16The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
Only one nation in the world right now has a big enough population to fulfil this prophecy. China currently has 1.3 BILLION people and the largest military in the world with 7 MILLION active, reserve, and paramilitary forces. Should the military need to mobilize, they have a communist regime that has strident power to coerce a population that has 800 MILLION people living in poverty and dependent upon their communist leaders for even basic needs.
China has made it clear it wants its military #1 in the world. This quote was from the following news article on China:
China has roughly doubled its military budget since 2006, according to official government figures that some overseas analysts say vastly downplay what Beijing actually spends.
China is spending big bucks, a double in 2 years?! A massive trade surplus, a failing US economy, and desire to challenge the world's top dog while he is down among other factors. Watch the Glen Beck clip at the end to hear former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton's take on China.
17The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfurCould this be a reference to China?.
The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.
Here is a comment on this verse from Bible Prophecy:
These "horsemen" may be a small division or group within that army, such as a strategic nuclear weapons division, or they may be brightly painted missiles sitting upon missile launchers.
19The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.This verse has always intrigued me.
Tail like a snake-helicopter?
Power of horse in their mouth-Tank?
Heads to inflict injury-Airplane?
Where does China fit into Bible prophecy? Scholars Have pointed to the following verses:
Revelation 16 & Zechariah 14: "Kings of the East"
A number of Bible scholars (1, 2, 3) argue that China is included in the "kings of the east" attacking Israel (Revelation 16, Zechariah 14). The final battle, called Armageddon, ends with Christ's Second Coming and His fighting for Israel (Revelation 19:11-18).
Some point to a more optimistic prophecy concerning China (1, 2, 3). Viewing Isaiah's prophecy concerning Sinim to be China, the prophet suggests the nation will open its borders and that salvation will come to its people (Isaiah 49:10-12).