Who is the King of the West? Why is there no Final End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy?

By COGwriter

Is there a nation that could be called 'the King of the West'?

Jesus taught:

29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29, NKJV throughout unless otherwise indicated)

So, the Bible tells of people from all around the world, including those from "the west" to be in the coming Kingdom of God.

Students of Bible prophecy are aware that the the Bible talks about end-time kings of the North (Daniel 11:40), South (Daniel 11:40), and East (Revelation 16:12). These kings are portrayed as political-military leaders, as opposed to being primarily religious leaders.

That being said, Bible prophecy students are aware that the Bible does not specifically mention an end-time "king of the west" by name.

But could there be one?

Protestant pastor John Hagee, who was wrongly involved with blood moons (see Blood Moons, Eclipses, and Prophecy) and other prophetic matters (like he considers Russia the King of the North--but that is not the case: Is Russia the King of the North?), claims "The King of the West is the Anti-Christ" ( Hagee J. The King is Coming, Church! https://www.jhm.org/Articles/2018-07-01-the-king-is-coming accessed 01/14/19).

For many reasons, including the fact that the final Antichrist is primarily a religious leader (though with with great political ties), the final Antichrist is NOT the 'king of the West.'

Now if there is a "King of the West," who is it? And what happens to this king?

Before going further, consider that there is a major portion of the world called the Western Hemisphere--and one particular country dominates at least the northern half of that hemisphere--that came out of the United Kingdom.

Yet as far as prophecy goes, is the United States of America (USA), Canada, and/or Great Britain (UK, officially now called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) mentioned in end-time prophecy?

If so or if not, what happens to the USA, Canada, and the UK?

A related sermon is also available: The Bible, the USA, and the King of the West.

Could There be a non-Royal King of the West?

Before going further, let it be mentioned that the Bible does tell of "kings from the east" (Revelation 16:12, NKJV), literally "the kings who are from the rising of the sun" (Revelation 16:12, Young's Literal Translation) who will be involved in militarily preparing for Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-16). And when we look at the nations on the eastern side of Asia in the 21st century, the royal title "king" is rarely used. Furthermore, while the Bible calls an end time figure the "King of the North" in Daniel 11:40, it specifically says he will not be given "the honor of royalty" in Daniel 11:21.

Therefore, from a biblical perspective, a "king" does not literally need to be a king in the strictest sense.

So consider that, while the USA does not officially have royalty, it is the leading military power in the world today, and certainly in the Western Hemisphere. It is a nation that is west of Jerusalem, and in those senses it is the "King of the West."

The USA has essentially been the King of the West since sometime between the first and second world wars when Great Britain ceased controlling much of its empire. Others noted that after World War II, "The U.S. was now the de facto leader of the West" (Shah A. Control of Resources; Supporting Dictators, Rise of Terrorism. Global Issues, December 30, 2002. http://www.globalissues.org/article/260/control-of-resources-supporting-dictators-rise-of-terrorism viewed 05/03/2011).

And many this century have recognized that, "America is the leader of the West" (Chiu E. Emily's Islam, Media, and the West Blog. September 29, 2008. http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/eyc221/ila/2008/09/ viewed 0503/2011). The "United States" is "the leader of the west" (Cox RW. A Canadian Dilemma: The United States or the World. International Journal. Vol. 60, No. 3, Summer, 2005, pp. 667-684. http://www.jstor.org/pss/40204055 viewed 05/03/11). "America, leader of the West" (https://somalipressonline.com/safiirka-cusub-ee-dowladda-mareykanka-oo-lagu-soo-dhoweeyay-madaxtooyada-soomaaliya-sawirro/ November 27, 2018).

Blessings Promised and Received

Although the terms United States of America and Great Britain are not specifically mentioned in the Bible, Bible prophecy does foretell of the blessings that the descendants of Jacob would have.

Before getting to Jacob, notice something told to Rebekah, the one who became his mother:

“Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them” (Genesis 24:60).

And many "sea gates" were later in the hands of her descendants, which we will look at later.

The Bible shows that God gave Jacob a dream:

10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you."

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." (Genesis 28:10-17)

This dream showed that Jacob would have descendants in the north (northern Europe), south (Australia, New Zealand), east (Josephus said the tribes of Israel were east of the Euphrates during his time), and west (USA and Canada; see also Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).

(And God still does sometimes use dreams; see Dreams, the Bible, the Radio Church of God, and the Continuing Church of God).

Notice these prophecies for the latter days by Jacob:

1 And Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:

2 "Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father…

22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong
By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you
With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
They shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers (Genesis 49:1-2,22-26).

It is only the United States and the groups of English nations now composed of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand who have historically fulfilled these prophecies given to Abraham and his descendants (and they are separated from their "brothers" on continental Europe). In these latter days they have been prosperous, though they are now in a period of decline.

Consider that a "fruitful bough" with "branches run over the wall" implies a colonizing people--and perhaps no peoples did more colonizing than the British.

Jacob/Israel also taught:

16 Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth ...

19 “ ... He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."

20 So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!' " (Genesis 48:19-20).

It should also be mentioned that since Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28), that in the first statement above he is clearly indicating that biblically one or both of the sons of Joseph could be referred to by the name Israel (see also Genesis 48:10-14). And although Manasseh was born first, God had Jacob give the “right hand” blessing to Ephraim (Genesis 48:13-14) and God later declared, “Ephraim is my firstborn” (Jeremiah 31:9).

This may be why Ephraim emerged as a major power before the USA (and of course it lost its position as the top international power).

Notice what God promised Jacob:

14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 28:14).

11 Also God said to him: "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body (Genesis 35:11).

Thus it should be clear to those willing to see that the descendants of Jacob would include multiple nations, and not be limited to just the area of Palestine. The old British Commonwealth would seem to fit the description of "a company of nations." And the nations of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand still do to this day. Those with Anglo-Saxon minorities (in the Caribbean, Asia, and Southern Africa) have since lost control to the non-Israelites among them (cf. Deuteronomy 28:43).

And while the British descended nations are in various parts of the world, it is interesting to note that "west" was the first direction mentioned in the prophecy in Genesis 28:14.

The USA and Great Britain have essentially ruled the world for the past two plus centuries. And despite, sometimes often terrible mistakes they both made, through them "families of the earth" were blessed (for more on their identities in Bible prophecy, please see the article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).

German Press: USA Lost its Leadership with the Election of Donald Trump

A reader sent me a link to the following from the German publication Der Spiegel:

America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West

November 14, 2016

For 100 years, the United States was the leader of the free world. With the election of Donald Trump, America has now abdicated that role. It is time for Europe, and Angela Merkel, to step into the void.

Even history sometimes leans toward pathos. In January 2017, when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the American Age will celebrate its 100th birthday -- and its funeral.

The West was constituted in its modern form in January 1917. World War I was raging in Europe at the time and in Washington, D.C., President Woodrow Wilson told his country that it was time for Americans to take responsibility for "peace and justice." In April he said: "The world must be made safe for democracy." He declared war on Germany and sent soldiers to Europe to secure victory for the Western democracies -- and the United States assumed the leadership of the Western world. It was an early phase of political globalization.

One hundred years later: Trump. ...

 What will happen to the West, to Europe, to Germany without the United States as its leading power? Germany is a child of the West, particularly of the United States, brought to life with American generosity, long spoon-fed and now in a deep state of shock. The American president was always simultaneously our president, at least a little, and Barack Obama was a worthy president of the West. Now, though, we must come to terms with a lack of Western leadership. ...

America was long the benchmark for the West. But if Trump governs as he promised he would during the campaign, the land of the free will abdicate its role as leader of the free world. Then, it will be Europe's turn.  http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-election-means-europe-must-now-lead-west-a-1120929.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#ref=rss

Notice that Der Spiegel: is stating that if Donald Trump keeps his promises, it will be Europe's turn to lead the West. The Europeans even had a special meeting the day before to try to determine what to do because of Donald Trump's election.

The USA still remains the 'King of the West" (e.g. "the president of the United States, leader of ‘the West’" 4 June 2018, https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2149226/trump-kim-summit-venue-singapore-tightens-security-near), but Germany feels it is time for Europe to arise.

A video of possible interest is titled: 13 Ways President-Elect Trump is Apocalyptic.

Others have claimed since Donald Trump's election the USA has lost the leadership of the West. But militarily, it remains the "King of the West."

Why Were the USA and United Kingdom Blessed in the Past Couple of Centuries?

One question that arises, is why did the blessings of wealth and influence for the two major western powers begin only a couple of centuries ago?

This is a somewhat complex subject, and instead of me laying out all the complicate reasons, let's simply look at what the late evangelist John Ogwyn wrote about that:

What were the seven times of Israel's punishment promised in Leviticus 26:18? If this indicated a duration of time, how long was it to last? Understanding the significance of Israel's seven times punishment opens up history to far deeper meaning than you have probably ever understood before.

First, let us answer the question concerning the length of the "seven times." How many days would "seven times" be? In Revelation 11 and 12 we find keys to understanding this.

Revelation 11:2–3 equates two periods of time: 42 months and 1,260 days. This is simple to understand, as there are exactly 1,260 days in 42 months of 30 days. In Revelation 12:6 we find another mention of 1,260 days, but this time that figure is paralleled in verse 14 by the term, "time, times, and half a time." We have already seen that 1,260 days is equated with 42 months, which is exactly three-and-a-half years. Clearly then, the Bible equates "time, times and half a time" with a three-and-a half-year period of 1,260 days.

"Seven times" is double the length of "time, times, and half a time" (or three-and-a-half years). Therefore, seven times would represent a duration of 2,520 days (twice the length of the 1,260 days). How long a period of punishment upon Israel would these 2,520 days represent in Bible prophecy? To understand this, look at another incident of punishment on Israel. Numbers 13 and 14 give the account of Moses sending 12 spies, one from each tribe, to investigate the Promised Land. Ten of the spies brought back an evil report that discouraged the people and caused them to refuse to enter the land. God was greatly displeased with the people's lack of faith. Notice the consequences that followed: "According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection ['breach of promise' KJV]" (Numbers 14:34).

Israel's disobedience led to a 40-year delay in entering the Promised Land and inheriting the promises God had made to their ancestors. The 40 years of punishment were figured on the principle of a day for a year. A similar point is made in Ezekiel 4 about punishment on Judah and on Israel. In this account, the prophet Ezekiel was told to lie upon his left side each day for 390 days to symbolize the duration of God's punishment upon Israel. Then, he was told to turn and to lie upon his right side each day for 40 days in order to show the punishment of Judah. Next, Ezekiel was told: "I have laid on you a day for each year" (v. 6). In other words, once again a day equaled a year in the fulfillment of certain Bible prophecies...

Seven prophetic times 2,520 years went by from the time of Samaria's fall and Israel's captivity in 721bc. This brings us to 1800ad and the time when, according to scripture, Abraham's descendants would begin coming into possession of the birthright promises. The remarkable story that unfolded in the history of the English-speaking people after 1800 is astounding. (Ogwyn J. The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. Charlotte booklet)

Notice also:

Birthright Conferred at Last!

But when that 2520-year withholding of the birthright had expired, God was faithful to His unconditional promise to Abraham! Not because of any British or American goodness, superiority, or worthiness, but because of God’s faithfulness to His promise, beginning in 1800 these two birthright peoples suddenly burst forth as the greatest world powers in all history!

This national wealth and power came not because our peoples in any manner finally qualified for it. They never did! But consider:

The very fact of a withholding of the birthright from them for a definite duration in itself implies a conferring of it at the end of the 2520 years. And remember, God had promised this birthright to the descendants of Abraham unconditionally because of Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience (Genesis 26:5). God was bound by His promise to confer this stupendous national blessing regardless of the righteousness or wickedness of the descendants. But God had not bound Himself to bestow it upon any one particular generation.

Thus God was able to offer it conditionally to Old Testament Israel in and after Moses’s day. The people of those generations could have had it upon compliance with the conditions! Denying it to those particular generations--withholding it for 2520 long years, even--did not violate God’s unconditional promise to Abraham.

But the very fact of a withholding for the definite duration of 2520 years implies the direct conferring of that national blessing on expiration of that definite period of withholding--regardless of any further qualifying or deserving on the part of the people. This must be so because of God’s faithfulness to His unconditional promise to Abraham.

So--beginning A.D. 1800-1803, after 2520 years--God did cause the birthright nations--and them only--to become suddenly the recipients of such national wealth, greatness and power as no nation or empire ever before had acquired! Together they--the British and Americans, descendants of only one original tribe, Joseph--came into possession of more than two thirds--almost three fourths--of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the whole world!

It sounds incredible! All other nations combined shared between them only little more than a fourth of the world’s wealth. And that includes the nations descended from other tribes of Israel. It includes such nations as Germany, Italy, Russia, China--all other nations on the whole Earth. (Armstrong HW. The United States and Britain in Prophecy. WCG, 1980 edition)

So, that brings us to around 1800. So, then what? John Ogwyn continues:

Still, when 1800 came, England and her former American colonies, the fledgling United States, possessed only a small portion of the world's land and wealth. In Europe, Napoleon was attempting to put together a vast continental empire with France at its head. Instead of that effort being successful, however, something altogether different occurred.

Over the following decades, England emerged in possession of the vast British Empire. It was the largest that the world had ever seen. Over one quarter of the world's land and people were under the British flag by the end of the 19th century. The United States, in 1800 still clinging to the eastern seacoast, had completely spanned the North American continent within five decades. The most powerful company of nations, the British Empire, and the greatest single nation, the United States, emerged right on schedule. The year 1800 marked the time when the 2,520 years of withholding the birthright concluded...

Over the course of the 19th century, Great Britain came into the possession of territory in every far-flung corner of the earth. Among these possessions were virtually all of the strategic sea-gates. Possessing the "gates of their enemies" was one of the blessings that God had promised to Abraham on behalf of his descendants. These narrow passages, through which sea traffic had to pass, were of inestimable value, both in terms of commercial value of trade and for security purposes during the two world wars of the 20th century. British control of the Suez Canal and the Straits of Gibraltar as well as of the strategic Isle of Malta was crucial to Allied control of the Mediterranean during World War II.

With Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Great Britain came into possession of some of the richest agricultural land on earth. The vast fields of grain and the innumerable herds of sheep and cattle represented a fulfillment of God's ancient promises to Abraham. In addition, there was the vast mineral wealth of Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Britain itself came to control much of the Middle Eastern oil reserves. Her possessions and pipelines there helped provide the Allies the oil that was needed to fight World War II.

Overall, British influence was beneficial for the whole world, just as God anciently prophesied that it would be. It was the British Navy that wiped out the international slave trade in the early 19th century. The British and Foreign Bible Society, headquartered in London, was responsible for the Bible being translated into virtually every language and made available for the first time to peoples all over the earth.

John Ogwyn then mentioned a bit about the USA:

What of the United States of America? Are the American people also truly descended from ancient Israel? Look at the plain record of history.

The first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States was Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. A few years later the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries settlers from the British Isles flowed into what became the United States. Actually, as Professor David Fischer points out in his important book, Albion's Seed, there were four main waves of immigration during those two centuries to the future United States. These waves of migration had their origin in specific parts of the British Isles and came to particular areas of the American colonies.

New England, for instance, was settled primarily by immigrants from East Anglia. Certain parishes of this south-eastern part of England were almost emptied of population between 1629 and 1641, as whole family groups migrated en masse ... Overwhelmingly, the immigrants who settled the United States before the Civil War came from northwestern Europe. Most were from either the British Isles or certain parts of northern Germany. These immigrants established the character of the American nation and have provided most of the nation's leadership until this day. Even some whose ancestors immigrated later from other parts of Europe may well have Israelitish background. After all, the prophecy was made by Amos that the House of Israel would be sifted through the nations like corn through a sieve, but not a grain would be lost (Amos 9:9).

Beginning in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, the United States began a rapid territorial expansion that led to its spanning the continent within one generation. The territory acquired by purchase from Napoleon, at less than a nickel an acre, included the richest farmland on earth the American Midwest. ... Additionally, with the acquisition of the Panama Canal and various island dependencies gained in the latter 19th century, the United States has also possessed the gates of its enemies. The United States, in combination with Great Britain, controlled virtually every strategic passageway on earth through most of the 19th and 20th centuries.

At their pinnacles, the American and British nations have possessed or controlled an overwhelming share of the world's wealth. There are simply no other nations that can even compare with the wealth and power that has been exercised by the English-speaking peoples.

So, essentially, because of prophecies in the Bible, these "kings of the West" were not expected to rise up until a couple of centuries ago, but according to this interpretation of Bible prophecy, that is why they became powerful when they did.

The reality is that for much of the past couple of centuries, the Anglo-American powers have been the "king of the West" if there ever was one. And since just prior to World War II, the USA itself primarily has been in a position to be the King of the West.

But what will happen to the USA and its Anglo-descended allies?

Earlier, we read the prophecy to Rebekah about her descendants possessing the gates of their enemies.

Notice a promise given to Abraham;

16 "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son — 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:16-18)

Enemy gates were promised to Abraham's descendants.

Now, let us look at how Dictionary.com defines a sea gate (viewed 08/05/2013):

sea gate noun a navigable channel giving access to the sea.

That is part of the definition. But for the purposes of this article, my use of sea gate implies that that some government has the land and thus is able to exert at least some control over the channel that is near that land. Such as, for example, how the UK can control access (to a degree) in and out of the Mediterranean Sea with the peninsula of Gibraltar.

Notice the following warning for God:

58 "If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, 59 then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues — great and prolonged plagues — and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. 62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. 63 And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess. (Deuteronomy 28:58-63)

Now consider that for many years, the major sea gates of the world were possessed/controlled by the United States (Panama Canal and certain locations in the Pacific ocean; watch also The Panama Canal and its Impact on Biblical Prophecy) and the British Empire (Straits of Malacca, Singapore, Suez Canal, Bab el Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, Simon’s Town/Cape of Good Hope, Malta, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, etc.; see also Will the UK Lose Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands?). And while that is no longer the case for many of them, they seem to have been prophesied to be taken away for disobedience as well (c.f. Deuteronomy 28:52)—and certainly these nations have disobeyed the God of Abraham, as well as actually have lost many of those gates. Thus, it seems logical to conclude that the remaining “sea gates” that the UK has such as Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands will be separated from UK control.  Spain directly, or perhaps, through the EU (or some other European confederation) indirectly, will force out British control over Gibraltar.

The fact of the losses so far of many of the Anglo-American sea gates should show us that various curses have began to hit the Anglo-nations. More will as well until the Anglo nations (including the USA) will be no more (watch also Will the UK Lose Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands?).

But is the United States of America Mentioned in Bible Prophecy for the End-Time?

A stated before, expressions like the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States are not specifically used in the Bible (Note: a variant of the term British/Britain seems to be in scripture--for more on that see Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel). Though not obvious to all, there are several end-time prophecies in the Bible that seem to be referring to the USA and its Anglo-allies.

Let's review a few of them, along with a few from outside the Bible.

One is in Daniel 11:29-30, yet few would tend to think of this because of how one word is normally translated. The Bible shows at "the appointed time" which is very near the end, something will trigger the King of the North (the "he" below) to go towards the south:

29 At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter. 30 For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant (Daniel 11:29-30).

The Hebrew term translated as "Cyprus" in the NKJV is somewhat of a mistranslation. The KJV uses the term Chittim (which is also spelled Kittim) which signifies "western lands" (see The Nelson Study Bible, page 1441 and The Ryrie Study Bible, page 1359).

Notice some other translations:

30 Ships from the west will come to attack him, and he will be discouraged. Then he will start back to his own country and take out his anger on the religion of God's faithful people, while showing kindness to those who are unfaithful. (Daniel 11:30, CEV)

30 Ships will come from the west to attack him, and he will be discouraged and turn back. Angry at the holy promise, he will return, take action, and favor those who abandon the holy promise. (Daniel 11:30, GWT)

Hence, the Bible shows that the King of the North will apparently be temporarily stopped by a Western naval power. The late Pastor General of the old Worldwide Church of God correctly taught that this came before the start of the Great Tribulation (Armstrong HW. Times and Seasons. Sermon: March 15, 1980). The Catholic saint and doctor Jerome taught that this was an end time event involving the forces of Antichrist (Jerome. Commentary on Daniel, Chapter 11. Translated by Gleason L. Archer. (1958). http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/jerome_daniel_02_text.htm viewed 01/14/19).

It may be of interest to notice that there is a prophecy for the "latter days" (Numbers 24:14, NKJV) that seems to discuss this same naval event. Here are two translations of the seemingly related event:

24 But ships will come from the direction of Kittim, troubling Asshur and troubling Eber, and like the others their fate will be destruction. (Numbers 24:24. Bible in Basic English, BBE)

24 And -- ships [are] from the side of Chittim, And they have humbled Asshur, And they have humbled Eber, And it also for ever is perishing.' (Numbers 24:24, Young’s Literal Translation)

24 And ships shall come from the coast of Kittim (Cyprus), and shall afflict Asshur (Assyria), and shall afflict 'Ever (i.e., Region beyond the River [Euphrates]), and he also shall be unto destruction. (Numbers 24:24, Orthodox Jewish Bible, OJB)

24 Sea-Peoples, raiders from across the sea, will harass Asshur and Eber, But they’ll also come to nothing, just like all the rest. (Numbers 24:24, The Message).

The direction of Kittim/Chittim/Cyprus is from the west. Asshur/Assyria is a reference to Germanic middle Europe in the end times (see Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History and Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy).

Here is a Catholic writing related to this passage in Daniel 11:

It seems he will probably be defeated by by certain people of the Western nations, who will give him a naval battle . . . (11:30). But he will soon recover from this defeat. (Huchedé P. History of Antichrist. Imprimatur Edward Charles Fabre, Bishop of Montreal, First English edition 1884. 1976 reprint from TAN Books, Rockford (IL), p. 22)

However, a major battle is not shown to have occurred in verse 30; it may only involve a show of naval force. Thus, that verse may possibly indicate that this is when the European Beast power may temporarily make a deceptive deal with a major Western power (probably the United States) which will ultimately allow it to destroy the USA and its English-speaking allies (see also verse 39).

Why does the Western naval power seem to be the United States?

First, the United States is west of Jerusalem.

Second, the United States is a major naval power, and often uses its naval power as a threat.

Third, although Latin America is also west of Jerusalem, it (even when all the nations that compose it are combined) would not seem to have enough of a naval force to stop the European king's approach (plus, since Latin America shares culture, languages, and religion with Europe, it will most likely be allied with the King of the North either at this time or shortly thereafter; see also Mexico, Central America, South America, Brazil, and the Caribbean in Prophecy).

Fourth, the Bible shows that the problems from the kings that are north and east of the King of the North (Russia and mainly Asians) do not occur until verse 44 of Daniel 11, hence once they are eliminated as possibilities, this pretty much only leaves that United States and its English-speaking allies as the only possible naval power that could deter the King of the North at this stage.

About five years after I first thought that Daniel 11:30 could be referring to United States warships, I came across the following in a book written about Catholic prophecies by Gerald Culleton:

Countess Francesca de Billiante (died 1935): When the land with the great fleet enters the Mediterranean (England or the United States?) then Europe will tremble…God will save Rome… (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. 226)

The comments in ( ) are from the Catholic priest and writer Gerald Culleton. Countess Francesca could be referring to Daniel 11:30. 

Perhaps it may be of some interest to report that a European leader known as the Great Monarch in some Catholic prophecies (King of the North in biblical ones) is claimed to ultimately take over the West (and other places):

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (died 1658): There will rise a valiant monarch ... His dominion will extend from the East to the West. (Connor, Edward. Prophecy for Today. Imprimatur + A.J. Willinger, Bishop of Monterey-Fresno; Reprint: Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford (IL), 1984, pp.35-36)

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).

Priest Gobbi (November 15, 1990): Mary spoke about the great trial coming to the United States and for all humanity. The Blessed Mother specifically mentions the United States will know the hour of weakness and of poverty as well as “the hour of suffering and defeat”...Sins of impurity have become ever more widespread, and immorality has spread like a sea which has submerged all things. Homosexuality, a sin of impurity which is against nature, has been justified; recourse to the means of preventing life have become commonplace, while abortions,--these killings of innocent children--have spread and are performed in all areas of your homeland. The moment of divine justice and of great mercy has now arrived. You will know the hour of weakness and poverty; the hour of suffering and defeat; the purifying hour of the great chastisement ... (Flynn, Ted and Maureen. The Thunder of Justice. MaxKol Communications, Inc. Sterling (VA), 1993, pp. 341,342).

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

The "capital of the world" in a sense is the United States. Hence, certain non-biblical prophecies seem to indicate the destruction of the Anglo-Western peoples (for more on some of them, please see The Great Monarch: Biblical and Catholic Prophecies; see also Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies?; see also Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions).

Perhaps it should be mentioned that US President Donald Trump has both respectfully (Williams PJ. Trump Is Running for King of America. The Nation, June 27, 2016 https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-is-running-for-king-of-america/) and mockingly been referred to as "the King of the World" (Cook N. 'King of the world': Trump to ditch D.C. for Paris days after midterms. Politico, November 5, 2018 https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/05/trump-paris-trip-2018-elections-midterms-960749)--as was, at least mockingly, Barack Obama when he was US President (Markel J. Obama: King of the World? One Nation. 2016. https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/understanding-the-times/read/articles/obama-king-of-the-world-16861.html accessed 01/16/19).

Notice also:

The United States now sees itself as judge, jury and executioner in policing the international community, a conceit that began post World War 2 when American presidents began referring to themselves as “leader of the free world.” https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/07/does-washington-rule-world.html

Considering the USA the capital of the world does not seem to be a stretch in the 21st century.

The Bible itself tells of the end-time period of trouble for those descended from Jacob:

7 Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob's trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.

8 'For it shall come to pass in that day,'
Says the Lord of hosts,
'That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them. (Jeremiah 30:7-8)

Notice that before they are saved out of it, the descendants of Jacob will be enslaved by foreigners (see also Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?)

This is the Great Tribulation that Jesus referred to in Matthew 24:21. It begins shortly after the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel (11:31) happens according to Jesus (Matthew 24:15).

The Strongest Fortresses: A Specific Bible Prophecy for the United States?

The Great Tribulation looks to begin with the following from the Book of Daniel (the "he" is the King of the North):

39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:39).

Who has the strongest fortresses?

The strongest fortresses in the world belong to the USA and to a much lessor extent, its English-speaking allies (for a more detailed explanation of why the USA and its Anglo-allies are involved, as well as the dividing of their lands, please see Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel). Isaiah warns that "The fortress also will cease from Ephraim" (Isaiah 17:3)--but unlike Manasseh, Ephraim simply does not have the strongest fortresses.

This passage about the strongest fortresses in Daniel 11:39 cannot be referring to the Europeans as they support the King of the North, nor can it be referring to the Russians, Chinese, or other Asians as they do not get involved until verse 44 of Daniel 11.

This is passage in Daniel 11 shows the end of the USA--this is why, although we see references to the North (Daniel 11:40), South (Daniel 11:40), and East (Revelation 16:12) after this, there IS NO REFERENCE TO THE KING OF THE WEST.

Furthermore, let's look at what comes after Daniel 11:39 and notice also that it is NOT the USA that the King of the North later fears:

40 "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 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. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. (Daniel 11:40-45)

That reference the north and east is to Russia, China, and others in the East.

Russia is NOT the one label the King of the North as it would NOT be troubled by a power north or east of it as it is in the top of the north and as far east as land goes.

To demonstrate this further, notice the following:

50:41 "Behold, a people shall come from the north, And a great nation and many kings Shall be raised up from the ends of the earth. 42 They shall hold the bow and the lance; They are cruel and shall not show mercy. Their voice shall roar like the sea; They shall ride on horses, Set in array, like a man for the battle, Against you, O daughter of Babylon.

43 "The king of Babylon has heard the report about them,
And his hands grow feeble;
Anguish has taken hold of him,
Pangs as of a woman in childbirth..."(Jeremiah 50:41-43).

Thus, the European empire (the "daughter of Babylon") is to be destroyed by a northern (apparently Russian led) and eastern force.

(More related to Russia can be found in the article: Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future.)

The USA is NOT a threat to end time Babylon in Jeremiah 50:41-41 nor Daniel 11:44-45, because the USA is gone!

Of course, many do not believe that the USA can ever be taken over. But all should consider that this type of view is also prophesied:

10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.' (Amos 9:10)

(See also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses.)

The USA is west of Jerusalem, in a major sense is currently the "King of the West," and apparently is the Western naval power of Daniel 11:30--yet no King of the West seems to exist after the King of the North eliminates those with the strongest fortresses (Daniel 11:39). Yet, there still are end-time kings of the North (Daniel 11:40), South (Daniel 11:40), and East (Revelation 16:12).

Unless the English-speaking peoples repent of their sins the Bible teaches that their nations will be destroyed (see also Hosea 8:1-13).

For those who disbelieve that the USA will be destroyed and that the Europeans can ever do this, I will simply add that the Bible states that the Assyrians (whose descendants are in Europe) will not intend to destroy, but will do it anyway:

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."

13 For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, And by my wisdom, for I am prudent; Also I have removed the boundaries of the people, And have robbed their treasuries; So I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. 14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, And as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; And there was no one who moved his wing, Nor opened his mouth with even a peep.” (Isaiah 10:5-14, NKJV)

Now regarding verse 6, I have looked at the Hebrew and believe that some other translations, that do not use the term "ungodly" as that is not the literal translation, better convey the intent of the verse. Notice:

6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. (Isaiah 10:6, KJV)

6 I will send him against a profane nation, and against the people who anger me will I give him a command to take the spoil and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. (Isaiah 10:6, New Heart English Bible)

6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and upon the people of my wrath will I send him to take spoil and to take prey and to ready them that they might be tread down like the mire of the streets. (Isaiah 10:6, Jubilee Bible 2000)

6 I will send him to a deceitful nation, and I will give him a charge against the people of my wrath, to take away the spoils, and to lay hold on the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. (Isaiah 10:6, DRB)

Promoting abortion, the LGBT agenda, pornography, and other sins and abominations (see also Cross-dressing and other assaults against your children.What should you do?, Pornography: A scourge on society, and The Bible Condemns Homosexuality), the USA has become an hypocritical nation.

Perhaps I should add here that the King of the North is the King of Assyria.

It should also be pointed out that the Bible shows that the Beast that is also the final King of the North will destroy many in their prosperity:

24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. 25 "Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. (Daniel 8:24-25a)

The "his" and "he" is a reference to the European King of the North.

Anyway, is not the USA mighty?

Are not many in the USA prosperous?

It should also be understood that when the European power succeeds in destroying the USA that the world will marvel:

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. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:3-4)

The world will marvel because it did not believe that this was possible, especially by the Europeans. Yet, the world's supposedly greatest superpower, the one with the strongest fortresses, will be taken over and destroyed.

It should also be noted that there is a prophecy in Psalms that shows that Assyria will work with Arabs and Turks to destroy end time 'Israel'--which includes the USA.

Psalm 83:4-8 states:

4 They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more." 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot.

Note that this passage of scripture is suggesting that the descendants of Israel (which not only includes the modern state of Israel, but also much of the English-speaking world, cf. Genesis 48:13-16--see a discussion of this in Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel) will be bothered by a confederation of basically Arabic/Islamic peoples from the Middle East (not Ethiopians), who will also somewhat align with a European power (see Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History and Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy).

As far as the identification of these peoples, notice items from the old Radio and Worldwide Church of God:

Turn to the astounding prophecy found in Psalm 83:1-8. David, inspired of God, predicted the coming time when ALL of Israel’s enemies would join together in an effort to crush out even the name “Israel” from the face of the earth! (Verse 4) “For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee…” (verse 5). Notice the nations making up this confederation. “Edom [Turkey], and the Ishmaelites [Saudi Arabia]; Moab [Jordan], and the Hagarenes [they anciently dwelt in the land known as Syria today]; Gebal {Lebanon}, and Ammon [Jordan] and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur [whose descendants migrated to Germany] is joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot” {Moab and Ammon in modern Jordan). Here we see that the Arab nations mentioned are allied with Germany (Assur) which we know from other prophecies will be the military leader — naturally so — of a United States of Europe...Egypt...will provoke the prophesied United Europe (Dan. 11:40). This European power — called the "king of the north" in Daniel 11 — shall invade and occupy the "glorious land" of Palestine (verse 41). "And the land of Egypt shall not escape"(Boraker R. SYRIA RAIDS ISRAEL – Where Is It Leading? Plain Truth. November 1966)

King David of ancient Israel in a prophetic psalm (Psalm 83) provides additional insight into the Mideast picture. Germany (Assyria in Bible prophecy) and perhaps the rest of Europe will be in league in the future with a union of Arab nations--a vast confederacy bound together in an effort to crush out the name "Israel" from the face of the earth! This Arab-Moslem confederacy may very well be the previously mentioned "king of the south"--a sphere of power encompassing vast portions of the Islamic world.

"They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom [Esau or modern-day Turkey, a non-Arab but Islamic nation], and the Ishmaelites [Saudi Arabia]; of Moab [part of Jordan], and the Hagarenes [anciently these peoples dwelt in the area known as Syria today]; Gebal [Lebanon], and Ammon [modern Jordan], and Amalek [part of the Turks]; the Philistines [the modern Palestinians] with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon]; Assur [whose descendants, the Assyrians, migrated to Germany] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot [Jordan and Western Iraq]" (Psalm 83:4-8)...

But in the end, this European-Arab alliance will prove short-lived. As shown earlier, the "king of the north" of Daniel 11--the leader of the German-led European union--will ultimately turn against the Arab "king of the south,"...Daniel 11:40-41: And the king of the north shall come against him [the king of the south]...The Arab-Moslem Confederation will, of course, be thrown into chaotic disarray in the fact of invasion. (Stump K. The Arab World in Prophecy. Plain Truth, December 1979)

Various Arab and Turkish peoples will support the Assyrian dominated Beast power destroy the USA.

Although the USA is the power behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Bible clearly warns that the one who was “great among the nations” has “become a slave” and was "dealt treacherously" by "her friends" (Lamentations 1:1-2). 

While various people will claim that the Europeans are the friends and allies of America and Britain, the Bible has the following warning:

1 How lonely sits the city
That was full of people!
How like a widow is she,
Who was great among the nations!
The princess among the provinces
Has become a slave!

2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
Her tears are on her cheeks;
Among all her lovers
She has none to comfort her.
All her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
They have become her enemies. (Lamentations 1:1-2)

That passage in Lamentations has long brought to my mind an attack against the USA by its European allies in NATO. The USA and Great Britain (including its Anglo-Commonwealth members, like Australia and Canada) were “great among the nations” and this was basically prophesied to Abraham’s descendants (see Genesis 12:1-2; see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).  The Bible is clear that betrayal is coming from allies, national FRIENDS! And the US and UK do not consider Russia to be a friend.

The Europeans will help fulfill those prophecies and this will not end up well for the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The old Worldwide Church of God published the following:

An ancient warning was applied to the biblical nation of Judah that could be a solemn warning to modern America:

"How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers [allies] she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies" (Lamentations 1:1-2). (Armstrong HW. Modern Romans. Ambassador College Press, 1975)

America's decline ... And eventually—as the editors of this magazine have repeatedly warned from the pages of the Bible—national captivity. "She that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal" (Lamentations 1:1). (Hogberg GH. America - A Paper Tiger? Plain Truth, January 1980)

The USA is tied with Europe via the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Yet regarding NATO, it has long been my view that the USA and/or UK may be attacked under the guise of some type of NATO training exercise. The existence of NATO gives the Europeans cover for publicly preparing for a military event, while being able to publicly state that the preparation is only part of an exercise. The Germans have historically used the element of surprise to gain military advantage and that is what I expect based upon various biblical prophecies. 

Notice three:

3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, When You bring a troop suddenly upon them; (Jeremiah 18:22)

6 ‘Woe to him who increases What is not his — how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? (Habakkuk 2:6-7)

The USA is the most indebted nation in the history of humanity, and that will not end well. Also, the more that the Europeans spend on their military (especially technology, see European Technology and the Beast of Revelation), the more equipped they will become to fulfill various prophecies that will not end well for the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies..

The Bible shows that the descendants of Jacob will be enslaved by foreigners (Jeremiah 30:8; for more details, see also Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?) until the start of Christ's reign. And while the gospel warning message will be made quite clear to the English-speaking peoples prior to Daniel 11:38 and the Great Tribulation, because the Anglo-American nations are not likely to heed that warning, they will have to answer for their lack of response (cf. Ezekiel 33:7-9).

People who have faith that the USA will continue and get through all of this should ask themselves, "Why?"

What Triggers the End of the King of the West?

But what triggers this attack against the USA?

Let’s briefly look at another warning in Isaiah 30:12-13:

12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:

“Because you despise this word, And trust in oppression and perversity, And rely on them,  13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you Like a breach ready to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.

Of course, more and more, the Anglo-American nations are trusting in policies that encourage perversity. Now that, and other rebellion against God, is the reason.

As far as the why this will happen, notice Habakkuk 2:3,6,7, which is consistent with Isaiah 30:12-13, also teaches that the destruction will be sudden. And it mentions that this destruction will happen to those that increased their debt at the end times:

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry...5 Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man... 6 "Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, 'Woe to him who increases What is not his--how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges'? 7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you (Habakkuk 2:3,5,6-8).

The above prophecy will be fulfilled at the time of the end (cf. "The message was true, but the appointed time was long ... in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come", Daniel 10:1,14). Daniel 8:19, 11:27,29,35 use same the Hebrew term for "appointed time" as Habakkuk 2:3, while Daniel 10, using a different term, ties the latter days to the time in Daniel 8:19. Habakkuk 2 was not fulfilled in its entirety anciently. Also, it makes little sense that Habakkuk would be directed towards the modern nation of Israel as it does not have enemy creditors. It must be a nation or group of nations with some prominence at the appointed time of the end.

Remember that the USA is the most indebted nation of all time--and this prophecy in Habakkuk 2 cannot be a reference to the tiny nation now called Israel as it does not have significant enemy creditors.

Notice also the following from the Commentary on Habakkuk from the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls (roughly 2000 years old; translated in the 1950s by F.F. Bruce):

God commanded Habakkuk to write the things that were coming upon the last generation, but the fulfilment of the epoch he did not make known to him. (1Q p Hab. vii 1-5)

While ancient commentaries like this are NOT scripture, this particular one shows that those who understood the Hebrew language around 2000 years ago believed that Habakkuk's words had NOT then been fulfilled and were for the time of the end.

This problem will cause sudden destruction among those who are spiritually drunk:

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. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. (1 Thessalonians 5:3-7)

Notice that both Paul and Habakkuk seem to have tied drunkenness in with this sudden calamity (so did Jesus in Luke 21:34-35). Truly the Anglo-nations are not spiritually sober.

Notice how Ezekiel's writings confirm that those who made profits improper will be punished:

13 "Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. (Ezekiel 22:13-15)

Borrowing money that will not be paid back is a "dishonest profit" which the American and British peoples have been living on for quit some time. They will be scattered for this and their filthiness (see also Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided?). Sexual immorality and abortion are simply some outward signs of this filthiness.

While sin is ultimately the cause of why the USA and its Anglo-allies are eliminated, debt seems to be one of the final factors that causes them to be eliminated.

The Time of Israel as Well as its Captivity Will End

For much of the past two hundred years, the time of the Israelite Anglo-nations of the United Kingdom and the United States have dominated the world.

This will end.

God will the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies guilty:

12 "The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up;
His sin is stored up.
13 The sorrows of a woman in childbirth shall come upon him.
He is an unwise son,
For he should not stay long where children are born.

14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave;
I will redeem them from death.
O Death, I will be your plagues!
O Grave, I will be your destruction!
Pity is hidden from My eyes."

15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren,
An east wind shall come;
The wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness.
Then his spring shall become dry,
And his fountain shall be dried up.
He shall plunder the treasury of every desirable prize.
16 Samaria is held guilty,
For she has rebelled against her God.
They shall fall by the sword,
Their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
And their women with child ripped open. (Hosea 13:12-16)

The reference to Ephraim above is a reference to the UK and Canada in this context (see also Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel), whereas Samaria above is a reference to the USA (see Spiritual Samaritans: Old and New).

An "east wind" goes from the east (continental Europe in this case) and heads west.

This may be partially why the late Herbert W. Armstrong wrote:

What is this abomination? This refers to Daniel 11:31 and Matthew 24:15 ... From this time (Daniel 12:11) to Christ's coming will be 1290 days. Now, verse 12, "Blessed is he that waiteth, and comes to the 1335 days." Never before have we understood these periods of 1260, 1290. and 1335 days. But it seems evident, now, a blessing is pronounced on us--GOD"S CHURCH--who wait and endure until the 1335 days--approximately 1335 days prior to Christ's coming ... That will be a time when the UNITED Europe shall appear--the revival of the medieval "Holy Roman Empire" ... Forty-five days later "the beast's armies" will surround Jerusalem. Thirty days later the Great Tribulation will probably start with a nuclear attack on London and Britain--and possibly the same day or immediately after, on the United States and Canadian cities. The GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall fully then realize, is the time of "Jacob's Trouble," spoken of in Jeremiah 30:7. And Jacob's name was named on Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:16). At that time a third of the people in our nations will die, or shall have died, by famine and disease epidemics; another third will dies of the war--our cities being destroyed (Ezek. 6:6), and the remaining third will be carried to the land of our enemies as slaves (Ezek. 5:12). Armstrong, Herbert W. The Time We Are In, Now. Pastor General's Report-Vol 1, No. 15, November 20, 1979, Page 2).

For more on the sequence in Daniel 11, see the article Who is the King of the North?

During the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) is when the times of the Gentiles to rise up and take over will be fulfilled (Ezekiel 30:1-3; Jeremiah 10:25; Luke 21:23-24) (for more on the time of the Gentiles see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).

There will be no King of the West.

That is why many who look into Bible prophecy are rightly convinced that by the time Jesus returns there is no power resembling the United States left--the USA will have been taken over years before.

While scripture teaches that the USA and its Anglo-allies will be taken over and become captives, the Bible also shows that this scattering and captivity will end:

47 Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles ... (Psalms 106:47)

11 For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.' (Jeremiah 30:11)

10 "Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.' 11 For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. (Jeremiah 31:10-11)

16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone."' 17 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."' 18 And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. 19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:16-21)

33 "As I live," says the Lord God, "surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. 36 Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you," says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 20:33-36)

22 The punishment of your iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; He will no longer send you into captivity. (Lamentations 4:22)

The passages from Ezekiel were never fulfilled by the Jews returning to the Middle East. It is a prophecy for the future. It will affect the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies. And it will come to pass.

So, while the King of the West will be destroyed, 3 1/2 years after the start of the Great Tribulation, God will stop that punishment and those who were once part of this King of the West will realize that they can (and should) walk in the statutes of God.

The USA and, currently to a lessor degree, its Anglo-Saxon allies are the King of the West.

They will not exist as they now do when Jesus returns because they will have been taken over years prior to then. But ultimately those that survive will repent and turn to God.

Please do not wait until then. The time to repent is now.

A related sermon is also available: The Bible, the USA, and the King of the West.

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The Great Monarch: Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Is the 'Great Monarch' of Catholic prophecies endorsed or condemned by the Bible? 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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