Are Heightened Tensions With North Korea Part of the Biblical End Times?

It’s no secret that the United States’ ongoing tensions with North Korea are intensifying, with the spat between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump taking some startling rhetorical twists and turns over the past 11 months.

And on Tuesday, North Korea launched what CNN called its “most potent missile test yet,” putting pressure on politicians — and most notably U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken a hardline on the East Asian country.

“I will only tell you that we will take care of it,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “It is a situation that we will handle.”

The latest missile launch — the longest and and highest yet — comes after Trump designated North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the country to the list after its removal back in 2008 by former president George W. Bush.

Trump’s response to North Korea’s move was measured, considering his earlier boisterous reactions to Kim Jong Un. As you might recall, the president warned earlier this year that North Korea “best not make any more threats to the United States,” saying the country “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” North Korea responded by warning that it would carry out preemptive strikes against U.S. lands.

As Faithwire previously reported, hostilities between North Korea and the U.S. have captured the attention of Pastor Greg Laurie, founder of the Harvest Crusades and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, California. He posted a Facebook video back in May  that covered eschatology (study of the end times) and how current events play into the biblical paradigm.

“As you know, this conflict with this rogue nation has escalated dramatically in recent days and even hours,” Laurie said in the video. “The leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un has threatened to strike America with nuclear weapons.”

The preacher then tied the ongoing stalemate between North Korea and the U.S. back to scripture and explained that he knows some people are wondering how all of these events “fit into the prophetic puzzle.”

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