Rabbi’s Reflections – Sunday, May 3, 2020
Shavuah Tov *|FNAME|*,
Counting the Omer – Day 22
Here is the proper blessing to be said each day. This is how Jewish people fulfill the command to count.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר
Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav, Vitzivanu Al Sefirat Ha-Omer.
Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us about the counting of the Omer. Today is three weeks and one day of the counting of the Omer.
China – Present and Future Threat to the World
by Dr. and Senator Raymond Finney
INTRODUCTION: The United States has been deeply wounded from deaths and economic losses caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Most nations of the world share America’s pains. If we were not consumed with political correctness, we would appropriately call this virus “the China virus.” China’s carelessness and subterfuge are responsible for much of our suffering.
This highly infectious, novel virus undoubtedly originated in China and spread rapidly throughout the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has been likened to war, and we should consider that the world has been attacked by an invisible enemy.
Several persons are credited with a quotation I feel is pertinent. The earliest attribution I find is the Greek dramatist Aeschylus (523 BC – 456 BC). The quotation is: “In war, truth is the first casualty.” Truth about this virus has been assaulted by opposing nations, politicians, medical practitioners, and others. I will try to be truthful in this RR, but I probably will inadvertently misspeak the truth (because I am unable to learn or be certain I know the truth).
HOW DID THIS VIRUS GET STARTED? China would have us believe that the COVID-19 virus started in bats (?) and was transmitted to humans through a nasty Wuhan, China wet seafood market (Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market), selling animals you would never eat. (Photographs of these markets = Google search.)
China’s view has been challenged as propaganda. (Remember that truth is a casualty of war.) China has even blamed the USA for starting the pandemic. Some arguments against China’s “clean hands” in this pandemic include:
** Many believe the COVID-19 virus was created in a bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan, China. It is no secret that several nations– including China– are working on biological weapons of mass destruction. Security is alleged to be substandard (dangerous) at this Wuhan Institute of Virology. For example, photographs show that Wuhan refrigerators/ freezers used to store biologic specimens are poorly maintained. You would replace such faulty units, if they were in your kitchen. And, you only store milk and hamburger at home– not deadly viruses. Work was known to occur on bat viruses in Wuhan. Many believe that the COVID-19 virus escaped from this research development laboratory, and not from a wet seafood market.
** World-renowned virologists opine that the Chinese COVID-19 virus does not occur naturally in the environment, but is man-made (created in a laboratory). It is charged that the Chinese bio-engineer viruses to create “Frankenstein” organisms, which do not occur in nature and for which the human body has no immunity. It has been claimed Patient Zero was an intern at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. [“Patient Zero” = the first person known to carry or contract an illness.]
** China recklessly allowed millions of people (five-million?) to leave Wuhan in early 2020 for Chinese New Year celebrations, visiting Italy, New York, California, and elsewhere in the West. This mass migration of Chinese– many of whom were likely infectious when they boarded their planes– occurred weeks or even months after China knew the Wuhan population was infected, and immediately before they shut down (massively quarantined) the city of Wuhan.
** While China allowed its citizens to visit foreign countries, they strictly enforced (from January 22, 2020) quarantine in China, preventing Wuhan residents to travel to any other part of China. This quarantine shows China realized it had a deadly problem, but did not warn other nations. China obtained cooperation (cover-up) from its faithful ally– the United Nations (World Health Organization, W.H.O.).
** China has spent years buying and currying favor in Western media outlets. Many American journalists are pro-China and anti-Trump, suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). The friendly relationship between the Chinese Communist government and the international/ American media can be found through a Google search. Many in the media hope for a Biden victory/ Trump defeat in November, 2020. One of the main strengths for a Trump re-election would have been a red hot economy. Suddenly, much of the country is in “lockdown;” the economy has tanked; and millions are unemployed. This financial collapse could not have occurred at a worse time for Trump’s re-election. After beginning to emerge from years of wrangling about Russian election meddling, Ukrainian scandals, and a highly partisan impeachment, Trump is now faced with the nation’s severe economic collapse just months before the 2020 presidential election. If polls are to be believed, a national polling organization (Rasmussen Reports) published a poll on April 20, 2020 that 60 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of all voters hold Trump– and not China– responsible for the COVID-19 infection. Political prejudice and ignorance do not make a good combination! Evidence is mounting that Chinese hackers spread “fake news” in Internet sources throughout the world; and, the European Union censored negative, anti-China statements from various reports at the insistence of China.
** While the United States and much of the West are in deep financial trouble, China is now re-opening for business. Chinese agricultural forecasts for 2020 are rosy. Chinese factories are beginning to manufacture the plastic junk typical of much of their work product. Soon, Americans will be standing in line to buy this cheap Chinese junk. Again I point out, the Trump economy was the president’s strongest argument for re-election, and that argument has severely damaged.
** Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, trade wars instigated by Trump against China had begun to erode the the Chinese economy. China had lost 30 percent of its manufacturing prior to the outbreak. Tariffs had weakened the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and their dreams for world economic domination had been abruptly slowed. This economic chaos, which was beginning to become effective, would have weakened the CCP’s grip on power in the Chinese mainland.
** China has repeatedly lied about the COVID-19 virus and number of deaths attributed to the infection. Why would any nation accept China’s version of “truth?”
** China is not subtle in its desires. China views Taiwan as part of China. America is treaty-bound to protect Taiwan. Numerous news reports (use Google search) highlight the entanglement of China/ Taiwan/ USA. China is actively building artificial islands in the South China Sea, turning them into military and logistical bases (use Google search). Et cetera.
In my opinion: China is a warmonger. When we Americans buy Chinese products at Walmart or the Dollar Store, our dollars finance future war. In the 1930s, many Americans laughed at the “crazy Japanese” who bought our scrap iron. America had new iron. Why would Japan want that “worthless,” rusted iron? This question was answered on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft from carriers and submarines– built with recycled, American scrap iron– dealt a terrible blow to the American Navy.
** Chinese whistleblowers tried to warn the world about this virus outbreak. Dr. Li Wenliang (a physician) died from the infection. Ren Zhiqiang (a millionaire), Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin, Li Zehua (all journalists), and Xu Zhangrun (an attorney) have all “disappeared,” after trying to warn the world about this infection and being critical of the Chinese government. It is claimed that thousands of Chinese citizens have been arrested for sharing information about the virus during the first weeks of the outbreak. Again, truth is the first casualty in war.
** We need to make a distinction. The average person in China probably differs little from you or me. He/ she is friendly and hospitable, loves his/ her family, and works hard. Chinese-American immigrant families– who have come to America for better lives, have started businesses, and taken other jobs– probably resemble your family. There are millions of Christians (31-million?) in China, who love Yeshua as much as you do. The government of China is our enemy, not the Chinese people. The government, which controls its citizens with a vice-like grip, is a godless, Communist monstrosity which lusts for world domination. This Chinese Communist Party will continue to fight freedom-loving peoples and will morph into the “Kings of the East” (see last part of this RR) to take peace from the world through an unprecedentedly horrific war at the end of the Age of Grace.
DEFEAT WITHOUT A SHOT BEING FIRED? Sun Tzu is the credited author of “The Art of War,” which many consider one of the most excellent books on warfare ever written. Sun Tzu (lived 544 BC – 496 BC) was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Zhou Dynasty. [“The Art of War” is translated into English at: https://www.sonshi.com/sun-tzu-art-of-war-translation-not-giles.html .] Two Sun Tzu quotes may be applicable to our present situation: “All war is deception,” and “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” I would argue that China’s deception, without fighting, has gravely injured (subdued) many nations which would be classified as enemies.
The Chinese are masters of deception. Has China greatly wounded the United States and other nations, without firing a shot or missile, dropping a bomb, or losing a soldier’s life in combat? Any long-term harm inflicted in 2019-2020 will not be apparent until a future date. Our deeply partisan government is too busy fighting against each other to recognize and fight a foreign enemy. Yeshua warned us about divisions (Matthew 12:25b NKJV): … [Yeshua said] “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (See also Mark 3:24-25.)
SIDELIGHT: Are we beginning to see a divided America fall? When God granted thirteen former British colonies the right to form the United States of America, which He has since blessed immeasurably, He gave us a chance, not a guarantee. Benjamin Franklin recognized this difference, although some question the accuracy of this anecdote: Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when someone asked: “Doctor, what have you given us– a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin supposedly responded: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Are we keeping– or losing– our republic? Incidentally, the American form of government is a republic, not a democracy. END sidelight.
THE FUTURE CHINA: As fearful an enemy as the People’s Republic of China is now, a common English expression applies: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
A few weeks ago, I wrote an RR about end-time wars. (At least, I think I did. I have a number of RRs queued up ready to submit to Rabbi Weiner. I started a list to remind me which RRs I had sent, but the list has been raptured, I think. I cannot remember which RRs I have sent to the rabbi or which are waiting to be sent.)
In that RR, which has either been sent to you or is forever languishing in my computer, I discussed end-time wars. In brief, some of these wars include:
** Psalm 83 War
** Battle (War) of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39)
** Release of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” – also know as the first four Seal Judgments– which is at or near the beginning of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:2-8). These riders are mounted on different-colored horses:
… The rider on the white horse is taught by many to be the Antichrist (the Beast Out of the Sea, Revelation 13:1-10). He mimics (counterfeits) Yeshua HaMashiach, our King of kings and Lord of lords, described by the Apostle John also as the Rider on a white horse (Revelation 19:11-13).
… The rider on the red horse is global war. The “great sword” given to this rider-warrior is undoubtedly nuclear weaponry.
… The rider on the black horse is famine, which is an expected, historical consequence of war. Although we now have geographically contained famine, the Tribulation famine will be global and far greater.
… The rider on the pale, greenish-gray horse (from the Greek chloros = “green”) is war, famine, and plague– all consequences of war. Concerning this fourth rider, one curse he brings is often translated “plague.” The Greek text (thanato kai hypo ton therion tes ges) should be translated “death [from] the beasts of the earth.” Interestingly, coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) is a virus from a beast of the earth– a bat. A number of bacteria and viruses, especially pathogens from animals, are being developed for use as biologic weapons of war. We humans tend to fare poorly against such pathogens because we have little to no experience combating organisms of animal origin. If you read carefully, you will notice virologists may place a small-case “n” before the COVID-19 virus’ name (nCOVID-19). The “n” stands for “novel” (new), meaning this virus is not known to have infected humans before (before 2019, the “19” in the name). As these riders gallop through the earth, regional and global wars will undoubtedly punctuate the entire Tribulation.
** Yeshua taught the Tribulation would be the worst of all times (Matthew 24:21). He taught that during this time of worldwide despair, there will be wars between people groups and nations (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:10). Bible authors do not enumerate many of these wars, other than to tell us there will be hostilities (wars). One significant war action, but not at a time clearly defined, is the “Oracle Against Damascus,” (Isaiah, chapter 17). Isaiah clearly described a nuclear attack against and sudden destruction of Damascus, the capital of Syria.
** Now, let us forward to the end of the Age of Grace and the importance of China in the last major (worldwide) war. This war will be the Battle of Armageddon. Although wars will extend throughout the world, the major battle site (Armageddon) is along the southern rim of the plain of Esdraelon (Valley of Jezreel). Prophecies have decreed this site for the last great battle (Joel 3:2; Isaiah, chapters 34 and 63; Zechariah 12:2-11, 14:2; and Revelation 14:20). This land has been the site of great battles in the past.
Massive armed forces will meet at this battlefield, summarized as follows:
** The Antichrist will lead armed forces from the west (especially the European Union) and from Israel (Daniel 9:27, 11:45). These troops will include those from the revived Roman Empire (the feet and toes of mixed clay and iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue– Daniel, chapter 2).
** From the north will come troops from Russia and her allies as well as the King of the South (Egypt and her allies). These troops will have been greatly weakened by the failed invasion of Israel in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39). Rebellion within this faction will be subdued by the Antichrist, further weakening the effectiveness of these troops (Daniel 11:40, Zechariah 12:4 ).
** The Antichrist’s conquests of the Middle East and northern Africa (especially Libya and Ethiopia) will consolidate and strengthen his power. Because of Israel’s strategic geographical, economic, and military location, the Antichrist will center his military forces in this land (Daniel 11:41-42, 45; Revelation 13:7).
** The fourth military power will come from the east (Revelation 16:12). Although the Antichrist’s armed forces will number in the millions, he will be terrified to learn the strength of the armed forces of the Kings of the East (literally “Kings of the Rising Sun,” which is east of Israel and which includes China). This military juggernaut will number 200-million troops. Two-hundred million was the approximate population of the world in John’s lifetime. He added (Revelation 9:16) that he heard this number, because he anticipated people would doubt him or suspect an error in his writing.
China’s interest in and cultivation of interests in the Middle East has caused a flurry of activity in road and railroad building. The Euphrates River has historically been a physical barrier to troop movement. In 1992, Turkey completed the Atatürk Dam. The Euphrates River is now tamed, and the river flow can be shut off to permit troop crossing from east (China) to west (Armageddon). Airplanes and missiles do not need roadways, of course, to engage in warfare at Armageddon. As part of the Sixth Trumpet Judgment (Revelation 9:13-16), John foresaw four demonic angels bound at the Euphrates River, who were released at a specific time (the invasion of the Kings of the East) to permit massive deaths from war.
A few billion persons now live in nations of the Far East. From the early 1980s to 2015, China had a “one-child policy,” enforced by abortion or sterilization of women. Most families wanted their one child to be a son. China now has a disproportionate number of males (future soldiers). China now has a standing army of more than two-million soldiers (compare with America’s 1.4-million soldiers) and more in military reserves, but John recorded that this force would come from the Kings (plural) of the East. By adding millions of troops from several highly populated Asian nations to China’s troops, two-hundred million men seems attainable. Asian nations have attained (given to or stolen by them) the technical expertise to make armaments of war.
Armed forces of the Kings of the East will advance from the north and the east toward the Antichrist encamped in Israel (Daniel 11:44; Revelation 9:15-16).
** The greatest, bloodiest battle in the history of the world would take place at Armageddon. But, one other army will appear. (Picture the cavalry riding to the rescue in a John Wayne movie, only magnified many, many times.) This army is the Army of the Lord. Several Bible prophets foretold that Messiah would bring millions of saints with Him on the great day of the Lord (example: Jude 1:14, Deuteronomy 33:2). Sandwiched between the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom is the return of Yeshua and His army of saints and angels (Revelation 19:11a, 14, 17- 21, which I summarize because the text is lengthy): John sees heaven opened. Yeshua rides to earth on a white horse. Heaven’s armies, clothed in pure, white linen, follow on white horses. An angel announces that it is time for “the great banquet of God.” On the menu of this banquet are God’s enemies, and bird scavengers eat their corpses. The Antichrist and False Prophet are captured and thrown alive into the lake of fire (Hell).
… NOTE: The authentic Messiah rides on a white horse, the historical symbol of a conquering king, to be distinguished from the false messiah (Antichrist) who also rides arrogantly on the world stage on a white horse (Revelation 6:2). If you have earned the right to enter Heaven, you will be in the Lord’s army. The Antichrist and False Prophet are not granted a trial. Their sins are so egregious that they are cast eternally into Hell. Satan is captured and bound in the Bottomless Pit (Abyss) for the one-thousand years of Yeshua’s Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:1-3).
SIDELIGHT: In the near future, I may write a RR to argue that the COVID-19 pandemic may be a rehearsal for Tribulation woes. We now see some Tribulation pressures, only to a lesser degree. If God is testing us to see how His people would respond in a pandemic, we have failed the test (2 Chronicles 7:13c-14): [Adonai said] “…. if I send pestilence among My people, when My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We should spend more time consulting the Great Physician Yeshua than consulting Dr. Fauci. Our hope may be more in getting right with God, than in developing a vaccine. America and the world need to be healed of many more things than a virus.
CONCLUSION: We do not know how much distress China will cause before the Tribulation begins. We do know that China, as part of the Kings of the East confederacy, will be a major enemy at the Battle of Armageddon.
God has known about China, COVID-19, and everything else that concerns us since the foundation of the world. He has a plan to defeat all evil “kings” and the Unholy Trinity (Satan, Antichrist, and False Prophet). He has use for you in the Lord’s army. As a soldier in that army, you will witness the defeat of evil, the establishment of good, and the reward for all who who are good and love God.
Times may seem uncertain and even frightening, now, but God will prevail. God’s people will prevail. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were dictators who wished harm to freedom-loving people of the world, but they are dead. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the People’s Republic of China, wishes harm to freedom-loving people of the world, but he will some day die and no longer pose a threat. The Antichrist will arise to oppose and persecute all of Yeshua’s followers, but he will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
Rejoice and take courage! God is almost ready to right wrongs and remove all evil from the world. We Believers are stronger than anything Satan– and his earthly minions– can bring against us (1 John 4:4): You are from God, children, and you have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Shalom and Maranatha.