India, China and Russia Increase Cooperation. Last month, Indian, Russian and Chinese officials met in central China to conduct talks aimed at increasing the cooperation between the three nations–two of which are the world’s most populous nations (India and China encompass more than 2 billion people). At the talks, officials promised “to step up cooperation in trade, energy and geopolitical affairs including climate change,” as well as “energy, high-tech sectors, innovation, aerospace, cultural exchanges and disaster relief.” A communiqué from the meeting noted that the three nations plan to increase “cooperation on international and regional issues… but stressed that such cooperation would not target ‘any other country’.” China and Russia are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a body organized as an alternative to U.S.-led efforts. India is an observer to this body (Agence France-Presse, November 15, 2010). Increasing cooperation between these three nations is evident. Russia has already provided China with navy vessels and maintains a contract for more. Bible prophecies reveal that at the end of the age, just before the return of Jesus Christ, a powerful army of 200 million men will come from north and east of Jerusalem and cause massive destruction on this earth (Daniel 11:44-45; Revelation 9:13-21). Only India, China and Russia appear to have the military technology, the manpower and the funds to support such an army. The deepening relationship between these three nations certainly bears watching—in terms of Bible prophecy.
China’s Artificial Intelligence Ambitions. China is employing eminent scientists from around the globe to help it advance on many fronts. One area that China seeks to make progress in is the realm of artificial intelligence—creating thinking computer-operated machines. One scientist, Dr. Hugo de Garis, will be advising the Chinese government to establish a national artificial intelligence agency in order to regulate and promote the development of intelligent computers. He notes that these “thinking computers” could be used not only in the homes of regular families, but also in military service. Currently Dr. Garis is working to help China develop the world’s first artificial brain (Forbes, June 22, 2009). Whether humans will ever be able to artificially manufacture the ability to “think and reason” remains to be seen. Many brain researchers question this possibility. However, what is interesting about this Chinese initiative is the ambition to move forward on this front and lead the world in artificial intelligence. China not only has aspirations to be a world power; the “Middle Kingdom” also has “very deep pockets” to financially support this ambitious quest! It is worth contemplating where these traits might lead this emerging world power.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that Russia, China, and India are determined to cooperate more. If their close allies are included, they represent about 3 billion people on earth–nearly half of all humanity. They are determined to increase their influence.
As I wrote last month, “the time of the Gentiles” is getting to be upon us (see Russia, China, and India announce new cooperation: Gentiles are emerging). Now it is NOT that I believe that Russia, China, or India will start the great tribulation. Nor will the final King of the North be Russian–this will belong to a European–most likely a Gentile European. But as the Anglo-powers decline, it is becoming obvious that the Gentile powers are rising up.
And while the Gentile powers are not yet ready for this domination, this time is getting closer. And while the European Beast power will, for a while, have more power than the Asians, the Asians will prosper for a time through trade with them (Ezekiel 27:13-14; Revelation 18).
The Bible shows that the powers from north of the “daughter of Babylon” (Jeremiah 50:41-43) and “the land of the sunrise” (Revelation 16:12, literal translation) ultimately turn against the European beast power (who is the “daughter of Babylon’) and this will concern the King of the North (Daniel 11:44-45). Increased cooperation between Russia, India, and China, as well as increased technological development by these powers, seem to be necessary for all of this to happen, and that has already started.
Some articles involving the Asian peoples that may be of interest may include the following:
India, Its Biblical Past and Future: Any Witness? The Bible discusses the origins of those of Indian heritage and discusses some of the witness to them (including those in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 1: Genesis and Chinese Characters Where did the Chinese people come from? This article provides information showing that the Chinese peoples must have known about various accounts in the Book of Genesis up until their dispersion after the Tower of Babel.
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 2: The Sabbath and Some of God’s Witness in China When did Christianity first come to China? And is there early evidence that they observed the seventh day sabbath?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?
Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North? Is the German Defense Minister one to watch? What do Catholic, Byzantine, and biblical prophecies suggest?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?