It is not out of the realm of possibility to wonder whether we are witnessing the empowerment of a force that will one day kill one-third of the world’s population.
I’ve conjectured a number of times in this column about developments in China we have seen taking place over the decades since the Cold War supposedly ended. Remember that as part of the era when the Berlin Wall was removed when President Ronald Reagan told the leader of the Soviet Union, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” the brutal murder of many Chinese protesters took place in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
While the cameras of the world’s news services were focused on that scene, with the mostly college-age people mounting their protest, the Chinese government had its thugs smile, put up their hands in front of the cameras, and force coverage to cease. The massacre then began.
Too easily–too quickly–the news organizations dropped the matter and moved on to other stories they could better manage to control. They certainly have never been able to successfully make headway with the communist Chinese regimes since the time of Mao Tse-tung. Mao, himself, told the international news conglomerate that his massive nation could easily field an army of two hundred million troops. The boast never held water in the eyes of many because that number of troops could never, because of the tremendous cost, be outfitted with modern war armaments. At best, they would have to fight–at least most would have to fight–with sticks and stones.
Yet, Scripture tells us the following:
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:15-16)
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12)
There will be a two hundred-million-troop army come from the East–the Orient–which China dominates more with each month that passes. We can count on it. God’s Word says so.
The argument that the Chinese could never have the wherewithal to outfit such a gargantuan force is out the window. As I’ve questioned before, guess who has made it possible for that regime to completely militarize? Guess who has made it possible for the thugs who gave us the Tiananmen Square massacre to now fully arm a force of two hundred million?
The answer is still the same. America, through its trade imbalances and other economic and diplomatic malfeasance, has given the most dangerous regime on the planet carte blanche to build its military power to the point it can fulfill the Revelation prophecy. One of the theories is that if we just bring the inscrutable Chinese dragon into the civilized world of international commerce, it will begin acting like a good global citizen. Some even say it is working.
former President Barack Obama is one who apparently believed it is working. He went to Beijing courting Chinese President Xi Jinping, offering him more US wealth if he would just put aside hostilities against the occidental world and become a good, global, economic citizen. It was a characteristic of this president–he offerd to make love to our most dangerous enemies, while treating our most loyal and honorable ally–Israel–with his utmost disrespect. We recall that during those days his secretary of state, John Kerry, was reported by sources to have called Israel’s prime minister a “chicken ****.” It was one of the rare times this administration truly lived up to its promise at its outset of being “transparent” for all the US citizenry to see. The White House denied the allegation, but Kerry nonetheless apologized for the remark.
It is also transparent–to this writer, at least–that Mr. Obama was part of setting the stage for the “kings of the East” assault force to, during the Tribulation, invade across the dried-up Euphrates and lay waste to one-third of the earth’s population.
Do I think he knew this prophetic scenario will be the outcome of his bending over backwards to provide the economic power necessary to generate that sort of military power? No, of course not. He, like most of today’s world leaders, was being used as a pawn as he was moved around on Satan’s chessboard as the devil prepares to do final battle with the returning Lord of Lords.
Thankfully, the outcome of that conflict is a foregone conclusion. Jesus wins!