Mystery disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

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SF Chronicle: BEIJING (AP) — X-Men star Fan Bingbing’s Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost unremarked in China’s hyper-adrenalized social media environment.

For one of China’s best known stars and a rising Hollywood actress, Fan’s vanishing is stunning, coming amid vague allegations of tax fraud and possibly other infractions that could have put her at odds with Chinese authorities.

Though China has become the world’s second-largest film market, authorities keep tight control on local productions, exercising final say over choice of cast, director and script. If Fan had stepped on official toes, it would be a simple task to retaliate by destroying her career, with Chinese authorities wielding broad powers to detain, interrogate and accuse citizens out of the public eye.

Other celebrities have run afoul of authorities over drug use, excessive pay or tax issues, said Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group based in Shanghai.

“Then the government really cracks down hard and pretty much destroys their careers for several years if not forever,” Rein said. more …

Opinion: So what does a Chinese movie star’s disappearance have to do with a Bible prophecy blog?

As we reported yesterday (here), a deal between Pope Francis and the Chinese government last weekend has given the control of the appointment of Catholic Bishops to dictator- for-life Xi Jinping, defacto authority over 12 million Catholics.

If/when Xi decides to make someone or something disappear, even the rich and famous are gone.

We are getting live previews of the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse:

  • White Horse Rev. 6:1-2 Xi Jinping – all powerful dictator
  • Red Horse: Rev. 6:3-4 seemingly endless wars Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq
  • Black Horse Rev. 6:5-6 – Venezuela’s hyperinflation
  • Pale Horse Rev. 6:7-8 – Ebola in the Congo

And we are witnessing a Roman Pontiff trying to build a global church Rev. 13:11-12.