In the next few years, there will be a staggering turn in world events! A giant Asian superpower, with a modernized Russia and China at the helm, will dramatically affect the course of history. This emerging power bloc—a conglomerate of peoples which comprise one fourth of the world’s population—will be deeply involved in the tumultuous tide of events that will lead to the conclusion of mankind’s 6,000 years of self-rule!
After the Flood, God told Noah and his family to go and replenish the Earth (Genesis 8:15-18). Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Each son was the beginning of a separate race. Shem was the father of the white race; Ham the father of the black; and Japheth, the yellow race. Herbert W. Armstrong explained in Mystery of the Ages that Japheth evidently married an Oriental woman, and Ham a black.
Genesis 10:2-3 list the sons of Japheth: “…Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.”
In his book Compendium of World History, Dr. Herman Hoeh correctly identified Meshech and Tubal as fathers of those who comprise greater Russia today. Magog fathered the people of China and Mongolia. Gomer fathered the Japanese people as well as the Cambodians, Thais, Burmese, Laos and Vietnamese.
Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the descendants of Noah’s grandson Cush split into two branches: a dark-skinned, curly-haired branch that migrated to Africa and a dark-skinned, straight-haired branch that migrated to India. This group of people later intermarried with Aryan settlers from Persia, producing the brown coloration of the Indian peoples today (Herman Hoeh, “The Truth About the Race Question,” Plain Truth, July 1957).
To create such a bloc, China needs more than just Russia. As Stratfor wrote, “China and Russia, bound together into the tightest alliance, can change the regional balance in Eurasia but cannot affect the global balance…” (April 16, 2001). To be able to truly alter the global balance of power, this alliance needs Japan to add its technological prowess and naval might.
Such an alliance would have seemed all but impossible just a short time ago. But we’re seeing the trend shift in Asia.
The first step came in the form of a proposal in November 2001 to create a free-trade area between China and the Association of South East Asian Nations (asean). Then, at the China/asean summit in November 2002, a framework agreement on comprehensive economic cooperation was signed, with further trade agreements being signed since then. These agreements give China a commanding voice within an Asian bloc of nearly 2 billion consumers having a combined gross domestic product of about $2 trillion. When a free-trade area is fully established, which is anticipated by 2010, this new Asian bloc will be the world’s largest free-trade zone.
The West is in decline. Islam is on the rise globally. The European power is almost ready to roll. The kings of the east are becoming restless. U.S. influence in and access to the Korean Peninsula, Chinese and Soviet coasts, Asia-Pacific sea lanes, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Micronesia, Polynesia and Papua New Guinea is declining.
The book of Daniel sets the stage for the first woe. We often quote Daniel 11:40, which speaks of a clash in this end time between the king of the north—that European empire—and the king of the south, a radical Middle Eastern power led by Iran. Daniel 11:40-41 say that at the time of the end, this European beast power will enter into the glorious land (called Israel today) and overthrow many nations. This occurs during the Great Tribulation. At the time this prophecy is fulfilled, America is so weak, it is not even mentioned!
The beast power’s military success in the Middle East will not go unchecked. Notice how this spectacular prophecy continues: “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him …” (verse 44).
Using the modern nation of Israel as our reference point, look north and east on a map.
You will come to Russia and China!
The king of the north, after destroying the king of the south, will be troubled by what is happening to its east and north—that is, in China and Russia!
You can already see the fulfillment of this prophecy occurring in embryo today! Europe is deeply troubled by developments in Russia and China. It is plotting what to do about it. This scriptural passage is speaking of the build-up for these two remaining world superpowers to clash.
In the clash between these two great protagonists, the destruction of all living things would occur, presumably, in a final nuclear holocaust and its aftermath."