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“India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years” (Agence France-Presse, March 17, 2014). “Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111 percent in the last five years compared to 2004–08… India replaced China as the world’s biggest arms buyer in 2010… The main supplier of arms to India in 2009-13 was Russia, accounting for 75 percent of all imports” (ibid.). During the same period, “India’s traditional rival Pakistan increased its weapons acquisitions by 119 percent, growing from 2 percent of the global total to 5 percent during that period” (ibid.).

Bible prophecies record that at the end of the age, a great power will arise in the East (Daniel 11:44). This multi-national force will be a 200 million-man army that will destroy a third of mankind (Revelation 9:13-19). It will cross the Euphrates river from the east and bear down on Jerusalem and the King of the North (Revelation 16:12). Events in Asia could lead to the fulfillment of these ancient prophecies.

Students of prophecy need to remember another prophecy that “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). For more about events that will occur at the end of the age, read our booklet Armageddon and Beyond.