War in the Caribbean?

December saw a unique turn of events in Guyana’s government. A quick party switch by one MP in a no-confidence vote brought down the entire government (Judicial Watch, February 6, 2019). Allegations of corruption and bribery are flying, and the MP responsible fled to Canada after attempting to purchase $1,000,000 worth of gold. Guyana is a small, poor South American nation with a history of governmental problems, yet with vast, untapped resources. Guyana has incredible potential as a nation. Why the current turmoil?

ExxonMobil recently discovered oil off the coast of this country. Guyana borders Venezuela to the west and the islands of the nation of Trinidad and Tobago lie to the north. This region is well known for its vast oil riches, and Guyana now appears to have an oil-lined future. In response to Guyana’s new-found future wealth, “A day after the no-confidence vote, the Venezuelan Navy intercepted an ExxonMobil research ship in Guyanese waters… Venezuela and Guyana have been disputing territory for decades, but this is different. Venezuela is falling apart, Guyana is oil rich, and the Maduro regime in Caracas may be looking to divert attention from its domestic troubles” (ibid.). One geopolitical risk analysis recently asked the question, “Is Venezuela willing to start a Caribbean war?” It is worth noting, as well, that Russia and China both have stakes in Venezuela, and China also has ties with Guyana.

War in the Caribbean is not likely on the horizon, but the news of such a conflict should call to mind Jesus Christ’s teaching in Mark 13, “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet” (v. 7). Christ assured us that our world would continue to experience such conflicts, but we must always remember that a far greater conflict is yet on the horizon, and approaching nearer! For insight into the specific signs that will precede the end of the age, be sure to read or listen to our fascinating booklet Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.