Surveying the current geopolitical landscape can give me a headache. The world is embroiled in a spiritual battle. Right it made to look wrong; wrong is made to look right; security threats loom large; and if we don't keep our eyes on the Lord, we can easily be deceived. Here is a glimpse of what's happening today.
External Threats. Today we see wars and hear threats of wars. Everywhere we turn, there is trouble.
North Korea. Today there was the meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Eun of North Korea in Singapore. But there is nothing clearly settled in the meeting. A May 2017 U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee called North Korea "antagonistic state actor remains a critical security challenge." A May report from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said, "North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program, public threats, defiance of the international community, confrontational military posturing, cyber activities, and potential for internal instability pose a complex and increasingly grave national security threat."
Iran. The intelligence report said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran remains an enduring threat to US national interests because of Iranian support to anti-US terrorist groups and militants...Iran continues to develop a range of new military capabilities to monitor and target US and allied military assets in the region, including gamed UAVs, ballistic missiles, advanced naval mines, unmanned explosive boats, submarines and advanced torpedoes, and anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles."
Syria. As the civil war in Syria drones on, so does the death toll, along with the hunan misery. To date, some 500,000 are dead. Millions have been uprooted, and hundreds of thousands are now refugees looking for safe havens. This ongoing humanitarian crisis places tremendous stress on countries trying to help and creates huge border risks.
Russia. Since Vladimir Putin came to power, Russia has repeatedly denied Ukraine and Central Europe natural gas, occupied and attempted to annex Crimea, destabilized eastern Ukraine, and deployed its military to Syria to prop up the Bashar Assad regime. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called Russia's occupation of Crimea an attempt to "redraws international borders by force." It is clear the Russian bear has no intentions of hibernating.
Radical-Muslim Terrorist Groups. No one can predict, when radical-Muslin terrorist groups, such as ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood, will strike. These groups are at war with Western civilization and want to destroy it.
Security threats, of course, are nothing new. When Israel faced them 2,700 years ago, Assyria attacked from the north and swept the 10 northern tribes into captivity, leaving Judah and Benjamin in the south. Assyrian then hoped to conquer Judah; and Egypt, although in decline, still posed a threat. Yet God sent the prophet Isaiah to warn Judah not of the external threat but, rather, of His impending judgment due to Judah's own behavior.
Judah's condition then mirrors our condition today: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isa 5:20). What God loved, the world despised; and vice versa. The Jewish people had stopped listening to God's voice and had rejected His standards, so God sent Isaiah to warn them. We, too, are rejecting His standards.