The Book of Genesis covers a great deal of people throughout a great deal of time. From the creation of the universe to Adam and Eve in and out of the Garden, Cain killing Abel, Seth being born to Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Abraham being the forefather of the faith, his son Isaac’s long-awaited birth, Jacob and Esau’s rivalry, ending with Joseph’s story of betrayal and hardship until reaching the second highest position in the land of Egypt and helping his family move there.
The Book of Exodus, in turn, covers the story of Moses, for the most part. And in the beginning of Exodus, starting from verse 6, we read the following:
“Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.”
“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.’ Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.”
“Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and let the male children live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, ‘Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.’”
The reason I bring this story up, at least up to this point, is because much like Pharaoh, it seems as though Chinese President Xi Jinping is afraid of the surge in numbers of people of faith.
According to The UK Express, who quote Director of Strategic Research at Christian charity, Open Doors, Dr Ron Boyd-MacMillan, “China’s premier is becoming increasingly concerned by the size of the Church – currently estimated at 97 million people.”
Dr. Boyd-MacMillan claimed that the size of the church in China is expected to increase rapidly in the next couple of decades, reaching 300 million people by 2030 at the rate it’s currently growing (roughly 7-8%), thus “creating a group big enough to challenge Xi’s government.”
He said: “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church, and the growth of the Church. And if it grows, at the rate that it has done since 1980, and that’s about between seven and eight percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030. And, you know, the Chinese leadership, they really do long term planning, I mean, their economic plan goes to 2049, so this bothers them. Because I think if the Church continues to grow like that, then they’ll have to share power.”
The UK Express also shared an infographic depicting China’s military power (which they claim is accurate as of November 2020, so the numbers are probably a bit higher at this point, assuming that the CCP would even share these numbers to begin with), as you can see below.
As you can see, it depicts a few notable things. First, the population, which currently stands at 1,384,688,986. The fact that, already, the Chinese Church stands at 97 million is rather bad for Xi, as they make up 7% of the total population, and as I have already mentioned in prior articles, it only takes 3.5% of the population actively protesting peacefully to drive meaningful change. With the Chinese population growing at approximately 0.3% per year, the 300 million Christians would be roughly 20% of the Chinese population by the year 2030.
These are not insignificant numbers, whatsoever. Second, they show China’s military power in terms of military personnel and vehicles.
2.7 million total personnel is not insignificant, unfortunately, as the U.S.’s total military personnel is roughly 2.4 million. Those numbers may not be too far apart, but during times of war, the personnel tend to go up (following 9/11, the military saw a surge in enlistment, and that was just to hunt down illiterate savages sleeping in sand), and there are roughly a billion Chinese compared to 330 million Americans. Not that every single resident of the countries would be fighting, of course, but I’m largely talking about total possible manpower.
We do, however, have an advantage in terms of vehicles, most likely. I don’t know the estimated number of military vehicles we have available, but I know for sure that we have more than just two aircraft carriers unlike China.
But these numbers are only interesting to know in the event of war against China, which isn’t the main point of this article. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese Church makes up roughly 7% of the Chinese population and that number is increasing year-over-year at a rate of seven or eight percent.
With Christians being the natural enemy of communism and communists, it’s no surprise, really, that Xi would feel threatened by such a massive surge in faith every year. Particularly as he has tried his darndest to oppress and Chinafy the Church, trying to turn people’s faith away from God and towards himself.
But as Exodus 1:12 says, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.”
My comparison to the Book of Exodus isn’t to say that we might one day see a Christian exodus from China. What I’m trying to do is draw comparisons between Xi and Pharaoh, the conditions of their targets in their own times, and what faith in God will do for the believers. God delivered the Jews out of Egypt. He might do the same for Christians in China, or He might even lead Christians in China to rule the future former-communist country.
Can you imagine how delightful it would be for China to become a Christian nation, run as a Republic, and faithful to God? Instead of an economic and political rival, we would have an economic and political friend (assuming Christianity further grows in the U.S. as well and defeats the Satanic Left).
I don’t know the plans that God has for His people in China, but knowing His goodness, I know that He will deliver good things to them, even if there is hardship along the way.
I pray that the latter option happens, and Christians begin ruling China, dealing a deathblow to communism worldwide.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
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