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CHINA’s increasingly “ugly” behaviour has prompted Australia’s move to ramp up defence spending, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison concerned Beijing will begin posing a direct threat to his country, a defence expert has said.

Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Increasing Threats and Rumours of Wars; China vs Australia: Big increase in military spending sparks panic- ‘Scene getting uglier’

CHINA’s increasingly “ugly” behaviour has prompted Australia’s move to ramp up defence spending, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison concerned Beijing will begin posing a direct threat to his country, a defence expert has said.

By CIARAN MCGRATH PUBLISHED: 11:34, Mon, Jul 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:47, Mon, Jul 27, 2020 Express.co.uk

And Iain Ballantyne, editor of Warships International Fleet Review, said the announcement emphasises the urgency with which Canberra now regards the situation – although he also questioned whether the country, with its population of 25 million, would be able to afford the large sums required. Australia is increasing defence spending by 40 percent over the next 10 years, investing long-range military assets focused on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

He said Australia would first buy 200 long-range anti-ship missiles from the US Navy for £444million (Aus$800 million), and would also consider developing hypersonic missiles that can travel at least at five times the speed of sound.

Mr Ballantyne said Mr Morrison’s comments were clearly a direct response to China’s increasingly belligerent behaviour, especially in relation to the disputed South China Sea.

Specifically Mr Ballantyne highlighted Mr Morrison’s pledge to ensure “an open, sovereign Indo-Pacific, free from coercion and hegemony”, adding: “This was obviously a thinly veiled reference to rising Chinese military and naval aggression.”

In an article published in the latest edition of the magazine, Mr Ballantyne wrote: “Clearly, Australia realises the regional threat scene is getting uglier and it is better to meet and defeat threats far away rather than let them slam home in Australia itself or intrude into close territorial waters.

“A range of equipment Australia will need is outlined, some of it required soon.

“This is due to the unpredictable and rapidly changing course of events that has led to the abandonment of the usual notion of a ten year ‘strategic warning time’ in which to prepare for a forthcoming conflict.

“The upgrades to warfare capabilities include the Long-range Anti-ship Missile (LRASM), an underwater surveillance system that may also eventually include optionally/unmanned submarines, along with research and development into new weaponry including hypersonic missiles.”

In real terms, the cash boost represented £39billion (Aus$70 billion) increase on the £111billion (Aus$200billion) already promised, and a pledge to increase defence spending to two per cent of GDP already planned over the same ten-year period, Mr Ballantyne said.

However, he added: “This is a very significant expenditure plan, and one that is sorely needed

“Whether or not it is all affordable is unclear.

“That lurking reality is perhaps recognised by the absence of an expected further three P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPAs).

“As the GDP contracts and the government tries to rebuild an economy battered by bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic Defence aspirations may have to be curtailed.

“Nevertheless, recognition of the need to combat actual threats with a more capable navy able to deter and/or fight an enemy further away, illustrates an abandonment of the continental approach to defending Australia.”

In his speech last week, Mr Morrison did not name China – but said: “We have not seen the conflation of global economic and strategic uncertainty now being experienced here in Australia in our region since the existential threat we faced when the global and regional order collapsed in the 1930s and 1940s.

“We want a region where all countries, large and small, can engage freely with each other and be guided by international rules and norms.”

Australia followed up on Mr Morrison’s speech with a declaration to the United Nations in which it stated: “Australia rejects China’s claim to ‘historic rights’ or ‘maritime rights and interests’ as established in the ‘long course of historical practice’ in the South China Sea.”

The language closely resembles that of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo days earlier, when he dismissed China’s territorial claims as “completely unlawful”.

On Thursday it was reported that China had told students to avoid studying in Australia – jeopardising Australia’s fourth-largest export industry, international education, worth £20billion (Aus$38 billion) annually.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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