Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q 11. Is China mentioned in the Bible?
Does it have a role to play in prophecy?
The recent heavily publicised takeover of Hong Kong, during the summer, by the Chinese, has raised new interest and questions about its prophetic role.
I have to say that the name China is not found anywhere in scripture but there are important prophecies which, I believe, relate to this superpower. Some of the clearest of these prophecies are found in the book of Revelation, and events taking place today would suggest that China is the subject of them. China is an ancient civilisation with a long and colourful history. For most of that time it has been dominated by the ancient religions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
However, the seeds of change began to flower about 100 years ago - just before the turn of the century - with the fall of the Confucian monarchy. This gave way to western influence and internal revolution. The celebrated Chiang Kai Shek rose to power but he in turn was displaced in 1949 by Chairman Mao Tse Tung and the formation of the People's Republic of China.
Marxist communism, with its godless and repressive ideologies had taken hold of the world's most populated country. Despite social changes, China today remains the world's largest atheisticly led country.
How then does this fit in with prophecy?