The Kings Of The East


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The Kings Of The East
By Jack Kelley

Originally Published in 2013.

With the current interest in China and the Far East, let’s review what the Bible says about that part of the world in the last days and see if we can tell what it all means.

First, some background. I’ve found that there’s a great deal of mystery about the origin of the people who populate the Far East. Even they don’t know where they came from. The River Euphrates was a formidable natural barrier that inhibited travel and prevented the flow of information and ideas from moving back and forth. The Scythians, a Central Asian people who raided the Middle East, can be traced to Magog and are the fore bearers of today’s Russians, but they came down from the North. The Great Wall of China was once called the Ramparts of Magog and was built to keep the Scythians out of China. This further isolated the Far East and not only clouded their origins in mystery, but resulted in the development of cultures very different from all others.

The oldest Chinese pictograms (their equivalent to letters of the alphabet) contain characters that depict the Creation story and their belief in one God, so we can assume that at the dawn of history they knew of man’s origin, but their culture developed independently of any influence from those west of the barriers we’ve mentioned. Today there’s very little similarity between East and West, and even less goodwill.

As believers, we know that every race of mankind sprang from the loins of Ham, Shem, or Japeth, the three sons of Noah. But from which one did the Asian peoples come? Genesis 10:17 makes mention of a group called the Sinites, descended from Ham through Canaan. And Isaiah 49:12 speaks of the Sinim (same Hebrew root), a people who according to the Strong’s concordance inhabited the extremity of the known world. (Strong’s commentary on the Sinim suggests that it probably refers to the Chinese.) And that’s about all the Bible tells us until we see a reference to the Kings of the East in the Book of Revelation.

Back To The Future

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. (Rev. 9:13-16)

At the time of the 6th Trumpet, four angels who’ve been stationed at the River Euphrates for this very purpose will be loosed to agitate the leaders of the Far East against each other causing a huge war with massive casualties to mankind. Two hundred million soldiers from the various armies will clash resulting in the deaths of 1/3rd of mankind. 25% of the Earth will already be under judgment causing much bloodshed and death (Rev. 6:8), and now nearly 2 billion people will perish in this war.

But since the traditional barrier between East and West, the River Euphrates, is not dried up to make way for them to swarm into the Middle East (we’ll see that in Rev. 16) I believe that this judgment is primarily against the 60% of the world’s population that lives East of the Euphrates. There’s no mention of them tangling with anyone out side the region, so this could be a war for supremacy among the Far Eastern nations, as well as a forging of alliances in preparation for the coming attempt to grab the Middle East and all it’s resources.

With the conflicting religions, the crowded conditions, and the abject poverty, that area of the world is always ripe for conflict, so it won’t take much to stir them up against each other. And since China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and North Korea are already nuclear powers it’s easy to project huge casualties.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. (Rev 16:12)

By the time of the 6th Bowl judgment, the anti-Christ’s plans to control the world will be falling apart and the Kings of the East will be thinking that it’s every man for himself. Like I said, there’s no good will between East and West. I think this is when they will move to seize control of the Middle East.

Remember, Daniel 11:40-45 tells us that after the King of the North (Syria, Iraq, Iran) and the King of the South (Saudi Arabia, Egypt) mount unsuccessful attacks against the anti-Christ, there will be reports of troop movement from the East (China, etc.) and North (Russia) This is the run-up to Armageddon and the anti-Christ will locate his headquarters in Israel to direct his response to this new threat.

Of course we know that while all the world’s attention is focused on these opposing forces, another army will be rushing forth to join the fray. But this one is unlike the others. In the first place it will come out of the sky. In the second place everyone will be dressed in white linen, and in the third place only its leader will fight. His weapon is His Word and with it He will slay all these earthly armies in their tracks (Rev. 19:11-21).

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

The focal point of Life on Earth originated in the Middle East and was centered there for thousands of years. Then came Gentile Dominion and the focus began moving westward. From Babylon and Persia, world dominance moved to Greece, then Rome, then Spain, England, and now across the Atlantic to America. Some observers say its next move will be to the Far East and finally back to the Middle East for the conclusion of history, having come full circle.

There are several indicators that support this observation. China boasts the world’s fastest growing economy, and on the whole Asian economies are growing at a rate exceeding the world’s average. Since growth attracts capital, money has been moving into Asia in record amounts. Chain has also been buying gold in record amounts in what some observers see as a coming attempt to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The Secretary General of the UN is from Korea. India is a world center for “Knowledge Process Outsourcing”. There are more Christians being born again in the Far East than in any other part of the world. Three of the four most populous nations in the world are in the far East (China, India, and Indonesia), as are almost half of the top 25. As I said, estimates place 60% of the world’s population in Asia. This could very well be the beginning of their time.


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These days, Bible expositors are injecting China into end times prophecy because of their large population, current actions, and recent political significance. But the Bible always referred to the 'east' as Mesopotamian, or Babylonian in origin. For instance, when Christ was born, men from the east (Persia) arrived with gifts. It is these men who read Daniel's account of Christ's birth, since Daniel and his three friends had a huge impact on Babylon, then Persia- since king Nebuchadnezzar became a believer before his death. So it is these men who deciphered the prophecy, and then went to worship their Lord and King in Israel.

In the book of revelation, the kings of the east will be those of Persian descent, living in modern day Iraq. Since it is prophesied that the Antichrist's future city will be located on the banks of the Euphrates River, it makes perfect sense for the bowl judgment of drying that river to maneuver Antichrists forces towards Jerusalem for muster in the Valley of Megiddo.

It has become popular for these teachers to combine a trumpet judgment (200 million demons) and associate them with a bowl judgment describing the kings of the east (Persian leaders), in order to affiliate them with China. In studying the Bible, it is important to place these passages in proper order and significance. The Bible describes the 200 million as demons, not Chinese or otherwise. Furthermore, those future bowl judgments refer to a massive maneuver involving Antichrist's forces in association with a coalition of (eastern) military leaders.
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So the E.U. covers the Fourth Beast and Third Beast because imho, the Anti-Christ come to power in the Fourth Beast {Dan. 7} but is born in Greece {Dan. 8}, so those two are in the mix, so the Kings of the East are meant to point out Persia and Babylon, then we are pointed to ALL the Kings of the Whole World. Since it point to all the Kings of the whole world, the reference to the Kings of the East is redundant, imho,l its just symbolically pointing out Babylon and Persia.

I also agree there are no human "200 million horsemen} but I don't think they are Demons either, just the opposite, I see them as Angelic Beings who bring forth Plagues from God, verse 20 {if my memory is correct, he he} says its Gods plagues, and the Breastplates these beings wear matches EXACTLY the Breastplates of the High Priests of Israel via the colors.
Some things to point out here. The book of Daniel identifies the Antichrist as having Roman origin, since it is the Romans who destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26-27). These passages describe events after Christ's crucifixion when dealing with Herod's Temple, then the future desecration of the Third Temple at the hands of the Antichrist when he demands worship.

The European Union may one day become one of the ten leaders during the first half of the Tribulation, but the Antichrist is of the seventh and eighth world empires in conjunction to the Revived Roman Empire, which are the ten horns, or kings. (Daniel 7:19-20, Revelation 17:10-13)

Another note- this is not symbolic. Babylon is taken literally when referring to the bowl judgment of drying the Euphrates River, or why should it be a bowl judgment? Those are the most severe, indicating that Antichrist's city is located on that river, which will destroyed in Revelation chapter 18. So the kings of the east are Antichrist's Babylonian forces, comprised of these armies which will march across the dried riverbed to muster in the Valley of Megiddo during the Campaign of Armageddon.

Furthermore, the 200 million are demons, because holy angels cannot be bound: 'And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.' (Revelation 9:13-15.)

Hoping this cleared things up a little. God Bless! :hat
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2.) Regarding an 8th Kingdom, that is described nowhere, I think people just conjecture this because of the 8th King reference. But it clearly says he was of the SEVEN but is an 8th. Its thus a Demon who lived many, many years of course, else he couldn't be of the 7. What does Satan do do different regions ?
Read Revelation chapter 17:7-13. Hope those passages clear things up for you:

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.


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I do not believe that the kings of the east must come from east of the Euphrates, or China and/or other far eastern nations. If you look up the words alone you will find that the kings of the east have always been in the neighborhood and were Israel’s enemies from surrounding nations. Just look up the term in the book of Judges alone! The Word of God repeats itself as to theme and function and I believe that these same “kings of the east” that always troubled Israel will be a confederacy of Islamic near-by nations. They can make up the large number if you combine the players of Ps. 83 and Ez. 38. We need not go to Korea, China, etc. This doctrine started with Hal Lindsay’s Late great Planet Earth but I don’t think it follows a clear path of scripture and its repetition. As we await the coming of the Lord in the clouds for us we certainly see a growing hatred of Israel in the surrounding nations. By this alone and the veracity of scripture I don’t believe we need add into the Bible things it doesn’t really say. This is mere speculation.

If you don’t believe the Kings of the East have to come from East of the Euphrates what do you do with Rev. 16:12? “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.”
Daniel 11:40-43 talks about the Kings of the North and South coming out to challenge the anti-Christ. In the context of Daniel 11 these two Kings controlled all of the middle east including the countries mentioned in Psalm 83 and the middle eastern partners from Ezekiel 38. But after defeating them the anti-Christ is immediately alarmed by reports of an enemy coming from the East. Who is that?
And it seems clear that the Great Tribulation is world wide in its scope. Rev. 9:13-16 talks about one third of the population dying because of some force released by four angels stationed at the River Euphrates. 60 % of the world’s population lives East of the Euphrates. Do they just sit this out? If so then out of the remaining 40% who live in the West, all but 6 2/3% will perish. It sounds to me like you’re trying to turn the Great Tribulation into a regional conflict, at the end of which only the Asians will be left standing to receive the Lord.