AAs Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated the battle for control of eastern Ukraine, Joe Biden has asked the US Congress for an $813 billion defense budget next year. This budget is 10 percent higher than the current defense budget. Yet this increase is barely enough to keep pace with inflation. Thus, the US Navy will continue its trajectory towards a smaller fleet. Biden wants to spend 22 percent from next year’s defense budget on the navy, giving the navy enough resources to build nine new battleships while retiring 24 old battleships.
According to Navy estimates, its fleet will grow from 298 ships to 280 ships over the next six years. It’s disconcerting because security specialists predict that the Chinese fleet will grow from 384 ships to 436 ships over the same period. And while American ships are technologically more advanced than Chinese ships, the recent sinking of a Russian flagship by a Ukrainian cruise missile woke up many naval officials to the fact that even high-tech battleships can be sunk by anti-ship munitions. Senior US Navy officer Admiral Mike Gilday said he believed America needed “a naval force of over 500 ships” to stand up to communist China.
About 56% of the U.S. shipbuilding budget goes to nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, meaning that nation’s battleship fleet is suffering as it funnels resources into groups of aircraft carriers, floating military bases that weigh 100,000 tons and cost $9 billion each. Yet not everyone thinks this is the right strategy. According to Marine Corps Colonel Thomas Hammes (retired), American carrier groups are like medieval knights – heavily armed and equipped to slaughter any enemy they encounter in battle, but vulnerable to projectiles fired from afar. To to eat lunch organized by the National Interest in 2019, Col. Hammes recommended that the Navy shift its focus from carrier groups to more missile-armed ships. These smaller ships would be cheaper than aircraft carriers but capable of launching missiles thousands of miles away.
This is the strategy that China uses. The Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo knows that its two aircraft carriers can never defeat the 11 nuclear-powered US supercarriers. So China built smaller ships and equipped them with DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missiles nicknamed the “aircraft carrier killers”. They are 46 feet long, weigh 44,000 pounds and can carry a 4,000 pound payload up to 2,500 miles. With satellite targeting, a DF-26 ballistic missile launched from mainland China could sink any ship in the Western Pacific.
Equipping ships with anti-ship missiles could revolutionize naval warfare. Admiral Gilday thinks America needs 500 battleships to keep pace with China, but some of them China new long-range missiles are built to be fired from merchant ships. China already has more than 6,600 merchant ships (while the United States has about 3,700). Thus, China could attack US carrier groups like wolves surrounding a buffalo in a battle of quantity versus quality.
Yet whether or not the DF-26 anti-ship missiles become breakthrough technology, the Bible prophesies that Chinese ships will play a key role in America’s downfall. Isaiah 23 identifies Tyr, Tarshish, and Kittim as nations that will besiege America at the end of time. Trumpet editor of Gerald Flurry’s book Isaiah’s vision of the end times identifies Tire as the commercial center of the European Union, Tarshish as Japan and Kittim as China.
These identities are further proven by the fact that these three power blocs control most ships in the world. According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 99,800 merchant ships sailed the high seas last year. The English-speaking peoples (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom) owned 6,251 of these ships; the peoples of the EU owned 11,920 of these ships. And the peoples of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and their allies) had 38,006 such ships. This means that the countries of the Isaiah 23 alliance own 44% of the world’s merchant fleet.
If nations begin to weaponize merchant ships with ballistic missiles in a sea gate war, America and its nuclear-powered supercarriers could be besieged by a vast armada of over 44,000 ships.
Isaiah has a powerful message for the people of America and Britain. To understand this message, read Chapter 7 of Gerald Flurry’s book Isaiah’s vision of the end times, “Building towards a global catastrophe.”