Prophecy Still Fulfilled! "Gates of His Enemies." China Needs the USA
US Bases in the World
1. Strategic Gates.
2. US Bases
3. Vulnerability of China
1. Strategic Gates.
Abraham had been promised that his seed would possess the gate of his enemies and Rebecca likewise was promised that her seed would possess the gate of those that hate them.
Genesis (ESV) 22:
15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, 'By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of hisÂ enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.'
By myself I have sworn: God is eternal and so is the promise. The promise was now made UNCONDITIONAL and IRREVOCABLE. It had to be fulfilled as in part it has been.
And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies: Abraham was promised that his descendants would control strategic points giving him an edge over actual and potential adversaries.
The son of Abraham was Isaac.Isaac married Rebecca who it was predicted would become the mother of 'alfei revava' or thousands of ten thousands (24:60) and that her seed would possess the gate of those who hate them (24:60).
Genesis (ESV) 24:
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
'Our sister, may you become
thousands of ten thousands,
and may your offspring possess
the gate of those who hate him!.'
These prophecies meant that the promised seed would possess international thoroughfares and vantage points of strategic importance as the USA and Britain (and only they) have done. Obtaining bases and control over international strategic points is still a fundamental part of American and British foreign policy and military strategy. They are unique in this matter.
Gates of Your Enemies
The son of Isaac and Rebecca was Jacob who was re-named Israel. The 12 sons of Israel were the ancestors of the 12 Tribes. The right of the firstborn was given to Joseph (2-Chronicles 5:2). Joseph received a special blessing of his own:
Genesis (ESV) 49:
25 by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almightyh who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
up to the bounties of the everlasting hills.
May they be on the head of Joseph,
and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
We see from the above that the Blessing given to Joseph was to be like that given to the forefathers but much more so. Abraham had been promised that his seed would possess the gate of his enemies and Rebecca likewise was promised that her seed would possess the gate of those that hate them. The promise to possess the Gate of Enemies refers to the possession of strategic points that allow access to or control over thoroughfares of supply or the interior of a country or something similar. This is how Rabbinical Commentators understood it, for instance it was said (Midrash Breishit Rabah) that the blessing was partially fulfilled in the time of Solomon by Solomon building the city of Tadmor in Northern Syria. Possession of Tadmor enabled Solomon to control the passage of caravans bearing merchandise and traveling along caravan-routes through the desert. At that time the spice trade between the Far East, India, and the West was very important and it was conducted via the desert routes.
2. US Bases
We identify Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA as descended primarily from Joseph. They have given expression to the Destined Role of the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh.
In the past Britain and the USA controlled every important international strait and thoroughfares: Examples are Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibraltar, Falklands, Panama, Philippines, Suez Canal, Malta, Heligoland, Cyprus, Philipinnes, Panama, etc.- Everywhere where there was a strategic point of international importance it was in every case under official or at least de facto British or American control.
Even now many of these places are still controlled by the USA or Britain. The USA has bases all over the world. The USA does not always publicize the existence of these bases but they are known about. The host countries to whom these bases technically belong have only limited control over them. They cannot just tell the USA to leave. In some cases the host countries are open enemies of the USA and in others they are potential enemies. Even so, they have no real say on a day-to-day basis concerning what the USA does or does not do with these bases, and on them.
3. Vulnerability of China
China strives to become the most powerful nation on earth.
China wishes to replace the USA. China is a potential adversary of the USA,
At the least China wants to reach its full potential, to maintain its growth, to sustain its population.
India also wishes to expand. India fears China. So does Japan.
China is vulnerable. China needs oil from the Middle East. The oil arrives in China via the Indian Ocean and the Mallacca Straits.
The USA guarantees that other nations, such as India, do not block oil supplies to China.
If the oil was to be blocked China might not last more than a few months.
The USA is able to do this because of its bases in the Indian Ocean area.
China is building its own bases along with economic and military connections to ensure the security of its Indian Ocean approaches.
This however appears just barely sufficient to neutralize the threat of India.
The US presence is still the ultimate reality.
The USA controls the "Gates" of China!
[There are however claims that Chinese rockets and military preparations may be aimed at cancelling the US presence at one stroke.]
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