Although Europe will step in to fill the power vacuum left by the collapse of the United States, there will be other countries that will immediately begin to prepare for world conquest. They know Europe, and they will not have Europe exercise control over their future:
Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. " The four angels were released, who had been prepared for the hour, and day, and month, and year, to kill a third of mankind. The number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million, and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:13-16) China and other countries of Asia will form an alliance that will create an army which will exceed two hundred million. They will have fearsome power to destroy everything in their path, and this is what they will set out to do. They will seek control—total control of the earth.
Little needs to be said about this here. However, you need to know that this great "woe" upon mankind will result in one-third of all mankind being destroyed, as it will account for the death of well over 2 billion people. This will indeed be a great woe on earth!
Pride runs deep in human nature. Mankind will continue to resist God, even after all the horrifying events of the previous six trumpets have occurred. By the end of the period covering the first six trumpets, several billion people will have died. Multiple millions around the world, who have been conquered by these two great powers, will have come to repentance. Yet, there are many who will refuse to repent, including the vast populations of these two great superpowers. They will insist on living life as they please. This is what is being spoken of in the verses which follow the description of the army that numbers two hundred million:
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, still would not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. Neither would they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21)
By this point in time, many will have repented. They will have been humbled because they will have been conquered. Those still ruling will continue to live as they please, and they will have no intention of repenting and turning to God. This is a witness of the haughty spirit in mankind. Unless humbled, man will not listen to God. So, that is exactly what God will do—He will humble both superpowers.
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