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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Demons Unleashed (Part 7)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— The Last Jihad
There is nothing in this passage to indicate who the invaders may be. A parallel verse in the bowl judgment refers to the “kings of the east” crossing the Euphrates River in a similar maneuver. While some have suggested these are the Chinese, there is nothing in either passage that actually says that. The Euphrates River served as the eastern boundary of the Promised Land. It was also the eastern boundary of the Roman Empire. Beyond lay the Parthian kingdoms (equivalent to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India, and southern Russia).
It is certainly possible that China or Japan could be involved in an invasion of Israel in the End Times. But the text itself does not require that interpretation. It is much more likely that this invasion involves an alliance of the non-Arab Muslim nations led by Iran and the Muslim republics from the former Soviet Union. Sixty million Muslims live in these republics alone. A combined army of the entire Muslim world would stretch from North Africa to Kazakhstan (on the fringes of Mongolia). Given the right cause (like a last great jihad to overthrow the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple) and the right leader, who could unite the warring Muslim factions, such an army could easily contain two hundred million soldiers.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 16) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
For myself, I can only give my own individual testimony; but the little I know experimentally of the doctrine of Christ’s second coming, makes me regard it as most practical and precious, and makes me long to see it more generally received.