Global Tremors Series
Far East Asia Trends Today – Part III: Geo-prophecy or Geopolitics?
Wilfred Hahn ((Eternal
In the first two parts of this series, we
documented the rapid economic and geopolitical rise of a number of Asian
countries over the past half-century. In addition, we pointed out related
developments that may have alignments with specific Bible prophecies. We
closed Part II of this series with a jarring report on the skewed gender
preferences for male children in the populous nations of both
today. Could this rather sudden
development align with the prophecy found in Revelation 9:14-16, which
mentions an action involving troops numbering 200 million?
A number of major questions still beckon in our
investigation of Asia’s possible endtime
roles: Will Asian nations yet take a dominant role in world affairs?
Could certain Asian nations form part of the final world order? Just
what developments or events prompt the Kings of the East mentioned in
Revelation 16:12 to cross over the Euphrates River?
We will attempt some answers.
As we learned, two countries in Asia alone
account for almost two-fifths of the world’s population—China and India. Overall, approximately
three-fifths of the world’s population lives east of the
River in Asia.
Yet, population trends are suddenly changing. In addition to the sudden
shift to “gendercide” in Asia and India,
the birth rate has been falling rapidly in Asia.
It is possible that Asian populations could begin declining in the next half
specifically, will face one of the steepest aging trends in the world during
Twenty-five to 50 years from now, the population
of China—indeed that of
Asia at large —would no longer be sufficient to support an army
of young men of eligible military age in excess of 200 million. Not only
would population growth already be in decline, the average age of males
would push far past the ideal military service age. If so, then we are
presented with a possible time constraint. We could argue that the large
army foreseen in Revelation 9, if it is to be centered in Asia, is an event that must fall in the nearer future. If
Asian populations are aging, time is running out. (However, as mentioned in
Part II, Scripture does not allow us to conclude with full certainty that
this large army of mounted troops must come entirely from
Asia, though we certainly see developments today that would
align with such a conclusion.)
China and Asia
Continue to Advance
For several reasons, we have emphasized China in our investigation. Firstly,
it is crucial to realize that the Chinese have an inordinately large
influence on the entire Asian region. Not only is China the largest trade partner with
many other Asian countries, a large percentage of major businesses in
southeast Asia are owned or controlled by Chinese families. Though a
minority ethnic group in Asia (outside of China), they are its main business
people. The Chinese diasporas, triggered by political unrest and wars of the
late 19th century and the middle 20th (the time of the
Great Revolution and victory of Mao Zedong) spread a Chinese business
network across the entire region from Malaysia
These large business empires have directed much investment to China in recent decades and have made a large
contribution to the economic rise of China.
either individually or in concert with other Asian countries, has the
ability to challenge
and other Western countries.
itself may have less inhibitions in destabilizing the current world order,
as it is much more than “a big country, inhabited by many Chinese,”
as the French premier Charles
DeGaulle once opined. Its agendas find deep motivations.
China’s deportment will be influenced by the fact that
it has existed as a country millenniums before the
and other high income countries of today. After all, China was the world’s largest
economy for 18 of the last 20 centuries.
is not militarily reliant upon the West
was when it entered its fast-growth phase. This affords a measure of
autonomy. It can choose to align itself against the West. In conclusion, China is no
one’s lap dog. It is an independent player on the world scene. Foreign
pressure (gaiatsu) is not
likely to be effective. Can
anyone stop China from
pursuing its own interest?
Is a Dominant Asia
Though it may today appear that the economic
advance of China
and other Asian nations is unstoppable, this is not necessarily a valid
conclusion. In fact, it is not at all likely that Far-East Asian nations
will come to dominate the world any time soon, if ever. To the contrary.
While competitive pressures and conflicts with the Western world (Roman
world) are surely to heighten, Bible prophecy as well as other developments
observable today suggest otherwise.
It is strange twist of fate that
as a region possesses so little resources and energy reserves in comparison
to other parts of the world. The vast abundance of the world’s
resources—certainly so when measured on a per capita basis—is found
elsewhere. This is a structural reality of the world. It means that an
awakening Asia, as it seeks to attain the prosperity levels of the
Europe, is sure to test the limitations of commodity supplies.
This has already been the case to date.
Particularly, as the populous countries of India and China raise their overall
consumption levels and become integrated into world trade, it will stress
commodity supply channels, not to mention worsen pollution. Just think: Were China alone to ever attain the same per-capita
automobile ownership as
America, it would mean that the entire auto
fleet of the world would at least double. Imagine the rise in demand for
iron ore and other resources, especially hydrocarbons. Obviously, such a
boom is not likely to occur without causing economic stresses for the entire
As such, there are a number of reasons why key
Asian countries also face some challenges in the decades ahead.
Another hurdle, as mentioned, stems from the fact that birth rates
have fallen dramatically over the past two decades in China (and also Asia
generally). At some point this will cause economic difficulties, as there
will be insufficient young people entering the workforce. Moreover, in
hyper-stimulating its economy to high growth, China has
resorted to manipulating its currency as well as its monetary affairs. For
example, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has forced state banks over the past two
years to create the largest lending surge in history. This is foolhardy. The
ultimate result of these policies will be disastrous. No country has ever
escaped the consequences of credit bubbles. Therefore, we can reasonably
conclude that China’s
boom cannot continue indefinitely.
A Dried-Up Euphrates: What It
accounts we have reviewed in our study of Asia involved the Euphrates River.
A key difference between these references was that it was “dried up” in the
one account (Revelation 16), while no mention of this is made
in the other (Revelation 9). Yet, it is specifically this drying up of the
Euphrates that is stated as causing (or facilitating) the
crossing of the “Kings of the East.”
Just what could
this drying up of the Euphrates imply? It
may be a symbolic indication.
Consider that the imagery of “dried up” water is found elsewhere in
Scripture. It comes up in at least three contexts: describing actual natural
phenomena, as imagery of divine intervention,
or military boasting. Naturally, a “dried up” river or sky would represent
famine and drought. Rivers were the economic basis of agrarian societies,
certainly so in Mesopotamia and
Egypt. A dry river therefore implied dying
livestock and failed crops—an economic depression, in other words.
To dry up a river
was also considered a military technique of conquest and boasting. The overthrowing of Babylon by
Cyrus of Persia is one the most well known demonstrations of using the
technique of a “dried up” river (in this case, by diverting the river) to
Sennacherib, King of Assyria, apparently
boasted that he dried up the
of Egypt with the
“soles of his feet” (2 Kings 19:24).
We are left
speculating about the question of what a “dried up”
could signify—that the river becomes literally dried up, or that the region
suffers economic depression? We embrace both interpretations. Indeed, the
flow of the Euphrates is much slower today
due to many hydroelectric developments.
However, a river today, whether dry or swollen, is hardly an obstacle
to mechanized armies with capable engineers. Therefore, the literal drying
up of the Euphrates River is not needed to allow the
incursions of the Kings of the East. Rather, it is more likely that the
“drying up” is meant symbolically as an economically difficult time.
Whatever the case, as we will next show, neither China nor Asia
collectively will come to dominate the world either economically or
One More Key
Mention of Asian Countries in Prophecy
There is one additional verse in the Bible which applies to some
key Asian countries today that can easily be overlooked. It is found in
Revelation 17:12, which supports an important deduction. It reads:
“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom,
but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.”
Just how does this verse connect to Asian countries today?
We must, of
course, first assume that we are indeed living in the very last of the last
days. As such, the world today would then be very near the time that the 10
kings are to emerge upon the world scene. The verse we have quoted from
Revelation specifically refers to these 10 kings and reveals a crucial clue.
John, the Revelator tells us here that these 10 kings “have not yet
received a kingdom.” This means
that neither the kings nor their kingdoms referred to in this verse had yet
existed either at or by the time that Apostle John wrote the Book of
Revelation (approx. 90-95 AD).
As such, we can validly draw some conclusions from Revelation
17:12: Any nation today that existed at or prior to the time of John’s
prophecy can therefore not qualify as one of the 10 final kings … in other
words, one of the final 10 nations. If we apply this rule, it reveals that
such nations as China, India,
and others will not be part of the final 10-king world power coalition.
already existed in New Testament times. According to historians, the Han
Dynasty, a predecessor to modern-day
China, was in power at the time of John’s
prophecies. The same may be concluded for the nation of
today. As already mentioned, the nation of “Hodu” (India) had already existed, as the
book of Esther confirms. Crucially, therefore, we discover here that none of
these large and influential Asian nations will be part of the last-day
rulership represented by the 7th head of the beasts shown in
Revelation 12, 13 and 17 … the 10 kings.
What light could this information possibly shed upon our times
today? Without a doubt, there indeed will be “Kings of the East” that
fulfill their action as described in Revelation 16:12, confirming their
existence at that time. However, these nations will be dominated by the 10
kings, as the 7th head that they represent is the final power
that then has dominance over the entire world with the Antichrist (See
Beyond the certainty that these nations will not be part of the
world ruling order at the time that the Antichrist takes over global
control, we can only attempt a few additional speculative conclusions.
A scenario that appears plausible is that the formation of the
final 10 kings may very well be a counter strategy to the perceived threats
or non-aligned perspectives of other global players, these very possibly
being the Kings of the East who are growing in power. There is no doubt that China is strategically placed geographically,
allowing it to become a naval power that can control much of
Asia. A number of geographers and geo-strategists have long
thought this to be the case. As
it happens, China today has
sharply increased its spending on its naval capabilities.
Scripture seems to indicate that the Kings of the East are shown to
be an opposition force, certainly an aggressor. They rise up, crossing the Euphrates River against an unknown enemy. The
catalysts may be economic or geopolitical.
The 10 kings, on the other hand, come together to collect power to
then give it to the Antichrist. The Bible tells us that, “These have one
mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (Revelation
17:13). It is possible that the specter we see developing in
today could very well be the world power dynamic that hastens the formation
of the 10 kings. If so, the time may already be very short.
Significance Cannot Be Ignored
What is clear is
that certain nations east of the Euphrates—represented by the Kings of the
East—will be heading west across the Euphrates at some point. As the Bible
uses the word “king” as being synonymous with “kingdoms,” the meaning here
is more likely to indicate the involvement of entire nations rather than
just a contingent of physical kings who are to cross the river Euphrates.
Certainly, the world is witnessing developments today that for the
first time allow some of the literal interpretations of the prophecies
concerning the Euphrates that we have
reviewed. These emerging conditions east of the
can be seen to be in alignment with the events described in Revelation 9 and
16. The emergence of the Kings of the East as is being witnessed today in no
way obviates other Bible prophecies.
Although we cannot know how God will allow various specific events
to play a part, we have certainly pointed to some possibilities. Could a
world or regional depression (perhaps represented figuratively or
literally by the drying up of the Euphrates)
play a role in triggering the prophesied events involving the Kings of the
East? Is it plausible that a coalition of Asian nations will initiate an
aggression, perhaps for economic, geopolitical, or other reasons such as
resource deprivation …etc.? The Kings of the East then breach the Euphrates,
storming into the lands originally covenanted to
Israel. We can only speculate. But one
thing is true: Events are accelerating on the world stage, and for the first
time in history, events described in Revelation could indeed see literal
Points to Ponder
The speed of change and the nature of the
developments underway in Asia today are
simply astounding. Finally, following the lead of other Asian countries, we
see that a sleeping giant has been awakened in the past half-century.
While it surely is factual and significant that economic and
geopolitical power has begun to be more widely distributed around the world
away from the Roman-type nations (this potentially an important alignment
with endtime prophecy), consensus predictions that the Asian nations will
dominate the world are not likely to be correct. Popular beliefs rarely are.
In the meantime, Western nations (most certainly American
countries) have forged relationships with these exporting, consumer-pleasing
countries from the Asian continent. However, it is a thin one. It is on a
materialistic level only, and in that sense, somewhat of Faustian bargain.
In every other way, the nations across this divide remain worlds
apart with radically different heritages, both religious and social. Though
in our modern-day technological world we may own Panasonic televisions and
drive Toyotas, the Japanese still bow to the Shinto gods (some still
considering their emperor as divinity!).
Western nations, of course including
and the U.S.,
are still predominantly influenced by Judeo-Christian philosophies (what are
today called “family values”), and therefore are really not friends at heart
with Asian nations. Nations today are conducting nothing more than tactical
association in pursuit of their own mutual vested interests … for now. But,
all of this can change quickly.
It is critical to recognize that Asia, as diverse as it may be,
broadly represents a philosophical and religious disposition that is
radically different than what is found in other major regions of the world.
Hinduism, Buddhism and a host of other pantheistic, spiritist and atheistic
religions that are found in Asia, contrast
with the broad branches of Judeo-Christian and Islamic streams that mark
much of the rest of the world. As such, religious and cosmic perspectives
are radically different. This likely plays an important part in the
conflicts that are developing between the major countries of
and other nations.
historically, the false-god religions of the “children of the east” proved
to be deadly snares for the Israelites. Israel was often chastised for
chasing after the “eastern” gods. Today, a similar influx of eastern
influences is being witnessed in the West. Nations that were historically
influenced by the Christian gospel, are willing to fraternize with any and
all gods for secular and material gain. As a result, they have become
ensnared by foreign gods.
Speaking to Israel, Isaiah
prophesies specifically with our day in mind. “You have abandoned your
people, the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans”
(Isaiah 2:6). This indeed is the
condition of Israel today.
The majority of its citizens are secular Jews wanting nothing to do with the
Jehovah of the Torah. Eastern religious influences are epidemic. According
to Isaiah, it is for this reason that God forsakes them to the Great
Tribulation in the last days.
will be faithful to promises made to the patriarchs:
shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house
shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above
the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us
of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of
shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people:
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the
light of the LORD (Isaiah 2:2-5, KJV).
The emergence of the 10 kings could be very, very near. As our
study of Asia shows, not only is the age
ripe eschatologically, the timeline may be short.
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into the future.
 The drying up of the Euphrates is also
corroborated by Isaiah 11:15: “The LORD will dry up the gulf of the
Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the
River. He will break it up
into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals.”
“Drying up” was both an action of blessing and a curse: The divine
interventions include the parting of the Red Sea, drying up the
world after the deluge, and the parting of the Jordan to allow the
Israeli armies to cross over.
Joel 1:20; Amos 4:7, 7:4
The army of Cyrus dried up the Euphrates river bed by diverting it,
in order to gain entry into the city of