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Three Scenarios That Could Lead Us to World War III

by James Walton

The prospect of World War III seems to be growing by the day. The events in the Middle East, after all, have rapidly drawn nations into an attack formation–some figuratively and some very literally. As a matter of fact, the most recent attacks in the Levant are so brutal and the pace so quick that we have nearly forgotten that Russia and NATO are still butting heads just 2,000 miles north.

While China hasn’t pulled the trigger, many speculate that now is the perfect time for them to invade Taiwan, as the U.S. is busy playing war ref in two locations at once. What would it look like if China took a shot at Taiwan, too?

With so much happening on the world stage, there are undoubtedly scenarios that can lead directly to World War III. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 Halliburton shares.

All kidding aside, what are the most direct routes to World War III, right now?

Let’s review.

Table of Contents

  • 01

    World Wars Have Kicked Off Over Much Less

  • 02

    Who are the Players of WWIII?

  • 03

    SCENARIO 1: Iran steps in against Israel

  • 04

    SCENARIO 2: Poland Posture Changes

  • 05

    SCENARIO 3: Turkey Gets Involved

  • 06

    SCENARIO 4: China Moves on Taiwan

  • 07


  • 08

    Final Thoughts on World War III

  • 09

    Frequently Asked Questions

World Wars Have Kicked Off Over Much Less

Franz Ferdinand death notice.

Franz Ferdinand death notice. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Sarajevo, June 28th, 1914: the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Before this cataclysmic event, Europe had largely been on the brink of conflict, and nations were holding onto well aged bitter feelings towards one another. It was within this acrimonious context that Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

Meanwhile, to the north, Germany had serious aspirations for dominion over Europe. They desired hegemony from Belgium to Baghdad, so when the time was right, they thought it best to deal with France first before taking on the Russian bear, who would also be in their way.

Before long, the blockade of Britain had begun, and between eight to ten million men lost their lives in the fields of chemical weapons, fire, bombs, and bullets.

This was a war designed for modern warfighting gear. As such, MIRA body armor would have been a huge help in protecting Allied troops against chemical weapons. The CM-I01 gas mask, in particular, would have saved scores of lives in the trenches.

CM-I01 Full Face Respirator

CM-I01 Full Face Respirator

Who Are the Players of WWIII?

We have entered a phase of conflict where many countries are now being forced to choose. This is the earliest stage of decision making, but where just a month ago we had the potential for only the biggest names to be part of the new Allied and Axis powers, now we have many more.

A year ago, we were talking about the Russo-China alliance. Because we knew that Iran and North Korea hated us, it all made sense to lump them together and stick them on one side of the fight. On the other side of the chessboard was NATO and Ukraine. Maybe Finland. At the time, they were basically vying for a spot in NATO, which they received in April.

October 7 changed everything. (Note: There are some serious preparedness lessons that we can all learn from that attack.)

NATO warships

NATO warships. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Consequently, the Middle East writ large has been roped into conflict, meaning that each nation in the region must now choose a side. Imagine being the leader of a Middle Eastern nation like Jordan or Egypt, where you have the U.S. off the coast with aircraft carriers, and Iran–backed by Russia–who is also looking at you with their eyebrows raised.

Within each of these countries, too, is a growing chorus of Muslims in support of Palestine and standing against Israel and the U.S. Should their governments relent to public pressure, they will undoubtedly draw the ire of the United States–yet siding with the “Great Satan” of the U.S. risks emboldening anti-American terrorist groups.

With all of this in mind, we don’t care how beautiful Queen Rania is–we do not envy a single leader in that region right now.

A Note of Interest

Here, it is important to emphasize that these brewing international tensions to do strictly adhere to a “West vs. East” binary. After, on the Western side, we see Japan, Australia, and South Korea as potential allies.

And should tensions pick up between China and Taiwan, then we will undoubtedly see these militaries get more assertive.

In fact, Japan has, for the first time since WWII, begun to expand its military.

SCENARIO 1: Iran steps in against Israel

Iran and Israel map

Iran and Israel. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

During a “sink exercise” in 2005, the U.S.S. America, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was bombarded relentlessly in order to test its defenses and learn how to create future aircraft carriers. Amazingly, it took two weeks of near constant attacks to finally sink the carrier.

For perspective, America now has two of these monoliths sitting in the Mediterranean, prepared to step in should the survival of the Israelis be put in jeopardy.

Speaking of which, Israel’s foes have a curious moniker: the Axis of Resistance, the name given to the proxies of Iran groups like Hezbollah by the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi. Just as the United States supports Israel, Raisi believes Iran should be able to do the same for Palestine.

But will these opposing sides erupt into a world war?

Retired U.S. Military General Barry McCaffery–interviewed just two days after the massacre of terrorist attacks in Israel–believes so. On October 9, he reflected:

"I would suggest to you our support of Israel will be absolute, and if we see Syrian military intervention, active Iranian military intervention, we'll go to war."

Now, U.S. targets in the Middle East are being attacked by the Axis of Resistance–potshots that we are tolerating, for the time being. With that said, a direct strike on Israel or U.S. forces will undoubtedly set up retaliatory decimation of major Iranian military installations–not the least of which being their nuclear program.

Zoom out from there, and Iran-aligned Russia comes into view. This raises the question: If Iran is attacked, how will Russia respond?

SCENARIO 2: Poland Posture Changes

Poland and Russia map

Poland and Russia. (Wikimedia Commons)

With so much happening in the Middle East, the war in Eastern Europe has taken a backseat in the headlines. It has largely gone unnoticed, for example, that in Poland, an important election took place on October 15. Since then, the parliamentary elections have created opposition parties, and these three parties are set to build their own coalition–with the new Polish government set to be installed by December 2023.

In spite of this upheaval, Poland’s posture will not change regarding Russia–though it is a near certainty that they will sanction Moscow and Minsk. The nation will also continue to protect its borders using the barrier it has built on the border of Belarus.

While Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky claims that Putin has greater aspirations than just taking Ukraine, we just don’t know it to be true. With sanctions and aggressions towards Belarus, we could see increased aggression between surrounding nations and Poland. (Not to mention the fact that Poland is the gateway of NATO weapons into Ukraine.)

If Russia has greater aspirations, this stream of resources needs to be cut off. With that said, doing so would incur serious consequences, as attacking Poland directly would of course constitute an “attack on all” in terms of NATO.

SCENARIO 3: Turkey Gets Involved

Turkey and Israel map

Turkey and Israel. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

For a long time, westerners regarded the biblical setting of “Magog” as Russia, because Gog (the leader of Magog) was prince of places like Rosh/Russia and Mechkesh/Moscow.

Quick biblical review: Gog will bring the armies of Magog to Israel in great numbers. According to historians, Magog referred to a coalition of nations that include Turkey and Russia, amongst many others. This war takes place in the End Times, as described in Ezekiel 38-39.

Interestingly–or perhaps forebodingly–Turkey is incredibly relevant in the evolving global conflict. And if the country enters the fray, they will be adding one of the largest armies in the world to the chessboard.

Bear in mind that Turkey is already a nation between allies because of their close relationship with both Russia and the U.S. With that said, Turkey’s relationship with the former seems to be growing stronger, while the country’s diplomatic ties with the United States have increasingly floundered.

Now, events are evolving rapidly, and Erdagon is condemning the Israeli response. He has even reiterated the statement that Hamas is not a terrorist organization.

Here, it is important to note that Turkey is not geographically or financially in a position to be the leader of a movement to crush Israel, as they would be tossed from NATO and lose a lot. Additionally, the U.S. will not allow Turkey to move assets into this region to kill Israelis.

All of this to say that Turkey and the U.S. may soon be on the outs. And if Turkey loses the United States and NATO as allies, they will turn to the next best thing: Russia.

It is important for you to understand that these portions of the world know their Bible. They know Ezekiel. They know the end of times, and they understand the perceived significance of this moment. No matter how you feel about religion, just remember that many of the men with massive militaries at their disposal, right now, are devout Christians or Muslims.

SCENARIO 4: China Moves on Taiwan

China and Taiwan map

China and Taiwan. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons )

If America is fighting a war on two fronts–neither declared by congress, BTW–and Turkey causes a massive rift in NATO, it may be the time for China to strike. But will this really happen? Well, thanks to the various arms of intelligence around the world, there seems to be conflicting reports on China’s intentions and capabilities regarding Taiwan.

Accordingly, there are as many voices out there shouting to the ears of content consumers that China is ready to go RIGHT NOW as there are insisting, “NOT HAPPENING!” Indeed, this argument in and of itself is becoming damn near religious, even amongst people who have very little to gain from either outcome.

With all of that said, what we know is that China has moved and continues to move military assets closer to Taiwan. And, notably, the last time we watched a military buildup like this it was on the border of Ukraine. While that doesn’t make an invasion a given, it’s nevertheless reasonable to conclude that, at a certain point, it gets to be pretty costly to move all your toys across the water for no reason.

Now, Taiwan is no slouch, and they are certainly not alone. What’s more, there are many reasons, both domestic and foreign, that would keep China out of that fight. For example, places like India, Australia, and Japan all utilize the island as a strategic military location. This means that China will not only have to deal with the multi-island, Japan-like nightmare that is Taiwan, but allies beyond the U.S. would likely get involved.

In this scenario, it is very easy to see how quickly more countries would get folded into war, and, in turn, Southeast Asian nations would be put in the same position as those in the Middle East.


candles next to clock

Are you prepared for life off grid? (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

It wasn’t twenty-four hours after the events in Israel that the electricity to the Gaza strip was cut off. Internet services soon followed.

One of the reasons for this, no doubt, is the immense power of hacking. And if we enter a large-scale world war–including direct confrontations between global superpowers–the hacking will be tremendous.

Remember: the cyber war is basically one that rages on 24/7. Along these digital battlelines, state funded and/or independent functionaries are constantly poking and prodding at government security, military security, and of course civilian targets.

In a WWIII scenario, these e-conflicts will rapidly multiply. This means that power plants will be hacked, and fuel and power producing systems will be shut down in the U.S. and Western nations. Of course, that is assuming that these targets are not hit by enemy firepower first, as power plants are always high on the list.

Should nuclear weapons get involved, then we have the dreaded EMP to contend with, and that will fry electronics and major power systems in the affected areas.

The long and short of it is you need to prepare to survive off grid, and there are lots of things that you can do right now to be better prepared for that. With this in mind, one paperback resource that everyone should have is the book Off Grid Projects, which has over seventy projects that you can build in your yard and home to better prepare you for life off the grid.

If you have to make the jump to off-grid living, then you should already have some infrastructure to make that transition a little easier.

Final Thoughts on World War III

Gear for WWIII.

Even as this article is written, relevant events are still happening at light speed in these conflict zones. Gaza, for example, has now been completely surrounded by Israel, and casualties have reached nearly 10,000. No doubt this unfolding situation is only going to feed the ire of those opposing Israel’s existence.

And in the seas just beyond Gaza, another layer to WWIII has been added, as a U.S. nuke sub has arrived in the Mediterranean Sea. Reportedly, these types of subs have been converted from firing nuclear tipped ballistic missiles to launching 154 tomahawk cruise missiles. At the risk of making a massive understatement, that’s some serious firepower.

In any event, escalation is happening daily, and without strong leadership in the West, we are going to see more and more weapons move into the area–with weapons coming both from the US and Russia. (And that’s without getting into the new nuclear technology both nations have been pursuing.)

With all this in mind, we can’t help but wonder: Are we watching that same old story unfold in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, or are we witnessing the opening scenes in the end of days?

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