Karl Guttenberg Film: Zoon Politician to Come?

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg


A comedic film about Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is getting closer to completion.  From time to time it is getting mentioned in the German press.  The following article was basically machine-translated from German into English and has at least one interesting comment (the actual German version of the story is shown below it):

21 September 2012

Rarely has a TV movie is expected with so much tension as the comedy of this momentous chapter in German politics. It’s about the rise and fall of charismatic CSU man, who resigned in 2011 because of his doctoral thesis written off as defense minister. “No stations wanted to do that, except Sat.1” says producer Nico Hofmann. He compares the film with Helmut Dietl’s legendary comedy “Schtonk!” About the forged Hitler diaries. The broadcast date is in winter / spring 2013.

“I carry myself with the thought, a zoon politikon to be,” says the film-Guttenberg, who is here from Franz Ferdinand and Thunder Mountain and in Berlin shaking the fence of the Chancellery.

Selten wird ein Fernsehfilm mit soviel Spannung erwartet wie die Komödie über dieses denkwürdige Kapitel der deutschen Politik. Es geht um den Aufstieg und Fall des hochgejazzten CSU-Mannes, der 2011 wegen seiner abgeschriebenen Doktorarbeit als Verteidigungsminister zurücktrat. „Kein Sender wollte das machen, außer Sat.1“, sagt Produzent Nico Hofmann. Er vergleicht den Film mit Helmut Dietls legendärer Komödie „Schtonk!“ über die gefälschten Hitler-Tagebücher. Der Sendetermin ist im Winter/Frühjahr 2013.

„Ich trage mich mit dem Gedanken, ein Zoon Politikon zu werden“, verkündet der Film-Guttenberg, der hier Franz Ferdinand von und zu Donnersberg heißt und in Berlin am Zaun des Kanzleramts rüttelt.

So with the film, Baron Guttenberg is publicly being made fun of.   He has shown that, publicly, he can take public ridicule, as he demonstrated that when he has hit in the face with a big cake last year (see Cake-in-Guttenberg-Face).

Bible prophecy warns about a leader who was rejected who will rise up and lead Europe per Daniel 11:21-44. One verse to focus on is verse 21. Here are four translations of it from Catholic and Protestant sources:

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)

21 ‘And stood up on his station hath a despicable one, and they have not given unto him the honour of the kingdom, and he hath come in quietly, and hath strengthened the kingdom by flatteries. (Daniel 11:21, Young’s Literal Translation)

Interestingly, the Baron was considered to have had a major chance to become Chancellor of Germany before the plagiarism scandal.  In a sense, he was “a man spurned and passed over for advancement” as THE MESSAGE version of Daniel 11:21 indicates.

Here are some comments from Barne’s Notes on Daniel 11:21:

The Hebrew word rendered “vile” – נבזה nı̂bezeh – properly means one despised or held in contempt, Isaiah 49:7; Psalm 22:6 (7). The meaning here is, that he was one who deserved to be despised, and who would be held in contempt – a man of a low, base, contemptible character. Vulgate, “despectus;” Greek ἐξουδενώθη exoudenōthē…

And obtain the kingdom by flatteries – חלקלקות chălaqelaqqôth – “lubricitates, blanditioe.” “The word,” says Elliott (Rev. iv. 133), “has a double sense, being applied both to the slipperiness of a path, and the slipperiness or flattering and deceit of the tongue.

Athough many despise Herr Guttenberg and make fun of him, some want him back (see Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North?). He is still having influence in various aspects of foreign policy (e.g. Karl Guttenberg Interviewed and Lays Out Some of His Vision for European Union).

One item to consider about Karl-Theodore zu Guttenberg is the comment in the film about being a “zoon” politikon.”  This is actually based on something that Baron Guttenberg said last November:

There’s no doubt whatsoever that I’m a political animal, a ‘zoon politicon’,” he told Die Zeit newspaper in what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated comeback after eight months away from the spotlight.   http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/11/24/idINIndia-60716820111124

So, what is a zoon politikon?

“For Aristotle’s zoon politikon there are no persons beyond the walls of the city; outside the city there exist only beasts or gods.”
(page 169, Urbanization and values, CRVP, 1991, By George F. McLean, John Kromkowski)

If Karl zu Guttenberg becomes the King of the North (Daniel 11:40), he would also be the final Beast of Revelation.  Of course, his statement does not mean that he wishes people to think that he is the final Beast in Bible prophecy, but his comment is interesting none-the-less.

Basically, Baron Guttenberg is admitting that he is taking steps that a plotting politician would make.

As regular readers know, I have wondered if former German Defense Minister Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a candidate to possibly be the final King of the North of Daniel 11 and Beast of Revelation. The fact that he has had problems is consistent with biblical and other predictions.

So, he remains one to watch.

Of course, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg could simply be a somewhat politician with many ups and downs.  And all his intentions could be fine. We will see.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? What MUST happen BEFORE the Great Tribulation?
Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North? Is the German Defense Minister one to watch? What do Catholic, Byzantine, and biblical prophecies suggest?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? How will Europeans be involved in this?

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