Modern Geography in Prophecies
The previous lesson, we talked about the repetition of history. The prophets saw the future like it has already happened, same way that it happened in the past. Daniel wrote this as Confirmation of the Covenant. The understanding of the prophecies also rely on another major guide--the modern geography.
Geography of the present world was a complete unknown to the apostles and the prophets. When they wrote the prophecies, they didn't know about the other half of the world. They didn't know about the New World or the land of Americas although they were aware that so many lands remain to be discovered. The biblical world was limited to the Middle East, to as far as Spain (Romans 15:24) to the west during Paul's time and India to the East (Esther 1:1) way back during the Old testament times.
However, when they wrote the prophecies for the last days, their boundaries clearly included the whole world. If God is really so powerful to know the future, then, the present world, our last days geography should be mentioned in the prophecies. Sure enough, the prophets are clearly referring to our days when they talked about the nations in their prophecies. And yet they still refer to the those nations in their original names.
Here are some of those prophecies that specified locations which are crucial in understanding the prophecies. Let us again check Daniel's prophecies.
The King of the North and the King of the South
Wars unto the end have been revealed to Daniel almost 2,500 years ago. The book of Daniel, chapter 11, recorded in advance the fate of two kings, the king of the north and the king of the south. But unlike in the earlier prophecies of Daniel when he wrote of kingdoms that oppressed the nation of Israel, this time he wrote of two major lines of kings who were both hostile toward Israel and yet were constantly at war against each other. Their wars affected Israel as if being caught in the crossfire since the two warring kingdoms were located at the immediate north and south of Israel; hence they were termed king of the north and king of the south. In those days, the north is the area covered by the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires which became part of Alexander's Empire. And the south is area covered by Egypt and her allies.
Many Bible researchers have already established the identities of the first kings of the north and south. All the biblical events concerning the kings were convincingly fulfilled to the letter. It started with the remnant kings of Alexander’s Empire, between Ptolemy ruling Egypt and Judea as the Southern Kingdom and Seleucus Nicator ruling Syria, Babylonia, and lands near India as the Northern Kingdom. Particular interest, however, should be focused on the kings of our age, the last days. But contradictions between theologians and historians are apparent concerning these two kings of the last days. In our time when boundaries of nations have changed – the lost tribes of Israel already resettled in farther and bigger territories, it is important to consider the whole earth’s geography in locating the north and south of modern Israel. Among the four great beasts, note that only the Leopard Kingdom remained in its original location, which is the Middle East . The lion (and eagle), being attributed to the House of Israel, is now in Europe and America . Only a part of Israel, the House of Judah, remained in the former location of the old Kingdom of Israel along with the tribes of Levi and Benjamin (Ezra 1:5).
Today, however, the north and south are still as they were – enemies toward each other. But their respective kings may not be in the same geographic locations as the Persia to the north and Egypt to the south. They now include the most powerful descendants of those countries. The modern Egypt, as we have learned, is now the United States of America, not anymore its ancient origin, the weak and small nation of Egypt in the Middle East. Read "The Real Roots of America" for details. The king of the north now involves the emerging powerful king of the Leopard Kingdom, the Arab world – including the nations of Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Iran – countries that are parts of the original Assyrian and Babylonian Empire . That king should start small and shall grow in power. The prophecy of Daniel 11 answers why America (or Egypt), who is the south, is still politically or militarily at war with two of those countries – Iraq and Iran (major countries of former Babylon and Assyria), the north, in spite of ocean and continents separating both camps. Still, these wars are caused by growing animosity against Israel and the West. Tiny Israel is being pushed hard against the wall and time will come when it shall become a full–blown war, and as prophesied, Egypt or the United States and Israel will ultimately fall.
Between the Seas
Another prophecy that relates to modern geography is what Daniel called "Between the Seas" referring on the location of the seat of Antichrist. Identifying where the Antichrist will pitch his tent will uncover other mysteries about the last days.
In referring to places, a mountain is a biblical symbol for a great, big nation. Scan the globe, and we will find no other nation that befits a great nation that is between the seas. It is no other than the great land America or, specifically, the United States of America (USA). USA sits between the two of the world’s largest oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. Then why beautiful and holy? Understand that USA, the “Egypt,” was Manasseh , the recipient of the other half of the birthright promise of God. The other half was Ephraim ’s, his younger brother. It is holy not because of the nation’s predominant Christian religion but because of the blessings and promises of God. In fact, its people and any country on earth for that matter do not deserve at all to be called “holy.” It was simply because of the blessing and promises of God that made the land holy and beautiful and not of any man’s doing “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The title used for the prophecy “holy” and “beautiful” does not refer to man or a king but to the land blessed by God for His own people. Note that the land was called “beautiful holy mountain,” not the people. That is how great the promise to Abraham was.
Regardless anyway of the sins of Israel, the Bible still calls Israel a holy race (read Ezra 9:2) and Manasseh is also a son of Joseph, the son of Israel. USA is actually playing a dual role today, as Israel and likewise as Egypt. In the same way, God described through Daniel that the Babylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar as the Gold Kingdom, then, the world’s greatest kingdom not because of their religion (which was actually an idol–worshipping nation), its king’s power, or whatsoever but only because of the blessed and beloved Israel they held captive or exiled in the kingdom.
East and the North
Another important clue that identifies this mysterious location of the throne of the Antichrist is the “east and the north,” which troubled the Antichrist. Read Daniel 11:45--
East and the north simply mean northeast in our modern–day English language. Again, look at the globe and locate a land just northeast of the USA, the seat of Antichrist. We find no other land except the vast island of Greenland. The line intersects Canada , but this cannot be that nation that can alarm him since the message implies a report, meaning a news from a far place and not readily accessible.
The mainland United States is the only great nation sitting between two oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. To the northeast is the vast island of wilderness, Greenland.
But let us pause on Greenland, take the words of the Bible as it points to. Why Greenland? It is simply a vast, cool wilderness of ice and water, almost unpopulated. Greenland mystifies me every time I look at her map. It is always white, pure white as snow because it is perennially covered with snow and ice even if she is located in the same latitude as Canada and Europe. Seems harmless but why would the Antichrist be surprisingly alarmed by reports from her? If the Antichrist is really powerful with no nation that can defeat him, then why does Greenland, with practically no people, alarm him? Also the Bible says the Antichrist will be destroyed not by human power.
Therefore he will only be alarmed by those who can destroy him.
Read "The Antichrist" to know the powers of this ruthless king. It is very important to solve this mystery, for it should answer the remaining puzzles of the prophecies.
Greenland is under control by the country of Denmark. We will discuss the mystery behind Greenland in the coming Bible lessons.
Also in Isaiah 19:4 is the reference to the direct rule of the Antichrist over Egypt, now America:
This verse proves beyond doubt that Egypt or America today shall be the location of the Antichrist ’s throne, and he will be ruling the nation directly with cruelty. Read the "Real Roots of America" for more details.
The Bible also mentioned the specific location in the U.S. where the Antichrist will sit. The Bible calls the place the modern day "Tyre." The Bible also calls it the City of Babylon. We will also take this up in the next topic. For now, read the prophecies about Tyre in Ezekiel 27 and 28 along with Revelation 18.
Keep following the Bible Study for the last days for a better understanding of our times. Always pray and persevere to the end, He is coming soon. To God be the glory!
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