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In understanding the dynamics of a conflict, I’m fond of using examples from a well-played game of chess.

Let’s say we have a chess game in which white and black have equally developed their position. It’s mid-game with no one able to claim a clear advantage. Then one side strikes by employing major strength (queen, bishop, knight) to threaten the opponent’s defenses. It is all but certain that if the attack does not succeed in keeping the pressure on until victory is won, the side that committed their resources will lose. Except in rare instances, poor aggressive strategies result in over-exposure and all but guaranteed defeat.

With the above in mind, a news item should catch our attention: The U.S. Commander in the Pacific (PACOM), Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, speaking on the record, warned that China is gaining dominance in the Pacific. What qualifies this as an “ominous” warning is that the Obama Administration placed Adm. Locklear in charge of the U.S. military “pivot” away from Europe toward the Asian-Pacific rim. It was a high-level power play to show U.S. strength, provide security to America’s trading partners in the region (other than China) and pressure China into a more cooperative or docile posture. Now after three years to evaluate their military policy, it appears this strategic move has backfired. This week, Chinese government news sources are reporting the U.S. has lost its grip in the Pacific. 

Recent developments indicate the Chinese are more aggressive, not less. Their military production machine is in high gear. Their advancements are no longer countered by superior American technology. In what might have been termed a back and forth between strong opponents, the tide has turned. The U.S. has been left over-exposed, over-extended and guaranteed vulnerable to a well-planned counterattack. From a U.S. commander’s point of view, this newly declared pivot of power is ominous.

Of course, these events support my contention that with America’s relegation to a footnote in history, it will give rise to global chaos and the pre-ordained emergence of the Antichrist. The clock is ticking, not on the end of the United States, so much as on the end of the age. It was Jesus who declared three times within the last fifteen verses of Scripture: “I am coming soon!”  Does that catch our attention?

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