Cambodia: A Case Study in Great Tribulation

Cambodia: A Case Study in Great Tribulation

In The Lost Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rouge, author Nic Dunlop quotes a local Cambodian source, which made this statement:

“In Cambodia, you can talk about the Khmer Rouge, but you must never cry. Because if you begin to cry, you will never stop.”

The Khmer Rouge was a brutal, sadistic communist regime that reigned over Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, led by Pol Pot. One of Pot’s most trusted henchman was a man named Comrade Duch, the commandant who presided over S-21, a.k.a. Tuol Sleng.

S-21 was a military prison in the capital city of Phnom Penh. There, Comrade Duch oversaw the torture and murder of as many as 20,000 people, including women, and children. The Lost Executioner, referenced above, is about Comrade Duch in particular, and the Killing Fields holocaust of Cambodia, generally.

Here are some more facts:

In a country whose population at the time was about 7 million, approximately 2,000,000 people were killed, either murdered, worked and/or starved to death, or allowed to die untreated from various diseases. That is more than 1/3 the population. It only took 3.5 years to kill that many people. On average, that equals 571,428 people a year, 47,619 people a month, 10,989 people a week, 1,629 people a day, 68 people per hour, or just over 1 person murdered per minute for three and a half years straight through, non-stop.

Many of the people, who were executed or in some other way led to the slaughter, were sent to be killed by children, sometimes even their own. Under the Khmer Rouge, children were taught to hate and distrust the typical family structure and unit. Paranoia was taught to them at the youngest of ages, and children routinely turned their parents in to officials or were asked to pronounce sentence. The children, warped and brainwashed, most willingly complied. Stockholm Syndrome at its worst.

One year prior to the communist overthrow, over 1,000,000 Cambodians died as a result of secret, illegal U.S. bombing raids ordered by President Nixon in the north provinces of the country as an attempt to break N.V.A. supply lines during the war in Vietnam. These bombing raids led the common, rural people of Cambodian to side with Pol Pot, who used the deaths as propaganda against the U.S. backed Cambodian monarchy. So, in a very real, albeit indirect way, the U.S. was partially responsible for the devastation that later occurred. Add this to the four year period which followed, and the fraction climbs from 1/3 to almost 1/2 the nation’s population killed.

When the Khmer Rouge overthrew the government, they, by force of arms, made the entire civilian population relocate out of the cities and into the countryside in order to re-cultivate the land in the hopes of turning Cambodia into a communist, agrarian utopia. When this happened, Pol Pot changed the Cambodian calender, declaring 1975 to be over. Year Zero was begun. In addition, all prior regime rule of law was abolished.

Currently, 35% of the Cambodian population suffers from some form of mental illness-typically major depression and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome—most directly resultant from the Khmer Rouge led civil war. However, as of 2010, only 1% of the nation’s GNP is budgeted toward treatment, and currently, there are only about 40 licensed psychiatrists working to help their fellow Cambodians.

No one, apart from Comrade Duch, has, as of yet, been fully brought to any real justice whatsoever. In fact, Pol Pot died peacefully in his home while under general house arrest in 1998.

Cambodia is littered with not-mapped landmines, placed by the Khmer Rouge and other factions throughout an almost 30 year civil war. On average, as of 2008 statistics, just under one person/day or 270/year are killed by either unwittingly or unintentionally setting off the weapons. Of the deaths, one third or about 90/year are children. The nation, on record, has 40,000 amputees, with an estimated 6 million landmines buried (and lost) throughout the country, especially the rural areas. While there is a program in place to rid the country of the landmines (through the Cambodian Mine Action Authority), it is believed Cambodia will need approximately 10-20 years to be declared free of landmines, if present funding is maintained (i.e. not increased).

Cambodia is inundated and overwhelmed by human trafficking, especially that of children, and those especially as sex slaves (35% of the nation’s 15,000 prostitutes, or about 5,300 children), with some as young as five years old.

Lastly, unrestrained alcoholism runs rampant and undocumented in the country. Perhaps it serves as a form of self-medication for all of the above mentioned ills and evils?

Is it any wonder, with everything just listed, that Cambodians are losing the emotional battle for their national sanity?

But I write now with a different purpose. Here, Cambodia serves as a case study, or perhaps an object lesson for another nation.

God’s Holy Nation (1 Peter 2:9).

If you are a student of the Word, especially of Biblical prophecy and eschatology, I’m guessing some facts from above jumped out at you. But if not, please heed these startling parallels:

Just as Cambodia saw 1/3 of its total population die during a demonic plague of horrific violence, so, too, will the world see 1/3 of its population die during a demonic plague of horrific violence (Revelation 9:18).

Just as Cambodian children became enemies toward their own parents, and were instrumental in killing the adult population, so, too, in the End-Times, will children rise up against mother and father in order to betray them to death (Matthew 10:36, Mark 13:12, and Luke 12:53, noting especially Mark 13:12).

Just as Pol Pot sought to change the calendar system used by his people and abolished all rule of law, so, too, will the antichrist seek to “change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25).

Just as modern day Cambodia has become a shattered land of many mentally ill people (due to the sinfulness perpetrated in prior generations), so, too, will the whole world become a place of mentally ill and unstable people because of the sinfulness perpetrated by prior generations (Luke 21:25-26 [i.e.mental perplexity and fearfulness], 2 Thessalonians 2:11 (i.e. delusional), 2 Timothy 3:8 [i.e. corrupt or decayed, depraved minds], and Revelation 16:8-13 [i.e. people refusing to repent or change their minds about/for their evil, until they are totally overtaken by the three unclean spirits of devils that proceed from the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, respectively).

Just as justice has failed in Cambodia, so, too, will justice, i.e. moral righteousness, fail in the earth, during the time of the End (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Just as modern day Cambodians die everyday from blindly walking on landmines, metaphorically speaking, so, too, is all of humanity blindly walking to its death, ready to be overwhelmed by the snare of the antichrist (Luke 13:1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Timothy 2:26, Revelation 13:7).

Just as parts of Cambodia have become inundated with all manner of sexual sins and perversion, so, too, will the whole world be given over to and indulge in sexual lusts (Jude 1:18, Revelation 9:21, Revelation 19:2, i.e. the whole earth was corrupted by the Great Whore’s fornication).

Just as Cambodia suffers from unrestrained, unchecked alcohol abuse, so, too will the world be both physically and spiritually inebriated during the end of times (Physically: Luke 21:34, Proverbs 20:1, i.e. “wine is a mocker” with 2 Peter 3:3, where “scoffers” means mockers, i.e. people who make fun of and/or deride serious topics, much like drunkards do, and Spiritually: Revelation 17:2 and Revelation 18:3).

As you can see, the recent history of Cambodia serves as a sad, albeit excellent case study and proof of what’s coming. As a matter of fact, one could even argue that in Cambodia, especially during the unholy reign of the Khmer Rouge, a perfect End-Time typology is seen.

I share this, dear brother or sister, to make a plea with you all. The fact is, things in this world are getting worse and worse each day. The population of this planet marches ever steady to the devil’s beat, onward to its own destruction. Just as the nation of Cambodia now suffers immense emotional trauma for what has happened within its borders, so, too, might the holy nation of God suffer immense emotional trauma the closer the End comes.

What do I mean?

Matthew 24:21,

21. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The Lord Jesus makes this statement just after summarizing the future of our world during what He calls the beginning of sorrows, i.e. travailing birth pangs (Matthew 24:8). We are in the beginning of sorrows now. The world is travailing. The day after Christmas, Asian Ocean earthquake (or officially the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake) of 2004 (and following tsunami) was, quite possibly, the first birth pang.

Science and Scripture seem to bear this out. In Matthew 24, Jesus taught us that, only if the days of these pangs and tribulations were shortened, would anyone have any hope of being saved (Matthew 24:22). When this 9.3 on the Richter scale earthquake happened, (the 3rd largest ever recorded, with the longest duration ever at almost 10 minutes), scientists determined that the planet itself was knocked slightly off course. According to their reports, since that earthquake, because the earth is slightly off its original axis, our days are literally shorter (the earthquake near Haiti of 2010, which was another pang, did the same thing, making the standard 24 hour day even shorter).

What does this mean? A woman, when she first goes into labor, suffers a massive contraction. Slowly but surely, the contractions come closer together, and get more intense, up until the moment of birth occurs. If the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake was the first sorrow (earthquakes being one of the pangs listed by the Lord in Matthew 24:7), then, as we have seen, each pang that comes, will soon come faster and faster, more intense than the last one, until the moment of birth, i.e. the Great Tribulation, begins.

This Great Tribulation, which lasts on the earth for 3.5 years (Daniel 12:11, Revelation 11:3, and Revelation 12:6) is almost the same amount of time the Khmer Rouge was in power (Fall of Phnom Penh on April 7, 1975 to January 7, 1979, when the Vietnamese reclaimed Phnom Penh. This equals 3 years, 7 months, and 20 days).

But notice what the Lord said. When this time of birth hits, it will be the worst thing to ever happen to the world. Not even the beginning of sorrows, and all the disaster that befalls the world then, will compare.

Now, using Cambodia as an object lesson, God’s holy nation needs to learn something very important: There is only one way for the church to win the emotional battle to come. In light of the horror of recent events in the world today, the fact is, things from here on out are only going to get worse. Jesus said the end would be like the days of Noah (Luke 17:26). In Noah’s day, God said the imagination of men was only evil continually and that human wickedness was great (Genesis 6:5). People are wondering why the world is becoming so violent. It’s the days of Noah. The human mind is becoming more and more depraved, i.e. corrupted, just as the Spirit foretold us in the Scriptures through Paul, the Apostle. As this corruption deepens and worsens, more and more heinous atrocities will occur. Coupled with the catastrophic natural disasters, and the sheer loss of life and suffering ever increasing, it will become impossible for the saints of God to win the emotional battle unless they remove themselves emotionally from the current events of the day.

What do I mean? Well, here’s my plea: Turn off the news, the internet, the radio, and the phone. We are not going to be able to handle the onslaught of evil that is coming. It seems to becoming a regular thing that entire nations find themselves paralyzed in terror and sorrow every few months or at least a couple times a year, as some new evil is heaped upon its people. Saints in God’s Church are likewise finding themselves rocked to their core. Imagine when this stuff starts happening daily? Imagine three and a half years of demonically inspired plagues of heinous evil operating without restraint in the world. Think it’s not going to happen? Cambodia is proof to the contrary that it can, and will.

Trust me, saint. You and I are not going to be able to handle the emotional impact all these terrible, travailing birth pangs will have on us. They will crush us if we allow them place. I am not advocating removal from society. That is not the way. But be honest. You know our media. You know the hype and sensation that comes with violence, crime, and suffering. It’s news. And our flesh, as sick as it sounds, is enticed to indulge itself in hearing and seeing the misery that’s out there. Don’t believe me? Then why do we so often stare at every car wreck we pass by? What are we looking for? What do we hope to see? You know as well as I do. Our inquisitive flesh wants to know just how bad the crash really was. Nevermind if we end up seeing a dead body, or a severed limb, or sickening amounts of blood and gore. We still look, and only regret it afterwards, if we happen to see such things (the same could be said of any graphic news footage. Consider, for example, the injuries and aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings on 2013. Did you see the picture of the man with no legs?).

It behooves us, therefore, to truly and finally detach ourselves from the media hype and sensation displayed for all, including the Church, to see. We need to get our head out of the news and headlines. Our souls won’t be able to handle 24/7 reports on the gruesomeness of the End-Times. Trust me, they won’t. If we don’t detach ourselves from all the evil this world now has to offer us, we will, I guarantee it, lose the emotional battle for our own personal sanity.

Get clear, and get removed. I’m not saying we submit to ignorance. Jesus taught us to watch and pray, and so we should (Mark 13:33). But we don’t need to know the graphic details of any tragedy. We don’t need to watch news videos showing people dying. We don’t need to read the stats in the paper. If we fill our heads and hearts with these things, because of the increased number of sorrows coming, soon, that will be all we ever hear and see in the world.

We just aren’t meant to be able to handle, let alone cope with, that much evil. Rather, things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, or are of a good report, or are virtuous or praiseworthy should be the sum of our mental cogitations (Philippians 4:8). Only someone whose mind is stayed on the Lord will have perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Therefore, the Lord doesn’t want our minds stayed on the things which make for evil.

And the day and hour in which we live, this time of sorrow, is only that: evil (Ephesians 5:16). And the Lord knows, each day has enough of its own evil to worry about (Matthew 6:34).

So please, please, by considering Cambodia as a case study in Great Tribulation, let us all heed this warning and do whatever we have to do to get away from the evil that’s coming, and fight hard now so we can later win the emotional battle that’s coming. It’s the only way.


~ by votivesoul on 12/30/2012.

One Response to “Cambodia: A Case Study in Great Tribulation”

  1. WOW!!! 😥

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