INDIA - Has India’s Time Come?

Arno Froese

Once poverty-stricken and reliant on international aid, India opened up its economy in the early 1990s and has since seen steady, sometimes remarkable, economic growth. Today, by most measures, India is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies.

Today’s India is also a place of technological innovation, a huge market to global businesses and a more confident player on the world stage on issues ranging from global trade to climate change. But it hasn’t yet reached the stature it feels it deserves in global governance institutions—most notably, it has never had a permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council.

During the Cold War, India pursued non-alignment, where it pledged to keep equidistance from the two superpowers—but it was, in many ways, a tilt towards the Soviet Union.

The fall of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s opened up a kind of pathway towards economic reform, which unleashed growth that has been enormously beneficial. With that, India no longer feels the need to hold the U.S. at arm’s length the way it did in the past.

Just because ties are strengthening between New Delhi and Washington, however, doesn’t mean that India’s ties with countries that are not close to the U.S.—like Russia, like Iran—are going to fall by the wayside. That’s part of India’s real independence in the relationships it wants to have around the world.

India’s role on the world stage has always been pretty interesting. You could go back to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, when arguably India faced far greater domestic challenges. He too saw India as a country that was destined to have some sort of global leadership. Back then, he saw India exercising its moral authority and wanted to mediate between North and South Korea., 14 January 2018

Arno's commentary

India is a predominantly Hindu country (about 80%), with 14% Muslims and 2.3% Christians. According to a census in 2011, there are approximately 28 million Christians in the land. They reside in virtually all places throughout India, and from all walks of life. The larger population of Christians is to be found in the south.

It is of interest what Wikipedia writes relating to the church in India and Jews:

According to Indian Christian traditions, the Apostle Thomas arrived in Tamilakam presently in the Indian state of Kerala Kodungallur (also Muziris), Kerala, established the Seven Churches and evangelized in present-day Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

As with early Christianity in the Roman Empire, it is assumed that the initial converts were largely Jewish proselytes among the Cochin Jews who are believed to have arrived in India around 562 BC, after the destruction of the First Temple. Many of these Jews presumably spoke Aramaic like St. Thomas, also a Jew by birth, who is credited by tradition with evangelizing India.

What we do know is that the Church is being built globally. Daily, new believers are added all over the world. For us who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, we rejoice, because His coming draws near.

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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