Vol: 112 Issue: 24 Monday, January 24, 2011
China is ‘preparing for conflicts in every direction’ according to the Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie who made his remarks to two Chinese state-owned newspapers.
Guanglie is scheduled to visit Great Britain next month, and London isn’t expecting any warmer relations than America got from Hu Jiantao during his visit. Hu never cracked a smile the whole time he was here.
Guanglie told the UK Telegraph:
“In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction. We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away.”
China repeatedly says it is planning a “peaceful rise” but the recent pace and scale of its military modernization has alarmed many of its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan which described China’s military build-up as a “global concern” this month.
Liang’s remarks come at a time of increasingly difficult relations between the Chinese and US armed forces which a three-day visit by his counterpart Robert Gates is intended to address.
A year ago China froze substantive military relations to protest US arms sales to Taiwan. Relations deteriorated further this summer when China objected to US plans to deploy nuclear supercarrier USS George Washington off the Korean peninsula.
China is working on a “carrier-killer” ballistic missile called the Dong Feng 21. US Navy Admiral Robert Willard said that he believes the ship-killer has already reached “initial operational capacity” and is nearly ready for deployment.
China also recently showed photographs of a new aircraft it is working on that looks just like the F117A stealth fighter. China reverse-engineered an F117 Stealth that had been shot down over Serbia in 1999.
Professor Huang Jing from Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew School and a former adviser to China’s Army, said Beijing is losing its grip on its up and coming field grade officers. The professor likened it to the Japanese officer corps of the 1930’s.
“The young officers are taking control of strategy and it is like young officers in Japan in the 1930s. This is very dangerous. They are on a collision course with a US-dominated system,” he said.
Given that China is so populous that it could simply walk, unarmed, over an enemy and prevail through sheer force of numbers, the specter of China militarizing the way that Japan did in the 1930’s is not just dangerous.
It is utterly terrifying.
There is only one thing rising in China faster than Japanese-style militarism — and that is the explosive growth of Christianity. According to the The Economist, there could be as many as 130 million Christians in China, despite much smaller official estimates.
A study of China by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, an American think-tank, says indirect survey evidence suggests many unaffiliated Christians are not in the official figures. And according to China Aid Association (CAA), a Texas-based lobby group, the director of the government body which supervises all religions in China said privately that the figure was indeed as much as 130m in early 2008.
If so, it would mean China contains more Christians than Communists (party membership is 74m) and there may be more active Christians in China than in any other country. In 1949, when the Communists took power, less than 1% of the population had been baptized, most of them Catholics. Now the largest, fastest-growing number of Christians belong to Protestant “house churches”.
Currently, there are some 12,000 churches and 25,000 congregations in China.
I caught part of an interview with Lauren Green on Fox News Channel about the exponential growth of Christianity in China on Sunday. She said that at the current rate of expansion, it is estimated that by 2035, there would be more Christians in China than there are Chinese.
But according to the Book of the Revelation, during the Tribulation the “Kings of the East” will field an army of more than two hundred million. “How can this be?” I enquired of the Lord.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
At first, that made it even less clear. Then it started to make some sense. This Scripture explains that the Lord is waiting until the last possible moment to return for His Church, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Obviously, all won’t repent, but the Lord is waiting for all that will.
So as we approach The Time, it logically follows that there would be an outpouring of the Spirit as all those who the Lord foreknew would respond to the Spirit’s call.
And the Bible forecasts a massive revival just before the Return of Christ for His Church at the Rapture.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29)
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” (Acts 2:17-18)
If, at the current rate of conversion, every person in China would be converted by 2035 – BUT Revelation predicts the Kings of the East will still be able to field an army of 200 million, then the conversions will have to stop well before 2035.
The Kings of the East are NOT Christians. At the time of their invasion, there aren’t any Christians. The Church has long since been Raptured and any Tribulation saints have long since been beheaded for their witness of Christ.
The population of China is currently one billion, three hundred and thirty-one million, four hundred sixty thousand people, (more or less.) At the current rate of conversion, more than half the population of China will be Christians by 2020.
If the Rapture hasn’t happened by then, there won’t be enough Chinese left to field an army of two hundred million – or even enough to make a significant contribution.
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Adds a whole new perspective to the concept of “China Rising” — doesn’t it?