3 kingdoms, Chou Tzuyu & Taiwan’s 2016 election

Taiwan’s election on 16 January 2016 potentially puts Taiwan and China on a collision course. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who favours a Taiwanese identity separate from China, was elected president, and the Kuomintang (KMT) lost both the presidency and the legislature. The election negated November 2015’s historic meeting in Singapore between China’s CCP and Taiwan’s KMT.

With the fairly conservative KMT losing the legislature for the first time since 1949, there is also speculation that Taiwan could be the first in Asia to break with Confucian tradition and enact same sex marriage.

On the eve of the election, a video apology of 16 year old Taiwanese born Twice singer Chou Tzu-yu was released online. On Korean TV, in November 2015, Chou Tzu-yu waved Taiwan’s flag instead of China’s. The K-Pop star was subsequently accused of being a Taiwanese independence activist, and the band Twice lost their endorsements in Mainland China. Chou Tzu-yu’s apology on the eve of the election made headlines in Taiwan because all 3 candidates released statements in support of her. The apology, which some say was made under duress, might have infuriated the people of Taiwan and swayed the election.

I suspect something supernatural happened.

In April 2015, Katy Perry draped herself in Taiwan’s flag during a concert. And in February 2016, shortly after the election, Madonna too did something with Taiwan’s flag during her “Rebel Heart” tour of Taiwan.

I wonder, is the spirit of Jezebel in Taiwan? i.e. Revelation 2:20.

On 18 January 2016, America sent a delegation of diplomats to meet with DPP officials, in an effort to recognise the results of the election.

The very next day, 19 January 2016, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, in the south east near Taitung 台東, meaning “Taiwan east”. And then a few weeks after that, on 6 February 2016, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Kaohsiung 高雄市, in south west Taiwan, causing some deaths.

Surely it cannot be a coincidence that the Bible speaks of nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and shortly thereafter of earthquakes in divers places.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
– Matthew 24:6-7

My reading of Matthew 24:6-7, Mark 13:7-8 and Luke 21:9-11 leads me to believe that Taiwan versus China is a potential flashpoint, and North Korea versus South Korea is another.

In Greek, the word “nation” in the aforementioned passages is ἔθνος (transliteration ethnos), implying race or tribe; and the word “kingdom” is βασιλεία (transliteration basileia), implying realm or reign. I think, the key word of Matthew 24:6-7, Mark 13:7-8 and Luke 21:9-11 is “and”. Therefore, nation shall rise against nation and simultaneously kingdom shall rise against kingdom.

Curiously, on 17 January 2016, a day after Taiwan’s election, a viral video emerged featuring a tortoise and the voice of Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, whom had died recently. Then, on 19 January 2016, Vietnam’s “Cu Rua” turtle, the oldest soft shell turtle in Vietnam and a symbol of Vietnam’s independence, ominously died.

It so happens that the 蔡 Cài of Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文, the name of the president elect of Taiwan, means “tortoise”; and the 馬 Mǎ of Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九, the name of the incumbent president of Taiwan, means “horse”. That is to say, a tortoise in effect races a horse, and wins. Not quite Aesop’s fable, but close. This reminds me of Ecclesiastes 9:11-12.

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.”
– Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

Another name that caught my attention is Chou Tzu-yu’s. In Chinese script, Chou Tzu-yu is 周子瑜, pinyin Zhōu Zǐyú.

Coincidentally, 周瑜 Zhōu Yú was a military general under Sūn Quán of the Wú kingdom, during the 3 kingdoms era of China. In 220 AD, China split into 3 kingdoms: 魏 Wèi, 蜀 Shǔ and 吳 Wú. Cáo Cāo of the 漢 Hàn established the Wèi. Zhōu Yú of the Wú won the battle of Red Cliff against Cáo Cāo. But later the Wú lost the war. By 280 AD, 晉 Jìn a clan of Wèi unified China into a single nation once more.

Chou Tzu-yu’s name 周子瑜 means Zhōu “a child of” Yú, or something like that, and so it is essentially the same as 周瑜. Chou Tzu-yu’s link to the 3 kingdoms era of China is reason enough to think kingdom against kingdom.

During the 3 kingdoms era, Sūn Quán of the Wú happened to invade Taiwan and Okinawa. This further links Taiwan to the 吳 Wú. Apparently, Taiwan’s DPP opposes this history.

Incidentally, John Woo, who directed Red Cliff (2008), is 吴宇森 Wú Yǔ Sēn, so the “Woo” of John Woo is actually “Wú”. 吴 is simplified Chinese for 吳.

Anyway, with regard to the 3 kingdoms, the point is, Zhou Yu was of the Wu. The Wei, which was once the Han, conquered the Wu. The Wei also defeated the Shu, after the days of Zhūgé Liàng. Thus, what was once 1 nation split into 3 kingdoms, and then the 3 kingdoms became 1 nation again.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1

“… a time of war, and a time of peace.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:8

Days after Tsai Ing-wen’s election victory, China carried out a live fire military exercise with amphibious assault vehicles, in an area near the Taiwan Strait.

Furthermore, days before the election, China commissioned a new tank landing ship into the East Sea Fleet, the fleet that is responsible for Taiwan. The ship was named 天目山 Tiānmùshān after a mountain in Lin’an County, Zhejiang. Tiānmùshān means “Heavenly Eyes Mountain”.

In America, on 22 January 2016, an F-16 assigned to Luke Airforce Base near Phoenix Arizona crashed in the vicinity of “Bagdad” Arizona. The F-16 was from Taiwan and the pilot was a Taiwanese airforce pilot training with the US airforce.

All of this seems to portend “kingdom against kingdom” and simultaneously “nation against nation”.

“And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”
– Mark 13:7-8