Population: 1,355,692,576 (July 2014 est.)
Ethnic groups: Han Chinese 91.6%, Zhuang 1.3%, other (includes Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol,
Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai and other nationalities) 7.1% (2010 est.)
Religions: Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7%
(includes Daoist (Taoist) , unaffiliated 52.2% (2010 est.) Note: officially atheist
On November 29, 1999 at 0449hrs., the Lord gave Rev. Hansen the following Word to China:
"China, oh China, you deceiving tiger -- the land of blood; blood that you shed of innocent people to control, use and conquer my people. Yes, my people. People do not belong to the state, they belong to me. You have raped, pilfered and plundered my people, my children for your personal glory, pride and vanity; but the time is coming when I, the Lord Almighty, who you despise, will attack you. You have killed my children by the millions and my wrath is reaching its boiling stage, and then it will spill over and scorch you as a plague brings death, diseases and destruction; so I will send my angels of wrath to bring death, diseases and destruction upon you.
Yes, you still have a little time to watch your enemies be conquered by my wrath, but as surely as the sun rises up out of the east, so my wrath will rise over you. Russia and the United States of America will fall first as my cup of their iniquities is filled and now is spilling over upon them, but your time is drawing near. You have slaughtered my people, my babies, by the millions, and you still do; and I will slaughter you by the untold millions. Death, diseases, famine and pestilence are coming even now. I am arranging to unleash it as you are arranging to unleash the dragon upon your enemies. The dragon spirit that leads China I will curse till I chase that destructive, lying, deceiving, killing, murderous spirit from my land.
Yes, China is my land and I am giving you warning that I will reclaim it after I purge your sins off the face of the earth. Prepare to be toothless, you dragon tiger, as I remove your weapons of war in due seasons and judge the spirit and the dragon ruling China. The time of the reaper is coming when I reap judgments upon you for the shedding of the blood of the multitudes throughout China. Call upon me while you still can, for only my blood covering over your sins will save you and protect you as I send the Angel of Blood to destroy your land and turn the rivers of China, and ocean of China, and streams in China, into blood. Is it not written in your journals that only blood can cleanse the land? So now, let your own records so condemn you as I keep account of your journals and now get ready to send them back upon you. Yes, the reaper is coming."
History of China:
During the Shang dynasty (1500-1000 B.C.), the precursor of modern China's writing system developed. During the Chou dynasty from 1122 to 249 B.C., Lao-tse, Confucius, Mo Ti, and Mencius laid the foundation of Chinese philosophical thought. The feudal states were united under Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang Ti (246-210 B.C.). Work began on the Great Wall of China during his reign.
In the T'ang dynasty (618-907), painting, sculpture, and poetry flourished, and woodblock printing, which enabled the mass production of books, made its appearance. The Mongol, or Yuan, dynasty (1271-1368) established by Kublai Khan was overthrown by the Mings (1368-1644). The Mings were overthrown in 1644 by the Manchus.
Following the Anglo-Chinese War (1839-1842), several ports were opened for trading, and Hong Kong was ceded to Britain. European powers took advantage of the disastrous Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 to gain further trading concessions from China. Peking's response, the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, was suppressed by an international force.
The death of Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi in 1908 and the accession of the infant emperor Hsüan T'ung (Pu-Yi) were followed by a rebellion led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who overthrew the Manchus and became the first president of the Provisional Chinese Republic in 1911. Dr. Sun resigned in favor of Yuan Shih-k'ai. Yuan's death in June 1916 was followed by years of civil war between rival militarists and Dr. Sun's Republicans. Nationalist forces led by General Chiang Kai-shek set up the Kuomintang regime in 1928.
On September 18, 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria. Tokyo set up a puppet state dubbed Manchukuo and installed the last Manchu emperor, Henry Pu-Yi (Hsüan T'ung), as its nominal leader. Japanese troops moved to seize China's northern provinces in July 1937 and within two years, Japan seized most of the China's eastern ports and railways.
Japan's surrender to the Western Allies in 1945 touched off civil war between the Kuomintang forces under Chiang and Communists led by Mao Zedong. The Kuomintang were defeated by the Soviet-supported Communists. Chiang and his followers were forced to flee the mainland, establishing a government-in-exile on the island of Formosa (Taiwan). The Mao regime proclaimed the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, with Beijing as the new capital and Zhou Enlai as premier.
China supported North Korea after the Korean War began in June 1950. On November 26, 1950, the Mao regime sent troops to assist the North's efforts to capture the South.
Mao undertook the "Great Leap Forward" campaign in 1958. The Great Leap forced the abandonment of farming activities, leading to widespread famine in which more than 20 million people died of malnutrition.
In 1959, a failed uprising against China's occupation of Tibet forced Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to flee to India. In 1965, Tibet was made an autonomous region of China.
Mao moved to Shanghai and waged what was called the Cultural Revolution. Beginning in the spring of 1966, Mao ordered the closing of schools and the formation of ideologically pure Red Guard units, dominated by youths and students. Millions died in a series of violent purges.
President Richard Nixon went to Beijing early in 1972, meeting Mao as well as Zhou Enlai. The summit ended with both nations promising to work toward improved relations.
Following Zhou's death on January 8, 1976, his successor, Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping, was supplanted within a month by Hua Guofeng, former minister of public security. Hua became permanent premier in April. In October, he was named successor to Mao as chairman of the Communist Party. Mao's death on September 10 unleashed bitter rivalries. Opponents of Mao launched a campaign against his widow, Jiang Qing, and three of her colleagues. The so-called Gang of Four was denounced for having undermined the party, the government, and the economy.
In 1977, Deng Xiaoping was reinstated as deputy premier, chief of staff of the army, and member of the Central Committee of the Politburo. Beijing and Washington announced full diplomatic relations on January 1, 1979. Deputy Premier Deng sealed the agreement with a visit to the U.S. that coincided with the opening of embassies in both capitals on March 1.
In 1981, Hu Yaobang replaced Hua Guofeng as party chairman. Deng became chairman of the Central Committee's military commission, giving him control over the army. The Gang of Four was also tried and convicted in 1981
Hu Yaobang was removed as party chairman in January 1987. Hu was replaced by former premier Zhao Ziyang. With the death of Hu in April 1989, an ideological struggle spilled into the streets of the capital, as student demonstrators occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square in May, calling for reforms. The demonstrations were crushed in a bloody crackdown when troops and tanks moved into the square, firing on protesters, and killing several hundred.
In 1993, Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin was elected president, while Li Peng was re-elected to another term as prime minister.
On July 1, 1997, when Britain's lease on the New Territories expired, Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty, and in 1999, the Portuguese colony of Macao was returned to Chinese rule.
In August 1999, China rounded up thousands of members of the Falun Gong sect. The government considers the religious group threatening because its numbers exceeded the membership of the Chinese Communist Party. China severely restricts civil, religious, and political rights of citizens. China has executed more people than any other country in the world.
China was admitted to the World Trade Organization in November 2001. In November 2002, Vice President Hu Jintao became general secretary of the Communist Party, succeeding President Jiang. Hu Jintao assumed the presidency in March 2003. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) hit China in March 2003.
Tension between China and Taiwan intensified in March 2005, when China passed an anti-secession law that said the country could use force if Taiwan moved toward achieving independence. "The state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the legislation stated. Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian called the bill a "law of aggression." Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets to protest the bill.
In April 2005, China met with several Taiwanese opposition leaders. Lien Chan traveled to China and met with President Hu Jintao. It was the first meeting between Nationalist and Communist Party leaders since 1949, when the defeated Nationalists retreated to Taiwan. Lien called the visit a "journey of peace." In May 2005, Hu Jintao met with another opposition leader, James Soong, chairman of the People First Party. They agreed to a principle of "two sides of the strait, one China."
In December 2005, police shot and killed about 20 people who were protesting the construction of a power plant in Dongzhou. Chinese officials blocked the spread of information about the event.
In May 2006, China completed construction on the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. In July 2006, China opened a 710-mile-long railway from Qinghai Province to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. It's the highest railway in the world ascending as high as 16,500 feet.
China tested its first anti-satellite weapon in January 2007, successfully destroying one of its own weather satellites. In the spring and summer of 2007, dog food and toothpaste products originating in China were recalled due to the presence of poisonous ingredients. In July, China's former head of the State Food and Drug Administration was executed for accepting bribes from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for favors.
In January 2008, severe snowstorms in eastern and southern China killed at least 24 people. In March 2008, hundreds of Buddhist monks participated in a protest march in Lhasa to commemorate the failed uprising of 1959 that resulted in the Dalai Lama fleeing to India. The protests turned violent. Chinese police used force to suppress the demonstrations. China barred many international news organizations. Chinese officials accused the Dalai Lama of masterminding the protests, a charge the religious leader denied.
On May 12, 2008, at least 68,000 people were killed when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China. Nearly 900 students were killed when Juyuan Middle School in the Sichuan Province collapsed. Several other schools also collapsed. In September, the Chinese government acknowledged that poor construction of hastily built schools possibly contributed to their collapse in the earthquake.
On September 27, 2008, Zhai Zhigang stepped out of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft and made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut.
The government announced a land reform policy in October 2008 allowing farmers to "subcontract, lease, exchange, or swap" rights to the plots of land assigned to them by the government.
Rioting in Urumqi between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese led to the deaths of at least 156 people at the hands of the police on July 6, 2009. Riot police locked down the Uighur portion of the city to try and stop the protests.
Taiwan and China signed a landmark free-trade agreement in June 2010 that lifted or reduced hundreds of tariffs for both sides. Officials from both Taiwan and China described the deal as the most important achievement since the 1949 civil war.
In March 2011, the Dalai Lama stepped down as leader. In April 2011, the government-in-exile of Tibet swore in Lobsang Sangay as the new prime minister. China did not acknowledged him.
China proposed new limits on Internet use and media in October 2011. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television limited 34 major television stations to two 90-minute entertainment shows per week. The same TV stations were also limited to two hours of news every evening, which must be approved by the state. Audience ratings were ordered to be ignored.
In February 2012, China joined Russia by blocking an effort by the United Nations Security Council to end the violence in Syria. Both countries vetoed the resolution just hours after the Syrian military launched an assault on the city of Homs.
In April 2012, Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer and well-known dissident, escaped from his rural home where he had been under house arrest. Chen went to the American Embassy in Beijing where he asked U.S. officials for help. After tense negotiations, the Chinese government agreed to relocate him away from Shandong Province where Chen said his family had been attacked.
On May 4, 2012, Chen requested help from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was in China for meetings. On May 5, China agreed to allow Chen to apply to study in the United States. On May 19, Chen arrived in New York City where he would live and study at New York University.
On July 19 2012, China sided with Russia and vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on the Syrian government.
In August 2012, Japan arrested 14 Chinese citizens after they arrived on an island claimed by both countries. Japan calls the island Senkaku. China calls it Diaoyu. The 14 prisoners included journalists and protesters.
On November 8, 2012, the Chinese Communist Party convened in Beijing, beginning its leadership transition. On November 9, Google confirmed that its services were not accessible in China. Chinese cyber-police took steps to control information ahead of the leadership transition. Companies were ordered to use computer hardware to log online traffic and block certain sites.
On January 7, 2013, hundreds of people gathered outside of Southern Weekend headquarters to protest censorship. Journalists said propaganda officials were interfering with reporting and called for the ouster of Tuo Zhen, a propaganda official. The journalists claimed Tuo Zhen was responsible for changing an editorial calling for more respect of constitutional rights. When the editorial was published, it praised the political system.
In late 2012 and early 2013, hackers in China attacked The New York Times, gaining access to computer systems and getting employee's passwords. The New York Times hired computer security experts. After gathering evidence, the security experts were able to push the hackers out and block them from returning. The Wall Street Journal released a statement claiming hackers had infiltrated it too. On February 19, 2013, a study released by Mandiant, a U.S. computer security firm, showed evidence linking Unit 61398, a Chinese military unit, to groups responsible for a large portion of the hacking.
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Xi Jingping assumed the presidency of China. Li Yuanchao was named vice president.
In April 2013, a strong earthquake struck southwestern province of Sichuan. At least 186 people were killed. The earthquake caused mountainsides to collapse into valleys.
On September 22, 2013, politician Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison for embezzlement, accepting bribes, and abuses of power. He pleaded not guilty and contested every allegation.
In November 2013, China announced a new air defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea, which overlapped with an air zone declared by Japan. The United States challenged the threat by sending two unarmed B-52 bombers into the zone and China responded by sending fighter jets.
In February 2014, high-ranking officials from China and Taiwan met in Nanking, China for the first time since the 1949 split.
At least 29 people were killed on March 1, 2014, when ten men entered a train station in Kunming attacking people with long knives.
Tensions increased between China and Vietnam when Vietnamese officials reported that their vessels had been hit by Chinese ships on May 4, 2014. On May 14, anti-China protesters set fire to at least 15 foreign-owned factories throughout Vietnam. At least one person died in the protests.
© 1999 World Ministries International
The following are some Scriptures that deal with end-time events. All prophecies concerning the nations are leading up to fulfillment of end-time judgments (events).
Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39
Zechariah 13: 8-9
Zechariah 14: 1-16
Daniel chapters 2, 4, 7-12
Matthew 24: 1-51
Mark 13: 1-37
Luke 21: 6-38
The book of Revelation
The book of Joel
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