SYRIA * LEBANON * PALESTINE

. . . . “He shall gain control over the hidden treasures” (Daniel 11:43)

(Part I . . . “The Hidden Treasures”)

by Doug Krieger

 

Bashar Assad has just cut his little deal with the Russians for a miserly write-off of $10B in Syrian debt to Russia and the promise of missile contracts ready for signing and delivery (Russian Iskander-E tactical missile systems and Igla shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles) to Syria. I mean, what’s $20M between old friends who, for now, can say they’ve “temporarily put the deal on hold” but things have always been a bit “sneaky” between the Soviets/Russians and the Syrians (so, surmise what you will).  What is certain is the bear coming back into the Middle East as a player—much to the dismay and chagrin of Israel and the USA.   

 

Meanwhile, Hamas (based in Syria) is letting the newly elected Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, that if you want us to stop our war against Israel . . . you better play ball with us (i.e., We just won a landslide election in Gaza, so look out!).  Plus, the news just gets better:  Nine Palestinian terrorist groups, including Fatah and Hamas, threaten to revive violent attacks unless Israel halts all military activity. 

 

Coupled with that bit of refreshment, here’s another:  Hezbollah leader Nasrallah and Hamas chief Mashal just announced that their cooperation in their war against the Jewish state and resumption of joint terror attacks inside Israel is going full blast. 

 

In the mean time, when they are not sending their Defense Minister, along with 500+ officers and 2,000 soldiers to aide and abet their Hezbollah surrogates in Lebanon/Syria, (please see our articles:  THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS) Iran fully realizes “she’s next” and, as one of the main triumvirates of the Axis of Evil (Iraq, North Korea and she), there’s little wiggle room left, aside from making a bomb real fast and faking like we’re just using enriched plutonium for peaceful purposes only—e.g., energy. 

 

So, a little update on this is needed and here goes . . . remember, the Word of God is NOT silent about these goings on, and we carefully are challenged by Scripture to observe the “signs of the times” . . . so, it starts with a letter from one of our subscribers from Okalahoma . . . . who precipitated this blog, so Craig, here’s your answer . . . first Craig’s letter before we “explore” when and how the figure in Daniel 11:40-45 “gains control over the hidden treasures.”

 

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Good morning guys: 

 

I have re-read the DEBKAfile link you provided on Doug's January 27 Blog entry.  I was trying to get a feel on possible upcoming events (in the coming weeks) in the Middle East now that President Bush has been sworn in and the Iraqi "elections" have come and gone.   

 

It seems, according to DEBKAfile article, that military action against Syria could be on the very near horizon by the US and Iraq (sic. Israel).  I was wondering if you could comment on the very last paragraph of the DEBKAfile: 

 

“1. It (Syria’s demise) will not take place before President Bush is sworn in for his second term on January 20 or Iraq’s general election ten days later. 

 

2. The Americans will not start out with a large-scale, orderly military offensive, but rather short in-and-out forays; small US and Iraqi Special Forces units will cross the border and raid bases housing Iraqi guerrillas or buses carrying them to the border. If these brief raids are ineffective, the Americans will upscale the action. 

 

3. The Allawi government will formally request the United States to consign joint Iraqi-US forces for action against Syrian targets, so placing the US operation under the Baghdad government’s aegis. In other words, Iraq will be at war with Syria without issuing a formal declaration. 

 

4. It is fully appreciated in Washington, Baghdad and Jerusalem that intense American military warfare against Syria could provoke a Hezbollah backlash against Israel. Damascus may well activate the Lebanese Shiite group to open a second front on Israel’s northern border. The Syrian ruler is expected will tolerate a certain level of American low-intensity, low-profile action.  But, because of his reluctance to strike back directly at American or Iraqi targets, he will field the Hezbollah – and not just for cross-border attacks but to galvanize the terrorist cells it controls and funds in the West Bank and Gaza Strip into a stepped-up offensive against Israeli targets. These Palestinian cells have proliferated over the years, particularly in the Fatah and its branches, encouraged by Yasser Arafat’s cooperative pact with the Hezbollah which remains in force after his death. 

 

Therefore, the key Middle East happening in the coming weeks will be US military strikes against Syria. The election of Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian Authority chairman, his invitation to the White House, the formation of the Sharon-Peres government coalition - albeit on very shaky legs, and the talk of imminent Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, will prove to be no more than sideshows of the main event.”

 

 

THE “DOMINO EFFECT” (Our Response) . . .

 

Craig . . .the Israeli DEBKAfile is exceedingly helpful in many ways . . . I think what we must keep in mind, Biblically, the initial demise of Syria (Zechariah 9, Isaiah 17)—insofar as the "domino effect" leading up to Gog/Magog is concerned—appears inevitable, and VERY SOON!  Part of that domino effect (i.e., growing “Western influence” in the Middle East) has taken place (with periodic setbacks) for decades. Most of the West’s activities (the Brits and French, in particular) has now been subsumed by the USA. The USA has upwards of five military (mostly air) bases in the Negev Desert of Israel AS WE SPEAK (fully operational and clandestine as much as possible . . . just in case the Saudis “default” and/or things in Iraq fall apart . . . which they won't) (See: The Sorrows of Empire, by Chalmers Johnson, 2004).

 

 

LOOSE TORPEDOES 

 

Mahmoud Abbas (Palestinian Authority President) continues to meet with Hamas leaders in Lebanon/Syria (January, 2005) but to no avail.  Trying to revive the “roadmap to peace” seems more and more elusive.  But this will NOT be so simple.  Hamas has just won a landslide election in Gaza . . . giving them “bargaining rights” with Abbas; and as you read in Zechariah 9 and the unfolding of the "Messianic Scenario" . . . Tyre (Lebanon) and Gaza (the PLO/Authority) will be utterly destroyed, as well as their leadership PRIOR to Gog/Magog, wherein the “King of the North” (led by Turkey/Iran) will “collide” with the prepositioned forces of Antichrist (Daniel 11:40-45; Isaiah 17 and 18 as well, select verses) and the “King of the South” (led by Egypt, along with Sudan and Libya) will “come up against him.” 

 

 

WATCH CONDI or “CONDI WATCH” 

 

With regards to the escapades of one, Bashar Assad of Syria, such tampering does not set well with either Israel or the USA.  It is exceedingly clear that Assad "must be stopped" and that stopping has as much to do with the FACT that if Iranian nuclear facilities are attacked, he (Assad) will have to launch attacks against Israel and US bases in Iraq (if that is even possible) because of the Syrian-Iranian Defense Pact signed about a year ago.  So, isn’t it interesting, just when the Russians come into the picture, BEHOLD:  The Condi

 

Condoleezza’s expertise is in “Soviet Affairs.”  So, having the Russians forgive $10B as the price to play in the Middle East (via Syria) does NOT bode well for them.  Listen to what Condi says about Syria and, of course, Iran (January 31, 2005): 

 

“Asked in an interview with CNN television about Syria's role in Iraq, Rice said: ‘The Syrians have not been as helpful as they should be, and we've made that very clear.

 

“‘We believe that there are insurgents and insurgent support networks that have operated out of Syria,’ she said, ‘and we asked them to do a number of things to stop that, and we'll be continuing to pressure the Syrians to do exactly that.’

 

“Asked what type of pressure could be applied to Damascus, Rice said: ‘We have tools. Obviously, the president ordered some sanctions under the Syrian Accountability Act a couple of months ago.’

 

“‘The Syrians do not want to get on a track where they are in a long-term bad relationship with the United States, and so I would hope that they would be more responsive.’” 

 

Now, behold Condi’s rattling of the Iranian Mullahs’ cage: 

 

“‘We certainly are concerned by the role that Iran has tried to play in Iraq,’ Rice said in an interview with the ABC television program This Week. 

 

“‘The Iranians need to understand that the Iraqis are going to build their own future, that it is going to be a future that is very different than the Iranian regime.

 

“‘I do believe that the Iranians have not been particularly a force for stability and for good,’ said Rice, who was confirmed as secretary of state last week, replacing Colin Powell.” 

 

Naturally, the numerous forts being built by the USA along the Syrian/Iraqi border make for a lovely exchange and, of course, much cause for further "creative possibilities" between the USA and Syria—I’m sure Dr. Rice’s “input” with the President as the new Secretary of State will play well in Damascus and Teheran!

 

 

BUSH AS MESSIAH—THAT’S WHAT THE SYRIAN SAYS  

 


The Washington Post quotes Sadiq Azm, a Syrian writer, as saying that Bush’s Inaugural address was Churchillian, “but at a time without an adversary as serious as the Nazi regime.” 


“People will see in this the old civilizing mission, the old colonialism,” said the Syrian reformist.  “He has adopted the reformers' agenda, but in such a messianic way that even we are not ready to go that far.”   

Of course, isn’t it interesting how the Syrian views the support that such a messianic message has?  Listen to the Syrian explain to his audience the “messianic imperative” of the Bush Administration: 

 

“Several US experts and analysts have attributed Bush’s re-election to massive support by conservative Christian groups and a notable showing among regular churchgoing Catholics and mainline Protestants.  The born-again Methodist Bush frequently uses religious imagery in his speeches and repeatedly drew his anti-terror campaign as a battle of good against evil.  On the US markets, video tapes and DVDs tell the story of how Bush abandoned alcohol at the age of 40 and rediscovered his Christian faith.” 

 

Timing in all of this is fast upon us in that Iran, along with the Iranian defense minister, continues to fuel Hezbollah with tons of munitions, officers (some 500+) and over 2,000 troops (that we know of . . . and undoubtedly MANY MORE than this).  The USA is NOT sitting around letting this go unnoticed....especially the funding for such nefarious activities—such as blowing up oil pipelines, etc. . . . therefore, a COORDINATED effort between the USA (and miscellaneous coalition forces, especially Britain) and Israel will dispense with "these problems" in relative ease and very shortly.  This could be triggered in a whole variety of ways.  The plan, for example, to "eliminate the Taliban" in Afghanistan was well in place by the summer of 2001 with Russia and Iran going along with us on the deal (strange bedfellows indeed); and of course, Pakistan, with India knowing about it but really not needed . . . so when 9/11 came about EVERYTHING WAS ALREADY IN PLACE (ref. Sorrows of Empire) for the invasion and elimination of the Taliban (an Islamic student organization which we put in place to begin with!).

 

 

“PERSIA . . . I WILL PUT HOOKS INTO YOUR JAWS, AND I WILL BRING YOU OUT” (Ezekiel 38:4 and 5) 

 

Think not that Iran does not fear PREEMPTION upon her nuclear facilities and soon . . . thus, here’s the latest in the preparation of Iran/Persia in the coming conflagration: 

 

The photo on the right depicts a recent meeting between Iranian defense officials and Lebanese counterparts . . . but listen how this is playing out in this January 30, 2005, Iranian article in IRIB

 

“Tehran, Jan 30 - Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said here Sunday that the current defense cooperation between Iran and Lebanon is not against the interests of a third country (Humm.  Israel?  USA?  Iraq?).  Shamkhani made the remarks on the sidelines of the visit of his Lebanese counterpart Abdulrahim Murad to Tehran. 

 

“Speaking to reporters, he said the ongoing negotiations between Iran and Lebanon are aimed at fostering friendly ties between the two countries.  Lebanese Defense Minister Abdulrahim Murad heading a military delegation arrived here Sunday at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart. Referring to his negotiations with his Lebanese counterpart, he said the Lebanese delegation also underlined the fact that the US seeks to benefit from the potentials of regional countries to implement its own plan dubbed as "Great Middle East".

 
“‘This proves that Tehran and Beirut enjoy common views on existing threats in the region, he added.  A memorandum of understating (MOU) is to be signed by the two countries to further broaden defense cooperation and boost trade between Iran and Lebanon,’ he said.” (My emphasis) 

 

 

TOGAMARAH, MESHECH AND TUBAL—WATCH TURKEY! 

 

Now the plot thickens with the Turks exceedingly disturbed regarding the SUCCESSFUL ELECTIONS of the Kurds and the USA's entanglements with that awful prospect:  KURDISTAN . . . and why not?  Turkey’s 20 million Kurds are exceedingly restless and will look to Iraq’s “progress” with great glee and hope for a future Kurdistan and the final dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire!  

 

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said Turkey has no territorial designs on Iraq but added that it cannot remain indifferent to the sufferings of the Turkmens should an altered demographic composition of Kirkuk trigger an ethnic clash. In an exclusive interview with the TDN, Foreign Minister Gül stressed that Turkey was not threatening an intervention but that everyone should bear in mind that the government of any democratic country must take into consideration the sentiments and sensitivities of its public.” 

 

Turkey’s anxiety over the burgeoning independence and strengthening of the autonomous state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq has just about put the Turks over the top, especially since the Kurds want Kirkuk’s “disposition” to be included into Kurdistan’s “jurisdiction” in Northern Iraq!  

 

Today, as said in our previous articles, the Turks are taking far greater “defensive” action with both Syria and Iran (for the Turks are technically an "Islamic Republic" of sorts and a "sneaky one" at that . . . for what pundit knows what lurks within the mind of the Turk whose ancestry springs from centuries of Byzantine politics and intrigue!).  Furthermore, the Turks fully understand why the USA has prepositioned her forces throughout the Balkans . . . including upwards of 5 military bases in Bulgaria, scores in Romania, Georgia, Macedonia and the Serbian province of Kosovo, as well as Bosnia:  It’s that Caspian oil pipeline WHICH WILL NOT PASS THROUGH TURKEY!

 

The oil reserves of the five STANS in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan) hold such unbelievable amounts of natural gas and oil that it must, in the immediate, consider itself to be as rich or MORE SO, than the Persian Gulf (here we could be talking about 200BB and that “B” as in Billion Barrels); therefore, the USA has for years sought to protect this "stash" from both the Chinese and, quite frankly, the Russians.  Now that Turkey is “having problems” the USA will simply divert its “pipeline aspirations” direct from Baku on the Caspian through friendly Azerbaijan and on through Georgia. 

From here it will travel by super tanker across the international waters of the Black Sea and into Bulgaria (where the USA now has five military installations) and into Kosovo/Macedonia/Albania (all very friendly with the USA and full of US installations like Bondsteel).   

 

Now that Afghanistan is in the bag and the Pakistan "problem" has been relatively resolved (aside from finding OBL and the traditional flaps with India), we're able to get that natural gas and some oil out through Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean.  Our Balkan network of military bases and the military cooperation with the STANS, and Georgia/Azerbaijan, is the ultimate strategy to control the earth’s resources (Biblically speaking:  HIDDEN TREASURES). 

 

The Russian government has always understood that this pipeline was part of the broader US strategy to cut all links with Moscow to the former Soviet states in the Caucasus, building a new economic infrastructure that would dissuade the Caucasus group of nations from ever renewing these ties with the former Evil Empire.  

 

 

PREPOSITIONING “HIM” IN THE MIDDLE EAST 

 

“And at the end time the king of the South will collide with HIM, and the king of the North will storm against HIM . . . and HE will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through . . . HE will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall . . . then HE will stretch out has hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape . . . but HE will gain control over the HIDDEN TREASURES of gold (black gold?) and silver, and over all the precious things . . . ” (Daniel 11:40-43) (My emphasis).  

 

Thence, all the US Troop deployments (prepositioning) throughout the region . . . and I mean an increasing number of US military bases for land, naval and air (Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine (Yes, even Ukraine now that “democracy” has broken out in the Ukraine!), Cyprus, Poland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Greece, Iraq, Georgia, the STANS, the Persian Gulf, ISRAEL, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and on and on—count them:  Some 735+ and growing overseas bases and nearly half the nations of the planet!  Shall I say it again:  WHO IS ABLE TO MAKE WAR WITH HIM!  Listen, we’re not talking about minor investment here . . . one-half trillion dollars in one year alone is pouring into this operation and every single member of the planet (that’s right, the planet because they’re financing our horrendous deficits) is paying for it!   

 

All this to say that the USA has "had it" with these terrorists . . . and so has Israel . . . in any event . . . watch Turkey and especially Egypt (King of the North, King of the South) . . . for it’s through them that Gog shall arise.   

 

All "Islamic Hell" is about to break loose.  We're calling it just like IT IS!  Remember, it was the Ottoman Turks who put the Sunnis in control of Iraq OVER 500 YEARS AGO . . . now, the "upstart USA" comes in and turns Turkey’s little theater of operations upside down!  And, worse yet, KURDISTAN and the final demise of the Ottoman Empire has commenced in earnest.  Likewise, don’t forget that Turkey told the Iranians that the “three of them (Turkey, Iran and Syria) could make war against the Kurds” . . . AS IF THE USA DIDN’T EXIST (e.g., “over my dead body you will”).  

What's astounding in all of this is the stupidity of Gog!  Yet, there is NOTHING, ABOSOLUTELY NOTHING more galvanizing than Islamic fundamentalism gone amok . . . and you, my friend are about to see it very soon—hoards of SUICIDE BOMBERS stomping through minefields in human waves just to get at this HIM whereof Daniel speaks! 

 

But, remember, the Word of God—though they sneer at it/us and though they scoff throughout their protestations on how “awful” is our God to “permit such a thing” to happen; just remember, HE THAT SITS IN THE HEAVENS SHALL LAUGH, THE LORD SHALL HAVE THEM IN DERISION!  We are witnessing the culmination of Gentile World Power seen by Moses, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Zechariah, Jesus, Paul, Peter, Jude, James, and most assuredly, John the apostle.  They know not, these nations, that “they have gathered against the Lord, and against His Messiah!”  (Psalms 2).   


“HE (ANTICHRIST) WILL GAIN CONTROL OVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES”

 “. . . Gog . . . Have you come to capture spoil and to seize plunder . . . great spoil?” (Daniel 11:43; Ezk. 38:3, 12-13)

(Part II of “Hidden Treasures”)

 

I initiated this blog with the full intent of illuminating the coming conflagration of the Gog/Magog War, Syria’s imminent disaster, and the ensuing conflicts as “rumors from the East and from the North” which “will disturb him, (causing him to) go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many” (Daniel 11:44).  But, alas!  The Holy Spirit has once again foiled my plans . . . and has, I humbly affirm, put His priorities ahead of mine . . . and to this end I pray it be so . . . not out of presumption, but by the grace of God that His Word will encourage us all to pursue the unadulterated truth found in the Book of books. 

 

Matters material to the announced subject will be shared more fully, including why the mad rush for the “hidden treasures” and why “rumors from the North and East” so disturb and enrage him to the extent that the Gog/Magog Scenario is but a stepping stone in his quest for world hegemony!    

 

But first things first . . . let the Scriptures lay the foundation to this ultimate analysis.  This is not easy to follow, I admit, however, neither has his nefarious trail been brought to us in Technicolor!  Remember, he is the DECEIVER, the “Angel of Light” yet the “Prince of Darkness.”  His “best practices” throughout the ages have been hidden in the deep crevices of history’s subtleties and shadows . . . but the Scripture’s light gladly exposes this “lord of flies” like a giant cockroach who scatters when we turn on the light of this Book by the Power of the Spirit! 

 

Encapsulated within Daniel 11 and Ezekiel 38 is the nature of man’s inherent fear to loose his ill-gotten gain, or so it would appear.  However, Daniel’s recordation gives an entirely different raison d’être for the intentions of the one revealed to him through Gabriel (Dan. 8:16; 9:21) and the one whose appearance could very well be the Son of Man Himself (Daniel 10:5-6).   

 

What we witness in Daniel 11:43 is, we believe, a picture of that great end-times’ “desolator” . . . “the one who makes desolate” alluded to in Daniel 9:27b, and, thus, prefigured in the Maccabean Nemesis, the Seleucid Prince:  Antiochus Epiphanes (Daniel 8:9; 175 B.C).  This is the “little horn” who came out of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great, whose great horn of total authority was broken into four parts at his death and divided among his four generals:  Cassander of Macedonia; Lysimachus of Thrace and Asia Minor; Seleucus of Syria; and Ptolemy of Egypt (Daniel 8:5, 8). 

 

Daniel’s introduction to the totality of Gentile World Power, that ultimate manifestation of Total Global Dominance in its hegemonic ascendance upon the planet, is given elaborate fanfare in the mind of one, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon; and interpreted by Daniel the Prophet as the evolving IMAGE of Gentile World Power, both in antiquity and its final and horrific conclusion: 

 

“You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them . . . then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold (of the image) were crushed all at the same time, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found.  But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:34-35). 

 

Thus, embodied within the very King of Babylon, was the desolator himself!  Is there any wonder then, that the introduction of the BEAST of Revelation 11:7 who ascends out of the abyss—the same despicable and vile thing having ten horns and seven blasphemous entitled heads, whose body is described like that of a leopard, whose feet that of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (Rev. 13:1-2)—is the sum and substance of that hideous morphing, culminating in a Frankenstein hodgepodge of beastly body parts known as THE BEAST?  Here is the epitome of man’s ghastly efforts, and Satan’s despicable deceptions!  Behold, the confusion of Babylon; the embodiment of the Son of Perdition, the Lawless One, the Man of Sin spoken of by Paul the Apostle (II Thessalonians 2:3, 8) and foreseen by Daniel in the once supreme Head of Gold/King of Babylon who himself was divinely debased to prefigure the very BEAST and BEASTLY KINGDOM himself: 

 

“All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.  Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.  The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the Great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’  While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared:  sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the BEASTS of the field.  You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you (7 years which prefigures the “beastly reign of Antichrist” in Daniel’s 70th Week) . . . Nebuchadnezzar . . . was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws” (Daniel 4:28-32 portions). 

 

Alas!  The KING OF BABYLON had become a BEAST!  This is the source of all that man proclaims is his highest achievement . . . and the voice of the one who utters such inane profundities is none other than the King of Babylon, the Desolator, THE BEAST! 

 

Yes, King Nebuchadnezzar, this IS your BABYLON THE GREAT, which you have built by your insatiable greed and avaricious propensities . . . YES, you, O King of Babylon, high and lifted up upon your palatial palace viewing the world your hands have crafted.  Yes, YOU, who by the might of your power and for the glory of your inflated majesty, void of all that has anything to do with the God of the Universe . . . you can absorb all the glory and the majesty, for behind it all lurks the sinister and shadowy figure of what shall become of you—the ARCHETYPE of BOTH yourself, the Beast/King of Babylon, and your Kingdom/Babylon the Great.   

 

Oh, yes, we shall see more of you in John’s Revelation and in Jesus’ reference to your abominations; indeed, your whereabouts so hidden from our sight, has, in these end of days, been UNSEALED, for all to see your unsightly and foul beginnings domiciled in the boastful prattling of the BEAST-KING, Nebuchadnezzar. 

 

We recognize you, not as a man, but for what you are:  THE BEAST!  Prior to your boastings, you amassed the HIDDEN TREASURES of the earth, from whence your Empire extended itself upward and outward . . . your expanse was breathtaking, your wealth flabbergasted us all.  But, now, behind it all, once again  . . . you are driven away from all mankind, having nothing to do with us, for you are THE BEAST . . . your eating mimics the beast of the field, your body is exposed to the elements as are the vulgar beasts, your hair resembles the feathers of an eagle; likewise your nails . . . are characteristics of the beast, and not of man. 

 

And, as the BEAST you prefigure . . . there is no communion with the Almighty, no human spirit that ignites with the Light of Life . . . for in you we see the Son of Destruction, of Perdition . . . the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, void of divine passion and beyond all fellowship with the God of the Universe:  That’s what your Kingdom has wrought; that is your divine cataclysm.  Yes, in you and within your vile entourage, we see the final end:   

 

“And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse, and against His army.  And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone” (Revelation 19:19-20). 

 

You, and the reflection of all you are, THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST . . . the ultimate expression of Gentile World Power, of Total Global Dominance . . . your apostate religious system ultimately envisioned in a most appropriate, derogatory title, the Second Beast . . . yes, the LOT OF YOU . . . “the stone uncut from human hands” will SMASH YOU TO SMITHEREENS!   

 

“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44; read 2:45). 

 

In reality, Nebuchadnezzar’s “Neo-Babylonian” outburst which clearly illuminates that awful latter-day figure was, in point of Biblical fact, subsequent to Babel’s originations and counterfeit unity within the immediate environs of Nimrod’s Tower.  Here, we trace, through divine inspiration what fixates today’s only super power:  OIL! 

 

“ . . . Nimrod . . . the beginning of his kingdom was Babel . . . in the land of Shinar (i.e., Babylon) . . . and the tower which the sons of men had built . . . they used brick for stone, and they used asphalt (tar) for mortar . . . come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name” (Genesis 10: 10a; 11:1-9, portions). 

 

Oozing with petroleum molecules in pits upon the surface of the Plains of Shinar made such exposures an excellent bonding material with which to build their Tower of Power!  Once heated and sealed, the bond acted like magic cement, keeping moisture out, and strengthening the base and the super structure that ascended into the clouds . . . perhaps not as primitive as we would think!

 

The point to be made is the uncanny resemblance of Babylon’s Tower with Iraq’s oil rich reserves, now occupied by Babylon the Great!  How ironic that the BEAST has returned to his vomit!  How unbelievable is this?  The same galvanizing force that struck fear into the hearts and minds of those whom he conquered—“like Nimrod a mighty hunter against the Lord . . . and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel”—for he subdued the Plains of Shinar and made the people as one, was one who honored the god of fortresses and war!  Indeed, we can safely say that Nimrod blazed the initial “going forth conquering and to conquer” (Revelation 6:2) among the children of men. 

 

Josephus, the famous Jewish Historian speaks of Nimrod’s purposes: 

 

“He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He gradually changed the government into tyranny - seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his power.  He (Nimrod) also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.” (Josephus--Book I, Chap. IV)  

 

In point of fact, the entire book of Daniel, bespeaks of Nimrod’s usurpations and connivances . . . for as Nimrod’s brutal rise to dominance was fraught with war and whose city and tower was held together by OIL or petroleum-based products of the earth, the desired effect was akin to that of Nebuchadnezzar:  TOTAL GLOBAL DOMINANCE (as they knew it) . . . and, in so far as Nimrod was concerned, without OIL, the expression of his kingdom would not be possible!  Nebuchadnezzar’s Neo-Babylonian expression of the Great City was nothing less than the original attempt made by his predecessor, Nimrod.   

 

Daniel’s release from the lion’s den ushers in his own visions of the four beasts and the Ancient of Days . . . of the progression of Gentile World Powers and of judgment which shall be rendered by the Ancient of Days in favor of the “saints of the Most High.” 

 

Now, Nebuchadnezzar’s figure morphs from chapter six of Daniel, where we see the King of Babylon, into the “little” or “younger horn” of Daniel 7, whereof we read: 

 

“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth.  It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns” (Daniel 7:7). 

 

So it is here that the first mentioning of the COMPOSITE BEAST . . . the CONGLOMERATION of Gentile World Power, witnessed in Rome and her Empire, comes upon the earthly scene . . . and, therefore, the initiation of the beastly description:  TEN HORNS!  Again, these ten horns will become the reoccurring theme of the Beast’s Kingdom and rule in Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 12, 16.

 

 

PROGRESSION OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION . . . HAS COME FULL CIRCLE 

 

Once again, at this juncture, and to highlight this BEASTLY FIGURE throughout the book of Daniel, I would rivet your attention to the introduction of the BEAST with TEN HORNS in Daniel 7:8 . . . for it is OUT OF these TEN HORNS that we hear these visionary statements: 

 

“While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one (as in “younger horn”), came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts” (Daniel 7:8). 

 

Thus, it is here that the Babylonian (Lion with wings of an eagle); the Persian (Bear with three ribs in its mouth); the Grecian (Leopard with the four wings on its back and its four heads); and, finally, the FOURTH BEAST of Daniel 7:7 records the march of Western Civilization from those original oil drenched Plains of Shinar.  As the evolution of Western Civilization is magnified under the divine microscope of Daniel’s insightful descriptions, he immediately turns from the imagery of Nebuchadnezzar’s Beastly experience, to that of the Roman Imperium . . . for assuredly, this is the successor of Grecian dominance, who in fits and starts dating back before 700 B.C. cast off its Republic, for the Dictatorship and PAX ROMANA, the Peace of Rome and the Age of Roman Empire prior to the birth of Christ when the Roman Senate ceded political power to Octavia, who took the name of the beloved Julius Caesar to become, PONTIFF MAXIMUS, Augustus Caesar:  HAIL CAESAR! 

 

But what Daniel witnessed was so prophetically advanced; catapulting the eschatological time frame into the very end of days!  For, it would be from the Beast’s original ROMAN ROOTS that a “young horn” would arise having “a mouth uttering great boasts” (Daniel 7:8b).   

 

Although Daniel immediately projects the victory of one like unto the “Son of Man” (Daniel 7:13) and reassures us of the ultimate triumph expressed in “His kingdom . . . which will not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14) . . . he immediately picks up the beastly theme once more . . .  

 

“Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was large in appearance than its associates” (Daniel 7:19-20). 

 

Here, Daniel seems transfixed upon the deeds of this wretched character when he describes the following scene wrought, not by the Fourth Beast per se, but by the “little horn” which had burst forth from the Ten Horns: 

 

“I kept looking, and that horn (i.e., “little horn”) was waging war with the saints and overpowering them” (Daniel 7:21).   

 

“Waging war with the saints and overpowering them” . . . this very phraseology is picked up again in John’s Revelation where we read: 

 

“The beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them (i.e., the Two (Corporate) Witnesses), and overcome them and kill them . . . and the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus . . .” (Revelation 11:7; 12:17). 

 

As in a film, the scenes we view are fast moving . . . projecting from present to distant future with New Testament prophets, like John, substantiating and expanding upon the original vision of Daniel, amplifying the divine revelation, giving abundant clarity in greater detail, and then thrusting us back into Daniel’s account where even greater detail emerges; far more than we could even fathom upon our initial encounter with his writings. 

 

It is in Daniel that we initially view THE LITTLE HORN, THE BEAST, and then how that beastly figure emerges out from the original Ten Horns of the Beast proper.  We read in Daniel 7:23-24: 

 

“Thus he said:  ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom (i.e., ROMAN EMPIRE) on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms, and it will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it” (vs. 23). 

 

Clearly, Rome of antiquity, the bastion of Gentile World Power of yore, the cradle of civilization, Babylon, had now advanced to the West; and, as the West, its overwhelming expression:  THE WORLD THAT WAS ROME!  But, then Daniel’s fixation rivets back to his original “little horn” . . . 

 

“As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings” (vs. 24). 

 

Again, it is here that Daniel’s view turns cosmic . . . for he sees beyond Rome’s immediate jurisdictions and encounters “another (who) will arise after them” (i.e., after the Ten Horns) and this one (which undoubtedly is the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8, for it arises out of the original Ten Horns) will be different from the previous Ten Horns and will subdue three kings (thus, the horns are likened to authorities, i.e., “kings”). 

 

Now, it is here that Daniel exposes, still further, this awful latter-day Beast:

 

“And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time” (Daniel 7:25). 

 

Here, the well-meaning, though prophetically disastrous calculations, engendered by the Historicists project the figure of Napoleon Bonaparte to be the figure mentioned in Daniel 7:25!  To dispense with this confinement and even bizarre interpretation of Scripture is all I can do for now; however, the “time, times, and half a time” configurations are reiterated in Daniel 12:7, and again in Revelation 12:14. 

 

The time frame can be discovered in other Scriptures by an assortment of numerical simulations:  42 months, 1,260 days, 3 ½ days, 3 ½ years. . . each precisely designating the same period of time (i.e., one-half of the 70th Week of Daniel’s prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-27, and generally spoken of as the “Tribulation Period” in familiar parlance; e.g., Revelation 11 where the “Court of the Gentiles” shall tread underfoot the Holy City for forty-two months and the Beast, who leads the Court of the Gentiles, shall openly make war against the Two Witnesses (i.e., the Holy City) for three-and-a-half days, immediately following their prevailing testimony for 1,260 days or the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week; the latter half of which is the time of the “Great Tribulation” or the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”). 

 

Daniel, however, does not dispense with his elaborations regarding the Almighty’s antithesis, i.e., the Antichrist.  Instead of leaving us at the pinnacle of Western Civilization from whence the “Little Horn” is identified “possessing eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts” (Daniel 7:8), Daniel substantiates the identity of this gruesome personage by advancing his subject into Daniel 8. 

 

His eruption roots out of their place “three previous” horns, subduing these three by uprooting their kingdoms from his base.  The younger horn announces his arrival within the context of familiarity.  We have brought out in the past that America’s primary foundations within the “New World” displaced Britain, France and Spain, uprooting them from “shore to shore” and ultimately overshadowing them, economically, militarily, and even religiously.  Even so, the triumvirate’s European colonial compatriots (i.e., Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Russia, all of whom walked the face of the earth as seen in the IMAGE in Daniel with the TEN TOES of Iron (stronger nations) and clay (weaker nations)) have dissipated glories compared to the younger horn to whom they have given, if you would, space and birth.

 

Thus, it was out of those who claim the role of Caesar, Emperor, King, Kaiser, and Tsar . . . all the metamorphosis of Rome—from Constantine to Charlemagne; from Byzantium to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Emperor Napoleon to the Kaiser of Imperial Germany; from Mussolini’s Roman Empire to Hitler’s Third Reich; from Imperial Russia to Pax Britannica . . . comes a mixed multitude whose ascendancy out from the waning IMPERIUM of his forebears, now struts and strides across earth’s stage:

 

“The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.  And the beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction” (Revelation 17:9-11) 

 

In John’s day, these seven mountains/kings and kingdoms would be all too familiar, for they wrought extraterritorial havoc upon ancient Israel:  Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece (the “five have fallen”) and Rome (“one is”) THE OTHER HAS NOT YET COME. . . “And when he comes, he must remain a little while (i.e., “the younger horn” or “youthful nation/kingdom”).  “And the BEAST which was (ancient Rome) and is not (seemingly dissipated in the 10 Toes of the Image (some weak, some strong) is himself also an eighth, and is one of the seven (i.e., the SEVENTH KING receives a wound and recovers from seeming death and becomes the BEAST:  The EIGHTH, or “out of the SEVENTH”).  Again, Dr. Barnhouse clarifies this exposition: 

 

“If we look upon the Roman dictator as being the seventh, he becomes the eighth, the Antichrist at the time of the Satanic incarnation, and thereby becomes an eighth (note that the Greek is not the eighth), who is thus out of the seven, since Satan is the cause of all of the others.  He now comes to his judgment, going down to perdition.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, Revelation, An Expositional Commentary, p. 330). 

 

Thus, the SEVENTH KING is indeed the extension and full revival of PAX ROMANA, but his eruption in the Latter Days comes forth from the Ten Toes who colonized the planet as the Image began to walk; and, specifically has morphed himself into that Great City admired by the ancient King of Babylon and so adroitly depicted by Daniel the Prophet. 

 

But, again, Daniel solidifies his example of this Latter-Day King and Kingdom, and his relationship to Israel in the time of the Maccabean Revolt, as well as her future ingathering in Daniel 8 through 12, while, at the same time, concentrating his full description as Greco-Roman Man, the West. 

 

In Daniel 8 we view a ram “butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him” (vs. 4).  Note the initial direction of the Persian Empire is westward.  This two-horned ram (the Medes and the Persians; vs. 3) is confronted by a “male goat coming from THE WEST OVER THE SURFACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH having a conspicuous horn between his eyes” (vs. 5).  Eventually, this male goat attacks the ram with two horns, rushing “at him in his mighty wrath” (vs. 6-7). 

 

It is here (and we must keep in mind Daniel’s theme of the BEAST throughout these Scriptures) that “the male goat magnified himself exceedingly” (i.e., Alexander the Great) . . . “But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven” (vs. 8).  Again, these are Alexander’s four generals (Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus and Ptolemy). 

 

Now . . . Daniel picks up the tempo and intensity of his beastly theme: 

 

“And out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.  And it grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down” (vs. 9 and 10). 

 

A number of salient points emit from these passages:  (1) The “small horn” or “little/younger horn” is reintroduced in the drama of Gentile World Powers . . . and, it is certain, this pertains to Antichrist as originally depicted at the commencement of this final set of visions by Daniel (cf. Daniel 7:8); (2) The “small horn’s” move is initiated against “The Beautiful Land” (i.e., Israel); and (3) The “initial figure of Antiochus Epiphanes” is immediately transfigured into a “cosmic image” beyond the pale of mortal flesh for “it grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.” 

 

John’s apocalyptic drama takes up Daniel’s format in Revelation: 

 

“And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.  And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth . . . and the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him . . . woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time” (Revelation 12:3, 4, 9, 13) 

 

“And leave out the court (i.e., the “Court of the Gentiles”) which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will TREAD UNDER FOOT the Holy City for forty-two months” (Revelation 11:2). 

 

This, we affirm, is the final TREADING DOWN of the Holy City, by the Evil One foreseen in Daniel 8; and, in case you are still not clear of whom Daniel speaks . . . he continues his enunciations and diatribes regarding this one: 

 

“It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down.  And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper” (Daniel 8:11 and 12). 

 

Here, the reader is tossed about by the classic prophetical utterances of the Hebrew prophet; moving from the cosmic to the mundane, from the celestial to the terrestrial, from heaven to earth, so quickly it boggles the doctrinaire disciplined mind to the uttermost . . . for this is divine inspiration, not limited by finite brains caught in the bondage of the scientific method of the Enlightenment! 

 

Alas!  You are still confused, and so was Daniel . . . therefore, the straightforward interpretation of the vision is given: 

 

“And he said, ‘Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.  The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king (i.e., Alexander the Great).  And the broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power” (Daniel 8:19-22). 

 

Fast forward to “the appointed time of the end” we go . . . but then we speak of the Medes and the Persians . . . of Alexander the Great and his four generals? 

 

Ah, but this is not what catches the mesmerizing fixations of Daniel . . . once again . . . he elaborates upon “the little horn” . . . for Daniel is not limited by time and space.  These contestations between the ram and the male goat are but shadows of the major cosmic conflict at “the appointed time of the end.” 

 

So, Daniel fully discloses the Little Horn’s maneuverings in antiquity and into the information age: 

 

“And in the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise insolent and skilled in intrigue.  And his power will be mighty, but not by his own power, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; he will destroy mighty men and the holy people.  And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; and he will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many while they are at ease.  He will even oppose the Prince of princes (Alas!  Has Antiochus, the “little horn” taken on the “Prince of princes” Himself?), but he will be broken without human agency” (but Antiochus simply died of natural causes in Tabae, Iran in 164 B.C. . . . so, again, the cosmic figure lurks behind the image of Antiochus) (Daniel 8:23-25). 

 

Daniel concludes this portion of his vision by this mysterious time frame: 

“And the vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true; but keep the vision secret, for it pertains to many days in the future” (Daniel 8:26). 

 

The sum of Daniel 8 is in total agreement with Daniel 7.  The “little horn” of Daniel 7 (the final end-times’ Roman Empire, or all that bespeaks of that concluding behemoth of Gentile World Power that burst forth upon the North American Continent) is in agreement with the “little horn” of Daniel 8 who intrudes into the Beautiful Land, both then and into the future (Daniel 11:41) as the “cultured” side, if you would, of GRECO-ROMAN man. 

 

His “religious persecutions” were introduced in Daniel 7:21 (“That horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them”); against all those considered “saints of the Most High” throughout the ages, but, in particular at the close of this age in which we now live.  Finally, his rage in Daniel 8 is seen toward Israel, the final days of Jacob’s Trouble. 

 

Daniel became sick and exhausted for days following these visions . . . “and there was none to explain it” (Daniel 8:27). 

 

Daniel’s famous prayer is then uttered at the beginning of Daniel 9:3-19.  It is here (Daniel is now in his 80s) that Daniel receives one of the most intensified portions of prophetical Scriptures ever divinely announced . . . and we poor puny humans have been scrambling ever since to dissect these remarkable passages of Holy Write! 

 

A full dissertation of Daniel 9:24-27 this is not.  However, I would simply draw your immediate attention, once again, to the beastly figure pursued by Daniel the Prophet, who relentlessly and steadfastly refuses to give him one spare chapter where he can rest from the prophet’s dogged pursuit and exposure! 

 

Within the aforementioned Gordian knot of prophetic intensity, Daniel, nevertheless, rips off the veneer of princely titles seen in the coming Titus of Rome who destroyed the Herodian Temple in 70 A.D.  Daniel commits this destruction, not to the “Prince who is to come,” but to the Prince’s people who bear the immediate commencement of Israel’s desolations.  Instead, “The Prince who is to come . . . will make a ‘defense pact’ (not THE covenant . . . such is NOT in the original Hebrew text) with the many (i.e., a regathered Israel), but in the middle of the week (the 70th Week of Daniel) he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations (i.e., the “Abomination of Desolation” spoken of by Daniel the Prophet) will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate” (Daniel 9:26-27 portions). 

 

The true Messiah, the Prince is juxtaposed to “The Prince who is to come” (i.e., Jesus Christ vs. Antichrist . . . Note:  Not the Messiah vs. the “spirit of antichrist,” but vs. “THE ANTICHRIST” . . . “the ‘prince who is to come’” or as Sir Robert Anderson describes him:  “The Coming Prince.” 

The dimensions of Daniel’s spiritual struggles are revealed in Daniel 10 . . . he is given a final burst of divine exhilaration in the midst of his exhausted state . . . for, even then, the battle revealed to him was of immense spiritual confrontation by angelic beings who occupy the hierarchy of the divine platform . . . principalities in high places (Daniel 10:13, 20, 21). 

 

Then, not skipping a beat, Daniel is once again thrust into disclosing greater details of Antichrist, seen in the earthly figure of Antiochus Epiphanes and chronicled in the direct review of Antichrist himself seen in Daniel 11:36-45. 

 

Again and again, Daniel repeatedly keeps up the pressure and, ipso facto, the exposure, of Antichrist and his deceitful and shameful exploits.  Antiochus Epiphanes is but a haughty impression strutting upon life’s stage and then he vanishes away . . . but he serves as an Archetype of that dastardly and revolting end-times’ figure:  THE Antichrist . . . the one who is wholly opposed to the true Messiah and who is the very COUNTERFEIT of Messiah Himself! 

In sum . . . as seen in Antiochus, “The Glorious One” (for so presumptuous was he to assume such a title unto himself), this useful braggart leaves an abominable legacy of falderal recorded in Daniel 11:21-35 (as Antiochus) and 11:36-45 (clearly as Antichrist); thus, highlighting his wretched person and works:

 

1.              He is a “despicable person” (vs. 21)

2.              The “honor of kingship” was not “officially conferred” upon him (vs. 21)

3.              He comes to power in a relative time of “tranquility” (vs. 21)

4.              He seizes the kingdom by intrigue (vs. 23)

5.              After an alliance is made with him, he will practice deception (vs. 23)

6.              He goes up and gains power “with a small force of people” (vs. 23)

7.              In a “time of tranquility” he will enter the “richest parts of the realm” (vs. 24)

8.              He will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors (vs. 24)

9.              He will distribute plunder, booty, and possessions (vs. 24)

10.          He will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time (vs. 24)

11.          Ultimately, he is “enraged at the holy covenant and takes action” (vs. 30).

12.          Ultimately, he commits the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple (vs. 31)

13.          He’s a “smooth talker” who “turns to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant” (vs. 32)

14.          He will do as he pleases (vs. 36)

15.          He will exalt and magnify himself above every god (vs. 36)

16.          He will speak monstrous things against the God of gods (vs. 36)

17.          He will prosper until the indignation is finished (vs. 36)

18.          He will show no regard for the gods of his father (vs. 37)

19.          He will show no regard for the desire of women (vs. 37)

20.          He will show no regard for any other god (vs. 37)

21.          He will magnify himself above them all (i.e., all gods) (vs. 37)

22.          He will honor a god of fortresses (vs. 38)

23.          He will honor a god his fathers did not know (vs. 38)

24.          He will give to this “god” by honoring him “with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures” (vs. 38)

25.          He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god (vs. 39)

26.          He will give great honor to those who acknowledge him, and he will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price (vs. 39)

27.          The King of the South (at the “end time”) will collide with him (vs. 40)

28.          The King of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships (vs. 40)

29.          He will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through (vs. 40) (This verse introduces the Gog/Magog Conflagration.).

30.          He will enter the Beautiful Land (vs. 41)

31.          Many countries will fall . . . but these will be rescued out of his hand:  Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon (i.e., modern Jordan) (vs. 41)

32.          He will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape (vs. 42)

33.          He will gain control over the hidden treasures . . . of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians (Cush) will follow at his heels (vs. 43)

34.          Rumors from the East will disturb him (vs. 44)

35.          Rumors from the North will disturb him (vs. 44)

36.          He will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many    (i.e., in the East and North (vs. 44)

37.          He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas a the beautiful Holy Mountain (vs. 45)

38.          He will come to his end, and no one will help him (vs. 45)

 

I am confident that others could glean more characteristics from the chapter than I; however, let us keep before us THE culprit.  The adumbrative prophetic style, common among the Hebrew prophets, suggests this pathetic excuse, who craves our worship, has been brought up before the divine court (for the “court sat” and judgment was rendered on behalf of the saints) wherein his final conviction is decided by an overwhelming compilation of evidence aforementioned in Daniel’s elaborate presentation of this “crime scene investigation” par excel lance! 

 

We most certainly will draw upon this panoply of prophetic evidence from time to time.  The point of the matter is this:  Daniel has documented  this one can no longer hide his serpentine pursuits seen in his Archetype, Antiochus Epiphanes, nor in the more overt expressions revealed in the latter part of Daniel 11.

 

And, lest we forget, elsewhere in Daniel his blatant enumerations are endless: 

 

39.          His Roman heritage (i.e., the Fourth Beast), as iron, crushes and shatters all things . . . especially, the aforementioned kingdoms who preceded it (Daniel 2:40).

40.          He, the FOURTH BEAST (again, his source is Rome) is dreadful and terrible and extremely strong (Daniel 7:7).

41.          He is described as having “iron teeth.” (Daniel 7:7)

42.          He “trampled down the remainder with its feet” (Daniel 7:7)

(Note:  Jesus Himself uses this to describe Gentile World Powers which “trod(den) down” Jerusalem until the “times of the Gentiles” are fulfilled (Luke 21:24) (Also, cf. Revelation 11:2)

43.          He is the “younger horn” among the kingdoms (Daniel 7:8)

44.          He possessed eyes like the eyes of a man (Daniel 7:8)

45.          His mouth utters great boasts (Daniel 7:8)

46.          He will uproot three other horns when he arises (Daniel 7:8)

47.          He, “the younger horn” will utter “the sound of the boastful words” (Daniel 7:11).

48.          Ultimately, he will be slain and his body will be destroyed and given to the burning fire (Daniel 7:11)

49.          He is described as exceeding dreadful (Daniel 7:19)

50.          He devours, crushes, and tramples down the remainder with its feet (Daniel 7:19).

51.          He has TEN HORNS on his head + “the other horn (i.e., the ELEVENTH HORN) which came up” before which three of them fell (Daniel 7:20)

52.          He is larger in appearance than his (its) associates (Daniel 7:20).

53.          He wages war with the saints and overpowers them (Daniel 7:21).

54.          He is “different from all the other kingdoms” (Daniel 7:23).

55.          He “will devour the whole earth” (Daniel 7:23).

56.          Again, it will “tread it down and crush it” (Daniel 7:23).

57.          He will “subdue three kings” after the TEN KINGS (i.e., “horns”) have been raised up (Daniel 7:24).

58.          “He will speak out against the Most High” (Daniel 7:25).

59.          He will “wear down the saints of the Highest One” (Daniel 7:25).

60.          “He will intend to make alterations in times and in law” (Daniel 7:25).

61.          The saints will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (3 ½ years, 3 ½ days, 42 months).

62.          “His dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever” (Daniel 7:26).

63.          He is referred to as “a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land” (Daniel 8:9).

64.          He “grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down” (Daniel 8:10).

65.          He will “magnify itself to be equal with the Commander of the host” (Daniel 8:11).

66.          Eventually, “he will remove the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down” (Daniel 8:11).

67.          The “host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice” (Daniel 8:12) because of “transgression.”

68.          He will “fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper” (Daniel 8:12b).

69.          This “little horn” is described as “insolent and skilled in intrigue” (Daniel 8:23).

70.          His “power will be mighty, but not by his own power” (Daniel 8:24).

71.          He “will destroy to an extraordinary degree” (Daniel 8:24).

72.          He “will prosper and perform his will” (Daniel 8:24).

73.          He “will destroy mighty men” (Daniel 8:24).

74.          He “will destroy the holy people” (Daniel 8:24).

75.          He possesses “shrewdness” (Daniel 8:25).

76.          He “will cause deceit to succeed by his influence” (Daniel 8:25).

77.          He “will magnify himself in his heart” (Daniel 8:25)

78.     He “will destroy many while they are at ease” (Daniel 8:25)

79.     He “will even oppose the Prince of princes” (Daniel 8:25)

80.   His “people . . . will destroy the city and sanctuary” (Daniel 9:26) (Accomplished by the Roman Legions in 70 A.D. against Jerusalem and the Temple).

81.     His “people . . . will destroy the city and the sanctuary” (Daniel 9:26 (Accomplished by the Roman Legions in 70 A.D. against Jerusalem and the Temple).

82.     He “will be broken without human agency” (Daniel 8:25)

83.     He is referred to as “The prince who is to come” (Daniel 9:26)

84.     He, “The Coming Prince” will enforce a “defense pact” with a regathered Israel in the latter days (Daniel 9:26).

85.     In the Middle of Daniel’s 70th Week he will break his agreement “with the many” (Daniel 9:27) by stopping the sacrifices and the grain offering in what appears to be a reconstituted Third Temple in Jerusalem.

86.     He is the one “who makes desolate” (Daniel 9:27).

87.     A “complete destruction” will be poured out upon him (i.e., “upon the one who makes desolate”) (Daniel 9:27).

 

Daniel has amassed such a grotesque dossier of the beast by inference, adumbration, allusion, suggestion, through direct and indirect innuendo, exposing the true identity and future discourse, destruction, and dissuasions of this despicable one, that to obfuscate his personage and work, one would have to be a spiritual ignoramus and/or wholly caught up in the deceit that he proffers to those predisposed to his charade, chicanery and cunning. 

 

Finally, as we conclude Daniel, let us not think that the prophet has dismissed with this despicable character; for, in chapter 12 there abides a last reminder of his persecutions and war against the saints. 

 

“And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time . . . How long will it be until the end of these wonders?  . . . it will be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed . . . many will be purged, purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand . . . from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days” (Daniel 12:1, 6-7, 11). 

 

It is abundantly clear that Jacob’s Trouble, the Great Tribulation in general, bears the mark of this frightful figure . . . until he and his kingdom is destroyed. 

 

Tracing the hoof beats of the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition, the Lawless One, “The Prince Who is to Come” throughout Daniel’s accounting should convince us all that when we arrive at his quest for the “hidden treasures” of the Middle East, as seen in the Gog-Magog conflagration, his limitless powers of war will accomplish all he desires, for his immediate destiny is to prosper.  

 

We will continue this diatribe along more “secular lines” in our next tome . . . realizing that far more of the Despicable One is revealed in other Hebrew and New Testament Scriptures.  What we have seen here is exhausting . . . now we see why such exhaustion described the condition of Daniel, again and again, as the Almighty revealed the progression of Gentile World Power throughout the ages, culminating in the final catastrophic amalgamation of evil, deceit, war, carnage, famine, pestilence, war and death. 

 

It would be remiss for us to leave this depressive scene without the full disclosure of the Ancient of Days Whose “vesture was like white snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool . . . (Whose) throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire . . . a river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened . . .” (Daniel 7:9-10) . . . though the sinister figure of Antichrist is seen in the very midst of this celestial scene; to wit: 

 

“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking unto the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire . . .” (Daniel 7:13). 

 

Then, bless God, Daniel keeps looking and the scene’s dramatic relief transverses the universe . . . it is here, centered on the Son of Man, that we conclude this elongated exposure of Daniel’s counterfeit Messiah, and leave you with the real Anointed One: 

 

“Behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.  And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).


 “Challenges and Threats”

. . . . while “Controlling the Spicket in the Thicket”

 

(Part III of “Hidden Treasures”)

 

 

Before we get into “Controlling the Spicket in the Thicket,” let’s give a little update/background on the saber rattling going on in the Middle East.  Actually, the “rattling” has become somewhat of an art form in Middle Eastern politics, especially these days.  The rule of thumb is much like that of two domesticated cats contending over the food disha whole lot of clever posturing to intimidate, with a great deal of sound and fury, not signifying a whole lot when all is said and done. 

 

However, occasionally, someone gets hurt, especially if a new “order” is being established between the contenders for the food . . . and, one thing is certain, the overthrow of the alpha cat doesn’t come easily, if ever.

 

 “Challenges and Threats” . . . that’s why we’re “so happy together” (Beatles’ tune playing softly in the background as the “United Islamic Front” bestirs).  These profundities were uttered this week by Syrian PM Naji al-Otari (the fellow with the Western tie looking a bit dazed) and Iranian VP Mohammad Reza Aref (with no tie at all in defiance of Western ties). 

 

VP Aref, given the fact that Iran plans to have the bomb (as in Atomic Bomb) within the next six months (over Israel’s dead body . . . Dick Cheney singing “Killing me softly with his love” quietly playing in the background), was adamant about the “numerous threats” and the “challenges and threats” that Syria and Iran face.

 

Meanwhile, a mysterious thing happened on the way to celebrating Islamic unity:  “. . . an explosion near a nuclear facility in southwestern Iran that initially was reported as a missile strike but later was attributed to construction work on a dam” (actually, someone was trying to sell the Ayatollahs a bridge and . . . well, you know the rest of the story).  Of course, all this posturing is couched in “economic strengthening” terminology as well . . . “and the band played on!”

 

Thetribnet has been talking about this “alliance” for months now . . . sure glad the press has finally picked up on it; of course, they’re leaving out the Turks in the equation. 

 

You know, that “wild card” that everyone wishes would just go away . . . . Especially since the Iraqi Kurds turned out 26% of the electorate and fully intend to go ahead with their plans for Kirkuk

 

Man, that’ll make the 12 million suppressed Kurds in Turkey and the 5 million in Iran and the Syrian Kurds just thrilled to death to see a thriving Kurdish community stirring up the already boiling potnotwithstanding Condi’s little reassurance to our recalcitrant Turkish allies who have had the awful experience of being betrayed by the alpha cat in the past.

 

Here’s what Bulent Aliriza of the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies says of Turkey’s consternations of an assertive autonomous Kurdish (a.k.a., KURDISTAN) state in Iraq

 

“The reality of it is that there is not too much that the Turks can do at this stage, unless they are willing to intervene militarily, which has immense consequences” (Consequences?  You bet!  Duh . . . guess who’s utterly dominating the cat dish?). 

 

So, the Turks hiss and growl deeply as they wait in line until the alpha cat finishes her meal (if ever)!  Meanwhile, that little Kurdish pussycat keeps growing, and growing and growing . . . like a little “Energizer Kitty!”  Iraq looks like a map of Germany’s occupation by the allies during the Cold War:

 

 

Meanwhile, Condi Rice is busily pontificating and implementing policy left and right with her most hated enemy of all times:  Hezbollah (HQed in Syria’s backyard of Lebanon).  Of course, pulling out US Ambassador Margaret Scobey, shown meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on January 10, 2004, was the least Rice felt she could do to protest the monster blast assassination of the popular, four-time, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.  Yep, just the ticket to announce that the United States has a “growing list of differences” with Damascus.  But, the key to diplomacy is majoring in understatements like this one:  “The Syrian government is unfortunately on a path right now where relations are not improving but are worsening.”

 

In the Iran/Syrian vs. USA alpha cat fight, we hear the likes of White House spokesman Scott McClellan diplomatically announce that Iran and Syria are “misreading the issue.”  (Like, what’s the issue?).  McClellan followed that ambiguity up with:  “Their problem is not with the United States, it’s with the international community . . . both Syria and Iran . . . need to abide by the commitments they have made.”  However, the growling could eventually lead to some fur flying around and real soon . . . take McClellan’s not so ambiguous remark about the former Lebanese PM’s fate.  He called Hariri a “good friend” to the USA and said his slaying is “a tragic event of catastrophic dimensions.”  That’s a mouthful; let’s amplify that a bit:  CATASTROPHIC DIMENSIONS!! (There, I feel better already.)

 

Now, how’s about a little French rapprochement?  President Bush will meet with French President Jacques Chirac next week for dinner.  Chirac, who attended the Hariri funeral, and whose French government has always had its finger in Lebanese politics and fortunes, finally has a way to make it right with the USA.  Summing up Syria’s perilous and ultimate fate is President Bush’s understatement:  Damascus is “out of step with the progress being made in the greater Middle East.” (Note:  Juxtaposed to LOCK STEP!).

 

 

LAWRENCE EAGLEBURGER HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART

 

First we have the “progressive” former Secretary of State under George Bush, Sr., Lawrence Eagleburger, blasting the Bush W.’s idea of invading Syria; to wit (back in 2003):

 

"If George Bush [Jr.] decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if President Bush were to try that now even I would think that he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy."

 

Now, behold what a difference an assassination makes.  Eagleburger this week on Fox News turns out to be a “hawk” on Syria (so he called himself) and thinks the US should “at least” bomb Syria a little along her border with Iraq.  Eagleburger was relentless in his criticism of Syria’s support for international terrorism and the insurgency . . . he was NOT the same guy you heard back in 2003!

 

Now, how do you “at least bomb Syria a little on her borders?”  Man, and this guy was Bush’s critic back in 2003 . . . as the world turns!  Certainly, the “winner” in all this is Israel . . . witness the immediate unraveling of Syria’s stranglehold in Lebanon.  But, Syria will not exit Lebanon easily or at all! 

 

DAMASCUS:  TRIPWIRE TO GOG-MAGOG

 

Again, the “final countdown” bears witness to “Damascus will be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1) and the “Messianic Scenario” affirms the same in Zechariah 9

 

Not only does Syria/Damascus initiate the final demise of Gentile World Powers, but Lebanon (i.e., Tyre) and the Palestinian Authority (i.e., Gaza, Ekron, Ashdod and the “stronghold of Ephraim” or “Ramallah”) will be overthrown and/or their leadership decimated.

 

Think not these are cultural exploits of ancient Hebrews and/or their distorted apocalyptic designs and desires . . . the Bible, frankly speaking, does not mess around with such hyperbole.  What it says, it means.  Again, the “King of the North” in Ezekiel 38/39 is identified as those nations comprised of Turkey and Iran (primarily) (again, see our series on the Gog/Magog Conflagration).  Likewise, the “King of the South” will come up against him (i.e., the forces of Antichrist).  Repeatedly, we have pointed out that for this to take place, these “forces of Antichrist” were required to be prepositioned in the region:  THAT IS NOW IN PLACE and more so as the days advance, you will see the West, the head of Western Civilization, that initial eruption upon the Plains of Shinar whose Image grew, then commenced to walk the face of the planet it colonized, take full “control of the hidden treasures.”

 

And, of course, this prepositioning bespeaks but a trifle of the nearly 130 nations which now have US troops on their soil!  The number of foreign military bases (US) approximates 750 throughout the world (not including the USA and its territories).

 

CONTROLLING THE SPICKET IN THE THICKET

 

Now, lest we loose site of the “hidden treasures” to which we alluded to in our first article on this subject regarding Daniel 11:40-45; to wit:

 

40And 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. 41He 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. 42He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43But 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. 44But 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 sweep away many. 45And 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.

 

Having power or “control” (as other versions have it) of the “treasures of gold and of silver” or those “hidden treasures” in the earth, is the explicit purpose of Antichrist’s designs in the region.

 

The original motivation for these incursions into the Middle East by the Latter-day Babylon the Great, and, consequently, the prepositioning of his forces in that same region, is simply to control the wealth of the region, plain and simple.  Yes, “Democratic Globalism” with a huge emphasis upon GLOBALISM and a tiny emphasis upon “democratic” as an adjective of covering convenience (to be used on an “as needed” basis).

 

Let’s consider how significant all this really is, i.e., spOIL (Ezekiel 38:12).  I realize this may appear to be “old hat” to most of you, but there’s always more “in there” that motivates this one to gain control of the earth’s resources.

 

TONY CORDESMAN TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

 

Tony Cordesman in a draft document for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, after the 2004 Presidential Election, encapsulated America’s “strategic oil policy” in no uncertain terms in his US and Global Dependence on Middle Eastern Energy Exports: 2004-2030

 

“The election campaign is over and it is time for both parties, and the Administration and the Congress, to be honest about energy. The US can and must find substitutes for petroleum, but this will take decades. In the interim, the US and the global economy will actually become steadily more dependent on energy imports, and particularly on energy imports from the Gulf. The Department of Energy estimates that oil will account for some 39% of the world’s energy consumption through 2015, and that the US and its major trading partners in developing Asia will account for 60% of the increase in world demand through this period.11

 

To substantiate Cordesman’s claim that Middle East oil reserves are going to be pressed to the uttermost in order to meet this immediate demand, let’s consider their capacities:

 

“In 2003, the Persian Gulf countries (Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) produced about 27% of the world's oil, while holding 57% (715 billion barrels) of the world's crude oil reserves. OECD gross oil imports from Persian Gulf countries averaged about 11.6 million barrels per day (bbl/d) during 2003, accounting for 46% of the OECD's total net oil imports. Besides oil, the Persian Gulf region also has huge reserves (2,462 trillion cubic feet -- Tcf) of natural gas, accounting for 45% of total proven world gas reserves.”

 

Exporting prognostications of Persian Gulf oil, according to the Cordesman piece, look something like this:

 

“Also, at the end of 2003, Persian Gulf countries maintained about 22.9 MMBD of oil production capacity, or 32% of the world total. Perhaps even more significantly, the Persian Gulf countries normally maintain almost all of the world's excess oil production capacity. As of early September 2004, excess world oil production capacity was only about 0.5-1.0 MMBD, all of which was located in Saudi Arabia.

 

“According to the Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2004, Persian Gulf oil production increased from 18.7 MMBD in 1990 to 22.4 MMBD in 2001. It is expected to reach about 27.9 MMBD by 2010, and 38 MMBD by 2020, and 45.0 MMBD in 2025. This would increase Persian Gulf oil production capacity to over 33% of the world total by 2020, up from 28% in 2000.

 

“The estimate does, however, change significantly in the high oil price case: It is expected to reach about 21.4 MMBD by 2010, and 27.3 MMBD by 2020, and 32.9 MMBD in 2025.”

 

After “blowing out” prospects for tapping into North America’s abundant oil shale (too expensive to extract under current technologies or anything in the foreseeable future), Tony pursues a “friendly Iraq” strategy (PRIOR to the US invasion of Iraq):

 

Changing Patterns in Import Dependence that Affect the US Role in a Global Economy:  This dependence will be easier to secure with a friendly and stable Iraq, but the US has no choice. The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) summarizes the trends in Gulf oil exports as follows in its International Energy Outlook for 2004, and it should be noted that its estimates are based on favorable assumptions about increases in other fuels like gas, coal, nuclear and renewables, and favorable assumptions about increases in conversion and energy efficiency:

 

“In 2001, industrialized countries imported 16.1 million barrels of oil per day from OPEC producers… Of that total, 9.7 million barrels per day came from the Persian Gulf region. Oil movements to industrialized countries represented almost 65 percent of the total petroleum exported by OPEC member nations and almost 58 percent of all Persian Gulf exports.

 

“By the end of the forecast period (2025), OPEC exports to industrialized countries are estimated to be about 11.5 million barrels per day higher than their 2001 level, and more than half the increase is expected to come from the Persian Gulf region. 

 

“Despite such a substantial increase, the share of total petroleum exports that goes to the industrialized nations in 2025 is projected to be almost 9 percent below their 2001 share, and the share of Persian Gulf exports going to the industrialized nations is projected to fall by about 13 percent. The significant shift expected in the balance of OPEC export shares between the industrialized and developing nations is a direct result of the economic growth anticipated for the developing nations of the world, especially those of Asia.

 

“OPEC petroleum exports to developing countries are expected to increase by more than 18.0 million barrels per day over the forecast period, with three-fourths of the increase going to the developing countries of Asia. China, alone, is likely to import about 6.6 million barrels per day from OPEC by 2025, virtually all of which is expected to come from Persian Gulf producers.”

 

O.K.  Reads like a technology bulletin and you’re bored to tears, right?  Well, consider these conclusions as a result of these petroleum needs:

 

“The EIA’s annual US energy forecast for 2004 predicts that imports will be even higher (i.e., to the USA). It reports that net imports of petroleum accounted 53 percent of domestic petroleum consumption in 2002. U.S. dependence on petroleum imports is estimated to reach 70 percent in 2025 in the reference case, versus 68 percent in the 2003 forecast. Imports are expected to be 65 percent of total consumption. In the low oil price case this number is estimated to be 75 percent. (Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2004, p. 95)

 

Now, the ultimate conclusion to all this is rather straightforward:

 

“There are no meaningful near and mid-term options that will allow the US to reduce dependence in any meaningful strategic sense at anything like today’s market prices for energy. The US must shape its security policies accordingly, regardless of what happens in Iraq. It must also shape them in light of US dependence on a global economy – not simply direct US dependence on oil imports.”

 

So, what is Cordesman really saying here?  Simply put:  US dependence on oil in the immediate foreseeable future is skyrocketing; therefore, the “US must shape its security policies accordingly.” 

 

That means we will continue to preposition our forces throughout the region and the little problem over in Iran will be resolved shortly!

 

 

 

The above map of the region PRIOR to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” . . . does not take into account the more than 200,000 US Troops and support units now in Iraq.  But, of interest since 9/11 has been the US involvement in opening up huge bases, not only throughout Afghanistan but also in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan (adjacent to both China and India).  “Proposed” oil/gas pipelines from the Southwest Asian sites transverse the area into China, Iran and India. 

 

Now, remember, the Persian Gulf oil is utterly dominated by the US . . . so, the new oil fields and additional drilling for both oil and gas with new technologies by USA firms in the Caspian Sea Region proves to be another “rich source” for certain corporations and, further “control over the hidden treasures” simply has proven too difficult to resist . . . especially in light of the growing demand for petroleum imports (by the USA and immediate allies).

 

But, let’s take a closer look at China and India, as a most interesting expression occurs in Daniel’s account of the Gog-Magog War.  After Antichrist (i.e., “he shall have power over the treasures,” etc.) has “stretched out his hand against the countries” (i.e., Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Sudan) something happens:

 

“But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many . . .” (Daniel 11:44).

 

Ultimately, you will see the pouring out of the SIXTH BOWL and these ominous words—words, I believe, driven by economic quest to “control the hidden treasures” of the earth . . .

 

“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the KINGS FROM THE EAST might be prepared” (Revelation 16:12).

 

“And . . . the kings of the earth . . . the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty . . . and they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon” (Revelation 16:14, 16).

 


THE KINGS OF THE EAST

. . . . And the rush to Armageddon

 

(Part IV of “Hidden Treasures”)

 

“NEWS FROM THE EAST AND NORTH SHALL TROUBLE HIM . . .” (Daniel 11:44)

 

Without “prophetical equivocation” we can conclude from both Ezekiel 38 and 39 and, Daniel 11, as well as from Zechariah 9, that Antichrist has pulled off a total rout of Islamic Radicalism as a result of Gog-Magog’s devastating defeat; however, as a result of these apparent victories, and seeming “control over the hidden treasures” of the region, he is confronted by troubling news from the East and from the North (i.e., beyond the immediate area of the “King of the North”).  Furthermore, those ominous verses from Revelation 16:12-16 traumatize the peoples of the earth:

 

“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. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them for the battle of that great Day of God Almighty.  ‘Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.’ And he gathered them together at a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon.” (21st Century KJV)

 

This would place, first of all, China and India into the picture . . . “news from the east.”  And, one can only conjecture that the nations “North” of Jerusalem would (now that Gog/Magog has been “dealt with”) involve those powers frustrated by the total control over the “hidden treasures” secured as a result of the Gog-Magog War.  Whether Russia, her former allies and/or Germany are involved in this “news” is not the immediate purview of this article; however, the petroleum needs of China and India are skyrocketing and must be considered precipitous “conflict producers” in that Antichrist, after the defeat of Gog-Magog, will hear of “news from the east” that “shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” (Daniel 11:44) but, most certainly, the “Kings of the East” (Revelation 16:12) and the number of their armies, 200,000,000 million, as the sixth bowl and sixth trumpet juxtaposed to each other amplifies the “Kings of the East” and their armies. 

 

 

“Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates’ . . . now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million . . . then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared” (Revelation 9:13, 16; 16:12). 

 

But, what could precipitate such a conflagration or literally, an “Armageddon Campaign” of such intensity to involve the whole earth (i.e., “the Kings of the Earth?”  First, a proximity map would be helpful as we consider the “news from the East” . . . the “Kings of the East.”

 

 

 

 

 

Oil prices, once thought by stupid “investor advice” types, to plummet after

the USA invasion of Iraq, did not calculate in their absurd forecasts (e.g., oil prices would fall to under $20 a barrel) the unbelievable economic expansion of China and India . . . and their subsequent needs for energy, primarily imported oil.

 

Prices have been rising, according to the IEA (which advises 26 industrialized nations on energy policy) which lifted China’s soaring demand for imported oil in 2004 (alone) by 220,000 barrels a day (bpd) to 1.65m. bpd.

 

China's soaring economy was driving up world consumption, the IEA said, estimating that Chinese oil demand (domestic generated and foreign imports) in January, 2005, hit a a record 6.09m bpd, second only to the United States.

 

President Hu Jintao is seeking imported oil from as far away as Brazil and Sudan.  Increasing car demand in China is creating a huge demand for imported oiloil which cannot be stopped by America in case of a possible conflict with Taiwan.  Yet, the “problem” with Taiwan is no where near the problem between China and Japan when it comes to “international energy.”

 

In September 2004, China threatened to use its veto if sanctions were imposed against Sudan for its atrocities in Darfur (the oil rich area of the Sudan).  Why?  Because China has invested over $3B in Sudan’s oil industry which currently supplies China with 7% of its imported oil!

 

Her investments into possible oil finds in Brazil are likewise staggering, approaching several billion, while oil there will cost three times market prices.  Also, consider this little bit of nauseating news for the Empire:  China opposes any moves to refer Iran’s nuclear stand-off with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) to the UN Security Council.  Just a week before China made its “Iran nuclear policy” known, her second biggest state oil firm cut a $70B deal for oilfield and natural gas development in Iran (which already supplies China with 13% of her important oil needs).

 

China used to be an exporter of oil, now, as a result of 9% GNP increase per year for the last two decades, her posture has completely reversed, and she’s developing an insatiable need for more imported oil!  This year she surpassed Japan and is now second to the USA in energy consumption.

 

Japan, considered utterly vulnerable in so far as defending herself against China’s superior forces, could do little but protest China’s drilling in the East China Sea, right next to Japan’s imaginary border.  So, Japan decided to make a move on Russia for oil and gas by outbidding China on a proposed pipeline for oil and gas from Russia to the Far East (undoubtedly skirting China proper).

 

WILL CHINA’S OIL NEEDS RESULT IN A GLOBAL SHORTAGE?

 

Increasingly, it appears that as China continues to expand her burgeoning economy, while underwriting US debt (China and Japan hold nearly 50% of America’s $7T debt . . . . imagine if she decided to start trading in Euros?).

 

China’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) skyrocketed to a sizzling 9.5% in 2004 to $1.65T; and, her demand for crude has grown even faster.  In December 2004 her oil imports hit a record 12.1 million tons; thus, her 2004 imports soared 35% to 122.7 million tons!

 

She will consume 8 million bpd by the end of 2006 according to the EIA.  Now, if you don’t think that a 37% growth rate (and there’s no stopping them now) will not create a global shortage around the world; well, think again. 

 

The Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) in Washington D.C. concluded that in 20 years China will import as much oil as the U.S., or about 10m bpd.  Today, the U.S. consumes around 20m bpd (from all sources, including domestic drilling operations).  But imagine:  1 Billion Chinese driving gas-guzzling SUVs?  You do the calculations . . . she’s growing between 30% and 40% a year and India is picking up the pace . . . you’re going to need, according to Anne Korin of the IAGS, about four or five new Saudi Arabias to suffice this kind of would be growth!

 

Meanwhile, the Canadians find it irresistible not to embrace the huge cash reserves of China in developing still more of its own oil . . . . and, if you think the USA is going to sit back and watch that one?  The picture is clear:  China is thirsty and roaming the earth for more black gold!  Indeed, “News from the EAST?”  You better believe there’s a reason why he hears of NEWS FROM THE EAST!

 

Before we get into India’s rapid development and, consequently, their insatiable drive toward imported oil (and believe me, the Indians don’t give up so easily when it comes to economic advancement . . . remember, both India and China have the BBs (a billion people and the bomb), let’s look at world oil reserves and consumption for this brief overview from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security:

 

“Oil was first discovered in the U.S. in 1859. At the beginning of the 20th century it supplied only 4% of the world’s energy; decades later it became the most important energy source.  Today oil supplies about 40% of the world’s energy and 96% of its transportation energy. Since the shift from coal to oil, the world has consumed over 875 billion barrels. Another 1,000 billion barrels of proved and probable reserves remain to be recovered.

“From now to 2020, world oil consumption will rise by about 60%. Transportation will be the fastest growing oil-consuming sector. By 2025, the number of cars will increase to well over 1.25 billion from approximately 700 million today. Global consumption of gasoline could double.

“The two countries with the highest rate of growth in oil use are China and India, whose combined populations account for a third of humanity. In the next two decades, China's oil consumption is expected to grow at a rate of 7.5% per year and
India’s 5.5%. (Compare to a 1% growth for the industrialized countries). It will be strategically imperative for these countries to secure their access to oil.”  (Note:  China’s imported oil needs grew by 37% in 2004 alone!)

 

Now, I know these drab little figures don’t pay your utility bills . . . but you better believe they sure will affect them UPWARDS!  According to Energy Review.Net China will rely on oil and gas for 70% of her total energy needs by 2010.  If you thought that the Enron scandal was bad, wait until we encounter the oil scandals coming down the ramp!  You are about to witness the biggest rush for black gold the earth has ever encountered!

 

RUMSFIELD, COLLINS & FEITH . . . THEY’RE “ON TO” CHINA!

 

Of course, China’s aggressive behavior vis-à-vis her oil needs has not gone unnoticed.  At a congressional hearing this week (Feb., 2005) Sen. Susan Collins, whose state of Maine is home to the Bath Iron Works (one of the Navy’s largest ship builders) was concerned that the military budget was scaling back on naval vessels; to wit:

 

“I recognize that our naval fleet still remains the most technologically advanced in the world . . . but the decreasing number of ships being procured, particularly in the light of the Chinese buildup, really concerns me.  Are you concerned about projections that the Chinese fleet may well surpass the American fleet in terms of numbers in just a decade’s time?”

 

Douglas Feith, famed neocon, spoke these remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations (February 17, 2005):

 

“Of the new powers that are rising . . . the country that can be expected to have the greatest effect on international relations is China.”

 

The US and Europe do not allow Beijing to purchase their weaponry; however, China has secured upwards of $13B in weapons from the Russians from 1993 through 2003 (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).

 

ENTER INDIA

 

Rudyard Kipling’s “The Ballad of East and West” goes something like this:

 

“OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,

Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,

When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!”

 

Are these the words of a seer?  Examine this . . .

Indian, the world’s largest democracy where more people speak English than in the United States is not going to be a part of the “Left Behind” series! 

Table 1: Indian Rates of Economic Growth

Period

1950-1980

1980-1990

1990-2000

Annual Real GDP Growth

3.7%

5.9%

6.2%

Annual Real GDP per Capita Growth

1.5%

3.8%

4.4%

Source: IMF

 

But consider that India’s economic growth rate hit 10.4% in the third quarter of 2004 overtaking neighboring China as Asia’s fastest-growing economy!

 

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh clearly sees China as a fierce petroleum competitor.  He sees the two most populous nations intensifying their search for oil and gas as both catapult into the 21st Century.

 

India is competing with three huge Chinese oil companies in the rush for more black gold in Russia, the Middle East and Africa.  PM Singh at a Petrotech Society conference in New Delhi in mid-January, 2005, said that “China is ahead of us in planning for its energy security—India can no longer be complacent . . . we need to strengthen our oil companies in launching them as global firms.  We can no longer be complacent and must learn to think strategically, to think ahead and to act swiftly and decisively.”

 

Currently, India imports 70% of its oil and gas—this can only increase due to her 7%-8%+ annual growth projections (slightly behind that of China’s colossal 9%-10% projections.  But, as we have seen, it’s nip and tuck . . . and remember, as the USA outsource continues unabated, that growth is at whose expense? 

 

Demonstration of the intense competition between India and China for fossil fuels is taking place right now in the oil patches of Russia. 

 

In January, 2005, India’s Oil & Natural Gas Chairman, Subir Raha, indicated that India would buy assets in Yokos’ Yuganskneftegaz subsidiary (15% for $2B); meanwhile, Russia plans to offer China National Petroleum, China’s largest oil producer, up to 20% of Yugansk (thus, 15% for India and 20% to China . . . so goes Yokos’ Yuganskneftegaz). 

 

All this so that Yokos, Russia’s largest Oil and Gas player can pay back taxes of $28B (Yokos’ Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, is now in jail over tax evasion charges, thanks to Vladimir Putin).

 

What we have here is a “triangulation” of interests developing:  India, China and Russia, with India and China competing for Russian oil and gas via developmental dollars and/or Euros (whichever comes first).

 

This summary chart shows who has the last half of the oil/gas reserves of the world as of 2000 . . . we have but 1T left (Note:  We’ve already gone through ½ of the oil reserves of the planet.)

 

World Crude Oil and Natural Gas Reserves, January, 2000 (detail report)

Region

Crude Oil
(Billion Barrels)

Natural Gas
(Trillion Cubic Ft)

North America

55.1

261.3

Central & South America

89.5

222.7

Western Europe

18.8

159.5

E. Europe & Former U.S.S.R.

58.9

1,999.2

Middle East

675.6

1,749.2

Africa

74.9

394.2

Far East & Oceania

44.0

363.5

World Total

1,016.8

5,149.6

(Oil and Gas Journal numbers; source: EIA)

 

ANALYSIS—SO, WHAT’S THE POINT?

 

The point in all of this is plain and simple:  The world’s proven and/or possible petrol reserves simply cannot sustain this kind of global competition!  Something’s got to give.  The US, seeing its vulnerability, and realizing that it had no choice but to make a radical play in Southwest Asia (i.e., Afghanistan, Iraq, the Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan)) was left with no choice (so “he” claims) but to protect “his strategic assets.”

 

Here are the facts in a nutshell:

 

“The International Energy Agency has revised upwards its estimate of world oil demand, quashing hopes of an imminent decline in oil prices. The IEA said in its monthly oil market report (2004) that demand for oil was running at 82.2 million barrels a day, 750,000 more than previously thought.”

 

Demand for oil and gas is running at its fastest level in 24 years!  Here’s the top consumers now and projections by the IEA (International Energy Agency) of top consumers and producers by 2015:

 

Top Consumers:    Country                           Consumption in millions of bpd

(2005)

                              USA                                 20.67

                              Europe                               8.48 (Germany, UK, FR, IT)

                              China                                 6.73

                              Japan                                 5.38

                              Former Soviet Union         3.8

                             

Top Consumers:    USA                                 23.5

(2015)                    China                                 9.5

                              Europe (see above)            9.2

                              Japan                                 8.1

                              India                                  4.2

 

Top Producers:      OPEC (Middle East)         30.0

(2015)                    Russia                              10.5

                              USA & Canada                10.0

                              Mexico                               4.0

                              Brazil/China                       3.0

 

 

Now you can see what’s happening with China and India . . . and, it’s not a pretty strategic global picture for Mr. Consumption, the USA; thence, Democratic Globalism, Wars of Preemption based on “National Interest” and a global drive to secure the “hidden treasures” of the earth is going full tilt and can only get more ferocious.  

 

The famous oil guru, T. Boone Pickens in August 2004 said:  “Never again will we pump more than 82 million barrels per day.”  Virtually all indicators tell us that world oil production has peaked!

 

Check out your pump price today and you’ll have sticker shock.  Don’t count on the price per barrel going down from its peak $55 pb.  Virtually, none of the reasons that caused that price spike in oil – the dismemberment of the Russia oil giant Yukos, China and India going berserk for oil; terrorism in the Middle East – has gone away:  The hurricane is still upon us, and we’re only kidding ourselves if we think that somehow this can’t happen . . . IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

 

You’re looking at the world’s monster ZERO SUM GAME.  The only way for someone to win is for someone to loose because there’s only so much of this shrinking pie left.  Hello?  The feeding frenzy has begun in earnest!  

 

The “hidden treasures” and controlling of those treasures wherein nearly 70% of all known oil reserves are domiciled in the Middle East, makes the quest for these riches all the more significant . . . and, the immediate fulfillment of the Messianic Scenario more likely in our lifetime. 

 

Where will we find ourselves in this tumultuous clash of titans . . . where West meets East and Armageddon morphs from a poetic expression into an awful reality . . . Where Gog-Magog and The Coming Prince collide in the Middle East?  Can fallen humanity resist the allure of economic gain?  Try suffering a little loss if you’ve had a lot, and you’ll know the vast majority of humankind cannot “suffer the loss of all things and count them but rubbish” as the Apostle Paul did.

 

No, the only solutionthe singular recourseto this gloomy forecast is but one:  Messiah’s Intervention!  No, not a “crusade against the evil doers” but a surrender to the Prince of Peace.  “Resistance is futile” is what the Prince of Darkness utters at the climax of this age.  The lust for greater riches is but the expression of depraved hearts and minds, and most certainly the awful manifestation of the poverty of the human spirit.  The unbelievable thought that somehow, given our deplorable track record throughout the ages, we can pull ourselves out of this deplorable selfish state that addicts and blinds us to our true condition, only reveals how senseless and preposterous is our plight

 

The Bible does not leave us “comfortless” in the midst of these inevitabilitiesinevitabilities that even the most doctrinaire secularist confirms are spinning out of control as the world rushes forth to secure the “hidden treasures.” I leave you only with the eternal hope beyond all the gloom and doom being heaped upon us by the “merchants of the earth” who have “grown rich because of her” . . .

 

“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’  So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Revelation 14:14-16).