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Map of Indonesia and Malaysia

In this study we're going to focus on the islands of Sumatra and Java eastward to Timor, as well as the western part of Malaysia, and the southern tip of Thailand. We've already seen the latter two in the study on China, and we'll look at the island of Borneo in Part 2. Here's a satellite image of the area:

[Image from Flashearth]

Now let's take a look at what Indonesia represents. The following map was rotated 135 degrees to the right, and then Indonesia and Malaysia were joined together to form...

Indonesian serpent

... a serpent!

Malaysia and Thailand form the lower jaw, the island of Sumatra forms the upper jaw and head, and the other islands form the tail. Here's a close up of the head:

And here's a satellite view:

[Image from Flashearth]

The lower fang is the island of Phuket. The eye of this serpent is called Lake Toba, and it's actually the site of a super volcanic eruption long a go.

[NASA Landsat Image]

Other islands in this chain include Krakatau and Komodo, and on Komodo Island lives the world's largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon:

Komodo Dragon with prey

There is an abundance of reptiles in Indonesia, including about 400 species of snakes.

And I bring up Krakatau Island because back in 1883 there occurred on this island a very powerful volcanic eruption. "This eruption, the 2nd largest in Indonesia during historical time, caused more than 36,000 fatalities, most as a result of devastating tsunamis that swept the adjacent coastlines of Sumatra and Java. Pyroclastic surges traveled 40 km across the Sunda Strait and reached the Sumatra coast" (from Volcano World (2006)).

Recall from the study on China that Thailand and western Malaysia represent the tail of a camel. So this serpent is swallowing the camel (figuratively speaking)! This should help make it even more clear that Jesus was speaking to the Serpent's children in Matthew 23 when He said:

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. ...

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Only a very large snake could literally swallow a camel. Such a snake doesn't exist, but it does make me think of the Serpent, and his ability to deceive, and thus consume entire nations, even the whole world, as it is written in Revelation 12:

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ... 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

I believe this flood represents a flood of lies that Satan will use to deceive the world. Indonesia illustrates this as well. Earthquakes near the mouth of the Indonesian serpent have caused devastating tsunamis, the worst being the magnitude 9.1 earthquake that occurred on December 26th, 2004 (the star below):

Map of Indonesian earthquake
[Image courtesy the USGS]

The epicenter of the earthquake was right beside the mouth of the Indonesian serpent, and the tsunami killed about a quarter of a million people.

"This is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake. In total, 227,898 people were killed or were missing and presumed dead and about 1.7 million people were displaced by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 14 countries in South Asia and East Africa. The earthquake was felt (IX) at Banda Aceh, (VIII) at Meulaboh and (IV) at Medan, Sumatra and (III-V) in parts of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The tsunami caused more casualties than any other in recorded history and was recorded nearly world-wide on tide gauges in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans" (from the USGS).

Wouldn't it be fitting if the Serpent arrived on a Christmas Day, disguised as Jesus Christ (2nd Thessalonians 2:4)? What a flood that would be!

Another major earthquake and tsunami occurred on October 25th, 2010. Here is a report from the Irish Examiner for October 30th:

"The toll from the tsunami and the 7.7-magnitude earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean that spawned it rose to 408 yesterday as officials found more bodies, and 303 people were still missing, said Agus Prayitno, of the West Sumatra provincial disaster management centre. Rescue teams "believe many, many of the bodies were swept to sea," said Harmensyah, the disaster centre’s chief. Along with the 35 people killed by a volcano [Merapi] that erupted on Tuesday, more than 1,300 kilometres to the east in central Java, the number of dead from Indonesia’s twin disasters this week has now reached 443."

The most obvious feature about the Indonesian serpent is that it is broken into many pieces, especially the tail, and the head is broken in two. This illustrates that the Serpent is already sentenced to death (Revelation 20:10). I think that's why Krakatau is located right where the serpent's head and tail would meet. He's like so much volcanic ash or cinders (Ezekiel 28:18).

Map of Indonesia and Malaysia

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