CHINA - Will Overtake the US in Space

Arno Froese

A Long March-2D carrier rocket carrying a remote sensing satellite group blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on August 20, 2022, in Xichang, Sichuan province, China. 

“While the United States space industrial base remains on an upward trajectory, participants expressed concerns that the upward trajectory of the People's Republic of China…is even steeper, with a significant rate of overtake, requiring urgent action,” the report says.

Many of China’s ambitious civil space programs also have close ties to its military space missions. After becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the moon in 2019 and then landing on Mars in 2021, China is preparing to conduct short lunar missions within eight years and send large pieces of equipment to the moon in the 2030s. It is also building a space station in low-Earth orbit, and could become the only country to have an orbital outpost when the International Space Station retires in 2031.

In contrast, America’s democratically-elected government means the nation’s goals in space can change every two or four years as leaders with different priorities and of different political parties win election.

This frequent changing of plans has left the United States without a “North Star vision” around which to rally the nation, according to the industrial base report, which named crafting such a plan as its top recommendation. 

-defenseone.com, 24 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

While the report targets space in particular, earth is where it really all happens. The article adds, “The U.S. lacks a clear and cohesive long term vision, a grand strategy for space that sustains economic, technological, environmental, social and military (defense) leadership for the next half century and beyond.”

The word “economy” is of most significance from Biblical perspectives. We learned this from Revelation 18, where the issue is not war, the environment, or defense, but simply merchandise. In the end, it speaks of the merchants: “The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing” (verse 15).

Here we must emphasize that the Bible speaks of the world—not of the west and the east, the north and the south. Not of communism, capitalism, democracy, socialism, dictatorship, or monarchy. The Bible considers all as one in contrast to only one country, Israel.

We come to the question: who owns planet earth? This may come as a shock to some who claim to be superior, but the Bible puts all nations under one umbrella: “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:8-9). The devil can’t give something away that he does not own; he has the legitimate right to planet earth and all of humanity. Why? Because the Bible unilaterally declares: “he who sins is of the devil.”

Thus, we learn to view the world from a totally different level. It matters not who has the largest budget, the greatest military force, or the technological advantage; all these things are temporary.

For example, we notice that in 1913, the United States had the world’s largest GDP at over $500 billion. The next four largest countries put together had about half that amount, according to Brookings.edu.

Based on various reliable statistics, there is no question that China will supersede all other countries in the world. This development is but natural. The eastern power bloc must become equal to or even more powerful than the western one. But both aim in the same direction: unity, peace, prosperity, and security. That will and must be implemented according to the prophetic Word, albeit temporarily.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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