We found in our study last month, that the world
dictator shall arise in one of the divisions of the Grecian
empire. After the death of Alexander the Great, the empire was
divided into four partsGreece; Macedonia, which lay north and
north-east of Greece; Syria, which embraced Asia Minor, Syria, the old
Assyria and Babylonia; and Egypt, in Northeast Africa. Our
question now, is, "From which of these divisions of the Grecian
Empire shall the dictator come?"
Micah 5:2"And you, Bethlehem, land of
Judah, are in no respect, least among the governors of Judah, for out of
you will come a Governor Who shall be shepherding My people,
Israel,"was written that it might be known where the Messiah
was to be born. It was used to impart this information when the magi
from the east were seeking the Child, Christ, Matt. 2:1-8.
Micah 5:6 contains a statement to the effect that this One is to be
"our peace"the peace of Israelwhen Assyrian comes
into the land. The Assyrian is to come, treading in the palaces of
the Jews, and the Governor Who was born in Bethlehem is to rescue His
people from the invader.
History furnishes no instance of this having been
fulfilled. It is yet future. Nor is there promise of any
future deliverance for Israel, except the one just before the "Millennium."
The conclusion seems inescapable, that the Assyrian is the world
Thus the question is answered. The dictator is
to arise in that part of the Grecian Empire, that is known as
Syria. As I have already said, Syria included the old Assyrian
Empire. Nineveh was the capital of that empire. It was built
by Asshur, who migrated thence from the old Babylonian Empire, not a
great many years after the deluge, or "flood," Gen.
10:11. Nineveh, the political center of the Assyrian Empire, was
roughly speaking, 600 miles northeast of Jerusalem. The territory
of the Assyrian Empire has been held by others since those days.
It has belonged to the second Babylonian government; the Medes had the
Persians; the Greeks; Syria; the Romans; and others.
There is no apparent reason to believe that the world
dictator will be of that region of the earth. Appearances are
against such a supposition. Twentieth century civilization is
found in its zenith, in the nations of central, western and northern
Europe, in England, and in the Americas. Inventions have sprung up
in those sections; strong governments have been built; weapons of warfare,
surpassing any thing in past history, have been constructed. Some
of these nations are "first-rate powers." Surely, if we
judge by appearance, we would say that if the world is to have a
dictator, he will be a man of one of these powers.
Let us remember, however, that the earliest
civilization was in southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa. For
centuries civilization flourished there, while in the lands that are now
Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, and
the Western hemisphere, barbarians roved, without the slightest idea of
civilization. When we begin to boast of our achievements, it may
puncture our pride if we remember that our ancestors were centuries
behind, in starting on the road to organized governments, written
languages, and other matters that go to make civilization. Indeed,
when the forbears of the Germans, the British and the Americans had
progressed no further than tribal government, Greece, in the
Mediterranean region, had built the mightiest empire man had ever
It is evident that the Mediterranean Sea was so
named, because it was believed to be in the middle of earth's
surface. And this is true, in point of events of importance to the
human family, if not in geographical location. It was in the land
not more than a few hundred miles from the shores of that sea, that man
was created, and the garden of Eden was established. It was there
that sin entered into the human family, to be followed more than a
millennium later, by the deluge. There came about the confusion of
tongues, and there earth's mightiest empires have been
It was in a land whose western shores were washed by
the waters of that sea, that God established His earthly people, and in
that country the Christ was born, lived, died and arose. From one
of its mountains He ascended to heaven, and the same mountain has the
promise that His blessed feet shall touch it again, when He comes to
establish His kingdom.
The region I am considering, has produced men
who have built the greatest empires that the earth has ever seen.
Men of other regions have not done so much. Some have tried
it. Napoleon undertook to build an empire that would compare with
those of Nebuchadnezzer, Darius and Alexander, but he failed.
Others have undertaken it.
No man now on the scene will succeed. Hitler is
not destined to become ruler of the world. Churchill cannot do
so. Roosevelt will never become head of all the nations. The
world dictator is to be of one of the divisions of the Grecian Empire,
(according to Daniel 8), an Assyrian (according to Micah 5).
In other words, the region near the Mediterranean,
which has furnished the greatest rulers and warriors, will yet furnish
one greater than those of the past. But he shall be overthrown by
One Who is infinitely greater. And, humanly speaking. He also
hails from that region. I mean Christ.
Can it be possible that the leading nations of earth will support,
as dictator, a man from old Assyria? Strange as it may seem to
those who are not familiar with the scriptures, this condition will come
about by the joint working of God and Satan. The dragon, (Satan),
Un. 13, will give the dictator, or wild beast, his power, throne and
authority, and God will impart to the heart of the nations, to form His opinion
and to form one opinion, Un. 17:17.
Seven stable governments (figuratively called
mountains, Un. 17), will provide stability for the reign of the
dictator, and ten military powers, (figuratively called horns) will
provide the fighting power. That these are so-called Christian
nations, according to Dan. 8, seems certain. They are some of the
very nations that are now fighting each other.
The order of events after the ecclesia is snatched
away to meet the Lord in the air, seem to be about as follows: I do not
speak dogmatically here, but as best I understand, the Jews will
re-establish worship in Jerusalem, but this will be stopped by the
dictator for a period of 2,300 days, or six years and 140 days (counting
360 days to the year, as was the case in Daniel's time). How long
it will be after the ecclesia is snatched away, before this interruption
of Jewish worship takes place, no one can say. It seems evident to
me, that it will be some years, for, during the period between the
present and the beginning of the "great tribulation," a group
of rich Jews will move from Jerusalem to Babylon and build the mightiest
city the world has ever known.
Building the city may not require so much time as one
would think, for these Jews have the nations by the throat, so to speak,
in the matter of indebtedness. Babylon is the false woman of Un.
17, and it may be that those Jews will force the dictator to place every
facility at their disposal, that the work may proceed rapidly.
Babylon will have a king, according to Isaiah 14, and for a while he
shall exercise authority even over the gentile dictator. The woman
will ride the beast, according to Un. 17. Perhaps this is why it
will be so easy to acquire the town of Babylon, and to build it into
such a magnificent city.
The oppression heaped on the nations by Babylon will
become unbearable, and they will arise in indignation and destroy the
city and its people, Un. 17.
After 2,300 days, the dictator will allow the Jews in
Jerusalem to resume their worship. Is this the time when he makes
a seven-year covenant with them? Perhaps so. This covenant guarantees
their peace for a heptad, or seven years, according to Dan.
I have recently received a printed card from a man
who believes he is one of the witnesses of Un. 11. He said that on
June 3, Mussolini would make the seven-year covenant with the Jews in
Jerusalem. I thought at the time, that Mussolini is in no position
to make a covenant, and anyway, there is no Jewish government in
Palestine with which to make it. June passed, and nothing
happened. The man sent out another card, saying he believes such a
covenant was make secretly. This is not according to the inspired
record. II Duce is not the man who will make this covenant.
That man is to be an Assyrian, from one of the divisions of the empire
of Alexander the Great.
Events after the breaking of the covenantthe
great affliction and the establishing of the kingdom of Christare
mentioned in the Messenger for July, and need not be repeated
While world events seem to point to the soon ending
of this eon and the sooner snatching away of the ecclesia, that which
should be more convincing to us, is the deepening of the apostasy.
Paul said the apostasy is to come before the day of the Lord, II Thess.
2. In Paul's day the secret phase of lawlessness, which was to
bring in the apostasy, was in operation. The dictator, called by
Paul, the man of lawlessness, will be openly and boastfully
lawless. The secret phase is lawlessness in secret, while openly
claiming the opposite. As God is the Author of all order,
lawlessness is a defiance of His authority. According to the
"church" of today, God's admonition to correctly partition the
word of truth is to be disregarded. His oft-repeated declarations
as to the undesirability of sectarianism is such an out-of-date
doctrine, that no one is worthy of fellowship, unless he is
sectarian. In spite of His statement that He is operating the
universe in accord with the counsel of His will, Christendom teaches
that He cannot do as He wills, unless man is also willing. The
preachers see no distinction between the evangel of the Circumcision and
that of the Uncircumcision, notwithstanding Paul pronounces an anathema
on those who disregard the distinction, Gal. 1.
The apostasy becomes deeper and deeper. Surely
not much more time will elapse before we take the aerial flight to keep
our appointment with our Lord in the air! May He help us to
rejoice in this prospect while we wait!
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