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Continued from previous post.
In the last chapter we looked at the first five trumpets and the first of three woes. Before we begin studying the sixth trumpet and the second woe, there are a few things that must be clarified. In the past chapters of this book I would simply refer to the appendices, but I know many readers have not flipped to the back and read them. This section on the sixth trumpet and the second woe is too important not to be understood completely; therefore we are going to define everything up front instead of using the appendices.
King of the North/Lamb from Earth King of the South
In Daniel 11:1-30 we see a repeat of the three world empires that followed Babylon: Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. More detail is given as to the events that occurred under each empire, but we have already covered all this in enough detail to suit our purposes. All we need to recognize is that in Daniel Chapter 11 the king of the North usually represents the dominant power and the king of the South represents a secondary power. In verses 31 through 33 we find the Catholic Church described. We know it is the Catholic Church because it is described as doing away with the regular sacrifice, as setting up the abomination of desolation, and as persecuting those who do not fall into line (see chapter five of this book).
To confirm our identification of the Catholic Church here in Daniel, verse 37 says that he (the church, or the Pope) shows no regard for the desire of women. Catholic priests are celibate and show no regard for the desire of women.
Daniel 11:40 says, “At the end time the king of the South will collide with him…” meaning a secondary power will wage war with (the) Catholic Church. Catholicism is the largest and most visible of all Christian denominations, so if any other religion, such as radical Islam, were to want to attack Christianity, this would be a logical description for the Bible to give of the first target.
Verse 40 continues; “…and the king of the North will storm against him (the king of the South) with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he (the king of the North) will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.” So what is this dominant power that will fight for Christianity against the king of the South? The answer to that question is found in Revelation Chapter 13.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.” Rev. 13:11 We know that a beast represents a nation, kingdom, or political power. And we learned that the beast in the first half of Revelation 13 was the Catholic Church (see chapter five of this book), and that it came up out of the sea, meaning it arose out of a population of people (see Appendix 2).
This new beast, however, comes up out of the earth. This can only mean that it is a new power, one that does not rise out of an established population. There were two brand new nations that arose around the time of the decline in the power of the Catholic Church in 1798: Australia and the United States of America. The United States was the only one to become an independent nation around this time and is the only one that is a dominant world power now. Therefore, this beast from the earth must represent the United States.