Updated: Jun 19, 2020
The Bible predicts the fall of atheistic Communism. China and North Korea will follow the Soviet Union and the Central and Eastern bloc nations which have already succumbed.
The prophecy is foretold in Daniel chapter 11 in the symbolism of the King of the South falling to the King of the North in verse 40.
"And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over." Daniel 11:40
This verse has a number of symbols requiring interpretation:
1. "The time of the End"
2. King of the South
3. King of the North
5. Chariots and Horsemen
Before embarking on the interpretation we need to understand there are four great lines of prophecy in the book of Daniel commencing in Daniel chapter 2. Further repetition and enlargement occurs in chapters 7,8 and 11. It is VERY IMPORTANT to recognise the transition of the prophecy from a literal and local setting to one that is spiritual and global in regard to the FOURTH kingdom of Daniel 2 - Rome. This arrangement holds true in Daniel 7, 8 and 11 as well.
The King's Dream of Daniel 2 Outlines Four World Empires.
- Daniel outlines four successive kingdoms from Babylon to Christ's return.
- The kingdom of Babylon is the only kingdom identified in Daniel chap 2.
- Babylon falls to the second kingdom, Medes & Persians in Daniel chap 5.
- Medes & Persians fall to the third kingdom of Grecia in Daniel chap 8.
- Grecia divides into four at Alexander the Great's death: Daniel chap 8.
- Grecian Kingdoms finally resolve into two kingdoms - the North & South
- Hence the Kings of the North and South in Daniel 11
- Rome conquers the Grecian King of the North in Daniel 11:16
- Rome assumes the title, King of the North.
- Rome transitions to Papal Rome in Daniel 11:30,31
- With that transition, Papal Rome assumes the title, King of the North.
- Papal Rome continues to the end of Daniel chapter 11 to verse 45.
Recall in Daniel chap 7 that the 4th beast was the 4th kingdom - Dan 7:23
The 4th Kingdom is Rome which followed Grecia in Daniel 8 and 11
Hence the 4th kingdom of Iron in the Daniel 2 image is Rome.
Rome (iron legs) transitions to the feet of Iron and Clay.
Clay is symbolic of God's people - Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:4-6
Hence Clay represents a people in relation to God.
In other words, Clay represents religion in the prophecy.
The Iron (state) and Clay (Bible religion) in the feet is a union of the two.
The feet of Iron & Clay represents the union of church & state.
Papal Rome is thus represented in the feet of iron (Rome) and clay.
The Rome of the Caesars transitions to the Rome of the Popes in Daniel 2.
The Rome that was literal & local is now Spiritual & Global in Papal Rome.
With that interpretation from the local and literal Rome of the Caesars to global and spiritual Rome of the Popes, Daniel 11:40 now makes sense.
The Literal & Local transitioning to the Spiritual & Global interpretation occurs in other areas of prophecy.
Daniel 11 commences as in the other prophecies of Daniel 2,7 & 8 with literal and local empires and ends with the pagan Roman Empire transitioning to the global and spiritual empire of Papal Rome. Therefore, the Kings of the North and South which figure prominently in Daniel 11 transition from literal and local kings / kingdoms at the beginning of Daniel 11 to the global and spiritual as the fourth kingdom, Pagan Rome takes on the title of King of the North when it conquers the literal King of the North and then transitions to spiritual Rome and with that, Papal Rome becomes the King of the North.
Papal Rome takes in verses 30-45 of Daniel 11. Who then is the King of the South spiritually in the "the time of the end" of Daniel 11:40? The literal King of the South was Egypt at the commencement of Daniel 11. Note in verse 7, the literal King of the South prevails agains the literal King of the North and carries captives back to Egypt in verse 8. He is said to return to his land in verse 9. Hence Egypt is the literal Kingdom or King of the South.
However, with the transition to Papal Rome, the King of the South takes on a new spiritual meaning. Egypt's Pharaoh denied the existence of God during the time of Moses - Exodus 5:2. This is the spirit of ATHEISM. Spiritually the King of the South in the end-time is Atheism.
When did the "time of the end" begin?
When did the "time of the end" commence? We are told in Daniel 11:35 that God's people / His saints would be persecuted even to the "time of the end" From the rise of Papal Rome in verses 30, 31 to 35, we observe the persecution of God's people during the Papacy's rule over the nations of Europe. This persecution was to continue even to "the time of the end" which suggests that the persecution ceased at this point called "the time of the end".
Why did the persecution cease? Because we are told in Daniel 11:40 that the King of the South (Atheism) would push (attack) at him, the King of the North (Papal Rome) at this time delivering a deadly wound to Papal Rome. Did this happen and when did it happen?
Exactly as the prophecy foretold, in 1798, Papal Rome was pushed at (attacked cf Dan 8:4 re: "pushing") by the King of the South (Atheism). This Atheism arose in the country of France at the time of the French Revolution and toward the end of the Revolution in 1798, Napoleon ordered his general, Berthier, to arrest the Pope and take him prisoner. The Pope died in exile.
Pope arrested Feb 10, 1798