By Nathan Jones
Have we just about reached the final end time form for world politics?
I'm pretty jazzed by our latest "Bible Prophecy Insights" video — "Episode 5: The End of World Politics." It reveals how the Bible prophesies a very specific configuration of nations in the end times, and when these national alliances are formed, they would be a sign of Jesus' soon return.
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Six End Times Nations
1) The Roman Empire returns in the form of the European Union. (Daniel 2 & 7)
The Prophet Daniel 2,500 years ago had a vision of the four major empires that would dominate over the Holy Land up until the time Jesus Christ returned. The final form of the fourth empire of Rome would still contain some power, but be brittle in its structure and cohesion.
The current torchbearer of the Roman Empire is the 27-nation bloc rising superpower based at Rue de la Loi in Brussels, Belgium — the European Union (EU). The European Union's united military strength and formidable Euro currency makes the EU quite powerful, but the lack of central leadership and economic troubles make the EU unable to act in a crisis, and so true to prophecy, it is very brittle.
For the European Union to become a force to react to its many crises, it will need to give emergency powers to a common leader in able to effect change. According to Daniel 9:26, the EU will indeed get that person by the rise of the man the Bible calls Antichrist.
2) Russia backs a united Muslim world. (Ezekiel 38 & 39)
The prophet Ezekiel in chapters 38 and 39 gave the most detailed description in all the Bible of an end time configuration of nations when he described the Gog-Magog War. Ezekiel describes a leader designated Gog who hails from a nation located in "the remotest parts of the north" named Rosh, which we know of today were the ancient Scythians who now comprise Russia.
Ezekiel 38:12 reveals that Gog comes down from Russia in an attempt to plunder Israel's wealth. To reap this plunder, this Russian leader will lead a coalition of nations against Israel. They comprise of Magog which is likely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and possibly Afghanistan. Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Beth-togarmah now comprise Turkey, along possibly with Azerbaijan and Armenia. Persia is Iran. Ethiopia is the Sudan. And, Put comprises Libya and possibly Algeria and Tunisia.
The resulting armies will engage Israel in the Gog-Magog Battle, which will take place on the mountains of Israel. There God will destroy by biblical proportions Russia and its Islamic coalition, likely even ending Islam as a world threat.
3) The strength of the U.S. wanes. (Ezekiel 38 & 39)
The Bible is absolutely silent on the United State's role in the end times, even though today the nation is the world's only superpower. Sure, people are always looking for the United States somewhere in the Bible. They'll turn to Isaiah 18 where it talks about a tall and smooth people who are feared far and wide that live in a nation which is powerful and a river divides it, though in context it's about the land of Ethiopia in Isaiah's time. They'll look to Revelation 12:13-17 where it talks about the wings of a great eagle that will carry the women Israel into a hiding place, though that's a reference to God Himself (Deut. 32:11). Babylon the Great of Revelation 18 is also pointed to, though the scope is far larger than just one nation.
Where the slightest hint of America may be found is in Ezekiel 38:13, where we are told that Saudi Arabia (Sheba and Dedan) and the merchants of Tarshish (Spain or England) and its villages, or "young lions" depending on the translation, will sit out the battle of Gog-Magog and with barely a protest let Russia and her Islamic allies invade Israel. The apathy of these young lions demonstrates that the will to fight in the West will have greatly diminished and the United States is no longer taking the lead in world affairs.
4) China becomes a mighty power. (Revelation 16)
Revelation 16:12 reads, "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." Revelation 9:16 describes, "The number of the amount of troops was 200 million."
This event occurs near the end of the Tribulation when the Antichrist's kingdom starts falling apart. While dealing with a rebellion from the south, the Antichrist hears that the eastern kings are now massing in rebellion against him. Meeting in the Valley of Jezreel, Revelation 14:20 foretells the fate of these troops as, "They were trampled in a wine press outside the city. The blood flowed out of the press rising as high as a horses bridle for a distance of about 180 miles." This slaughter of the armies is the Tribulation's final Battle of Armageddon.
Putting such an army together, even considering how much the world population will be decimated by the 21 Tribulation judgments, was not possible even 200 years ago. Clearly the Apostle John saw a massive increase in population in Asia that would produce tremendous military might, which today is fulfilled in China's rise to world power and its ability to amass such a populous army.
5) Israel rises from the ashes of history to become the focus of the world. (Isaiah 66)
Isaiah 66:7-8 along with Ezekiel 36-37 and Zechariah 12:1-6 are among the prophetic passages that prophesied that the Jewish people would one day be regathered and the nation of Israel would be re-established once again. Though it took 1,897 years to find fulfillment, Israel was resurrected as a nation once more on May 14, 1948. Once the nation of Israel was birthed, it would become the focus of all the nations of the world over who should control Jerusalem. Israel's return as a nation is the cornerstone prophetic event of our age by which all end time Bible prophecy centers around.
6) A one-world government. (Revelation 13)
The creation of a one-world government is the end game of all these national alliances.
Revelation 13 along with Daniel 9:26-27 and Revelation 6:1-2 reveals that a future leader will rise out of the Revived Roman Empire to conquer the entire world. The Antichrist is revealed to the world at the beginning of the upcoming 7-year Tribulation by his prophetic fulfillment in making a peace covenant with Israel . At the mid-point of the Tribulation, Satan through the Antichrist will proclaim himself to be God in the newly built Jewish temple and his False Prophet will make the world worship the Antichrist. From there he will struggle to keep his global kingdom solidified as a number of his ten regents or kings rebel.
When by the end of the Tribulation the world is crippled by such utter disaster due to the failed global rule of the Antichrist, Jesus Christ will return at His Second Coming to eliminate the Antichrist and all human government. Jesus will then establish His 1,000 year kingdom of peace, righteousness and justice.
We live in a time like no other, when long expected nations have now finally come into existence and fallen into prophetic alignment, marking the soon return of Jesus Christ.
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