December 5, 2007
Before I discuss the link below from the Asia Times website, some background information is necessary (especially for new readers of this blog). In both articles and blogs at this website, I have previously examined the evidence that the nation of India is the “Sheba and Dedan” nation prophesied in Ezekiel 38:13, that “Tarshish” is modern Japan and that the “young lion” nations are the “young tiger” nations of the Pacific Rim. Tarshish is prophesied to be a “nation of merchants” and the “young lions thereof” are nations which have copied the merchandising model of Tarshish in the latter days. Japan was dubbed “Japan, Inc.” as it, literally, became a “nation of merchants” in recent decades as it developed an export-driven economy and the financial press has referred to nations like Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, etc. as the “young tiger” nations. It is a striking testimony to the accuracy of biblical prophecy that Ezekiel 38 not only “nailed” the very designation that would be applied to the mercantile Pacific Rim nations in our age but it also identified the business model of Japan (an article on Japan can be accessed at the Articles link at this website). The nations of Tarshish, Sheba and Dedan and the “young lion” nations are prophesied NOT to attack the modern nations of the ten tribes of Israel in the latter days when they are attacked Gog, Magog, etc.
This blog is devoted to events concerning India, and some background information on India is appropriate for this blog. From a biblical perspective, Sheba and Dedan are either a group of Cushites (Genesis 10:6-7), the descendants of Abraham and his second wife, Keturah, who may have joined the eastward migration into Asia of the sons of Abraham’s concubines (Genesis 25:1-6), or both may be true. These people must be identifiably in the modern world among the nations as Ezekiel 38 is a latter day prophecy. The “Brahmins” of India, the traditional ruling caste, still bear the name of “Abraham” even after the passage of millennia. The various castes of India could have developed from a “pecking order” that anciently developed among the descendants of Sheba and Dedan and the various sons of Abraham’s concubines. We also see the name of “Cush” in the “Hindu Kush” mountains along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Cush” is identified as an ally of Russia, China and Iran in Ezekiel 38:5 (the KJV renders the word as “Ethiopia”). If this prophecy means ALL of Cush is to be allied with the “villains” of Ezekiel 38’s prophecy, then India is most likely peopled by the descendants of “Sheba and Dedan” who descended from Abraham. After all, it was Abraham who was promised to be the “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:4-6), and his descendants were prophesied to be too numerous to count (Genesis 22:17). India is a very populous nation, it was part of the English-speaking group of nations in the British Empire and it is still a member of the British Commonwealth. Since the name of “Cush” is on the region where Al Queda, the Taliban and radical Islam are dominant, this prophecy is very accurate, indeed. If Pakistan is also Cush, then it also may be destined to join the anti-American, anti-Western alliance prophesied to take shape in the latter days ( Ezekiel 38:2-6). As Musharaff’s position as leader of Pakistan grows less firm, the nation (or at least part of it) could slide into the radical Islamic orbit.
India is in a predicament in the modern world. It has fought wars in recent history with China and Pakistan, both of whom have been allies to each other and both are now nuclear powers. China is militarizing very fast, and the future control of Pakistan’s nukes is in doubt. India is a nuclear power too, but it needs a nuclear ally so it does not have to stand alone against its enemies. The only other nuclear power in Asia, Russia, is now a strategic ally of China. India has been drawing somewhat closer to the Israelis in recent years as the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” applies to the relationship of the Hindus and Jews toward Moslems. However, India needs an ally of major size which can help it economically and militarily. The USA is the only real alternative to which India can ally itself to counter the historic Pakistani-Chinese alliance against India. Coincidentally, the USA is in need of a nuclear-armed nation in Asia which can help it economically and militarily. Although it is being developed slowly and fitfully, a strategic alliance between India and the USA is taking shape. Both nations are now considering a strategic partnership via nuclear fuel sharing, and India has drawn steadily closer to western nations in its military affairs.
The link below from the Asia Times details that the Indian Air Force is being permitted to send some of its best pilots to the elite aerial war games called the “Red Flag” exercises which are hosted by the USA in Nevada and Alaska. I think these realistic aerial combat exercises were the subject of the movie “Top Gun” years ago. As this exercise is structured for pilots of the USA, NATO and their close allies, this is a major indication that military ties between India and the USA are strengthening. India’s Defense Minister, A.K. Antony, has called India’s participation in these combat exercises as a “great opportunity.” India’s participation in the US aerial war games was preceded by the participation of India’s navy in a major maritime war games off the Malabar coast which also included the navies of the USA, Australia, Singapore and Japan. This is a biblically-significant arrangement as the participants in this naval exercise represent nations of the house of Israel, Tarshish and one of the “young lion” or “young tiger” nations discussed in Ezekiel 38’s prophecy. Modern geopolitical developments are practically shouting the fact that biblical prophecy is coming to pass in all details foretold to occur in the latter days, but few in our secularized world are aware of this fact.
The link also notes that India has inked a $10 billion deal for military aircraft with Russia, so India is not yet exclusively in the western camp. However, it has military deals with western nations as well. Like many nations, India buys its weapons from whoever will give it the best deals for its particular needs. The preponderance of evidence, however, indicates that India and the western nations are being steadily drawn together, due to their mutual concern about the growing alliance of Russia, China and Iran. This needs to be watched closely, but if a strategic alliance does take place between India and the USA, it was foretold about 2500 years ago by the prophet Ezekiel, who received from God a prophetic vision for our time. In Isaiah 41:21-26 God challenges everyone to acknowledge his Divine sovereignty over mankind’s affairs by observing his ability to implement his prophecies in mankind’s future affairs. The Bible has many prophecies about the latter days and they are explained in the “Prophecy” articles at the Articles link at this website. Despite what the agnostics and atheists want to believe, modern events are sustaining God’s challenge in Isaiah 41!