John Hagee - The King of the East
Who are the kings of the east? They are certainly distinguished from the king of the west by their numbers, by their colors, the colors of their flags, and by the three frogs, the three demonic spirits that seduce them and get them to come to the great day of God Almighty, the Battle of Armageddon. The Battle of Armageddon is the mother of all wars. It will be fought on the sacred soil of Israel for global supremacy between the king of the West and the kings (plural) of the East. The prize: the throne of the earth to rule and reign. The Bible word for "East" simply means "Sun rising". Kings (plural) sun rising would be China, Japan, North Korea.
The road to the Battle of Armageddon is the dry river bed of the great river Euphrates. Revelation 9 adds to the confirmation of the kings of the east. Revelation 9:16 says, there's an army of 200 million men that will march up that dry river bed. How do you move 200 million men? You march. If you've been in the marine corps, you know the way from point A to point B is to March. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. That's how this is going to happen.
Now the number of the horsemen was an army of 200 million, John writes, and I heard the number of them. Only China can produce those kinds of numbers. Remember that China had just recently concluded a one-child only program where they only allowed one child to be in the home. The girls were allowed to die by the tens of thousands, because the sons were preferred. China has an enormous amount of men, because of that foolish policy. But it evolved into the meaning of this text. Revelation 9:17 gives us their colors.
"And thus I saw the horses," understand John never saw a tank in his life, so he's referring to things that he knows about from his mindset. I saw horses in the vision. And those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, blue and sulfur yellow. And the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions. And out of their mouths came fire and smoke and brimstone, Revelation 9:17. Note the three dominant colors here are red, blue, and yellow. China's flag is red and yellow. China's army wears a dark blue uniform. Fire-breathing dragons are China's favorite symbol. It's amazing how accurate Bible prophecy is written so long ago about this nation.
Consider the power of China. China is rapidly building warships superior in size and fire power to America. Their latest fighter jets are the equal of the U.S. Air Force. Some say China stole those plans from America, and they very likely did. China is upgrading their weapons of war. Her communication systems are state of the art. China is threatening her neighbors, saying that if we get into a conflict with America, do not help America. China is building islands out into the international waters so that they can launch rockets and have a military input to Europe.
The message that China is sending the west is this: we do not fear you and we do not respect you. China is buying up America's choice, high-dollar real estate and major American companies. You ever read that Bible verse that says, the borrower is slave to the lender? China is buying up huge amounts of America's farmland. Thirty years ago, I asked my wife, Diana, what if foreign countries started buying America's farmland? And in a global food crisis, they would harvest those crops here, and then ship them to China. Now that sounded farfetched 30 years ago. She said, you should write a novel about that.
The three unclean frogs, Revelation 16:13: and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon — that would be satan — out of the mouth of the beast — that would be the Antichrist — and out of the mouth of the false prophet. John tells us that these three evil spirits will cover the earth during the tribulation period. These are the unholy trinity. Frogs are connected to the occult. The second plague of Egypt was a plague against frogs, because the Egyptians worshiped a frog-headed goddess.
Saint Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:1 that in the latter times — that is right now — some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. Paul is saying, in the latter times, there is going to be a revival of the occult. You can see the revival of the occult sweeping America in the books, in the movies, in the concepts that are being turned loose in our schools. What is "The doctrine of demons"? A doctrine of demons is teaching a way to God without Jesus Christ. The demonic doctrine plagues America. It goes like this: we're all on different roads going to the same heaven. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Jesus said: I am the way. I am the truth. And no man cometh unto the Father but by me. I am the door and no one gets in unless they knock on that door.
I know the educational community is big into pluralism. But let me shoot that down in one simple verse. There is one God. It is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There is no other. The Bible says: behold, o Israel, the Lord our God is one. He's not one of many: he is one and the only one. Give the Lord of heaven praise. Give him glory. Give him honor, because there is no other God but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The revelation is saying demons are real. Demons deceive. Demons destroy. When anyone tells you there's another way to heaven without Jesus, you are listening to the prince of darkness preaching the doctrines of demons. Don't allow your children to get involved with occultic movies, or occultic books, or anything of that nature, because it's a spirit. And once that spirit gets in them, it will control them and destroy them.
The Bible says demon spirits are going to go out from satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet, and gather those armies all over the world. And the kings of the East will invade Israel. And the king of the West will be waiting for them with his massive armies that he's created from Europe and from America. Blood is going to flow, the Bible says, to the bridle of a horse for 1600 furlongs, Revelation 14:20. 1600 furlongs is 200 miles. Blood to the bridle of a horse from here to Houston, Texas, is a lot of blood. The hand of God will protect the Jewish people. They're going to flee to Petra, where God will protect and defend them just as he protected and defended them when they were going from Egypt into the Promised Land. He will feed them. He will bring them water there. It will be a supernatural protection for three and a half years, 42 months.
The hand of God will protect them. And the hand of God will crush every nation that goes after them. The Bible says, the Lord speaking: I'm coming as a thief in the night. People do not expect the thief. In other words, Jesus is saying, I'm coming at an unexpected time. The rapture of the church is going to happen seven years before the Battle of Armageddon. We clearly see these four kings on the face of the earth right now. The Bible says: blessed is he that watches. Why? Because if you're not watching for his coming, he's not coming for you. The Bible says: to those that eagerly look for him, will he appear the second time. The point: if you're not looking for him, he's not coming for you.
Watch and pray, hear that? Say that with me: watch and pray. That you be counted worthy to escape those things coming on the earth. What is he talking about? He's talking about The Great Tribulation, because it is literally hell on earth. Will there be a rapture? 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: for the Lord himself, hear that word? For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout and with a voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God. The voice is the shout of victory over death, hell and the grave. The trump is the announcing of royalty, because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and the King of all Kings. The dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up to be with the Lord forever in the clouds of heaven. And so shall we be with the Lord in the air.
You say, well that's never happened before. Oh, yes, it has. In the Old Testament, there was the prophet Elijah. He was caught up by chariots of fire and taken alive into heaven. He's been there for 3500 years. He's coming back to earth! In the Book of Revelation, he's one of the two witnesses. And he's coming back to the Jewish people to say, Messiah is coming. The last thing in the Book of Malachi, the prophets tell the Jewish people: I'm sending Elijah back to you: watch for him. We're getting ready to leave this world ladies and gentlemen. The king is coming. The king is coming. The king is coming.
When Jesus left, Acts 1:11, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye here gazing into heaven? This same Jesus shall come in like manner (meaning literally, meaning physically, meaning visibly) as you have seen him go, so shall he come again. That's in the Bible. Put these verses together and you have this picture: Jesus Christ, the prince of glory, appears in the clouds of heaven as lightning flashes from the east to the west. The trump of God shall sound, announcing the appearance of royalty, for he is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords.
The voice of the Archangel shall summons the righteous from their graves. All over the earth, graves are going to explode. Mausoleums will topple. Cars are going to be vacated by their drivers that were driving down the road. Planes being flown by the righteous will be vacated as the pilots sail to meet the Lord in the air. All over the earth, the graves are going to surrender to the triumphant shout of king Jesus over death, hell, and the grave!
Let me show you this chart and I'll talk you through the end of it, the next thing to appear that's going to happen. Here we are right now living in San Antonio, Texas. John in Revelation 4 hears a voice saying, come up here. And he goes into the heavens and he sees what God is going to do on the earth. So the church leaves the earth in Revelation 4. When we get to heaven, we're going to experience the Judgment Seat of Christ. Every believer is going to be judged, not whether you are saved or lost, but what you did on this earth for the Lord, the gap that exists between what you could have done and what you did do when you served the Lord on earth.
We leave the world. As soon as we're gone, there's going to be an economic collapse, because we're the only one working and paying taxes. So the Antichrist, who's going to come out of Europe, is going to put together an economic system that will stabilize the world. I believe it will be a cashless society. He's going to force every person on the earth to receive his mark in their right hand, in their forehead. And it can happen very suddenly with all the people who are involved in the military or have a government job of any kind. You cannot buy nor sell without that mark. But if you take that mark, John the Revelation said, you will lose your soul. If you don't take that mark, the Antichrist will cut your head off.
The Antichrist comes out. He establishes a new global economic system. And then he establishes ten nation kingdoms. He will rule three of them. And he will have seven who will follow him. Hence, he is the beast out of the Book of Revelation with three horns, with three crowns, and the beast of seven heads and ten crowns. That's very, very clear. Then the first thing he does officially is to make a seven-year treaty with Israel. He's going to allow the Jewish people to build the third temple. I think that he will promise the Palestinians Eastern Jerusalem.
Then once he makes that treaty, he is going to bring about absolute control of the world. Economically, you cannot buy a loaf of bread or a half a gallon of milk without his approval or his mark. The world continues. The six seals of the revelation, which is the sun, begins to scorch the earth. The rivers, the streams, the oceans are going to turn to blood. This is in the Book of Revelation. Vegetation will be burned up. There's going to be a global food shortage like the world has never known.
And now, we approach and come to the three and a half year mark right here. Listen closely. These first 42 months are called "The Tribulation". The last half is called "The Great Tribulation," because the suffering here is far greater than right here. But now the suffering is getting ready to turn up. The King of the North and the King of the South, Russia and the Islamic horde invade Israel right here. And as soon as that massive army comes marching down to Israel, God Almighty looks from his holy throne, and he laughs them to derision. He looks at that covenant land that he gave to his chosen people.
The Book of Ezekiel says: and my fury will come up in my face. God says, I'm going to do these three things. He will send an earthquake like the world has never known where every wall shall fall down, according to the prophets. And the mountains shall fall down. He's going to open the earth and swallow thousands of that invading army and bury them alive. There will be so much dirt, dust, and hysteria: they will turn on each other. More will die. And lastly, God is going to send hailstones from heaven to absolutely crush and pulverize them. If a million are sent, the number is irrelevant. Russia will be history. Islam will be history. Only one in six are going to survive.
Now that the King of the North and the King of the South are out of the picture, the king of the west, the Antichrist, moves into Israel. He sets his image up in the city of Jerusalem. He sets his military headquarters up between the seas, according to the Bible. He rules the world for 42 months. When he puts his image up to be worshiped, it will be the fulfillment of Antiochus Epiphanes, Matthew 24:15. At this point in time, some righteous Jew is going to figure out who he is by the geometria of his last name and shoot him in the head. He's going to survive miraculously, emulating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And he's going to rise up. And he will have the Hitler disposition towards the Jews. He is going to try to annihilate them. The Jewish people will be moving toward Petra.
Remember this is what Jesus said. When you see this happening, run to the mountains and get there. As the Antichrist begins to move this massive military armada toward Petra to get the Jewish people, his intelligence comes to him and says, there are 200 million chinese coming up the Euphrates river, and they're going to head us off. Then comes the Battle of Armageddon. These two massive armies meet and they collide. And the blood flows to the bridle of a horse. The horror of it is beyond the ability of the human tongue to describe or for the mind to grasp.
And as they are fighting and destroying one another, as God is defending the Jewish people, suddenly there is a final invasion. It is not from the north, the south, the east, or the west. It is from heaven where Jesus Christ in Revelation 19 splits the eastern sky, mounted on a milk-white stallion, followed by the armies which are in heaven, which are the bride of Christ, which are the Old Testament saints, which are all the holy angels. And he's descending on the earth. And he opens his mouth. And out of his mouth comes a two-edged sword. It is his spoken word. It was his spoken word that created the earth. It was his spoken word that raised Lazarus from the dead.
With his spoken word, he's going to smite the enemies of Israel. And they're going to be crushed. He will take the Antichrist and the false prophet and throw them into the lake of fire. He will put his foot on the Mount of Olives. It will split in half. He will walk across the Kidron Valley up to the Temple Mount. He will sit on that throne, the throne of his father David, because he is the king of all kings! And the battle of thrones has been won by Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God! Give him praise in the house of the Lord!
And that's how it's going to happen. And we're going to be watching from heaven. I don't know how you are at riding a white horse, but you won't have to take lessons. But we are coming back lightning fast with all power in heaven and in earth. We're going to rule in a kingdom for a thousand years of perfect peace where the lion will lay down with the lamb, where men will beat their swords into plow shears and study war no more. But the question is: if Jesus comes today for the rapture of the church, are you going up or are you going to be here on the earth getting in line to get the mark or get your head cut off? It's a whole lot easier to receive Jesus than do that.
You're in this room, you're watching by television, you say, preacher, I am not ready to meet the Lord. But I want to get ready today. If you're going to have a prayer, I want to pray that prayer with you that Jesus will be the Lord of my life from this day forward. If that describes you, slip your hand up right where you are. God bless you. All over the house, lift it high. Lift it high. Is it this simple? Yes! The thief on the cross said: father, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And a professional thief walked into heaven by the blood of Jesus. Pray this prayer with me. Those of you watching by television, you want to receive the Lord, extend your hand toward the screen. There's no distance in prayer. Pray this prayer.
Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, I ask you to forgive me of all of my sin. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Prepare me for the coming of Jesus Christ as I serve him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and body. From this moment forward, I will read and obey the word of God. I will be submitted to Jesus as my Lord. Heaven is my home, because the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for me at the cross. Now I'm his and he is mine. Amen.