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“AND AT THE TIME OF THE END SHALL THE KING OF THE SOUTH PUSH AT HIM” (Daniel 11:40)
“Who will turn out the North and the South tsars before Armageddon?”
In order to find the Biblical answer to this question, one should pay attention to one very important fact, which was opened to Daniel the prophet by the angel of Jehovah. The angel came to announce to Daniel, what will take place in the last days not with the people of all the Earth, but concretely with his people – Dan 10:14. And only after that he began to tell about the fight of two kings who are opposite to each other – the North and the South; the whole 11th chapter is devoted to this antagonism. Consequently, the fate of “people of Daniel”, Jehovah`s people will depend in certain last days on these two kings.
Thus, according to the 11th chapter, in ancient times whatever states – farther South or North of the territory of Jehovah`s people opposed Jehovah`s people and extended their territorial domains, the people of Daniel were captured alternately by one or the other king. At the moments, when it was captured by the North king, its fate was especially heavy – Dan 11:15,16,30-33,35,36. Influence of the North king on his supporters was so great, that all, who “come against him shall do according to his own will” – Dan 11:16. Those who betrayed Jehovah, made an agreement with him – Dan 11:30. As for the South king, not only the North king struggled against him, but “also the robbers of Jehovah`s people”, that is his opponents – Dan 11:14.
In case if the prophecies of Daniel were carried out on the ancient literal Israel people, it would not be necessary to study so carefully the events which took place long ago.
However many prophecies of Daniel extend till Armageddon and the period of great sorrow on the Earth – Dan 12:1, therefore in order to open the secret of two last opposing kings, careful research of description of their last battle may be necessary before Armageddon.
So, the last battle of South and North kings:
According to the Bible, in that period of time, when the North king, defending himself, will decide to attack the South king, he will be successful, will pass through many territories of the South king; after that he will “enter into the glorious land” – the land of Jehovah – Dan 11:40,41. Thus, he will “enter” so deeply, that he “shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain” – that is, the North king will capture even the territory of Jerusalem up to the temple mountain – Dan 11:45. From this description it is obviously, that “the glorious land” – the territory of Jehovah`s people – belongs to the South king at that period of time and to his domains along with many other territories and countries.
Because “the glorious land” before Armageddon can not mean the literal territory of ancient Jehovah`s people, but belongs to the certain South king, we have to find out the answers to 3 questions:
1.What is “the glorious land” before Armageddon according to the Bible?
2.Who possesses “the glorious land” before Armageddon, being the South king?
3.Who will attack “the glorious land” before Armageddon, being the North king?
Answer to the 1st question:
What is “the glorious land” before Armageddon according to the Bible?
It is known that before Armageddon the literal “glorious land” - the territory of the state Israel – is not of interest for Jehovah, because His literal Israel people rejected Jesus Christ, who was sent by Him – Gal 5:4, Acts 13:46. Consequently, in conforming with the last days of this system of things, “the glorious land” means “the land of Jehovah “ in spiritual sense. The land of Jehovah in spiritual sense is His earthly spiritual domains, consisting of His spiritual people. Among them there are the “priests” – anointed sovereigns, occupying the internal court – “sanctuary” – of spiritual “temple mountain”, and the servants of earthly “destiny”, who worship in the external court of the spiritual temple of Jehovah. All the people of Jehovah are dispersed all over the planet by the last days of this system of things.
Answer to the 2nd question:
Who possesses “the glorious land” before Armageddon, being the South king?
It is known that before Armageddon the North king will attack the South king and will capture domains, belonging to him - many countries, including “the glorious land” – Dan 11:40,42,43. Consequently, the South king before Armageddon is to “possess” (in figurative sense) many people of the Earth and spiritual domains of Jehovah – His people as well.
We will talk at first:
1.about the spiritual domains of Jehovah, then –
2.about many people, belonging to the South king.
1) To whom of the rulers of the Earth can the people of Jehovah belong before Armageddon? Or, in other words, to whom the people of Jehovah submit as the earthly king? The answer to this question is obvious. This earthly king is Jesus Christ, because actually Jehovah`s people “belong” to Him only, and only He is the celestial head of the congregation of Jehovah`s people – Eph 1:22. In the period of great sorrow He will “stand up” for the sons of Jehovah`s people as the spiritual prince Michael in order to stand on an end in the tests – Dan 12:1.
2) In what sense the South king “possesses” many people of the Earth before Armageddon? It is known that Christ is appointed the king over all the Earth, and before Armageddon He will , vividly speaking ”pasture” all the people of the Earth with the rod of strength – Ps 109:1,2; Rev 19:15,16. Therefore, His earthly domains in which before Armageddon the North king will take root, are not only Jehovah`s people, but also “country of Egypt and Libyans and the Ethiopians” – many people of the Earth – Dan 11:40, 42, 43.
Answer to the 3rd question:
Who will attack “the glorious land” before Armageddon, being the North king?
According to the Bible, the North king, defending himself, before Armageddon will attack the South king, and the great number of people will follow him – Dan 11:40,42,43. Only “Edom, Moab and Ammon” will escape from his pernicious actions – Dan 11:41. He will take root into “the glorious land” so deeply, that he will “plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain” - Dan 11:45, that is he will “make a way” to Jerusalem.
The Bible describes only one ruler who before Armageddon will come from the limits of North with a number of people, captured by him, to the mountains of Israel – to “the glorious land” – Ez 38:15,16. This ruler is called in the Bible “Gog from Magog” and is actually the devil, the opponent of Jehovah – Ez 38:1,8; Rev 20:7. Consequently, in the role of aggressive North king before Armageddon the devil will come forward through the great number of people of the Earth who will submit to him.
The North king will get into the spiritual domains of Jehovah, belonging to Christ, with the purpose “to take a spoil…to take a prey” from veritable Christians and will “make a way” even to the spiritual Jerusalem, except for its holy part – Ez 38:13; Dan 11:45; Rev11:2. Jesus warned that in “Jerusalem” – among the leaders of Jehovah`s people – the representatives of Satan will appear before Armageddon, giving the instructions to every lawless leader – Rev2:9; 3:1,9,15,17.
Only Edom, Moab and Ammon will save themselves from the troubles – Dan 11:41, Deut 23:3. In old days these tribes, though they were the relatives of Abraham and lived on the land given to them by Jehovah, however they didn`t belong to the number of Jehovah`s people – literal Israel – Deut 2:8,18-20, 23:3.
It can mean that on the spiritual land of Jehovah before Armageddon – among His people – there will be spiritual “relatives of Abraham” – “false admirers of Jehovah”, whom the North king won`t do any harm. On the contrary, they acknowledge him and cooperate with him, becoming the representatives of Satan – Dan 11:39.
Exactly in this period of time, when the North king will capture the spiritual Jerusalem and “shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain” - the great sorrow will come onto the Earth, and prince Michael will interfere in order to lead the North king to the end – Dan 11:45; 12:1; Rev 19:19-21.
So, it is
possible to make a conclusion after the conducted research, that the
opposition of two “opposite” spiritual rulers will increase before
Armageddon, that will result in great sorrow and Armageddon. The spiritual
South king is Jesus Christ and the spiritual North king is Devil. Their
essences are completely opposite like the South is opposite to the North.
Prophet Zechariah, describing the “cleave in the midst of the mountain of
Olives”(which is near Jerusalem), on which Jehovah will stand in Armageddon,
specified not by chance that one part of this mountain will step back to the
South, and the other – to the North, “dividing” in halves the governmental
participants of these events on the supporters of Christ and supporters of
Devil – Zech 14:3,4. The other people will “flee to the valley” between
these mountains in confusion, not knowing where to hurry – like from the
earthquake, when it is impossible to be quickly orientated. For them the
period of great sorrow will begin – Mat 24:15,21; Dan 12:1. Exactly at that
moment “the Lord my God shall come and all the saints with Him” – that is
Jesus, having collected all His holy co-rulers in the skies, will carry out
His second parousia for Armageddon – Zech 14:5,6; Mat 25:31.
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