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Kings from the East: “to be or not to be”

This brief article is a reflection on Rev 16:12 and on what is going on in the world, and on what is it that you and me can do about it, if we care. I had it written today, as I’ve been staying home, sick and tired of another flu. The flu, however, didn’t affect my discernment, yet be-stowed on me some extra time that I greedily use to put in writings what’s been long on my mind and on my heart. To those interested in prophecies, or, at least, in simply surviving whatever is coming our way, I’m writing this brief article. Please, share it, if you like, especially if you have Christian friends who believe the way most Ameri-can Christians believe. If they will have questions, you can probably answer those, or let them contact me via facebook, for instance. I’m easy to find.

Sincerely yours, Pastor Oleg Zhigankov

North Bay, May 4, 2017

Part 1

мертвая мухаWar or Peace?

There are certain prophetic delusions shared by nearly all North American Christians that have a potential of sparkling the Third World War, or else – Armageddon. In this brief essay, I’ll touch just on one of those. Great evil might be yet avoided, if this small, yet fatal error be ter-minated. The reading will take you five minutes. The ben-efits, if you care, might be of eternal scale.

Theology is not some exotic, uncertain, fanciful thing that interests few. Theology has a profound impact even on those, who are not consciously aware of it. The aware-ness of the extent of the theological influence does not necessarily eradicate the errors that might come with it. What people believe guides the course of their thoughts and their actions, and, ultimately, the course of the world events. If many people come to believe something, things happen. Good things, or bad things, and even very, very bad things. Looking at the vanished great civilizations of the past we might with a high degree of accuracy to rea-son, that the great falls were caused by series of misguid-ed actions taken because of some wrongful perception, possibly caused by the false religious beliefs. So, here we are, on a brink of the Great War and Collapse, yet speedi-ly proceeding along the paths of the vanished civiliza-tions. The Word of God is aware of it, and all it has to offer is the truth, capable of setting people free from the bondage of fears, propaganda, and erroneous concepts.

I suggest we look at just one detail that has a potential of an antidote to the most common prophetic error and, possibly, even to the devastating, ruinous consequences this error might bring upon all of us.


On the Dead Flies

Christian values and perspectives of the leaders of the American nation today are not likely too different from those shared by the mainstream American Protestantism. Which I generally applaud. However, not all of the views and understandings of popular all-American Protestantism could or should be welcomed by Bible believing Chris-tians. Particularly I’m referring to the extremely biased and aggressive non-biblical take by the mainstream Amer-ican Protestantism on some of the prophecies. “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wis-dom and honor” (Ecc 10:1). Instead of criticizing a foul odor of today’s American Dream, an odor caused by the dead flies of intentional prophetic errors, I want to re-move by means of this article at least one rotten fly out of the sweet prophetic honey.

So, what is this tragic prophetic blunder that I consid-er more dangerous to the people of the world, that hun-dreds of atomic bombs? This one is so obvious and so er-ratic, yet, so consequential for human race, that, I hope, even those who used to habitually swallow it before would now be able to recognize it. Later will be too late.

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Part 2

красный дракон из книги ОткровениеWho is Who in the Popular. Prophetic Presentation?

Let me briefly introduce you to the essence of the prophetic picture, that an average American Christian would normally get. Of course, I’m not talking on behalf of all American Christians – not at all. But the over-whelming majority, yes. By the way, if you are on my fb, well, if this article got to you, as a message in a bottle, chances are you are not an average American Christian. Well, my real desire is to share this note with those who are “mainstream”.

So, here are the participants of the last dramatic pro-phetic events – the way they’ve been presented to an av-erage American. This picture might be false, and futile, but it doesn’t mean those ideas are of a less influence. When the idea is taking over a significant percentage of the population (according to some publications the general views that I’m talking about are shared by 78 percent of Americans), those ideas turn into a substance that the poli-ticians have to deal with.

So, here come the ‘heroes’ of the closing events of the Apocalypse, and the most popular American interpretation of their doings. First ‘hero’ is a false prophet who, for whatever reasons, identified with the beast coming out of the earth (Rev 13:11). The ‘earth’ is believed to be Pales-tine, as the false prophet is presenting himself in messianic terms, of Jewish descent, and the biblical land should be-come his immediate arena of actions. While I disagree with this popular interpretation of Revelation 13, I will at this time abstain from any critical evaluation of it. Just for information.

Then, there is also the beast – the one that comes out of the sea (Rev 13:1). From the Puritans’ times the Ameri-can settlers believed, and still believe, that the bloody beast is Europe. After all, many people came to America as they would seek a shelter from the persecutions of the Roman Catholicism that dominated Europe. As for the harlot riding the beast most American see Satan himself in control of the many-headed and many-horned old Euro-pean beast, previously associated by the Protestants with the Roman Papacy.

The theologians would also ‘discover’ and the preach-ers would preach that the European beast, controlled by Satan, will strike a deal with Israel, controlled by Satan’s representative if not embodiment — Antichrist, against the coalition of the Muslim world and Russia. Muslim world is the King of the South that would attack the Holy Land from the south. Russia is presented either as the King of the North, that would attack Israel from the North, or the Kings from the East, that would lead the coalition of Asian states against Israel.

Yet, Israel withstands the attack of the allied forces of radical Islam and Russia. And it withstands the inva-sion of the European beast. While most American inter-preters agree, that Israel will be victorious, there is yet no clarity regarding the ultimate source of the victory. Some attribute it to the special blessing and protection of God, while others attribute it to the Antichrist’s power and de-fense strategy, and especially to his most important mili-tary allies – the Kings from the East (Rev 16:12). The Kings from the East, according to those interpreters, is a power identified with Russia, China, and the Oriental world plotting to destroy Israel. As the Kings from the East come to Israel, Antichrist gets a complete control over Palestine, and does not have to play a good guy an-ymore, but reveals his despotic identity.


What are the Consequences?

Needless to say, that none of this story I consider as a truth. No offense to those who were taught into this, but, please, Christian friends, let’s reason. But, don’t worry, I will not reason here of all those things at once, as it would take both you and me lots of time. I will stick to one thing – to the endorsement of the Kings from the East.

You might have noted, that according to this all-American interpretation, America is nowhere found on the prophetic map. You might have also noted, that Israel is at the center of the conflict, and is the victim-target of all the bad guys in the world, working under the leadership of Antichrist. Those “bad guys” include radical Islam, ag-gressive Russia and Russian led Oriental coalition, deca-dent, yet ambitious Europe – in other words all the world, except the United States of America.

No doubt, such ‘theology’, such prophetic ‘vision’ carries a full responsibility for needlessly escalating ten-sions between the people of the United States of America and the rest of the world. It does more damage to the world peace, than ten North Korea like states would have done, even if they would work hard on it.

The logical implications of this religious-political vi-sion are predictably aggressive, and they are shared, to one degree or another, by many good meaning American Christians. Here are some obvious political implications and concerns that follow out of this ‘prophetic’ vision:

1. To support Israel, as it is the only “good guy” in the prophetic picture, and as it becomes Antichrist’s main target.

2. To weaken Europe, as it is the dangerous Beast that threatens Israel from the North and wants to impose its mysterious Europe made mark on all Christians. Yet, the cautiousness is applied here, as European Union, while certainly an evil power in this ‘prophetic’ perception, helps to keep at bay yet greater enemy – the Kings from the East, headed by Russia.

3. To stir up the Islamic world and to engage it into a series of wars that would weaken all the other “bad guys” listed above, and at the same time would to some degree exhaust the militant Islamic state as well.

4. To weaken, or, better yet, to destroy Russia, as both of the roles ascribed to this country – the King of the North and especially the Kings from the East – as purely evil.

5. Whatever happens to the world, it happens some-place else, not in America. Don’t worry, be happy.

It doesn’t take a political scientist to recognize that whether it is a coincidence or not, but this ‘prophetic’ vi-sion shared by a large number of American politicians and well-meaning Christians, could be consistently recognized not only in the mass media, but in the very fabric of con-temporary American politics. While the religious, the ‘prophetic’ component is just one of many contributing factors of the American politics, it might still be a forma-tive one in making some key decisions — for good, or for bad. Yet, nothing that is done out of the false belief would profit the nation. And no nation can hide itself of the devastating costs of these erroneous views and the catastrophic consequences they are about to bring.

Just as I have promised in the beginning, I want to remove this time just one of many fat and disgustingly stinky dead ‘prophetic’ flies, or intentional misconcep-tions planted to contaminate the sweet honey of the American dream and turn the prophetic vision of the great nation blind.

 


“Good Guys” versus “Bad Guys”


My fly for today will be the erroneous perception of the Kings from the East (Rev 16:12). I have no intention here to discuss or argue the identities of those Kings – whether they are Russia, or Russian led coalition of dif-ferent oriental states, China, Iran, etc. I don’t even at-tempt to challenge the traditional identities of the Kings from the East. I only wish to offer one clarification: who-ever the King from the East are or might be, they are, ac-cording to the Bible, not the “bad guys”, as they’ve been most likely presented to you, but the “good guys”. Does it sound as a shocking statement to you? Allow me to ex-plain myself.

First, they are the “good guys”, because the Book of Revelation operates with terms and concepts previously established by the Bible as normative. A reference to Babylon, for instance, would be a reference to an evil power, as the Bible previously establishes an evil identity of this image.

A reference to the Kings from the East, the name used to identify this group, associates with the power that, first, divinely appointed and anointed, and, second, finds itself in opposition to Babylon, to the Beasts, and to the Kings of the Earth.

That the ‘Kings from East’ is explicitly positive and even messianic connotation should not come as much news to the student of the Bible. The precedents are just too many. In Is 41:2, for example, we read: “Who raised one from the east? Who in righteousness called him to His feet? Who gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?” The answer is that the Lord God Who had raised and brought this king from the East.

In the following chapter, Isaiah develops the great theme of the coming king from the East. In the following chapter, we read:

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Sure enough, we rightfully apply those words to our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the immediate messiah, the liberator whom God has raised, was the king from the East, Cyrus:

“Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held — To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45

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Part 3

цари с востокаKings 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?

 

Conclusion


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.”

 

Sincerely yours,

Pastor Oleg Zhigankov

North Bay, ON, Canada

May 4, 2017

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