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BIBLE STUDY: (Part Four) Learning How To Recognize The King Of The North, The Beast Of Revelation; And The Abomination Of Desolation

The Great Tribulation cannot start before there is an actual King of the North and an actual King of the South (Daniel 11:27). Let us now look into Scripture, and see how a future "Prince" will soon come out from the people of the old Roman Empire; to make a Peace Accord with Israel (Daniel 9:26-27) - thereby gaining international praise, and catapulting him into King of The North status, where he will rule with the power of the last and final Beast (Revelation 13:1-9)!!!

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This Bible Study follows: Jesus’ Olivet Prophecy (parts 1–4), and The King of The North, The Beast, and The Abomination of Desolation (parts 1-3). You should also read our Bible Study on the modern Jewish celebration of “Hanukkah”, before continuing on here, in order to derive the greatest understanding from today’s lesson.

This soon coming prince will rule the final Beast (Revelation 13:1), or the beast that rises up out of the sea. The Bible is clear that the “Great Sea” (a term used in the Old Testament, see Joshua 9:1, 23:4 / Ezekiel 47:15) is the Mediterranean Sea. We must also remember that The Beast power is not a nation, like Russia, which does not border the Mediterranean Sea; but is Europe which does!!!

 

It is important to note here, that this Beast or this kingdom, will be given to a human being, a mortal man; by none other than Satan the devil himself - who is currently the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)! Satan empowers this human man, giving him his power, his seat, and his great authority (Revelation 13:2). Satan will also raise up a great false prophet, who, although imitating Christianity, will deceive most by putting himself forward as “God’s end-time world leader”. This false prophet will claim to speak for God, but his dark sentences will actually be the words of Satan the devil – deceiving the whole world and leading them toward destruction (Revelation 13:11, 12:9 / 2 Corinthians 11:13-15)!!!

The Great Sea and Many Waters:

Many get confused with the Great Sea of Revelation 13:1, from which the Beast arises; and the many waters, upon which the great whore sits upon in Revelation 17:1. As we have seen above, the sea or Great Sea, from which the Beast comes out of; is intended to show us the Beast comes out of Europe! It is a very particular and singular body of water – the Mediterranean Sea (Joshua 9:1, 23:4 / Ezekiel 47:15). The many waters, in contrast; are analogous of the world’s populations, their rulers, and their kings (Revelation 17:15, 2). Rome and the Great False Church have made the people of the earth drunk with the wine, or false religion, of fornicating with Satan and calling it Biblical Christianity (Revelation 17:18, 5-6)!

Why Does The Beast Come Out of Europe?

Europe, a continent that initially saw a great theological reformation in the 1500’s A.D. with the distribution of God’s Word; when the Bible was being put into common man’s hands and languages – when men in large mass, rejected sun god day worship and the pagan holidays taught to them by the Catholic Church. It was during the beginning of the Great Protestant Reformation (or great protest against the Catholic Church) that men reformed or changed how they understood God, and returned to the Faith once delivered by Christ and His Apostles (Malachi 3:6-12). Eyes were again opened (Matthew 13:16, 11), and people by the hundreds of thousands, returned to obediently observing the Seventh Day Sabbath; as well as the Seven Annual Holy Days (Isaiah 58:13-14) which were kept by Christ and all of His Disciples (Hebrews 4:1-11)!!! Do yourself a favor, then share it with all your sun day observing friends: go back and write the original word “Sabbath” in place of the word “rest” which appears nine times in the King James Version of Hebrews 4:1-11. The KJV translators succumbed to the pressure of the Catholic Church and “her sisters”, in not making Sabbath keeping an obvious endeavor to those reading their Bibles!

We have a great Two Part Bible Study series that will help you understand more thoroughly, exactly what happened during this time in human history. Please go to www.onug.us and read:

  1. BIBLE STUDY: Some Forgotten Truths About The Rapture, The Resurrection, And The Protestant Reformation, That Many Churches Today Don’t Want YOU To Remember! (Part One)

 

  1. BIBLE STUDY: Some Forgotten Truths About The Rapture, The Resurrection, And The Protestant Reformation, That Many Churches Today Don’t Want YOU To Remember! (Part 2)

A newly enlightened Sabbath keeping Europe would not last long! It would, in the span of just under two centuries, revert back to Sunday worship and Christ mass, by self-appointed Reformation leaders and the lingering works of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Huldrych Zwingli; which would again enslave and deceive the masses with the image of the beast (trinity godhead instead of Father and Son) and the mark of the beast (sun day / Christ Mass / Easter). It would be this Europe, built upon the rejection of God’s Sabbaths, His Laws (perverting Grace and Faith through lawlessness), and rejecting the True Gospel (substituting a “destination heaven or hell” gospel instead) that would be the perfect breeding ground for Satan to workout and perfect the final dynamics of his Holy Roman Empire and the last seven of ten subsequent resurrections (Revelation 17:9-11)!

When John wrote this prophecy, he was seeing the world very much as it exists in our time!!! Of the seven mountains, or resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire, “five were fallen, and one is”. Let’s review what this means! Going back to Part Two of this Study (pages 3-6), we proved from Scripture the following:

First, we used Daniel chapters 2 & 11 to help us understand the single beast of Revelation chapter 17. Then we used Daniel 2:39-40, the great statue, and the words “after you”, to date our timeline from the Chaldean Empire, and King Nebuchadnezzar:

  1. Head of Gold (Chaldean Empire)
  • King: Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-7)
  1. Chest / Arms of Silver (Medo-Persian Empire)
  • Kings: Cyrus (Daniel 1:21, 10:1, 11:2),
  • Cambyses (1st king of Daniel 11:2),
  • Pseudo-Smerdis (2nd king of Daniel 11:2),
  • Darius The Great – not the Mede (3rd king of Daniel 11:2),
  • Xerxes (4th king of Daniel 11:2)

(There were 12 more kings in the Persian Empire, following Cyrus, but only the first four are of importance for the purpose of following Daniel’s prophecy).

  1. Belly / Thighs of Brass (Greco-Macedonian Empire)
  • Kings: Alexander The Great (Mighty king of Daniel 11:3),
  • Ptolemy (King of Egypt, King of the South, Daniel 11:4-5),
  • Seleucus (King of Syria, King of the North, Daniel 11:4-5),
  • Lysimachus (King of Asia Minor, Daniel 11:4),
  • Cassander (King of Greece and Macedonia, Daniel 11:4).
  1. Legs / Feet of Iron (The Roman Empires) 10 Kings:
  • History shows us that the Roman Empire initially existed from 31 B.C. until 476 A.D.
  • Now let’s look at Daniel 7:23. The Roman Empire is the Fourth Beast; we have proven this from both history and from Scripture!
  • Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom (Roman Empire) are ten kings that shall arise”; these are ten successive resurrections of the Roman Empire!

Who Are These Ten Kings?

  • 1) The Vandals (the first horn of Daniel 7:24),
  • 2) The Heruli (the second horn of Daniel 7:24),
  • 3) The Ostrogoths (the third horn of Daniel 7:24),

History teaches us that these three kingdoms, or horns, were actually Germanic invaders who successfully overthrew Rome, establishing their own short lived empires between 429 and 554 A.D.

  • The Pope or The Little Horn (Daniel 7:24), is a new and different (or diverse), but smaller “kingdom” that functions within the Roman Empire. The little horn represents the false church which guides and controls the brutal beast of the Roman Empire (Revelation 13:11-18)! It was this little horn, or the Papacy which supplanted the first three horns (the Vandals, the Heruli, and the Ostrogoths), or subdued them – fulfilling Daniel 7:24!!!

From this point on: we should know, and REMEMBER, that the final seven horns (called “seven mountains” in reference to kingdoms, and also referred to as “seven heads” in reference to kings (Revelation 17:9-10), are, and will continue to be, controlled by the false Roman Catholic Church – the whore who sits upon the Beast!!!

10 Horns = the 10 resurrections of the Roman Empire.

7 Heads or Mountains = the last 7 of 10 Horns of the Roman Empire, CONTROLLED by the False Church!

Now let’s count kings as the Apostle John counted (Revelation 17:10)!!!

  • 4) Emperor Justinian (the fourth horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the first of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). In 554 A.D., Roman Emperor Justinian, who ruled the eastern half of the Roman Empire from Constantinople; then restored the western half of the Empire – recognizing the supremacy of the Pope! It is then that Emperor Justinian Scripturally fulfills the requirements of the fourth of ten horns, and becomes the first of seven heads of the scarlet colored beast which “the Mother of Harlots” rides (Revelation 17:3-7).
  • 5) Charlemagne, King of the Franks (the fifth horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the second of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). He was also known as Charles the Great or Charles the first, and was King of the Franks from 768 A.D., King of Italy from 774 A.D.; and from 800 A.D. was the next Emperor of Western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. Charlemagne becomes “Karolus Imperator Augustus”, thus taking his place in history, and also fulfilling Biblical Prophecy!
  • 6) Otto The Great (the sixth horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the third of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). Also known as Otto the first, he became the Duke of Saxony and the King of Germany upon his father’s death in July 936 A.D. On 25 December 961 A.D., Otto became the King of Italy, as well; and following Charlemagne’s example of coronation as “Emperor of the Romans” in 800 A.D. – Otto was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in 962 A.D., by Pope John XII in Rome! He would rule until his death in 973 A.D. Of particular note to us is that Otto unified all German tribes together, greatly expanded the king’s powers at the expense of aristocracy, reduced dukes who had been co-equals with the king, into royal subjects under his authority; and transformed the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, subjecting the clergy to his personal control! See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 / Isaiah 14:13-14! 
  • 7) Charles V of the Hapsburg Dynasty (the seventh horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the fourth of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). Charles V was heir of three of Europe’s leading dynasties and ruled over extensive domains in Central, Western, and Southern Europe. He became Lord of the Netherlands and Count Palatine of Burgundy on 25 September 1506 A.D., King of Spain on 23 January 1516 A.D. and ruled over the Spanish colonies in the Americas and in Asia. He became King of Germany on 26 October 1520 A.D., King of Italy on 22 February 1530 A.D., and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, on 24 February 1530, by the Pope! His Italian wars against the French are credited as leading to development of modern professional armies in Europe; and he is most noted for opposing the Protestant Reformation, pushing for the Convocation of the Council of Trent which began the Counter Reformation against Protestantism, and conquering the Aztecs of Mexico, the Incas of Peru, and the native tribes of the Philippines – forcing most of them to become Catholic, under penalty of death!
  • 8) Napoleon Bonaparte (the eighth horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the fifth of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). Napoleon was born on 15 August 1769 A.D., in Corsica, France; but to a family of noble Italian ancestry which settled in France in the 16th century. From 1799 until 1815 A.D. he dominated European affairs in series of conflicts known as the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon installed himself as the First Consul of France, in 1799 A.D.; making peace with the Catholic Church, he was crowned Emperor of France, at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, on Sunday 02 December 1804 A.D. in the presence of Pope Pius VII. Napoleon blended Roman Imperial pageantry (to the tune of 8.5 million francs) with the purported memory of Charlemagne; he was, in the classical French tradition of kings, consecrated with oil by the Archbishop of Reims, instead of having a coronation. Napoleon maintained his sphere of influence by making other European countries French vassal (or subordinate) states; then installing family and friends to rule over them! He was President (from 1802-1805 A.D.), then King of Italy (from 1805-1814 A.D.); Mediator of the Swiss Confederation (from 1803-1813 A.D.), and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine (from 1806-1813 A.D.). Napoleon died in exile on 05 May 1821, as a prisoner of the British, on the remote island of Saint Helena in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. So far, we have seen the Biblical fulfillment from Prophecy of eight horns, and five heads!!!

9) The Adolf Hitler’s Reich & Benito Mussolini Kingdom (the ninth horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the sixth of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9).

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen” (1-Emperor Justinian, 2-Emperor Charlemagne, 3-Emperor Otto The Great, 4-Emperor Charles V, 5-Napoleon Bonaparte), “and one is” [6-Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini – whose effects and aftermath are still the N.A.T.O. (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Europe that we see today!], “and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space” (Revelation 17:10).

This is the Europe that Satan will use in our modern era; to bring the world we know now; to its knees - in the worship of him - just before he attempts to wipe all life or make all flesh perish from the face of God’s green earth (Matthew 24:21-22 / Mark 13:19-20)!!!

Enter The Dark Prince!

Notice that this political leader, or Prince; who will become the King of The North, and also who will actually be referred to in Scripture as “the Beast”, will receive a mortal wound that should have resulted in death (political and / or physical wound?). Yet, miraculously, he will recover, survive, and thrive! And the whole world will wonder or marvel after the beast (Revelation 13:3). This sets the stage for our false prophet to take advantage of the situation and encourage the world to follow and worship the beast (Revelation 13:12-14)! Satan empowers this false prophet so that he can do genuine miracles, things that defy scientific explanation! Satan will allow the false prophet, so long as he is following the political beast (or is as the Bible says, is “in the sight of the beast”) to call fire down from heaven! Imagine the hero worship these two men will garner in the very near future!

Think of the infatuation men have had, in recent years; for Hitler, the Pope, and Ruhollah Khomeini (aka the Ayatollah – Iran’s supreme political and religious leader – and American publication: TIME magazine’s “man of the year” in 1979 A.D. - as remarkable as that may sound)!

Speaking of TIME Magazine’s men of the year… Did you know that since 1927 A.D., TIME magazine has named what they call “a notable person” each year, giving them this title; to whom they consider made the most impact in the world that year! For the sake of nostalgia, and maybe to understand just a little bit better - how the beast will come to power in our crazy world; let’s review just a notable few “men of the year”: The first year, in 1927, it was aviator Charles Lindbergh, in 1928 - Walter P. Chrysler, Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in both 1939 and 1942, Pope John XXIII in 1962, President Jimmy Carter, portrayed as a freaky Jesus Christ look-alike, with the caption: “J.C. CAN SAVE AMERICA!” in 1976, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat in 1977, the Ayatollah in 1979, Osama Bin Laden in 2001; and in both 2008 and 2012 it was Kenyan National, Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Obama) who should not have even qualified to become President of The United States; but remarkably – did it TWICE (or served two terms)! Then there was the unifying and reconciling Catholic Pope Francis, of the Great church Universal, who became Man of The Year in 2013.

To understand how TIME magazine can continue to make a profit while featuring and honoring some mass murderers, false prophets, false saviors, and even a few past kings of the North and South; is to understand how deceived our world has become under Satan’s leadership; and how far removed our society has come from watching intently and Scripturally, for Jesus Christ’s Triumphant Return! When the Beast and his False Prophet come on the world scene, they will far exceed anything any of these men have done before them! Their Wealth, Riches, Fame, Glory, and Power will exceed all of these men combined (Revelation 13:16)! Using their political / social power, military might, and false “Christian” religion, these two men will make all who dwell upon the earth - to worship Satan; and most will not realize it, until it is far too late to save themselves (Joshua 24:14-28). You see, those who worship The True God in Spirit and in Truth, they always observe and keep Sabbath on the Seventh day; NOT the first day, as they did even before the flood, and as the Beast and False Prophet will very soon mandate (Revelation 13:4-10).

Satan has already set the scene for nearly two thousand years! The Roman Catholic Church will mandate observance of Sunday, Christmas, Easter, and the Holy or Hallow Evening of Halloween! For nearly as long as Christ has had his church, the whore that sits upon the beast has been killing and persecuting those who keep the seventh day. Even today, speak the Truth about what Christmas really is, and you will find yourself opposed by almost all whom you tell! Anyone who is, or has ever celebrated Christmas, can thank the great whore that sits upon the beast for this abomination to God! If you are not absolutely clear that Christmas is a pagan / anti-God of the Bible festival, please prayerfully watch our video: The History of Christmas (at www.onug.us) or on YouTube.

It will be these two world leaders (The Beast and the False Prophet) that Satan will empower; allowing them to understand dark sentences (Daniel 8:23), and even to call fire down from heaven (Revelation 13:13)! When almost no one is left to oppose or speak out against them, the false prophet will cause the world to make an image of, and to the beast! This is the image / statue / idol that will become the Abomination of Desolation – set up in the temple the Beast shall build (Revelation 13:4-8, 12-18).

Last week and today, we read in Daniel 8:23, “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” This implies that the King of The North will rise up when God has had enough of the increasing immorality and lawlessness in western nations like the United States (those who are made up of the tribes of Israel). As the Immorality and paganism increases in Anglo-Saxon (Saxon or Sac’s sons / Isaac’s sons) nations, it will get to the point where the King of The North will rise up – then God Help Us!!!

Could the King of The North be among world leaders that sit in authority today? Could the Beast be coming to power right now? Who among those who govern already has the Biblical qualifications which Jesus said the King of The North or The Beast would have? Jesus told us the whole world will be surprised when they finally realize who the Beast is, but by then it will be too late! He told us to Watch and Pray always, so that we may be accounted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21:35-36)!!! Well, we have been watching! We know clearly where this King appears in the sequence of Daniel chapters 2 & 11!

Prior to being referred to as "the King of The North" he initially appears to be referred to as a "Prince" in Daniel 9:26-27. While a prince, he apparently has a big role in making some type of treaty with Israel (and probably also “The United States”, because Daniel 9:27 says this covenant is "with many"). The Great Tribulation cannot start before there is an actual King of the North and an actual King of the South (Daniel 11:27); and as we saw last week, with the Axis powers of W.W.II and Egypt (The Kings of The North and South), they will have an uneasy truce between themselves – for a while, to accomplish some mutual objectives (and as always, the persecution of the Jews and of the Followers of Christ, will be on that list of objectives)!!!

The Book of Daniel specifically shows that the King of the South (a confederation of peoples in North Africa and the Middle East; see Daniel 11:40-43 / Ezekiel 30:1-9) will make a deal with the King of the North, but that neither side is trustworthy; they will eventually turn on each other! Also, notice in Daniel 11:41 that Edom, Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon shall escape out of his hand! We shall see shortly that God will allow some of His Saints that flee from Judea, into the mountains, to take refuge in Petra, in Jordan, during the three and a half years of Great Tribulation!

Read our exciting and informative Bible Study on this subject for some great Scriptural insights, at www.onug.us:

Bible Study: Is Petra The Place Of Safety?

Various events in Europe and in the Middle East show us that the stage is now set to fulfill these and other Bible prophecies – in the very near future! We can watch in the news daily, that Islamic Extremists are utilizing terrorism as one of their major weapons! They have perfected this dark art of warfare, and so the Bible teaches us that terror will continue to be one of the curses that the descendants of Jacob will face for disobedience (Leviticus 26:16 / Jeremiah 15:8). We could very well see the King of the South agreeing to utilize terrorism as part of his contribution to eliminate the Anglo-nations (which are those with the “most strong holds” or “strongest fortresses”, which are, according to Scripture, to be destroyed)!

There is prophesized to come, a strange alliance or treaty that the end-time King of The North will make with the King of The South; yet it will not last, as they both have mischief and lies in their hearts (Daniel 11:27)! Strangely, something upsets the King of the North, even though it seems like - he feels that he made a very good deal (Daniel 11:28). We see that the King of The North’s heart is “moved against the holy covenant”, which may be referring to when some of God's True Church are inspired by God to warn the public about what the deal in Daniel 11:27 is really all about! This is a little clearer to understand in the CEV or Contemporary English Version:

“Then the king of the north will return to his country with great treasures. But on the way, he will attack the religion of God's people and do whatever else he pleases” (Daniel 11:28). Referring to ONUG’s timeline chart (attached to this study in the PDF version), this is when God’s people must be sealed, or they will suffer persecution - resulting in martyrdom! There seems as if there are two separate persecutions of God’s people by this King of The North. First, before he fully takes power – this is a warning to God’s People; then the second persecution, which happens AFTER God’s people are sealed, and the Great Tribulation begins! In order to fully recognize these two events, we must clearly understand who God’s Biblically defined People are!

If you have not already read our Bible Studies on what “52/7 Sanctification” means, we invite you to go to www.onug.us and read:

BIBLE STUDY: The Wedding Guests, And The Ten Virgins

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The religion of God’s people, or the holy covenant, is NOT referring to the Jews or even to “Christianity” as the world now defines it today! Remember God rejected the Jews as future Kings and Priests in the World Tomorrow, when they put to death Christ who came show them the error of their religious ways (Hosea 4:6). Jesus founded a new church, His Body; who, if they followed His personal example in all things, would become Priests after the First Resurrection (Revelation 5:10 / 1 Peter 2:1-9).

Since it is the religion of The First Century Church of God that historically is the "religion of God's people", or the holy covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-33 / 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6 / Hebrews 8:6-10, 10:14-18) – Those who have the Spirit of God dwelling inside them, washed by Christ’s Blood, and who fulfill the New Covenant by Obeying The Same Law, now written on their hearts and in their minds (Hebrews 10:16), just as Jesus kept the Father’s Law; this Scripture is obviously and specifically referring to The Most Faithful of God’s True Church (Luke 1:71-75, 6:46)! It appears that the members of God’s True Church are teaching something publicly that the King of The North does not want to be widely known; otherwise why would this new world leader bother with such a small, little or insignificant flock of sheep (Luke 12:32)? This is right at the start of the Great Tribulation, when God’s end-time work will be limited to only the Two Witnesses.

Satan begins to scatter the People of God (Daniel 12:7); and so God seals and protects His Flock in a Place of Safety, to await the arrival of Jesus Christ (Daniel 12:12)! The Fifth Seal or the wholesale martyrdom of the Saints cannot begin until God’s Seals His People (Revelation 7:1-3)!

This is also the time when the King of The North and the False Prophet will be allowed by God to enforce worldwide, Roman church laws, change times, and persecute unto death the unprotected Saints of the Most High (Daniel 7:24-25). Lukewarm Saints will not go to a Place of Safety; they will be spit from God’s mouth, right into The Great Tribulation (Revelation 3:14-19)!

We should see now that the treaty which the King of The North and the King of The South will sign, and the first persecution of God’s people by the King of The North; act as a warning to God’s people - that the time is near, when those in Jerusalem must flee to the mountains to avoid being taken captive by the King of The North’s Armies (Matthew 24:15-16 / Luke 21:20-22, 17:30-31).

Europeans must flee too!

God will provide ample opportunity for those Saints living in Europe, the land of The King of The North; those who are watching world events in the light of Scripture, to also know when it will be time for them to flee from Europe (Zechariah 2:6-7). The Holy Spirit within some of God’s Elect, will convict them to flee European lands, which will become increasingly dominated by the rising King of The North; this will happen prior to him moving to Jerusalem.

When The King of The North returns to his own land, after signing a treaty with the King of The South, and the first persecution of the Saints begins; God’s elect will flee Europe! Notice Daniel 11:28-30. Scripture tells us that at the time appointed, the King of The North will return again to Jerusalem – this time with military force! But the ships of Chittim (also known as Kittim in Hebrew; also as Cethimus or Cethim) shall come against him (or drive him back)!

We should know that Kittim is the son of Javan, or the grandson of Japeth, and Noah’s great-grandson! See Genesis 10:1-5. Even back then, “by these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands”. They were always a seafaring people. Flavius Josephus, around 100 A.D., recorded the following about Chittim:

“Cethimus (son of Javan) possessed the islands Cethima: it is now called Cyprus [in modern day Greece]; and from that it is that all islands, and the greatest part of the sea-coasts, are named Cethim by the Hebrews; and one city there is in Cyprus that has been able to preserve its denomination; it has been called Citius by those who use the language of the Greeks, and has not, by use of that dialect, escaped the name of Cethim.”

We can also see in Scripture (Jeremiah 2:10 / Ezekiel 27:6), that centuries before Josephus wrote, the expression “Isles of Kittim (or Chittim)” had already become a general descriptor for the Mediterranean Islands!

Who do the ships of Chittim belong to?

In the 21st century, the U.S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence and “blue-water navy” which deploys in areas such as East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. A blue-water navy is defined as, "a maritime force capable of sustained operation across the deep waters of open oceans. A blue-water navy allows a country to project power far from the home country and usually includes one or more aircraft carriers”. As of October 2014, the U.S. Navy was estimated to be larger than the next 13 largest navies in terms of battle fleet tonnage, in terms of major combatant numbers it falls into second place behind the Chinese Navy. The U.S. Navy currently has the world’s largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten carriers in service, with two under construction, and eight more planned. As of this date, the U.S. Navy is the ONLY naval force capable of qualifying to fit the Biblical definition of the “ships of Chittim” or Flavius Josephus’ definition of “Kittim” as applied to “the West in general, but especially the seafaring West”!!!

So when we see the U.S. Navy drive back the King of The North (Assyria or Asshur – or modern day Germany. Look at Numbers 24:24), and he begins his anger against God’s most faithful (hopefully most will have studied as we are, and will understand these passages of Scripture by then); then we will see True Followers of Christ leaving Europe to escape! Some will begin to leave as they understand what we have read today; others will wait until the interpretation is undeniable! Many will go to Judea (eventually fleeing to Petra); others will come to the wilderness – to the continent now known as the United States of America (Revelation 12:13-14 / Matthew 10:22-28). And so we preach while it is yet still light, and we preach from the house tops – to all who have ears and can LISTEN!!! Warning the world who the King of The North is, and that he is fulfilling Bible prophecy when he does all of these things. God will open up the door for His Church to preach the Real Gospel of His Coming Kingdom, in such a powerful way that most can only imagine! The True Gospel will go worldwide, with boldness, and with extreme clarity, because God Himself says so; to warn the world to repent and to save themselves from the terrible destruction to come! During the last three and a half years before the Beast comes to power, all the world will know and have heard the Gospel that Jesus Christ came to bring; because we are going to be empowered by God to do just that (Matthew 24:14)!!! This is the "short work" of Romans 9:28 that God will accomplish through His Son’s Most Faithful Followers!!!! Amen!!!

Reading Daniel 11:30 one does not get the impression of a major naval battle taking place; instead, one is left with the understanding that a show of force or naval blockade intimidates the King of The North (he is grieved and shall return home – passive words more appropriate to a stalemate than a battle). However, he does return again and this time achieves his military objective (Jeremiah 4:5-22, 10:22). If the ships of Chittim are in fact those of the United States, one is left to wonder why they are not able to stop the King of The North the second time he comes on Jerusalem. The answer is found in Daniel 11:31-36, as we see the Beast being magnified by Satan to do according to his will and shall prosper until the 42 months, or the indignation be accomplished; simply because God has ordained it so! Notice in Daniel 11:38-39, the King of The North now openly denies any attachment or resemblance to Biblical Christianity, even the false Christianity of the Catholic Church which initially helped him rise to power! All the facades come down; the King of The North now openly worships Lucifer the fallen cherub as his god (Revelation 17:11)!!! Satan is now clearly revealed as the mastermind behind all of the ten kings that ruled over the Holy Roman Empire, especially the seven last kings – because he is the eighth king, and is of the seven previous kings! Only Satan can go into perdition – flesh and blood humans will simply burn up and die there, turning to ashes in the Lake of Fire! Finally, we see the Beast and his final ten kings turn completely on the Catholic Church to destroy her. She has served her purpose, catapulting the Beast to power; now that the Beast or King of The North is openly worshipping Satan – all useful idiots can now be violently destroyed (Revelation 17:15-18)!!!

The End of The United States?

It seems in Daniel 11:38-39, that the King of The North, now clearly The Beast; is empowered by Satan (the god of forces) to openly throw down “the most strong” holds or places. Certainly the United States, using our current time in history, qualifies as one of the most strong places on earth! In answering the question, “Why is the U.S. not able to stop the Beast during his second assault on Jerusalem?” It is possible that the Beast makes a deceptive deal with a major Western power (probably the United States) which will ultimately allow it to destroy the U.S., or at least critically weaken it, and its English speaking allies - enough so that they no longer possess a major threat to the Beast. Remember the Beast is given supernatural powers by Satan to conquer many peoples. Possibly at this time, the U.S. Military is now fighting domestic battles to keep their homelands from being overrun by the Beast’s troops! In any case, Scripture tells us that the U.S. will not be able to stop the Beast a second time (Matthew 10:16-25)!

Students of the Bible should know who the people of the U.S. are descendants of, and know their Biblical roots! That said, parts of the U.S. will certainly be overrun, and the land divided for gain, or for natural resources which will be scarce during the Beast’s three and a half year reign (Jeremiah 30:1-8). Remember the legs and feet of iron and miry clay; the Beast will not be able to have total control of all the lands he conquers!

All is not lost!!! Remember Jesus Christ’s Words in Matthew 10:23! Let’s also read Psalm 91:1-16 / Isaiah 26:20-21 / Psalm 23:1-6, which are some of my favorite comfort verses of how God will protect His Church from the Beast during the Great Tribulation! When God puts a hedge of protection around you, after sealing you for a Place of Safety – wherever that may be; we will feast while those around us are slaughtered by Satan (Psalm 23:1-6)! Rejoice in God’s Great Promises! Tremble with FEAR that you may not be accounted worthy to escape (Psalm 111:10)!!!! Stay 52 / 7 Sanctified at ALL COSTS!!!

The Man Of Sin; The Son Of Perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12):

We have learned much over the last two months of Bible Studies dealing with the Last Days as foretold by Jesus and His Apostles and Prophets! We have compared Scripture with History and actually identified past kings of the north and even past emperors of The Holy Roman Empire. Scripture tells us there will come one more king; one more Emperor of the Last Revival of The Holy Roman Empire – and he will be accompanied by his Pope too!

Jesus told us to Watch, and to Pray Always, and to discern from Scripture - the times and the people that will come in the years ahead. Let us conclude today’s Study by comparing everything we have learned so far to current world events, and see if we can find ourselves a “prospect” or someone who has many of the qualities Jesus said our future King of The North, and the Beast of Revelation, would have as they bring this world on a crash course to a climactic battle with a Returning Jesus Christ!

While we cannot be absolutely sure, as of this date, who the final King of The North will be; we can look at candidates of interest! Those whom God is calling to serve Him in the World Tomorrow, should exercise Wisdom, and begin to qualify and eliminate candidates, as Jesus instructed us to!

My pick today of the possible candidate for King of The North, is a 21st century politician, and the former German Defense Minister, Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg; born on 05 December 1971! And you thought you had a long name! For the sake of brevity, let’s just refer to him here as “Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg”. :o)

Guttenberg became Germany’s Minister for Economics and Technology on 10 February 2009 A.D. Shortly thereafter a magazine article about him said,

“The rise of China may in the future demand more forceful leadership in the West. Given the realities of geo-economics, it is not inconceivable that a far more dynamic leader such as German Economics Minister Karl Theodor von und zu Guttenberg might one day be in charge!”

Why the interest? Well, if we go back in time just five centuries, China and India ruled the global economy. Turkey dominated the world of Islam. Then from nowhere, Europe suddenly came together under the leadership of the young and dynamic Charles V of the Habsburg Dynasty (Remember, he was the seventh horn or king of the Roman Empire, Daniel 7:24; and the fourth of seven heads or mountains controlled by Rome, Revelation 17:9). Charles sought to halt the expansion of Islam, defend European civilization, unite the continent and forge a Latin American empire. Europe enjoyed a global reach under his reign, not only by military might but by "soft power" and diplomacy.

History is about to repeat itself!

If America declines (and it is currently a nation in deep debt), how will Europe fill the power vacuum, and deal with the Chinese challenge? The Bible clearly tells us that the future belongs to someone else on top; and it is NOT America! We also know that a new world ruler must emerge on the world scene, and he must come from Europe, from the lineage of the old Roman Empire!

Let’s see how our prospect Guttenberg matches up: 

  Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Political Experience:

  • A Member of the German Parliament from 2002 until his resignation on 01 March 2011.
  • Briefly held the post of Secretary General
  • Appointed as Minster of Economics and Technology
  • Served as Minister of Defense
  • Is the grandson of two well-known politicians
  • A great-great-uncle, Karl Ludwig zu Guttenberg, took part in the plot to kill Hitler and was executed after the plot failed in 1944 A.D. Because one of his relatives was involved in a plot against Hitler, he may be perceived as less of a threat than others with a German background
  • He is considered an expert in foreign policy, with additional expertise in economics
  • Was the most popular politician in Germany in 2010; a fact that suggests that he has a certain charisma that would be consistent with that which is expected for the final Beast (Daniel 8:23-25; 11:23-24)
  • He is considered to be a smooth talking attractive leader
  • Some of his entertainment actions suggest that beneath his exterior he may have certain "vile" tendencies (Daniel 11:21)
  • He resigned in June 2010 just before news broke that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis, spending time out of country
  • However, he received an appointment in the European Union in December 2012, indicating his political career is not over.
  • The CSU Party in Germany asked him to run for political office in 2013.
  • He rose to very powerful positions quite quickly in the past, and may just do that again in European politics in the future

Military:

  • Joined the German Army after high school (23 Mountain Infantry Brigade); left as a Reserve Sergeant
  • Was later the Minister of Defense for Germany in 2010, and called for reforms in N.A.T.O., "We speak too much and achieve too little!”
  • When German Foreign Minister Westerwelle called for the EU to proceed with plans for a European army under the Lisbon Treaty, which he dubbed “the beginning and not the end” of a common security and defense policy; Guttenberg followed up by calling N.A.T.O.’s practice of unanimous decision-making “Absurd!” .
  • Baron Guttenberg wants N.A.T.O. changed, so that decisions can be made without the 68 year old safeguard - of all Member Nations agreeing! This may indicate the Guttenberg has “dictatorial” tendencies; a trait we see the King of The North will have too
  • The King of the North will realize by the time of the U.S. Naval Blockade that the United States and its British-descended allies are not supportive of his Middle East actions. Thus, apparently some type of pre-emptive strike will be launched to eliminate them. This "surprise attack" approach has been used by German and other armies throughout history, of which Guttenberg is very familiar. The King of The North will destroy those who are perceived to have the strongest military might and apparently divide up their lands (Daniel 11:39). The strongest fortresses in the world belong to the USA, and to a much lesser extent, its English-speaking allies
  • The King of the North will probably proclaim “peace and safety” while plotting for the sudden destruction of those opposing him (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11). This sudden destruction is likely to include a nuclear attack, and could possibly happen in conjunction with a NATO exercise that would catch the U.S.A. and its Anglo-allies off guard. This would be the beginning of World War III, which Scripture tells us will eventually claim at least half of the world’s population at the hands of the King of The North!

Family:

  • Born in Munich (Middle Europe), he lived at his family castle in Guttenberg, Bavaria which has been in the possession of the Guttenbergs since 1482 A.D.
  • He is a member of the House of Guttenberg, first documented in 1158 A.D., and conferred the rank of Baron by the Holy Roman Emperor in 1700 A.D.
  • Since the adoption of Germany’s Weimar Constitution in 1919 which abolished nobility’s privileges, Karl Guttenberg is now referred to as “Baron” by courtesy and tradition only. The understanding that his title means "Baron of the Holy Roman Empire" is interesting as the Book of Revelation describes a power that would resemble a re-emergence of "the Holy Roman Empire"
  • He is a descendant of the Habsburg line of rulers. The Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were also from the Habsburg lineage
  • He may also be entitled to use the "King of Jerusalem" title which Otto von Habsburg held
  • His blood line crosses into various countries of Europe (at least Germany, France, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Croatia).
  • In July 2011, Guttenberg bought another family home in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • In February 2000, he married Stephanie Schonhausen, the great-great-granddaughter of Germany’s first Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. They have two daughters
  • Both he and his wife have many political connections

Religion:

  • Guttenberg is a non-strict Catholic; his wife is Lutheran Protestant. She did not convert before marriage as the Catholic church required
  • He seems to have ecumenical tendencies or the idea that there should be a single Church, as opposed Christian churches separated by doctrine, history, and practice. This is a trait the final beast will have as well
  • He has the right to select the priest for his town parish.  Hence, the idea that political leaders should be involved with religion is something he was raised up believing. A leader combining church and state is prophesied in Daniel 11:37-38 and Revelation 13
  • Guttenberg’s wife, Stephanie, the head of a leading child protection group, recently called on the state to get tougher on child sexual abuse rather than leave it to the Church. “Priests and clergymen are citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, and if a citizen here commits a crime, then they must be punished through the institutions of the state”, she told reporters at a fundraising event. Now if her husband, Baron Guttenberg has a similar opinion, he may feel that the state has the obligation to be above the Catholic Church; a view that seems consistent with one that the King of The North will have (Daniel 11:36-38).

We have learned over the last few weeks to watch world events as Jesus instructed His Church, in many places in Scripture to do. With diligence, intelligence, and intensity. Likewise, we also have learned who the Man of Sin, or the Son of Perdition is in Scripture; who his false prophet will be. Now it is up to you and I to identify these specific events as they come to pass; and to identify these world leaders as they stand up!

Naturally, we cannot know for sure, at this moment in time, that Karl Guttenberg is the Prince, who becomes the King of The North; but Karl is a Prince no the less; and he does possess many of the requirements and pedigree that the King of The North must have. By using him as a candidate and vetting him as we have; we have begun to develop a valuable skill set that we will need to fulfill one of our end-time mandates from Christ: that is to Identify the King of The North – and to WARN the world of his coming actions – and of God’s Fierce End-Time Wrath upon ALL who follow him!!!

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man!” (Luke 21:34-36).

 

 

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