The question in the title is a very important one for every thinking person, especially at the present time. Things are changing very fast, and there is growing tension between the powerful nations of the world. This is not a new thing. What is new is the emergence of North Korea as a potential nuclear power. That country is determined to get into a position where it can defend itself, and no one would deny them that right. The problem is the closed, secretive nature of North Korea as a nation. It does not seek any alliances, except the minimum necessary for trade. The leadership are not answerable to anyone. The restrictions of democracy do not exist. Not only so, but atheism is fundamental to the constitution, hence conscience is not a factor in the decisions of the leadership. For the average Korean, the state takes the place of God.
The result of this is that a new nuclear power is emerging in the world, which is unlikely ever to submit to any multilateral international agreement to restrict the proliferation of nuclear materials. To say that this is a major problem for the western nations hardly expresses the seriousness of the problem. The danger is beyond words. The growing dilemma facing the western nations is, can they afford to let the present situation continue, or do they intervene preemptively? Presently, no one knows the answer to that question, but the bible does give us some comfort for ourselves and our children.
For the christian who is RightWithGod through Jesus Christ, there is comfort in knowing that the fate of this world is not in the hands of man, but in the hands of God. It is God who rules this world; not any western leader, nor Kim Jong Un the present leader of North Korea, nor is it Satan. World history will continue to its God-determined end. The world will not be brought to an end by nuclear war, nor by global warming nor any such action of man. These things may or may not have their effects, but they will not bring the world to an end. The bible teaches us most clearly that only God knows when the end of the world will be: “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24: 36). In that passage, Jesus goes on to emphasise the fact that the end of the world will occur unexpectedly, and on a very ordinary day.
Does that mean that God has control over world leaders? Yes; and He exercises that control in a most amazing way. In Proverbs 21:1 we read, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it wheresoever He will”. How reassuring in the day in which we live, to know that even the heart of Kim Jong Un, is in the hand of God, and God is able to turn it whatever way suits His will. The world is ruled by God and He has no unforeseen surprises.
All will be brought to a conclusion when Jesus Christ descends from heaven “with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16). Verse 18 ends that same chapter with the words, “Therefore comfort one another with these words”. Let is do just that, at this seemingly dangerous time in the history of this world.