USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses

By COGwriter

Back in 2009, when I did my first radio interview following the release of my book 2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect (which taught that the world would NOT end in 2012), the interviewer challenged me to point to where the USA is mentioned in the Bible as he did not believe there were any such verses. (A related sermon is titled: Do these 7 prophesies point to the end of the USA?)

The answer I gave him was Daniel 11:39, which I then paraphrased over the air.

As far as when that will happen, that will be at the start of Great Tribulation.

Shortly before the time Daniel 11:39 is fulfilled, the King of the North will realize that the United States and its British-descended allies are not supportive of its Middle East actions (cf. Daniel 11:29-30 and related explanation in the article Who is the King of the North?). Thus, it seems that some type of surprise pre-emptive strike will be launched under the direction of the King of the North to eliminate them. This "surprise attack" approach has been used by German and other armies throughout history.

Specifically notice that the Bible shows that this King of the North will destroy those who are perceived to have the strongest military might and then somehow divide up their land:

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, NKJV).

Daniel 11:24 seems to parallel this as it teaches that the King of the North has plans against the strongholds and succeeds against the prosperous.

Many other translations of Daniel 11:39, including one or more Catholic-accepted ones, teach that the King of the North goes against the strongest fortresses::

39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. (ESV)

39 And he shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god: whosoever acknowledgeth him he will increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for a price. (ASV)

39 With the help of this foreign god, he will capture the strongest fortresses. Everyone who worships this god will be put in a position of power and rewarded with wealth and land. (CEV)

39 He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.. (NASB)

39 He will deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. He will greatly honor those who acknowledge him, making them rulers over many and distributing land as a reward. (HCSB)

39 Claiming this foreign god’s help, he will attack the strongest fortresses. He will honor those who submit to him, appointing them to positions of authority and dividing the land among them as their reward. (NLT)

39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. (NIV)

39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. (RSV)

39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. (RSV, Catholic Edition)

39 He’ll take action against the strongest fortresses. With the help of a foreign god, he’ll recognize those who honor him, making them rule over many, and he’ll parcel out the land for a profit. (ISB of 2012)

39 And he shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god; whom he shall acknowledge, shall increase glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for a price. (Jewish Publication Society of 1917)

Who has the strongest fortresses?

In the 21st century, 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).

The Associated Press reported the following:

September 29, 2016

Obama reflected on his nearly eight years as president, saying that of all the privileges of the Oval Office, there's none greater than serving as commander in chief of the finest military in the world.

"We have the strongest military..." he said.

Barak Obama was correct in his assessment that the USA currently has the stongest military in the world. US President Donald Trump has also put forth that position.

Yet, in WWIII, the strongest military will be defeated. Some would call this attack in Daniel 11:39 World War III (WWIII; see also World War III: Steps in Progress).

In Bible prophecy, statements about Joseph's son Manasseh refer to the USA, whereas those related to Joseph's son Ephraim often apply to the United Kingdom and/or its Anglo-Saxon descended allies like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (for biblical details, check out the article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).

Another reason to consider that "strongest fortresses" comment in Daniel 11:39 is mainly applying to the USA is that Isaiah warns that "The fortress also will cease from Ephraim" (Isaiah 17:3). Furthermore, unlike Manasseh (USA), Ephraim (UK, etc.) simply does not have the strongest fortresses in the 21st century.

What about others?

Well, this passage about the "strongest fortresses" in Daniel 11:39 cannot be referring to the continental Europeans as they support the King of the North. It cannot be talking about an Arabic/Middle Eastern power because they get defeated by the King of the North in the next few verses (Daniel 11:40-43). Nor can it be referring to the Russians, Chinese, or other Asians as they do not get mentioned until verse 44 of Daniel 11 (see also The Eurasian Union, the Kings of the East, and Bible Prophecy).

Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that, in the 21st century, the strongest fortresses, the strongest military, in the world are possessed by the USA and to a much lessor degree its Anglo-Saxon descended allies.

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)

Perhaps it should be pointed out that the time from Daniel 11:39 through verse 45 last 3 1/2 years (cf. Revelation 13:5).

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)

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

They also may wish to ask themselves since the Bible talks about end time kings of the north (Daniel 11:40-45), south (Daniel 11:40), and east (Revelation 16:12), why does it not mention an end time king of the west?

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) (for more information, please also see the article Who is the King of the West?).

How might the Europeans be able to do this?

For years, I have believed it would be because of technological advances as well as the USA trusting Europe too much. And Europe has made great strides in areas of military technology that relatively few seem to realize. For details, please check out the article European Technology and the Beast of Revelation as well as a related YouTube video titled Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation. Also, because of Europe's involvement with NATO, as well as its up and coming Galileo (GPS) satellite system (that the USA has declared it will rely on for part of its military defense (see see USA GPS and EU Galileo linking was expected), Europe will be in a unique military position once it chooses to launch an attack. Which it could possibly do under the guise of a NATO exercise, combined with other events (like Islamic terrorism--cf. Daniel 11:27). Thus, disorienting the military of the USA from knowing what to do until it is too late. A 21st century blitzkrieg.

In view of all of this, let's notice what Time reported:

These Are the 5 Reasons Why the U.S. Remains the World’s Only Superpower

A ‘superpower’ is a country that wields enough military, political and economic might to convince nations in all parts of the world to do things they otherwise wouldn’t. ...

In the key categories of power, the U.S. will remain dominant for the foreseeable future. These facts show why America is still the world’s only superpower, and why that won’t change anytime soon.

1. Economics

China’s economy is growing at an impressive rate. But it’s not just the size of an economy that matters—it’s also the quality. ...

And crucially, the American economy remains the bedrock of the global financial system. Over 80% of all financial transactions worldwide are conducted in dollars, as are 87% of foreign currency market transactions. As long as the world continues to place such faith in America’s currency and overall economic stability, the U.S. economy remains the one to beat.

2. Military

America’s military superiority remains unrivaled—full stop. The US accounts for 37% of global military spending, and spends more than four times what China, the world’s No. 2 spender, does on its military. The U.S. dominates across land, sea, air and space. America’s Middle East misadventures gave the U.S. military a black eye, but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan speak more to the changing nature of warfare than declining U.S. military superiority. Terrorists and guerilla fighters give conventional military powers fits by design. The U.S. must ultimately learn to scale down to better meet those challenges. Nevertheless, while conventional military strength might not deter terrorists, it still does a terrific job of deterring hostile nations.

3. Political Influence

Political power comes in many dimensions. For the U.S., foreign aid is an effective way to cement its political clout globally. In 2013, the U.S. doled out $32.7 billion in financial assistance; second was the UK at $19 billion. Turns out that money buys strong political cooperation from countries in need. ...

4. Innovation

Of the 9 largest tech companies in the world, 8 are based in the U.S. Give the growing importance of the technology sector, that’s a big deal. ...

5. Culture/Lifestyle

In 2012, Americans spent $370 million on pet costumes. Earlier this year the Fury 325 opened up in North Carolina, claiming the title of world’s tallest rollercoaster—until 2016, when the next ‘giga’ coaster is scheduled to open in Orlando, Florida. In the most recent Charities Aid Foundation survey, Americans ranked #1 internationally when it came to helping strangers. These stats may seem disconnected, but together they point to the fact that Americans continue to enjoy a quality of life unmatched by the rest of the world. (These Are the 5 Reasons Why the U.S. Remains the World’s Only Superpower. Time, May 28, 2015)

Let's look at Time's 5 reasons:

1. Regarding economics, the USA is the most indebted nation of all time. The Bible warns at the time of the end (Habakkuk 2:2-3), creditors will rise up and take over a highly indebted nation militarily:

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 2:6-8)

This cannot be a reference to the nation called Israel today as it does not have enemy creditors. Hence, this looks like a reference to the USA. Therefore, despite Time's positive comment about economics, the USA is more vulnerable here than many think. Of course, even Time said this could be affected if other nations stopped relying on the USA dollar, and this is something that many nations are currently working on (watch America's Day of Reckoning 2017 Dollar Collapse?).

2. Yes, the USA has the most powerful military--the strongest fortresses. But that does not mean that it is ready to win against any and all possible attacks--especially if weakened first (cf. Mark 13:8).

3. Political influence is interesting, but not always a strength. It is because of this influence that many nations are plotting to dethrone the USA dollar as well as its military. Europe also has political influence, and after it has reorganized (Revelation 17:12-13), it will rise to be the most influential political power according to the Bible (see also Revelation 13, 18).

4. Innovation is important, but tech companies like Google are not military tech companies. Also, the largest physics project in the world appears to be Europe's Large Hadron Collider. This, and other projects in Europe, will likely spin off items of massive military technological possibilities. This will mainly benefit the Europeans, not the Americans.

5. Culture. The culture of the USA is degrading morally, and this will not last (cf. Romans 1:18-32).

All superpowers have eventually fallen and the USA will not be an exception to this.

Now getting back to Daniel 11:39, here is some of what the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, which is a commentary (the portion about Daniel was by S. R. Driver in 1900) teaches about it:

39. And he will do to the fortresses of strongholds with (the help of) a foreign god] i.e. will conquer them by his aid. ...

strange] i.e. (from Lat. ‘extraneus’) foreign, as regularly in A.V.

he whom he recognizes, will increase glory] his favourites will be loaded by him with honours. ‘Recognize’ (הִכִּיר), as Ruth 2:10 (‘take knowledge of’); Jeremiah 24:5 (‘regard’).

shall cause them to rule over the many, and shall divide land for a price
] he will give them posts as governors, and grant them estates—seized, probably, from their rightful owners—for a bribe.

And yes, we can expect that the European Beast power will give estates/lands to his supporters. And this also would seem to include foreign governments, like Mexico for example, that have many citizens that wants lands back that the USA ended up with. Maybe a governorship or other arrangement with the King of the North would seem likely. More on the land being divided can be found in the article Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?

Hebrew Scriptures

Now other than the fact that the USA currently possesses the strongest military in the world, are there are scriptural indications that this prophecy involves the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies?


But first let's look at the Hebrew words involved in Daniel 11:39 that are translated as the "strongest fortresses" in the NKJV and various other translations:

Strong's Word ........................................4581  4013
Hebrew transliteration: .................... maa'uziym  l'mibts'reey

(Interlinear Transliterated Bible. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)

The Bible ties destruction of fortresses related to Ephraim (UK, etc.) and Manasseh (USA)--which is sometimes referred to as Samaria in prophecy (see also Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel and Spiritual Samaritans: Old and New):

8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,And it has fallen on Israel. 9 All the people will know — Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria — Who say in pride and arrogance of heart: 10 'The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down,But we will replace them with cedars." 11 Therefore the Lord shall set up The adversaries of Rezin against him, And spur his enemies on, 12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind; And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still. 13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts. ... 21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;Together they shall be against Judah. (Isaiah 9:8-13,21)

Notice also the following:

7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off Like a twig on the water. 8 Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, Shall be destroyed. The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars; They shall say to the mountains, "Cover us!"And to the hills, "Fall on us!"
9 "O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah; There they stood. The battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity Did not overtake them. 10 When it is My desire, I will chasten them. Peoples shall be gathered against them When I bind them for their two transgressions. 11 Ephraim is a trained heifer That loves to thresh grain; But I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull a plow. Judah shall plow; Jacob shall break his clods."
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
13 You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men. 14 Therefore tumult shall arise among your people, And all your fortresses shall be plundered (Hosea 10:7-14)

The above is a prophecy that the USA and UK will have their fortresses (Strong's word 4013, l'mibts'reey) plundered. This is consistent with what happens in Daniel 11:39.

In Genesis 48, notice something that happened:

14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said:

"God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
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." (Genesis 48:14-16)

So, Israel said his name should be on Ephraim and Manasseh.

In light of that, notice also the following:

5 The Lord was like an enemy.
He has swallowed up Israel,
He has swallowed up all her palaces;
He has destroyed her strongholds, (Lamentations 2:5, NKJV)

5 The Lord is become as an enemy, He hath swallowed up Israel; He hath swallowed up all her palaces, He hath destroyed his strongholds; (Lamentations 2:5, Jewish Publication Society of 1917)

5 The Lord behaved like an enemy; he engulfed Israel, he engulfed all its citadels, he destroyed its fortresses (Lamentations 2:5, New Jerusalem Bible)

Lamentations 2:5 also uses Strong's word 4013, which is translated as strongholds and fortresses in the above versions of the Bible.

It may be of interest to note that while the final King of the North will gain power while promoting a version of 'peace,' he will be deceitful and will have plans to eliminate those with the strongholds:

23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time. (Daniel 11:23-24)

Daniel 11:24 also uses Strong's word 4013, translated as strongholds.

This leads me to believe that he is targeting not just the USA in verse 39 (as it has the STRONGEST fortresses in the 21st century), but also the UK and perhaps its Anglo-Saxon allies who have their own strongholds/fortresses.

Consider also:

1 Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs. ... 12 All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Surely, your people in your midst are women! The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies; Fire shall devour the bars of your gates. (Nahum 3:1, 12-13)

The above is of interest, not just because it uses Strong's word 4013, translated as strongholds, but because it states that the land shall be set wide open for their enemies.

Why is that of interest?

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.

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. 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 to assist the USA, UK, and Canada (who is also a member of NATO). If that is so, then it would be consistent with Nahum 3:13 which tells of the land being open to enemies. The "gates of" the "land are wide open for" "enemies," because the Europeans are considered to be allies.

Now what about Strong's word 4581, maa'uziym?

Consider the following:

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.2 Your tongue devises destruction,Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3 You love evil more than good,Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah 4 You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue. 5 God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah 6 The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7 "Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches,And strengthened himself in his wickedness." (Psalms 52:1-7)

While the above likely has multiple applications, consider that the above did not make God his strength in verse 7 (Strong's word 4581). The evil mighty man will lose his land and be uprooted (vs. 6)--this is prophesied to happen to the USA and it Anglo-Saxon descended allies (cf. Joel 3:2-3, Amos 7:17, Ezekiel 5:12, 22:13-15; for more details, check out the article Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?).

Now, there is only one place that Strong's words 4581 and 4013 are used together. That is Daniel 11:39. A passage of scripture because of translation and other errors, many have not understood. Yet, unless the English-speaking peoples repent of their sins the Bible teaches that their nations will be destroyed (see also Hosea 8:1-13).

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)

Is not the USA mighty?

Are not many in the USA prosperous?

Well, the one that Daniel 8:24-25 is foretelling is the same one that Daniel 11:29-39 is foretelling.

Perhaps we should also consider that promises were made the the descendants of Israel's son Joseph. Notice the following, the first related to Joseph's son Manasseh particularly, and the send which included him:

19 “…He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; (Genesis 48:19)

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).

The USA has became a great nation and prosperous. More on this and related prophecies are in the article Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

An 'Assyrian' is the King of the North

These English-speaking peoples are becoming the most indebted nations of all time.

The Bible shows that those who load themselves with pledges will have their creditors rise up against them suddenly and destroyed them (see Habakkuk 2:6-7). For those who disbelieve that the Europeans can do this, I will 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 10:1-14, NKJV)

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)

Promoting abortion, the LGBT agenda, pornography, and other sins and abominations, the USA has become an hypcritical nation.

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

We in the Philadelphia remnant of the Church of God (like the late Herbert W. Armstrong) believe that the Assyrian peoples migrated into central Europe in ancient times (see Germany's Assyrian Roots Throughout History and Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy). Many scholars believe that the descendants of the biblical Asshur (Genesis 10:22) seem to have become Assyria (Radmacher  Concordance in. Nelson Study Bible, p. 11).

Even Jerome indicated that the descendants of the biblical Asshur ended up in Europe (Jerome. Letter CXXIII to Ageruchia, Chapter 16.  Translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <>).

And there is additional scriptural support. Check out the following which ties Assyria in with the north and the end time Babylonian power (cf. Revelation 17 & 18 to Zephaniah 2:15):

13 And He will stretch out His hand against the north, Destroy Assyria, And make Nineveh a desolation, As dry as the wilderness. 14 The herds shall lie down in her midst, Every beast of the nation. Both the pelican and the bittern Shall lodge on the capitals of her pillars; Their voice shall sing in the windows; Desolation shall be at the threshold; For He will lay bare the cedar work. 15 This is the rejoicing city That dwelt securely, That said in her heart,"I am it, and there is none besides me." How has she become a desolation, A place for beasts to lie down! Everyone who passes by her Shall hiss and shake his fist. (Zephaniah 2:13-15)

Notice that God, who will punish Assyria (as also confirmed in Isaiah 10:12) is stretching His hand against a power of the north. That this northern power is Assyria. The King of the North will rule over end-time Assyria. And how do we know that the above is an end time prophecy? Well, check out the following:

5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.' 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day — death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. 9 "The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' (Revelation 18:5-10)

13 Because of the wrath of the Lord She shall not be inhabited, But she shall be wholly desolate. Everyone who goes by Babylon shall be horrified And hiss at all her plagues. (Jeremiah 50:13)

The description of the end time destruction of Mystery Babylon and the Beast and that of Assyria in Zephaniah seem to be referring to the same series of events. The King of the North is Assyrian. Furthermore, the Old Testament refers to a northern power as “the daughter of Babylon” (cf. Jeremiah 50:41-43; Zechariah 2:6-7) that resembles the Babylon of Revelation—thus a different type of Babylon is prophesied to exist in the end times (ancient Babylon was not a northern power).

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 Pslams 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.

Are You Teaching Something Different than the Old Radio Church of God?

Some may have wondered if this teaching about the 'strongest fortresses' in Daniel 11:39 is a change from that held by the old Radio Church of God.

Well, the old Radio Church of God had one position, then changed it.

Originally, it taught that Daniel 11, through verse 39, was for relatively ancient times. Notice something from 1956:

11th chapter ... of ... Daniel: ...

Verse 38 — The Roman Emperors honored the god of forces, or (margin) munitions, and developed the greatest war-making power the world ever knew. "And a god whom his fathers knew not, shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." After setting themselves up as gods, prior to 476 A.D. the Emperors who followed, beginning with Justinian, 554, A.D., began to honor a god never known to their father — the head of the professing Christian Church — with gold, silver, and power. (Compare this prophecy of Daniel with Rev. 17:4, 5, and 18:3, 16).

Verse 39 — The Emperors did ACKNOWLEDGE the supremacy of the religious hierarchy and increase the Church with material glory, and caused it to rule over many.

The Prophecy Skips to the PRESENT

Now we come to the very PRESENT CENTURY!

Verse 40 — And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him:" (Armstrong HW. The SUEZ Crisis in Prophecy! Plain Truth, October 1956).

But that position changed.

Notice what was taught by the Radio Church of God in 1966:

4. In final fulfillment of this prophecy, will a mighty king arise who recognizes no God nor any power superior to his own? Dan. 11:36, 37. Does he subscribe to a militaristic axiom that "might makes right"? Verse 38. But will he, for mutual gain, share rule with and load riches and public honor on a new and unusual "god"? Verses 38-39.

COMMENT: These two personages are none other than the "Beast" and the "False Prophet" mentioned in Rev. 19:20!

5. Will this UNHOLY ALLIANCE transfer its headquarters to Palestine? Dan. 11:41, 45. Will it meet its doom there? Verse 45. Note that one of the "strongholds" they shall conquer, and the very "land" they will "divide" (verse 39) is Palestine, God's land, and focal point of all prophecy. (Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course, Lesson 44. 1966)

The change to include verses 36 - 39 for end time prophetic times that the Radio Church of God made was correct.

It was also consistent with other Radio Church of God writings, such as in 1967, which showed an end time fulfilment for Daniel 11 beginning no later than verse 21 (Armstrong HW. Personal, Plain Truth magazine, June 1967) and that scriptures such as Daniel 11:30-31 were just a little prior to the start of the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21-22 (Armstrong HW. Times and Seasons. Sermon: March 15, 1980). But the comment that verse 39 referred to Palestine was an error.

In 1968, the Radio Church of God was renamed the Worldwide Church of God.

In 1979, its then leader, the late Herbert W. Armstrong, recognized that the church had misunderstood various aspects of Daniel and the start of the Great Tribulation:

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... We shall then be warned, and readied to be taken to a place of refuge and safety from the Great Tribulation. (Armstrong HW. The Time We Are In, Now. Pastor General's Report-Vol 1, No. 15, November 20, 1979, Page 2).

And while the above did not mention Daniel 11:39 (for reasons I will get to), it showed that changes in understanding about how to look at Daniel and the Great Tribulation was going on in the old Worldwide Church of God.

Sadly, at least two large groups whose leaders were once part of the old Radio and/or Worldwide Church of God (PCG and LCG) have seemingly failed to grasp these changes and other matters as they both teach that the Great Tribulation begins with Daniel 11:40, not Daniel 11:39 (this is despite the fact that the then three top evangelists in the Living Church of God all told me I was correct about Daniel 11:39--they seemed to reverse their views and harden their wrong positions on this and other matters after I was essentially forced out because of their lack of integrity. See also Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God). This also seems to be because they relied on an error in the teachings the Radio Church of God it produced in the 1950s.

But why was the error that vs. 39 referred to Palestine originally taught by the old Radio Church of God?

Well, one of the reasons was the Herbert W. Armstrong had misunderstood certain aspects of World War II and tied some prophecies to it that he should not have. And this affected his writings into the 1950s and seems to be why Palestine was mentioned.

But it also seems that one of main reasons was that the old Radio Church of God relied on the old King James Version (KJV) of the Bible for most of its scriptures. Here is how the KJV translates Daniel 11:39:

39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39, KJV)

The Radio Church of God tended to rely on the KJV, but that translation above is misleading as it does not seem to properly convey something that the prophecy is referring to.

Which is?

That the King of the North will go against the STRONGEST FORTRESSES!

There is no way that the old Radio/Worldwide Church of God considered that Palestine had the "strongest fortresses" in the latter portion of the 20th century.

But it did realize, no later than 1980 (this was NOT in the 1954 edition of the booklet with the same titled I checked with) that the most powerful people, mainly meaning the USA, but also including the then remaining members of the British Commonwealth, would suddenly get destroyed:

God identifies the GREAT peoples of the earth who are the most wealthy and beneficent, the most POWERFUL - yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He suddenly "breaks" the pride of their power (see Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities! Why?

Because, as the prophet continues to explain, we have too much "witchcraft" and too many "soothsayers" - false ministers - in our lands who refuse to preach with authority the commandments and ways of the living God!

Therefore, God will punish and destroy us - unless we repent - just before and leading up to the utter destruction to come "upon the heathen" (verse 15), which will take place at the very END of this age and at the second return of Jesus Christ as King of kings!

There is no other people that even remotely fulfills this great prophecy! But the American and British Commonwealth peoples fulfill it precisely! (Armstrong HW. THE UNITED STATES AND BRITISH COMMONWEALTH IN PROPHECY. 1967, 1972, 1975, 1980 Worldwide Church of God. Also in Armstrong HW. THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN IN PROPHECY. Plain Truth, August 1979, p. 8)

So, the most powerful would lose their military according to the old Worldwide Church of God in 1979 & 1980. In the 21st century, that would have to be the USA.

Now consider also that the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible did not come out until 1982. Though there were other translations of the Bible in English out prior to the NKJV, the old Worldwide Church of God often had concerns that some were not intended to be literal translations like the KJV was (Which Bible Translations Are Best? Worldwide Church of God, 1980).

However, by 1984, the old Worldwide Church of God recognized that in various instances that the New King James Version of the Bible was often superior to the KJV and began to recommend that for use (Which Bible Translations Are Best? Worldwide Church of God, 1984).

Yet, because of priorities, combined with the ill health and death of Herbert Armstrong in January 1986, that church never got back to updating certain understandings of Daniel 11:39. While Herbert W. Armstrong restored many truths to the Church of God (see 18 Truths Restored to the Churches of God), he never claimed to have restored ALL things (Matthew 17:11, see also The Elijah Heresies), and he often grew in his understanding (cf. 2 Peter 3:18), and was right about the prophetic sequence of the destruction of the USA/UK (Daniel 11:39) before the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43) before his death.

Perhaps, it should be mentioned that those who took over after the death of Herbert W. Armstrong ended up going into apostasy and also expressed disdain for various prophecies (they considered that many in WCG have 'prediction addiction' and they despised prophecies, even thought the New Testament warns:

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21)

Now, it should be noted that well prior to the death of Herbert Armstrong, the old Worldwide Church of God did teach that portions of Lamentations either applied to or may be applied to the USA. Notice a few of them:

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 fact is, contemporary U.S. society is fundamentally sick "from the sole of the foot even to the head [with] wounds and bruises and putrefying sores" (Isa. 1:6).

But there is no one to bind up these afflictions, which are moral and spiritual in nature (verse 7). God takes the "shepherds of Israel" — the self-appointed modern ministers of the land — to task because "the weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick" (Ezek. 34:2, 4).

"Who can heal you?" God asks in Lamentations 2:13. Apparently not most of the spiritual guides of today. "Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions," God thunders. "They have not uncovered your iniquity" — exposed sinful practices to the light of God's Word (verse 14). The false shepherds have not done as God's true servants have done in this age (Hogberg GH. The Truth Behind AMERICA'S MORAL CRISIS. Plain Truth, February-March 1985)

The old Worldwide Church of God did teach that the descendants of Joseph would be removed from their lands and taken into other lands as slaves:

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).

A third of our people—white English-speaking people and minorities with us—will die in a disease epidemic such as the world never experienced ... The third of our peoples left alive will be taken away from our country as slaves to enemy lands overseas! (Armstrong HW. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - AMERICA THE CONDEMNED. Plain Truth, June-July 1980)

As Moses delivered the ancient Israelites from Egyptian slavery, so CHRIST is coming to deliver modern Britain and America from the now-impending Babylonish slavery. (Armstrong HW. The United States And Britain In Prophecy. Everest House, 1980)

"A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence [disease epidemics], and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them" (Ezekiel 5:12). One third of the peoples of America and Britain are — yet in the future — to die of famine and disease! Another third will perish in military attack! The remaining third will be taken captive as slaves into all parts of the earth! This is the terrifying future in store for the English-speaking peoples if events continue in the direction they are now headed and if our peoples do not repent of their sins! (Stump K. Uncovering a 2500 Year Old TIME CAPSULE. Plain Truth, February 1981)

It also taught that the Beast power would prosper, and part of that prosperity was related to plunder and prisoners:

In verse 11, Europe's coming economic wealth and scope is described as John sees it, shortly before the final crisis (to occur at Christ's coming) takes place. "And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood and all manner vessels or ivory and all manner vessels of most precious wood...

"And cinnamon and odours and ointments and frankincense and wine and oil and fine flour and wheat and beasts and sheep and horses and chariots and slaves and souls [remember, this pictures a time after the fall of the United States and other Israelitish nations], and the fruits that thy soul lusted after. are departed from thee... for in one hour is so great riches [the future wealth of Europe] come to nought.

"And every shipmaster and all the company in ships [the import-export people, the leaders of world trade and commerce] and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city... Alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea, by reason of her costliness" (Rev. 18:1-19). (Catherwood C. Europe and Our Prophetic Message. Good News, October-November 1979)

"And his power shall be mighty," Daniel continues, "but not by his own power...." This is clearly a reference to the 10 rulers giving their power over to the Beast.

"And he shall corrupt and destroy astonishingly, and shall prosper, and do his own pleasure, and he shall corrupt and destroy the mighty men and the holy people..." the prophecy continues. "And through his policy he shall cause trickery to prosper in his hand; he shall magnify himself in his heart and mind, and in their security he will corrupt and destroy many." (Stump K. Just What Do You Mean... ANTICHRIST? Plain Truth, September 1981)

Ancient Babylon was the splendor of the world, and I tell you this thing when it comes up again my friends, it's only going to last a very, very short time. It's already being plotted and planned underground and under cover, it's coming up in Europe my friends. And it's going to be a thing that will have carnal and material and national glory. And they're going to have great splendor, but all that splendor and all that glory is going to be dashed down and quickly; because Christ is coming to do it:

"What horror in the world at Babylon's fate! A sea has burst on Babylon, she sinks below the roaring tides of water; {2} her towns lie desolate [or her cities] unpeopled, waterless, a waste where no man lives [you see, drought, absolute desert it will become] none passes through. And I will punish Bel in Babylon, forcing him to disgorge his plunder; prisoners shall stream from {3} him no more, for Babylon's walls are down." (Jeremiah 51: 41-44, Moffatt) (Armstrong HW. Outline of Prophecy 15 - Punishment of Modern Babylon. World Tomorrow radio broadcast.

Now, I mentioned before that there were changes to the prophetic sequence that the old Worldwide Church of God taught.

Originally, it taught that the King of the North would invade the Middle East prior to invading the USA. But that changed and the old Ambassador College also changed the prophetic order.

When I told three evangelists of LCG about this, they were in disbelief.

I reminded them that they had published a booklet by the late evangelist John Ogwyn that said:

A period of growing peace and prosperity will ensue. A great worldwide trading combine will seem to offer incredible profits to international cartels. Later, responding to crises involving both the Middle East and the English-speaking nations, this leader will move with lightning speed and iron determination. Annulling a treaty previously made with the Jewish state, his armies will overwhelm Jerusalem and will take half of the city into captivity (Zechariah 14:2). At the same time, an attack of overwhelming force will be launched on America, Britain, Canada and related nations ...

The intensifying problems of global fracturing will be countered by a scheme designed to impose both political and religious unity on a worldwide scale. The coming European superpower may actually co-opt existing global institutions to use as a political structure for its own ends. Though important developments will occur in the political sphere, it is in the area of religion that we will see events unprecedented in modern times. Religion will be considered the key to bringing about the common identity required for political unity.

By this time, millions all over the globe will have been caught up in a religious frenzy fed by a charismatic leader working what are apparently great signs and wonders. More concerned with "feeling good" than with true doctrines, they will respond to this leader's false promise that he is ushering in a golden age.

A powerful war-making apparatus marshaled by the coming European superpower will be billed as the cornerstone of world peace and security. Modern technology will be used to create a police-state that Hitler and Stalin could only have dreamed about. People will be induced to accept such draconian measures as the price of getting rid of terrorism and violent crime.

At first, this system will bring an upsurge in the world economy. A worldwide trading combine, prophesied in Ezekiel 27 and Revelation 18, will be hailed as the key to universal prosperity. Those at the helm of this system will, for a short time, enjoy unparalleled wealth.

Yet fatal flaws in this system, inherent from its beginning, will in time produce widening disparities. The Arab world will be displeased by attempts to coerce it into religious unity with Europe. A powerful leader—called in Daniel 11 the "king of the South"—will then arise, able to bring about temporary unity of much of the Islamic world. Provoked by this leader, Europe will launch a "blitzkrieg" resulting in European occupation of much of the Arab world (Daniel 11:40–43).

This European occupation will deepen suspicion among the eastern nations—already wary of the German-led Europeans. Rumors from the eastern capitals will ultimately cause the Europeans to launch what is intended as a preemptive attack to intimidate the East into submission (Daniel 11:44). (Ogwyn J. The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor or Soon-Coming Reality? LCG Booklet, 2007 edition)

Even though LCG edited it after John Ogwyn's death in 2005, it (as of 7/13/16 as that is the day I accessed the above for this article), LCG does not actually teach the same order of events in Daniel 11 in its booklet titled "Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ's Return."

Now, when I discussed this matter with John Ogwyn originally (around 2004), he told me that this was the sequence he was taught in Ambassador College. And when I sent him a version of this with scriptures added (as he left several out here), like Daniel 11:39 for the attack against the USA, Britain, Canada, etc., he agreed with that.

So in 2009, in addition to telling the LCG evangelists that, pointing out what John Ogwyn said, and showing them what they published, I also asked the former Dean of Ambassador College (Michael Germano) to confirm that this was the sequence that was taught--and he concurred in a meeting with myself and those three evangelist.

Although the evangelists finally agreed in this and subsequent meetings to change their prophetic sequence to, for example, have the Great Tribulation start with Daniel 11:39, instead of Daniel 11:40, they never made the change. So oddly, there is a 'fundamental belief' of that church that still has the Great Tribulation beginning in the wrong verse of Daniel 11. Here is what its Official Statement of Fundamental Beliefs was still teaching when I checked in September 2018:


The Bible speaks of a time of great catastrophe, called the "Great Tribulation" (Matthew 24:21-22; Daniel 11:40-45; 12:1; Luke 21:19-36)—also called "Jacob’s trouble" (Jeremiah 30:3-7).

The above remains odd as notice that LCG teaches that the Great Tribulation is also called the 'time of Jacob's trouble--trouble that begins according to Daniel in chapter 11 verse 39, not verse 40 which tells of the King of the North going against the King of the South (which, according to the Bible and LCG, is not the USA).

Is it Islam?

Oddly, when researching this article, I ran across something that claims Daniel 11:39 has to do with Islam. The author is a former PLO Muslim, now apparently Protestant, named Walid Shoebat. In my view, he gives more reasons for the reference to be to the USA than Islam.

Here is some of what he posted:

Antichrist will be given “authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation,” (Revelation 13:7).

This would seem like an ironclad case for the Antichrist ruling the globe, including the United States, which he uses in his march against Jerusalem. It is this dilemma that caused many to believe that the United States will be taken over by Antichrist.

... all “Four Beasts” in Daniel chapter 7 arise out of “the Great Sea” (Daniel 7:2). “The Great Sea” is the Mediterranean region, not the entire globe. That with all the literal nations of end-times encompasses only the Middle East and Asia Minor. If the first beast (Babylon), second beast (Medo-Persia) and third beast (Greece) all were out within the “Great Sea” (Mediterranean) then the fourth beast of Daniel 7 could only pertain to the Mediterranean Sea as well. ...

So where is the United States in the Bible? How many ever think about this, that perhaps in the end, the United States is mentioned fighting against the Antichrist. Daniel 11 tells us that Antichrist “acts against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory” (Daniel 11:39).

Who are these “strongest fortresses” [the strongest military might]”? How could the Antichrist rule the entire globe if we have strongest fortresses that fight against him? Does he truly defeat these strongest fortresses? Does he defeat the United States? Does he rule the entire globe?

The answer to this is “No.”

Why then do so many modern Western prophecy analysts insist that Antichrist hold the most powerful military might in the world? Which nations hold the strongest military might? Is it not the United States?

The text regarding end-times is clearly portraying what we see in Islam today. Even when we read that he declares war “against the strongest fortresses.” What could that mean except what it plainly says—to declare war against the most powerful nations on earth? Jihadists already declared war on Europe and the U.S. And now with the Arab Spring clearly becoming an Islamic storm, we see that what we have said to you years ago in advance; everything is happening in accordance to a plan.

However, the West today seems oblivious to this fact. Who else could be as maniacal as Muslim fundamentalists to declare war on the powerful West? (Shoebat W. Where is America in Bible Prophecy? By Shoebat Foundation on April 18, 2012. accessed 07/15/16)

Well, he is incorrect about his assertion that prophecies in Revelation 13 are the main reason to conclude that the USA will be taken over. Since the Bible gives promises of blessings and cursings to the descendants of Israel, the idea that the USA could be taken over, etc. is consistent with other biblical prophecies, such as the following from the Old Testament:

31 I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.
32 I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.
33 I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;
your land shall be desolate and your cities waste. (Leviticus 26:31-33)

47 "Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. (Deuteronomy 28:47-51)

So, desolation to the children of Israel is prophesied to hit the disobedient. The USA has been disobedient.

Walid Shoebat is correct about the Great Sea being the Mediterranean one as that is what the Bible teaches (see Numbers 34:6-7, Joshua 1:4, 9:1, 15:12, 15:47, 23:4; Ezekiel 47:10, 15, 19, 20, 48:28, see also Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation).

He is also correct that the USA has the strongest fortresses.

But he fails to realize that the power with the strongest fortresses gets defeated in Daniel 11:39. He, at least in that post, did not refer to Daniel 11:40-43 which show the defeat of an Arabic/Muslim power.

As far as who else but radical Muslims could decide to attack the USA, history shows that Europe had done that in the past. As cited earlier, Isaiah 10:7 says that the European does not think he would want to do this, but will do it anyway.

We need to look at what the Bible says and not rely on allies or others that have turned against the USA in the past.


The Bible teaches that a European King of the North will go against the power with the 'strongest fortresses' and divide that land for gain.

The old Radio and Worldwide Church of God taught that the people of the lands of the USA, UK, and Canada were the most powerful, yet would be taken away and the Babylonian entity that did this would prosper. But initially, it taught that this would happen after the King of the North invaded the King of the South.

In time, the Radio, then Worldwide, Church of God realized the error and made some corrections. The New King James Version of the Bible later came to be commonly used and made verse 39 of Daniel 11 clearer.

Islam is NOT the power that will be defeated in Daniel 11:39, as that looks to happen in Daniel 11:40-43.

Amos 9:10 teaches that sinners, who do not think they can be overtaken, will die by warfare. That seems to be the view of most in the USA.

Daniel 8:25-25 tells of a power that will destroy the mighty and many in their prosperity, like the USA.

After mentioning Samaria in Hosea 10:7, verse 4 tells of the fortresses getting taken over. The fortresses of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies.

Habakkuk 2:6-8 tells of an indebted power that will be taken over. The USA is the most indebted nation of all time.

Lamentations 1:1-2 tells of a great power that will have its 'friends' turn into enemies and destroy it--this will happen to the USA.

Isaiah 10:5-12 says that a European power that does not mean to, will takeover an 'hypocritical nation' (KJV).

Revelation 13:4 says the world will marvel at the military success the European Beast power will have as the world did not expect this.

Scriptures clearly point to the USA and its destruction.

The USA is the power in the 21st century with the 'strongest fortresses' and as we get closer to the end of this age, it is biblically logical to conclude that Daniel 11:39 is a prophecy involving the USA.

A related sermon is titled: Do these 7 prophesies point to the end of the USA?

Thiel B. USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses. COGwriter (c) 2016 2016/2017/2018/2019 0219

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