I was recently sent a chart by a sister which apparently is from the Daily Mail, which was intended to show how far Britain is behind Russia in the development of forces.
It is an interesting chart. It wouldn’t seem to me to demonstrate whether or not Britain is dwarfed by Russia, as suggested by the author. Rather it demonstrates the thinking behind the formation of these forces. Britain’s intent is to have a force which can defend Britain. While it may not look like it according to that chart, it has easily achieved that goal.
It has not developed a navy which can project force. They have no Air Craft Carriers, and no Battle Cruisers by which they can attack or defend a distant land. They do have two mid size Air Craft Carriers under construction, one due to be launched 2016, the other 2018, and both hopelessly behind the original schedules. But the new carriers will be defensive weapons, like the rest of Britain’s forces. They are 3/4s the size of the American Carriers, and can’t launch fixed wing aircraft. They are not nuclear, so they must constantly be refueled, which is not a problem around the British Isles. It is a real problem in the Middle East.
Why this is relevant to prophetic discussion is in regards to God’s ordination of the modern Tarshish to defend Israel. If you have only built enough vessels to defend your own country, what do you use to go and defend another? Bro. Thomas pointed out that Tarshish doesn’t defend Israel out of love for Israel, but out of its own desire for "self aggrandizement." So the nation that defends Israel must do so with its own interests well protected. Britain cannot do this.
Look at the Gulf War for an example of what it takes to project force into the Middle East. This is the size of the coalition Blue Water fleet that was sent over the course of time to fight only Iraq.
8 Air Craft Carriers (7 USA, 1 France)
2 Battleships (All USA) (Both vessels now decommissioned)
17 Battle Cruisers (All USA)
19 Destroyers ( 12 USA, 4 UK, 1 Italy, 2 Canada)
20 Frigates (12 USA, 5 UK, 3 Italy)
Is it not clear that Britain could not have amassed the forces needed to fight just one nation in the Middle East, let alone all of Europe when Europe advances onto the mountains of Israel? And Britain was only able to participate in the Gulf War, because there was no threat to Britain itself, which allowed the British shores to be patrolled by NATO. Otherwise it never would have sent 4 of its 6 destroyers, and 5 of its 13 Frigates to the Middle East. Project this to Armageddon, when all of Europe will be Britain’s enemy. Will they be able to spare vessels to go and fight in the Middle East?
But can the USA amass a force necessary to defend Israel? This is the current size of the US Blue Water Navy. (Blue Water is a designation given to vessels whose purpose is to fight on the open sea, as opposed to Brown Water Navy, which are vessels intended to transport land forces, and fight in the shore areas.)
US Vessels: Active
10 Air Craft Carriers
4 Litoral Combat Ships
55 Nuclear Attack Subs
Regardless of what the chart says, the following is the actual Blue Water strength of Britain and Russia. The chart that fellow assembled seems to have Britain correct, but over states Russia.
1 Air Craft Carrier (Some analysts consider this a Cruiser, as it is small for a Carrier and can’t launch fixed wing aircraft.)
16 Nuclear Attack Subs
6 Nuclear Attack Subs
The USA currently has 167 major Blue Water fighting vessels.
Russia has 42 major Blue Water fighting vessels.
The UK has 25 major Blue Water fighting vessels.
The USA Blue Water Navy is four times the size of Russia in numbers. If I were to produce the figures for the Brown Water Navies, it would show the USA Brown Water Navy to be three times larger than Russia. If we were to compare the military capability of the forces, we would see that the USA is ten times more powerful, than Russia. A military book called "Janes All the World’s Fighting Ships" rates each US Carrier, more powerful than any European Air Force, save Russia. And both the UK and USA ships are much more modern than the Russian forces. That is what The Ships of Tarshish is Scripturally supposed to look like at the time of the end, according to bro. Thomas.
Brethren over the years have been uneasy with bro. Thomas’ idea of how powerful the Ships of Tarshish must be at the start of Armageddon. They reason if the Ships of Tarshish are this powerful, how will Russia defeat them, as prophesied in Ezek. 38? It is not Russia that defeats them, but God. The pride and power of the Tarshish fleet will be destroyed by the "East Wind" (Psa. 48:7), not by Russia. That is the teaching of bro. Thomas. The "East Wind" (probably some combinations of Volcanos, Tsunamis, and Hurricane force winds--not unlike the original destruction of the Minoan society, by Thera) cripples the Tarshish fleet, and creates a vacuum in the Middle East that Russia will rush into, who then conquers Jerusalem, and will hold it till the Rainbowed Angel stands on the Mount of Olives in that Great Day of Ail Shaddai.