“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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 (200 million): and I heard the number of them.”
Sitting in captivity for his faith on the Isle of Patmos in approximately 95 A.D., the Apostle John was given the Word directly from the Resurrected Jesus Christ Himself to tell all of us what was coming in the Last Days. This resulted in John writing the Book of Revelation, the most prophetic book of the Bible. This book, again written after Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection, is the very last recognized book of the Bible and was written as directed by Jesus. Basically, it is broken into three parts in Revelation 1:19:
- “Write the things which thou hast seen…” Chapter 1
- “The things which are…” Chapters 2-3
- “The things which shall be hereafter…” Chapters 4 through 22
Throughout the entire Bible God ALWAYS warns us of coming judgements. Believers believe what God tells us while unbelievers ridicule and persecute those who do. I don’t think any of us are surprised Jesus gave us a very clear picture of what awaits the world in the Last Days. He did this so we would not be caught unaware. The entire purpose of this blog is to acquaint all with many of the things we have been told will occur in those Last Days so we can be watchful. Fulfillment today of so many of these prophecies really does indicate we are seeing many of the things Jesus said we would see in the Last Days!
Can you imagine how this prophecy, made in 95 A.D. when the world’s population was not even 200 million (it is estimated there were 150 million people in 1 A.D.), must have sounded to all who heard it? How could there be an army 35% larger than the entire population of the world march from the east towards Israel? To put it in today’s perspective, there are nearly 8 billion people living on the earth today. If someone told you an army of almost 11 BILLION (8 billion X 135%) from the east are marching towards Israel AND they would also be destroying one third of all mankind, what would you think?
Yeah, me too!
But guess what? In 2011 China boasted they now have an army of 200 million soldiers. Not 100 million! Not 150 million! They have 200 million EXACTLY as the Bible said they would have! Couple that with their nuclear capabilities and their long desired wish to create a utopian, communist world says TODAY they could fulfill this prophecy which only 50-70 years ago was unthinkable. Does anyone else see the significance that the Chinese Communist Party took control of China at approximately the SAME time Israel was being formed as a nation (1947)? Now, to be fair, another possibility could be a Muslim army of 200 million, again coming from the east. There are valid arguments on both sides. However, today the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) is made up of 51 countries with over 1.3 billion inhabitants yet they only field armies totaling 5 million soldiers. Let it suffice an army of 200 million soldiers will attack Israel after killing one third of mankind on their way. I favor China as the culprit since we know Armageddon will initially be considered a “power grab” by the countries of the world not under the control of the anti-christ who will go to fight each other for their ultimate global superiority. China doesn’t seem like a country willing to give up its status to be part of the anti-christ’s One world government.
When will this happen? I personally find it interesting in Revelation 9:15 above, Jesus said “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.” Do you remember what else Jesus said in Matthew 24:36?
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven but my Father only.”
He went on to explain and warn further in Mark 13:32-33:
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, NEITHER THE SON (capitals mine), but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”
These two scriptures, along with the opening verse, point to a number of certain facts. First, 200 million soldiers will be released by the angels of God to march westwards towards Israel and to also destroy one third of mankind in this epic attack. Secondly, their release has already been preset by God down to “…an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year.” In God’s Ultimate Plan for us and for the world, we were told 2,000 years ago the EXACT time has already been set! We don’t know it but God does! Third, the number of 200 million is NOT a guess! John wrote that he heard the number directly from Jesus. This tells me of the significance and we should recognize it will occur when an army of 200 million is ready to go! Finally, in Jesus’s comments in both the Books of Matthew and Mark, He tells us NO ONE will know the hour and day when this will happen. Man will not know it. The angels in Heaven won’t know it. Jesus Himself will not even know it. Only God the Father knows when this will happen! But, we are still warned to “…take heed, WATCH AND PRAY (capitals mine): for ye know not when the time is.” Jesus further clarifies this message is NOT just for Believers but is intended for ALL:
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
Regardless of whether these soldiers are from China or are a combination of Arab country’s armies, we are told in the Book of Revelation they will march towards Israel before the start of the War of Armageddon. In order to get there they will have to cross the Euphrates River, one of the longest rivers in the Middle East. It begins in eastern Turkey, flows through Syria and Iraq (on Israel’s northern and eastern sides) and eventually empties into the Persian Gulf. A view of any Middle East map indicates whoever comes from the east going west MUST cross the Euphrates River in order to get to Israel. God, in His Wisdom, will make it “easy” for them to get there and once and for all put an end to sin in this world and finally defeat the anti-christ.
“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.”
So, whether the river dries up because of a drought, a dam, or some other miraculous happening, this army with their tanks, supplies and men will cross the Euphrates on their way to Israel and Armageddon and their ultimate destruction by Jesus at His Second Coming. While we will not know the timing of this, as the Bible clearly tells us, we are told to WATCH. When China, as the only country in world history, claims they can NOW field an army of 200 million soldiers as predicted 2,000 years ago, we should be watchful TODAY! Jesus’s Coming is soon! It is these prophecies made thousands of years ago which we are see happening in our lifetimes that gives me a great amount of comfort. Comfort in knowing my God is Supreme and has an ultimate Plan for the defeat of sin and salvation for those who believe in Jesus. It is this comfort that continues to encourage me to acquaint as many as possible about the signs of the Last Days and in doing so, to not frighten anyone, but rather to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” I sincerely hope you do as well and share these comments with your friends and loved ones.
May God Bless you!