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Monthly Letter, February 2013

Restoring Original Christianity—for Today!

Christian Biblical Church of God

Post Office Box 1442
Hollister, California 95024-1442

Fred R. Coulter,

February 14, 2013

Dear Brethren,

Every day in the news we hear talk about America’s increasing debt and monetary problems—to say nothing about similar issues facing the rest of the world. At the same time, there is an almost unknown financial shift taking place in the USA on a massive scale. Since very few people read and believe the Old Testament, many do not realize that this “shift” was actually prophesied some 3,500 years ago! Moreover, this event is taking place with little or no coverage in the mainstream media!

In Deuteronomy 28, God describes the blessings that result from obedience—on a national level—to His laws and commandments, as well as the curses that result from disobedience and rebellion. (Please read this entire chapter, as well as Leviticus 26.) This letter will focus on the current financial curses God is bringing upon America because we, as a people, have forgotten Him, rejected His laws and commandments, and refuse to repent. Take note, in particular, of this key passage: “The stranger dwelling among you shall get up above you very high, and you shall come down very low. He shall loan to you, and you shall not loan to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail” (Deut. 28:43-44).

Such curses have come gradually upon us. God always gives warnings and time for repentance. Because there has been no repentance by our government, religious, or economic leaders, these curses have grown in magnitude. In fact, their intensity is in direct proportion to our sins and propensity to forsake God. As a nation, we have sunk (and continue to sink) deeply into sin and perversion. Our downfall began to accelerate after January, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a lawless edict, declared that abortion—the murder of the unborn—was a woman’s legal right. That was 40 years ago. As we will see, millions of “strangers” from many nations have now risen “high above us”—because of our sins, including abortion. Today, abortion in America stands at 55 million (and counting)—almost the same number of legal and illegal aliens since 1973! This letter will focus on the impact such alien populations have had—and will continue to have—on America’s failing economy.

After WWII, the USA was the most powerful country in the world—and the greatest creditor nation. Indeed, the entire world’s financial system was established on the U.S. dollar. Beginning with the Marshal Plan for European recovery, we loaned and gave money to the rest of the world from that time to now.

However, by 1983 we were no longer a creditor nation. Rather, we became a debtor nation. Since that time, a mere 30 years, we have descended into the black hole of debt—an ever-deepening abyss—to the tune of hundreds of trillions of dollars of individual, corporate and government debt at all levels. This debt can never be paid off. Consequently, we are becoming the slaves of our creditor enemies (Prov. 22:7)—who are fast becoming “strangers” among us!

This “slavery” is coming about stealthily, in ways we have never imagined—yet God has warned us: “And all these curses shall come on you, and shall pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed forever; because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things” (Deut. 28:45-47).

Today, these prophesied curses are exacting a terrible price on America (as well as on other western nations that are the modern descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel). Astonishingly, these curses are transpiring exactly as God has warned. “Therefore you shall serve your enemies which the Lordshall send against you in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in the want of all things. And he shall put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. The Lordshall bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you shall not understand, A NATION fierce of countenance who shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young. And he shall eat the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land, until you are destroyed. He shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, neither the increase of your livestock, or flocks of your sheep until he has destroyed you. And he shall besiege you within all your gates until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout all the land. And he shall besiege you within all your gates throughout all your land which the Lordyour God has given you” (verses 49-52).

Notice that this passage does not say nations or groups of nations. It says a nation—singular. What nation could that be? What single nation has been the greatest lender of money to America? China!

Because we buy so many things from China, they have a surplus of trillions of our dollars, which they lend back to us. In addition, they buy billions of dollars worth of U.S. Treasury notes—IOUs—more American debt. And because the USA is printing vast sums of money, we are actually devaluing the dollar—it is becoming worth less and less (we see this in daily life as inflation).

As a result, the Chinese no longer want to hold vast sums of U.S. dollars. Rather, they are now determined to purchaseAmericanassets of real value with the trillions of dollars they already have. As you will see from the following reports, the Chinese are buying up American assets at a prodigious rate. Remember, once they buy it, they own it, and the owner has property rights. The seller may have beneficial use for a while, but the seller eventually becomes the servant of the owner! Please read the entirety of these reports and be utterly amazed!

Does China Plan To Establish Chinese Cities And Special Economic Zones All Over America?

[Report excerpts follow; emphasis added.]

What in the world is China up to? Over the past several years, the Chinese government and large Chinese corporations (which are often at least partially owned by the government) have been systematically buying up businesses, homes, farmland, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources all over America. In some cases, China appears to be attempting to purchase entire communities in one fell swoop. So why is this happening? Is this some form of “economiccolonization” that is taking place?

Some have speculated that China may be intending to establish “special economic zones” inside the United States modeled after the very successful Chinese city of Shenzhen. Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village, but now it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people. Initially, these “special economic zones” were only established within China, but now the Chinese government has been buying huge tracts of land in foreign countries such asNigeria and establishing “special economic zones” in those nations. So could such a thing actually happen in America?

Well, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, a plan being pushed by the Chinese Central Bank would set up “development zones” in the United States that would allow China to “establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.” Under the plan, some of the $1.17 trillion that the U.S. owes China would be converted from debt to “equity.” As a result, “China would own U.S. businesses, U.S. infrastructure and U.S. high-value land, all with a U.S. government guarantee against loss.” Does all of this sound far-fetched? Well, it isn’t. In fact, the economic colonization of America is already far more advanced than most Americans would dare to imagine.

Rather than just sitting on all of that money, China has been lending much of it back to us—at interest. We now owe China more than a trillion dollars, and our politicians are constantly pleading with China to lend more money to us so that we can finance our exploding debt.

Today, the U.S. government pays China approximately 100 million dollars a day in interest on the debt that we owe them. Those [who] say that the U.S. debt does not matter are being incredibly foolish[—from the President on down].

So thanks to our massive trade deficit and our exploding national debt, China is systematically getting wealthier and the United States is systematically getting poorer. And now China is starting to use a lot of that wealth to aggressively expand their power and influence around the globe.

But isn’t it more than a bit far-fetched to suggest that China may be planning to establish Chinese cities and special economic zones in America?

Not really. Just look at what has already happened up in Canada. It is well known that the Chinese population of Vancouver, Canada, has absolutely exploded in recent years. In fact, the Vancouver suburb of Richmond is now approximately half Chinese. The following is an excerpt from a BBC article: “Richmond is North America’s most Asian city—50 percent of residents here identify themselves as Chinese. But it’s not just here that the Chinese community in British Columbia (BC)—some 407,000 strong—has left its mark. All across Vancouver, Chinese-Canadians have helped shape the local landscape.”

A similar thing is happening in many communities along the West Coast of the United States. In fact, Chinese citizens purchased one out of every ten homes that were sold in the state of California in 2011. But in other areas of the United States, the Chinese are approaching things much more systematically. For example, as I have written about previously, a Chinese group identified as “Sino-Michigan Properties LLC” has purchased 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. Their stated goal is to build a “China City” that has artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center, and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.

In other instances, large chunks of real estate in major U.S. cities that are down on their luck are being snapped up by Chinese investors. Just check out what a Fortunearticle from a while back says has been happening over in Toledo, Ohio: “In March 2011, Chinese investors paid $2.15 million cash for a restaurant complex on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. Soon they put down another $3.8 million on 69 acres of newly decontaminated land in the city’s Marina District, promising to invest $200 million in a new residential-commercial development. That September, another Chinese firm spent $3 million for an aging hotel across a nearby bridge with a view of the minor-league ballpark.

“Toledo is being promoted to Chinese investors as a 5-star logistics region. From Toledo it is very easy to get to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Indianapolis…. With a population of 287,000, Toledo is only the fourth largest city in Ohio, but it lies at the junction of two important highways—I-75 and I-80/90. ‘My vision is to make Toledo a true international city,’ Toledo’s Mayor Mike Bell told the Toledo Blade.”

But some of these deals appear to be about far more than just making “investments.” According to theIdaho Statesman, a Chinese company known as Sinomach (which is controlled by the Chinese government) was actually interested in developing a 50-square-mile self-sustaining “technology zone” south of the Boise airport…. A Chinese national company is interested in developing a 10,000- to 30,000-acre technology zone for industry, retail centers, and homes south of the Boise Airport. Officials of the China National Machinery Industry Corp. have broached the idea—based on a concept popular in China today—to city and state leaders.

The article suggested that this “technology zone” would be modeled after similar projects that already exist in China, and that Chinese officials were conducting similar negotiations with other U.S. states as well….

Sinomach is not looking only at Idaho. The company sent delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania this year to talk about setting up research and development bases and industrial parks. It has an interest in electric transmission projects and alternative energy as well. The “technology zone” proposal follows [the] model of science, technology and industrial parks in China—[which are] often fully contained cities with all services included.

Thankfully, the deal in Idaho appears to be stalled for now; but could we soon see China establish special “economic zones” in other communities all around America? The Chinese certainly do seem to be laying the groundwork for something. They have been voraciously gobbling up important infrastructure all over the country. The following comes from a recent American Free Press article: “In addition to already owning vital ports in Long Beach, Calif., and Boston, Mass., the China Ocean Shipping Company is eyeing major ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. China also owns access to ports at the entry and exit points of the Panama Canal.

“And due to fiscal woes plaguing many American cities and states, U.S. legislators have been actively seeking out Chinese investors. In one of the worst cases, Baton Rouge, La., Mayor Kip Holden offered the Chinese government ownership and operating rights to a new toll way system if the Chinese would provide the funding to build it.”

Does it make sense for the Chinese to own some of our most important ports? Isn’t there a national security risk? Sadly, there isn’t much of anything that our politicians won’t sell these days as long as someone is willing to flash a lot of cash.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that China is absolutely mopping the floor with the United States on the global economic stage. China is rising and America is in an advanced state of decline. Global economic power has shifted dramatically and most Americans still don’t understand what has happened.

The following are 44 more signs of how dominant the economy of China has become:

1. A Chinese firm recently made a $2.6 billion offer to buy the movie theater chain AMC.

2. A different Chinese firm made a $1.8 billion offer to buy aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft.

3. In December it was announced that a Chinese group would be purchasing AIG’s plane leasing unit for $4.23 billion.

4. It was recently announced that the Federal Reserve will now allow Chinese banks to buy up American banks.

5. A $190 million bridge project up in Alaska was awarded to a Chinese firm.

6. A $400 million contract to renovate the Alexander Hamilton bridge in New York was awarded to a Chinese firm.

7. A $7.2 billion contract to construct a new bridge between San Francisco and Oakland was awarded to a Chinese firm.

8. The uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

9. 85 percent of all artificial Christmas trees are made in China.

10. The newWorld Trade Center tower is going to include glass that has been imported from China.

11. The new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall was made in China.

12. In 2001, American consumers spent $102 billion on products made in China. In 2011, American consumers spent $399 billion on products made in China.

13. The United States spends about $4 on goods and services from China for every dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States.

14. According to the New York Times, a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs.

15. The Chinese economy has grown 7 times faster than the U.S. economy over the past decade.

16. The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

17. The United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

18. Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000manufacturingfacilities since 2001.

19. According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

20. Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost, and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.

21. In 2010, China produced more than twice as many automobiles as the United States did.

22. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States.

23. After being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, General Motors is currently involved in 11 joint ventures with companies owned by the Chinese government. The price for entering into many of these joint ventures was a transfer ofstate-of-the-art technology from General Motors to the communist Chinese.

24. Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China’s share had soared to 20 percent.

25. The United States has lost more than a quarter of all of its high-tech manufacturing jobs over the past ten years.

26. China’s number one export to the U.S. is computer equipment.

27. The number one U.S. export to China is “scrap and trash.”

28. The U.S. trade deficit with China is now more than 28 times larger than it was back in 1990.

29. Back in 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was just $6 million for the entire year. For the month of November 2012 alone, the U.S. trade deficit with China was $28.9 billion.

30. China now consumes more energy than the United States does.

31. China is now the leading manufacturer of goods in the entire world.

32. China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined.

33. China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.

34. Today, China produces nearly twice as much beer as the United States does.

35. Right now, China is producing more than three times as much coal as the United States does.

36. China now produces 11 times as much steel as the United States does.

37. China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements.

38. China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of U.S. defense systems.

39. A recent investigation by the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services found more than one million counterfeit Chinese parts in the Department of Defense supply chain.

40. 15 years ago, China was 14th in the world in published scientific research articles. But now, China is expected to pass the United States and become number one very shortly.

41. China now awards more doctoral degrees in engineering each year than the United States does.

42. According to one study, the Chinese economy already has roughly the same amount of purchasing power as the U.S. economy does.

43. According to the IMF, China will pass the United States and will become the largest economy in the world in 2016.

44. Nobel economist Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040 if current trends continue.

Without the “globalization” of the world economy, none of this would have ever happened. But instead of admitting our mistakes and fixing them, our politicians continue to press for even more “free trade” and even more integration with communist nations such as China. In fact, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, the U.S. government has already set up 257 “foreign trade zones” all over America. These “foreign trade zones” are apparently given “special U.S. customs treatment” and are used to promote “free trade”….

Sadly, we are probably going to see a whole lot more of this in the years ahead.

According to Corsi, a professor of economics at Tsighua University in Beijing named Yu Qiao has suggested the following plan as a way to transform the debt that the United States owes China into something more “tangible”:

1. China would negotiate with the U.S. government to create a “crisis relief facility” or CRF. The CRF would be used alongside U.S. federal efforts to stabilize the banking system and to invest in capital-intensive infrastructure projects such as a high-speed railroad from Boston to Washington, D.C.

2. China would pool a portion of its holdings of Treasury bonds under the CFR umbrella to convert sovereign debt into equity. Any CFR funds that were designated for investment in U.S. corporations would still be owned and managed by U.S. equity holders, with the Asians holding minority equity shares “that would, like preferred stock, be convertible.”

3. The U.S. government would act as a guarantor, “providing a sovereign guarantee scheme to assure the investment principal of the CRF against possible default of targeted companies or projects.”

4. The Federal Reserve would set up a special account to supply the liquidity the CRF would require to swap sovereign debt into industrial investment in the United States.

Apparently, the Bank of China really likes this plan and would like to see something like this implemented. In the years ahead, perhaps many of you will end up working in a “special economic zone” for a Chinese company on a project that is being financially guaranteed by the U.S. government.

If that sounds like a form of slavery to you, the truth is that you are probably not too far off the mark. The borrower is the servant of the lender, and we should have never allowed ourselves to get into so much debt. Now we will pay the price.

Things did not have to turn out this way. Unfortunately, we made decades of incredibly foolish decisions and we wrecked the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen. Now the future for America looks really bleak. Or could it be that I am being too pessimistic?

[End of report excerpts.]

This massive influx of American dollars back into the United States is basically unknown to the general public. The Chinese government and Chinese banks and corporations are working directly with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, federal and local governments, major banks, and corporate business entities—all rather quietly.

What is so deceiving about this operation is that since the money is reinvested back into the USA, it “keeps the economy going.” However, this is not economic growth from within America—it is economic “stimulation” from outside. As foreign investors continue to purchase U.S. assets, we are becoming weaker and poorer while they are becoming richer and stronger. Americans do not realize what is happening—and the day of reckoning will fall suddenly upon us and we will not be able to stop it.

Clearly, America is being subverted from within—but we have invited these “strangers” and we welcome them with open arms, having no realization of the ultimate consequences. Consider this: If many of these 257 “foreign trade zones” become a reality and the Chinese bring in hundreds of thousands (or, perhaps, millions) of people, then is it not possible to have a ready-made foreign army within our borders—without anyone ever having to fire a shot? Moreover, would such an army not be able to conquer this entire nation almost overnight?

Notice this verse again: “And he [the conquering nation from afar] shall besiege you within all your gates until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout all the land. And he shall besiege you within all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you” (Deut. 28:52). Notice—it will not be an invasion from outside our borders, but from within our borders because their army will already be here! Notice what else will happen: “And he shall eat the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land, until you are destroyed. He shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, neither the increase of your livestock, or flocks of your sheep until he has destroyed you” (verse 51).

In the past few years I have given numerous messages about China’s desire to become a dominant world power. Working from Western China and beginning with Afghanistan, their plan is to ultimately dominate all of Asia. Here are some of those messages:

  • “Feast Of Trumpets” October 4, 2005

  • “The Stealth Revolution #5” August 1, 2009

  • “Feast of Trumpets” September 19, 2009

  • “Aftershock: Global Financial Meltdown” June 26, 2010

  • “Fulfilling End-Time Prophecies #2” October 30, 2010

  • “Pentecost” June 12, 2011

  • “Little-Known End-Time Prophecies” June 18, 2011

  • “Pentecost” May 27, 2012

Sermon Excerpt: “Little-Known End-Time Prophecies”—June 18, 2011

Here is an article from the New York Times: “Pakistan Urged Afghanistan to Distance Itself From the West, Officials Say,” by Alissa J. Rubin (April 27, 2011;

“With Afghan discussions under way about the future involvement of the United States in the country and the prospect of long-term military bases, the Pakistani government has urged Afghanistan to distance itself from the West and tie its future more tightly to that of China and Pakistan, according to Afghans and Americans who are knowledgeable about a meeting between the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. ‘There was a mention of China in the meeting, China as a country, as an emerging economic power, and that maybe we should reach out to a new global economic power,’ said an Afghan official.”

Well, of course! As we looked at the geography of Afghanistan, what is the key geographical thing that they have? The Khyber Pass, from western China, going into Afghanistan. Afghanistan has already made contracts with China for mining their copper, their rare-earth metals, and their iron. And so China is building roads [and] railroads, going west.

They want to build tracks for high-speed trains. They want to have two [trains] going to Europe, both of them coming through the Khyber Pass, and then one going up north and west toward Moscow and then down to Europe. And the other one coming straight across, right into the Middle East. [Also,] they’re building a pipeline from Kazakhstan, from the oil fields, going east to China. And, in addition, they have concluded a treaty between all of the “mini-stans” right up north of Afghanistan. You have Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and a couple of other “stans” up there. Stan means land. They have [agreed] to build a mammoth natural gas pipeline down through Afghanistan, down into Pakistan, and on over into India. All of these nations are going to develop to a very high degree.

Sermon Excerpt: “Pentecost: 2012”—May 27, 2012

Then we have the great war (Rev. 9), [with an] army of 200-million. Guess what the Chinese are building through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and whatever other stan there is? They are building a six-lane freeway. Alongside it they are building high-speed rail tracks. Alongside that they are putting oil pipelines to go back to China. When we leave Afghanistan, I wonder who is going to fill the vacuum? The Chinese have purchased almost all the mineral rights in Afghanistan for rare-earth minerals, for silver, for gold, and they have their mining companies building there now. Russia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan—all of those nations are together now in an economic group. And that economic group constitutes the kings of the north and the kings of the east.

[End of sermon excerpts.]

What follows is a recent news article about China’s growing global role, beginning with its plan to control Afghanistan after NATO and U.S. forces withdraw.

Resources Draw China to Invest in Afghanistan

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—China, long a bystander to the conflict in Afghanistan, is stepping up its involvement as U.S.-led forces prepare to withdraw, attracted by the country’s vast mineral resources but concerned that any post-2014 chaos could embolden Islamist insurgents in its own territory.

Cheered on by the U.S. and other Western governments, which see Asia’s giant as a potentially stabilizing force, China could prove the ultimate winner in Afghanistan—having shed no blood and not much aid.

Security—or the lack of it—remains the key challenge: Chinese enterprises have already bagged three multibillion-dollar investment projects, but they won’t be able to go forward unless conditions get safer. While the Chinese do not appear ready to rush into any vacuum left by the withdrawal of foreign troops, a definite shift toward a more hands-on approach to Afghanistan is under way.

Recent agreements and visits

Beijing signed a strategic partnership last summer with the war-torn country. This was followed in September with a trip to Kabul by its top security official, the first by a leading Chinese government figure in 46 years, and the announcement that China would train 300 Afghan police officers. China is also showing signs of willingness to help negotiate a peace agreement as NATO prepares to pull out in two years. It’s a new role for China, as its growing economic might gives it a bigger stake in global affairs.

“If you are able to see a more or less stable situation in Afghanistan [which China will enforce], if it becomes another relatively normal Central Asian state, China will be the natural beneficiary,” says Andrew Small, a China expert at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, an American research institute. “If you look across Central Asia, that is what has already happened…. China is the only actor who can foot the level of investment needed in Afghanistan to make it succeed and stick it out.”

Where [China] wants to invest

Over the past decade, China’s trade has boomed with Afghanistan’s resource-rich neighbors in Central Asia. Eyeing Afghanistan’s estimated $1 trillion worth of unexploited minerals, Chinese companies have acquired rightsto extract vast quantities of copper and coal and snapped up the first oil exploration concessions granted to foreigners in decades. China is also eyeing extensive deposits of lithium, uses of which range from batteries to nuclear components. The Chinese are also showing interest in investing in hydropower, agriculture and construction. Preliminary talks have been held about a direct road link to China across the remote 47-mile border between the two countries, according to Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry.

[End of Article.]

Along with high-speed railroads, this road will not end in Afghanistan, but will reach to the eastern Mediterranean. From there China can reach into Europe.

All of these resources are necessary for China to become the greatest power the world has ever known—with the mightiest, best equipped, and most technologically advanced army in history. This is the goal of China—to rule the world as no other nation ever has.

Thus, the stage is being set for China to fulfill the prophecies of Revelation 9—dealing with the 200-million-man army, which comes from China and other Far East Asian countries: “And the sixth angel sounded his trumpet; and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God; and it said to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet, ‘Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.’ Then the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were loosed, so that they might kill a third of men; and the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand; and I heard the number of them.

“And so I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting on them, who had fiery breastplates, even like jacinth and brimstone. And the heads of the horses were like heads of lions, and fire and smoke and brimstone shoot out of their mouths. By these three, a third of men were killed: by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone that shoot out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouths; for their tails are like serpents, and have heads, and with them they inflict wounds. But the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they might not worship demons, and idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood, which do not have the power to see, nor to hear, nor to walk. And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornications, nor of their thievery” (Rev. 9:13-21).

These armies will be positioned from the Middle East all the way back to China and the other countries of the Far East. After the resurrection of the saints at the sound of seventh trumpet, the seven last plagues will be poured out by seven angels. Just as the sixth trumpet plague opened the way for the vast armies of the East to cross the Euphrates River towards the holy land, the sixth plague (of the seven last plagues) will dry up the Euphrates—thus, enabling another wave of the 200,000,000-man army to move forward and come to the Valley of Armageddon for the final battle against Jesus Christ and the resurrected saints. “And the sixth angel poured out his vial into the great river Euphrates; and its waters were dried up, so that the way of the kings from the rising of the sun might be prepared.

“Then 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 spirits of demons working miracles, going forth to the kings of the earth, even of the whole world, to gather them together to the battle of that great day of the Almighty God” (Rev. 16:12-14).

In vision, the apostle John witnessed this final battle, wherein Christ defeats these armies and establishes the Kingdom of God to rule the world: “And I saw heaven open; and behold, a white horse; and He Who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. And His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written that no one knows except Him. And He was clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is The Word of God.

“And the armies in heaven were following Him on white horses; and they were clothed in fine linen, white and pure. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He shall shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury and the wrath of the Almighty God. And on His garment and on His thigh He has a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, ‘Come and gather yourselves together to the supper of the great God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of chief captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all, free and bond, and small and great.’

“And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, gathered together to make war with Him Who sits on the horse, and with His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who worked miracles in his presence, by which he had deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Those two were cast alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone; and the rest were killed by the sword of Him Who sits on the horse, even the sword that goes out of His mouth; and all the birds were filled with their flesh” (Rev. 19:11-21).

While this letter is quite long, it is important for us to have a complete overview of current events as they are taking place. As we watch events unfold in the days and years ahead, we are able to see how they fit into Bible prophecy. One thing we can count on: The prophecies of the end time, whether Old Testament or New Testament, are consistent. They will transpire to the full as God has said.

Special March Letter: Because the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are coming in the last week of March, we will be mailing the March letter the first full week of that month. This will allow you to have everything you need in plenty of time for these special feasts of God.

Brethren, in our daily lives, as we see these prophecies develop toward fulfillment, we need to draw close to God in heartfelt prayer and the study of His Word. This is how we can continue to grow in grace and knowledge, as well as continue to overcome. We thank God the Father and Jesus Christ daily for the goodness and mercy shown to all of God’s people. We thank you personally for your continued love and faithfulness to God—and to each other. We thank you for your prayers for us and all the brethren, and for your continued support through your tithes and offerings. We pray that God will continue to bless you and keep watch over you. May God’s love and grace be upon you in all circumstances.

With love in Christ Jesus,

Fred R. Coulter