This is a revised update of the previous article posted in 2008, originally entitled A King Fierce in Countenance
In connection with the book of Daniel, the prophet was told by Jehovah’s enlightening angel: “And as for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book, until the time of the end. Many will rove about, and the true knowledge will become abundant.”
Contrary to the Watchtower’s teaching, the time of the end has not yet begun and consequently, the book of Daniel is still officially sealed. But because Jehovah’s Witnesses imagine that the time of the end has already commenced, long ago back in 1914, they have no reliable point of reference in relation to prophecy.
The truth of the matter is, the time of the end has to do with the culmination –-a relatively short period of time. It most definitely does not extend over decades and certainly not a century. Daniel 12:6 poses the question one angel asked of another. It reads: “How long will it be to the end of the marvelous things?” The other angel responded, saying: “It will be for an appointed time, appointed times, and a half. And as soon as there will have been a finishing of the dashing of the power of the holy people to pieces, all these things will come to their finish.”
What “things will come to their finish”? Well, the entire book of Daniel is a series of “marvelous things” —astoundingly accurate prophecies that reveal in great detail the political developments beginning in the pre-Christian era that lead up to the end of the entire global civilization that has dominated and tyrannized the world for the last few thousand years. When the appointed time, times, and half a time expire God’s Kingdom will be in complete control of all of earth’s affairs and a peaceful new system will have begun.
The time is coming when Jehovah’s Witnesses will be forced to confront the delusion that the relatively minor hardships that the handful of Bible Students experienced back in 1918 —or any time since then —was the beginning of the time of the end and the fulfillment of the prophecies that call for the holy ones to be brought to ruin. The events of the time of the end lay ahead, not behind. The prophecy of Daniel clearly reveals that immediately following the allotted period of time when God’s people are brought to ruin that is the end of all the things that Daniel had foretold. In other words, it is the end of this wicked world. How can it possibly be true that “the marvelous things” have already come to their end? It is as absurd as the Watchtower’s claim that the sacred secret was brought to a finish in 1914 when the seventh angel supposedly blew his trumpet.
In fact, The Watchtower of October 15, 1944, contained an article entitled “Organized for Final Work.” It and other service-oriented articles of the same period indicated that the 2,300 days had ended and that “the holy place” was again in its “right condition.” —Pay Attention
Strangely, for all the commentary that the Watchtower Society has offered on the book of Daniel, very little has been written concerning the fierce-looking king, previously known as the king fierce in countenance. The Watchtower has identified the king as being the Anglo-American combine and they have come to the unjustifiable conclusion that much of the prophecy was fulfilled back during the Second World War. Incredibly, that is supposed to be when the “holy place” was brought into its right condition when the board of directors amended the Watchtower Society’s obscure charter at their Annual Meeting and a later issue of the Watchtower announced some organizational adjustment.
The Watchtower seems to have overlooked the fact that the prophecy says that not only are the holy ones are brought to ruin “during a time of security,” but the mighty ones of the world are too. It is not reasonable that the Second World War and the Nazi Holocaust would be described by God as a time of security. Besides, it would seem to be a gross exaggeration of the plain facts to say that Jehovah’s Witnesses were brought to ruin in America or within the realm of the British Commonwealth of Nations during WWII. Were the apostles and original Christians brought to ruin simply because they were persecuted?
But, before more closely considering the angel’s explanation of a fierce-looking king, as contained in the span of verses from Daniel 8:23-25, take note of the harmony of the four prophecies of Daniel that deal with the advent of God’s kingdom.
A SINGULAR KINGDOM IS DESTROYED BY CHRIST
Beginning in the 2nd chapter of Daniel with the simple prophecy of the metallic image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the prophecies become increasingly more detailed; ending with the three-page chronicle of the king of the north and king of the south. However, from the simplest to the most complex, each vision ends the exact same way; in that, all four prophecies abruptly conclude with a singular political agency being directly vanquished by Christ.
For example, the Watchtower has wrongly assumed that the king of the south is on hand when Michael stands up to destroy the king of the north. What Bethel has failed to take note of is that there is no further mention of the king of the south beyond the point when the king of the north floods over into all the lands and subjugates “Egypt.” The detailed prophecy of the king of the north and king of the south ends with a single king –-the king of the north –-who comes all the way to his end with no helper to intervene for him. Surely, it is no accidental oversight on the part of the angel who outlined history in such detail to have omitted any mention of the king of the south.
As regards the 2nd chapter of Daniel, the metallic colossus with the head of gold, breasts of silver, the belly of copper, supported on the legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay, represents a single composite kingdom that is ultimately shattered by God’s kingdom. That is in keeping with the singular king of the north and a lone fierce-looking king who is annihilated by Michael, the prince.
Until recently the Watchtower had interpreted the iron and clay to symbolize an indistinct “politically divided world.” However, in the June 15th, 2012, Watchtower Magazine, Bethel revised their view so as to recognize the iron and clay to symbolize a specific political entity – the Anglo-American duo. Although Jehovah’s Witnesses may not realize it, as with the recent revision regarding a future judgment of the “slave class,” the Watchtower has adopted the view expounded by e-watchman for the past decade.
Inexplicably, though, the same Watchtower article (linked to above) still propounds the preposterous tale that the three horns plucked out of the wild beast by the small ascending horn was fulfilled over the course of two centuries beginning with the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the British in 1588! (See article: The Spanish Armada or World War III? )
To underscore the harmony of Daniel’s prophecy, the king of the north subjugates “Egypt,” the original king of the south, and also its historic allies – Libya and Ethiopia. That trio – Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia, likely correspond with the three horns that are plucked out. That same event is also what is betokened in Revelation with the sword-stroke upon the head of the seven-headed beast. Also, the two-horned beast that arises from the earth pictures the Anglo-American duo arising from the abyss after their collapse.
As the Watchtower recognizes, Revelation depicts the two-horned Anglo-American beast fabricating an image that it will eventually coerce the world into worshipping.
Also, in the 17th chapter of Revelation the image that comes to life is portrayed as being an 8th king, which is a composite of the remnants of seven previous empires. Again, to harmonize the prophecies, the symbolic metal image of Daniel must represent the 8th king.
However, we should not assume that the prophecy is describing the relatively powerless UN institution of the present moment or that people have already received the mark of the beast, as Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe. (See article: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mark of the Beast)
THE EMPIRE VERSUS THE NATION-STATES
Instead, the prophecies are most assuredly foretelling future developments reserved for the time of the end, when the present ordering of nation-states will be violently overturned and the United Nations will be catapulted into the position of the only truly global government that will ever have existed. To be sure, the UN is presently capable of functioning as a global government. All that is needed is a global calamity. Consider the following quote from the John Birch Society’s New American Magazine from October 2012:
Similarly blatant calls for empowering the United Nations could be cited ad infinitum. But the fact is that the empowerment is already well under way. Much of the superstructure and infrastructure for the physical edifice of a world government already have been built. The United Nations’ official organizational chart and the world map (below) give an ominous inkling of the global leviathan that is already in place. But only an inkling; it actually vastly understates the magnitude of the organizational sprawl of the UN worldwide, since it merely shows the locations of the headquarters offices of the main UN agencies and only a few of the many regional offices or field operations of these agencies.
That was eight years ago. With the COVID crisis, the UN is coming to the fore through the WHO, the World Health Organization. To underscore the point, Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the UK, has called for a global government to fight the pandemic.
Now consider the prophecy of the fierce-looking king.
The angel explained to Daniel that the fierce-looking king arises from competing factions that had their origin with the breakup of Alexander’s Grecian Empire. Daniel the 8th chapter does not cover any of the detailed histories that the 11th chapter relates, but it is noteworthy that they both begin from the time of Alexander’s death. Daniel 8:23 picks up the final developments of the ongoing struggle for supremacy. It reads: “And in the final part of their kingdom, as the transgressors act to a completion, a fierce-looking king who understands ambiguous sayings will stand up.”
“The final part of their kingdom” evidently refers to the Anglo-American dual world power. True to history, it is an established fact that the modern world of extended European civilization can trace its cultural and philosophical roots back to ancient Greece. Paradoxically, the two antagonistic systems of today embodied in the Anglo-American system both had their origin in ancient Greece. While Greece is known as the “cradle of democracy” and republicanism, Alexander’s empire is also the forerunner of the Roman, Venetian, and British empires as well.
However, let the history student be informed that The British Empire and the United States are historic enemies. The empire and the breakaway republic fought two wars outright –-the original struggle for independence and the War of 1812. Also, a little known fact is that the British Empire supported the Confederacy during the Civil War in an attempt to divide and conquer its wayward colony.
This striving of two competing kingdoms and ideologies is in harmony with what is also revealed in Daniel concerning the struggle between the kings of the north and south and explains the incompatible iron and clay amalgam that does not stick together. It perfectly symbolizes the modern Anglo-American dyad, which is the unworkable alliance of imperialism and republicanism. But, as noted previously, one force wins out. Apparently “the fierce-looking king is the champion of the empire.
“There will stand up a king fierce in countenance and understanding ambiguous sayings”
In recent years various terms have come into use, like globalization, new world order, free trade, global governance and internationalism, and slogans like, “think globally and act locally,” and expressions referring to the global village, and so on. Our modern lexicon has many somewhat ambiguous terms related to globalism. But, what exactly is the new world order anyway? What is globalization really all about?
Many observers have come to understand that the ideology behind these “ambiguous sayings,” or “dark sentences,” as some translations word it, has to do with conditioning and propagandizing with the goal of ultimately doing away with the sovereignty of individual nation-states. For example, in regards to the ongoing controversy over free trade, up until recently each nation determined how it would go about protecting and nurturing its own domestic markets and industries by regulating the importation of goods from other nations. Now, though, various international treaty agreements mean that individual nations no longer have that right. Globalism subtly subverts the sovereignty of nations by transferring the authority to determine the internal affairs of nations to an international court of arbitration. The European Union does exactly that. Although it promised prosperity it comes at the cost of loss of sovereignty for member nations.
President Trump has brought the issue of nationalism versus globalism more sharply into focus. And the ferocity of the attacks upon him surely is a hint of the disposition of the fierce-looking king. America first is anathema to the globalists.
So it is, the king understands these baffling and ambiguous sayings, in that he is the source of the propaganda intended to bring the world under his imperial yoke. (Globalism is the New Imperialism )
“And his power must become mighty, but not by his own power”
The United Nations is unique, in that, in the modern era of nation-states, it is the only government that that does not have a specific nation as its power base. We might be inclined to include the League of Nations, but since many nations were not members —foremost the United States —it was not a world government. Neither is the European Union a world government. However, like the EU, the UN derives its authority and power from the consent of all its member nations. To the extent that each nation relinquishes a portion of its own sovereignty, and to the degree that each nation contributes funds, military equipment, and personnel to the UN, to that extent, it is empowered. Unlike the EU, though, the United Nations does not issue money or credit —but that may change very soon.
The Anglo-American establishment is the primary supporter of the UN – New York City being home to the United Nations headquarters. Although, obviously, the United Nations already exists, and historically Great Britain and the United States have been the UN’s strongest advocates, according to Revelation 13:14-15 at some point we may expect the fabricated image of the wild beast to have life breathed into it so that it takes on a life of its own and even begins to speak. The prophecy reveals that eventually, the 8th king will demand submission from every person on earth under the pain of death.
We begin to get some idea of the authority and power that the UN is yet to acquire when we consider what Revelation 17 and 18 foretell what is to occur when Babylon the Great is destroyed. When organized religion is eventually annihilated by the 8th king, as Jehovah’s Witnesses have expected for some time, the prophecy says that even the kings of the earth who gave their power to the 8th king will “stand at a distance because of their fear of her torment and say, ‘too bad, too bad, you great city.'” Under the circumstances of any sort of global catastrophe and international crisis, it does not require a vivid imagination to envision the UN requisitioning the world’s armies and even nuclear weaponry so that no individual nation would dare challenge its power. In this way, the fierce-looking king must become mighty in power.
“And he will bring ruin in an extraordinary way,
and he will be successful and act effectively.”
To date, the Watchtower has never offered any sort of satisfactory explanation as to how the British Empire or America might have become mighty, but not by its own power, nor has it ever offered a single comment on how the Anglo-American kingdom may have brought ruin in an extraordinary way.
History testifies to the fact that immediately after the Second World War America launched the Marshall Plan to quickly rebuild Europe. Japan was also assisted to recover. How often does a victorious nation assist its former enemy to recover? It is unheard of. So, in spite of the horrendous destruction and loss of life, the victors did not crush their enemy. Since the Watchtower cannot point to any sort of historical development that would support their assertion that the fierce-looking king was the victorious Anglo allies during WW2, it must be that the prophecy awaits a future fulfillment.
Consider Daniel 11:36, which states concerning the king of the north: “He will certainly prove successful until the denunciation will have come to a finish.”
Since both kings – the king of the north and the fierce-looking king are said to be successful until the very end, they are obviously the same entity. There cannot be two opposing kingdoms that are both successful in bringing ruin and that stand alone against Christ. Oh, if only the seers of Bethel would actually pay attention to Daniel’s prophecy!
Also, the fierce-looking king apparently comes out of the symbolic north. Please reason on Daniel 8:9, which reads: “And it kept getting very much greater toward the south and toward the sunrising and toward the decoration.” Toward the sunrising is, of course, east, and towards the Decoration is evidently west from the standpoint of both conquerors of Israel and Judah – namely, Assyria and Babylon. But as the Watchtower has pointed out rather than march through the unforgiving desert in a direct line from Babylon to Palestine, the invaders typically looped around and came down from the north. That is why in the book of Jeremiah Jehovah spoke of the great tempest coming from the north.
So, the prophecy of Daniel seems intended to indicate that the king comes from the symbolic north and expands his dominion south and in all directions to envelope the entire globe. In harmony with that, the final attack upon God’s restored nation by the symbolic Gog of Magog comes “from the remotest parts of the north.”
Also, it is worth noting that even the symbolic insect invaders that are destined to effectively ruin the world —designated as Jehovah’s great military force —is also called “the northerner”. No wonder the Watchtower dissolved the prophecy of Joel as having any modern application.
In what way might the fierce-looking king prove successful? Apparently his “success” comes when he effectively subjugates the world to himself. Interestingly, Jehovah speaks through his prophet Isaiah in connection with his avenger from out of the north, saying of him: “I myself, too, have created the ruinous man for wrecking work.” – Isaiah 54:16b
Isaiah the 25th chapter speaks of the “town of tyrannical nations,” saying that the persecution from them is as scorching heat and as “when the blast of the tyrannical ones is like a rainstorm against a wall.” Furthermore, in that context, Isaiah 25:7 indicates that God will intervene and that “he will swallow up the face of the envelopment that is enveloping over all peoples, and the woven work that is interwoven upon all the nations.”
Contrary to the Watchtower’s absurd suggestion that the envelopment has to do with adamic death, the envelopment that is enveloping over all peoples and enmeshing all the nations has to do with the imposition of a globe-strangling, genocidal, dictatorial, tyrannical regime – the likes of which this poor war-ravaged planet has never seen. That Jehovah would use that setting to describe his doing away with death and wiping the tears from the eyes of his people is an indication of the horrors that await us in the future when the fierce-looking king succeeds in causing widespread ruin and death.
“And he will bring mighty ones to ruin,
also the people made up of the holy ones”
The period following WWII has been a period of relative peace and prosperity, generally speaking. The first generation in the post-war era, the so-called “baby boomer generation,” has not known the hardships of their parents and grandparents who lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War. Consequently, most have become accustomed to the idea that nothing will change.
However, Jehovah has envisioned an entirely different fate for this wicked system of things. His word says that at some point men will become so desperate that they will throw their worthless money into the very street.
Actually, such a thing is not so far-fetched when we consider what happened in Germany in 1923. Germany’s currency was destroyed due to hyperinflation and became completely worthless, which was the intention of the Versailles Treaty architects. Those whose wealth was held in the Reichsmark were ruined.
The sovereignty of nations is tied to the viability of their domestic economies and currencies. Since WWII the U.S. dollar has become the world’s reserve currency. America also has the unenviable distinction of having gone from being the world’s greatest creditor nation to the world’s greatest debtor. And now that the pandemic has brought economic devastation, with a Tsunami of bankruptcies certain to sweep through, the US has added an astounding four trillion to its already massive debt —and counting. At some point, the world’s greatest nation will be forced into insolvency. The Bible principle that the borrower becomes a slave to the lender holds true in the case of nations too.
When this article was first posted I linked to an article on Global Research that reported on the effort underway back then to replace the Dollar as the reserve currency and set up a world government with the IMF as the only central bank. (The IMF and the World Bank were both created to work in conjunction with the United Nations.)
Since 2009 those plans have been advanced. In the waning days of August 2020 the City of London and Wall Street bankers are putting the final touches on a scheme they intend to implement as part of the so-called Green New Deal, which, if fully realized, will deprive all greenhouse gas-emitting industries from accessing credit. That means everything related to automobiles, trucks, farm equipment —everything needed to run the present industrialized civilization supporting eight billion living souls —will be intentionally, financially ruined in order to save the world from climate change. Choking off credit to food production and delivery will bring death and ruination on a vast scale.
The British Empire has always promoted the lie that the world is overpopulated. Even back when there were less than a billion people on this planet the British elite were promoting population reduction. Now, their demonic dream of dramatic population reduction is about to be realized. The policy of reducing CO2 emissions is a cleverly designed scheme intended to deceive nations into destroying themselves and submitting to global genocide.
If you think the national governments and large corporations are too powerful to be brought down, think again. Unbeknownst to most people a private money corporation known as BlackRock, appropriately dubbed a vampire squid, with controlling interests in virtually all the companies listed on the S&P index, larger than even the largest bank, controlling many trillions, has stealthily become a fourth branch of the US government. Incredibly, it has been placed in charge of administering all the bailout funds associated with the pandemic. No doubt BlackRock will be taking the lead in shutting down credit to CO2 producers and the USA as well.
Interestingly, the United Nations is the only government that is not in debt. Back in 2009, the UN called for the end of the Dollar as the world’s reserve currency. There is talk of returning to the gold standard. Considering the massive, debt of the US, only serviceable due to zero interest rates, it is most likely that the bankers will suddenly jack interest rates up and bankrupt everyone and seize the gold held at Fort Knox as payment. In that way, the last king will rule over the gold and hidden treasures.
In many ways, we are all dependent upon this system of things. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is a multi-billion dollar operation that very much depends upon the continued stability of the present economic and political system in order to carry on its work. A global financial collapse or hyperinflationary destruction of the U.S. dollar could result in not only the fulfillment of the prophecies that call for bringing to ruin the mighty ones and wealthy ones of this system, but “also the people made up of holy ones.”
“And by his cunning he will use deception to succeed”
Satan’s entire wicked world is run from the top-down based on deception. Therefore, the ones most adept at deceiving others are the ones that succeed in this world. In recent decades the mainstream media have come to be owned by a few interlinked corporations that are globalists in outlook. In the past few years, they have peddled one lie after the other, so much so it has come to be called “fake news.”
More recently, the big Internet platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have colluded to de-platform numerous right-wing voices that support Donald Trump and nationalism and expose the agenda behind the COVID pandemic. And anyone who questions the man-made global warming story is branded a climate change denier and is considered to be an enemy of the state. For example, one college professor has called for “deniers” to be jailed for criminal negligence. It appears as if truth has become the enemy.
While many people will admit that government leaders, politicians, and businessmen often lie to the public, few people are mentally up to the challenge of accepting that there is such a thing as a conspiracy to destroy the nation-state system of things —America being number one on the target list.
Most people have been subtly conditioned to dismiss such a thing as the paranoid delusions of conspiracy nuts and UFO crackpots. Yet, the reality is, that there is now in place the bureaucratic infrastructure for a global government and the nation-state system has been brought into a situation whereby its collapse seems all but certain. Add to that genocidal intention of the Green New Deal that will bring death on a scale never before seen, it should be apparent that deception has been exceedingly successful. As the prophecy says, he will keep throwing truth to the earth.
“And in his heart he will put on great airs”
No government has ever been so presumptuous so as to take to itself the authority of the Messiah. Yet, the promoters of the UN claim that if the nations only empower it, that it will be able to do what no human institution has ever done before, namely, bring true peace to the world by making the nations beat their swords into plowshares. The UN asserts that it is the only real protector of human rights. The UN advances the idea that all national governments are obsolete and that they must go so that the world can enjoy the true benefits of globalism.
His putting on airs is in harmony with what is stated in connection with the king of the north at Daniel 11:36: “The king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt himself and magnify himself above every god; and against the God of gods he will speak astonishing things. And he will prove successful until the denunciation comes to a finish; because what is determined must take place.”
The 13th chapter of Revelation depicts the beast that miraculously recovered from what appeared to be a fatal blow standing up against God too and conquering the holy ones as well. Revelation 13:6-7 says: “And it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to blaspheme his name and his dwelling place, even those residing in heaven. It was permitted to wage war with the holy ones and conquer them, and it was given authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.”
Sound reasoning tells us that prophecies of Daniel and Revelation depict are depicting the same entity that will exalt itself against God. And since the beast has not experienced the mortal wound yet, neither has the fierce-looking king taken control. But given the extent to which the powers-that-be have put into place the means to shift sovereignty away from nations to a non-democratic global government run by a handful of ultra-wealthy bankers, we ought not to suppose the ascension of the little horn is far off.