GERMANY in Prophecy!
By Peter Salemi
The Bible is a book of governments. It dealt with the world ruling governments of the ancient world, and it deals with the modern day superpowers of Today! The Gospel itself is message about the last superpower that is to come, and that is the government or kingdom of God! Set up by Jesus Christ, and Jesus being its King! The Gospel is also an advance witness and warning to the NATIONS unless they repent, and be ready for the coming of the Kingdom of God!
Now, what does prophecy say about this coming Beast that will come on the world scene in the very near future? Where will he come from?
What Happened to Assyria?
After the fall of Assyria by Babylon, what happened to the Assyrians? This nation seems to have vanished from History? Or did they? The Bible plainly says that Assyria will play a vital role in this end time. What happened to them?
The book of Nahum shows that these people migrated NORTH in to the mountains towards Europe: "Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them" (3:18). The only mountains that are in the region of Assyria are the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and the Caspian Sea. The Assyrian nation was situated just SOUTH of those mountains, and it was often a place of refuge from danger. In the book of Kings the princes of Assyria took refuge there: "So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
"And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead" (2 Kings 19:36-37). Modern translations render Armenia as "Ararat," which is between the Black and the Caspian sea just NORTH of Assyria. Now, let's look at secular history to see if it corroborates the Bible.
The Roman historian Pliny writes that he found "...a warlike people called the ASSYRIANI that inhabited the region NORTH of the Black Sea" ("Natural History", IV, § 12, page 183, emphasis mine). They were north because of the Babylonian invasion from the south, which Nahum wrote is the reason why the Assyrians were migrating north.
Now consider what Sylax, the author of the "Periplus," who lived about 550 B.C., writes of this region: "THE COAST OF THE BLACK SEA ... IS CALLED ASSYRIA" (from page 261 of Perrot and Chipiez's "History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria and Asia Minor", Vol. II., emphasis mine) .
At that time, the Roman historians attached a name to these "warlike" people. They named them "Teutons." The Romans whose unaccustomed ears tried to translate into their own tongue the names of these fierce Germanic-peoples rendered the "Deutschen" as the "Teutons"
German historians are united in their description of an hostile, warlike people inhabiting central Europe who came into confrontation with an expanding Roman Empire, causing the Romans to build their famous limes (defense positions and walls) and station legions along their northern borders to stop the advancing warlike hordes. Jerome (Latin scholar c.340-420), who lived at the time when the Indo-Germanic tribes were invading Europe, gives the answer: "For 'Assur (the Assyrian) also is joined with them[Cimbric Tribes] invading western Europe, ALONG THE RHINE'"! (Letter 123, § 16; from "Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers".)
Why Germans Call Themselves "Deutsche"
The Germans refer to themselves as DEUTSCHE, and to their country as DEUTSCHLAND. Why? Let's turn back the pages of history for the answer. The Assyrians anciently called their land "Athur" -- the Indo-Germanic form of the Semitic word "Asshur" ("Encyclopedia Britannica", article, "Mesopotamia"). Sometimes the name "Athur" was shortened simply to "Tyr" in the Indo-European tongue.Asshur or Tyr was worshipped as the god of war by all the ancient world. His name was placed on the THIRD DAY of the week -- called "Tuesday" in the English-speaking world. Tuesday is Asshur's day. Tuesday is from an old Saxon word meaning "Tiw's day." Tiw was the god of war of the Germanic people of Europe. Tiw, or Tiwe, was also known by the name Tyr -- that is, Asshur. Tiw is another name of Asshur!
The Assyrians knew Asshur or Tyr was their ancestor. We should expect, therefore, that when they migrated to Europe they would still be known as the sons of Tyr or Tiw, that is, Asshur. And what do we find? When the Germans appeared in Europe, they claimed Tyr or Tiw as their ancestor! But what has the name "Deutsche" to do with Tiw? The modern German word "Deutsche" -- as educated Germans know -- is derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word Tiw. (See any thorough book on etymology and word derivations.) Whenever a German calls himself Deutsche, he is saying he is Tiw's or Asshur's son -- an Assyrian. And when he terms his country Deutschland, he is saying Tiw's or Asshur's land -- Assyria! Even ancient Hindu literature uses both the word "Asgras" and "Daityas" to refer to the Assyrians."Daityas" is but a Sanskrit word for "Deutsch" -- a name applied to the Assyrians over 1500 years before the birth of Christ!
Assyria's Tribal Names
To the Spaniards, Germany is "Alemania," and a German is "Un Aleman." Other important names applied to the German peoples by the Romans were: "Hatti" (the ancestors of the modern Hessians), the "Alemani" and "Suabi," the "Quadi," the
"Casuari" and others. The Romans called them collectively "Germani", meaning "War-men" (from the "Encyclopedia Britannica", article, "Germany"). Let's compare the names of Asshur's descendants to that given by the Romans. It will give us some striking clues about the identity of the modern Assyrians. Though not listed in the Bible, they can be found in ancient histories and Bible Encyclopedia's. The Assyrian tribal names include: Khatti; Akkadian; Kassites (or Cossaei); and Almani (or Halmani). Notice the similarities with the Romans:
Hessians (anciently named Khatti, see "Germany" in the Encyclopedia Britannica).
Akkadians=In Latin, Quadians
Kassites or Cossaei=Chauci
The Allemani=Almani in Latin. We can thank the Roman historian Tacitus for these tribal names of the Assyrians, in the Latin Tongue in his "Germania."
The Inhabitants of Kir
We read in the Bible that the Assyrians occupied an Area called "Kir" and placed captive slaves there, see 2 Kings 16:9.
"Kir is the Hebrew translation of the city name, Der (a word from Akkadian which also means wall). Kir was a Mesopotamian city of the lower Tigris River..." (Holman Bible Dictionary, under "Kir."). The Assyrians controlled and occupied this city for many years. Is it so strange that we find in Europe the "Ker-Men," who are identical with the "Ger-man."
Stephen Collins writes: "...the Kermans' migrated into Europe...[and] they were called 'Germans,' a general name used by the Romans to describe many similar tribes...There is an account of Herodotus which supports the conclusion that the Kermans and the Germans were one and the same people...Clearly the term 'German' originated in the region [of Assyria], and later spread into Europe. As the reader can see, the ancient term 'Germanii' was virtually unchanged as it became 'Germany' or 'Germania' in Europe....It is this books opinion that the Germanii or Kermans were originally the ASSYRIANS...Even today the name 'Kerman' is attached to a city in Southern Iran" (Lost Ten Tribes...Found, p.341, emphasis mine).
The Inhabitants of Tier
Surprising claims are made in ancient German histories. The oldest city in Germany is "Tier." It was allegedly founded more than twenty centuries before Christ. In a German textbook, we find "The inhabitants of Tier maintain that their city is the oldest in all Europe," writes Josef K. L. Bihl in his textbook "In Deutschen Landen," page 69. "Trier was founded," he continues, "by Trebeta, a son of the famous Assyrian King Ninus. In fact, one finds ... in Trier the inscription reading, 'Trier existed for 1300 years before Rome was rebuilt.'" Surprising? But why? Remember, the footprints of mankind lead away from the Middle East. The spade of the Archaeologists also confirms and corroborates the Bible-never refutes it!
You will notice in the Bible that one of Ham's sons was Cush (Gen. 10:6). Now regarding verses 8-10 we see: "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
"He was a mighty hunter before [in the place of] YHWH: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before YHWH.
"And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." The land of Shinar is nothing more than the land occupied by the Assyrians between the Black and the Caspian Seas. The next verse is a little confusing in the King James language, but the marginal rendering clears it up: "Out of that land [Shinar] he [Nimrod or Ninus] went forth [to] Asshur, [Assyria] and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah," (v.11) Nimrod was Ninus in History and he founded the two cities of Babylon and Nineveh! It is significant that German histories claim their most ancient city (pre-dating Roman times) was founded by the son of the Assyrian king Ninus!
Other Assyrian Tribal Names
"Who were the residents of Prusa called Prusians? If we see in their name the ancestors of the warlike Prussians who later settled in EASTERN GERMANY [later called the Kingdom of Prussia], it is possible that they were descendants of [the] ASSYRIANS who had settled there during Assyria's period of dominance in the region" (Collins, Lost Ten...p.342, emphasis mine).
The Hatti lorded it over other peoples who lived in Asia Minor. They were the inventors of the DOUBLE-HEADED EAGLE which has always been A SYMBOL OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE! Professor A. H. Sayce states it was left to these people "to invent a double-headed eagle" (page 116 of "The Hittites").
Hasting's says: "The [northern] Hittites [Chatti] seem to have had a special fancy for combining parts of different animals into strangely composite and sometimes grotesque forms" (Dictionary of the Bible, vol.2 article, "Hittites") He goes on to say that they were responsible for bringing the double headed eagle into Europe. They have even found in Turkey, where the ancient Hittes lived, the same symbol found in Europe, the double headed eagle.
The double headed eagle was also a symbol of the Kingdom of Prussia.
The Eastern European nations have the double headed eagle as well. (See below) some of Abraham's descendants joined with the Assyrians, so its only likely that since they joined the Assyrian community, that they incorporated their symbols as well.
"The Chatti were known to carry standards such as were seen in many Nazi parades...the swastika...Another ritual standard and the ancient Chatti ...[was] the Iron Cross..." (Twentieth Century Watch Magazine, Dec 1984, p.6).
Germans today are also descended in part from Abraham, through his wives, Keturah and Hagar. Most people have never known that Abraham had other sons besides Isaac and Ishmael. These other sons are listed in Genesis 25:1-4. "... Abraham gave (them) gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country" (Gen. 25:6). These people were known and the Midianites and the Ishmaelites. The east country included the land of Assyria. Assyria lay EAST of Palestine. Now obviously Abraham was not going to send his family into the desert. And in those days people stuck to the fertile crescent of the Middle East, that went from Palestine up into Assyria, and down to Babylon.
The Ishamelites with the Midianites "formed a tribal league" (cf Judges 8:22-24)" JFB, p.52 see also Holman's Bible Dictionary, p.961. They went away to "the east" and became "interrelated" with Midian and "their main homeland seems to be east of the Jordan and south of Edom" (Ibid., under "Midian" p.961). You notice in the Bible that Midianites and Ishmaelites are used interchangeably, see Gen 37:25, 28 and Judges 8:22-24. These people lived in the Land of Midian that was right up against the land of Palestine to the east. The Bible even shows that the Ishmaelites, "...settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite of Egypt, in the direction of ASSYRIA..." (Gen 25:18 NRSV).
Josephus mentioned that one of Abraham's great-grandsons joined with the Assyrians. ("Antiquities", book I, ch. xv § 1.) His name was Asshur, the son of Dedan, the son of Jokshan. Jokshan was the son of Abraham. See Genesis 25:3. "And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim." From Sheba have come the Swabian Germans. From Letushim are descended the Lettish people along the Baltic. And from Asshurim have descended the Nordic North Germans. But the ancestor of the great majority of Germans and Austrians is Asshur, the grandson of Noah. Most of the ancient Assyrians moved westward from the Bible lands into Europe.
The Midianites-Ishmaelites are the modern day peoples of "White Russians (Byelorussians)" (The Lost Races of
the Ancient World, Craig White). The European Russians descend from Midian and Ishamel.
Ancient Cilicia -- Modern Silesia
The ancient city of Germanicopolis was located IN CILICIA, in southeastern Asia Minor according to Ammianus Marellinus, book 1, § 27. It belonged of old to the Hatti. Cilicia is mentioned several places in the Bible. Paul was born in Cilicia (Acts 21:39 and 22:3). Now look at a map of Europe. We find that one of the eastern PROVINCES OF PRE-WORLD WAR II GERMANY IS CALLED SILESIA! -- spelled slightly different, but pronounced the same! The name of Cilicia in Asia Minor was simply transplanted to Eastern Germany by the Hatti who migrated from Cilicia to Silesia, then to the Rhine. Silesia is only a modern spelling!
What does the word "Hatti" or "Chatti" mean ?
Now what does the word "Hatti" or "Chatti" mean in the Hebrew language? Its closest derivation is the root "chathath" (Strongs - 2865). It means "to terrorize, or break down, as in war, hence a warrior or MAN OF WAR." The Chatti were therefore Men of War or Germans. The name Chatti is but the Hebrew form of the word GERMAN, THE VERY WORD which the Romans applied to the Assyrians. That means that the ancient Chatti were Assyrian -- or German -- migrants who early settled in Asia Minor. Did these Chatti or Hatti later also migrate into Western Europe, where the Germans are today? Indeed! The Chatti were the chief people who settled in modern Germany. Their descendants are the HESSIANS today! In fact, the Old High German spelling of Hesse was Hatti! The land of Hatti was the WESTERN part of the Assyrian Empire.
The ancient Assyrian Empire was divided just as the modern Germans were divided between East and West Germany and Austria. THE ANCIENT KINGS OF ASSYRIA called themselves Khatti-sars -- meaning the "Kaisers of Hatti," or "Kings of Hatti." The chief people of Hatti regarded themselves AS ASSYRIANS. The Assyrian kings wrote of the tribes of Hatti -- the ancestors of the Hessians: "AS ASSYRIANS I [ac]counted them" (D. D. Luckenbill, "Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia", Vol. II, § 29).
The ancient capital of the land of Hatti was popularly known among the Romans as "Ninus Vetus -- the old Nineveh" ("History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea, Syria and Asia Minor", by G. Perrot and C. Chipiez, Vol. II, page 272). Nineveh was Assyria's capital! The Empire of Hatti and the Empire of Assyria were the same Empire -- not two empires existing five centuries apart as historians assume. Excavated records from Bible times PROVE that the great rulers of the land of Hatti were not only contemporary with the famous kings of Assyria, but were also federated with them. All ancient Greek writers agreed that Assyria and Anatolia (the land of Hatti) were allies.
The chief supporters of famous Troy in Asia Minor were the Assyrians. In fact, the Trojan War was a struggle between Greeks and Assyrians for possession of Western Asia Minor. These Hessian or Assyrian kings are even mentioned in the Bible in I Kings 10:29 and II Kings 7:6. The Hebrews called them "kings of the Hittites." The Assyrian Hessians were called "kings of the Hittites" because the Canaanite Hittites, driven out by Joshua, migrated into Asia Minor where the Assyrians also dwelt. All historians recognize that there were at least two distinct peoples in Asia Minor who came to be known by the same name -- Chatti or Hittite. The first were the Assyrians. The second were the Canaanite sons of Heth. Heth's sons received the name Hittite or Chatti because they too were warriors. Centuries later, after Alexander the Great conquered Asia, those Canaanites migrated out of Asia Minor -- to Europe, and then, across the Atlantic to North America where the colonists rediscovered them as the Chatti Indians of the Central Plains. Is it a mere coincidence that the United States -- a birthright tribe of the House of Israel -- should have inherited this land from Canaanite Hittites?
German and Assyrian Similarities
The ancient Assyrians had some outstanding similarities to the Germans
First, what did they look like?: "In the Zagros hills and across the plain to the Tigris, there lived a ... FAIR-HAIRED ... PEOPLE akin to the Guti [the Goths] who ... remained in what was afterwards Assyria, the neighbour land to Akkad" (page 5 of "The Sumerians"). When the ancient Greek writers wanted to distinguish the Assyrians from the Arameans or Syrians, the Greeks called the Assyrians, "Leucosyri" -- meaning "WHITES" or "BLONDS" as distinct from the VERY BRUNETTE SYRIANS who still live in Mesopotamia. Just as the Germans of Today!
What Language did they Speak?
But what about the common assumption that the Assyrian language was Semitic, not Indo-Germanic? How is it that the Hebrew-speaking House of Israel, who were carried into Assyrian captivity, spoke an Indo-Germanic language when they arrived in Northwestern Europe? The obvious answer is, they were forced to learn it as a result of their captivity! The common tongue of the Assyrians was not only Semitic, but Indo-Germanic! Here is the proof! European scholars have thoroughly studied the language of the land of Hatti -- the ancestors of the Hessians. They found it to be an Indo-Germanic tongue -- numerous words of which were akin to Old High German! So many similarities were found that Edgar Sturtevant had to declare: "To me it seems incredible that so remarkable a situation developed in two languages independently. I feel compelled to trace the Germanic ... to a common origin" with the language of Hatti -- common tongue of the Western Assyrians (from "A Comparative Grammar," page 240). The language of the Hatti WAS the language of the West Assyrians. Scholars today, steeped in the theory of evolution, refuse to recognize that both people were one and the same -- because if they did admit it, their whole system of chronology would fall like a house of cards, and their view of world history would burst like a pricked balloon.
Scholars admit that FOR CENTURIES THE LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE WHO INHABITED ASSYRIA WAS NOT MERELY SEMITIC. Semitic was the late LITERARY LANGUAGE of Assyria -- the language of scholars, the language of international commerce. Modern historians and archaeologists ASSUME that the common tongue of all Assyrian people was Semitic. They have no proof. So noted an Assyriologist as Sydney Smith admitted "... that the documents from Asia Minor and from east of Tigris are couched in Semitic dialects spoken by men unable to pronounce all the Semitic consonants ..." (p. xi, from "Early History of Assyria to 1000 B.C."). The same circumstance occurred during the Middle Ages all over Europe. The language of almost all European scholars -- and even their names -- until the time of the Protestant Reformation was LATIN -- but Latin was NOT the common tongue of the people! Because most of the literature of Germany was in Latin during the Middle Ages does not prove that the common people spoke Latin. Just because a few of the libraries and monuments of ancient Assyria contain records written in a Semitic tongue, that does not demonstrate that the common people spoke the same language. The Assyrians were Semitic by Race, NOT Language
Other similarities: The Assyrian Hatti claimed to be "the Master Race." The Hatti lorded it over other peoples who lived in Asia Minor. Is it any surprise that The German State, from its beginning, has nearly always been a confederation of states -- often an empire of German ruling over non-German. It is the German people who, more than once, have believed themselves to be the "Herrenvolk" -- the Master Race.?
The Assyrians were the first builders of major paved roads, not merely for commercial purposes, but with the specific purpose of logistical support of armies in mind! A network of paved roads led outward in various directions from the ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh. The Assyrians were the very first to use iron chariots (mechanized vehicles of war). They had the most advance technology in the world at that time, either industry or for war purposes. They were superb warriors!
Tacitus writes about the Teutons that "...war was their chief industry" (Germania Tacitus). Concerning battle he writes that these peoples followed the "will of one man, the chieftain." The incredible loyalty cannot be overlooked in the Assyrian and German histories!
You cannot escape the similarities between the Germans and the Assyrians! Look at the history of Germany. They have the best technology, and industrial strength in the entire world. In World War One, they were destroyed, and then REBUILT ITSELF, and became a superpower again in World War Two. After World War Two, Germany was lying in absolute rubble, and now it has come back, and is the MAJOR POWER AGAIN IN EUROPE, AND THE WORLD! They are the economic engine of Europe. They build the finest cars in the world. Look at their beautiful cities, and industrial and economic strengths that have taken over Europe and now the world! Truly, the Germans like their ancestors, the Assyrians, are great builders! see above quotes from the Seven Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World, chapter 6, pp.240-241, George Rawlinson.
Germany like the Assyrians had been great centers of learning for generations. Germany's inventions have contributed greatly to the modern industrial world. Yes! the modern nation of Assyria is the modern day Unified German and Austria.
Notice the similarities of the winged God of the Assyrians overlooking the scene, and the symbol of the Nazi Regime
Notice the similarities of the winged God of the Assyrians overlooking the scene, and the symbol of the Nazi Regime
The Unholy Marriage
The Beast i.e. the Assyrian, and the False Prophet in the book of Revelation are in an alliance together!
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image." (Rev 19:20). This false prophet is the second beast of Rev 13:11. Notice that the false prophet did miracles before the beast and deceived people into taking the mark of the beast. The second beast does the same thing (Rev13:13-14) and so this can only mean that the false prophet and the second beast are one and the same. Now this second beast, i.e. the false prophet "exercises the power of the first beast" (v.12). This is a church/state alliance that will dominate the world.
In the old Testament we read of this false church marrying this beast of prophecy!
"Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter [woman always a symbol of a church, see Eph 5:22-27] of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate...I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke...Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:" (Isaiah 47:1, 6, 8). The whole chapter of Isaiah 47 describes the woman who rides the beast of Rev 17 and 18.
In verse 8 we see that the church does not want to be a "widow" anymore. She wants to have a husband. There is only one church that calls its self the "Mother." And there is only one country that calls itself the "Fatherland," and it will be an unholy marriage. This church wants her "children" back as well. These are the daughters that came out of the Catholic Church in "protest" and call themselves "Protestant." They too will come back to this mother church in the end time!
Micah 5 shows clearly who Christ is to fight in this end time: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting [Prophecy of Christ, see Matthew 2:6]...And this man [Messiah] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces... thus shall he [Messiah] deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders" (Micah 5:2, 5-6).
"Modern Translations (NEB, JB, GNB) as NIV fittingly conclude this paragraph with the first phrase of v.5, thus understanding the MESSIAH himself to be...peace (c.f. Isa 9:6-7)" (International Bible Commentary, p.934, F.F. Bruce, emphasis mine). The Messiah will defeat this Assyrian when he comes into the Land of Israel. And who does Christ fight at his second coming? The Beast, see Rev 17:12-14.
The Beast, America & Britain
The End time House of Israel mainly of Britain and the peoples of Northwestern Europe will be put into captivity by the Beast power (United States of Europe) at the time of Christ. And Christ will liberate them from this captivity.
In Isaiah 9:1-7 we read of a dual prophecy. This prophecy in type was fulfilled in the days of Isaiah, but then found its fulfillment in Christ, but not its full fulfillment, because the prophecy has to do with the second coming of Christ: "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.[Jesus Matthew 4:11]
" Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
" For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian [This is the Assyrian see, Isaiah 10:26-27].
" For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
" For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
" Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. [the Kingdom of God]"
When Isaiah made this prophecy, the people of Zebulon and Naphtali were in the land. These are the "people" he was referring to. The "people" of Zebulon and Naphtali did not see Christ because they were not dwelling in Palestine at the time, but fled to other nations. Those people are identified as Holland (Zebulon) and Sweden (Naphtali). This was only fulfilled in type, in Jesus day. The Great Light that Israel will see in its full fulfillment will be at the second coming when "as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:27). What great light shines from the east to the west? The Sun. Jesus is called the "Sun of Righteousness," and his face shines like the "sun" in its full strength, see Malachi 4:2; Rev 1:16.
So the Assyrian will attack Sweden and Holland in this end time, including Britain, who is Ephraim, and the other Israelitish Scandinavian countries, and bring them into captivity.
Ephraim (Britain) its says the "Assyrian [The Beast] shall be his king" And Ephraim, "shall eat unclean things in Assyria [the beast]" (Hosea 9:3; 10:6). The British people will make a covenant "with death" (Isaiah 28:19) meaning the "Assyrians" (Hosea 12:1). They make this covenant with them thinking that they would avoid the attack from Germany, "it shall not come unto us" (Isaiah 28:15).. But God says no! The agreement shall not stand, and "ye shall be trodden down by it" (v.18). Then they shall go into captivity, see Isaiah 11.
What about America? The Beast or Germany, will NOT ATTACK AMERICA! NATO will be finished, as Jeremiah writes "All thy lovers ["allies" Moffatt Translation] have forgotten thee; they seek thee not;"(30:14). But who will attack the United States of America? Go to Gog and Magog in Prophecy for full details.
Now we come to this prophecy that clearly shows what the Assyrian will do to the Israelitish European nations in the end time. Isaiah 10:5-6 says: "O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
"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." God is going to send the Assyrian and his army against the House of Israel. World War III is going to happen against the Britian and the Scandinavian powers and this time, the nations of Israel are going to loose, unless we repent and return to Almighty God!
At this time, the two witnesses will be doing their work in Jerusalem, see Revelation 11. And by them, God will punish the Assyrian (the Beast) for his sins as well, Isaiah continues in the same chapter, "Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, [ministry of the Two Witnesses] I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
"For he [the Assyrian] saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:" (v.12-13).
During this time of great tribulation, the house of Israel will be as they were in the time when they were in Egypt as slaves to the Assyrian, who is a type of Pharaoh.
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt" (v.24). God will do what he did in the days of Moses. Israel will be in slavery and captivity, then he will send the two witnesses to send plagues to"the seat of the beast" (Rev 16:10), telling the Assyrian to let his people go!
God will of course save his people from slavery and captivity as he did in the days of Moses: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
"The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God... And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria...And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth...And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
" And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt" (Isaiah 10:20-21; 11:10-12, 15-16). God will perform what he did in the days of Moses and save his people, we have some exciting times ahead of us!
The Assyrian and the Beast
These following scriptures show that the Assyrian and the Beast are one and the same person!
Isaiah 30 shows the "Mountain of YHWH" being set up (verse 29), meaning the Kingdom of God, see Isaiah 2; Micah 4; Daniel 2:35, 40-45. Then God will: "... through the voice of YHWH shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod" (v.31). Do you see! At the time of the setting up of the Kingdom of God, God will strike at the "Assyrian," and defeat him because they make war with him. This describes the second coming of Christ in the book of Revelation
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast... These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast...These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful...And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, [THE WORD OF GOD HEB 4:12] that with it he should smite the nations:..And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, [Gog, and Chittim] and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army...And the beast [THE ASSYRIAN] was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone...And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.[see also Ezekiel 39:17-20]" (Rev 17:12-14; 19:15, 19-21).
Germany's Final Repentance
God sent the prophet Jonah to ancient Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria. The Ninevites repented. After World War II, Germany was faced with the question of national repentance. Had America and Britain repented of their sins, they could have been used as was Jonah to bring the Germans to repentance. But our people refused. We did not show the Germans God's Way. We tried to convert them to democracy -- our human way. But God's way is not democracy!
The entire book of Nahum -- one of the so-called Minor Prophets -- is devoted to the final punishment of the German-dominated Church-State union yet to arise in Europe. The setting of the prophecy is the original fall of Nineveh about 612 B.C. What happened to Nineveh, the ancient capital of Assyria, was a type of what will happen in our day! Notice that the actual setting of this prophecy is the time of God's "wrath" -- the Day of the Lord (Nahum 1:2, 6). That day of God's intervention is YET FUTURE. It has not happened yet! This prophecy, then, is for our day! Now notice Zechariah 10:11. Here is another prophecy against Assyria. This prophecy was written almost a century AFTER the original fall of Assyria. It has never been fulfilled since. Yet God declared it would happen: "The pride of Assyria SHALL BE BROUGHT DOWN." Compare this with Isaiah 14:24-27. This could not happen UNLESS THERE WERE AN ASSYRIA TODAY -- a nation so powerful as finally to be able to carry our people captive in world war (Zech. l0:l0).
These prophecies are to happen "in that day" -- the climactic time of the end, when God intervenes in human affairs (Isaiah 30:31 and 31:8). When the nations learn their lesson -- learn that war does not pay, then "In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptians into Assyria; and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, 'Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance'" (Isaiah 19:23-25). Yes, that wonderful day of peace is coming. No more war, no more international friction! But before that time there are mighty big lessons to learn, and much suffering to be endured. Human beings, it seems, will learn no other way! But for those who do repent now, who do seek God's protection -- no matter in what nation they live -- God promises: "I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Revelation 3:10).