A Gathering of Nations

By SHARON K. GILBERT
December 28, 2009

WHILE most of the world gathers to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa, a different sort of gathering is taking place in the Gulf of Aden.

No, you won’t hear much about it on the cable networks, but the major world navies have enjoined to battle ‘piracy’ in the warm waters just off Yemen. Piracy in this region has escalated over the past six months or so, making shipping nearly impossible. What causes this to be our ‘top story’ is that China has ended a 500 year naval hermitage by sending two destroyers and a supply ship to the region.

According to Associated Press:

A NATO task force to the Gulf of Aden was recently replaced by a European Union flotilla with four to six ships patrolling the area.

About a dozen other warships, including U.S., German, and Danish ships, are in the region as part of a separate international flotilla based in Bahrain and engaged in anti-terrorism operations. Several individual nations, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, Malaysia and India, also have vessels in the Gulf of Aden.

In the book of Revelation, John is shown a vision of a similar gathering of nations in preparation for the final battle known as Armageddon. The Euphrates is dried up to prepare the way for ‘the Kings of the East’ (China):

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. — Rev. 16:12-14

If the Man of Sin, known as the AntiChrist, is to counterfeit Christ’s return to Earth, that ‘arrival’ must follow a great battle that mimics Armageddon. The Ezekiel 38 invasion (Gog Magog War) is a likely candidate for a land battle. Could the sea gathering taking place now serve as a marine adjunct to such a scenario?

While the Gulf of Aden is a critical shipping lane, it strikes me as fantastic that ‘piracy’ would be enough to entice China out of its own waters for the first time in half a millennium.

Are demonic frogs at work even now? Keep your eyes on news from Aden.

2 Comments

  1. No disrespect, but connecting the gathering of nations to take on a bunch of two-bit pirates operating out of a failed state to the battle of Armageddon seems a bit of a stretch. Especially when there seems to be no evidence today of the previous five bowl judgements being poured out yet.

  2. None taken, Rad. I’m not saying this ‘gathering’ is the one John foresaw in Revelation, but rather that it could be the precursor to a ‘false Messiah’s’ version of Armageddon. You’re right — we are not in the Tribulation period. Praise God! — Sharon

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