The Great Monarch: Biblical and Catholic Prophecies

By COGwriter

Have you heard of a male figure called the Great Monarch?

While those precise words are not in the Bible, some believe that this leader is in the Bible.

Some believe he is a good leader and others instead tie him in with the prophesied final Beast of Revelation.

There are many Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies concerning a leader to arise, who is commonly referred to in some of those prophecies as the Great Monarch.

Are there any Hindu or Chinese prophecies that seem to discuss him?

What about Islam?

Should people look forward to the rise of the Great Monarch? What are physical signs that are expected to be related to him?

Do all Catholics think he is a good figure? Is he a messianic figure that the Jews should accept?

Could he have anything to do with the final Antichrist?

Are there biblical prophecies that seem to discuss him? If so, do they treat him like someone sent by God or one in league with the devil and the final Antichrist?

This article will provide answers to these questions.

(Two sermons of related interest are also available: Great Monarch: Messiah or False Christ? and Great Monarch in 50+ Beast Prophecies.)

Background on the Great Monarch

When I was in the old Worldwide Church of God, I remember the minister discussing Catholic prophecies and explaining part of why many will not understand biblical prophecies because of some of them.

Later, I began to acquire books on Catholic prophecies as part of my effort to see how to better reach Catholics. In many of those books, there were references to someone called the Great Monarch.

In time, it became apparent that this figure that many Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saints seemed to be looking forward to had many similarities to the King of the North of Daniel 11, the last beast of Daniel 7 & 8, and the Beast of the Sea of Revelation 13.

Here is some background information from one who does not support him:

The tradition of the Great King and the Holy Pope ... first emerged from the Tiburtine Sibyl, a work that may date back to AD 380-400... (Penn L. False dawn: the United Religions Initiative, globalism, and the quest for a one-world religion. Sophia Perennis, 2005, p. 420).

So, sometime in the 4th century, after the rise of Emperor Constantine, this Great Monarch doctrine seems to develop.

Since it is believed to be perhaps the first source (there is also another possibly earlier source, but the dating has been questioned), here is information from the Latin Tiburtine Sibyl:

Then will arise a king of the Greeks whose name is Constans. He will be king of the Romans and the Greeks. He will be tall of stature, of handsome appearance with shining face, and well put together in all parts of his body. His reign will be ended after one hundred and twelve years. In those days there will be great riches and the earth will give fruit abundantly so that a measure of wheat will be sold for a denarius, a measure of wine for a denarius, and a measure of oil for a denarius. The king will have a text before his eyes that says:  

"The king of the Romans will claim the whole Christian empire for himself."

He will devastate all the islands and the cities of the pagans and will destroy all idolatrous temples; he will call all pagans to baptism and in every temple the Cross of Christ will be erected.

 "Then Egypt and Ethiopia will be eager to stretch their hands to God." ~

Whoever does not adore the Cross of Jesus Christ will be punished by the sword.

When the one hundred and twelve years have been completed, the Jews will be converted to the Lord, and "his sepulchre will be glorified by all." 

In those days Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell with confidence.

At that time the Prince of Iniquity who will be called Antichrist will arise from the tribe of Dan. He will be the Son of Perdition, the head of pride, the master of error, the fullness of malice who will overturn the world and do wonders and great signs through dissimulation. He will delude many by magic art so that fire will seem to come down from heaven. The years will be shortened like months, the months like weeks, the weeks like days, the days like hours, and an hour like a moment. The unclean nations that Alexander, the Indian king, shut up (i.e., Gog and Magog) will arise from the North.

These are the twenty-two realms whose number is like the sand of the sea.

When the king of the Romans hears of this he will call his army together and vanquish and utterly destroy them. After this he will come to Jerusalem, and having put off the diadem from his head and laid aside the whole imperial garb, he will hand over the empire of the Christians to God the Father and to Jesus Christ his Son. When the Roman empire shall have ceased, then the Antichrist will be openly revealed and will sit in the House of the Lord in Jerusalem. 

While he is reigning, two very famous men, Elijah and Enoch, will go forth to announce the coming of the Lord. Antichrist will kill them and after three days they will be raised up by the Lord. Then there will be a great persecution, such as has not been before nor shall be thereafter. The Lord will shorten those days for the sake of the elect, and the Antichrist will be slain by the power of God through Michael the Archangel on the Mount of Olives. (Translated from the edition of E. Sackur, Sibyllinische Texte und Forschungen. pp. 185-186; cited in McGinn B. Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages. Columbia University Press, 1998, pp. 49-50)

Much of the above will not happen (like a reign of 112 years). But some parts, like the cross and forced conversion, are consistent with Greco-Roman Catholic writings on the Great Monarch (as far as the two witnesses go, see the article Who Are The Two Witnesses?)

Here is something from the Eastern Orthodox related to the Great Monarch (called 'the Emperor' below):

Discourse of a Holy Man to Emperor Manuel II Palaeologous (15th century): Then the Emperor will say to them: 'Fathers and brothers of ours, it is good to make an expedition against our enemies, in order to resurrect the Cross to avenge the blood of our people'. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H. The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. The Verenika Press, Rock Hill (SC), 2000, pp. 101-103)

(As far as the cross goes, check out the article What is the Origin of the Cross as a 'Christian' Symbol?).

The Lord Jesus taught:

36 ... "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here." (John 18:36, NKJV throughout unless otherwise noted or quoting sources that include scriptures in their writings)

30 ... "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," (Hebrews 10:30)

So, it should be clear from the Bible that this vengeful Emperor is not of God.

The Bible teaches that there will be one called 'the Beast' will war against with many, including God's saints:

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:5-8)

25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:25)

The Bible does NOT tell of a good power who wars for three (or as the Bible teaches, 3 1/2) years. See also Persecutions by Church and State.

The Great Monarch is prophesied to persecute real Christians and others.

For what reasons?

Well, not venerating crosses, keeping the Sabbath and Holy Days and teaching the millennial Kingdom of God, to cite a few examples, have been called doctrines of Antichrist by Greco-Roman leaders (see Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus?).

The Catholic pope often called "Gregory the Great" (died 604) wrote the following:

Gregory, servant of the servants of God, to his most beloved sons the Roman citizens.

It has come to my ears that certain men of perverse spirit have sown among you some things that are wrong and opposed to the holy faith, so as to forbid any work being done on the Sabbath day. What else can I call these but preachers of Antichrist (Gregory I. Registrum Epistolarum, Book XIII, Letter 1).

Prior to becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger had the following put in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

676 The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism. (Catechism of the Catholic Church. Imprimatur Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Doubleday, NY 1995, p. 194).

While we in the Continuing Church of God will be promoting the good news of the coming millennial Kingdom of God (see The Gospel of the Kingdom of God), understand that those who support the Great Monarch will consider this a doctrine of Antichrist. This will be one reason he will persecute (see also Persecutions by Church and State).

Dr. Otto claims that the Beast is not the Great Monarch, but essentially a Judeo-Masonic conspiracy (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 418).

Orthodox seers and writers have also taken positions against those with original Judeo-Christian practices. One example would be:

Blessed Hieronymus Agathaghelos (1279): ... young man ... now it is not the end; I see you are being duped ... you are hoping in vain; Sabbatism is against the Divine Law...you promote the Hebrew Sabbath at the expense of Christian Sunday, and yet, you will not succeed ... before you become an apostate on behalf of the Sabbath...

And lo and behold, an evil assembly of the crafty evening leader, dressed in black mourning apparel, was measuring its strength ... taking in a hypocritical manner the most holy name of Christ, by means of their flowering and dissembling speech; these were the men who were concealing their impiety under a mask of virtue; those were the most filthy citizens of Pentapolis ... these are semi-godless men, they despise the Divine Law, they are rapacious wolves in sheep's clothing ... they will have to pay the due price before the Public Executioner of the Sabbatians ... you, the inventors of the distorted heresies ... (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 127, 132-135, with a partial translation from page 240)

Dr. Otto herself refers to those with Nazarene/Judeo-Christian beliefs as “Christian traitors” (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 240).

Hence, supporters of the Great Monarch are expected to endorse persecution against those with original Christian practices (see also Persecutions by Church and State).

Other Catholic Prophecies

Catholic prophecy also indicates that a pontiff who does miracles will crown the "Great King" as the final 'Holy Roman Emperor':

Bl. Anna-Maria Taigi (19th Century) ..."After the three days of darkness, St. Peter and St. Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach in the whole world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal who is to become Pope. Christianity, then, will spread throughout the world. He is the Holy Pontiff, chosen by God to withstand the storm. At the end, he will have the gift of miracles, and his name shall be praised over the whole earth (Birch, pp. 362-363).

The Bible tells of one Beast who is supported by a miracle-performing Beast:

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. (Revelation 13:11-14)

Notice also more Catholic prophecies:

The Great King will be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the reigning Pope (Birch, p. 555).

Aystinger the German (12th century?): There shall arise in the last times a Prince sprung from Emperor Charles who shall recover the land of promise and reform the Church. He shall be Emperor of Europe. (Connor, p. 31)

St. Remigius (5th Century): Take notice that the Kingdom of France is predestined by God for the defense of the Roman church which is the only true Church of Christ. This kingdom shall someday be great among the kingdoms of the earth, and shall embrace all the limits of the Roman Empire, and shall submit all other kingdoms to its own scepter (Birch, p. 246).

St. Francis of Paola (Born in Italy, 15th century). "By the grace of the Almighty, the Great Monarch will annihilate heretics and unbelievers. He will have a great army, and angels will fight at his side. He will be like the sun among the stars. His influence will spread over the whole earth. All in all, there will be on earth twelve Kings, one Emperor, one Pope and a few Princes. They will all lead holy lives." (Dupont, p.38)

Ronald Conte, Jr. (21st century): The great Catholic monarch is said in various private revelations to be a descendant of the holy Roman emperors and the legitimate heir to the empire. (Conte Jr., Ronald L. The First Part of the Tribulation. Catholic Planet, 2015)

Bl. Anna-Maria Taigi (19th century). France shall fall into a frightful anarchy. The French shall have a desperate civil war in the course of which even old men will take up arms. The political parties, having exhausted their blood and their rage without being able to arrive at any satisfactory settlement, shall agree at the last extremity to have recourse to the Holy See. Then the Pope shall send to France a special legate ... In consequence of the information received, His Holiness himself shall nominate a most Christian King for the government of France (Dupont, p.45).

The Ecstatic of Tours...The revolution will spread to every French town. Wholesale slaughter will take place. This revolution will last only a few months but it will be frightful; blood will flow everywhere because the malice of the wicked will reach its highest pitch. Victims will be innumerable. Paris will look like a slaughter-house. Persecutions against the Church will be even greater, but it will not last long ... Many bishops and priest will be put to death. The archbishop of Paris will be murdered ... At this juncture, the French people will turn back to God and implore the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Immaculate ... The French people will ask for the good King, he who was chosen by God. He will come, this saviour whom God has spared for France, this King who is not wanted now because he is dear to God's Heart. He will ascend to the throne; he will free the church and reassert the Pope's rights ... (Dupont, p.37)

Sister Marianne Gaultier (18th century): "... When all shall appear lost, all will be saved ... It is then that the Prince shall reign, whom people did not esteem before, but whom they shall then seek. The triumph of religion shall be so great that no one has ever seen the equal (Dupont, p. 75).

Bernhardt Rembordt (18th century). "Cologne will be the site of a terrible battle ... At that time France will be divided. The German Empire will choose a simple man as the Emperor, who will rule for a short time. His successor will be the man for whom the world has longed. He will be called a "Roman Emperor," and he will give peace to the world. A good and happy era will follow. God will be praised on earth, and war will be no more." (Dupont, pp.34-35)

There are various private Catholic prophecies that are looking forward to the Great Monarch (who we faithful in the Continuing Church of God consider to be the King of the North), who they teach is to arise after civil unrest in parts of Europe. This unrest may simply be internal, with at least some of it due to immigrant issues arising from the rising Islamic populations in much of the EU. The European "Great Monarch" is expected to resolve matters first within Europe, then the fate of the Anglo-descended nations, and then the fate of much of the Islamic world. According to Greco-Roman writings he will be a persecuting leader (see also Persecutions by Church and State).

The 'English'

Here are some more Catholic prophecies related to this Great Monarch and the 'English':

Werdin d' Otrante (13th century): "The Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Antichrist...All the sects will vanish. The capital of the world will fall...The Great Monarch will come and restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory." (Connor, Edward. Prophecy for Today. Imprimatur + A.J. Willinger, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno; Reprint: Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford (IL), 1984, p. 33).

Saint Cataldus of Tarentino (c. 500): "The Great Monarch will be in war till he is forty years of age .... he will assemble great armies and expel tyrants from his empire. He will conquer England and other island empires" (Connor, p.30).

St. Columbine (d. 597): The enemies of the English shall be aroused in battle--they who reside in the eastern and western parts of the world ... the English shall be defeated ... After the English shall be defeated in this battle, they shall be harassed by every quarter; like a fawn surrounded by a pack of voracious hounds, shall be the position of the English amidst their enemies. The English afterwards shall dwindle down to a disreputable people (Culleton, R. Gerald.  The Prophets and Our Times. Nihil Obstat: L. Arvin.  Imprimatur: Philip G. Scher, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, November 15, 1941.  Reprint 1974, TAN Books, Rockford (IL), pp. 131,132).

Note: it is possible that the "capital of the world" above being referred to is Washington D.C. or the United States of America. Also note that England was not known by that name in the 500s, hence the prophecy that mentions it would have used a different term in its original language that the Catholic translator apparently has concluded is modern England or those who are/speak English.

Notice this prediction:

St. Senanus (d. 560): They (English) themselves will betray each other: in consequence their sovereignty will be broken ... One monarch will rule in Ireland over the English (Culleton, p. 128).

Now, consider the following from the Bible:

21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
Together they shall be against Judah.

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 9:21)

13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart,
And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim. (Isaiah 11:13)

6 ... Ephraim shall receive shame,
And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off
Like a twig on the water. (Hosea 10:6-7)

So, a betrayal of Ephraim and Manasseh/Samaria, English-speaking nations in the 21st century, is in Bible prophecy. Many in Judah (the modern nation of Israel) also speak English. For information on the modern identities of each of the tribes of Israel, check out the article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Continuing with an Catholic anti-English prophecy:

Mother Shipton (d. 1551) “The time will come when England shall tremble and quake … London shall be destroyed forever after . . . and then York shall be London and the Kingdom governed by three Lords appointed by a Royal Great monarch … who will set England right and drive out heresy (Culleton, p. 163).

Here are others (the first of which is timing related):

Telesphorus of Cozensa (16th century). "A powerful French Monarch and French Pope will regain the Holy Land after terrible wars in Europe. They will convert the world and bring universal peace ...'' (Dupont, p. 31).

Priest Nectou (d. 1772): ... when England shall begin to wane in power, the destruction of Paris shall be at hand. This shall be a sign. England shall, in her turn, suffer a more frightful revolution than that of France (Culleton, p. 176).

Various Catholic prophecies suggest problems for France/Paris before the Great Monarch gains power. The Bible does not make a clear statement on that--but it may happen (see also The 'Lost Tribe' of Reuben: France in Prophecy?).

Notice also:

Father Laurence Ricci, S.J. (died 1775): "After the rule of Napoleon a time will come when the people will become poor and the world will be punished in three ways: wars, famines, and pestilences. At a time when the whole world seems doomed, God will intervene. With His aide a valiant duke will arise from the ancient German house which was humiliated by the French monarch. This great ruler will restore stolen Church property. Protestantism will cease and the Turkish empire will end. This duke will be the most powerful monarch on earth. At a gathering of men noted for piety and wisdom he will, with the aid of the Pope, introduce new rules, and ban the spirit of confusion. Everywhere there will be one fold and one shepherd." (Conner p.37)

The USA and the UK have long been considered the bastions of Protestantism.

More Prophecies on this Warring King

Melanie Calvat (The Seeress of La Salette, 19th century). "After a frightful war a Great King will arise and his reign will be marked by a wonderful peace and a great religious revival." (Dupont, p.13).

Brother Louis Rocco (19th century): Terrible wars will rage all over Europe. God has long been patient with the corruption of morals; half of mankind He will destroy. Russia will witness many outrages. Great cities and small towns alike will be destroyed in a bloody revolution that will cause the death of half the population. In Istanbul (Constantinople) the Cross will replace the half-moon of Islamism, and Jerusalem will be the seat of a King. The southern Slavs will form a great Catholic Empire and drive out of Europe the Turks (Mohammedans), who will withdraw to North Africa and subsequently embrace the Catholic faith. (Dupont, p.76)

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): Are we not to fear, during this period, that the Mohammedans will come again, working out their sinister schemes against the Latin Church? (Dupont, p.39).

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): "When everything has been ruined by war; when Catholics are hard pressed by traitorous co-religionists and heretics; when the Church and her servants are denied their rights, the monarchies have been abolished and their rulers murdered...then the hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding. There will rise a valiant monarch anointed by God. He will be a Catholic, a descendant of Louis IX, (yet) a descendant of an ancient imperial German family, born in exile. He will rule supreme in temporal matters. The Pope will rule supreme in spiritual matters at the same time. Persecution will cease and justice shall reign. Religion seems to be oppressed, but by the changes of entire kingdoms it will be made more firm. ...

"The reign of the Great Ruler may be compared with that of Caesar Augustus, who became Emperor after his victory over his enemies, thereby giving peace to the world--also with the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great, who was sent by God, after severe persecutions, to deliver both the Church and State. By his victories on water and land he brought the Roman empire under subjection, which he then ruled in peace...

"The Great Monarch will have the special help of God and be unconquerable.

"The Fifth Epoch of time dates from the reign of Charles V until the reign of the Great Monarch.

"The Sixth Epoch from the Great Monarch until Antichrist. This Sixth Epoch of the Church--'the time of consolation'--begins with the Holy Pope and the Powerful Emperor, and terminates with the reign of Antichrist. This will be an age of solace, wherein God will console His church after the many mortifications and afflictions she had endured in the Fifth period, for all nations will be brought to the unity of the true Catholic Faith." (Connor, pp.35-36).

This claim of peace will be part of a false gospel! But it is consistent with the following:

3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-4)

Real Christians will be proclaiming that the one many consider to be the Great Monarch not only opposes the The Gospel of the Kingdom of God, but is preaching a false gospel and instead of peace, will destroy the Anglo-American nations, then many of the Islamic ones, and will ultimately be defeated when Jesus returns. He will not like that and that may be part of why he will persecute as shown in Daniel 11:28-35, see also Persecutions by Church and State).

Consider that the Bible warns that the Beast will be militaristic (see also Daniel 11:39-43) and that followers of the Beast will indicate that he cannot be beaten:

4 Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4).

Could the Great Monarch be that Beast? Many scriptures suggest that is so as prophesies of the Great Monarch are consistent with dozens of warnings of someone who sounds like him..

As far as England and other island empires go, the Catholic prophecy about that would seem to include the conquering of Australia and New Zealand--as they speak English, as well as the UK itself.

The Bible further teaches that the King of the North will act against the strongest fortresses (Daniel 11:39, see USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses), which would be the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies and later (Daniel 11:40-43) the King of the South. Before those events, notice something that the Bible speaks of related to the King of the North:

37 He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. 38 But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. (Daniel 11:37-38)

Let's begin by pointing out that he will not really believe the religion he was born into. Now let's consider some of the bolded portion.

Who is the god of fortresses? Apparently this is the Roman god that Catholics (generally unwittingly) still honor. Why do I state that? Because in imperial Rome, the Emperor was responsible for military and religious matters (hence that is part of why he for a while held the title Pontifex Maximus, a title now claimed by Roman Catholic Pontiffs). Furthermore, an official Vatican pronouncement years ago confirmed that the Catholic Church should be responsible for the use of the sword--warfare. Notice the following:

Both, therefore, are in the power of the Church, that is to say, the spiritual and the material sword, but the former is to be administered for the Church but the latter by the Church; the former in the hands of the priest; the latter by the hands of kings and soldiers, but at the will and sufferance of the priest. However, one sword ought to be subordinated to the other and temporal authority, subjected to spiritual power...Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff (THE BULL UNAM SANCTAM , 1302. English translation taken from a doctoral dissertation written in the Dept. of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and published by CUA Press in 1927. In Medieval Sourcebook, http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/b8-unam.html 01/16/06).

Thus, Roman Catholic leaders do endorse killing and the use of the military under the authority of church leadership (the Crusades and the Inquisitions are simply two of many examples). Hence they do, to a degree, worship a god of fortresses.

It may well be that this King begins to accumulate gold and precious things beginning earlier than this. Verse 24 of Daniel 11 shows that this leader will somehow also be accumulating wealth. Perhaps to back up a European supported currency, he may end up with personal and/or national gold reserves and/or wealth from the Vatican. The Vatican has a vast amount of wealth and is prophesied to be improperly involved with the kings of the earth in the end times per Revelation 17. The Vatican and its supporters have historically used gold, silver, and precious stones to make 'sacred images,' icons, and other idolatrous items. This may be what happens here. Also, some 'image of the beast' (Revelation 13:14), may also be made at this time.

Before going further, the Orthodox prophesy that there Great Monarch will be involved with idols:

Blessed Hieronymus Agathaghelos (1279): ... the Ruler ... will worship ... he falls on his knees before the holy icon that had been raised before him. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar, p. 461)

So, he will give the appearance worship of what is claimed to be a 'holy icon'--a term not in scripture.

Back to the Bible, what about the god which his fathers did not know? This portion of Daniel 11:38 about a different god is actually similar to a Catholic prophecy about a coming Great Monarch. Notice the following from a book written by a Catholic (D. Birch) who claims that he only cited Catholic-approved prophecies:

St. Francis of Paula (15th Century) … Francis also speaks in a series of letters to Simeon de Limena, Count of Montalto in great detail of a future Great Monarch who will be a Roman Emperor ... He is described as founding a new religious order. To the reader this may sound like he also become a priest. That is not the case. What happens is that he founds a religious order, part of which contains military men who take religious vows. He will be the head of the military arm of this order. In this sense it will be like the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages.

He shall be the founder of a new religious order different from all others. He will divide it into three strata, namely military knights, solitary priests, and most pious hospitalliers. This shall be the last religious order in the Church, and it will do more good for our holy religion than all other religious institutions.”

“… These devout men will wear on their breasts…the cross” [It becomes clear from other prophecies that it is from this that they will receive their popular name “the cross bearers.”] …

“He shall … destroy all tyrants and heresies. There will be one fold and one shepherd. He shall reign until the end of time. On the whole earth there will be twelve Kings, one Emperor and one Pope. (Birch DA. Trial, Tribulation & Triumph: Before During and After Antichrist. Queenship Publishing Company, Goleta (CA), 1996, pp.267-270)

Notice that Francis prophesied that there will be a new essentially Roman Catholic religious order that will do more good for the Roman Catholic Church than all other religious institutions. This is because this “Great Monarch” (the first Beast of Revelation 13) will work with the Pope to make the world nominally Catholic--but since he will actually change the religion, it is likely that he will take the name "Catholic" to pretend that he is faithful to that religion. And since this monarch is a warrior, obviously he will somehow honor the "god of fortresses." And he is expected to "convert the world" according to various Catholics.

But he also will upset people, including parts of the Catholic clergy:

Sister Marianne Gaultier (18th century): “… the Prince shall reign, whom people did not esteem before, but whom they shall then seek.  (Dupont Y. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p. 75).

Gameleo (possibly 16th century): The Great Lion will arise when the Holy See has been moved to Mentz, and a Sabinian elected Pope. There will have been much dissension among the cardinals. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, p. 170)

L' abbe Souffrand (1821): After the crises, there will be a General Council, despite opposition by the clergy itself. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar, p. 103)

Cyril the Hermit (14th century): A German ruler will persecute priests and monks and do much harm to the Church. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, p. 155)

D. Birch (commenting after the above in his book), “Many of the prophecies speak of the fact that the Great King at first will not be well-liked, especially by the French clergy” (Birch DA. Trial, Tribulation & Triumph: Before During and After Antichrist. Queenship Publishing Company, Goleta (CA), 1996, p. 276).

He is probably disliked by the clergy for changes he is trying to implement. He will outwardly feign the Roman Catholic religion (cf. Daniel 11:37; Revelation 13:1-10), but will not really believe it and will work to change it.

Furthermore, I specifically believe that the Great Monarch that some Roman Catholics are incorrectly looking forward to is the "King of the North" and his new religious order is specifically warned against in the Book of Daniel (11:37-38).

Notice a Roman and a Greek Catholic prophecy:

Madame de Meylian (1848) The Great Monarch will place his hand in the hand of the Great Pontiff and the Great Pontiff will anoint the head of the Great Monarch with Holy Oil. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross: the prophesied royal messiah from the tribe of Judah. Veronikia Press, 2005, p. 106)

Anonymou Paraphrasis of the Oracles of Emperor Leo the Philosopher (10th century): ... he will be known in writing as the 'anointed one' and he will go out to wage war against the Ishamaelites. ... God will find his holy one, the anointed one, when nobody sees him and recognizes him. God will reveal him and make him manifest to the people and will anoint him with oil in the End Times; him, who was already anointed in his mother's womb with Holy Oil. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross, p. 120)

Notice a strong, but false interpretation related to this and other Great Monarch matters, from an Eastern Orthodox writer (bolding in source) about the Great Monarch being a messiah:

In the course of my analysis I came to the conclusion that as far as prophecies of the human messiah (the Great Monarch) are concerned, the LXX is by far superior to the Masoretic. ... this Great Monarch is also simultaneously the royal messiah that the Jews expect. Only in the Greek prophecies have I found evidence of this most vital connection. ... the Septuagint... refers to a human messiah, judging from the context in David's Psalms, for instance ... the Great Monarch was pre-ordained by God to become the prophesied messiah while still in his mother's womb. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross, pp. 39, 118, 119, 121)

Note, the above author points to scriptures (mainly Septuagint version) as well as supposed proof of this Great Monarch being prophesied.

Here is Dr. Otto's Septuagint translation and interpretation of Romans 15:12 (LXX):

LXX: And in that day the Lord Jesus Christ (the root of Jesse) will be made manifest and His anointed one (the Great Monarch) will be the leader of nations (during WWIII) and on him (the human messiah-anointed one the nations will place their hopes, namely the Christian nations that will fight under his banner. ...

Romans 15:12: It will be the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Who will lead the armies in battle miraculously, through the instrumentalities of the Great Monarch ...) the one who arose; upon whom the nations will place their hope (for victory). (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross, p. 109)

Now, it is TRUE that nations will place their hope on the Beast of Revelation, the King of the North, to win what can be called WWIII--the war against the USA led by Europe (see World War III: Steps in Progress)--and Europe will win (Daniel 11:39). But that is not something actual Christians would place their hope in.

Furthermore, notice a standard translation of Romans 15:12 and the context:

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

" For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name."

10 And again he says:

"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"

11 And again:

"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!"

12 And again, Isaiah says:

"There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope." (Romans 15:8-12, NKJV)

So, no, the Bible is NOT telling people to look forward to a Great Monarch messiah.

Notice another Eastern Orthodox prophecy:

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (10th century): And the anointed one will be revealed ... (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross, p. 113)

Here is a writing from a 'Catholic Jew':

The Messiah (Anointed One) ... is indeed the Messiah Ephraim of Jewish prophecy and his son's first name Shlomo or Solomon (which means peace) reveals that he is the Messiah (anointed one) who will usher in the Great messianic Era of Peace. This Messiah is the great Monarch called Henry and Charles in Catholic prophecy and Prince David in Ezekiel. (Bengilad A. The Great Monarch and Rebbe Nachman: A Hebrew Catholic Speculation. A Catholic Jew Pontificates, December 13, 2009. http://aronbengilad.blogspot.com/2009/12/great-monarch-and-rebbe-nachman.html accessed 05/18/18)

The term Messiah (Daniel 9:25) comes from a Hebrew word mashiach (pronounced maw-shee-wkh) meaning 'anointed' or 'anointed one.'

Notice the following warning from Cyril of Jerusalem (fourth century):

This one shall seize power of the Roman Empire, and shall falsely style himself Christ. By the name of Christ he shall deceive the Jews, who are expecting the Anointed; and he shall seduce the gentiles by his magical illusions. (Birch, p. 227)

Consider the following from the Bible that warns against one sounding like the Great Monarch:

3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

The King of the North will think he is anointed above all:

36 "Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. (Daniel 11:36)

(For more on the King of the North Beast power, check out the article Who is the Man of Sin?); For more on the falling away, see The Falling Away: The Bible and WCG Teachings; for more on the identity of the son of perdition, see Who is the Man of Sin?)

Notice also the following:

A fragment of the Syriac Apocalypse of Peter begins : " The ... the son of perdition shall speak and say to them, I am the expected Messiah. (Bousset W. Keane AH. The Antichrist Legend. AMS Press, 1896, p. 205)

We will see if the Great Monarch does make such a claim as Dr. Otto seems to suggest he will.

That being said, it is important to realize that the Beast will NOT stay in league with the Church of the City Seven hills (Revelation 17:9,18), but will destroy it. The Beast will NOT stay in league with the Church of the City Seven hills (Revelation 17:9,18), but will destroy it. Many erroneously believe it will just be a Beast-Catholic combination like a political alliance with the current Church of Rome. Although it seemingly starts out that way, it will not last:

16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. (Revelation 17:16-17)

Many Christians do not fully realize this. The old WCG taught:

When the nations comprising the future colossus see that the religious system which has ruled over them has DECEIVED them and will not be able to deliver them from the threat of destruction coming from the north and east, what will they do'? Rev. 17:16. Note the words "burn her with fire," and see Rev. 18:6.8.

COMMENT: Because of her greed, corruption and false promises , the "kings" (leaders) and people of Europe will come to "hate the whore." They will turn against her. They will give the bearer of the "cup" (of spiritual drunkenness which causes great suffering and sorrow) a double portion of her own medicine which She has meted out to so many. She will stand "desolate" - alone - and " naked" - stripped bare of her pretensions so that all may see her filthiness and shame in its true light. They will rebel against her government , eat her flesh (seize and confiscate her properties) and burn her with fire. (Lesson 11: COMING- A NEW ROMAN EMPIRE! Ambassador College CORRESPONDENCE COURSE. 1973, p. 13)

Furthermore, Jesus also warned:

24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. (Matthew 24:24-25)

'Christs' comes from the Greek word transliterated as Christos and means anointed. The Great Monarch may well say he is anointed somehow--he will be a false christ!

Now, notice an Orthodox prophecy about the Great Monarch:

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): And he will be made similar to the Most High God. ... He has a lofty mind; he is without father, without mother and without genealogy. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 39,40)

Dr. Otto says that although the genealogy of the Great Monarch is known, she realizes that reference is related to the following scriptures:

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. (Hebrews 7:1-3)

Dr. Otto then said that this is part of why the Great Monarch is like the Most High (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 41-42). She then goes on and states:

The Son of God rose from the dead. The Byzantine Empire will rise from the dead. The Great Monarch, the new Emperor of the Romans and Greeks will resuscitate the Old Roman Empire. ... The Anonymous, with direct quotations from St. Paul wishes to underline to his readers how important this personage really is. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 42).

This resuscitation is consistent with Revelation 13:3, 14.

Yet, she is not the only one improperly look forward to him:

Josefa von Bourg (d. 1807): God will choose a descendant of Constantine, Pepin, and St. Louis, who has been tried by a long period of exile to rule over Europe. He will have the sign of the cross on his breast ... Under him the Catholic religion will spread as never before (Culleton, pp. 181-182)

Anna-Katarina Emmerick: Then I saw the beast fleeing to the sea, the enemy hurrying off in disorder, and immense circles of combatants surrounding the church, some on the earth, others high in the air. The first circle was composed of youths and maidens; the second, of married persons of all classes from royalty down; the third, of religious; the fourth, of warriors, led by a rider on a white horse; and the fifth, and last was made up of citizens and peasants, many of whom were marked on the forehead with a red cross. As this army drew near, the captives and oppressed were delivered and swelled the ranks whilst the demolishers and conspirators were put to flight on all sides (Emmerich AC. The Life of Lord Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations. Schmöger edition, Vol. IV. Nihil Obstat: D. Jaegher, 14 Februari 1914. Imprimatur: A.C. De Schrevel, Brugis, 14 Februari 1914. Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 2004, pp. 290-291).

The particular white horse above sounds like the 1st horse of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6:1-2).

Here are more private prophecies:

St. Francis de Paul (1470): ... From your lordship shall be born the great leader of the holy militia ... These devout men shall wear on their breasts, and much more in their hearts, the sign of the living God, namely the cross ... members of this holy order ...

... the Great Monarch ... He shall be a great captain and prince of holy men, who shall be called 'the holy Cross-bearers of Jesus Christ,' with whom he will destroy the Mahometan sect and the rest of the infidels. He shall annihilate all the heresies and tyrannies of the world. He shall reform the Church of God by means of his followers, who shall be the best men upon the earth in holiness, in arms, in science, and in every virtue ... They shall obtain dominion over the whole world, both temporal and spiritual...

God Almighty will exalt a very poor man of the blood of Emperor Constantine...who shall on his breast wear a sign which you have seen at the beginning of this letter (a red Cross) ... He will gather a grand army, and the angels shall fight for them...

This religious order shall be the last and best in the Church: it shall proceed with arms...Woe to tyrants, to heretics, and to infidels to whom no pity will be shown ... An infinite number of wicked men shall perish through the hands of the Cross-bearers ... most holy Crossbearers elected by the Most High, who, not succeeding in converting heretics with science, shall make vigorous use of their arms ... These holy Cross-bearers shall reign and dominate holily over the whole world until the end of time ...

But when shall this take place? When crosses with the stigmas shall be seen, and the crucifix shall be carried as the standard. The time is coming when the Divine Majesty will visit the world with a new religious order of holy Cross-bearers, who will carry a crucifix, or the image of our crucified Lord, lifted up upon the principal standard in view of all. This standard will be admired by all good Catholics; but at the beginning it will be derided by bad Christians and by infidels...You shall destroy the sect of the Mahomet, and all infidels of every sect. You shall put an end to all the heresies of the world ...

He shall be the great founder of a new religious order different from all the others...This shall be the last religious order in the Church and shall do more good for our holy religion than all other religious institutes. By force of arms he shall take possession of a great kingdom. He shall destroy the sect of Mahomet ... There will be one fold, one shepherd. He shall reign until the end of time. On the whole earth there will be twelve kings, one emperor and one pope. (Culleton, p. 157-161).

Thus, there are several Catholic prophecies that those who wear some type of cross will conquer (see also What is the Origin of the Cross as a 'Christian' Symbol?).

Perhaps it should be mentioned here that throughout history, those in the true Church have opposed the use of a cross as a symbol (please see The Pergamos Church Era).

One interesting 15th century Catholic prophecy foretells a time a “great prince” will rise up, “all Germany” will apparently covert to the ecumenical religion and then massive conversions elsewhere “will happen quickly:

Blessed Joannes Amadeus de Sylva (died 1482): Germany and Spain will unite under a great prince … After much slaughtering, the other nations will be forced to come into this union. There is no hope for the unbelievers until all of Germany is converted; then all will happen quickly … the time will be prolonged until all countries unite under the Great Ruler. After this union, mass conversions will take place … (Connor, Prophecy for Today, p. 34). Connor, p. 34).

This sounds a lot like what will happen under the Beasts in Revelation 13 (cf. Revelation 13:4,8). As well as what will happen under the King of the North (Daniel 11:39-43).

Notice another Catholic prophecy:

Zachary the Armenian (published 1854 and summarized in 2010): This empire of the north … will go to war against North America and North America will be fall and be conquered and brought into bondage ... “and then the whole world fell under the dominion of the first born of hell.” (Originally by Priest Fattecelli, Day of Anger: The Hand of God Upon an Empire, 1854, as paraphrased by Priest P. Kramer, What are the missing contents of the third secret? Fatima Crusader, 95, Summer 2010, pp. 45-46)

North America is predicted to be taken over by "the empire of the north" (the above and other prophecies are in my new book, Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions), the realm of the King of the North! Since Zachary is discussing the dominion of the first born son of perdition (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12), the above is clearly teaching that this would happen at the start of the Great Tribulation. This is consistent with the understanding of the Continuing Church of God on these matters (though we do not believe that God inspired this Zachary).

This monarch is predicted from Eastern Orthodox sources to fight wars for 3 years:

Message to Emperor Manuel II (d. 1425): The Emperor will spend three years waging wars (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H. The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. The Verenika Press, Rock Hill (SC), 2000, p. 103).

Does not this sound a lot like one the Bible warns against?

Also notice the following:

Orthodox St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ (4th century): This king will rule ... Happiness will reign in the world as it did in the days of Noah ... The entire world will fear this king ... he will pursue all persons of the Jewish religion out of Constantinople ... and the people will rejoice like in the time of Noah until the deluge came (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 113,114)

The Orthodox saint here appears to be quite confused. He should have recalled that Jesus specifically taught that He would return when it was like the days of Noah and people like that would not be ready (Matthew 24:37-39). Thus, clearly the above prophecy about the Great Monarch king is warned against from the Bible.

Furthermore, notice the following Eastern Orthodox prophecies:

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): The one true King … is destined to become manifest [be revealed] … by means … of signs … The King will hear the voice and instructions by an Angel appearing to him … he has foresight and is cognizant of the text of the prophecies … the name of the King is hidden [concealed] among the nations … And the particular manner of the king’s manifestation to the public [to the world] will take place as follows: A star will appear [will become visible] for three days long and during the third hour of the night, on the eve of the feast day of the Mother of the Most High (it will become visible) in the Middle of the City. And this star is not one among the planets … And a herald speaking with a very loud voice in the course of the three days will summon and unveil the hoped for one … There will become visible in the sky a ‘nebulous firmament of the sun’ … under that image will be suspended a cross … And the invisible herald from Heaven with his thunderous voice will say to the people: Is this man agreeable to you?  At that moment everybody will be taken by fear and terror ... they will elevate him on a high spot and will proclaim him (their) hereditary Monarch (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H.  The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. Verenika Press, Rock City (SC), 2000, pp. 30, 31, 32, 50-51,52,53).

Blessed Hieronymus Agathaghelos (1279): The Angel, Mary and John, along with the great and first among martyrs ... will intercede. Yes ... the Ruler will informed accordingly ... nobody will laugh at your expense (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 130,132).

Perhaps it should be noted Orthodox scholar H. Tzima Otto believes that the cross referred to will be red, because other signs in the sky, like a comet, will also be present (ibid, p. 60). She also believed he may be somewhat obscure at first "he is not publicly known, we would say today that he is not a celebrity" (ibid, p. 176). Hence, someone relatively unknown is expected to rise up. And apparitions are likely expected to support this. The Bible clearly teaches that this man of sin, the King of the North, comes with signs and lying wonders in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

As far as laughing at his expense, this has happened to one who possibly could be the Great Monarch (see Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North?).

Let' notice something that Jesus warned about:

11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)

Could this include signs in the sky, which occur PRIOR to the start of the Great Tribulation, pointing to the King of the North? If so, then seemingly these "Great Monarch prophecies" seem to be consistent. Understand that Satan DOES know scripture (cf. Matthew 4) and has influenced false prophets and false leaders throughout the ages (cf. John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

And this individual, perhaps like the one warned about in Daniel 8:23 who has "understanding dark sentences" (KJV) or "understanding hidden things" (YLT) or "understands sinister schemes" (NKJV) is "cognizant of the text of the prophecies." The Great Monarch some are looking for sounds like the final King of the North that Daniel was inspired to warn against (cf. Daniel 11:21).

Notice the following Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox) prophecy:

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (died 912): The one who is considered dead (already) and escaping notice [or detection by human vision], many know him, although nobody sees him; He will rise up, all of a sudden, as if from a wine-revelry and will certainly hold the scepters of the kingdom. For a column having been seen in the vault of heaven as if twisted as if by spinning, an invisible herald will shout thunderously thrice: Make haste and go to the western parts of the Seven-Hilled city and there you will find a servant of Mine, a man dear to Me; Bring him to the royal palace, he wears a helmet, he is soft-spoken, calm, noble-minded, he has very sharp knowledge of the future [or he can see well the future with the mind's eyes]. Thus, Oh Seven-Hilled city, you will achieve sovereignty once again. (Oraculum XIII/Icone 13 as translated by Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 69-70)

Also notice the following Catholic prophecies:

Josefa von Bourg (died 1807): God will choose a descendant of Constantine … who has been tried by a long period of disappointment … to rule over Europe. He will have the sign of the cross on his breast … (Connor, p. 37).

Abbe Soufrand (died 1828): The Great Ruler will perform such great and noble deeds that the infidels will be forced to admit the working of God’s providence (Connor, p. 37).

So, from both the Roman and Orthodox Catholics we learn that someone who seemed not significant (cf. Daniel 8:24; 11:21) is expected to appear on the scene with signs and wonders. Does not the Bible specifically warns of a leader who will come with signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9; cf. Revelation 16:13-14)?

Furthermore, notice the following:

St. Thomas a'Becket (12th Century). St. Thomas says:

"A knight shall come from the West. He shall capture Milan, Lombardy, and the three Crowns. He shall then sail to Cyprus and Famagoste and land at Jaffa, and reach Christ's grave where he will fight. Wars and wonders shall befall till the people believe in Christ toward the end of the world."

Notice that St. Thomas says wars and wonders will precede a resurgence in belief in Christ during the latter times (Birch, p. 255). {The comments in italics were from Birch personally}.

And notice that signs and wonders are prophesied to be associated with the Great Monarch:

Discourse of a Holy Man to Emperor Manuel II Palaeologous (15th century): And the members of the clergy and the monastics as well as every social stratum of humanity, against their own will, but led by a divine sign will come to Constantinople ... Then, an angel ... will descend from heaven ... and he will crown the Emperor of Peace. The King will be present in Constantinople (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 99-100).

Dr. Otto: Suffice it say that the Anonymou Paraphrasis, alone, makes several references to this anointed feature of the King ... The name of the King is concealed among the Gentiles. Also, the anointed one will be made manifest through Signs and Wonders from Heaven. (Tzima Otto H. They'll have no King but Caesar: King Henry of the Cross, p. 119)

The Bible is absolutely clear that "signs and lying wonders" will be associated with the final Beast power (which some private "prophecies" call the "Great Monarch") and the final Antichrist and that the Beast will appear as a man of peace. Notice first about the signs and wonders:

9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Such signs and lying wonders will be factors in the final emergence of the European Beast power and the world accepting this leader, And that is consistent with various "Catholic" writings as well. The PROBLEM IS THAT MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE ENOUGH LOVE OF THE TRUTH--THE WORD OF GOD--TO RESIST. THEY WILL ACCEPT DECEPTION. They will walk by sight, not by faith, like true Christians will (2 Corinthians 5:7).

False prophecies are doctrines of demons and many will rely on them and this will cause them to depart from the faith:

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1)

Thus, this IS important for Christians to know!

It should also be noted that many Orthodox and Roman Catholics expect signs and wonders will announce the Great Monarch, as he will be a lesser known leader before coming into power. 

The combination of the signs and wonders associated with the Beast/Great Monarch and the final Antichrist/antipope is warned about in various prophecies, but the Bible teaches that Satan signs and sorcery will deceive many to support the coming new Babylon (Revelation 18:21-23) that the King of the North will rule.

The Bible and certain Catholics have warned against this coming new Babylon that the Beast supporters will endorse (note: the New Jerusalem Bible, a Catholic-approved translation, is shown for the scriptures here):

1 One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls came to speak to me, and said, ‘Come here and I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute who is enthroned beside abundant waters, 2 with whom all the kings of the earth have prostituted themselves, and who has made all the population of the world drunk with the wine of her adultery.’ 3 He took me in spirit to a desert, and there I saw a woman riding a scarlet beast which had seven heads and ten horns and had blasphemous titles written all over it. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and glittered with gold and jewels and pearls, and she was holding a gold winecup filled with the disgusting filth of her prostitution; 5 on her forehead was written a name, a cryptic name: ‘Babylon the Great, the mother of all the prostitutes and all the filthy practices on the earth.’ 6 I saw that she was drunk, drunk with the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I was completely mystified. (Revelation 17:1-6, NJB)

9 ‘This calls for shrewdness. The seven heads are the seven hills, on which the woman is sitting…18 The woman you saw is the great city which has authority over all the rulers on earth.’ (Revelation 17:9,18, NJB)

1 After this, I saw another angel come down from heaven, with great authority given to him; the earth shone with his glory. 2 At the top of his voice he shouted, ‘Babylon has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, and has become the haunt of devils and a lodging for every foul spirit and dirty, loathsome bird. 3 All the nations have drunk deep of the wine of her prostitution; every king on the earth has prostituted himself with her, and every merchant grown rich through her debauchery.’ 4 Another voice spoke from heaven; I heard it say, ‘Come out, my people, away from her, so that you do not share in her crimes and have the same plagues to bear. 5 Her sins have reached up to the sky, and God has her crimes in mind: treat her as she has treated others. 6 She must be paid double the amount she exacted. She is to have a doubly strong cup of her own mixture. 7 Every one of her pomps and orgies is to be matched by a torture or an agony. I am enthroned as queen, she thinks; I am no widow and will never know bereavement. 8 For that, in one day, the plagues will fall on her: disease and mourning and famine. She will be burned to the ground. The Lord God who has condemned her is mighty.’ 9 ‘There will be mourning and weeping for her by the kings of the earth who have prostituted themselves with her and held orgies with her. They see the smoke as she burns, (Revelation 18:1-9, NJB)

Priest Paul Kramer (21st century): All the fury of {hades} will be let loose upon the earth in order to attempt to dethrone Christ the King and install satan in His place — it will be the culmination of the ‘mystery of iniquity’ represented in the figure of the Tower of Babel — the apocalyptic ‘mystery of Babylon’: the counterfeit ‘church’, the ‘church of heresy’ and its ‘pope’. (Kramer P.  The Third Secret Reveals the Great Chastisement. Fatima Crusader, 77. Summer 2004).

Josyp Terelya (1992) I saw the new Babylon, the red city that was falling into the earth. In that city, under a Christian temple was a secret hiding place. There were eight men there — eight rulers, all eight waxen yellow. They laughed horribly and bared their teeth. (Leonard P. Priest.  Has the Pope Fulfilled Our Lady of Fatima’s Request? Fatima Crusader, 43. Winter 1993).

Priest H. Kramer (20th century): In the vision of the Seer now appears a second beast rising out of the earth, having two horns like a lamb but speaking like a dragon…In other places he is called the false prophet … This prophet may re-establish the pagan Roman Empire and build the “Great Harlot”, Babylon … The False Prophet … will persuade all infidels, apostates and apostate nations to worship and adore him … Antichrist “sitteth in the temple of God” (I Thes. II. 4). This is not the ancient Temple in Jerusalem … this temple is shown to be a Catholic Church … The False Prophet will proclaim the resurrection of the Roman Empire. (Kramer H.B. L. The Book of Destiny.  Nihil Obstat: J.S. Considine, O.P., Censor Deputatus.  Imprimatur: +Joseph M. Mueller, Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, January 26, 1956.  Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), pp. 318,320-323)

On May 27, 2012, then Pope Benedict XVI specifically warned that the world was becoming Babel (Babylon) and mentioned the Tower of Babel (http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1202209.htm).

Yet, in addition to many Roman and Byzantine Catholic prophecies that look forward to a resurrected Roman empire, there are some looking forward to Babylon being re-established:

Monk Leontios (died 543): Rejoice, oh most unhappy one, oh New Babylon! … You, who are the New Babylon rejoice now on behalf of Zion! New Babylon, dance, bounce and leap greatly, make known even those in Hades what a Grace you have received. Because that peace which was yours to enjoy in times past, and which God has deprived you of in course of battles, receive it once more from the hand of an Angel…oh, the City of Seven Hills the dominion will be yours. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 82-83)

Abbott Joachim (died 1202) … A remarkable Pope will be seated on the pontifical throne, under special protection of the angels. Holy and full of gentleness, he shall undo all wrong, he shall recover the states of the Church, and reunite the exiled temporal powers. As the only Pastor, he shall reunite the Eastern to the Western Church … This holy Pope shall be both pastor and reformer. Through him the East and West shall be in ever lasting concord. The city of Babylon shall then be the head and guide of the world. Rome, weakened in temporal power, shall forever preserve her spiritual dominion, and shall enjoy great peace … At the beginning, in order to bring these happy results, having need of a powerful assistance, this holy Pontiff will ask the cooperation of the generous monarch of France (Great Monarch). (Connor, pp. 31-32)

The Bible warns against a coming Babylon (Revelation 17-18)--it does not endorse it.

Peace and Timing

Here is a Catholic prophecy about the timing of the Great Monarch:

Ven. Holzhauser (17th century): The fifth period of the Church, which began circa 1520, will end with the arrival of the Holy Pope and the arrival of the powerful Monarch ... During this unhappy period, there will be laxity in divine and human precepts ... But God will permit a great evil against His Church ... The sixth period of the Church will begin with the powerful Monarch. ... and it will last until the revelation of Antichrist. ... All nations will become Catholic. ...

The Great Monarch will come when the Latin Church is desolated, humiliated, and afflicted with many heresies (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, pp. 38-40, 114).

Nicholas of Fluh (15th century): The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. (Dupont, p. 30)

The pedophilia and other sex scandals have humiliated the Church of Rome in the 21st century and most who claim Catholicism are lax, hence if the above is correct, then we are quite near the time that the "Beast" leader will rise up.

Furthermore, the Great Monarch is supposed to arise after warfare and promise peace. Notice some information about the timing of 'peace' from two authors of books on Catholic prophecies, as well as an actual Catholic prophecy:

This is so because there are two different stages within the Latter-Days period: the first, heralding the final stage, being of lessor intensity: the final stage bringing about the consummation of the world. To each of these two stages will the proximate signs of the End apply. Thus, we are now about to enter the first stage, the Great disaster which is imminent and which shall be followed by a period of peace...In short, virtually the whole world will be Catholic. The universal preaching of the Gospel, in turn, will constitute the first sign of the second stage (Dupont, p. 90)

The Minor Chastisement...This would be a Minor Chastisement preceding an Age of Peace. It is not the Tribulation of Antichrist...The Major Chastisement - the Tribulation of Antichrist (Birch, pp. xlii-xliii)

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): He will root out false doctrines and destroy the rule of the Moslemism His dominion will extend from the East to the West. All nations will adore God their Lord according to Catholic teaching. There will be many wise and just men. The people will love justice, and peace will reign over the whole earth, for divine power will bind Satan for many years until the coming of the Son of Perdition. (Connor, pp.35-36).

Note: The binding of Satan does not occur until at the start of the millennium per Revelation 20:1-3.

Some Catholics apparently believe that there will be a great time of peace--and while there will a temporal one per Daniel 9:27, some Catholics strangely claim that this is what Revelation 9:20-21 allows:

This text gives no indication about the interval of time between the first and second woe...Verses 20 and 21 presage a time of peace between the first reign of terror in the second woe and the reign of Antichrist (Kramer H.B. L. The Book of Destiny.  Nihil Obstat: J.S. Considine, O.P., Censor Deputatus.  Imprimatur: +Joseph M. Mueller, Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, January 26, 1956.  Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), p. 228).

However, this "time of peace" appears to be reading something into the Book of Revelation that it does not say:

20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts (Revelation 9:20-21).

It should be noted that the above scripture is the ONLY scriptural proof that Priest Kramer (or Birch text, p. 410, which also claim the same thing) cites for the time of the "age of peace", the time that there will be a Great Monarch and Great Pope. And of course, the above verses in Revelation do not even hint that this alleged "age of peace" happens then.

The Bible warns against the Beast who will claim peace:

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25, KJV).

23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24 He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time. (Daniel 11:23-24, NKJV)

The Bible warns that a 'prince' (the one who is later called the King of the North in Daniel 11:31-40) will confirm a peace deal (Daniel 9:-2627; see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27.)

As far as timing goes, it should be pointed out that Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies say the Great Monarch arises before the Antichrist and will be followed by the Antichrist:

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): "The Sixth Epoch from the Great Monarch until Antichrist. This Sixth Epoch of the Church--'the time of consolation'--begins with the Holy Pope and the Powerful Emperor, and terminates with the reign of Antichrist." (Connor, p.36).

Werdin d' Otrante (13th century): "The Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Antichrist... (Connor, p. 33).

Yet, the Great Monarch appears to be the Beast of the Sea who works with the Beast of the Earth (Revelation 13), who is the final Antichrist (see also Some Doctrines of Antichrist). Those looking forward to the Great Monarch are confused.

It is Jesus who will destroy the Beast and his false prophet when He returns:

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Revelation 19:11-20)

More prophecies that confuse/misidentify the Antichrist as Jesus are in the article Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus? The old Radio Church of God taught about this as well (see Will You Be Deceived by Antichrist?).

Perhaps it should also be mentioned that some believe that the one in Revelation 19:11-16 is the Great Monarch, and hence is prophesied as good in the Bible (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 430-432).

Notice something else claimed about the Great Monarch:

Ronald Conte, Jr. (21st century): Then there will be a brief time of peace and holiness, lasting only a few decades, beginning in the year 2040. This time of peace begins with the reign of the great Catholic monarch (a holy political leader) and the Angelic Shepherd (the holy Pope of that time).

After the great monarch's kingship ends, when he willingly steps down as leader, his kingdom will be divided into four parts. The northern part includes most of Europe. The southern part consists of Israel, the Middle East, and northern Africa. The rulers over these two parts are referred to, in the Book of Daniel, as the king of the North and the king of the South. (Conte Jr., Ronald L. The Great Apostasy and the Abomination of Desolation. December 23, 2005. http://www.catholicplanet.com/articles/article131.htm viewed 03/11/18)

Note: I suspect that 2040 is too late (see Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?) and the prophesied peace will not last decades (cf. The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27)--but a 21st century reign is expected.

Catholic Concerns

Certain others have noted similarities between the Great Monarch and the coming Beast-Antichrist power. Notice the following:

The tradition of the Great King and the Holy Pope...first emerged from the Tiburtine Sibyl, a work that may date back to AD 380-400...

Catholic writer Paul Thigpen warns, "Looking for the Great Monarch, then, who does not appear in Scripture, might lead to overlooking the Antichrist who does. It might even lead to--a more disturbing thought--to mistaking the Antichrist for the Great Monarch. After all, lesser antichrists of the past such as Hitler and Stalin have seduced followers with visions of grand and glorious earthly kingdoms. Surely Antichrist of the last days will do the same." (Penn L. False dawn: the United Religions Initiative, globalism, and the quest for a one-world religion. Sophia Perennis, 2005, p. 420).

Notice the following from Catholic writer Dr. Paul Thigpen, in the second edition of a book he wrote:

The Sibylline Oracles

A more serious problem appears when we look further back in time to discover the circumstances surrounding the earliest known occasions of the "Great Monarch" message. ... It does draw from a fourth-century book that describes in some detail the "Emperor of the Last Days."

As it turns out, both of these early texts are among the so-called Sibylline oracles. These oracles are a collection of utterances that claim to be inspired messages from the Greek Sibyls (ancient pagan prophetesses) in earlier historical periods. But historians have concluded that they were actually written by Jewish and Christian authors in imitation of pagan Sibylline books.

In the Tiburtina Sibyl, the earlier of the two texts, the main outlines of the "Great Monarch" legend (for a legend is what it seems to be) are already apparent. ...

Revelation says nothing of a "Great Monarch"--nor do any biblical references to the last days or the close of the age.

Could looking for the Great Monarch, then, lead believers to overlook the Antichrist, or even to mistake the one for the other? After all, lesser antichrists of the past such as Hitler and Stalin have seduced followers with visions of grand and glorious earthly kingdoms. (Thigpen P. The Rapture Trap, 2nd edition. Nihil obstat Joseph C. Price, June 14, 2002. Imprimatur Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, June 18, 2002. Ascension Press, 2002, pp. 222-225)

Catholics and others need to be cautioned that this "Great Monarch" clearly seems to be warned against in scripture. More actual Catholic prophecies can be found in the article Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies?

The Great Monarch seems to be the one that the Bible identifies as the final King of the North and Beast of Revelation 13:4, which some Catholics, like Paul Thigpen, call the Antichrist. There are least 50 scriptures that warn against one that sound like the 'Great Monarch' in private prophecies.

Here is another Catholic view:

The fact that the Great Monarch is an exact mirror of Antichrist, like a "good" Antichrist, also makes you wonder. Was the Great Monarch an attempt of the devil to make people accept Antichrist, whose life pattern we all generally know? Is this figure a way to "money-launder," to whitewash Antichrist? Look at the resemblances:

* He wipes out all the heathens, while Antichrist absorbs all heresies into himself ( and he will certainly be pseudo-Christian, at least at times, mastering confusion as he does ).

* He dies in Jerusalem on a holy mountain. So does Antichrist, who goes to a holy mountain and tries to ascend like Jesus into the sky, only to be confronted with Jesus Himself, when he is hurled into a chasm in the ground caused by an earthquake...

* This one is a bit abstruse, but it involves the St. Francis de Paola letters -- which do not have a very convincing origin. In these letters, it says the Great Monach "after having been crowned with three most admirable crowns, will exalt that city, will declare it free, and the seat of the Empire, and it shall become one of the first cities in the world..." Now, the Little Horn / Antichrist of Daniel also gets his start on the road to power by taking control of three kingdoms.

Daniel 7:8 -- "I considered the horns, and behold another little horn sprung out of the midst of them: and three of the first horns were plucked up at the presence thereof: and behold eyes like the eyes of a man were in this horn, and a mouth speaking great things."

Right away it hit me that this is a Satanic inversion of the three wise men -- who were kings -- visiting the infant Jesus. The "little horn," that is, the Antichrist who starts out in an innocuous way, as Jesus was invisible and innocuous at first, gets control of three kingdoms. This really chills me, though if the prophecy of St. Francis de Paola is fake, as it probably is, it doesn't mean much. It could even be someone trying to denigrate the Great Monarch. But that doesn't change the fact that ALL the Great Monarch prophecies have overtones of Antichrist.

When you think about it, does it really seem plausible that this figure would wipe out all heresies? https://www.cathinfo.com/crisis-in-the-church/latest-research-on-the-great-monarch/ Posted 10/17/12, accessed 05/24/18

Now, let's look at another prediction related to the Monarch:

Monk Hilarion (died 1476): Before the Christian churches are renovated and united, God will send the Eagle (Great Monarch) who will travel to Rome and bring much happiness and good. The Holy Man (Angelic Pastor?) will bring peace between the clergy and the Eagle and his reign will last for four years. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, p. 137)

Werdin d' Otrante (13th century): "The Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Antichrist. The nations will be at war four years and a great part of the world destroyed. (Birch, p. 260)

So instead of 112 years, Hilarion has a four-year time period, and that seems around the time, times, and half a time that the Beast of Daniel persecutes and the 42 months the Beast of Revelation does ((cf. Daniel 7:25; 11:21-44; 12:11-12; Revelation 12:14; 13:5). The Bible does not specify how long the King/Beast will reign before the timed persecutions. But if it is between a day and a year, that would be thus about 4 years.

Now, notice a 4th century writing from Cyril of Jerusalem:

13. Now these things we teach, not of our own invention, but having learned them out of the divine Scriptures used in the Church, and chiefly from the prophecy of Daniel just now read; as Gabriel also the Archangel interpreted it, speaking thus: The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall surpass all kingdoms. And that this kingdom is that of the Romans ... 16 ... But, let those of us who are fearful provide for our own safety; and those who are of a good courage, stand fast: for then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. But thanks be to God who has confined the greatness of that tribulation to a few days; for He says, But for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened ; and Antichrist shall reign for three years and a half only. We speak not from apocryphal books, but from Daniel; for he says, And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time. A time is the one year in which his coming shall for a while have increase; and the times are the remaining two years of iniquity, making up the sum of the three years; and the half a time is the six months. And again in another place Daniel says the same thing, And he swore by Him that lives for ever that it shall be for a time, and times, and half a time. (Cyril of Jerusalem. Catechetical Lecture 15 On the Clause, And Shall Come in Glory to Judge the Quick and the Dead; Of Whose Kingdom There Shall Be No End, Chapters 13, 16. Translated by Edwin Hamilton Gifford. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 7. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1894.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/310115.htm>)

So Cyril confirms the idea of 3 1/2 years as bad, not a good, reign. Cyril is warning against the King of the North/Beast.

In addition, it may be of further interest to note that certain other "Catholic" writings indicate that the one we in the Continuing Church of God call Jesus they call the Antichrist (please see the article Do Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus?).

Gold and the Great Monarch

The Bible tells of a time when the King of the North will acquire gold:

43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.

He takes this when he destroys the final King of the South. The destruction of the King of the South by the King of the North in Daniel 11:40-43 is also shown in Ezekiel 30:2-8. Ezekiel 30:2 ties this in with the final time of the Gentiles, which also ties in with the Great Tribulation (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?)--this invasion happens after the Great Tribulation has begun (cf. Ezekiel 30:2).

Notice that Daniel 11:43 shows that the King of the North amasses gold. It may well be that by that time the King of the North will realize that his currency needs more gold-backing as the invasion of the USA and the final collapse of the USA dollar will likely send shockwaves against other paper currencies--he may have began that in Daniel 11:24 (see also When will the Great Tribulation Begin). The Bible is clear that the final Beast power will make people wealthy with gold (Revelation 18:11-16). He also might start amassing it prior to the invasion of the USA or the King of the South. (For more on gold, see also The Plain Truth About Gold in Prophecy. How Should a Christian View Gold?)

The above prophecy, made thousands of years ago, shows that in the time of the end that Egypt will have gold. Egypt relatively recently reopened an ancient gold mine which may become its largest source of wealth--see an old news item Gold of Egypt or a more recent update The Plain Truth About Gold in Prophecy. How Should a Christian View Gold?; Egypt also has some oil resources that are now being developed. Thus even today we are seeing the prophetic scenario being fulfilled before our eyes--Egypt had to have significant amounts of gold, silver, and other wealth for the King of the North to be noted for taking its gold, silver, and other treasures for Daniel 11:43 to come to pass.

The amassing of gold by the King of the North is consistent with three Eastern Orthodox prophecies that are supposed to be about the "Great Monarch":

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (c. early 10th century): You will amass the gold of the nations ... And you will be the leader of the surrounding powers...and those that are near will prostate themselves before your feet (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H. The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. The Verenika Press, Rock Hill (SC), 2000, pp. 76-77).

To Emperor Manuel II (d. 1425): ... upon the command of the the good Emperor they will go and discover treasures of gold and silver and all this will be offered as a gift to the pious ones; later on more and more valuable treasures will be found and the Emperor will do with those treasures likewise (ibid, p. 102).

Saint Andrew Fool-for-Christ (c. 4th century): God will reveal to this king all the gold wherever it happen to lay concealed from view. And he will re-distribute it in a liberal manner to all his land. Due to the plentiness of wealth, the ruling class will live like kings, and the poor like the ruling class (ibid, p. 112).

Roman Catholics may wish to consider that those last three predictions sound a lot like a prophecy from two of their saints about Antichrist:

Saint Ephrem (died 375): Antichrist will use worldly goods as bait. He will entice many Christians with money and goods to apostatize...The devil will help him find all the hidden treasures of the world, even those at the bottom of the ocean. With those treasures he will attain greater success for the reign of Satan than at any other time in past centuries (Connor, pp.73.74).

Saint Mechtilda (died 1299): Antichrist will, through base and false strategem, and with presents of gold and gems, attain influence over the worldly princes. They will look up to him as their Lord and God (Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, pp. 133-134).

So does the Great Monarch amass gold with God's help like Eastern Orthodox prophecies suggest or does he amass and distribute gold with the help of Satan that two Catholic saints and certain biblical prophecies (Daniel 11:43; Revelation 18) indicate?

The answer should be obvious to all who wish to believe the God of the Bible.

Beast of the Sea?

The following refers to a coming King of Europe as a Beast:

Nostradamus (16th century): As a Griffin the King of Europe shall come, Accompanied by those of Aquila. (Dupont, p. 105).

A Griffin is a mythological creature with parts of other animals like the head a lion, eagle's wings, and a fish (Dupont, p. 105). One variety is known as a “sea-griffin” and tends to resemble a dragon in its appearance, so in a sense, a Griffin could be considered as a beast from the sea (cf. Revelation 13:1) which also has the mouth of a lion (cf. Daniel 7:4; Revelation 13:2). In mythology, Aquila (a constellation) was owned by the Roman god Jupiter and performed many tasks for him (Aquila.  Wikipedia, accessed 02/07/11)--so perhaps a prophecy about the Beast and False prophet.

Notice what the Bible warns about the beast power:

1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:1-2)

Thus, Nostradamus' "King of Europe" seems to have a resemblance to the beast. The prophecy is intriguing to me for many reasons, including the fact that it appears that many non-biblical prophecies are intended to mislead people so that they will not properly understand biblical ones. 

(Before mentioning more about that, consider that this is the Beast of the Mediterranean Sea. This can be proven by looking at Daniel 7:2-8 and then scriptures related to the "Great Sea": Numbers 34:6-7; Joshua 1:4; 9:1; 23:4; Ezekiel 47:13-16. Watch also Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?)

Already over in Europe the Dutch and the Germans have what they call Project Griffin in place, which uses some version of that mythological Griffin creature for a symbol, but that also involves military cooperation between those two nations (see Obama’s aloof style disturbing Germany, the real ‘cost of coolness,’ and the ‘King of Europe’ Griffin?).

Prince of the North Establishes a New Order

Notice this astounding prophecy where one "Catholic" prophet praises the "prince of the north" who destroys a coming Moslem empire, another where the "great warrior of the north" is mentioned ,and another where an Orthodox prophet teaches essentially the same thing:

Rudolph Gekner (died 1675). "A great prince of the North with a most powerful army will traverse all Europe, uproot all republics, and exterminate all rebels. His sword moved by Divine power will most valiantly defend the Church of Jesus Christ. He will combat on behalf of the true orthodox faith, and shall subdue to his dominion the Mahometan Empire. A new pastor of the universal church will come from the shore (of Dalmatia) through a celestial prodigy, and in simplicity of heart adorned with the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Peace will come to the world." (Connor, p.36).

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): The powerful Monarch, who will be sent by God, will uproot every republic. (Birch, p.424).

In Daniel 9:26, the Bible speaks of a prince to come, which it identifies later as the King of the North in Daniel 11:31-43 that sounds like the 'great prince of the north' above.

Furthermore, Rudolf Gekner and Bartholomew Holzhauser essentially is foretelling the elimination of nationalism: (cf. Revelation 17:12-13; see also Must the Ten Kings of Revelation 17:12 Rule over Ten Currently Existing Nations?). And a destruction of Islam lands by a European (see also Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?).

Notice also prophecies of the Great Monarch and Islam:

St. Francis de Paul (d. 1507): A new order will be founded, that of the Cruciferi, because its members will carry the cross on their banners ... The Crusaders will lead the Mohammedans, the teachers of heretical doctrines and bad Christians back to Christ ... the power of Islam {was} destroyed by the Great Monarch. (Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, p. 142).

Catholic Priest and saint John Bosco (19th century): War will come from the south, peace from the north. ... But behold, a great warrior from the north appears, a banner in his right hand, his arm bearing this inscription: 'Irresistible is the hand of the Lord.' At that moment the Venerable Old Man of Rome went forward to meet him, wielding a flaming torch. The banner then grew larger and its blackness became white as snow; in its center stood out the name of the Almighty in golden letter. The warrior and his followers bowed profoundly to the Venerable Old Man and joined hands with him. (THE THREE PROPHECIES OF ST. JOHN BOSCO, given 1870. http://www.franciscan-archive.org/bosco/opera/bosco.html#12 viewed 08/16/14)

Pseudo-Methodius (7th century): This new Muslim invasion will be a punishment without limit and mercy … In France, people of Christians will fight and kill them … At that same time the Muslims will be killed and they will know the tribulation … The Lord will give them to the powers of the Christians whose empire will be elevated above all empires … The Roman King (Great Monarch) will show a great indignation against those who will have denied Christ in Egypt or in Arabia (Araujo, Fabio R. Selected Prophecies and Prophets. BookSurge LLC, Charlestown (SC), 2007, p. 103).

In many ways, Satan's plan is the 'mirror image' of God's plan that is revealed in holy scripture. Satanically-inspired prophecies will deceive many. The one from John Bosco suggests that the King of the North will at least once bow before an anti-Pope. Although Jesus warned that many false prophets would arise, many have ignored His warnings and many more still will be deceived (Matthew 24:24). Christians are to "obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29, and this includes listening to religious leaders who do not rely enough on the Bible (cf. Acts 4:5-19). But, because of signs and wonders (Revelation 13:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Matthew 24:24), economic controls (Revelation 13:16-18), fear of persecution/death (Revelation 13:15; Daniel 7:25), social pressures (cf. Revelation 13:4,8), etc. many will not listen to the word of God over the word of Satan's agents. But the patient saints will (Revelation 14:12).

Notice that the Bible prophesies about of a leader who will destroy an empire currently dominated by Muslims (see also Ezekiel 30:2-8; and the article Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?). The following is from a Roman Catholic translation:

40 'When the time comes for the End, the king of the south will try conclusions with him; but the king of the north will come storming down on him with chariots, cavalry, and a large fleet. He will invade countries, overrun them and drive on. 41 He will invade the Land of Splendour, and many will fall; but Edom, Moab, and what remains of the sons of Ammon will escape him. 42 'He will reach out to attack countries: Egypt will not escape him. 43 The gold and silver treasures and all the valuables of Egypt will lie in his power. Libyans and Cushites will be at his feet: (Daniel 11:40-43, New Jerusalem Bible)

The Bible agrees that the Muslims of North Africa and the Middle East will know the tribulation (especially since it will basically begin in Daniel 11:39), but the Bible shows that the one who does this, the King of the North, is NOT God's leader.

If anyone has any doubt between believing what the Bible says over private prophecies, consider the following scriptures:

4 ... Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4, NKJV)

17 Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17, NJB)

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17, NKJV)

160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever. (Psalms 119:160, NKJV)

The BIBLE, the WORD OF GOD, and NOT private prophecies, are the standard for truth!

The Bible clearly warns against many things that the Great Monarch has been prophesied to do by many people.

Some of the Orthodox actually seem to be looking forward to unity under the Roman Catholic "Great Monarch" (the one the Bible seems to warn will be the final King of the North). Notice the following by an Orthodox scholar:

We have been told time and again through the prophets that the Great Monarch and the Papa Angelicum ( a legitimate successor of John Paul II) will convene the 8th ecumenical conference, which will reunify all Christians ... Although the choice evidence on the Great Monarch belongs to the prophetic patrimony of the Greeks, never and nowhere in the Oracles have I seen the least hint that the Emperor of the Romans and Greeks will also be an Orthodox Christian, and/or Greek by birth.

On the contrary! ... a Roman Catholic ... the Great Monarch ... is none other than the future Emperor of the Romans and the Greeks (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H. The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. The Verenika Press, Rock Hill (SC), 2000, pp. xxv,5,14).

Many Catholic prophecies speak of the victory of the ‘true Catholic faith’, while Orthodox prophecies, although they agree on everything else, predict a victory of the ‘true Orthodox faith’…When we speak of the future Council, it is bound to be ecumenical…there will come a true re-unification of the Christian ChurchesThis Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is not going to be Roman Catholic as understood today

The error-free Orthodox faith … The Orthodox did not experience a Vatican II, they did not begin to rewrite Scriptures … Hence, error-free in the sense that it has not been contaminated by satan … (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 120-122)

Eastern Orthodox members believe that the Church of Rome will change to its teachings, because they feel that the Roman Catholic Church adopted errors from satan. For more details, check out the article: Why Should American Catholics Fear Unity with the Orthodox? (And the Protestants).

Certain Roman Catholics call the reign of this Monarch a time of peace, but the Bible shows that it will not be a time of peace. Also notice what Jeremiah was inspired to write:

11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly,
Saying, 'Peace, peace!'
When there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed,
Nor did they know how to blush (Jeremiah 8:11-12).

This particular declaration of peace may be directed to try to calm the world (as well the Anglo-American captives; see also Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?) to try to persuade people that the militaristic King of the North really wants peace and that his victories will have then assured it. And while there will be some peace in some areas for a short while, it will not last.

Lest I give the wrong impression, I want to make something clear--there are also other Catholic writings that warn against a future leader that will change their religion. And they seem to be warning against this individual commonly called the Great Monarch:

St. Hildegard (d. 1179): When the great ruler exterminates the Turks almost entirely ... then when the other cardinals elect the next pope this cardinal will proclaim himself Anti-Pope, and two thirds of the Christians will go with him. He, also well as Antichrist, are descendants of Dan (Culleton, Reign of Antichrist, p. 128).

Oba Prophecy: It will come when the Church authorities issue directives to support a new cult, when priests are forbidden to celebrate in any other, when the highest positions in the Church are given to perjurers and hypocrites, when only the renegades are admitted to occupy those positions (Dupont, p. 115).

Anna-Katarina Emmerick (19th century): I saw again a new and odd-looking Church which they were trying to build. There was nothing holy about it...(Dupont, p. 116).

Yves Dupont {Catholic writer interpreting A. Emmerick}: "They wanted to make a new Church, a Church of human manufacture, but God had other designs ... An anti-pope shall be set up in Rome" (Dupont, p. 116).

Priest Herman Kramer (20th century): Antichrist will have a forerunner or prophet, who will prepare the way for him ... This false prophet possibly at the behest of Antichrist usurps the papal supremacy … His assumed spiritual authority and supremacy over the Church would make him resemble the Bishop of Rome…He would be Pontifex Maximus, a title of pagan emperors, having spiritual and temporal authority.  Assuming authority without having it makes him the False Prophet ... Though he poses as a lamb, his doctrines betray him ... His principles and dogmas to be accepted ... it will comprise emperor-worship ... with the persecution of true believers (Kramer H.B. L. The Book of Destiny, pp. 318,319).

Priest Paul Kramer (21st century): The errors of Orthodoxy and of Protestantism will be embraced by that false church, it will be an ecumenical church (Kramer P. The Imminent Chastisement for Not Fulfilling Our Lady’s Request. An edited transcript of a speech given at the Ambassadors of Jesus and Mary Seminar in Glendale, California, September 24, 2004.THE FATIMA CRUSADER Issue 80, Summer 2005, pp. 32-45).

Cyril the Hermit (14th century): A German ruler will persecute priests and monks and do much harm to the Church. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, p. 155)

Annotations in Rheims New Testament Antichrist, if he ever were of or in the Church, shall be an Apostate and a renegade out of the Church, and he shall usurp upon it by tyranny, and by challenging worship, religion, and government thereof, so that himself shall be adored in all the Churches of the world which he list to leave standing for his honor. And this is to sit in the temple or *against the Temple of God, as some interpret. (Annotations on The Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians. The Original and True RHEIMS NEW TESTAMENT of Anno Domini 1582 , p. 423).

Sadly despite the above, the major view within Catholicism seems to be that the Great Monarch is a good leader (and not the King of the North), yet even the pontiff known as Gregory the Great seems to have warned against a new order arising and calling itself part of his religion:

St. Gregory the Great, Pope (d. 604): In those days, near the end, hardly a Bishop, but an army of priest and two-thirds of the Christians will join the Schism (Culleton, R. Gerald. The Reign of Antichrist, p. 122).

Like Hildegard, Pope Gregory I is thus apparently warning that two-thirds of Catholics will fall for the change in their religion (and it may be a much, much, higher percentage than that). Catholics need to understand that a change to their religion--a change to make it more ecumenical and pleasing to the world--has been repeatedly warned against and they should not accept that change. All (Catholics and otherwise) need to reject the changes that have been foisted off under the name of Christianity and truly practice the religion of Jesus Christ and the apostles. (See also Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? and The History of Early Christianity).

The Bible show that this king of the North will persecute God's people, have major power for 3 1/2 years, and intend to change times and laws:

4 The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:24-25)

As far as changing times and laws, notice a Catholic prophecy about a "great monarch" (one that certain Catholics tend to look forward to, but seems to be specifically warned against by various scriptures):

Joseph Görres (died 1848): The people will be united under a powerful great monarch who will make new laws and banish corruption from the earth. (Connor, Edward. Prophecy for Today. Imprimatur + A.J. Willinger, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno; Reprint: Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford (IL), 1984, p. 38)

The Great Monarch of Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecy sounds a lot like the Beast of the Sea, the final King of the North, that the Bible warns against.

Asian Prophecies and Mary

The Bible warns:

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:8-9)

One way the world will worship this Beast is because in some other cultures, there are predictions about a leader who sounds like the Beast/King of the North/Great Monarch.

There appear to be some prophecies in Asian cultures that look forward to a leader the Bible warns against.

For example, within Hinduism there is the belief that a leader called the Kalki who is to rise up with the promise of bring peace--and while most views suggest he is Indian, that could be a matter of interpretation--Hinduism mainly is looking for a leader to rise up. Related to that, here is a section of my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect that would like to quote:

A Hindu from India named Vijay Kumar (he refers to himself as "The Man who Realized God In 1993") makes the following claims...:

For the society to climb back to its pristine glory of the golden era... even the meek would handle metal (pick arms). Whatever the poor and the downtrodden lay their hands upon would become their weapon. In the last phase of the Kali Yuga we are passing through... the complete society has been taken to ransom by about 6% corrupt population comprising of politicians, bureaucrats, judiciary and police force…people await with abated breath the coming of Bhagwan Kalki...one who delivers the mankind from the existing ills of today. Bhagwan Kalki would be a spiritual master of the highest order with the deadly combination of a wise dictator (Chanakya of the modern era)...(Kumar, Vijay. End of the World 2012. http://www.godrealized.com/2012.html)

Notice that Vijay Kumar's writings support a warring power—something the Bible warns against in Revelation 13:3–10. This type of warring power will not bring in a true age of peace, even though many may proclaim that it will (cf. Ezekiel 13:10-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Also notice the following about the Avatar/Bhagwan Kalki:

Whenever there is a withering of the law
and an uprising of lawlessness on all sides,
then I manifest Myself.

For the salvation of the righteous
and the destruction of such as do evil,
for the firm establishing of the Law,
I come to birth, age after age.—Bhagavad Gita, Book IV, Sutra 5, 7, 8…

In all, the Hindu text of Kalki Purana is comprised of 6100 verses describing … Kalki, who is considered the last Avtar or incarnation of Vishnu or the Supreme Being, who will establish the Age of Truth or Age of Purity on Earth.… As agreed by all the religious prophecies, the Awaited One will not be a man of peace like Jesus Christ or Buddha, but a man of war who will destroy evil and establish righteousness on the earth. (Hindu Prophecies: The Kalki Purana. http://ww-iii.tripod.com/hindu.htm)

If views like these become predominant in the future, it may be that they will help lead to Hindus at least temporarily accepting a new religion of the coming False Prophet and the authority of the coming militaristic dictator known as Beast that the Bible warns will rise up at the end. (Thiel B. 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect. Nazarene Books, 2009)

Notice that this leader is supposed to be coming and is supposed to be consistent with Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian prophecies. Thus, Hindus are likely to accept one as a major leader who is not truly a Hindu. This appears to be a type of supposed ecumenical leader--the Beast of Revelation 13, who while he will initially probably feign Catholicism, ultimately will betray that faith as well (Daniel 11:36-38; Revelation 17:15-19). For more Hindu details, see India and the Beast of Revelation 13).

Interestingly, the famous Roman Catholic nun called "Mother Theresa" encouraged Hindus to pray to the Bhagwan (or Bagwan):

“If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are .... What God is in your mind you must accept” (from Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, by Desmond Doig, [Harper & Row, 1976, p.156]).

“I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you’ve found God, it’s up to you to decide how to worship him.” (“Mother Teresa Touched Other Faiths,” AP, Sept. 7, 1997).

“I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic” (A Simple Path, p. 31).

A co-worker of Mother Teresa’s was asked this question: “These people are waiting to die. What are you telling them to prepare them for death and eternity?” Mother Teresa’s co-worker (a nun) stated, “We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan, to their gods.” (Interview with Christian News)

The April 7-13, 1990, issue of Radio Times tells the story of Mother Teresa taking care of a dying Hindu priest. “She nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods. (http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/motherteresasc.htm accessed 03/15/16)

So, there is a history of Roman Catholicism tying in with the Bhagwan and Hinduism. If one thinks that the Church of Rome was repulsed by what Theresa said, understand that it considers her to be a saint.

Some of the prophecies involving the Bagwan Kalki also discuss a "White horse." The Bible warns of a rider of the white horse (the first of the four horsemen of the apocalypse) who is a deceptive religious leader, and at the end representing. the False Prophet, the final Antichrist:

1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2)

The above rider is generally considered to be the first of the four horseman of the Apocalypse. He will be a false religious leader and the final Antichrist.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov
Someone (perhaps the False Prophet) Bowing Before the Kalki

Around 1765, the illustration shown above was put together. Notice that it has a person with a white horse who is bowing down before the Kalki. This is consistent with biblical prophecy that the false prophet will try to cause all to worship the Beast of Revelation 13. Other Hindu prophecies have the Kalki himself riding the white horse. The Bible itself shows that the Beast and the False Prophet work together and more so after the final ride of the White Horseman of Revelation 6:2 who goes forth to conquer.

Some Catholic mystics have said those in India, China, and other parts of Asia will convert during the time of the Great Monarch:

St. Bridget (14th century): Before Antichrist comes, the portals of Faith will be opened to great numbers of pagans (Birch, DA. Trial, Tribulation & Triumph: Before During and After Antichrist. Queenship Publishing Company, Goleta (CA), 1996, p. 449)

Venerable Magdalene Porzat (died 1850) (Great Monarch)...shall...restore to their dominions the legitimate kings. A just and pious man born in Galacia shall be the Supreme Pontiff: then the whole world will be united and prosperous. One faith only and one emperor shall reign over the whole earth (Connor, Edward. Prophecy for Today. Imprimatur + A.J. Willinger, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno; Reprint: Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford (IL), 1984, p. 38).

Cardinal La Roque (c. 18th century): A regeneration of Faith will appear in Asia (R. Gerald Culleton. The Prophets and Our Times. Nihil Obstat: L. Arvin. Imprimatur: Philip G. Scher, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, November 15, 1941. Reprint 1974, TAN Books, Rockford (IL), p. 193).

Elizabeth Canori-Mora (died 1825): ... Such is the glorious triumph reserved for the Catholic Church; she shall be praised, honored and esteemed by all men. All men shall become Catholics, and shall acknowledge the Pope as Vicar of Jesus Christ." (Connor,  p.24).

Alphonse Eppinger (1867): "After God has purified the world faith and peace will return. Whole nations will adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church." (Connor, p.25)

Pope Leo XIII (1893): The Orient, courageously and successfully explored by the Portuguese, is coveted by many today for its lucrative trade. We, however, have a more noble purpose in mind ... To take care, therefore, of the preservation and propagation of the Catholic religion among the Hindus, a Hindu clergy has to be formed that could administer the sacraments and govern the Christian people properly, no matter how menacing the times ... Be sure that the role of Christianity in such remote regions becomes well known. Make your people understand that something must be done for the Hindus (Leo XIII. AD EXTREMAS ON SEMINARIES FOR NATIVE CLERGY. Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on June 24, 1893. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_24061893_ad-extremas_en.html viewed 07/19/09).

R. Gerald Culleton (20th century):  During the reign of the Great Monarch and the Angelic Pastor the Catholic Church will spread throughout the world, conversions will be innumerable…The Blessed Virgin will be the chief one in gaining victory over all heresy and schism because of her power over the demons in the last ages of the world will be especially great.  This will be recognized by her enthronement as “Mistress and Queen of Men’s Hearts.” (Culleton, R. Gerald. The Prophets and Our Times. Nihil Obstat: L. Arvin. Imprimatur: Philip G. Scher, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, November 15, 1941. Reprint 1974, TAN Books, Rockford (IL), p. 50)

Bl. Anna-Maria Taigi (19th century). Whole nations will come back to the Church and the face of the earth will be renewed. Russia ... and China will come into the Church. (Dupont Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p.45)

Anna-Katrina Emmerick (July 12, 1820): I had a vision of the holy Emperor Henry. I saw him at night kneeling alone at the foot of the main altar in a great and beautiful church ... and I saw the Blessed Virgin coming down all alone ... The wine was as red as blood, and there was also some water. The Mass was short. The Gospel of St. John was not read at the end. When the Mass had ended, Mary came up to Henry (the Emperor), and she extended her right hand towards him, saying that it was in recognition of his purity. Then, she urged him not to falter ... (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p. 62)

Catholic writer Yves Dupont (20th century): Henry is the Great Monarch, chosen by God to restore all things to Christ...The Blessed Virgin urges him not to falter. (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p. 62)

Lest anyone think that these old private prophecies are not of any relevance, it needs to be clear that Catholic leaders of the 20th and 21st century have expected that some version of 'Mary' would help bring the those of Indian heritage to their faith. And various private prophecies tie the Great Monarch in with help from 'Mary.'

Notice the following confirmation of several of those points from my book Fatima Shock! (note: Fulton Sheen was a very famous Catholic archbishop, see Fulton Sheen, ‘Mary,’ and the End Times):

Archbishop Sheen essentially thought that the appearance in Fatima was to also ultimately result in Muslims (and possibly Hindus) accepting his faith. Notice that he also wrote:

Our missionaries report the most extraordinary reaction of these peoples as the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima was carried through the East. At the edge of Nepal, three hundred Catholics were joined by three thousand Hindus and Moslems, as four elephants carried the statue to the little church for Rosary and Benediction…The final evidence of the relationship of the village of Fatima to the Moslems is the enthusiastic reception that the Moslems in Africa and India and elsewhere gave to the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima… 

Missionaries in the future will, more and more…be successful in the measure they preach Our Lady of Fatima….

Archbishop Sheen also wrote:

At Patna, the Brahman Hindu governor of the province visited the church and prayed before the statue of Our Lady. In one tiny village of Kesra Mec, more than twenty-four thousand people came to see the statue.

But, that is not an isolated incident. Notice the following account of a group of Hindus who visited Cova da Iria in 2004:

Hindus … were allowed to conduct a pagan prayer chant at the altar in the sanctuary of the Little Chapel of the Apparitions … on May 5, 2004 … a national television station in Portugal broadcast that a group of Hindus from Lisbon was allowed to commandeer the Shrine for a pagan prayer chant, with the Hindu “priest” standing at the Catholic altar invoking false gods in the causes of peace, while the Hindu congregation in the Little Chapel responded with a chant. This is a desecration…since Sacred Scripture teaches “the gods of the Gentiles are devils” (Psalm 95:5)

This Hindu ceremony, as expected, upset some Catholics.  (Note that Psalm 95:5 in the DRB is Psalm 96:5 in the NJB/NKJV which use the word “idols” instead of “devils.”)

Notice that is is not just Hindus, but the Muslims in India and elsewhere that the Church of Rome also wants to reach (some Muslims claim that Muhammad's daughter Fatima was 'the Lady' that appeared in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and that Fatima should be a Muslim, not Catholic shrine; see the book Fatima Shock! What the Vatican Does Not Want You to Know About Fatima, Dogmas of Mary, and Future Apparitions).

The fact that the Catholic leaders in Fatima, Portugal allowed Hindus to conduct one of their ceremonies at a Catholic shrine shows how serious the Church of Rome is to reach out ecumenically to Indians. The fact that the current Pope Francis is so Marian and Fatima-focused suggests that he too, expects to reach the Indians. On October 13, 2013, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the immaculate heart of that statue (Francis consecrated world to the ‘immaculate heart’ of an alleged ‘Fatima’ statue). This likely has appeal to Hindus and others.

There is a Chinese prophecy dating from the Tang Dynasty (June 18, 618 – June 4, 907) that seems to support the concept of pan-Asian cooperation (although it only mentions three nations) after someone (who is apparently not really trustworthy) rises up in the West that they will support:

Beautiful people come from the West. Korea, China and Japan are gradually at peace (Pui-Hua R.  Ancient Chinese Prophecies Till the End of the World.  AuthorHouse, Bloomington (IN), 2008, p. 85).

All negative forces are subservient … China now has a saint. Even if he is not that great a hero (ibid, p. 89).

The beautiful people may be the Beast and his false prophet which apparently will impress peoples in places including Asia. The "saint" will likely be "the false prophet," the final Antichrist (see also Some Doctrines of Antichrist).

Catholic, Hindu, Chinese prophecies tie a conversion Asians in with the someone that sounds like the Great Monarch and the Beast. Marianism may be a factor in it as will be signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).

The Great Monarch in Islam?

Now, within Islam there is a belief that a leader will arise and unify Muslims. He is expected to be very powerful and is sometimes referred to as the Imam Mahdi.

He is a type of 'Great Monarch.'

Contrary to the views of some Protestants, this Islamic leader is NOT the final Antichrist (Can the Final Antichrist be Islamic?). Instead, he seems to be referred to in scripture as the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43; more on him can be also found in the article The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy).

That being said, someone that sounds like the biblical King of the North or European Great Monarch in Catholic private prophecies is referred to in Islamic writings.

There is a belief in Islam that there will be a seven-year deal involving Israel and the Roman Catholics, similar to the one of Daniel 9:27:

Rasaullah [Muhammed] said: "There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans [Christians]. The fourth agreement will be mediated through a person who will be the progeny of Hadrat Haroon [Honorable Aaron -- Moses' brother] and will be upheld for seven years (Richardson J. Antichrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah. Pleasant Word, 2006, p. 48)

The above sounds similar to the seven year (one week in biblical language) agreement discussed in Daniel 9:27 that involves a "prince" who appears to be the one the Bible warns will become the King of the North and apparently the nation of Israel. It certainly would make sense that there would be Muslim representation in a peace deal.

Furthermore, the Bible shows that this deal will be broken (Daniel 9:27; see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27) and the King of the North will invade Jerusalem (Daniel 11:31) and ultimately the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43).

Notice that this too, however, seems to be consistent with some Islamic prophecy:

5 General anarchy and bloodshed, that no Arab household will be spared from it 6 Then a life of peace as a result of a peace agreement between you and the Banil Asfaar (Romans) which they will break and attack you with a force consisting of eighty flags and under each flag will be an army of twelve thousand men.  (Ibn Zubair Ali, Mohammed Ali. The minor signs of Last Days from: The Signs of Qiyamah. http://www.islamawareness.net/Prophecies/minor.html viewed 08/11/12).

We in the Continuing Church of God believe that the Bible tells of a similar seven-year peace deal that will be violated per Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 11:40-43 (see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27). The Bible shows that the King of the North will break the deal, which is consistent with Islamic writings.

Notice also:

The last days, as described in Islam, are marked by the figures of Gog and Magog (Juj wa Jajuj), the Mahdi, the Antichrist (Dajjal), and Jesus...Gog and Magog, representing the forces of chaos, have been kept at bay ... At the end of time, chaos will break through the wall of Divinely imposed order, and the world will succumb to "outer darkness". At the same time, it is believed, there will be a countercurrent, or a brief return to the state of spiritual lucidity and primordial integrity that obtained at the dawn of time. This is the reign of the Mahdi, the "rightly guided one"...

The reign of the Mahdi will be followed by that of the Antichrist... once the Antichrist has led away his followers, Jesus will then come to destroy the Antichrist in the closing moments of the cosmic drama. (Glasse C. New Encyclopedia of Islam: A Revised Edition of the Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition, 2008, pp. 143, 316).

'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'As (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Dajjal (the Antichrist) will appear in my Ummah and he will stay in the world for forty. I do not know whether this will be forty days or forty months or forty years. Allah will then send (Prophet) 'Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). 'Isa will pursue him and slaughter him. ( 19 The Book of Miscellaneous ahadith of Significant Values. http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/19/3 accessed 08/02/16)

Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated, "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: 'There is no prophet between me and him, that is, 'Isa, peace be upon him. He will descend (to the earth). When you see him, recognise him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the jizyah. Allah will cause to perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Dajjal and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.'" (Abu Dawud) (Cited in Yahya H. Jesus will return. 22 September 2010. http://www.quranandscience.com/discover-islam/embracing-islam/islam-christianity/253-jesus-will-return accessed 08/02/16)

Some in Islam seem to essentially understand that the reign of the Beast and Antichrist will happen after the Mahdi's death. Now this is true, for the Arab lands. However, the Beast (King of the North) will rule in Europe and in some of the American lands, though, prior to his reign over Arab lands as the Great Tribulation begins with Daniel 11:39, and not Daniel 11:40 when the Kings of the North and South fight.

Notice, that the Muslims have Jesus coming after the tribulation and eliminating the final Antichrist--that, too, is consistent with scripture. While Jesus would get rid of the idolatrous use of crosses, He will not promote Islam.

Prophesied Ancestral/Geographic Characteristics

Several Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies include ancestral and geographic characteristics about the Great Monarch.

While there are contradictions between them, they often have similarities. Notice one:

Abbot Joachim (died 1202): At that time a handsome monarch, a scion of King Pepin, will come as a pilgrim to witness the splendor of this glorious pontiff, whose name shall begin with R (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, pp. 147-148).

Capuchin Friar (18th century) ... A scion of the Carlovingian race, by all considered extinct, will come to Rome to behold and admire the piety and clemency of this Pontiff, who will crown him, and declare him to be the legitimate Emperor of the Romans, and from the Chair of St. Peter, the Pope will lift up the standard, the crucifix, and will give it to the new emperor. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, pp. 177-178).

Note: Although not commonly used in modern English, "scion" means "descendant." There are claims that the Habsburg line descended from Charlemagne, and King Pepin and part of the Carlovingians. Whether or not they were, they were successors to the 'Holy Roman Empire' ruled by Charlemagne then the Carlovingians.

Prophecy D’ Orval (18th century): Come, young Prince, leave the Island of Captivity. Join the lion to the white flower. Come ... The powerful man, assisted by God, will establish himself well. Many wise laws shall restore peace. This scion of Capet will be so prudent and wise that all men will believe God to be with him. Thanks to the Father of mercies, the Holy Sion (Holy Catholic Church) sings again in the temples, One only God. Many poor wandering sheep (Protestants) shall come to drink of the living spring of truth and grace. Three princes and kings shall throw off the garb of error, and will see clearly in the faith of God. At this time two-thirds of a great nation of the sea (England) shall reassume the true faith. (Rossi G. THE CHRISTIAN TRUMPET, OR, Previsions and Predictions about Impending General Calamities, The Universal Triumph of the Church, The Coming of Antichrist, The Last Judgment, and The End of the World. Compiled by PELLEGRINO [Gaudentius Rossi], A Missionary Priest with Superior's permission. Boston, THOS. B. NOONAND & CO., 1873, pp. 17-18)

St. Remigius (494): “Take notice, my child,” St. Remigius said to King Clovis, “that the kingdom of France is predestined by God for the defense of the Roman Church, which is the only true Church of Christ. This kingdom shall one day be great among the kingdoms of the Earth, and shall embrace all the limits of the Roman Empire, and shall submit all other kingdoms to its own scepter. “It shall last until the end of time. “It shall be victorious and prosperous as long as it will remain faithful to the Holy Roman See, and will not be guilty of any of those crimes which ruin nations; but it shall be rudely punished every time that it will become unfaithful to its vocation.” (Rossi, p. 20)

Venerable Abbé Necktou (18th century): A man disliked by France will be placed on the throne; a man of the house of Orleans shall be made king. It is only after this event that the counter-revolution shall begin. (Rossi, p.30)

Francis I was the father of Charles de Valois, Duke of Orléans. The Capet line is also known as "The House of France." Perhaps it should be mentioned that Priest Rossi's commentary of the statements of Remigius seem to be that it was the essentially the descendants of Charlemagne are the ones destined to support Rome. An interesting observation of Remigius' prophecy is that the last statement above indicates that perhaps the last king may also betray Rome, and that is consistent with biblical prophecy (Revelation 17:9,16). Whoever the final "King of the North" will be, he will betray the church that will be based out of the city of seven hills.

While various Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies point to this leader being German and/or French, the following has an interesting added comment:

Brother Louis Rocco (died 1840): A Catholic descendant of a German imperial house (Hapsburg?) will rule a united Germany with peace, prosperity and great power, for God will be with this sovereign (Great Monarch?) ... A Great Monarch will arise after a period of terrible wars and persecutions in Europe. He will be a Catholic, he will not be a German (by birth?). (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times. Imprimatur Bishop P.G. Scher, November 15, 1941. TAN reprint, p. 195).

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): And the name of his Father is divine [or august, i.e. having an "imperial title"]. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 40)

That Hapsburg comment was added by Priest Culleton. An imperial title could possibly include something like duke or baron.

The “House of Habsburg” is perhaps best known for being an origin of all of the formally elected Holy Roman Emperors between 1438 and 1740. Here is a photo of the crown of that empire:

Crown of the Beast of Revelation?
Crown of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne

This house of Hapsburg (also spelled Habsburg) is believed to have descended from Charlemagne based on various claims, and possibly also Constantine.

The Bible shows the King of the North will come from a part of the old Roman Empire and have Assyrian ancestry:

26 ... And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:26)

5 "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
6 I will send him against an ungodly nation,
And against the people of My wrath
I will give him charge,
To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 Yet he does not mean so,
Nor does his heart think so;
But it is in his heart to destroy,
And cut off not a few nations.
8 For he says,
'Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?'"

12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks." (Isaiah 10:5-12)

More on the Germanic/Central European connection to some of the descendants of the Assyrians can be found in the article: Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History.

Now, here is a rather unusual prediction:

Francis di Paola (April 25, 1485): God almighty will exalt a very poor man of the blood of Emperor Constantine, son of St. Helena and of the seed of Pepin, who shall on his breast wear the sign which you have seen at the beginning of this letter [cross]. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 279)

People of noble birth, which is what is indicated by other predictions, tend not to be financially "poor." If this is to apply to the Great Monarch, perhaps people will conclude it means "poor in spirit" or humble.

Now, since Catholic prophecies are not normally from the Bible, and do not even need to be accepted according to Catholic sources (Devine, Arthur. Transcribed by Marie Jutras. Prophecy. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XII. Published 1911. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat, June 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York), pretty much no one will expect that all the Catholic prophecies about the Great Monarch will need to be fulfilled.

Geographically, the Great Monarch is said to start and end his kingdom in Jerusalem:

St. Thomas a'Beckett (12th century): A knight shall come from the West. He shall capture ... the three Crowns. He shall then sail ... and reach Christ's grave where he will fight. (Dupont Y. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p.16)

Yves Dupont (20th century): The Knight is the Great Christian King...he will liberate the Vatican ("Three crowns equals the Tiara). He will then sail to Palestine to restore Christianity there ... The Great King ... will travel twice to Jerusalem, once at the beginning of his reign to reassert the rights of the Christians, and again at the end to fight Israel. (Dupont, pp. 16,18)

Brother Louis Rocco (19th century): ... the Cross will replace the half-moon of Islamism, and Jerusalem will be the seat of a King. (Dupont, p.76)

Bl. Rabanus Maurus (died 856): Our principal doctors agree in announcing to us, that towards the end of time one of the descendants of France shall reign over all the Roman Empire; that he shall be the greatest of the Empire; and that he shall be the greatest of the French monarch, and the last of his race. After happily governed his kingdom, he will go to Jerusalem, and depose on Mount of Olives his sceptre and crown. This shall be the end and conclusion of the Roman… Empire. (Culleton, The Prophets and Our Times, p. 136)

Monk Adso (10th century). "Some of our Teachers say that a King of the Franks will possess the entire Roman Empire. He will be the greatest and the last of all Monarchs. After having wisely governed his kingdom, he will go in the end to Jerusalem and will lay down his sceptre and his crown upon the Mount of Olives..." (Dupont, p.18).

The Bible shows that the King of the North will go to Jerusalem area (see also Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future):

31 And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation (Daniel 11:31).

15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matthew 24:15-16)

20 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. (Luke 21:20-21)

The Bible seems to show that this Beast King will die in or near Jerusalem (cf. Revelation 16:13-16; 19:19-20).

(More 'Great Monarch' prophecies, including name and physical characteristics are in the article: Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North?).

His Names, Confusion, and Physical Characteristics

Here is a curious Orthodox prophecy:

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): He was given an education ever since he was born, and the king has a name 80 figures long. [80 distinct characters ] (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 39).

Following says there is a number associated with his name--while that 80 characters would not be 666, the Bible says that is the number of his name (Revelation 13:18). A name that people as far back as Irenaeus and Sir Isaac Newton concluded was Lateinos, Latin man.

There are various reasons from Great Monarch prophecies to conclude he has a Latin man's name.

Notice the following:

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): The powerful Monarch ... will submit everything to his authority ... (Birch, p.424).

Consider the following:

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18)

The following suggests that the Great Monarch's name will also begin with a K. It also indicates that he could be a problem for Rome, which is most widely known as the City of Seven Hills, but since this is an Eastern Orthodox prophecy, it may refer to Istanbul/Constantinople.

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (died 912): Woe to you city of Seven Hills when the twentieth element is praised in your walls. At that moment the ruin and perdition of your strong leaders has arrived, and those who judge without justice; and of that (particular) leader of yours who has scythe-like fingers which scythe is the scythe of desolation and a blasphemy of the Most High God (Oraclulum X, cited by Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 67).

Dr. Tzima Otto (interpreting the above): It is possible that one of the baptismal names of the Great Monarch, may also be Charles or Constantine, both of which are spelled with a K in Greek. It. is not unlikely at all for a Roman Catholic royal offspring to receive several baptismal names(Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 67-68)

Here is more on the name(s):

Apocalypse of Daniel (Greek version c. 800): And the Lord will raise up a king of the Romans, who people say is dead and useful for nothing. ... This is his name: that which begins with the letter K of the alphabet. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, H.  The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies. Verenika Press, Rock City (SC), 2000, p. 105-106)

Apocalypse of Daniel 3:10-16 (Greek version c. 800): And the Lord will raise up a king of the Romans, who people say is dead and useful for nothing ... This (is) his name: that which (begins with) the letter 'K' of the alphabet. And the rulers of the Romans will gather together in Byzantium. Then even the priests of the Romans and the bishops and abbots who are found will bear weapons of war.

Monk Leontios (no later than 912): Oh, look at this hawk who is coming to sit and watch over the vineyard for three days in a row... he is holding a bench and a sword ... and enquired the King saying: what is your name? and he responds with these words: the poor one, the poor-lion, my name is Ιώ. I was a fugitive from everybody and I have come to fulfill my 36 days. ... and my name is iota and omega along with the long syllable, which is called Ιώ. ... Afterwards I will go to where I exited from and then the wolf will also come but for a few days. (Ibid, pp. 79-80,85)

Dr. Tzima Otto (interpreting the above): St. Methodius of Patara ... mentions explicitly the name of John . . . among his baptismal names there is the name John, although it does not correspond to his favorite appellation; or . . . as we saw in Monk Leontios give us merely my name is Ιώ. ... In Greek, the name John begins with Ιώ, ... We have in the Greek language the name Joseph ... the Romans were using the Josephus variety thereof; consequently Ίώαηπος fully satisfies the prophetic constraint that the baptismal name of the future emperor must begin with Ίώ and end with an s. ... Joe = Ιώ. ... And last and not least there is a mention of the wolf. Is this the ultimate and worst antichrist? It would appear so. (Ibid, p. 81, 86, 89, 90,97)

Getting back to names:

The Voice of the Fathers: The Greek flag, which bears a cross on it, signifies that poor King John will be a Greek Orthodox Christian, (as translated in Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 35).

St. Methodius of Patara (4th century, though the writing may be from the 7th century from Psuedo-Methodius): ...the nations that are located in the North will be moved into action with great speed and fierce anger ... Then the nations that are located in the southern corner will be roused into action and the Great Philip with an army of people composed of 18 different languages will get together in the Seventh-Hilled City (ibid, p. 109).

Magdeburg Chronicle (c. 12th century): Of the blood of the Emperor Charles the Great and of the Kings of France shall arise an Emperor named Charles, who shall rule in Europe, by whom the decayed Estate of the Church shall be reformed and the ancient glory of the Empire restored. (Dupont, p. 26; Connor, p. 31)

So, it looks like the first name is Karl. Another of his names is Johann (John). Another of his other names is Joseph. One of his other names is Phillip. And Charles is the French and English version of the name Karl, his first name. The European Union currently "has 23 official and working languages" (ec.europa.eu/languages/languages-of-europe/eu-languages_en.htm), hence part of a European army that gets together in the "Seventh-Hilled City" could have people speaking 18 languages. Now just because someone might meet these predictions, that is not proof that person will be the final King of the North--but if for some reason if any in the hostile spirit world were allowed by God to see who he would have been, it is possible that is how they could possibly know and relate this through the sayings of mystics.

Here is a Catholic prophecy claiming Henry is the name:

Anna-Katarina Emmerick (July 12, 1820): When the Mass had ended, Mary came up to Henry (the Emperor), ... He (Henry) was in great pain; and from that day on he walked with a limp... (Dupont, p.62)

Anna-Katarina Emmerick...July 12, 1820. I had a vision of the holy Emperor Henry. I saw him at night kneeling alone at the foot of the main alter in a great and beautiful church...and I saw the Blessed Virgin coming down all alone... (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p.62)

Yves Dupont (20th century) Henry is the Great Monarch (Dupont, p. 62).

Henry seems to mean "home ruler" or "ruler of the household." Orthodox writer Dr. Tzima Otto claimed that Henry is a name the ruler would add after gaining power, as opposed to a birth name.

Also notice more about a title and the timing of it related to the monarch:

Oracle of Baalbek: And the name of this King is concealed among the nations; and his name is similar to the last day, and it is written from the 18th letter. And when he will receive his empire, his name will be Anastasius, (Anastasois). This king is bald headed, handsome ... In his day the Persians will rise up and destroy the cities of the East ... (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 64).

Dr. Tzima Otto (interpreting the above): One new piece of information of potential interest to us is that he will be called 'Anastasios' when he received his kingdom and not any time prior to that. It appears that, therefore, he will receive that name as a title, or as a nickname, and this in no way has to be associated with the King as a baptismal name. ... The Greek name Anastasios translates as the one who is connected with the Resurrection. ... I believe that we have again a prophetic mention on the Great Monarch (ibid, pp. 64, 65).

The above reminds me of the following:

12 "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)

The title given to the Beast, by the ten kings, will not be the Beast. Perhaps it will be something like Anastasius, signalling the resurrection of Europe. Before going further, according to something called Apocalypse of Daniel (Chapter 3, verses 1-10), something like Revelation 17:13 happens AFTER there is a problem with Islamic people for the Europeans.

Consider also:

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (died 912): You the foreigner (or stranger) who is living in the stone, come, get out of it. Abandon the shedding of tears and the wailing and the agricultural lifestyle [or, the living in the countryside, as opposed to the city-living] and resume your life, you who were dead and filled with sorrows; having recollected once again the best of everything and having dispersed for ever the trophy of injustice and lawlessness. (Oraculum XII/Icone 12 as translated in Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 68)

Suggested Interpretation:
There are many prophecies of the Great Monarch representing a man who was kind of dead and comes alive again, or an emperor who was sleeping and is awakened ... Therefore many previous commentators when they read the text 'you are living in stone' consider this metaphorical meaning only...It is quite possible that this 'foreigner' stranger, obviously not a Greek, has been living in a place surrounded by stones ... along the ... coastline. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 68-69)

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (died 912): The one who is considered dead (already) and escaping notice [or detection by human vision], many know him, although nobody sees him; He will rise up, all of a sudden, as if from a wine-revelry and will certainly hold the scepters of the kingdom. For a column having been seen in the vault of heaven as if twisted as if by spinning, an invisible herald will shout thunderously thrice:

Make haste and go to the western parts of the Seven-Hilled city and there you will find a servant of Mine, a man dear to Me; Bring him to the royal palace, he wears a helmet, he is soft-spoken, calm, noble-minded, he has very sharp knowledge of the future [or he can see well the future with the mind's eyes]. Thus, Oh Seven-Hilled city, you will achieve sovereignty once again. (Oraculum XIII/Icone 13 as translated by Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 69-70)

Suggested Interpretation:
This Oracle is most interesting in the sense that it lets us know that this man is not emerging suddenly out of nowhere. Many people know him already. But, He will be miraculously identified...He will where a helmet (It suggests a time of war). (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 70)

The Bible teaches:

21 And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 With the force of a flood they shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. (Daniel 11:21-24)

3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. (Revelation 13:3)

Consider that when people see "one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. All the world marveled" (Revelation 13:3). This "king" is going to lead what will appear to be the resurrected "Holy Roman Empire." Giving him a name signifying "resurrected" should seem to be a warning for all of those who understand the Bible.

As far as some physical characteristics, notice some private prophecies:

Monk Leontios (no later than 912): Go hurry to the West of the Seven-Hilled City; you will find there a man who is dear to Me; he is given to prayer, he has dark hair, honey-colored {sun-tanned} skin, he is gentle and noble-minded; he is cognizant of the things of the future; and on his right foot he has a sizable callosity (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 84,203--p. 203 says sun-tanned was a proper translation for "honey-colored").

David Poreus (17th century). "The Great Monarch will be of French descent, large forehead, large dark eyes, light brown wavy hair and an eagle nose. He will crush the enemies of the Pope and will conquer the {Middle?} East." (Dupont, p. 31; Connor p. 35)

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): The King has marks [to be identified with]: the nail of the big toe of his right foot has a callosity; his voice is sweet [or his manner of speaking]; his features are prepossessing; his appearance [shape, figure, bone structure] delicate like that of a woman {another translation suggests "good looking"}; he is about middle-age [or mature in years]; he began to develop a little bald head and his hair has began to turn gray a little; he is erudite and knows many things, he has foresight and is cognizant of the text of prophecies; which he relates to others and shares that information with others; his nose is a little curved [aquiline nose]; the eyes are prominent. He is poor, his hair is cut short and he is dressed in very poor clothing [rags] whose purpose is utilitarian...And the King will have three articulations [joints, knuckles; possibly referring again to the callosity on the big toe of his right foot]. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, pp. 31-31; p. 174 for "good looking")

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): And the King ... has gotten olives [beauty marks] on his right side, also under the breast [or, on the waist line] ; and more on the shoulder, and the thigh and on the earlobe as well as on the right eyebrow ... (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 43)

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): He is graceful and charming his cheeks are turning red when he blushes. He is tall in stature, he has a beard, and there is a moustache also ... he has dark hair, his head begins to turn bald in the front, he has an elderly look ... (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 43)

One interpretation about a certain Great Monarch prophecy given in the 10th century is that he will communicate in English:

Dr. Tzima Otto: Apparently, the Emperor will employ the English language to communicate with his future subjects ... This is yet another marvel to behold, in a sense, considering that when Monk Leontios was giving his prophecies, the English language was an unknown quantity in international relations, Greek and Latin being still the languages of the sophisticated European scholars. Is is unlikely that there were many Byzantines speaking English at the time, yet Monk Leontios had already figured out everything in a most minute detail. (Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 94)

He also looks to be rejected for a time:

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): The one true King, who is inhabiting a humid place to avoid the heat; whom men have expulsed from his own dwelling and gave a place to live in the islands; who is engaged in navigation and fishing every week; (this King): will be revealed when the time of the power of the Ishmaelites comes to an end. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 30)

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): Men thought of him that he is a nobody and useful for nothing. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 32)

Consider a biblical prophecy:

21 And there shall stand up in his place one despised, and the kingly honour shall not be given him: and he shall come privately, and shall obtain the kingdom by fraud. (Daniel 11:21, Douay-Rheims)

21 "'His place will be taken by a reject, a man spurned and passed over for advancement. He'll surprise everyone, seemingly coming out of nowhere, and will seize the kingdom. (Daniel 11:21 from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

21 And in his place shall stand up a contemptible person, to whom they had not given the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in time of security, and shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries. (Daniel 11:21, ASV)

So, someone who has been written off for one reason of the other is prophesied to become the King of the North.

Orthodox prophecy indicates that the Great Monarch will re-enter the political realm:

Anonymou Paraphrasis (10th century): And the (Guardian Angel will say to him further: come forth from your hiding place, do not hide yourself any longer, many are looking for you [or, are searching for you, are demanding to see you, asking for you]; everybody will exit and only you, alone, will enter. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 31)

That statement seems consistent with Revelation 17:12-13.

Notice also the following Orthodox prophecy:

Emperor Leo the Philosopher (died 912): You will appear again as if you had never began. ... you will become renewed and renovated again and your power shall be greater than ever in the past. ... those who are near, will prostrate themselves before your feet. (Tzima Otto, The Great Monarch and WWIII in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Scriptural Prophecies, p. 31)

The former statement seems consistent with Daniel 11:21. Whereas the latter statement is consistent with the following:

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. ... 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (Revelation 13:11, 15)

Many non-biblical prophecies promoting the Great Monarch are mirror-images of biblical prophecies condemning a leader who sounds like him.

Christian leaders do not allow that type of worship.

Notice a Catholic translation of an incident involving the Apostle Peter:

25. And it came to pass, When Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him, and falling at his feet adored. 26. But Peter lifted him up saying, Arise, myself also am a man. (Acts 10:25-26, RNT)

The Great Monarch wants such worship. He is not someone Christians should venerate.

Armageddon

The Bible shows the destruction of the revived Roman Empire of the Beast:

12 "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." (Revelation 17:12-14)

Yet, a doctor of the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholics shows Antichrist defeats the monarch's empire:

John Chrysostom (4th century): the Roman Empire will be destroyed by Antichrist. This will happen when the Roman Empire has been divided into ten kingdoms. (Birch, 228)

Clearly,John Chrysostom has confused Jesus with the Antichrist! Sadly, so have many other predictors (see Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus?).

Some private prophecies indicate that those with the Great Monarch will be killed at Armageddon by the Antichrist:

Anne Catherine Emmerich (died 1824) ... Antichrist will fight a successful battle at Mageddo in Palestine after which seven rulers, from fear, will subject themselves to Antichrist and he will thereafter become lord of the world (Cited in Connor, p. 86).

Venerable Maria of Agreda (died 1665) ... the kings will send armies to the Holy Land, but the Antichrist will slay them all (Cited in Connor, p. 84).

The Bible shows that it is God and NOT Antichrist that wins the battle:

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great." 19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh (Revelation 19:17-21).

Notice that the Beast and the false prophet both lose that battle (which, although first staged at Meggedo, actually occurs in/near Jerusalem).

It should be noted, however, that most Catholic writers do realize that Antichrist is defeated and does not win this battle (which is actually only staged in Armageddon). Notice:

S. Berry (published 1920): Armageddon is the Greek for Har-Mageddo (Mount Mageddo), a place often drenched with Israel's blood. The defeat of Antichrist may be accomplished on this very battle ground (Berry S. Interpretation of the Apocalypse. Cited in Culleton, Reign of Antichrist, p. 206).

Priest H. Kramer (20th century): Chapter XVI ... Verse 12 ... The leaders of the military forces of Asia and all their antichristian troops will be force will then be exterminated together with those marshalled by Antichrist ... Verse 16 ... The clause, "which in Hebrews is called Armageddon" ... the coming victory over Antichrist at Armageddon. ... after the manifest judgment of God (Kramer H.B. L. The Book of Destiny.  Nihil Obstat: J.S. Considine, O.P., Censor Deputatus.  Imprimatur: +Joseph M. Mueller, Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, January 26, 1956.  Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), pp. 363, 369-370, 373-374)

Thus, there is some confusion amongst Catholic writings. Various ones have it right, but some private prophecies have it wrong.

The fact is that the Bible shows that it is Jesus who wins what is commonly called "the battle of Armageddon."

Those who support the Great Monarch will lose.

Conclusion

Numerous Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies tell of a leader that will arise and change the faith. Most of those seem to look forward to this, but some are opposed (see Some Doctrines of Antichrist).

Some contradict each other. And some, at least the timing thereof, are wrong, such as the following from a "canonized saint":

Francis di Paola (From Spezzano, 18th of January, 1489): Four hundred years shall not pass when his Divine Majesty shall visit the world with a new religious order much needed, which shall effect more good among men than all other religious institutions combined. This religious order shall be the last and the best in the Church; it shall proceed with arms, with prayer, and with hospitality. Woe to tyrants, to heretics, and to infidels, to whom no pity shall be shown, because such is the will of the Most High! An infinite number of wicked men shall perish through the hands of the Cross-bearers, the true servants of Jesus Christ. (Rossi, p. 111)

While a new order like Francis di Paola alluded to will happen, it did not happen in the time period he foretold nor will it do good from a biblical perspective. And since the prophecy had to have been fulfilled by 1889, then Francis di Paola has been shown to be a false prophet as far as dates are concerned. But some of the details, like about a change to the Roman Catholic faith will be fulfilled.

And there are also Asian prophecies that seem to be setting billions up to accept this leader--which is consistent with prophecies in places like Revelation 13.

Presuming that leader rises up and fulfills many of them (and since some of the Great Monarch prophecies contradict one another, that leader will not meet all of them), it should be apparent to those who have enough love of the truth to believe the Bible over signs and wonders.

Here is a summarization of certain private Catholic prophecies and some related scriptural references that show that many private prophecies for the Great Monarch are consistent with the warnings in the Bible against the Beast/King of the North:

  1. He will have Franco-German ancestry (cf. Isaiah 10:5-12-see also Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History; Daniel 9:26, see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27).
  2. His name has a number and he has control (Revelation 13:18).
  3. He is considered to be like a powerful beast with the head like a lion and possibly came from the sea (Revelation 13:1-2; see also Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation).
  4. He will have been written off/laughed at prior to his rise (Daniel 11:21; cf. Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North?).
  5. He is supposed to arise in the 21st century, which would be the end times (cf. Daniel 11:40; see also Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?).
  6. He will be announced with signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:13-15; cf. Matthew 24:24; see also Who is the King of the North?).
  7. He will be announced with frightful sights and/or signs from heaven (cf. Luke 21:11).
  8. He will understand mysterious/hidden things/sinister schemes (Daniel 8:23).
  9. He will be a smooth talker (Daniel 11:23-24).
  10. He will make changes, probably affecting religion (cf. Daniel 7:25; 11:37-38).
  11. He, and his objectives, will be supported by a harlot “Virgin” they misidentify as Jesus' mother Mary (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Isaiah 47:1-15; Nahum 3:4-5; see also Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions).
  12. He will rise up unexpectedly (Daniel 8:23-24; 11:21-24).
  13. He will be considered to be a man bringing peace (Daniel 8:25, 9:26-27, 11:21-24; see also The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27).
  14. He will have a "great army" (Daniel 11:25; Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation).
  15. He will gain power after civil unrest/riots/warring in Europe (cf. Daniel 7:24; Revelation 13:3-4).
  16. He will "uproot all republics" (cf. Revelation 17:12-13; see also Must the Ten Kings of Revelation 17:12 Rule over Ten Currently Existing Nations?).
  17. He will establish a new religious order while also endorsing an existing one (cf. Daniel 11:38).
  18. He will endorse certain idols/icons (Revelation 13:14-17; cf. Daniel 11:38; see also What is the Origin of the Cross as a 'Christian' Symbol?).
  19. His supporters will be identified with a sign/mark/image, like a cross and/or crucifix (cf. Revelation 13:14-17; see also Mark of the Beast). Images of “Mary” are also expected (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:14-17).
  20. He will endorse an ecumenical form of Catholicism (cf. Daniel 11:36-38; Revelation 13:3-4; 17:1-11; see also Will the Interfaith Movement Lead to Peace or Sudden Destruction? and Why Should American Catholics Fear Unity with the Orthodox? (And the Protestants)).
  21. He and a certain pope will reign about four years (cf. Daniel 7:25; 11:21-44; 12:11-12; Revelation 12:14; 13:5).
  22. Yet, he will falsely claim to be in charge of all Christendom (cf. Revelation 13, 17; Daniel 8:23-25).
  23. He will persecute those without an item/mark (Revelation 13:16-17; see also Mark of the Beast).
  24. One who does 'miracles' will support and promote him (Revelation 13:11-18).
  25. He will establish himself militarily in Jerusalem near the beginning of his reign (Daniel 11:31; Luke 21:20-24).
  26. He will be the leader of the resurrected (presumed dead) Holy Roman Empire (Revelation 13:3,12; see also Europa, the Beast, and Revelation).
  27. He will be considered unconquerable (cf. Revelation 13:3-4).
  28. He will be considered like God (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
  29. He will establish “New Babylon” (cf. Jeremiah 50:42; 51:33; Revelation 18:11-21).
  30. He will help the City of Seven Hills reign (cf. Revelation 17:9,18).
  31. He sets something up in Jerusalem (cf. Matthew 24:15).
  32. He will persecute those which have original Judeo-Christian practices (Revelation 12:17, 13:7; Daniel 8:25; see also Persecutions by Church and State).
  33. He fights against Israel (Luke 21:20; Daniel 11:31).
  34. He will eliminate the English peoples (Daniel 8:24-25), who had been strong (Daniel 11:39; see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses).
  35. He will spread his form of religion around the world (Revelation 13:3-17).
  36. "The Great Monarch will annihilate heretics and unbelievers" (cf. Daniel 7:25; 11:28-35; Matthew 10:23; Revelation 14:12-13; see also Persecutions by Church and State).
  37. During his time, "Protestantism will cease" (cf. Revelation 13:3-4).
  38. He will divide up the lands of the English peoples (Daniel 11:39; Ezekiel 5:1-4; Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?).
  39. People will worship him (Revelation 13:8).
  40. His supporters will be opposed to those that keep the Sabbath (cf. Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 13:16-17).
  41. The Anglo peoples will betray each other (Isaiah 9:19-21; see also Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).
  42. The world will prosper under his system for a while (Daniel 11:39; Revelation 18:9-19).
  43. He will cause those in Muslim dominated areas to know tribulation (Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:2-8; cf. Matthew 24:21; cf. When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).
  44. He will eliminate the Muslim powers in the Middle East and North Africa (Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:2-8; see also Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?).
  45. He "will amass gold" and help the world prosper with gold (Daniel 11:42; cf. Revelation 18:11-16; some steps seem to be in progress, see The Plain Truth About Gold in Prophecy. How Should a Christian View Gold?).
  46. Allegedly, "Happiness will reign in the world as it did in the days of Noah" under his leadership (Matthew 24:37-38; Luke 17:26-27).
  47. He will die in or near Jerusalem (cf. Revelation 16:13-16; 19:19-20).
  48. His Roman empire will be destroyed (Daniel 2:35-45; Revelation 17:12-14).
  49. His kingdom will be destroyed by the battle associated with Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-16; see also Armageddon).
  50. An “Antichrist” (who we identify as Jesus) comes after his reign (Revelation 19:11-21) though the Monarch and his supporters opposes Him (Daniel 8:25; Revelation 17:14; see also Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus?).

When many see this leader and hear of many of these prophecies, they, to use a modern expression, 'will be blown away' and accept him. I believe that the Catholic private prophecies that seem to support the rise of the Great Monarch are part of Satan's plan to deceive and confuse people at the time of the end once the King of the North rises up.

The Bible is clear that in the end times people will be deceived (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12), will follow false prophets (Revelation 13), and believe "doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). But the most faithful Christians are not to be ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).

We in the Continuing Church of God understand how demonic prophecies tie in with Satan's plan are are not afraid to point this out. The supporters of that king will likely point to Catholic, Asian, and other private prophecies as proof that he is a good leader, contrary to what the Bible itself teaches (Daniel 11:21-45).

Believe the Bible. Believe the word of truth!

The world will be deceived and those outside the real Church of God will believe the lie (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Have proper love of the truth so that you will NOT be deceived.

Two sermons of related interest are also available: Great Monarch: Messiah or False Christ? and Great Monarch in 50+ Beast Prophecies.

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