Kings from the East versus Babylon
The only power that should be afraid of the Kings from the East, according to the Bible, is the Babylonian power. Perhaps, that wasn’t how the Jews, the Israelites who lived comfortably in Babylon believed. Babylonian propaganda of those times would make sure to present King Cyrus and the coalition of the kings from the east that he headed as the evil power, as the barbarian dicta-torial order that aims to challenge free Babylon.
That was one of the reason why the Lord would have to inform the Israelites, the transgressors of His Law, the captives of Babylon, centuries before the captivity would happen, that the rumors about the kings from the east are the forerunners of God’s people salvation:
“Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors; Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” (Isaiah 46).
There are many more biblical prophecies about the Kings from the East – all of them of such a positive and pure nature, that we boldly apply those to Jesus Christ. This is the right thing to do, yet, we should not forget, that the Bible intentionally creates a strong positive image of the Kings from the East – by different means and through different images. It is doubtful that upon creating such strong positive messianic associations with the image of the kings from the East, intimately related to the very image of Jesus Christ, the ultimate King from the East, the Bible would use the same terminology to refer to An-tichrist’s ferocious armies.
Kings from the East
As if it was not enough to establish the positive bibli-cal usage of the ‘kings from the east’, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the wise men from the East, some-times translated as the kings from the East, come to wor-ship Him and to bring Him presents. While the word μαγοι is rather difficult to translate, and even more diffi-cult to interpret, the ancient Christian tradition unani-mously refer to those as the ‘kings.’ Perhaps the tradition is mistaken, and they were not kings, but it only demon-strates, that biblically shaped mind could only associate the kings from the east with the ‘good guys.’
Or take another example. At the time of Exodus, when God’s people had been pursued by the army of Pharaoh, the Antichrist of those days, the Lord had sent a strong Easter wind to part the sea and to rescue His peo-ple.
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided” Ex 14:21.
The book of Revelation, dealing with the last events, and particularly Rev 16:12, dealing with the kings from the East, is also the story of God’s people exodus – the last Exodus, the Rapture. As most American Christians believe in pre-tribulation secret rapture, they will never be able to see it, as for them the Rapture of God’s people would have to be prior to the seven bowls of Judgment. I am convinced that the pre-tribulation doctrine is false, but I will not discuss it now, and to me it is not a «damnable» doctrine which causes a soul to be lost. Yet, a correct un-derstanding of the timing of the rapture is intended to prepare the Church to endure the Tribulation, which the pre-trib doctrine is entirely failing to do. But pre-trib is not the fat dead fly that I’m dealing with today.
So, if we assume, that American pre-tribulation tradi-tion is wrong, and that God’s people are not taken from the tribulations, but are sealed to endure through those, just as the Israelites would endure at the land of Goshen, yet in Egypt, still awaiting for their Exodus, we will see the parallels between drying up of the Euphrates river and drying up of the Red Sea.
In both cases, God’s people are in danger, they are oppressed, but they are spared of the plagues that fall on Egypt, and on Babylon. The fact that God’s people are still on earth when under the sixth bowl when “Euphrates dries up”, is explicitly manifest in this very plague: “Be-hold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Rev 16:15). What’s the point of this warning, if there’s no one left to be warn?
At any case, for those who don’t consider pre-trib teaching as some unchallengeable truth, I’d suggest to consider, that the strong wind from the East in Exodus story is a type of the Kings from the East in Revelation story. Both are used to save God’s people. Both are used to grant them protection from the Pharaoh, or from the Antichrist. In both cases, we have armies gathered. Satan is not gathering the armies to play games. He strives for full control, for full power. If all the elect, all of God’s people are already taken – why to go to war? Whom to fight? What else would Satan need or want? He’d be al-ready in control.
What Blurs the Clear Picture?
Simple, unbiased reading of Rev 16:12 sees the Kings from the East as the godly opposition to the “kings of the earth” (v. 15) gathered at the request of Antichrist by means of the propagandistic war machine – the three un-clean frog-like demonic spirits. Those are the kind of frogs who, instead of eating flies, consume the souls of men, and vomit the dead propagandistic flies into the mass me-dia, making American dream, once as sweet as honey, to stink. The Kings from the East in Rev 16:12, just as the “news from the East” in corresponding verse of Dan 11:44 are clearly in opposition to dreadful and satanic Babylon, and to the Kings of the World, as the water of the Euphrates river, the river of people that used to sustain Great Babylon, dries up. Whatever these Kings from the East will do, or, rather, whatever will be done for them, results in the fall of Babylon the Great and the trium-phant, not secret, Rapture of God’s people at the blow of the last trumpet.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thes 4:16-17).
Notice also, how Jesus assures us, that He is coming to gather His people after the tribulation time. Notice also the geographical trajectory of His coming – out of the east:
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shin-eth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Mt 24:27-31).
Revelation 11 teaches us:
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”
From the following verses, we are reassured that Jesus is now on His way to the supper of the great God. He is coming with His great escort – “the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” Christ is coming with His saints whom He promoted to the royal status, to judge the living on the earth:
“Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name writ-ten: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
Here is the King coming with the kings – with those, who “lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years” (Rev 20:4). And they are coming as from the East. Baby-lon knows well, that the Kings from the East are the “good guys”. His unholy welcome is manifest in gathering of the armies of the kings of the earth.
Heaven and Earth
Having said all that, having, hopefully, removed one dead fly from the honey, I didn’t make a statement, that Christ and His armies is the only fulfillment of the Kings from the East prophecy. Neither had I an intention of making such a statement, as it wouldn’t be saying the whole truth. While Jesus Christ, the King of kings coming from the East, is the ultimate fulfillment of Rev 16:12, there is yet another, earthly dimension of the same heart-ening prophecy. We have already noted that Jesus Christ has been the ultimate fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about Cyrus, the king from the East. Yet, king Cyrus was also real, historical personage, who cannot be denied an honor of being presented as God’s Servant, His Anointed, the king from the East, the fear to Babylon, and the rescuer of God’s people.
Thus, at the end of the earthly story, at least the way we know it, there will be the power that the Bible refers to as the Kings from the East, the “good guys”, who are not raptured yet, but whose presence annoys Antichrist so much, that it is against them that he gathers the armies of the loyal to him kings of the earth. Yet, the historical identity of the last Kings from the East is a matter of an-other discussion. The one who seeks will certainly find. They are not that difficult to find. Just stop looking for the bad guys. Or, maybe, take a closer look at the “bad guys” you’ve been already looking at. And ask yourself just a question: “Who told you they are bad guys?” Which one of the three frog-like propagandistic agencies?
To conclude, I would like to say, that it would be very, very sad, if Antichrist would be able to convince you and the kings of the world and their armies to launch the Third and the Last World War against those whom Antichrist wishes to present as the vicious tyrannical kings from the East. Please, stop this satanic blasphemy that has only one goal – to fully crush the power of God’s people on earth, and to blaspheme Jesus Christ, the Master King from the East. In this the enemy will not succeed. Yet, he might still succeed in throwing the world, the entire world, into the most devastating war ever.
The Kings from the East, whoever they are, are not a threat. The Bible never says they are plotting or waging a war. Yet, the very news about them drive away the mali-cious King of the North from the beautiful land. And their very presence is somehow instrumental in drying up of the waters of the Babylonian river and rescuing God’s people from the destruction that seemed to be imminent.
Do your best to stop the escalation of the military ten-sions caused, among other things, by the Babylonian in-terpretation of the biblical prophecies and by demonizing what is good, and sanctifying what is foul.
If I had just one thing to say to the President Donald Trump, only one advice to give to the great American people, it would be Gamaliel’s advice:
“And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” Acts 5:38-39.
It is hard for anyone, even for the great leaders of the world, to kick against the goads – and the Kings from the East are the modern days goads. Whether they are Jesus and His Army, or God-fearing nation, or all the faithful God’s children on earth, or all of these, it is hard and ul-timately self-destructive to kick against them. Don’t allow any modern-day theologians, preachers, Sadducees, or Pharisees, or zealots, or lawyers, or politicians, or money-printers, or Antichrist himself to get America, to get the whole world into this mess, into a conflict with the Kings from the East.
Right now, the unclean frog-like mass media makes it impossible for anyone to turn on TV, radio or computer without being immediately exposed to openly falsified and jam-packed with hate propaganda against other coun-tries, especially those to the East. Those Babylon spon-sored and Babylon minded people, serving one way or another to the multinational and transnational corpora-tions, care of no nations’ interest and are essentially just big fat frogs spitting the dead flies and pushing the world towards Armageddon. As a theologian, I can remove dead flies from the honey, one at a time, but to remove frogs is beyond my anointing. My duty is, however, to warn the people, that those frogs are doing a great evil to the American nation, as well as to the entire world.
Paraphrasing Esther 6:13, and keeping in mind, that ”he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart” (Rom 2:29), one might conclude: “If the Kings from the East belong to Christ, you will not prevail against them but will surely fall before them.”
Pastor Oleg Zhigankov
North Bay, ON, Canada
May 4, 2017
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