Interest in the Kings of the North and the South is well founded as the culmination of their prophetic roles signals the onset of the time of Jacob’s trouble and may well unravel a third of a millennia from now, near and a little beyond the horizon line of where the third century ends and the next begins [Jeremiah 30:7].
The Book of Daniel contains the single longest prophecy in the Bible, that chronicles thousands of years and on into the future. The early part of the chapter references Greece or Javan – somewhat confusingly – as it is not the son of Japheth but actually the Greco-Macedonian Empire and its confrontation with the existing, ruling Medo-Persian Empire ending in 331 BCE.
The players of north and south, subtly change over the centuries. These identities of the past have been well researched, so I will not include them here. Then towards the end of Daniel chapter eleven, the Kings of the North and South shift from a Mediterranean – Middle Eastern – orientation to an imminent global power struggle.
Though not stated as such in the Bible, there is of sorts, a King of the West. This nation is a behemoth on the world stage, though for not much longer. Within a sixty-five year period, the pride of its power will decline and fail and with that, it’s fall [Isaiah 7:8]. Its final demise will be spectacular, sudden, devastating and completed at the hands of the King of Assyria [Isaiah 7:17, Hosea 11:5].
The prevalent view amongst identity adherents and fundamentalist Christians has been that Asshur as ‘the instrument of God’s wrath’ in bringing Israel to its knees in repentance – past and future – is the nation of Germany and the German peoples. Yet geography, history, migration with mtDNA and Y-DNA Haplogroups, show that the Germans are actually Ishmael [refer Chapter XXVIII Ishmael].
As the dominant nation of the descendants of Peleg – son of Eber from Arphaxad a son of Shem in Western Europe – centrally placed Germany is also the leading nation of Joktan’s descendants also from Eber, in Eastern Europe. In the future, a German led European Union will ally itself with the Assyrians.
The prophet Balaam provides a future prophecy on these specific nations, including Kitti, son of Javan, from Japheth.
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‘But ships shall come from Kittim and shall afflict [H6031 – anah] Asshur and Eber; and he too shall come to utter destruction.”’
It is in fact Russia who is Asshur and modern day Assyria [refer Chapter XX Asshur]. Russia is both the King of the North and the instrument of God’s wrath against Israel and Judah. The Hebrew word for afflict, means: ‘to afflict, abase’ or ‘humble (one self).’
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‘And he will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.’
Isaiah 10:5, 24-25
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‘5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury…
24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did. 25 For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction.’
There are only two nations in the northern hemisphere that could at a certain point in the future, possess the military and economic wherewithal to inflict a captivity of this magnitude on the modern nations of Israel and Judah. The nation of Germany is not in the north.
Amos 6:8-9, 11, 14
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‘… declares the Lord, the God of hosts: “I abhor the pride of Jacob and hate his strongholds, and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.”… And if ten men remain in one house, they shall die… and the great house shall be struck down into fragments, and the little house into bits. “For behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord, the God of hosts; “and they shall oppress you…’
The other contender nation China, already has its own predetermination as we will learn. The Assyrians are given their mission as Israel’s punisher from the Creator, though as they relish the role, their demise is also predicted.
We then read further, on the King of the North in Daniel. The whole of chapter eleven is worth reading, though for brevity the key verses are the following.
Daniel 11: 15, 18, 25, 29-31, 40, 42-44:
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‘Then the king of the north shall come… Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them… And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him…’
The King of the North finds reason to attack the coastlands or isles which in the Bible are always associated with the far East. In this case, southeast Asia. Isaiah 66:19, ESV: ‘… to Tarshish , Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory…’ Pul, is not a mis-translation of Put [Phut]. It is a name of a king – a King of Asshur and a reference to Assyria. Russia then turns its attention to the King of the South and defeats them in their first encounter.
‘At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant… and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate [Matthew 24:15].’
The interlinear says: ‘For ships Chittim shall come…’ It does not include ‘of’ or ‘from’ in the Hebrew, though I consider the inference is from more than that of, Kittim. Sometimes translated unhelpfully, as ships from the west. Some have then mistakenly translated Kittim as Cyprus or Italy. Kitti today is Indonesia [refer Chapter VII Javan & Chapter VIII Kitti].
We learned earlier in Numbers 24:24, that ships from Kitti inflict a loss on Asshur and Eber – an alliance of Russia and a German led Europe.
At some point, Kitti is either part of those nations amalgamated as the King of the South, and Indonesia’s military and naval power is formidable enough to fight Russia and Europe, or more likely, the verse is a veiled reference to a naval cavalcade, of various confederate nations travelling from a base in Kittim. It is plausible that Indonesia could accommodate a military and naval presence within its strategically positioned borders in southeast Asian waters. This enlargement of the King of the South alliance creates a powerful navy, that wins a confrontation against the King of the North, scaring them into retreat.
Modern navies since the last century have considerably more impact in any escalation than in the past, as they not only provide an effective means of transporting soldiers and military hardware, they include the critical strike potency afforded through the combined use of aircraft carriers and their jet fighter aircraft.
In wrathful response, the abomination of desolation is committed and marks the beginning of the great tribulation some thirty days later and a final three and one half year period [a prophetic 1260 days] before the Son of Man returns [Daniel 9:27, 12:11, Matthew 24:21-22].
“At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships… He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt [Mizra] shall not escape. He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans [Phut] and the Cushites shall follow in his train. But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction.’
The King of the North clashes for a third time with the King of the South, who this time is the aggressor – bolstered by winning the second exchange – attacking Russia with its allies. Notice the King of the North is prepared with ‘many ships’ and wins the third and final conflagration. Mizra are the Arab nations, led by Egypt, Phut is Pakistan and Cush is India [refer Chapters XIII Cush & Phut and XIV Mizra]. India though is not aligned with the King of the South. Russia gains control of Arab assets, for instance oil reserves. The threat from the northeast, is an East Asian alliance, led by China.
New English Translation
‘Men of Persia [Elam], Lud, and Put [Pakistan] were in your army, men of war. They hung shield and helmet on you; they gave you your splendor.’
Lud a son of Shem, is associated with Elam and Phut geographically and militarily a number of times in the Bible. All the verses that mention them are connected with warfare. It is not a surprise therefore to discover that Lud is the modern militaristic state of Iran [refer Chapter XVII Lud]. Their relationship with Pakistan and Elam falls into place in the jig-saw of who comprises the King of the South; as Elam is the nation of Turkey [refer Chapter XVIII Elam].
What is worth noting, from Ezekiel 27:10, is that Turkey, Iran and Pakistan are the heart and core of the future Islamic Alliance that is referred to in the Book of Daniel, as the King of the South. Peripheral players in this powerful confederacy, may well include other major Islamic nations of Egypt [Pathros from Mizra], Bangladesh [Havilah from Cush] and Indonesia [Kitti from Javan].
There are a handful of contender nations for leader of the Muslim world: population wise, Bangladesh and Indonesia; diplomatically wise as in gaining pan-Arab support, Egypt; militarily, Pakistan and critically, ideologically wise, Iran. The last two would appear favourites and Iran has the edge maybe, in religious zealotry and militancy compared with Pakistan.
On the fringes because of its ostensibly more western footing is Turkey. How it would fit into an Islamic alliance is not as clear cut, unless economic clout is considered foremost. Potential leader can not be ruled out particularly as its economy [19th biggest GDP in the world], though marginally behind Indonesia [at 16th] and Saudi Arabia [at 18th], is growing to soon make it the dominant nation of the South.
Turkey is included in the Next Eleven countries that are projected to dominate the global economy in the middle of the twenty-first century. Other N-11 nations coincidentally, include Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan. Most of the group’s total gross domestic product derives from Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and yes, Turkey. These Islamic nations are the fastest growing major economies of the next generation along with the burgeoning economies of the BRIC nations of Brazil, India, China and forebodingly, Russia.
India is discussed in the Bible and has a vital role to play as the Queen of the South; a powerful counterpoint to the King of the South.
‘The Queen of the South (Sheba) [Sheba & Dedan of Cush] will stand up [as a witness] at the judgment against this [last] generation, and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and now, something greater than Solomon is here [the Messiah].’
The term Queen of the South is a tantalising clue as it confirms the status of India on the world stage, while at the same time excluding it from the future union of Islamic nations incorporating the King of the South: Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt and their allies Indonesia and Bangladesh [refer Chapter XII Cush & Phut].
The alliance led by China, is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
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‘The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.’
The Kings of the East comprise China, North Korea – or sensationally, a united Korea – and much of continental southeast Asia, such as Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. At this juncture, after the King of the North has conclusively and systematically defeated the King of the South, the Queen of the South and having already dispatched the King of the West, China decides to impede Russia’s rush towards total global dominion.
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‘And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.’
China is comprised of Japheth’s sons Magog, Meshech and Tubal [refer Chapter X Magog, Tubal & Meshech]. Magog, Tubal & Meshech are located in the North [Daniel 11:44] and in the East [Revelation 16:12]. Magog is described in Ezekiel chapters thirty-eight and thirty-nine and Revelation 20:1–10. Only one nation in the world could be the correct match.
Gog is a future ruler of Magog – quite literally, a de-magog-ue.
Definition of a demagogue: ‘a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.’
This leader is suspiciously reminiscent of a Nephil.
There are in fact two wars predicted, involving Magog:
1. Towards the end of the Great tribulation at the battle of Armageddon, Magog with the Kings of the East, faces off against the King of the North
2. At the end of a millennial period of peace, Magog and its allies attack, not the present day state of Israel and the Jews, but rather true Israel descended from the sons of Jacob
We have previously discussed the Statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, with the Medes [Madai – Turkic-Mongols] and the Persians [Elam – Turkey] being the chest and arms of Silver. The head of gold synonymous with the Babylonian Chaldean Empire – from the descendants of Abraham’s brother Nahor – and the torso and thighs of bronze equating to the Greco-Macedonian Empire – the descendants of Abraham’s nephew Lot. Each descending metal, less valuable but more robust than the one previous. In Daniel 2:33, 40 NET, it says:
‘Its legs were of iron… Then there will be a fourth kingdom, one strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything, and as iron breaks in pieces all these metals, so it will break in pieces and crush the others.’
The legs of iron, are much stronger than the bronze of the Greco-Macedonians, yet not as culturally sophisticated or resplendent. It would be unusually conspicuous if the Assyrians were missing from the statue, as other major European powers are included as we have investigated.
The two legs represent the division of the Roman Empire. One leg of iron is the Western Roman Empire centred in Rome and represents the descendants of Ishmael – the Germans. The other leg is the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium and this leg represents the descendants of Asshur – the Russians. [refer Chapters XX Asshur and XXVIII Ishmael].
Excerpt from an answer to questions asked on Quora: What is the meaning of Daniel chapter 11? and What does the Bible mean about “Queen of the South”?
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