Ethiopia is only 1 of 2 African nations to have never been conquered and colonised by a European power, during the age of empire.
On 1 March 1896, near the town of Adwa in Tigray province, Ethiopia, armed and supported by Russia and France, shocked the world by decisively defeating Italy.
In consequence, the sovereignty and independence of the kingdom of Ethiopia was assured.
At the time, Ethiopia was ruled by Menelik II (1889-1913 AD), the namesake of Menelik I (circa 950 BC), the son of King Solomon of Israel and Queen Sheba.
By the way, the predecessor of Menelik II was Yohannes IV, whom was killed in 1889 during a war between Ethiopia and the Mahdi of Sudan Muhammad Ahmad.
In the aftermath of the battle of Adwa, Italy created Eritrea, and Menelik II personally ratified the formation of French Somaliland, aka Djibouti. So here notice that Djibouti and Ethiopia are linked historically.
In 1935, Italy under the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, using chemical weapons to overwhelm the Ethiopian army. Ethiopia fell and was occupied. Haile Selassie I, the then ruler of Ethiopia, sought refuge in Britain. In 1941, British forces, backed by exiled Ethiopians and South African colonial troops, liberated Ethiopia, and Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa triumphant.
Today, the armed forces of Ethiopia is said to be the 4th strongest in Africa, after Egypt, Algeria and South Africa. Ethiopia is certainly the most powerful in her region. Her neighbours are Eritrea, North and South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti.
In 2014, one EU official remarked, “The Ethiopian army scares the hell out of everybody, because they deliver. No one wants to mess with them.”
When the 4th Beast forms, North Sudan will certainly side with the Antichrist, Daniel 11:43 and Zephaniah 2:12. But North Sudan, aka כוש (Cush), is prophesied to go north towards Israel. Prophetically, Cush shall be at the steps of the Antichrist, and Cush shall be slain by the LORD’s “sword”.
“Ye Ethiopians [כושי] also, ye shall be slain by my sword.”
– Zephaniah 2:12
Though the Bible says nothing of Ethiopia and her surrounds during the 3.5 years of the Antichrist, apart from Isaiah 19:6, I imagine, Eritrea and Somalia will fight for Islam, and South Sudan will likely go berserk as well.
Therefore, Ethiopia will be at war, during the great tribulation.
It might be that during this war Ethiopia will be supported by China, with equipment and supplies via China’s new naval base in Djibouti, just as France and Russia supported Ethiopia in 1896, for the battle of Adwa.