Fall of regimes seems sure

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion -

It is well known that the com­mu­nist regimes of the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe col­lapsed be­tween 1989 and 1992.

What is not so well known is that these dra­matic events con­sti­tuted a phase in the ful­fil­ment of Bi­ble prophecy, specif­i­cally the prophecy of Daniel 11:40, which de­scribes the cul­mi­na­tion of a cen­turies-long strug­gle be­tween pow­ers por­trayed in the Bi­ble as the King of the North and the King of the South.

At the start of the “Time of the End”, the King of the South would in­flict a ma­jor de­feat on the King of the North, who would re­cover, and strike back with de­ci­sive force. The over­throw of the com­mu­nist regimes of the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe fits into this prophetic sce­nario.

In bi­b­li­cal par­lance, the orig­i­nal King of the North was Baby­lon (city and em­pire), and the King of the South was Egypt (na­tion). How­ever, by the “Time of the End”, which be­gan in 1798, the iden­tity of these “kings” had shifted from lit­eral/ na­tional to sym­bolic/spir­i­tual.

The King of the North was now the Pa­pacy, the of­fice of the Pope and the dom­i­nant power in Europe for over 12 cen­turies, while the King of the South was now athe­ism, which emerged as a po­lit­i­cal force dur­ing the French Revo­lu­tion, to­wards the end of the 18th Cen­tury, and has been de­scribed as the very spirit of the revo­lu­tion.

The prophecy of Daniel 11:40 pits these two pow­ers against each other in an end-time con­flict that is on­go­ing.

The first act in this drama oc­curred in Fe­bru­ary 1798, when French Gen­eral Louis-alexan­dre Berthier, on be­half of the (athe­is­tic) revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, in­vaded the Vat­i­can in Rome, Italy, abol­ished the Pa­pacy’s po­lit­i­cal power, and took Pope Pius VI cap­tive. The King of the South had struck a dev­as­tat­ing blow, but the King of the North would strike back.

In the spec­tac­u­lar over­throw of the com­mu­nist regimes of the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, the Pa­pacy struck back with a vengeance. These regimes, which came to power in the early and mid­dle 20th Cen­tury, were in­her­ently athe­is­tic, and al­most in­vari­ably made war against re­li­gion and re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Catholic Church.

As the case of Poland shows (https://www. ny­times.com/2005/04/06/ world/europe/pope-helped­bring-poland-its-free­dom. html), the Pa­pacy played a ma­jor role in re­sist­ing and even­tu­ally over­throw­ing these com­mu­nist regimes.

Other com­mu­nist regimes came to power in China, North Korea and Cuba, dur­ing the 20th Cen­tury. By the sure word of prophecy, we can ex­pect the fall of these regimes also, as the King of the North con­tin­ues his fight­back.

Oswald W. New­ton

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