What is it about China — Land of the Dragon?
It seems like peculiar things come out of there, and Asia in general.
One of them, the bacteria causing bubonic plague, killed one out of four (some say one of three) in Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East during the fourteenth century. It was known as the “black death.”
The bug in 1956 that killed between one and four million people worldwide?
It was known as the “Asian Flu.”
SARS in 2002, infecting 8,098 and killing just 774 in seventeen countries (but threatening a pandemic)?
The H7N9 that emerged ten years later to strike at least 1,223 people and kill four out of every ten of them?
Swine flu. Chicken flu.
Now, there is covid — which by strong indications came from a laboratory in China (where there is research, as in the U.S., into biowarfare), an affliction that has killed millions. The original source: bats, as in vampiric.
“It’s not a big mystery why this is happening… lots of concentrated population, with intimate contact with lots of species of animals that are potential reservoirs, and they don’t have great hygiene required. It’s a recipe for spitting out these kinds of viruses,” Dr. Steven Novella recently opined on an episode of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.
Yes, to an extent.
But the dynamics beg a spiritual consideration.
In Florida, a bacterium from China threatened to wipe out the state’s entire citrus industry a few years back.
That has nothing to do with population density in Asia.
Meanwhile, a weevil from China has decimated palm trees.
And a weed called the water hyacinth brought back from Asia by a woman who let it loose in a canal behind her home in Florida has run rampant and clogged creeks and rivers to such an extent that each year, herbicide contractors have to spray these waterways, disseminating the dangerous compound 2-4D right on water surfaces (to make matters yet more complicated).
In the Everglades, populations of small mammals have been drastically reduced due to ravenous pythons — ah yes, the python — imported from Asia and set loose when pet owners no longer want them.
True, unfortunate things can come from any continent or nation. Some think the deadly influenza pandemic that killed forty to a hundred million from 1918 to 1921 originated at an army base in Kansas or some other military facility in the U.S. (though this is not yet proven).
That was an import from Africa, to cite just a few examples. (Ditto for ebola.)
But woe, China: its atheism and outright antagonism to believers, its communism, bode poorly for the world.
When it does venture toward the supernatural, it is pagan astrology-type stuff. (Thus, “year of the dragon.”)
Recently, China expert Gordon Chang issued a dire warning about the possibility of outright conflict with that country as tensions grow on the world stage.
“We’re much closer to a nuclear exchange than Americans think,” Chang said on “Mornings with Maria” Monday. “China is preparing to go to war… China is surveying the United States for nuclear weapons strikes, so we’ve got to realize the gravity of this. The problems inside the Chinese regime right now indicate that Xi Jinping in the rocket force, which controls almost all of China’s nuclear weapons, he’s now installing officers who will obey his orders to push the button when he gives it.”
Along with the message, Chang urged U.S. businesses to pull out of China.
As presidential candidate Michael Pence said this week, China is close to becoming an “evil empire,” as he and fellow Republicans vying for their party’s presidential nomination ramp up rhetoric against what they say is America’s number one foreign adversary.
“China is the greatest strategic and economic threat facing the United States in the 21st Century,” Pence said in a speech at the conservative Hudson Institute in Washington.
“China may not yet be an evil empire – but it is working hard to become one,” he intoned.
According to a news report, “Some 50% of Americans identify China as the greatest threat to the United States, according to a Pew Research poll released in late July. Russia is next, according to 17% of respondents.”
Prayer need indeed. Count us among that fifty percentile. Certainly, there are many, many very good Chinese — the majority.
But they are suppressed and repressed (and too often, disappear).
[resources: upcoming “special report” will be on prophecy]
[Footnote: Dragons are legendary creatures that have found their way into the folklore, myths, and cultural symbols of numerous civilizations around the world. However, their portrayal varies widely depending on the culture in question. In the Western world, dragons are often seen as menacing creatures to be slain, a manifestation of chaos and evil. In contrast, the dragon holds an exalted status in Chinese culture, symbolizing positive attributes like power, wisdom, and good fortune. In Chinese mythology, dragons are benevolent beings with powers to control natural elements. They often serve as guardians, protectors, and bestowers of good fortune. These myths are quite different from their Western — Christian — counterparts, where dragons are usually feared and defeated. In the Book of Revelation, the dragon is Satan.]