What is happening in China?
Why is Chinese leader Xi Jinping, raging against religion, including Buddhism, Islam, and especially Christianity?
Psalm 2 poses the question rhetorically, in the context of what has proven to be a historic phenomenon:
Why are the nations in an uproar (a rage)
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His
‘Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!’
From Nero to Lenin and Stalin, Hitler, the Kims of North Korea, and many more, there have been despots across history unusually determined to destroy anything that smacks of worship of transcendent Being.
Recent events have shown Xi Jinping’s strategy: the consolidation of his power as the leader who restores Stalinist Communism to China, and strengthens its policy of state atheism. This inevitably results in the tightening of freedoms and the attempt to stamp out the worship of God. Under such tyrannies, the dictator allows no one on the throne but himself—not even God.
So, though Xi Jinping previously said he was opposed to being president-for-life, he did not back away when, last May, the Communist Congress removed term limits, and he took that power for himself.
One thinks immediately of the spirit of antichrist.
This is not to say that Xi Jinping is the Antichrist, but that what is happening now in China reveals the spirit of antichrist is at work.
A favorite tactic of the antichrist spirit is fomenting, and then exploiting division and fragmentation in the nations. Perhaps this also is driving the political upheaval tossing the United States currently.
In his Revelation visions the Apostle John sees a beast rising from the turbulent sea. (Revelation 13:1-3) The “sea” in Revelation’s prophetic symbolism is “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15) The Antichrist to come will emerge from global chaos. The antichrist spirit presently at work foments the turbulence, then imposes its cruel control over nations in turmoil.
The aim is always displacement of the peace and freedom-giving Kingdom of God. The fundamental temptation is power, and the demonic will always cluster at centers of power. Therefore, as Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, “many false Christs” will arise across history, along with false prophets. They will be in lofty governmental perches as well as loony but sinister backwaters.
The Apostle John also writes: “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)
The “last hour” is the summary period of all history. It begins with the atoning death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and moves toward Christ’s return. A clue is in the fact that the Apostle Paul refers to the first century Christians in Corinth as being people “on whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wallace Henley