“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.» (Dan 11:45 &12:1)
The seriousness of what takes place at the time when verse 45 occurs is so relevant that the verse itself is a testimony to God’s people where they are in the end time events. It’s therefore important to understand this verse correctly. There have been many interpretations of the last verses of Daniel 11. Some claim they are symbolic, some think the ‘glorious holy mountain’ is the USA. The last is a good example of breaking the prophetic interpretation from the rest of the chapter and even coming up with a whole new interpretation that isn’t elsewhere found in the Bible. If the Bible is to interpret the bible it gives us only one answer to what the ’glorious holy mountain’ is and that’s Mount Moriah and Jerusalem.
This mountain has been called many things in the Bible.
“And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.” (Isa_66:20)
Even the book of Daniel itself gives the clue to what mountain it’s speaking of: “O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.” (Dan_9:16)
And in the book of Joel: “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.” (Joe_3:17)
In Revelation 21:10 we learn that there is a holy mountain also in heaven, a heavenly New Jerusalem prepared for God’s people.
However most can agree that the last verse in Daniel 11 is not talking about a mountain in heaven, and that leaves us with the mountain here on earth.
When Daniel is praying for the future of Jerusalem it says: “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God… he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. ..Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city» (Dan_9:20 &22& 24)
So we see the interest in this city and this mountain when Daniel pray, and when he receives his reply. However he learns that a probation will be given to Jerusalem and then after Messiah has been killed: «and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary». (Many places the last week in the future, however this a deception. A guesswork not founded in the Bible itself. The time prophecy is tied together.)
After this probation, we now enter the time period where Jesus said: «Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.» (Joh 4:21) Why was the mountain no longer to be used as a gathering place for worship? Jesus said: «O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed, is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye, not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down» (Mat 23:37-39; 24:1-2)
And so we see that:
1) The Jewish sanctuary on the mountain would be taken away,
2) God would not be worshiped on this mountain anymore
3) The reason for the rejection of this place as a place of assembly was tied to the rejection of Him.
4) The only way it could be reinstated as a place of truthful worship was if they honored Jesus as the Messiah.
In Ezekiel, in a prophetic vision, we see the main entrance to the temple has been shut. Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut» (Eze 44:1-2)
Temple shown Ezekiel.
Today the east gate that once lead to the temple has been closed off. By the time the Jewish nation re-captured Jerusalem this gate was shut. The temple design that was shown Ezekiel was in the shape of a cross, with water coming up from the side of the altar of burnt offering and going out the side of the east gate. When water flows up from where the blood of the sacrifice pored we see in bird-view blood and water coming out from the midst of the architecture cross. The temple of Ezekiel could, therefore, be a prophetic illustration of Christ death and the life that would come from His sacrifice. Jesus called Himself the living water. But He also claimed to be the temple itself: «Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.» (Joh 2:19-21)
If so the closed east gate could be tied to the shutting down of the temple mount as the place of worship. And Israel did refuse to worship Jesus and so in return, He took from them the temple mount. Jesus was the temple they were to have come to, He was the temple that would provide the sacrifices and atonement for Israel. But they rejected God’s temple.
God’s words stand fast.
God says: «Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.» (Isa 44:6-8)
The ability to know the future is one of the signs God uses on His divinity. So how would it look if Christ word would be proven to not stand the test of time? The Jewish nation lost the holy mountain, the temple mount, because of their rejection of Him and He said He left their house, their temple desolate. And they would not have this place restored unless they accepted Him as the Messiah and their King.
Now this means that in order to protect His saying from being broken, God had to keep the Jews away from the temple mount for all the years to come. By a supernatural hand, no matter what happened, the Jewish people or the Jewish nation, would not be permitted to rebuild Jerusalem on the part of the holy mountain. It was to be left «unto them desolate» as a witness.
This is what we can see from the time Jerusalem was destroyed and until this very day. The temple mount is not in Jewish hands for them to rebuild and worship. The main entrance is closed, the east gate. How did God manage to keep the Jewish nation away from controlling and rebuilding in this specific area for almost two millenniums? By the help of Islam. As we can see in the past, God has used the Arab nation to punish Israel before. Last time God used the Babylonians to keep the Jews from rebuilding Jerusalem and the temple for 70 years. But this time the time period just continued and continued. The word to restore the temple never came, help to take control of the temple mount neither came. In stead, someone was in their way until this day.
However a big change has happened that has not been seen for the past two millenniums, a Jewish nation stronger than ever back in their once promised land. Even managing to take back Jerusalem. But the tents of Islam is still occupying the mountain. This doesn’t mean God favors the Islamic worship, God did not favor the Babylonian worship or the Roman worship. But they were tools in God’s hand to punish and put the Jews in their place. So what does it mean that God would allow Islam on this mountain? It’s not a compliment to Islam, it’s message directed at the Jews. We can see time and time again that God use other nations, that He doesn’t necessarily agree with, to punish Israel and Judah.
God used the Assyrians to punish Israel and take them from their land. (2 Kings 15:29; 16:7-9), All of this was because “they obeyed not the voice of Jehovah their God” (2 Kings 18:9-12).
Judah was the next to be punished. He spoke by His prophet Jeremiah and told them He would send his “servant,” Nebuchadnezzar, against Judah, bringing desolation upon the land, and most of the people would be taken captive into Babylon. Again this punishment was “because you have not heard my words” (Jeremiah 25:8-9) The prophet Habakkuk disputed with God about the use of a heathen king to chastise his own people; but the Lord assured him such was necessary, and Nebuchadnezzar would be dealt with in due time (Habakkuk 1:5-11; cf. Jeremiah 25:12ff)»
And so the mountain and Jerusalem is still relevant as a testimony or a witness. A testimony of what happened on this mountain. A witness against the Jews. And so what happens when this testimony and this witness of God is fought against? Is it relevant enough for an end time sign and an end time prophecy?
Summary of Daniel 11th chapter
Daniel is shown the future. I Daniel 2 we see a statue representing empires that would succeed Babylon. There have been major empires in the East and even later in America, however, God seems to focus on the area that is tied to God’s people. It’s, therefore, the powers that suppress God’s people and also Jerusalem that is mentioned. The traditional interpretation has always been that the kingdoms represented are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and then Rome divided. The coming of God’s kingdom is at the time of the division, while Rome is divided and the area run by the different tribes. Later many new movements and of-course the catholic church have been against this interpretation. Many protestant believe and teach that the line follows a Greek line.
The relevance here is however that the Ark of the Covenant is the key to the whole puzzle. For the statue represent a suppressing power that has been risen at a time where God chose to remove the Ark of the Covenant. When Judah’s king Hezekiah prayed in front of the Ark of the Covenant he said the following: “O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.” (Isa.37:16) Jerusalem was the center of God’s kingdom on earth, the only place He had an earthly throne. Where the law of God’s kingdom was hidden under the seat. Once God and His law was rejected, God moved His glory from the Ark and the Ark seemingly disappeared. And so starts the kingdoms seen on the statue. After seeing the different kingdoms represented as different parts of the statue, a stone is seen hitting the statue and breaking it. We learn that this rock that also turns into a mountain represents God’s eternal kingdom. And so the vision describes how God’s people are under pagan rule until God re-establish His kingdom on earth. The Ark and Gods glory leaving the temple as Babylon was to take over Jerusalem might indicate that a restoration of the Ark, or the Ark being discovered might signify the opposite. That God is about to take back the kingdom. If He did not allow the Ark to stand as a triumph item under pagan rulers, it surfacing again might mean that God will take action to free his people from suppression. Or the Ark will just end up as a triumph for God’s enemies. The siege of Jerusalem happened on the tenth day of the tenth month and was the start of the rule of this statue shown Daniel. In our time someone claimed to have re-discovered the Ark on the exact same day, the tenth day of the tenth month. This might signify that the tables are about to be turned, instead of the rulers seen on the statue being in control, God is about to take control.
In Daniel 8 we do learn that the powers spoken of that would proceed Babylon is Medo Persia and Greece. As we can see over and over again is that God takes time to explain the fall of one empire and the rise of another. This point is important to understand as we look into Daniel 11.
The thought that the next empire spoken of is a leader from a weakened and divided Greece are dismissed by the following verses in Daniel 8: “I saw the ram…and became great. …Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.” (Dan.8:4 & 8-10)
The words “great” describing Medo Persia, “very great” describing Greece to “exceeding great” say the next power would be greater than the former. The only power greater then the Greek empire and that came after them, was the Roman empire. The Greek empire was divided into four, north, south, east and west. And the four into two, north and south. However, it never turned back into one empire like the one that had been. South and north continued its battles until Rome swallowed up first one and then the other. The misunderstanding comes perhaps from it saying: “Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came
forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.” (Dan.8:8-9)
Did the last horn come from one of the four horns or from one of the four winds? It’s worth noticing that the next horn start off as small and then grows. But the four other horns grow out the same time and are described with the same length. When the Medo Persian ram was explained it said: “and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.” (Dan.8:3) But when it comes to Greece we see four horns come out at the same time and no mentioned of one being bigger than the other. History tells us this was actually the case. Alexander the Great’s empire was divided between his four generals at the same time.
So the little horn explained coming after is not the same as these four. Leaving us with the understanding that it is, in fact, talking of a new power coming from one of the four winds. But from what wind-direction? It says it goes “toward the east, and toward the pleasant land”. Now the only way you can move towards east is if you come from the west. This fits again with Rome that started off slowly and small and became greater than even Alexanders the Greats kingdom. Rome is also west of Jerusalem. However, the general that got the west part of the Alexanders kingdom was never great and was one of the generals that lost his dominion to one of the other generals.
In the new testament, Jesus identifies the next power to be Rome when He speaks of Rome encamping Jerusalem in the future. He said: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains” (Matt.24:15-17)
It’s clear from Jesus that the prophecy did not speak of a line of one of the Greek generals that had long gone and lost his dominion at the time of Jesus. And it’s accepted among all Christians that Christ warned of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman empire. History shows us that Christians did, in fact, flee to the mountains in modern-day Jordan before the destruction. Of the four great empires, only Babylon and Rome destroyed the temple and Jerusalem. But Rome was given even worse characteristics and explained to be: “and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it…” (Dan.7:7) Rome proved to be a huge trial for both the Jewish people and the Jewish line of Christians and then also the Christians. It also had on the record that it had Jesus executed and Jerusalem destroyed. This continued when paganism and Christianity joint forces and got a spiritual leader in Papal Rome. Jews and messianic Christians continued to be persecuted.
There is a special thing to note here and that is that this beast ruled at a time when the Jewish probation was over and they had failed. Jerusalem was destroyed and God’s people spread north and south, west and east. For the first time ever, the site of the temple was dedicated to a pagan god alone. The Roman god Jupiter, the pagan lawgiver and god of justice, sat where God had once had his throne and law. Jews were denied the right to enter the city. The Romans called Judah after their Old Testament enemies, Philistines, to mark their defeat. Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina.
Although the fourth beast is identified as Rome, or the legs of the Statue, or the little horn from Daniel 8, we still see it ending with the kingdom divided and no new great empire proceeding them before the rock illustrating God’s kingdom destroys it.
But we know historically that the Roman suppression of Jerusalem wasn’t the only one. The different Muslim take-over, the crusader takeover of the city and even the British Mandate are not mentioned. It seems like the fate of Jerusalem isn’t followed all the way after Rome. Jerusalem is no longer a focal point. It’s not about who is ruling this city anymore or the statue Daniel had to have continued with many more body parts. If it did follow Jerusalem as a focal point, the different Islamic caliphate would be on it, the Crusaders would be on it etc. Some of the Islamic caliphate’s were large empires in the area, bigger then Babylon once was. But the statue shows Rome and then the Roman territory divided before it shows God’s kingdom coming to destroy the Statue. This means that Jerusalem wasn’t the main focus of the prophecy, but who was the biggest threat to God’s kingdom and God’s people. Now that the Roman had scattered both Jews and Christians from Jerusalem the prophecy follows the power that did this and what it continues to do to harass God’s people, rather keeping the focus on Jerusalem itself. Daniel 11 does the same, however, in the very end it switches and takes the focus point back to where it all started, Jerusalem under siege.
In Daniel 11 is an even further explanation to the events that would take place. Daniel 11 seems to explain more in depth where the statue doesn’t, but because the rock hits the statue when Rome is divided it means that everything taking place in Daniel 11 is within this time frame.
We see this several times in the Bible, that we are given an overview and then later added details.
If we noticed the description of the other kingdoms we see them introduced when they are defeating the former. It’s therefore not unlikely that the ones mentioned in Daniel 11 might be new powers, but their relevance is tied to or contributing to the weakening of Rome’s influence that we are told would remain in some part until Christ second coming.
In Daniel 11 it starts to explain how many more kings there will be in Persia: “Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia” (Dan.11:2) We are then told of how the last king of Persia provokes the great king of Greece and looses: “he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.” (3)
We are then told once again that the Greek empire will be divided into “the four winds of heaven”.
The following verses explain the time period from how the Greek empire is weakened piece by piece until it is done away with. It explains how the four fractions turn into only two, called the south and the north. Now it’s important to note how God in this prophecy explains not only takeovers from one nation to another but also in detail how the empire is slowly weakened. Because this information will help us understand better the information given about the next empires fall. Also that will be weakened and weakened until the ‘rock hits the statue’.
Although no names are mentioned in Daniel 11 we can open the history books and learn of the generals taken over Alexander the Greats kingdom and what happened to them. The generals were Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy. Cassander (west) was conquered by Lysimachus (north) and he was in turn conquered by Seleucus (East/Syria). And thus Seleucus became king of the North having conquered the north part from west to east. Ptolemy reigns in Egypt and was, therefore, the king of the south. Verse 6 tells us how the king of the north and of the south tries to unite by marriage but it’s failing and this causes the two powers split and enemies. We are then told how the two battles each other. The two is also relevant because they battle over Jerusalem. One of the Seleucus kings is the historical famous Antiochus Stefanus who prove to be a big threat to Jerusalem. But the king of the south (Egypt) was not finished with Jerusalem either.
At the same time, Rome had grown intensively in the west and started to interfere with the territories of the king of the south and north.
However, the one who seemed to be the strongest, king of the north, was the first to be defeated by Rome. Syria was conquered and added to the Roman empire. Remaining now from the once great Greek empire was Egypt (king of the south). When King of the east took the territory of the king of the north he became king of the north, just like the king of the east had become king of the north when he took this land. From this, we learn that the term north is tied to the land area and not the king and their background or future. This time the same territory was taken by Rome making them the new king of the north. Daniel 11 continues to explain how Rome now are able to finally defeat the king of the south making it apart of their empire. And as the last part of the remains of the Greek empire is removed Rome becomes the “greater” and “bigger” super-power to take over.
Rome also took Jerusalem, but not by force at first. “Rome became connected with the people of God, the Jews, by an alliance, B.C.162, from which date it holds a prominent place in the prophetic calendar. It did not, however, acquire jurisdiction over Judea by actual conquest till B.C.63”
Daniel verse 16 reads: “But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.” The Roman empire marched against Jerusalem with an army and took it and placed it under its own control.
Rome was now bigger than any empire ruling in these areas before them. Verse 20 is again an indication that this power is indeed Rome: “Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.”
It was of course, and as known to many, Emperor Augustus that did this. Causing Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem to register at the time Jesus was born. “And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled
[for taxation].” (Luke2:1) Speaking of another ruler of Rome we also see the mention of the time of Christ death: “And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him,
and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.” (verse 22) Daniel 11 now seems to go back in time and talk more about how Rome became great. We should now as the greatness of Rome is explained also expect to see how the kingdom weakening. This is of importance to know when Christ’s kingdom is to come. The ends of the kingdoms are just as important as the beginning. We know Rome was weakened by Constantine moving the capital from Rome to Constantinople. Rome later also split in two, the east and the west. At one time it was split in three. However, it’s important to note that although Rome did divide it did not vanish. And the emperor’s titles were given to the papal power that was viewed as a continuation of Rome. Verse 31 notes: “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” It’s important to note that the word “sacrifice” is not in the manuscript but added by translators. It should say only “daily”. The daily was the religion that had existed from Babylon and until this time, a continuous practice that now is to be replaced. We know historically that there was a great shift from the powers mentioned in Daniel who had all worshiped the same pagan gods and to Christianity. For a long time the daily, or paganism, battled to outlive the strong papal Christianity. Up to the time of the conversion of Clovis, king of France, A.D.49 6, the French and other nations of Western Rome were mostly pagan. Between then and A.D 508 everyone continuing the ancient religion was one by one brought under subjection.
However, Daniel 11 continues talking about Rome, after it changes into Christianity. The following verses explain very well the problem God’s people suffered under Papal Rome. “And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.” (v.33) Papal Rome was a threat not only to Jews and other Christians but to all Christians who wanted to stay loyal to Gods commandments as they had been written by God Himself and placed into Gods throne The Ark of The Covenant. They claimed to represent God’s kingdom but had altered God’s commandments.
Just like the tribes of Israel had split in two and one of the kings had hindered his people from going to Jerusalem by making his own holy days and a new place to worship, so did the pope. People were now expected to turn to Rome for council and Rome changed the holy days. Passover was changed to Easter. Sukkot and the other feasts removed and a myriad of holy days added. The weekly Sabbath was replaced with Sunday. And they succeed just like the Israeli king did, to bring peoples loyalty from God’s throne and kingdom and until their own man-made authority. Papal Rome tried many times to get control over physical Jerusalem as this place still had great symbolic value in regards to Authority for those who had rejected Jesus as their lawmaker.
Verse 34 and 35 then tells us how God’s people are to receive some help and how God will at this time purge Himself a people to be ready for God’s kingdom.
Now this power challenging God’s throne and people, are about to get weakened themselves. In verse 36 we seem to be introduced to yet another power. We are now introduced to a power that is very different from the others. It says: “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers …nor regard any god” (v.37) From the pattern shown in the prophecy we should expect this atheistic power to somehow have something to do with Rome weakening yet again. This at a time Rome has been divided and his processor is papal. And so we go from the Roman power to the change into a papal-power and then we are introduced to an atheistic power. The first major shift of religion taking place in divided Rome happened during the French revolution where Bibles were burnt and the idea of a God rejected. Atheism had existed before, but this is the first time atheism was proclaimed by state or by a government in the region. They claimed to worship the god of reason, that there was no god and that religion was the cause of the worlds misery. What they started would prove to cause great damage as the mentality spread to many others countries and also inspired ideologies that spread all over the world. The idea that there was no God was illustrated through their symbol, the goddess of reason, saying reason should take the place of faith. Today every school in the most part of the world, even Israel, are thought in the theory of atheism and that the world originated by itself without the interference of a Deity. Therefore what started in France had a major impact. We are introduced to two major shifts, first from the ‘daily’ (paganism) to papal Christianity taking over the areas. And then another, an atheistic power, and the rejection of a God. In 1798, during Napoleons era, General Berthier came to Rome and took the pope prisoner. This marked an end of the papal authority that had been so grand over such a long period of time. But they didn’t stop here. Napoleon’s army didn’t just strike remains of Rome but went to the former ‘king of the south’s territory Egypt. They then set their eyes on Jerusalem but was overpowered by another power. And now we are re-introduced with the terms ‘the king of the south’ and ‘the king of the north’ and we are also re-introduced to “the glorious land”. For what happened when the atheistic power defeating a part of Rome set their eyes on Jerusalem?
The Ottoman Empire, an Islamic army, came to meet and defeat them north in Philistine. The Ottoman empire was now the King of the North, controlling the area once known as the ‘North’ earlier in Daniel 11. The French gave up and the Ottomans re-established themselves in the region. But was the Ottoman empire also connected to the weakening of Rome? The Byzantine, east Roman empire, had slowly been losing land to the Islamic worriers. Islam was one of the major influence to weaken Rome and take from them their grip on among others, the glorious land, Israel and Jerusalem. Although once Byzantic, Jerusalem was longest in Arab hands. For a while, the Crusaders under papal Rome managed to take hold of the city only to lose it again later. They did this with the help of the divided tribes of Rome. And so everyone on the statue, even the feet, tried to control Jerusalem at one point.
Although Islam would have such a prominent role in Jerusalem it seems to not be even mentioned in the statue shown Daniel. The focus rather lies on the Roman empire’s fall and divisions.
At the end of Daniel 11, we get several clues that this could very well be referring to the ottomans. The Ottomans first became King of the North when the conquered the east Roman Empire, the Byzantines. King of the north was therefore not tied to Rome anymore in the end times.
The last verses read: “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (44-45) The Ottoman’s caliphate was weakened and later Turkey was the remains of the empire. For a long time, the Ottoman empire did indeed receive help from other countries to fight off their enemies.
The Ottomans restored the walls of Jerusalem and control the area for a long time and then was later driven out during the first world war whereupon it came under English mandate until the state of Israel was born. These two events seem to not be mentioned. However, if the role of the Turks in the region isn’t over it would be explained by that. Even after the British took control and later Israel, the mountain remained in Muslim hands. This was the mountain of desire, yet it remained in their hands.
The meaning of “plant the tabernacles of his palace” is widely discussed but it might appear as an attempt to make Jerusalem a capital. A palace is usually connected to the residence of a state leader. Turkey or the Ottomans never did this it was only a province in the empire.
In the next verses, we learn that tribulation will shortly follow after this takes place and the coming of God’s kingdom as the second coming of Christ.
Another hint that we are talking of an Arab power is in verse 41: “but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.”These are all fellow Muslims that are mentioned. Although they were not when the book of Daniel was written it was when this prophecy was fulfilled.
So the question is why will the planting of his tabernacles on God’s holy mountain and in Jerusalem signify the end times? Why is Jerusalem even of importance after it stopped being God’s place of Assembly and true worship? Especially when so many have conquered the city in the past without God interfering or even mentioning all of them? Having left Jerusalem in the hands of the Arabs for so long could not mean that He all of sudden would have a problem at this point. It’s clearly more to the story then we are told, yet this event seems to be a signal of importance.
And why did God after so many years allow the descendants of the tribes of Israel back in the land? It could be that the reason this event is not in Daniel 11 might mean that Israel, as we know it today, will never regain the temple mount as a place of worship, which would be in harmony with what Jesus said.
From Daniel 11 we see the last Persian kings, the Greek empire following the split in four and the constant battle between the north and south. The arrival of Rome, them destroying the ‘prince of peace’ and the temple, a shift of religion from pagan, a time period of persecution and trials for God’s people, an atheistic influential power coming against both king of the south and king of the north only to loose, and king of the north showing muscle all the way south and even into the ‘glorious land’.
The Ottoman empire might not have been described as one of the beasts Daniel saw in the vision, or part of the statue because it was not God’s peoples main enemy. While papal Rome was eagerly persecuting Jews and Christians during the middle ages, the Arab invasion in Europe was of help to those being persecuted. In fact, the Ottoman empire was mostly friendly and had a sort of religious freedom for Jewish and Christian fugitives from the papal terror. It’s also believed that had it not been for the Ottoman battle against Catholic Europe the reformation could not have gained its strength. Having an enemy to fight, an outer threat, gave the reformers a most needed space to breathe. It’s like being threatened by a wild animal, knowing your hour has come, only to see another wild animal attacking the one threatening you and by that giving you the means to escape. For many was the Ottoman Empire just that. It also chased the crusaders, who discriminated both Jews and Muslims and other Christians, out of Jerusalem. The Ottoman Empire was an intelligent and developed empire. They also kept the atheist power from coming towards Jerusalem. The Ottomans did, however, turn darker when they started The Armenian Genocide. Awful as this was, it was still not persecution towards those who had the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus as the Armenian religion doesn’t match this trait. However, the new aggressive behavior towards other religions might have been why God allowed the Ottoman Empire to fall when it did. God has compassion for all who suffer unrighteously.
This might be why Islam is not mentioned in the statue or among the beasts because they fought against the power represented there who was regarded as the main threat. But because they later became king of the north and had Jerusalem under their jurisdiction, and because they contributed to weaken ‘Rome’ and destroy and take the Eastern Rome territories and weaken papal Rome’s power, they are mentioned in Daniel 11.
As the other visions given Daniel seem to only describe the main enemies of God’s people shown in symbolic images, Daniel 11 is straightforward and contains direct speech. Daniel 11’s main focus seems to be to explain the shift of the different powers and those powers that battles them.
If the last verses of Daniel 11 are of the Ottoman power then the last verse never took place, although the others did happen when the Ottomans drove away the French. Jerusalem was never made capital of their religious or political kingdom. However, if Turkey (who is the Ottoman nation and still king of the north) make such an attempt the final verse of Daniel 11 will be fulfilled when Turkey is eliminated. And the time of chaos and great tribulation followed by Christ second coming is the next to take place.
Jerusalem and Islam
The Ottomans were not the first Muslims to conquer Jerusalem. After the Romans, the area was under the Byzantine empire. Byzantine was Christian and was once a part of the great Roman empire. At first, Rome was split into two divisions. The east Roman empire continued with Constantinople as capital. Western Rome had a fall in the 5th century however Byzantine survived and continued dominating the middle east. It separated from Rome also by going over to use Greek instead of Latin and was the center of Orthodox Christianity. It is said that the Christian groups banned Jews from Jerusalem. But times were changing.
According to the Hadith, an Islamic collection of reports related to Mohammed, he ascended to heaven in a Nigh Journey at the temple mount in Jerusalem. The city was about to become relevant for a new group of people rising in the Middle East. Jerusalem was taken in 638 AD by a Muslim caliph named Umar ibn Al-Khattāb. The Rashidun Caliphate was said to have been founded already at Muhammed’s death in 632. It didn’t only take Jerusalem but took much territory from the Byzantine empire ruling from Tunisia, Egypt, The Arab peninsula and north and east from there. But this was only the beginning. The Islamic caliphates in the future would continue to drive out Byzantine bit by bit. Unlike the Byzantine rulers, the Rashidun caliphate allowed Jews to re-enter the city. The Dome of the Rock was built between 689 and 691 on the temple mount said to have had both the Jewish temples and where Mohammed had his journey to heaven. It was built under the Umayyad Caliphate 650– 750. The Abbasid Caliphate followed (750–969) The early Arab caliphate had religious tolerance more than that executed by the Roman Christianity. After that followed the Fatimid Caliphate. Tolerance was to take a turn with Egyptian Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah who ordered all the churches in Jerusalem destroyed leaving many of the Byzantic and Roman structures in Jerusalem in ruins. However, the Islamic mosque south of the temple mount would also suffer as an earthquake damaged it in 1033. It was later rebuilt.
Papal Rome had for a long time had his eyes on Jerusalem. It had been many years since it was in the hands of Rome. And as the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantine had it’s split with Papal Rome, Jerusalem seemed even further away when also they lost it to the Arabs. The Fatimid Caliphate was about to feel the rage of the Catholic armies as the crusaders invaded Jerusalem in 1099. They were said to have massacred not only Muslim inhabitants but also the Jewish people still living in the area. They were determined to make the city Christian. The area was now called The kingdom of Jerusalem with Jerusalem as the capital. Many Christians from the west settled in the city and several Christian buildings were re-built. One of these was the church of holy sepulcher ordered built by Constantine, maintained during the Byzantine period and destroyed during the Fatimid Caliphate. The Muslim Dome of the Rock was turned into a church and they seemed very sure of their victory. But the western Christians would not keep Jerusalem. The kingdom of Jerusalem remained in Christian hands from 1100 to 1187. Saladin re-conquered Jerusalem into Muslim hands. He was the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty which drove out the crusaders and reigned over Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Yemen, and parts of North Africa. What is amazing to see is that while the Christian powers who controlled Jerusalem discriminated other directions of faith and was a pain to both Muslim and Jews, when the Muslim reigned there were for the most part religious tolerance. Today many western Christians have fooled themselves to think Christian have been the tolerant and the Muslim direction religious intolerant, but this was not the case in the early middle ages and later middle ages. The same happened when Saladin took Jerusalem. He permitted worship of all religions.
A later sultan had the walls of Jerusalem torn down as part of a peace agreement with the Crusaders in 1219. In 1239 Jerusalem was under the control of Frederick II of Germany who started to re-build the walls but these walls were in turn torn down by a ruler in Jordan the same year.
But the Christians did not give up and regained the territory in 1243. Another dynasty of Turkic Mameluke origin took Jerusalem and they lost it again to the Ayyubid caliphate. After them, yet another Muslim ruler took over in the 13th century namely the Egyptian Mameluke Sultanate.
In 1517 the Ottoman empire took Jerusalem and there were peace and freedom in the kingdom. Jews, Christians and Muslim alike could all follow their conscience and worship in peace. The walls surrounding Jerusalem today was built under Suleiman the Magnificent. During the Ottoman rule, Jerusalem split into its four quarters as still seen today. A large group of Jewish immigrants came back to Jerusalem and Israel during the Ottoman rule. Jerusalem remained Ottoman for 300 years.
It’s no denying that the Jews persecuted the first messianic Christians severally and ended up with losing Jerusalem not long after. It’s interesting to note how every power who have persecuted God’s people have eventually been booted out of the city and been unable to remain there. This leaves me wondering if the reason for God allowing the Islamic caliphates to rule this territory for so long was tied to their attitude towards religious tolerance and then especially towards God’s people. At the end of the Ottoman empire, they too seemed to become very unfriendly to a christian minority group and could be why God allowed it to loose grounds. Now as we see the British mandate following the Ottomans, we see yet another power willing to show religious tolerance in the area. And then modern Israel as we know it has regained control from 1948 and now for nearly 70 years. They too have permitted the different religious groups in Jerusalem to keep their religious houses and worship.
The Ottoman tolerance was at one time a safe haven for Christians who were persecuted by the roman catholic. The pope had alliances with kings and queens all over Europe and often got his way when it came to persecuting what they called heretics. Many of these- so-called heretics were really Christians who refused to convert to the pope’s religious times and laws. And who also would not pray in a church that had idol-images or partake in the Eucharist. These Christian groups were in minority in Europe and were severally tried and had suffered many years of imprisonment, torture and even death for just following their consciousnesses. The Ottoman empire showed for a very long time a different attitude for these same groups of people.
And so it’s interesting to view whom God has permitted to control Jerusalem for the longest and why Islam is not one of the kingdoms mentioned in the statue and beasts shown Daniel. For Islam was at these times not God’s main enemy and the one subduing God’s people, however, the man upholding the old Roman emperor’s titles was. God’s people were not in Jerusalem or worshipping at this mountain just like Jesus said, and so controlling this area wasn’t synonym with subduing God’s people. And this might be why Islam is not mentioned on the statue shown Daniel. The threat was Papal Rome who went after to control God’s people wherever they were to be found worshipping God.
In 1927 an earthquake shook Jerusalem and caused damages to both the most prominent buildings there, the dome of the rock and the holy sepulcher. Around 300 houses collapsed or were damaged, 130 people died and around 450 were injured.
Today Jerusalem is a city of many Abrahamic religions with an Armenian quarter, a Muslim quarter, a Jewish quarter and a Christian quarter. The city isn’t Jewish today, but a ‘bit by bit’ story of how the bible followers divided over time and chose different directions. An odd live visual history lesson. And perhaps it has not happened by chance.
Walking through its many streets you will find one religious house after another. It has both Sunni and Shia Muslim holy places. It has different Jewish groups like messianic, Karaite, conservative, Orthodox and liberal. The Christian areas have Orthodox, Greek, Catholic, Armenian, Coptic and several Protestant churches or places of worship. From Christ time and all the fractions that were then and followed, are all in a way represented in this city. Has God gathered all these groups for judgment? Or did He gather them to enlighten them and offer them salvation? It’s not to deny that it appears that most directions have a spiritual ambassador in modern Jerusalem. Not one, but many have shed blood in their time claiming to serve God by doing so. First the Jewish, then the Christian and then the Muslim claimed to follow both in the footsteps of Israel and Christ, they all claim to serve the same God. They all claim that the King who once enthroned over the cherubim of the Ark and ruled from this city is their God. But very few of them actually understands or respect the law that was inside this throne. To this day this law as it was written is not respected in the city.
Jerusalem was in the old time seen as the ‘place of gathering’ as this is where all the men from all the different tribes came to meet the Lord, to show him obedience and love but also where he would judge among them. In the book of Revelation 16:16 it is prophesied about a final battle: “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
Perhaps that all these different fractions are represented here for a reason. They all seem to think they are the ones representing God correctly and that the others are at fault. They all would like to own Jerusalem by themselves if they could. The Islamic friendliness to Jewish groups that existed during the middle ages is as good as gone for good. The Jews considered Christians to be pagan worshipers and those who follow the Torah like them, but believe Jesus was the Messiah, are considered a “dead jew”. The different Christians leaders look at the Jews as stubborn and erroneous and Muslims as followers of a false prophet.
Is it ever possible for the world to know the truth? The Bible distinguishes God’s people in the following way: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev.14:12)
The irony is found with the inhabitants of Jerusalem today is that most all of them fail to meet this requirement. Either they reject Jesus or they reject God’s commandments. But which of them have both?
How can God re-establish His kingdom if His law is still rejected? Isn’t this why He removed His throne from their midst in the first place, because they would not follow His commandments and rule? Isn’t that why the mountain was taken from the Jews, because they would not accept Jesus as king? How is this lesson still not learned, and the population still sure they are the ones who serve Him?
Now when a large group of people has misrepresented you long enough there comes a time to say something back. But when is that time? The old Jerusalem is only 0,9 square kilometers and many have fought over this small land with the great spiritual past. But as all are arguing over this small area could God’s throne have left the city walls to dwell on the outside of it? Jesus said referring to the last church: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev.3:20)
Could it be that God has one last thing to say from His mountain of reign, from Jerusalem to the people, religions, and nations in the world? One final message from the Creator of the world to the creation?
Back to Daniel 11:45
«And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.» (Dan 11:45; Dan 12:1 )
Many have focused on «he» in this verse, however, it is just as important to consider that when the great tribulation begins in verse 1 the «he» has come to his end. And so the part that many forget is the power that will remove this power from the mountain and make it come to its end. And so we see another force that is behind, and if they make those who reside on the mountain to go to their end it naturally means that they who does this will get control over the area. And so this might be more linked to the events in the next verse. Who is this power, or is it many powers cooperating and if so, to whose benefit and why does it have such an impact that it’s a great end time sign and the start of the last tribulation?
Firstly I want to mention that we aren’t saved through understanding prophecy correctly. We are saved through Christ blood. So that is important to remember. But understanding prophecy correctly is very important to our spiritual health. The prophecies have been given to show God’s people what’s going to happen and give them peace of mind when it happens. To know God is in control. They have also been given us so we can recognize where in God’s timeline we are. So if we interpret prophecy wrong we lose all these advantages and blessings that come with it. So it’s to our spiritual advantage to interpret prophecy correctly. So no one is served by understanding a prophecy falsely. And this is my motive. I want to know what the truth is so I can have the benefit that comes with it.
what has happened in the past when God interpret prophecy falsely? Well, the worst case of them all is when the Jews had for a long time a false understanding of the mission of the Messiah. The result of this wrong understanding was that they didn’t recognize the Messiah even when He stood right there in front of him.
In the gospel we see how several shouted up words like, “search the scriptures, no prophet will come from Galileah” etc. When Jesus said they had to spiritual eat his flesh most of them left Him because it wasn’t what they though Messiah’s message would be.
Another example is from several messianic people I’ve talked to. And several say that Jesus most likely won’t come back in our day. It’s too many prophecies that have to be fulfilled first. The building of a third temple and many other things. So they were relaxed in end time questions, they thought they had a lot of time to prepare. And so it’s important to understand prophecy correctly so we can be prepared.
Daniel 11:45 is such a prophetic way mark. Why? Because we see in the next verse the great tribulation and what is possibly a close of probation. In Daniel 12,1 God has already separated a people and they are to be delivered or specially protected.
So Daniel 11:45 can be a waymark for God’s people to understand how close Christ second coming is. And so if we don’t understand this verse correct we lose this sign for our own benefit.
What is interesting is that when Christ spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem and Christ second coming at the same time, He made two parallel prophecies.
At the time God’s people were to look upon the armies of Rome entering the City as a sign to flee. And Jesus said to remember to keep the sabbath holy at that time. That is an interesting parallel. Jerusalem was conquered many times after this without it being any sign for God’s people. But in Daniel 11:45 we see that one last conquest signals the time of tribulation.
The reason why conquest of old Jerusalem might be a sign again is that this time it signifies an impending doom. But this time, not of the city, but of the entire world.
Christ double prophecy might, therefore, fit with the time the Romans encamped Jerusalem and Daniel 11:45, and both are a signal for God’s people to flee. The second time, not just flee Jerusalem, but to withdraw from populated areas as destruction and plagues is about to fall all over the world.
The destruction of Jerusalem was a symbol of the destruction of the earth in Ezekiel. And because of this, we can make a parallel between the two as well as a parallel between the Roman destruction of Jerusalem the second time and the end times.
Let’s first look at the parallel between the first destruction and what we know about the end of the world from Revelation:
* Country has currpted and is told that it will be destoryed.
* King start a reformation in the land. Re-instates God’s feasts
* The book of the Covenant is re-discovered.
* The Ark of the Covenant is taken out from it’s hiding place
* The majority doesn’t turn from their ways and destruction comes as prophecied.
* The world and the church is currpted and is told that it will be destoryed.
* Jesus ask His people to reform or to seperate from false teachings and currupted churches. God’s people are those that keep God’s commandments, times and laws.
* The Ark of the Covenant will again be seen «in His temple». Possibly double prophecy, that when the temple in heaven was opened the Ark would be seen here on earth as well as in heaven (Rev.11,19) In the example before Jerusalems destruction, both the Book of the Covenant (the copy of the law) and the Original Ark re-surfaced from it’s hiding place at the same time. Both copy and original. If these events points to the end time it could absolutly mean that both the Ark-copy here on earth and the one in heaven will both re-surface or «be seen». In the case in Jerusalem one of them was hidden in the temple and found there (the book) and the other (The Ark) was hidden elsewhere.
Four corners of the city:
“An end, the end is come upon the
four corners of the land.” (Ezek.
Four corners of the Earth:
“I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding
the four winds of the earth…” (Rev.
Reason for the end:
The Seat of the IMAGE of jealousy set up at the northern gate.
People turn their backs on God’s law and let the sun be worshipped at it’s time and place. Where is their loyalty? The leaders have set up the image and are worshipping it.
IMAGE OF THE BEAST SET UP
The mark of the beast presented, those
who do not follow it are those keeping
God’s law. The name of the mark is 666
which is the number of the sun. Where is
your loyalty? The leaders of the world follow the beast.
God’s people sealed before the destruction.
God’s people sealed before the
“.. and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men” (Ezek. 9:4)
God’s people sealed before the
“Hurt not the earth, neither the
sea, nor the trees, till we have
sealed the servants of our God in
their foreheads.” (Rev. 7:3)
Temple fills with smoke/Close of Probation
“Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.” (Ezek. 10:4)
Temple fills with smoke/
Close of probation
“And the temple was filled with
smoke from the glory of God,
and from his power; and no man
was able to enter into the temple,
till the seven plagues of the seven
angels were fulfilled.” (Rev. 15:8)
Plagues over the people
“The sword is without, and the
pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour
him.” (Ezek. 7:15)
Plagues over the people
Revelation chapter 16 has 7
Babylon and the beast besieges God’s
people: Unable to buy and sell.
Babylon besieges God’s
Unable to buy and sell.
The Beast besieges God’s people
Unable to buy and sell. (Rev.13:17)
Jerusalem is destroyed
About five years after Ezekiel’s vision Jerusalem is destroyed.
Christ second coming and judgement upon the Earth:
After these end time events is Christ’s second coming
These parallels help us to understand better the end time events, that we have understood them correctly and what sequence it all takes place. It also shows the strong credibility that the Ark would re-surface in a time of reformation. The reformation that started few years before the destruction did benefit those who took part in it. And the good was separated from the bad. We see God protecting Daniel and His friends and how they survive Jerusalem being taken the first times. We see Jeremiah’s and his friend Baruch being saved while the other perishes. And so the separation that takes place during the sealing is significant. And it was the call for repentance and obedience that helped a people be prepared to be sealed.
Jesus and the destruction of
Many scholars agree that when Jesus talks about the destruction of the temple by the Romans it is a parallel prophecy with the end times. We already have seen the spiritual parallel, but what if there is also a physical parallel? We see two powers at the physical mountain in Daniel 11:45, the one who set his tent there but come to his end and the power that drives them away.
It was the same at the time of Jesus. You had one power present at the mountain who was occupied by Rome, the Jews, whose days had been numbered. A prophecy of the city and temple’s doom had been given by Jesus. Then the Jews wanted to establish an independent Jewish state at Jerusalem and rebels over the Roman rule to rid themselves of the Romans. This ends with Rome re-capturing Jerusalem and destroying the temple and the people. The Jewish nation comes to its end in this territory, and the city is turned into a Roman city.
Although Jerusalem has been sieged many times in the last 2000 years, so it had in the past. What signified the Roman siege was the total destruction and the pre-warning or prophecy.
In Daniel 11:45 we see a prophecy and a people or a power being destroyed and coming to its end.
And so both Christ prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem combined with the end time and Daniel 11:45 bears similar characteristics. This means that Christ prophecy very well could be a double prophecy, the second finding it’s parallel in Daniel 11:45.
Today the Muslims are residing on the temple mount. They had for a long time had independence here until Israel re-captured the city. Not unlike the Jews in the time of the Romans, the Muslims here are still allowed to continue their practice but they feel oppressed and subdued by the Jewish state. If they were in an alliance and tried to regain their independence at this mountain, just like the jews once did, it might as well lead to a similar situation as the one the Jews suffered by the hands of the Romans.
However, the endings are not the same. While the jews that survived was spread throughout and life continued, in the end time when the mountain again is under attack, there will be no continuation. There will only be a tribulation and then Christ second coming. Meaning God is not accepting the new power who takes over as His representative either, instead, the whole world is suffering under God’s punishment. Now the jews failed God and so God didn’t let them keep the mountain for gathering. However, the power that took over were also listed as God’s enemy. But in the end time, there would be no new era after these events. Man might think there will be and plan for it to be, but their plans will be in vain.
The main helper of Israel is the USA, who in Revelation is the beast that has come “out of the earth”. This is the same beast that will make an image of the papal Roman beast. Meaning the USA will become God’s
peoples enemy in the end times the moment they have made this image. The USA makes an image of the Roman beast and follows its teachings and then possibly Israel and USA cooperating to «take it back» after a Muslim rebellion, might be the end time problem we will see. Remember, as long as the Jewish nation continues to reject Jesus as their King, they are in rebellion and have not fulfilled the criteria for getting the temple mount back. If they take it back by force, God will have to intervene to fulfill His words.
If USA’s actions are regarded as a continuation of the agenda of the papal beast and to his glory, they are the new army of Rome along with their allies.
Now Jesus said in the double prophecy: «When ye, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: ….But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.» (Matt.24:15-16; 20-21)
So here just like in Daniel 11:45 and 12:1 we see someone conquering Jerusalem and we see a great tribulation following. But the focus point right here is the army of Rome standing at «the holy place» was a sign of imminent destruction for Christ followers and they were to flee.
In the end time the power standing at ’the holy place’ also symbolizes impendent doom. However this time the doom is on both those conquering and those who are conquered, only one come to its end first, the other by Gods hand later.
The catalyst for God sending judgment over the earth cannot be tied to Islam standing on the mount. For they have been permitted by God to block the mountain from the Jews for many centuries. Islam has been the visual punishment of Israel’s place of gathering. Since the Arabs drow the Byzants away they had, for the most part, blocked the area. This has especially been a focus of annoyment for Papal Rome who wanted to have this mountain as a sign of their authority. They sent their army, their allies in the crusaders, but every time Islam managed to re-capture Jerusalem. The Turks or the Ottomans rebuilt Jerusalems walls and restored the buildings on the temple mount, and this site has since been protected by an Islamic council. Napolean thought of himself as unbeatable when he first conquered Egypt and then wanted to capture Jerusalem. His aim was to turn Jerusalem into a Jewish state. Napoleon had done many good things while fighting for Jewish rights in Italy and gave them their long desired freedom from force and discrimination. When the French troops were in Palestine, and besieging the city of Acre, Napoleon had already prepared a Proclamation making Palestine an independent Jewish state.
He felt confident that he could occupy Acre and the following days he would enter Jerusalem and from Jerusalem he would issue his proclamation: «The young army with which Providence has sent me hither, let by justice and accompanied by victory, has made Jerusalem my headquarters and will, within a few days, transfer them to Damascus, a proximity which is no longer terrifying to David’s city. Rightful heirs of Palestine! The great nation which does not trade in men and countries as did those which sold your ancestors unto all people (Joel,4,6) herewith calls on you not indeed to conquer your patrimony; nay, only to take over that which has been conquered and, with that nation’s warranty and support, to remain master of it to maintain it against all comers. Arise! Show that the former overwhelming might of your oppressors has but repressed the courage of the descendants of those heroes who alliance of brothers would have done honor even to Sparta and Rome (Maccabees 12, 15) but that the two thousand years of treatment as slaves have not succeeded in stifling it. Hasten!, Now is the moment, which may not return for thousands of years, to claim the restoration of civic rights among the population of the universe which had been shamefully withheld from you for thousands of years, your political existence as a nation among the nations, and the unlimited natural right to worship Jehovah in accordance with your faith, publicly and most probably forever (Joel 4,20).» (Letter to the Jewish Nation from the French Commander-in-Chief Buonaparte
(translated from the Original, 1799) General Headquarters, Jerusalem 1st Floreal, April 20th, 1799,
in the year of 7 of the French Republic)
However, Napoleon never got to take Jerusalem and make his pre-made proclamation for the Jews. The Ottoman empire came with great fury and drove them away being fully victorious and strengthening their hold on Jerusalem and the temple mount. This proclamation of the re-instate of the Jews in Jerusalem was made during the French Revolution (5th May 1789 – 9th November 1799), mentioned in Revelation as the beast from the bottomless pit. They were not working according to God’s will. The Jews had not met their criteria to ’worship Jehovah in accordance with their faith’, Napoleon and the French were opposing God and the Bible in their own kingdom and had little knowledge of God’s will. Napoleon later also worked to bring the Roman Christianity back into France.
Again God used the Muslims and the Ottoman empire to hold who back? From the trumpets, we learn that the Ottoman empire was to keep Rome out. However the French ruler did not want Jerusalem for himself, when he was defeated in Israel it didn’t keep the french away, but those who the French were going to give the land, a Jewish nation.
In the parallel of Jerusalems destruction with the end times, Jesus links the destruction with one major thing. He says their house was left unto them desolate, that stone would not remain on stone because they had not accepted Him as their king. The Jewish people still were greatly against Jesus.
If the destruction and the tribulation that came as a consequence of them rejecting Him what will cause destruction and tribulation the last time?
The last verses of Revelation 11 speak of the God-rejecting French nation during the revolution, and how they make the king of the north, the Ottomans, coming down with great power.
«And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.» (Dan 11:40-45)
Previously in Daniel God shows beasts and horns that are a symbol of kingdoms or empires. However, in Daniel 11 the language is no longer symbolical. Instead, they are just called kings. The turn from symbolic language to physical is dominant all over this chapter until its very end. The mention of Edom, Moab, and Ammon cannot therefore by a symbolic people but a real people. And we know that they lived in what we call Jordan today. And the Ottomans did not fight against them. But they did suppress Egypt just like the prophecy said. And so the last verse is not symbolic, it’s real. It’s a real physical mountain.
And so we see a red thread in chapter 11. We see Medo Persa that ruled over Jerusalem, we see Greece that got power over the land and we see Rome that also took the city and then later destroyed it. We see papal Rome in Daniel 11, a power that tried to get control over the area, and we see the French who also tried but failed, and then we see the Ottoman empire who also took Jerusalem. Although the British mandate took over, the Muslims continued their leadership over the temple mount. It was never taken out of their hands, not even when Israel was established and took Jerusalem. The temple mount has continued in the hands of the Muslims. And even though the Israeli government oversees and control the area, the mountain of assembly is still not in Jewish hands to worship and re-build there.
The invisible hand that for so long has hindered them this opportunity is still today hindering them. The only way Israel could justify taking the mount is if there is an Islamic rebellion there. Daniel 11:45 talks about the Muslim coming to its end here causes great worry considering the history of God keeping the jews from the place.
In 2017 Donald Trump, the president over the United States went in Napleons footstep when He proclaimed that Jerusalem is to be officially regognized as the capitol of Israel. This has lead to great protests from the Islamic nations and countries. The war the west has towards Islam is the same war that papal Rome fought for many years during the Middle Ages. The Papal agenda was to get control over Jerusalem and the Mount of Assebly there as well as many other worship places. Today USA has taken over the battle against Islam in these ereas. US have over many years weakened islamic countries by engaging in support for rebel groups, WAR and breaking down their infrastructure. One of the countries that formed the greatest threat against Israel was Syria which is now reduced to a weak power in the Middle East after US support for civil war. Another power that were aggritated towards Israel was Iraq. It was later proven that US used false reports to break the country and remove it’s leader. Right now Irans independance is relying on cooperating with the Usa. Just as papal rome had allies in kings all over Europe, and Napoleons power, none were able to play out their plans for Jerusalem. It seems evident that God holds a hand over this terretorium for a reason.
And when the nations battle against God’s plan they will suffer the consequenses that follows. It can seem that removing or making an end of the power that for so long has worked as a physical hinder for Roman christian and Jewish controll – might be part in the last acaploypse.
And this is where the book of Revelation gives us an additional information.
From the book of Daniel and chapter 11 and verse 45 and the next verse we learn that a power that has has it’s tents on the mount will come to it’s end. We learn someone makes it come to it’s end, another power is present. And we learn that right after this takes place there will be a tribulation leading up to Christ coming. We also know that before this tribulation God’s people have been sealed as God makes a difference in who is struck and who isn’t.
Now lets compare Christ words in Matthew 24 with Daniel 11 and Revelation:
Daniel end time prediction:
– Islam holds France and the western world back from Jerusalem
– Islam holds fort on the holy mountain
– They come to their end.
– God’s people are separated from the others
– A great tribulation
– Christ second coming
Revelation end time prediciton:
– Islam holds papal Rome back (Given the power to weaken papal Rome) Seen in the sixth trumpet.
– God’s people are sealed
– The way for the kings from the East is prepared.
– The beast, false prophet and dragon gather the nations at Armageddon ’Mount of Assembly’ to war against God.
– Jesus stops them with plagues and His second coming.
Christ end time prediction:
– When the enemy is at the holy place (Jerusalem), it’s a sign.
– God’s people have to separate themselves physically to avoid impending doom
– A great tribulation
– False Messiah
– Jesus second coming.
Now what this comparison teaches us is that God’s greatest enemy is not Islam. If Islam sitting on the mount was an end time sign then it makes no sense as they have been there since 633-637 when it was first captured by the Muslim Rashidun Caliphate. And then re-captured several times later. Or even when the Ottoman Suliman rebuilt it. Noen of this did ever signalize that the end had come. And so God was not doing a war against Islam at this place. The war against Islam was conducted by the Beast of Revelation 13, by her daughters and lastly by the USA, the second beast of Revelation. And the US would make the papal’s battle their own, they would become an image of the first beast. And this leads us back to Satan wanting to sit on the mount of the congregation as a god. He wants control over the symbolic mountain but also the physical because this is where Gods’ physical throne is.
Revelation tells us the Devil gave his power to the papal beast and by it used them to try and make Jerusalem his dominion. He also tried to get control over the area by the beast coming out of the bottomless pit. The next power to help the devils agenda is the second beast of Revelation 13, the USA. The president declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel is, therefore, a special move.
When God had ordered Babylon to punish Jerusalem and the Jewish nation there were two voices heard in the city before it’s destruction. A voice from the Jewish leaders saying to not do an agreement with Babylon to save the city and that God would save them. The other was the voice of the prophet Jeremiah who declared to them that when they did not meet God’s criteria, God would not save them.
Meaning the false destroying message was that the Jewish nation with Jerusalem as a capital would be preserved by God and that it was Gods will to protect them, even though they had not met His demands.
And this is the voices of the US and the leaders of Israel. They think that they can claim this city without meeting God’s criteria and that it is theirs no matter what. But Christ said they would not see Him there to protect and lead them before they had accepted Him as their Messiah and King.
And the Jewish nation has so far not done this.
Jerusalem had long had to pay tax to Babylon and serve the Babylonian king, but they rebelled and tried to take independence of the city.
The attempt was what lead to their destruction.
The aiding of Israel to get the temple mount without meeting God’s criteria can lead to God’s punishment. Their success will, if successful, last only for a short time.
The false prophet
In Revelation we see one of the enemies of God working with the dragon and the beast is called a ’false prophet’. He is one of the three unclean spirits that will gather at the physical mount of the assembly during Armageddon.
This is a very important information that Jesus is giving us. A false prophet is someone giving a false end time understanding. Someone who predicts the future falsely. The false prophet is either a confused person who speaks his own words or doesn’t know God’s will or it’s a deceiver. And the beast and dragon have come all the way to the mount of assembly with the help of this false prophet.
In the Bible an enemy has many names, so has God. Jesus called Himself the door, a shepherd, the way, the truth, living bread and much more. Each name a description of who he is. The devil is called Satan (opponent), dragon, serpent, Lucifer all explaining who he is.
When we see the introduction of a new name or description in Revelation we don’t necessarily see a new power. We already know from Revelation 13 that there are three major powers in the end conflict. The dragon and the two beasts. When we get to Armageddon we see one dragon, one beast, and one false prophet. One of them has received a new description in order to give us additional information tied to the setting. The false prophet is here the USA again, along with the papal beast and the dragon. But the USA is religious. We already know that they will convince people by signs and wonders: «And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.» (Rev 13:13-14)
The world is deceived by their false prophetic interpretation. When they come to the physical mount of assembly in Jerusalem it’s claimed to be of God, God’s will. While God says, it’s false prophecy that is leading them there.
The false prophet was a problem before Jerusalem was destroyed the first time. They kept claiming that God was on their side and would preserve Jerusalem in their hands. Jeremiah gave them the truth, that God would not because they had rejected His law. The second time the temple was destroyed they had rejected Christ.
The same we see when Jesus says that many will claim to have done great things in His name and He will profess to them that He did not know them because they are without His law.
The devil is in opposition to God’s law, He has gotten the papal beast to fool their followers into breaking it in God’s name and now the false prophet who also have gone against Gods law, fool the world to think they are on God’s side while God has rejected them.
Not all are Israel who claims to be Israel and not all are Christians who claim to be.
For a long time, christian protestants who have rejected obedience to God’s law have made themselves interpreters of scripture and prophecy. The end time scenario has full of mistakes that are leading them in opposition towards God while they think they «are helping Him».
«They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.» (Joh_16:2)
Throughout the Bible, the debate on who is speaking God’s will have continued. To parties both claiming to speak God’s word, while one is a false prophet and the other Gods true prophet.
The false prophet behind the USA has led them into thinking they are fighting God’s cause when they, in reality, are fighting against Him.
Revisiting Daniel 11:45
What we have learned is that when they gather in Jerusalem it’s because of a deceptive gospel.
In order to get to the ’mountain’, they have made an end to the Muslim control over the site. They have done some preparation work before they can get to the mountain. Before them gathering there it says: «And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.» (Rev 16:12) In Revelation, water is a symbol of people and nations. And so if the Euphrates dries up it means the people are destroyed or subdued.
In the Bible, the king of the east is almost always referring to the kings that are close to Israel, but on the east side, what we today know as Muslim areas. The river Euphrates starts in Turkey and runs through Syria and Iraq. Both Iraq and Syria who opposed a threat have had their infrastructure ruined and have gone from powerful nations too weak nations partly controlled by US interests.
The only land the Euphrates run through that still are untouched is Turkey.
Right now Turkey is the big threat to US Jerusalem plans. Turkey is a continuation of the once Ottoman Empire that Daniel 11 spoke of which placed their tents on the holy mountain. They are also the ones gathering Muslim rulers to talk about the problem with the US and the Jerusalem question. Turkey now becomes the main Islamic power that is opposing the west and trying to protect the buildings on the mountain. They are fighting to regain the control over the area back to the Muslims and they claim they are prepared to fight.
Because Turkey is the power in the precious verses in Daniel 11 it is Turkey that will come to its end. Meaning they are the ones that have to be fought to gain full control. However as we see during the plagues these areas have been left desolate, only for them to face a new situation with the kings from the east. They will all gather at the mount of congregation, Har Maggido, in the battle against God.
The US war on Islam is an agenda of the dragon, beast and the false prophet. They are using this battle to unite the Christians under false Christianity. The devil is working through all agencies he can to complete his agenda. The left wing in the USA, the atheist movement there, are all working to create chaos and fall from moral. They try to create a multi-cultural society where all religions are viewed with the same value. They bring culture against culture and are fighting especially against Christianity. The growth of Islam and bringing in a lot of Muslims to the country contribute to this goal. Especially if the Christian start fearing the Muslims. All of this is making the Christians unite to protect their culture and interests. Those Christians with similar value draw together in the battle to protect their heritage and traditions. Islam and atheism are the enemies. Suddenly theological differences seem to matter little in this battle to save the country. The stronger the atheist groups pull, the stronger the ties between the Christians. The laws in the land that seem to not favor any religion above another seem now to be aiding the destruction of American culture. The Christians feel forced to use the government to save their traditions and elevate them in their country. By making Christianity the main religion, supported by the state, they think they are saving the country. When Islam threatens Israel they are convinced because of the false prophecy they have been subjected to, that Islam is the devil that must be stopped.
Now they want the whole western world to protect their Christian traditions and ways.
The result is that it’s the roman pagan Christian mixture of the Papal Rome that become the rule of the land, and not God’s truth. Those who oppose are viewed as traitors. They are convinced that God is with them, that He will defend them and save them, even if they reject God’s law.
They are convinced God will save the jews even if they brake God’s law and reject Christ.
Their faith is a lie, and they will not be saved while in opposition to God’s times and laws. They will not be saved by refusing to hear God’s call to repentance while they persecute God’s people who are true.
For a people are not saved by other circumstances. Not by standing on the physical mountain of God to assembly there, not by moving into physical Jerusalem. Not by going to a physical church. We are saved by following God’s lead, by being a part of His kingdom in the heart.
Why isn’t their war against Chinese atheism? The murders and injustice taking place there are horrible. Why a war against Islam in the middle east? Islam in the far east is let alone. Because they are in their way and because it’s all about Jerusalem.
The message of the Bible is clear. There is no salvation for anyone, whether you are a Jew, Muslim or Christian if you are a descendant of Abraham if you are circumcised or if you go to church every week. The only thing that makes someone God’s people, sealed by God, is if you keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. Inwardly and outwardly. Everything else is a deception of the Devil. Whether you are a jew or a gentile, what matters is where your heart is.
The lie Christians have been told, and jews to is that God will save them even if they go against Him. This is the same lie Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden.
And the Ark of the Covenant that is resting inside the mount of assembly in Jerusalem is bearing this exact message. With the blood of Jesus on the Mercy seat, it shows there is no salvation from sin without the blood. And the ten commandments witness of who God is and what His law is. When the dragon, the beast and the false prophet on one side and the kings from the east on the other side try to gather at the physical mount of the congregation in Jerusalem they are in a direct war with God’s throne.
Will Israel convert to God and accept the truth and stand by His side at this time? We can only hope that they will awaken and chose the side with Jesus and not with the dragon, beast and the false prophet.
God has allowed them so far all the way to the mount, but not on the mount. Perhaps God wants to bring them this final testimony. Paul said the natural branches are more easily grafted then the unnatural. And we can only hope to see a multitude of jews saying about Jesus: «Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.» (Matt.23:39) If they do, God can and will save them.