(Note: To Christians in the West, the following post is perhaps darker than typical posts placed on this website. I choose to tell it how I see it and not put a smiley face on it.)
Clarity to Fuzziness
One trait of Bible end-time prophecy is that its narratives are clearer or fuzzier depending on how close to, or far from, Israel the prophesied event is said to occur. This should not be surprising as the Bible is about God’s plan of salvation for mankind which centers on Israel, and also our King and Messiah who lived his life, died to save us, and rose again, which all occurred in the land of Israel.
Where Bible end-time prophecy talks of Israel, its narrative is relatively straightforward. Even popular prophecy teaching gets it. The Bible is clear: the Jewish people will come back from around the world and settle in the land of Israel. They will establish one nation, build their third temple, and be assailed by the Antichrist during the 42 months of Jacob’s trouble. Finally, they will be rescued by the Messiah that they scorned two millennia before. (Resting completely on God’s mercy, we Gentiles should be thankful to God so we would all have a chance to enter the kingdom of heaven.)
Middle East: Fuzzier
However, the further from Israel that the Scriptural narrative goes geographically, the fuzzier things become.
Moving out into the nations of the Middle East, the surrounding region from Egypt to Iran, and Turkey to Yemen, Daniel 7 and 8 yield the Four Signposts as written about in Daniel Revisited. Popular prophecy teaching misses this completely and instead assigns these prophecy passages’ fulfillment to centuries ago. It’s easy to miss them because the words in the Bible aren’t as clear, and centuries of tradition cloud the passages. However, the Bible tells us enough to show that there are indeed four events to occur prior to the Tribulation. One of them has already occurred, and the second, the invasion by Iran of the Middle East, could happen anytime. This is the Second Signpost.
The Three Parts of the World: Fuzziest
Moving further away from Israel, outside of the Middle East, the Bible doesn’t say very much at all. We are told directly in Revelation 16:12 that there are kings from the east, so we know Antichrist will not rule the entire world.
However, the Bible does give us hints when we read Daniel and Revelation chiastically, as is done in Chronicles. Chiastics indicates Babylon the great is all unsaved humanity, and geographically is the entire populated world. As written about in Chronicles and in this post, the world is divided into three parts (per Rev. 16:19): Central Earth, East Earth and West Earth. Each has their own overarching theme of idolatry, and each will receive unique judgments from God in addition to the trumpets and bowls.
This is to be the realm of the Antichrist. The imminent Second Signpost is the triggering event for the Antichrist to eventually take over Center Earth. If the First and Second Signposts are true, we can depend fairly reliably on the Third and Fourth Signposts coming, which will see the establishment of all of Islam uniting under the Antichrist, and his waging war and conquest on Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa just prior to the time of Jacob’s trouble which is also the “Gog-Magog War” of Ezekiel 38.
Center Earth is the part of the earth that has fallen away from the Gospel. Europe fell away due to humanism and the Enlightenment (ironically named). The Middle East, North Africa and central Asia, all full of Christians by the seventh century AD, fell away due to Islam. These regions are now to be given over to the Antichrist.
But Center Earth is not the only place being prepped for the end times. The Bible, through chiastic reading, gives us hints as to what will happen generally in the two other parts of the world. In addition to the threat of Iran running out, there are other things going on in this world at an increasingly dizzying pace.
This is the part of the earth that has by and large rejected the Gospel, with a few exceptions having never become Christian. Even today, in this region that has half of humanity, only 9 percent of East Earth is Christian. China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India have insisted on clinging to their state idolatries such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism. This region will likely see tyranny in the form of rule by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Michael Pillsbury, author of The Hundred-Year Marathon, makes the case as to the CCP’s goal: total world domination by 2049. (Pillsbury was the chief advisor to President Trump on China, and was mostly responsible for Trump taking such a hard stance against China.) After China’s century of humiliation when world powers took chunks of Chinese territory, the CCP has taken it upon itself to right these wrongs. The head of the CCP is President Xi (pronounced like the feminine pronoun). Xi looks upon Mao, Stalin, and Hitler as heroes and wants to outdo them. The CCP also sees the Chinese as the superior race and everyone else as barbarian (sound familiar?). I believe the kings of the east of Revelation 16:12 are none other than the CCP. Even now under Xi’s leadership we see the CCP becoming increasingly iron-fisted.
I believe we are seeing with China the ramping up to predictions made not only in my own Chronicles, but in Pillsbury’s Marathon as well.
The CCP has already violated agreements to let Hong Kong be free for another 50 years after the 1997 turnover from Britain. The CCP is not only threatening Taiwan with conquest, but is threatening Australia with war, and Japan with nuclear war. Australia has mineral resources that China is already buying up. And how does the CCP feel about Japan’s actions to China in the 1930’s and 1940’s? The CCP wants to dominate the East militarily and the world economically.
We are also already seeing the ramping up of what is coming here in West Earth, i.e. the Americas.
The peoples of the Americas, calling themselves mostly Protestant in the USA and Canada, and Catholic in Latin America, are obsessed with their state idol of money. Instead of pursuing Christ they are pursuing money. The Americas were discovered by people seeking wealth, and peopled with those also seeking wealth. Wouldn’t it be just like God to want to bring all these people to Him? He would do it by taking away all our wealth. As Timothy Keller wrote in his book Counterfeit Gods, people don’t realize Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have. I believe this is where Americans will be just before Christ’s return. It’s for our own good.
Even now we see the evil of Marxism rising in the United States. It has fooled half the US population, whether it is by Critical Race Theory (CRT), or that “Democratic Socialism” is not Communism and so is harmless.
We are already seeing the effect of US politicians being bought off or blackmailed by the CCP. The recent story that Gen. Milley called his counterpart in China to tell them he would warn them if the US was going to attack them is just shocking.
Also, for the first time, we witnessed in 2020 many questions in many American states regarding the election being compromised. Americans may deny these things by saying that everything will be alright and these things will pass, but I have seen no major across-the-board backlash or organized pushback against the Marxist tide, to match or exceed the Left’s united push on all these things. Half of American adults polled don’t even know what CRT is.
Whether Marxism takes over as the USA’s future, or there is an internal war against Marxism, either way it will occur with the banking system failing especially with the help of Iran starting the Second Signpost being the final nail in the coffin of the Petrodollar. Americans by and large just do not understand, and take for granted, that the US dollar has been the major reserve currency kept by the world since WW2. But that era is ending. The privilege and power held by our government and military across the world will be greatly reduced.
Revelation 9:16 and 16:12 hints at war between the Antichrist’s realm and the realm to the east, i.e. East Earth run by the CCP. The world will witness the beginning of a great war between two megalomaniacs (Antichrist vs. head of CCP) just on the eve of Christ’s return, in the form of the sixth bowl and sixth trumpet.
The Four Signposts and Tribulation tell us there will be war in the Middle East and in Center Earth, off and on for pretty much the whole time until Christ’s return. At the same time why wouldn’t there be war with China advancing its agenda across the East, and making war with the West to establish itself?
As Pillsbury wrote, one of China’s goals is to lay low the US so that China can be dominant. And it may be very likely that a military attack by China against the US is the only thing the IRGC needs to begin the Second Signpost. (With this in mind, we Americans may not even see the Second Signpost as it unfolds because we will be in a war with China.) This all makes sense in the light of China then being free to devote 200 million troops to march west from China, across Asia, exterminating one-third of mankind.
In addition to the Second Signpost setting the course in the Muslim realm, I believe what we are witnessing in the West and the East are the events leading to a very changed and brutal world coming in the years prior to Christ’s return.
Marxism, that philosophy proven to destroy untold millions of human lives, will reign in the East via the CCP, and in Center Earth via the Antichrist and his mark, and will either rule or assault the West in some form.
The church in China and the Muslim realm has endured persecution for decades and centuries. The church in the West will learn. Hopefully it wakes up, realizes the Rapture will not rescue them while living cushy, sleepy lives, and becomes a bright, burning light declaring the Gospel to all in the West so millions can come to repentance and be saved.
If you call yourself Christian, examine yourselves so you can identify any idols in your life and replace them with Christ, so the center and foundation of your life is none other than Christ. He is the foundation and rock you must build your life on. Christ is indeed all we need.