QUESTION: Robert, when do you see the coming fatal blow to the 7th head, and is there a name attached to the deliverer of it?
The short answer is, no one knows the day or hour. And the name attached to the “deliverer” of the mortal blow is “the tyrant and tyrants of the nations.”
This ought to raise a few questions in the minds of inquisitive persons, such as what is the seventh head? Who are the “tyrants”? An explanation is in order.
The need for a clearer understanding of the two questions posed by the inquirer is all the more necessary given the less than adequate explanations proffered by the Watchtower. To underscore the need for clarity simply ask one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, even a knowledgeable elder or a Governing Body member, regarding when the seventh head of the beast is struck with a mortal blow.
Of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the fatal blow was delivered to the head of the multi-headed wild beast during the First World War. In other words, evidently it was a non-event —completely forgettable. We might rightly wonder why God saw fit to even mention it. Think of it, the Watchtower teaches that the Anglo-American duo is what is symbolized by the seventh head of the beast and supposedly the victors of WWI suffered a catastrophic deathblow, but somehow miraculously recovered.
Like all other prophecy, the reason the Watchtower is compelled to concoct this sort of cockamamie fusion of pseudo history and prophecy is because the mortal blow to the head of the beast coincides with the overthrow of Satan and the demons from heaven, which occurs as a result of the Kingdom coming to power, which the Watchtower insists took place in 1914.
But a little study of history might help dispel the Watchtower’s sacred 1914 mythos from your mind.
As we know, the seven-headed beast symbolizes the series of empires that have wielded power over God’s people beginning with Egypt, then Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and the Roman empire, with the British Empire emerging as the Neo Roman Empire in the latter part of the 18th century, from which the American colonies broke away.
All of the empires that existed (excepting the present) were toppled by the empires that succeeded them, in one way or the other. For example, Babylon conquered Assyria. The Medes and Persians under Cyrus overthrew Babylon in one night. Alexander the Great defeated Persia. And the four kingdoms that resulted from the breakup of Alexander’s empire after his untimely death were ultimately overwhelmed by the ascendency of Rome. So, thinking Jehovah’s Witnesses might ponder the question: What nation or empire defeated the British Empire or America during the First World War? The question is absurd, really, since it is common knowledge that The U.S., Britain and France were the victors of that Great War, as well as the Second World War that began 21 years later.
Given the incapability of Jehovah’s Witnesses of reasoning on even the simple historical facts such as these I suppose it is at least a hopeful sign that an individual had the wherewithal to ask when we might expect the future fulfillment of the prophecy.
WHEN DOES THE FUTURE BEGIN?
Exactly 20 years ago this coming October for no particular reason I picked up the Bible and started reading in the middle of the book of Ezekiel. Specifically, I started reading at chapters 26 thru 32 regarding the fall of Tyre and Egypt. And it immediately became apparent to me that Tyre and Egypt represent London and America, respectively, during the time of the end.
When Ezekiel penned his prophecy Egypt was no longer the dominate power, having been subjugated by Assyria. But around 605 BCE the combined Egyptian and resurgent Assyrian armies were soundly defeated at the Battle of Carchemish by the Babylonians. That decisive battle opened the way for Babylon to eventually topple Judah, Tyre and Egypt, along with numerous other nations like Philistia, Moab, Edom and Ammon —all of which was foretold in prophecy.
In the 31st chapter Ezekiel likened Egypt to a towering cedar tree, more majestic than any other tree in Jehovah’s garden of tree-like nations. All the peoples lived under the shade of that tree and were envious of its beauty and stature. That description aptly fits America now, touted as the greatest nation that has ever existed. As the supposed champion of freedom, opportunity and prosperity, America has exerted its influence around the world, so much so that many people have sought to immigrate or emulate, thus living under the shadow of the mighty, shade-casting cedar. Ezekiel symbolized “Egypt” this way: “All the birds of the sky nested in its boughs, all the wild animals of the field gave birth under its branches, and all the populous nations were dwelling in its shade. It became majestic in beauty and in the length of its branches, for its roots went down into abundant waters. No other cedars in the garden of God could compare to it. None of the juniper trees had boughs like it, and none of the plane trees could match its branches.”
Because of its extreme arrogance, though, God commanded that the towering Egyptian cedar be cut down. Who is assigned the task? Ezekiel reveals the answer: “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘Because it became so tall, lifting its top among the clouds, and its heart became arrogant because of its height, I will hand it over to the mighty ruler of the nations. He will surely act against it, and I will reject it for its wickedness. And foreigners, the most ruthless of the nations, will cut it down…”
In the fifth century B.C.E. the mighty ruler of the nations was Nebuchadnezzar. But the prophecy notes that he is accompanied by “foreigners, the most ruthless of the nations.” That most likely came in the form of the Medes and other mercenary troops that accompanied the Chaldean hordes.
But why ought Jehovah’s Witnesses believe this somewhat obscure prophecy has any relevance for us now? Well, because the Watchtower says it does. The reason it does is because the language of the prophecy indicates that the ultimate fulfillment has to do with the coming of Christ and the day of Jehovah. For example, the opening words of the 30th chapter say: “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Wail, ‘Alas, the day is coming!’ For the day is near, yes, a day of Jehovah is near. It will be a day of clouds, an appointed time of nations.””
Also: “‘And when you are extinguished I will cover the heavens and darken their stars. I will cover the sun with clouds, and the moon will not give its light. I will darken all the shining luminaries in the heavens because of you, and I will cover your land with darkness,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.” —Ezekiel 32:7-8
Bible students will quickly recognize the similarity with what Jesus said concerning the sun turning dark, the moon turning to blood and the stars falling from heaven after the tribulation in those days. Likewise, the opening of the sixth seal brings about the same apocalyptic phenomenon. Clearly, the sudden downfall of Egypt is a precursor to the tribulation and the ultimate day of Jehovah.
So, what does Egypt symbolize? According to the Watchtower it symbolizes all the nations that will be destroyed at Armageddon. And the mighty tyrant of the nations who will chop it down represents none other than Jesus Christ! Suffice to say that the Watchtower does not quite have things in proper focus.
First, Egypt is portrayed as being unlike any other nation, towering over the lesser trees of the world garden of nations. That being so, Egypt represents the greatest nation in comparison to lesser nations, not all the nations.
What is more, the prophecy relates the impact the fall of Egypt will have on people of the world, as expressed at Ezekiel 32:9-10: “I will distress the hearts of many peoples when I lead your captives to other nations, to lands that you have not known. I will cause many peoples to be awestruck, and their kings will shudder in horror over you when I brandish my sword before them. They will tremble continually, each fearing for his life, on the day of your downfall.” Needless to say, the kings of the earth will not shudder in horror after the nations are destroyed on the battlefield of Armageddon.
Moreover, since Nebuchadnezzar was the typical tyrant that Jehovah appointed as the executer of his judgments on the nations of antiquity the King of Babylon represent the last king, the eighth king, the final manifestation of the king of the north, the little horn that supplants three horns, and the fierce looking king that brings the mighty ones of this world to ruin. Obviously, the impotent League of Nations did not bring the high and mighty to ruin, nor has its successor —the United Nations.
A bit more history is in order: After the 13 British colonies broke free from the Crown and formed the United States of America, London set about on a generations-long scheme to reacquire their possession. There was the War of 1812, when the British burned down the Whitehouse. Then there was the American Civil War. The British sponsored and supported the Confederacy in an effort to divide and conquer. When that scheme failed to achieve the desired result and America embarked on a great nation-building project that began to be emulated around the world, particularly by Germany and Russia, King Edward the VII began setting up Europe for the Great War that erupted in 1914.
One year prior to the beginning of WWI British agents succeeded in foisting a privately owned central bank upon America, a scheme that made the government indebted to foreign financiers. No sooner had the Federal Reserve been put into place the financiers, whom FDR called “the economic royalists,” brought about the Great Depression.” Along with that after the war the lords of London embarked upon a scheme to inject America with British imperialism. Thus, various think tanks were setup to ostensibly foster British-American relations, but in reality were/are intended to re-educate American leaders; most notable among these institutions is the Council on Foreign Relations.
With the breakup of the post WWII Bretton Woods fixed exchange system in 1971 and the repeal of Glass Steagall in 1999, now after a century of British subversion, Wall Street, an arm of the City of London, has at last succeeded in bringing the USA to the brink of financial ruin and total subjugation, and with it the entirely of the Trans-Atlantic system.
While it is no secret that the British Empire is allied with the most ruthless nations in the world, such as Saudi Arabia and all the wealthy Arab kingdoms that London set up after WWI, and that London is the center for international money-laundering, which directly funds global terrorism, most recently with the Brexit from the EU the Crown is moving to ally itself with China with the apparent intention of becoming the primary financial center for Chinese dominance after the smoke and dust settles from the crash of the present Anglo-American dominated system.
So, when may we expect the death blow to come? Soon. Very soon.
And who is the mighty tyrant or tyrants of the nations? Behind the British Crown stands a handful of ultra wealthy financiers who owe no allegiance to any nation, who have only one driving ambition – to rule the world. With their alliance that is now forming with China it is apparent that the intent is to foreclose upon the debtors —America being the foremost debtor nation. This will come even at the cost of destroying their host nation —Great Britain.
As the final manifestation of the king of the north the illuminati bankers – as some insist upon calling them -are moving to pull the rug out from under the nations and shift their financial backing in the form of gold and possession of raw materials to a world government, no doubt in the form of a re-tooled United Nations.
In this way the King of the north will subjugate the king of the south —the king of the south also just so happening to have originally been Egypt, which is why the king of the south is referred to as Egypt during the time of the end: “And he will keep thrusting out his hand against the lands; and as regards the land of Egypt, she will not escape. And he will rule over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the desirable things of Egypt. And the Libyans and the Ethiopians will be at his steps.”
While the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses are totally oblivious to the present situation leading up to the crash, in the post-crash world Jehovah will raise up new witnesses. That is apparent from the last verse of the 29th chapter of Ezekiel, which says: “In that day I will cause a horn to sprout for the house of Israel, and I will give you an opportunity to speak among them; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.”