Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door
No 310, 20 July 2020
CHINA IN THE NEWS
People often ask if America is in Bible prophecy as it is such a large and powerful country. We may be seeing its decline now as Covid-19 and violence by BLM and Antifa bring the country down. China, however, may be in Bible prophecy. In Revelation 9, two hundred million mounted troops are referred to. China has the population to produce this number. Then again in Revelation 16 the Euphrates dries up to prepare the way for the kings of the east.
Here is some recent news referring to China.
More than 300 people have been arrested in Hong Kong protests, including nine accused of violating a new national security law that Western powers argue takes away the territory’s semi-autonomous status and gives China unprecedented power over the city. The controversial measure allows for life imprisonment for actions deemed as sedition, subversion, terrorism or foreign collusion, and threatens even foreigners with punishment if they criticise Beijing’s actions in the city. The imposition of the draconian national security law has also given rise to fears over the fate of Christians. China is also cracking-down on pro-democracy books and removing them from libraries. At the UN Human Rights Council, 53 countries have come out in support of China’s new national security law. Cuba read out a statement in favour of it backed by 52 other countries, while the UK read out a statement against it, representing itself and 26 other countries.
The UK has given the right to almost three million Hong Kong citizens to move to Britain permanently following China’s introduction of its new national security law. China is not pleased and could prevent these citizens from moving to the UK and to other countries offering a safe home.
What is happening in Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, a democratic self-ruled Island, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on it. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong’s communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary.
In Matthew 24, the first thing that Jesus says to His disciples is don’t be deceived by people claiming to be Christ, the final of them will of course be the Antichrist. But immediately after that He tells them there will be wars and rumours of wars. Wars will come which may have a serious impact on the whole world.
Some believe a war between China and the US is unavoidable. Recently the director of the FBI said that acts of espionage and information theft by China’s government pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US. The scale is so large that suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases. He said that China is working to compromise American health care organisations, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.
China and Russia are said to be on equal footing as the “great power rivals” to the US. These two countries are increasing their political and economic cooperation with each other. Their economies are highly complementary. China is the world’s factory and an important technological powerhouse, while Russia is extremely wealthy in terms of energy and minerals. Russia is eyeing up another massive gas pipeline to China.
The following are some of the current tensions between China and the US:
For some time there has been a battle over the South China Sea. Rights and sovereignty claims in the area, and China’s reclamation and fortification of contested islands have been a source of tension between Washington and Beijing. China claims almost the entire sea but other nations have competing claims, and the US and its allies consider it an international waterway vital for shipping and global trade. Earlier this month the US sent two nuclear-powered carriers to the South China Sea in a show of force intended to intimidate China in its aggressive takeover of a disputed archipelago, the Paracel Islands. China responded by boasting of its “wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons,” claiming that the mega-warships operated “at the pleasure of the PLA [People’s Liberation Army]”. After US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that “The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire,” China blasted the US as a “troublemaker and disruptor of peace.”
There is a report that Communist China, which supports the civil war attempt in the US, is providing automatic weapons to Antifa and Black Lives Matter, some of them stored in democratic-run government buildings. In May of this year, China was caught attempting to smuggle 10,800 assault weapons parts into the US. The illegal parts turn a semi-auto AR-15 into a full-auto AR-15, which is illegal for civilians to own.
Trump has also got off side with Beijing for referring to Covid-19 as the “kung flu” and blaming China for its spread globally by suppressing the details of the contagion. China firmly opposes any act to stigmatise the origin of the corona-virus.
In Turkey, Erdogan has decided to convert the impressive Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to a mosque. From 537 to 1453 the Hagia Sophia was the foremost cathedral in Christendom. It was then taken over by the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Mehmet and became a mosque. The last caliphate was abolished in 1924 and around 1935 the Hagia Sophia became a museum. Erdogan has vowed that the “resurrection” of the ancient Hagia Sophia bodes well for the “liberation” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. This is a clear indication of Erdogan’s intentions to restore the Caliphate and expand his empire. Giulio Meotti writes, “It’s like if Saint Peter’s had been turned into a mosque.”
In Portland, a 120-year-old statue of an elk was set on fire by Antifa and BLM. Fortunately only the base was damaged and the elk was rescued. People are asking, what do these thugs have against elks? Nothing in particular, they just want to create disaster to bring democracy down and introduce their communist plans. They want to make people fearful so they will submit to them. BLM activists also defaced the Little Mermaid statue in Denmark with “Racist Fish.”
Russian voters have approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially hold power until 2036, but the week-long plebiscite was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
Controversy is brewing in Sweden amid reports that elderly patients infected with the corona-virus were not only denied crucial medical care but pushed into premature death in the nation’s nursing homes.
NZ has joined a global alliance to share costs to pre-purchase Covid-19 vaccine. It comes as the US buys up almost all the world’s supply of remdesivir, one of only two drugs shown to work against the new corona-virus. Members in the global initiative, which already vaccinates millions of children worldwide for a range of diseases, includes the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Trump has revealed that he is pulling the US out of WHO, which many have praised as a good move. But now it appears that he is putting money into the GAVI Vaccine Alliance which was founded by Bill Gates. In early May Bill Gates tweeted that every human on earth will be Covid-19 vaccinated and there can be ‘no alternative to this global effort.’ Protesters in South Africa are rejecting the Covid-19 vaccine trial from GAVI Alliance, saying they don’t want to be Bill Gates “guinea pigs” in racially motivated trials.
In a disturbing trend, the University of Tennessee will require mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for students and faculty when it’s available as well as flu shots. You are exempted if you are an online student!
Covid-19 is exacerbating the world’s already existing food insecurity. Countries around the world are facing the possibility of famines of “biblical proportions.” (Matt 24:7) 135 million people are living in a food crisis, the highest it has been since the inception of the World Food Programme’s Global Report on Food Crises in 2017. In Syria, the pandemic-fuelled food shortage suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.
According to World Vision, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 110 million children to go hungry and pushed 8 million others into child labour and begging, according to assessments in 24 countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
A deadly ‘unknown pneumonia’ that has a higher death rate than Covid-19 is understood to have broken out in Kazakhstan, Chinese officials have warned.
NZ’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark has been appointed to co-chair an independent international review of the corona-virus response. They will look at how the outbreak happened and how it can be prevented in the future. The panel will report back to health ministers in November. Clark says the assignment can only be described as exceptionally challenging.
Just before Covid-19 was declared to be a global pandemic, Hollywood had wrapped up on a film production yet-to-be-released that depicts Jesus Christ as a lesbian woman. Entitled Habit, the film features Paris Jackson, the 22-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, who is depicted as a female Jesus. There is a petition against it and it remains to be seen if the film ever gets released.
In NZ, the bisexual daughter of a conservative Christian pastor has teamed up with a gay minister to launch a new church where LGBTI people don’t have to hide. Both say they have contemplated or attempted taking their own lives but are now channelling their energies towards setting up a church, called Open Table Ministries, where people from the rainbow community can be themselves. They say their aim is to restore humanity back to a loving God, a God who is not mad or obsessed with perfection and loves you no matter who you are. (see Rom 1:26-32)
More and more transgender people are coming out to reveal they regret their sex-change surgery and now wish to return to the gender they were born with.
The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts has unanimously passed an ordinance recognising “polyamorous” domestic partnerships as they could not find a “good reason” to limit romantic relationships to two people. The arrangement may include heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual plural relationships.
Progressive and leftist students and their friends at the University of North Texas are taking advantage of the time’s “cancel culture” by demanding that the school banish those who disagree with them. And one even has gone to the extreme of calling on the devil to help with the campaign.
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.”
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