The Financial Times (see first link below) reports that India intends to dramatically improve and increase its naval fleet over the next decade. An increase of over 100 warships is planned, and 32 of them are already under construction. As the link notes, India must begin to match China’s rapidly-increasing naval fleet if it is to be able to defend itself against China in the future. India does have one aircraft carrier, but its submarine fleet is especially obsolete (see second link). Both links comment on India’s deployment this week of a modern, nuclear-powered submarine which can fire nuclear-tipped missiles, making India one of only six nations that have such a capacity.

India also is building up its navy to counter Pakistan, its historic enemy and an ever-closer ally of China. The first link also reports that Pakistan just received the first of four new naval frigates being supplied by China, and cites the “close ties between the armed forces” of China and Pakistan. India is increasingly threatened by China and Pakistan’s growing ties. Not only does India need to increase its own military forces, it needs allies.

Previous blogs at this site have documented India’s steadily warmer ties to both the Americans and Israelis. These modern trends are quite consistent with the prophecy of Ezekiel 38. “Cush” is named as an ally of Russia, China, Iran. etc. in the Gog-Magog alliance, although the KJV of the Bible renders the word for “Cush” as “Ethiopia.” The name of “Cush” is still on the “Hindu Kush” mountains which straddle Pakistan and Afghanistan, so one would expect Pakistan and Afghanistan to eventually slide openly into the Gog-Magog alliance. Pakistan has long had favorable relations with China, and the longer the USA continues its pointless (in my opinion) war in Afghanistan, the more it will drive the Afghan tribes into the arms of the very anti-American Taliban forces. Previous blogs have also identified India as the “Sheba and Dedan” entity named in Ezekiel 38:13, which along with “Tarshish” (Japan, the “nation of merchants”) and the “young lions” (the “young tiger” nations of the Pacific Rim), will NOT join the Gog-Magog alliance. Japan is already a close ally of the USA and India is now heading in that same direction. The “young tiger” nations of the Pacific Rim are closely-linked to the USA and other western nations in commercial and economical dealings, so all the modern alliances are taking shape exactly as Ezekiel 38 foretold. This further confirms that the Divine God who inspired the book of Ezekiel is truly in charge of the destinies of all nations…even today.

For greater detail on the roles of Japan and India in modern prophecy, please also read my article “Japan’s Role in Bible Prophecy” available at the articles link of this website.