China is currently developing soldiers with ‘biologically enhanced capabilities’, researchers for the Jamestown Foundation say. Some are saying that the idea for China to develop ‘super soldiers’ can be traced back to biblical prophecy.
According to US intelligence officials, China has been conducting tests on its soldiers in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to create a biologically enhanced soldier. John Ratcliffe, Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, wrote in a Wall Street Journal, “US intelligence shows that China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities.”
According to an article published by a Jamestown Foundation research team, China is using advanced techniques for gene editing which can assist soldiers to perform in certain conditions and can even be used to grow human-like organs for use in transplants. A genetically modified soldier might be capable of running faster, jumping higher, hitting harder, thinking faster, or withstanding certain diseases. A genetically modified soldier might have dramatically increased height or muscle growth, or have bio-implants that allow them to control electronics with their body. There are several genetic modifications that could give a soldier a significant edge on the battlefield.
The warfare focus does not stop with the idea of genetically modified soldiers, but goes on to also include genetically modified diseases which can attack enemy soldiers. According to PLA Gen. Zhang Shibo (张仕波), former president of the PLA’s National Defense University, today’s biotech advances unlock the possibility to create new synthetic pathogens that are “more toxic, more contagious, and more resistant.”
China’s elite Medical Military Medical Sciences argued in November 2017, “Obviously, genetic weapons possess many advantages over traditional biological weapons.”
The idea of augmented soldiers however is not new. According to some Christians, it could be considered to be the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
“When the prophets described the pre-Messiah War of Gog and Magog, they described it in terms that were entirely unlike wars in Biblical times,” writes Israel 365 News. “Rather than wounds from arrows, spears, or swords, Zechariah described a scene similar to the aftermath of germ warfare.”
As for those peoples that warred against Yerushalayim, Hashem will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. – Zechariah 14:12
Ezekiel’s prophecy connects the warriors of the Gog and Magog War with the Bashan region. King Og of Bashan was Rephaim, of which can be said to have been somewhat biologically modified humans. According to Deuteronomy 3:11, the king was 13 ½ feet tall.
Israel 365 News makes the connection that the genetically modified Chinese soldiers could also be modern day giants, coming from the land that is prophesied to launch an attack on Israel in the last days.
In our new book, China and End-Time Prophecy: How God Is Using the Red Dragon to Fulfill His Ultimate Purposes, we highlight how the Bible refers to China in the last days and how current events in China point to the end times.
Should Christians be concerned?
Perhaps not just yet.
Prophecy about China in the last days is nothing new, but seeing millions of Chinese Christians come to Christ during China’s last four decades of revival is making some of the modern interpretations of Biblical prophecy more perplexing. Theologians who have even an elementary understanding of eschatological writings are observing the revivals in China and are compelled to ask the obvious question, “What role, if any, will China play in the last days?”
Something is definitely taking place on a grand scale in China, but how will it play out and how do these massive revivals impact end times?
For years, China’s population size, economic growth, and thirst for military power have taken center stage for those who study biblical prophecy. However, the perception of China is generally a negative one, with most end-time experts seeing China as an aggressor to Israel. Genetically modified soldiers definitely fit into that negative mold.
It is not just the massive population of China that could support 200 million soldiers (Rev 9:16) and its location (Rev 16:12-13) that fits Biblical prophecy about the Battle of Armageddon, but there are other conditions in China that definitely seem to be pointing to the end of the age, reminding us of the mark of the Beast and end-time economy prophecies (Rev. 13:16–18). Their electronic ID system, social media scoring, commerce control, social-engineered peer review programs, war against the church, persecution of Christians, reeducation camps, and facial recognition technology, coupled with its multi-million man army, aggressive military campaigns, permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and financial influence over most of the world all seem to indicate China will be a prime candidate for a very menacing role in end-time prophecy.
Many have argued that references to the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet give us clues that China might be a member of this unholy trinity that declares war on Christ for a final showdown.
For generations, the armies of China have been feared and have been the subject of many theories regarding the end of the age. The great conqueror Napoleon once said, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.”
After years of watching China persecute Christians and declare war against the Church, it is easy to connect China to the dragon with an army of the East, providing a 200 million-man (genetically modified?) army to fight beside the Antichrist. However, in recent years, there seems to be another army in China on the rise that is different from the one described in Revelation 9 and 13. It is a Christian army in the land of the dragon, which is quickly approaching 200 million strong. It is an army of believers who are experiencing the persecution Jesus spoke of when He said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9 NIV).
The rise of this new army in China is one that would not be against Christ, but for Him. It is fighting a battle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12 KJV). The Revival in China is pointing to an exciting end-time sign – the completion of the Great Commission (Matthew 24:14).
Revival in China and the BTJ missionaries being sent out to unreached nations is perhaps forcing believers to reevaluate our view of the role China will play in the last days. Maybe we have been looking for the wrong signs from China as it pertains to the end of time? What if Christian theologians should have been spending more time preparing for the Second Coming than anticipating the arrival of the Antichrist?
If we take our eyes off of the doom of the end of the age and focus on the promises of Christ, maybe we can see things a bit differently. When we look at the growing church in the East, we find many biblical signs that point us to the return of Christ.
The BTJ vision of the Chinese underground house church is reaching more areas that have never heard the Gospel message and this is exciting, because it points to our Messiah quickly returning.
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