"Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim." -- Isaiah 49:12
Sinim" was the name of a distant Oriental region. Wilhem Gesenius, a German biblical critic and semitic language scholar, commented that "The Arabians and other Asiatics called China Sin, or Tchin; the Chinese had no special name for themselves, but either adopted that of the reigning dynasty or some high-sounding titles. This view of 'Sinim' suits the context which requires a people to be meant 'from far,' and distinct from those "from the north and from the west."
"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
God creates the Euphrates River: "The name of the third river is Tigris, the one that flows east of Asshur.
And the fourth river is the Euphrates" (Torah:Bereshith / Genesis
The river of the same name marked one of the boundaries of the land promised by God to Abraham and to his descendants: Isaac, Jacob, and to the end of his seed line. In the Hebrew Bible, it is often referred to simply as "The River" (ha-nahar). (Torah: Bereshith/ Genesis 15:18).
The Euphrates marks the
north-eastern border of the land God promises to Abram: "To
your descendants I give this land from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River,
the river Euphrates" (Torah: Genesis 15:18 in the Jerusalem Bible)
God tells the Israelites to
go to the Promised Land: "Start out and make your way to
the hill country of the Amorites and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, the
hill country, the Shephelah, the Negeb, the seacoast, the land of the
Canaanites, and the Lebanon, as far as the Great River, the river
Euphrates" ( (Torah: Devarim / Deuteronomy 1:7).
God (through Moses) promises
the Israelites the Promised Land: "Every place where you set the soles of
your feet shall be yours. Your borders shall run from the wilderness to the
Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea"
(Torah: Devarim / Deuteronomy 11:24).
The Lord says "Your King
will make peace among the nations; He will rule from sea to sea, from the
Euphrates River to the ends of the earth." (Tanakh: Zechariah 9:10)
THE GREAT EUPHRATES RIVER AND PROPHECY OF REVELATION 16:12
The great River Euphrates is the water boundary separating the Holy Land (promised by God to Moses, Abraham, Israel) from Asia to the East. Because of dams constructed in the last century to divert water for irrigation, there are at times little or no water in the river bed. The act of the sixth angel in pouring out his vial upon the River Euphrates may have more to do with soil impaction or alignment than hydrological forces.
However, it could be that the Euphrates ... due to dredging the Persian Gulf to make New Babylon a seaport city ... may be fed with a network of tributaries in the not too distant future. At any rate, regardless of the Euphrates having more or less water in the future, it will be a viable variable in the logistics of the future and the Eastern "region kings" who play a key part in end time prophecy.
KINGS OF THE EAST
In the last days their will be a major military, political, and economic force that arises from the East. This force will NOT be from just one national entity, but will be a confluence of several regional powers in the East ... and NOT from just the Pacific Rim. Direction in the Holy Bible is always oriented from Jerusalem, Israel. So these "kings of the east" can represent forces in the Near East, Middle East and/or Far East.
This force may be an amalgamation of national and cultural social interests flowing together for advancement, protection, control and power. One or more of the region kings may be a separate entity, however, working either in cooperation with or separately from the other region kings. However, these region kings will move simultaneously or in approximation to or with each other. The timing will be in prophetical precision and It will be a synergistic force that will be in effect designed by God as "pawns" to bring about the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.
However, even though this force from the East fits into the end time plans of Almighty God, the regional EPM (Economical - Political - Military) powers will NOT have as their goal(s) the service of God. They will in effect be drawn (inspired) by Satan to do his bidding.
There are / will be several players in this field of "region kings." In the following discussion, we will review some of the major players; however, keep in mind, that any power adjacent to the Euphrates River and beyond (easterly) may be a candidate for this role. This would include present day Iraq, Syria, Eastern Turkey, the southern steppes of Russia (from the former USSR), Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Mongolia, North and South Korea.
We will now discuss some of the more poignant players at this present time from the "region kings" of the East. [Note: Iran will not be included in this discussion because, even though it could be included in the area of the region kings of the East, this section is more directed to the area of "Sino Asian Emergence." Iran is covered in several other sections of the U of E site:
The key NAFTA
Mexican port city of Lazaro Cardenas
at the southern tip of the North American Union highway.
China and many other countries have wanted to take away control from the USA for many years. With the global economic meltdown which started in 2009, China will soon have the economic power to surpass the USA.
of imports of US products are now in place unless they are based on intellectual
property that is developed and/or owned in China. U.S.
products cannot be sold in China unless companies give China their current
patents plus their research and development of new products.
The longtime consensus
among government and business elites has been that as China became
richer, its interests would become more like the FREE world. It didn't work out
that way because China is a Communist totalitarian country striving for
military and economic superiority and still tortures, kills, and imprisons Christians.
In 1949 China began to eliminate all religious entities from their borders. When Mao Zedong ("Chairman Mao") took over power he referred to religion as "the opium of the mind." China, today, is still one of the most repressive forces of Christianity in the world, with many Christians belonging to the "house" churches being tortured and imprisoned.
Note: The "house" churches are those NOT registered with the government. In an attempt to control Christians, the government requires that all churches register with them. The government controlled church is called the "Three-Self Patriotic Movement." Millions of born again believers are part of the "house" churches and are NOT aligned with the government authorized churches.
There are about 12 million registered believers in the official "State" churches and over 100 million believers in the non-registered "house" churches. The Chinese government tells the registered "3 Self" churches: 1. Where they can worship; 2. Who can worship (only those over 18); and, 3. What they can teach. REASONS FOR THE RISE OF CHINA IN THE WORLD MARKETPLACE
President Richard Nixon opened trade agreements with China in 1972. After Chairman "Murderer" Mao died in 1976, certain of the Communist leaders realized that to succeed in world market share they must attempt to pattern what the leading non-communist nations were doing. These leaders realized they must move toward "capitalism" to become competitive in world trade, but they decided to "code" their terminology in new language so they would still be identified as communistic. New terms, such as "market socialism" and "socialism with Chinese characteristics" were coined.
The new economic leaders decided upon a four pronged plan of attack to help them become competitive in world trade. This plan was known as the "Four Modernizations" and included:
They realized that their previous programs of mass starvation, torture, forced labor, and personal regimentation were achieving the opposite of motivating the "collective" Chinese people.
In 1978 Deng Xiaoping became the key Communist leader in China mainly because of his economic expansionist plans leading China out of an abysmal position of market share production. Having been a sluggard in production due to Marxist / socialist control of manufacturing, China had been far behind the leading nations of the world until then. China decided to model other successful nations in the Far East: Japan, South Korea,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. These countries were referred to as the East Asian Tigers, and all of which were non-Communist, free market economies.
As an indicator of how far China has come in world trade, at this time the USA purchases 40% of its consumer goods from the Chinese. China now produces two-thirds of the world's DVD's, photocopiers, shoes, and microwaves ... and that's just a small part of their production landscape.
As for information and communications technology, China has overtaken the USA. And, China is expanding its export market from the USA, Europe, and Japan to Latin America, Africa, and third world countries. For example, China’s foreign investment in Africa has increased from $1.5 million in 1991 to $1.2 billion in 2005.
The KEY move right now by China is to obtain security in oil and energy imports to supply its great expansion in production and standard of living. China is investing money in oil and energy projects in countries where the West (USA, EU, etc) places sanctions. (For example, countries where US companies are NOT allowed to do business.) China is also building factories close to raw materials in African countries, and providing them with foreign aid, military equipment, building infrastructure, and forming favored agreements to foster friendship. (See the News Release in "Other Resources" below as an example.)
Major leaps in banking have been effected by China. Even Alan Greenspan said China's central bankers “just a few years removed from isolated central planning, have become major players in operating the global financial system.” Chinese central bankers now play important
roles in the BIS (Bank for International Settlements) in Switzerland
and in the IMF (International Monetary Fund).
With all its increase in productivity, China has NOT become less of a threat in the area of human rights. And, it is soon planning major efforts in redistribution of wealth because of internal division in the areas of wealth and literacy between the urban wealthy and poorer citizens. Also, corruption in all levels of government is a major problem.
is the most populated country in the world, and has the
third-largest economy. It is also the third-largest exporter. China
controls (owns) over $2 trillion in foreign currency reserves. And in
the worst global recession since the Great Depression, It is the only
large economy that is growing in the current global economic
recession (since the Great Depression of 1929 thru 1934). China's growth continues.
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE SINO ASIAN EMERGENCE
All the creditor nations are in Asia: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan,
Singapore, Hong Kong, and the large amounts of assets in Asia. All of the debtor nations -- USA, UK, etc. -- are in the west.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization – SCO
2001: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajiistan, and Uzbekistan.
with “observer” status: Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Iran
account for HALF of production of the world.
Russia, India, and China
will be more than HALF of GDP on Planet Earth in 20 years.
China, and revitalized EU overtake the US, there will be a transformation of
the global scene.” - David Mason, The End of the American Century
People's Bank of China is now calling on the world to replace the US Dollar as
the world's reserve currency and for the IMF to issue a new, single
expanding port control in Indian Ocean: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma),
India has great
R&D, software, services, and simulation packages and is a KEY player in world trade. Note: 25% of
the world's NEW workers each year are in India.
Pakistan's military, although smaller than India's, is greater in per capita numbers.
Both Pakistan and India are evenly matched in missile and nuclear facilities.
India has the second largest military manpower in the world (second only to China).
While India has
maintained an average annual growth of 8.8% in the recent years, the
failure of the government to control terrorist activities recently
have put a dampening effect on new business ventures. Also, India and
Pakistan are nuclear sparring partners.
and India are the accelerating force in world markets; however, most of the key economists feel that China will be the driving force in
controlling the current global economic meltdown and be the major
player in economic recovery.
COMPARISON OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN IN MILITARY PROWESS
Pakistan has a does NOT follow a "no first use" policy with regard to nuclear attack. It "will / can / probably" attack India (or anyone it want to) without notice or even aggravation by the opposing force. This is fundamentally a "super threat" because of Islamic militancy. In recent months terrorist forces have attempted to militarily encircle the central storage facilities for the Pakistani nuclear weapons armory.
"If a purely conventional war were to take place between both these
countries, India would most likely overpower Pakistan owing to its
superior military technology and infrastructure, larger manpower, more
territorial area and a strategic advantage in its sea and air forces.
It must also be noted that a war between these two countries will
matter more than India’s conventional superiority as both these nations
are nuclear powers on an equal deadlock. India has maintained a ‘no
first use’ nuclear policy in the lines of a similar policy by China
while Pakistan does not have any such policy, considering their only
hope against India is in nuclear deterrance. It would be risky for
India at the present scenario to go into any aggressive war against
Pakistan as the repercussions would be serious a nuclear devastation
for both countries." -- Aby the Liberal / The Internationalist
For the annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 170 countries worldwide, go to: The Military Balance 2010.
To compare the military strength of the nations of the world - excluding nuclear capability - go to: http://www.globalfirepower.com/. You will see that China and India are two out of the four top players in the world. They rank as follows:
Again, this does NOT take into account nuclear capabilities: the ranking above is based solely on a nation's capabilities from land, sea and air (with other statistics covering the logistical and financial aspects of waging war). But if you include nuclear capabilities, then the "kings of the east" (east of the Euphrates River) who would be formidable military threats would have to include: Pakistan, North Korea, Japan, Iran and Turkey. We are NOT including Iran or Turkey in this section, "Sino Asian Emergence," as we cover Iran and Turkey elsewhere, as mentioned above.
In conclusion, it is evident that China and India are two of the fastest growing economic and military powers in the world. The Euphrates River will be dried up in the future to prepare the way for the kings of the east. Whether or not the Euphrates River has more or less water in the future (from increased flow of tributaries or from mechanical dredging) remains to be seen. But ... it will be a vital variable in the logistics of the Eastern "region kings" who come (or, are drawn) to the battle of the great day of El Shaddai, God Almighty. (Brit Chadashah: Revelation 16:14)
In the last days their will be a major
military, political, and economic force that arises from the East. This
force will NOT be from just one national entity, but will be a
confluence of several regional powers in the East ... and NOT from just
the Pacific Rim. Direction in the Holy Bible is always oriented from
Jerusalem, Israel. So these "kings of the east" can represent forces in
the Near East, Middle East and/or Far East.
The Sino Asian Emergence is a KEY construct in end times prophetic fulfillment. The rapid Sino Asian Emergence that is developing now is a sign of the END of the time of the goyim, or gentiles (non Jews). In Asia ... as in other sectors of the world ... the stage is being set where the kings of the east will have their function in the final days of Planet Earth when Messiah Yeshua comes to establish His Kingdom.