Russia, EU,&China in Prophecy|
Q. In addition to the identity of Islamic nations surrounding Israel found in Psalm 83, are Russia, the EU and China found anywhere in the Bible, too? (J.M.)
Interesting questions. Thanks for asking. We had to do some research on this question.
Russia is found in Ezekiel 38. Let's look at that passage:
"Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, … all of them wielding swords - Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, … - Gomer with all its troops - Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops … - many peoples with you. Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them" (Ezek. 38:1-7, NASB).
Prophecy about Russia - Gog&Magog
According to Bible prophecy, Russia will ally itself with Islamic armies to invade Israel. This could happen at any time because we currently see Russia allying herself with Iran and other Islamic nations. "Gog" is the name of the leader of this invasion. Magog is Russia - once home to the ancient Scythians (modern Russia) according to the historian Josephus.
The revived Roman Empire known as the EU (European Union) is found in the imagery of the Ten Toes on the metallic statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream found in Daniel 2, and from the vision of the Ten Horns of the fourth terrible beast of Daniel 7. From this revived Roman Empire the Antichrist will emerge.
Daniel is actually given the interpretation of this period of time.
"Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them. He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time" (Daniel 7:24-25).
In other words, during the tribulation period described in the books of Daniel and Revelation, be prepared to have changes made in our calendar and changes in holiday festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Jewish festivals will likely be nullified altogether.
The Great Tribulation Period
In other words, this all unfolds the Great Tribulation - a period when the worst dictator ever known will "devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path" (Daniel 7:23).
Jesus warned us that during this time there would be "greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God's chosen ones" (Matthew 24:21-22, NLT).
As we currently watch China emerge as a global power hungry for natural resources, we see prophecies coming true before our eyes. It's really exciting. In the final battle on planet earth - known as the Battle of Armageddon - China is the primary player.
Here is a Scripture reference to China:
"Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops" (Revelation 9:13-16).
200 Million Man Army
When the apostle John wrote this a 200 million man army was unconceivable. Even WWII contained only about fifty million soldiers. As if he were justifying himself the apostle claimed, "I heard the size of their army!" He was saying in effect, "Hey, I'm not crazy - I actually heard this unbelievably large number."
Yet, due to China's one-child policy and favored male children, an army of this size became possible in the twenty-first century.
Revelation 16:12-16 notes, "The sixth (angel) poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east. …For they (the frogs) are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty. …So they assembled them at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon."
Fantastic, isn't it?
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Walvoord, John and Mark Hitchcock, ed. 2007. Armageddon, oil and terror. Carol Stream, ILL: Tyndale.
Prophetic Map. Available from: unsealedprophecy.wordpress.com.
Postscript: Jeffrey Mays, author of this question, passed away in 2010. In all, he posed at least 40 fascinating questions to Remnant Report and we miss him.