The King Of The North
The mysterious title the King Of The North is found in Daniel
11 - itself one of the most enigmatic prophetic texts in the entire
Bible. Although certain portions of Daniel 11 have finally yielded
their secrets to me, significant aspects of the modern timeline that
it most certainly describes have continued to evade my understanding.
That is all changing, as in recent days I believe the LORD has granted
much more understanding of the enigmatic character known as the King
of the North.
Because we continue to follow the prophetic parallels model combined
with the layered approach to prophecy, we already know that multiple
prophetic timelines consistently intersect. This view demonstrates
that prophecy is truly multi-dimensional. For instance, in the
ancient timeline, the prophecies describing the King of the North's
campaigns against the King of the South were fulfilled in the Seleucid-Ptolemaic
wars between the Hellenized Syrian dynasty of the Seleucids and the
Hellenized Egytian dynasty of the Ptolemies. These wars were in the
2nd century BC.
However, using the prophetic parallel system, we also
know that everything runs twice. Thus we recognize the fact
that there is a modern counterpart to these two that was manifested in
the Cold War era in which a series of conflicts occurred between
Northern and Southern client states of the Soviet Union and the
United States. This period occurred in the transition between
the 3rd and 4th kingdoms of Daniel 7 - the Leopard with 4 heads,
which was Nazi Germany - and the diverse 4th beast, which is
America. [For a detailed look at the parallel kingdoms of Daniel 2
and Daniel 4, see The Lion, The Bear, & The Leopard by the
About 6 years ago, I recognized Bill Clinton, Dr.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Kofi Annan (the latter two from
the UN) in the passage concerning the 'Great Reproach' in Daniel
11:26 (See Waiting For Leviathan for a lengthy exposition
of the encounter that resulted in the public reproach and subsequent
ouster of Dr. Ghali from the UN at the hands of Clinton). In that
episode, Ghali was replaced by the 'raiser of taxes'
who has been identified as his successor Kofi Annan - the
former Budget Director of the UN. When Annan is destroyed in
the near term in accordance with my prediction, he will be replaced by
his predecessor Dr. Ghali - the
"vile person" of verse verse 21. Since that time, I've found
myself in something of a 'holding pattern' waiting for Ghali
to be re-instated in mid 2003. Although nothing has changed in that
basic expectation, I now see that Daniel 11 has a significant layer
that was unrecognizable until quite recently.
Stutter-Step Pattern Of Prophecy
I'll remind the reader that the layers allow for completely separate
identifications - even though they must
eventually intersect. In the process of recognizing another layer with
a different set of players, I've also discovered yet another
principle of prophetic interpretation. I call it the 'stutter-step.'
This is very similar to the pattern found in Revelation where
the 3 sets of judgments (the seals, trumpets, and vials) all end at
the same time - thus clearly showing an
This 'stutter-step' concept shows how the text describes, in Revelation's
case, the Seals, which sequentially unfold until the age comes to an
end and JESUS CHRIST returns. Then the chronology steps back,
and picks up the chronology at a point when the seals are already well
underway, and begins with the first Trumpet. Thus the first Trumpet overlaps
with the 6th Seal. The Trumpets then unfold sequentially to the very
end. The same thing occurs with the Vials as they begin
(approximately) at the 5th Trumpet and then overlap to the very end as
well. The idea here may be expressed as a chronological '2 steps
forward, 1 step back' systemic approach.
Thus, while I was waiting for the next sequence of events to occur in
the near term in association with the UN and Kofi Annan,
I missed an entire layer that stepped back to a point before
the �Great Reproach,' and unfolded without a full recognition of
what was occurring before my very eyes.
To digress for just a moment, it's instructive to see that in the
modern era the "King of the North" is associated with the Northern
industrialized states manifested in the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO), the Northern Alliance (the American
coalition invading Afghanistan) and the various Northern
nations that are dominated by the Grand Lodge of the British
Concomitantly, the "King of the South" is associated with
the 3rd world, the 50 plus states with significant Islamic
populations, the former Soviet controlled Trans-Caucasian region, the
Arab world, and others that are all under the secretive sway of the Grand
Orient Lodge of France.
When we step all the way back to verse 18, we find a reference to the
King of the North that will "turn his face unto the isles, and shall
take many." (Daniel 11:18) In this verse, we have another layer of
prophetic fulfillment that may be seen in the Presidency of Ronald
When Daniel tells us the King of the North turns to the isles,
I recognize the several military campaigns of Reagan's America that
were initiated against coastal areas. As a point of reference,
the fact that the Biblical term "isles" is equated with coastlands
is widely seen. For instance, Peloubet's Bible Dictionary
states under the term isle that,
means secondarily any maritime district, whether belonging to a
continent or to an island: thus it is used of the shore of the
Mediterranean, Isaiah 20:6; 23:2, 6, and of the coasts of
Elisha, Ezekirl 27:7, i.e. of Greece and Asia Minor." (Peloubet's
Bible Dictionary, 1947, page 279)
As the Commander in Chief of the founding (and most dominant member)
of NATO, Ronald Reagan would certainly fit the bill for
a modern manifestation of the King of the North. More
significantly is the fact that during his tenure he launched three
different military episodes against coastal strongholds.
For example, in 1982 and 1984, the United States twice deployed troops
to Lebanon and to the coastal city of Beirut -
the hot spot in that beleaguered nation. In the
first instance, Israeli troops were in combat with PLO units and the
US Marines were used to withdraw the PLO under a cease fire. Later, US
troops were again deployed in Beirut as to serve as "peacekeepers"
in that war torn city on the coast of the Mediterranean sea.
This was the military excursion that resulted in the terrorist truck
bomb that killed 241 marines in their barracks.
Only days later following the Beirut violence, on October 25,
1983, the United States under the direct orders of Ronald Reagan
invaded the island of Grenada with 1,200 troops. They
encountered serious military resistance from Grenadian army units as
well as Cuban soldiers. Eventually, 7,000 troops were committed and
following heavy fighting, the US troops seized control of the
Three years later, the US attacked Libya in retaliation for a
Libyan sponsored terrorist attack on US soldiers in Germany. The April
1986 bombing was associated with Libyan activity in the coastal
region known as the Gulf of Sidra. American warplanes bombed
the coastal city of Tripoli inflicting
significant damage - including the
death of the grandchild of Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafy.
On a secondary level, during the Reagan Presidency, a
significant war erupted in the Falkland Islands. On April 30,
1982, American ally Great Britain elicited US support for
Britain and sanctions against Argentina. As the war unfolded,
British units took Pebble Island, then the South Sandwich
Islands. After many casualties and a significant loss of life and
materiel, England regained the island.
As the Reagan era was coming to a close, the Panama invasion
loomed. After many political attacks including economic sanctions and
threats of war by Reagan, the coastal city of Managua
was eventually seized by Reagan successor George Bush. The famed
Panama canal that cuts through the narrowest point of the country is
an indication of the enormity of the coasts of the small
Central American nation.
Raiser Of Taxes
Scripture says that after the King that takes the isles comes to
his end, "Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes...."
(Daniel 11:20) George Bush Sr was notorious for his "read my
lips" statement in which he solemnly promised he would not
raise taxes. Of course, like all the other politicians, Bush betrayed
his constituency and indeed raised taxes. The text tells us
this man only continues for a period stated to be a "few days."
The single term Presidency of George Bush stands in sharp contrast to
the double terms of his predecessor (Reagan) and his successor
It is self evident that the public remembered Mr. Bush's promise not
to raise taxes and thus his tenure was discontinued "neither in
anger, nor in battle" as a result of his losing his bid for a second
term to Bill Clinton. The text says the successor to the "raiser
of taxes" is "a vile person." I'm not sure if there is a more
succinct description of Bill Clinton in print anywhere -
for the scripture describes the next man in
power with these rather concise words.
The many embarrassing episodes in which Bill Clinton the buffoon
strode across the world stage and made the United States a laughing
stock are legendary. His personal peccadilloes aside, his liberal left
agenda was heavily leavened with political double crosses,
unrestrained theft, lies of every stripe, and even the murder
of the Christians at Waco Texas. In the case of Bill Clinton,
vile is an extremely appropriate term.
The next few verses seem to overlay its description with elements of
the previous layer that has the "vile person" succeeding the UN
based "raiser of taxes" - in that
timeline, Kofi Annan, the present Secretary-General of the UN
gives way to the 8th Secretary-General - the
vile person in that timeline.
Two verses later (in verse 24), the narrative 'stutter-steps' us
back to the Presidential strata that manifests the American version of
the King of the North. The text seems to refer to another King, and so
the stutter-step principle comes back into view. Whereas the previous
3 verses would appear to be future in the UN based timeline,
verse 24 steps back to the point prior to the vile person in
the UN (Ghali) as opposed to the vile person in the US (Clinton). It
is said that this King of the North
do that which his fathers have not done, nor his father's fathers;
he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and
he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a
time." (Daniel 11:24)
Suddenly, the successor to the Bill Clinton
manifestation of the "vile person" is seen in George W Bush
- the present King of the North.
Bush II most certainly has accomplished that which his father failed
to do in that the second invasion of Iraq took control of the nation -
to say nothing of the seizure of the lucrative
Iraqi oil fields. Coming from an oil industry dynasty, there is even a
reference to George W Bush's family lineage when the scriptures tell
us his achievements will supercede the careers of his "father's
Few are aware that Bush grandfather Prescott Bush was solidly
in favor of the militarism of Hitler's Third Reich and his ill-fated
grab at Middle Eastern oil reserves via the desert campaigns of Erwin
Rommel. On October 20, 1942, citing extensive violations of the
trading with the enemy act, the American government seized control of
the Union Banking Corporation in New York. Prescott Bush
was a director of the corporation.
In the next month, multiple industrial corporations managed by Prescott
Bush and a member of the notorious Harriman family were also
seized. The Holland-American Corporation, the Seamless Steel
Equipment Corporation, and the Silesian-American Corporation
were all indicted by the US government for selling equipment to Hitler.
Prescott Bush was instrumental in running all three.
While George Bush Sr's business associations with the Saudi based Bin
Ladin family are already widely known, many are still unaware that
George W also has had direct ties to the oil rich Bin Ladin
family. For instance, Osama Bin Ladin's older brother Salem
Bin Ladin was an investor in a George W Bush firm called Arbusto
Energy (the term Arbusto is Spanish for Bush). In fact,
long before Osama Bin Ladin became a household name, Bush oil
associate Salem Bin Ladin died in a plane crash in Texas
some years ago.
Although the entire Bush clan has amassed enormous petroleum holdings
through their interactions with Middle Eastern potentates, it remained
for George W Bush to achieve "that which his fathers have not
done" and gain direct control of the 2nd largest oil exporting nation
in the world - the nation of Iraq.
The Bible says that this King of the North speaks of "spoil,
and riches" in addition to a further plan to move against "the
strong holds." (Daniel 11:24) The precise terminology that says
"he shall forecast his devices" speaks of
the think tank produced formal plan for the invasion of Iraq which was
known as "Shock and Awe." As Daniel details this military
campaign, he tells us this King of the North,
"shall stir up his power and his courage
against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the
south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and might army;
but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him."
This tells us there will be "devices" or
what we would call in the modern parlance a series of plots
that are laid out against the King of the South. At this
point, it should be self evident that Saddam Hussein is the King
of the South spoken of in the 11th chapter of Daniel. The very
next verse provides us with a very specific prophetic statement that
has been recently fulfilled in such a stunningly accurate fashion that
it significantly validates this entire identification. The text says,
"Yea, they that feed of the portion of his
meat [the King of the South] shall destroy him, and his army shall
overflow: and many shall fall down slain. And both these kings'
hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies oat one
table; but it shall not proper: for yet the end shall be at the time
appointed." (Daniel 11:26)
Now we learn that the King of the South
is betrayed by his own inner leadership circle.
Incredibly, it is now documented that Saddam was betrayed by
key units of his Fedayeen defenders as well as the much vaunted
Republican Guard. There is now evidence that four
separate deals were made. According to the knowledgeable DebkaFiles:
"...the keys to east Baghdad were handed over
by the high commander of Iraq's elite Special Republic guards,
General Maher Safian Al-Tikriti, another of Saddam Hussein's cousins...General
Takriti agreed to let US forces roll into central Baghdad unopposed
across bridges that were not blown up in return for an American
guarantee of safe exit from the city for his troops and a promise they
would not be pursued." (DebkaFile.com)
Similar deals were made in Kirkuk, Mosul, Al Amarnah,
and Baghdad. Debka Files reported that the American
force was able to reach the heart of Baghdad on Wednesday, April 9,
without encountering substantial Iraqi resistance. In one case, the
Republican Guards supposed to defend the Diyala River bridges and keep
American forces out of east Baghdad suddenly stopped shooting and
deserted their posts. In general, large sections of the elite SRG
divisions charged with defending Baghdad melted away without
inflicting or suffering casualties." (DebkaFile.com)
Even a scientific advisor to Saddam, General Al-Saadi, came to an
understanding with the Americans and brought with him some of Iraq's
secret military research. In another news examination concerning the
betrayal by Iraq's military defenders, the Asia Times news
the Americans bribed the resistance, the order not to resist started
streaming from the top commanders down. Republican Guard commanders
told the rank-and-file that the resistance would be secret and
long-term, according to Saddam and Qusay's long-elaborated scenario of
a guerrilla war. The "fall" of Saddam International Airport
was the first part of the deal. Another open secret in Baghdad were
the famous tunnels linking the main Republican palace of Saddam to the
airport. Republican Guard commanders tipped off the Marines, and the
tunnels were immediately seized."
reward package for the "peaceful" handover of Baghdad was
offered to Republican Guard commanders and, later on, the Fedayeen of
Saddam. Republican Guard commanders received a lot of cash, a
"secure" relocation outside of Iraq, and crucially for those
not considered war criminals, the promise of a new job in post-Saddam
Iraq. After all, the new American government will need cadres to run
the remains of the devastated state apparatus. Top commanders were
offered the option of residency in the US, for themselves and their
families, and most of all the chance to play a relatively prominent
role linked to some factions of the Iraqi opposition -
basically the Iraqi National Congress (INC) led by the Pentagon's pet
Iraqi, Ahmad Chalabi." (Asia Times Online Ltd, email@example.com)
In short, the King of the South was betrayed by "they
that feed of the portion of his meat...." (Daniel 11:27)
Earlier, we saw that there was to be a meeting between the two Kings
as the prophecy tells us "both these kings' hearts shall be to do
mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not
prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed." (Daniel
Although there was no publicly revealed meeting between Saddam
Hussein and George W Bush, there were many mediation
efforts and contacts that could have resulted in a secret meeting.
Indeed, this type of diplomatic confrontation would never be revealed
to the public at large in our present media restrictive
Major media did reveal that mediation attempts were made by an
envoy of the Pope as well as Prince Abdullah of Saudi
Arabia. Arabic media also revealed that Hussein had proposed to meet
with Bush in a public debate on the conflict. Readers may recall the
very short notice European trip that President Bush took to visit the
head of state of the nation of Spain. This occurred just as the
White House was pushing the UN Security Council for a resolution
authorizing war against Iraq.
If a secret meeting between Bush and Hussein was staged, a hastily
arranged visit to Europe would not only provide an effective cover
story, it would place the President in a region that could be reached
by Hussein in relatively short order. At this point, there is no way
to document such a contact; however, the idea of the two leaders both
lying to each other in a diplomatic setting fits the characters rather
There is a further aspect to this part of the prophetic timetable. The
Bible states that the arrangement that is attempted "shall not
prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed." Because we
now know that high-level betrayals of Iraq's military position were
negotiated, what if the surrender was actually made through Saddam
For example, the "deal" that was known to be offered by the
offices of the Pope called for Saddam and his family to
go into a comfortable exile where he would receive assurances he would
not be prosecuted by the international community. The very concept of
a secret surrender that was hidden in order for the Iraqi leadership
to save face in the Islamic world was beneficial to both parties. The
Americans would gain their military objective without excessive loss
of life, and the Iraqis could avoid devastation to their
infrastructure through a prolonged bombing campaign.
Because the prophecy tells us that the deal made "shall not prosper"
because both kings are lying to gain an advantage, it would follow
that such an arrangement was made.
After mentioning "these kings" the next verse tells us "Then
shall he return into his land with great riches" - but
it is not clear which king is in view. It could apply to either
as Bush now has control of the Iraqi oil fields which would be
considered "great riches." On the other hand, if Saddam is
in view, it could certainly be said that the exile deal would have
given him "great riches." We see that whichever king it is,
"his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do
exploits, and return to his own land." Because it seems out of
character for George W Bush to set "his heart...against the
holy covenant," this verse probably refers to the King of the South -
in this case, Saddam Hussein.
Thus, when the prophecy informs
us "he shall do exploits, and return to his own land" we are
looking at a prediction that Saddam Hussein will yet launch a
counter-offensive against the American installed occupying power in
Iraq. The fact that the verse says that when he returns he has with
him "great riches" is not implausible.
After so many years in power, Saddam
likely has massive wealth secreted away. Furthermore, as part of any
agreement made with the White House, he would have augmented those
holdings as part of the deal for his secret exile. And finally, with
the enormous wealth that is known to exist in the many Middle Eastern
oil exporting sheikhdoms, Saddam could conceivably draw vast amounts
of funds to finance another Islamic Jihad against the hated American
infidel the Arab world most certainly perceives George W Bush
There is further evidence pointing to a
resurgence of Saddam Hussein. Verse 29 says "At the time
appointed he shall return, and come toward the south..." If we were
to believe that the King in view here is George Bush as the King of
the North, why would he again "return, and come toward the south"
after he already has the dominion in Iraq? This would require that the
"return" in verse 28 "into his own land" would be a different
excursion than the one where he returns to "come toward the south."
Thus, the prophecy seems to be predicting another round of military
activity centered around Saddam Hussein, and his attempted
"return" to his native land.
Furthermore, the end of verse 27 says "the
end shall be at the time appointed" while the return to the South by
the King in view will occur "At the time appointed." (verse 29)
The passage seems to hint at an interval of time before the
next wave of military activity begins. Ominously, there is also an "end"
of some sort that will likely coincide with this "return."
When this next round of war erupts, the
Bible tells us the outcome "shall not be as the former, or as the
latter." (Daniel 11:29) This is simply amazing, because it plainly
recognizes the two Gulf wars between the United States and Iraq as "the
former" and "the latter" - the former war being the original
conflict over Kuwait in 1991, and the latter being Gulf War II
launched by George W Bush this year!
We then see that Saddam Hussein
will be opposed by "ships of Chittim." (Daniel 11:30) The variant
spelling of Kittim helps us to identify this place as Kition,
on the island of Cypress. Once again, the pieces are all falling into
place. Although some scholars have identified Kittim in broader
terms under a later maritime phase of the Roman Empire, Kittim
was definitely known to be Cyprus.
An island with a historic population of
sea-faring Greeks, the Northern third of the island has been held by
Turkish forces since the 1970's. The primary governing body is
closely associated with Britain, and there are two
significant British naval bases on the Southern two thirds of Cyprus.
Because Great Britain has been the primary military ally of the
American forces in the recent Iraqi war, it's hardly difficult to
envision a British naval fleet being dispatched to confront a
resurgent Saddam Hussein.
Furthermore, when we review the
strategic location of Cyprus, we see it is within
striking distance of Damascus, the capital of Syria.
Given the present belligerent statements coming out of the White House
towards Syria, to say nothing of the repeated news
accounts that Saddam is hiding in Syria, we can see how this
confrontation could easily occur.
Isaiah 17 is a long feared
prophecy which states that in the last days, "Behold, Damascus
is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."
(Isaiah 17:1) Because we already recognize Syria as the
third of three kingdoms that are to be "plucked up" during
this series of wartime conflicts (Daniel 7:8), the fact that a looming
military activity involving this ancient city is very
One final point should be addressed.
Because I see the "deadly wound" (Revelation 13:3) that is to
strike the American Empire is imminent, I find further support for the
fact that the prophecy describes British naval units
that will seek to intercept Saddam as his plans to retake Iraq emerge.
The fact that the opposition to the King of the South does not
come from American military might hints that it is feasible that
the United States is unable to oppose Saddam at that
point in time.
Because the scriptures tell us that the King
of the South shall "have indignation against the holy covenant"
we would find even further confirmation that this role is to be
fulfilled by Saddam Hussein. While it is theoretically
feasible that another Islamic figure steps forth to become the King
of the South (or another "Christian" figure succeeds Bush's
manifestation of the King of the North), it is widely known
that Saddam has had a burning ambition to directly attack Israel for
many, many years.
Because we project the devastating attack
on America that Revelation characterizes as "the deadly wound" to
occur at any time, it is very likely that the role of the King of
the North will be shifted to another leader - and
that leader will probably come from Europe. Prince Charles is a
likely candidate for this role.
Saddam Hussein, as the King of
the South, sees himself as a latter day Nebuchadnezzar. In
this mindset, his hatred towards the modern state of Israel is easily
documented. Incidentally, because Daniel writes from an Old
Testament perspective, the only "holy covenant" he knows is the
law and the prophets that were handed down by the God of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob. Thus, because the text tells us this
person will have an antagonism towards the "holy covenant," there
is a solid indication that we haven't heard the last of Saddam
Last but hardly least is the fact that at
some point in this chronology, the text seamlessly introduces the Antichrist
into the equation. Neither the King of the North
(presently George Bush) nor the King of the South (presently
Saddam Hussein) is the Antichrist. Indeed, once we arrive at
Daniel 11:40, we see that "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." (Daniel 11:40)
When verse 40 tells us that in this
endgame the King of the South "shall push at him," we don't
really know that it's the King of the North that he is
attacking. The verse doesn't clearly identify the "him" that is
being attacked. Likewise, when the next phrase tells us the King of
the North "shall come against him," it doesn't specifically
say that this action is a retaliation against the King of the South.
This opens up the possibility that the Antichrist
is a third party in this conflict. Because verse 40 has
somewhat ambiguous language regarding who is in view in each
phrase, it is feasible that the Antichrist will be opposed by both
factions when "he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between
the seas in the glorious holy mountain." (Daniel 11:45)
What is particularly fascinating is the
fact that these events are only a few steps away from the present wave
of activity. With this identification, I have tied current world
figures to the prophecies in Daniel 11, so we are extremely close to
entering into the 42-month reign of the Antichrist.
The beginning of the tribulational
sequence of events is right at the door, for our timeline tells us the
judgment of America is imminent. That judgment is the trigger
to the tribulation timeline, and the writing is indeed on the wall.
May 5, 2003 - James Lloyd
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