope ahead. For a glimpse into what is in store for the entire world, watch “What’s Ahead for 2018 and Beyond?”