The Restoration of the Caliphate and the Muslim Brotherhood – Daniel 11:45

This article appeared in a popular news website last week about the conflict in the middle east. It relates specifically to Daniel 11:45 and the King of the North.

“The area now under the control of the Islamic State is so vast it has already begun to mark out and control its proposed caliphate. It runs from the southern border of Turkey to the north-eastern gates of Baghdad.

It is from here that they appear to be running their war and building their caliphate headquarters, reportedly painting parts of it black to reflect their forbidding flag, and where their own version of total Sharia law has been instigated.”

Following is an excerpt of an article written by Gene Brown on how this relates to Bible prophecy:

As the Muslim Brotherhood accomplishes the overthrow of each nation in the crescent around Israel, one nation after another, we are witnessing milestone after milestone that God has given us in His word, preparatory to the final way-mark depicted in Daniel 11:45. When their objective of confederating all the Islamic nations is reached, he [the King of the North] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain. The Caliphate will at the same time declare global jihad, his stated duty, and the final events will be rapid ones.

We have been given the privilege of watching the footsteps of our approaching God and yet all this is being overlooked because of the misinterpretation that the papacy is the King of the North. If we could only look past the preconceived ideas that have been instilled into our minds, and allow the Bible to interpret itself, we would know the general outline of coming events.

Some people donʼt think the Caliphate can ever be resurrected because of the deep schisms between the Sunnis, the Shias, and the Wahhabis, but they will unite under the common goal of destroying Israel and Christianity. The Muslims have an ancient axiom: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

In Jesusʼ day there was a seemingly irreconcilable division between the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Herodians, but they cast aside their differences and confederated together to destroy Jesus.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the driving power behind the rise of the Caliphate, is hardly noticed because they work behind the scenes, and try to mask their true intentions until it is time for them to strike, just like the papacy. The Brotherhood is occasionally mentioned in the news, but their nefarious, deep laid plots are completely overlooked, or ignored. The politically correct response is to preach tolerance, understanding, and dialogue. The world will sleep on until it is too late to escape the snare, but we are to be not of the night, but of the day. 

The papacy received a deadly wound in 1798. The Ottoman Empire received a deadly wound in 1840 and was seemingly put out of existence in the first World War, but the ideology they embraced continues to burn in the hearts of the Muslim Brotherhood. Just as the papacy is growing to power and is on the verge of rivalling her former glory, so is the Caliphate and both will fail in their final objective.

If we do not have the right view of the foundational verse under investigation, we will not see the relevance of the supporting scriptures found in Ezekiel Chapter 32, Psalm 83, or the book of Joel. We need to look very closely at the verse in question (Daniel 11:45) and determine exactly what is being said:

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. Dan. 11:45

Taken literally, this passage pinpoints the final way- mark for the close of probation. It is not a time prophecy. It does not specify a day, or a month, or a year, but an event that will happen at an undisclosed point in time. However, we are given a guideline so we can know when it is near. When we see this event happen on earth, we know our Great High Priest is leaving the Most Holy Place in Heaven, because the next verse says:

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1

Now we need to ask, when does Michael stand up? Is it when the King of the North shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain, or is it when he shall come to his end?

It cannot be when he shall come to his end because, according to the pioneers, he comes to his end during the sixth plague as foretold in Revelation.

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates: and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12

The established delineation of this verse is set forth by Uriah Smith:

The drying up of the river in this sense would be the consumption of the Turkish empire, accompanied with more or less destruction of its subjects. Turkey will be no more, and the way will be all open for the nations to make their last grand rally to the Holy Land. The kings of the East, the nationalities, powers, and kingdoms lying east of Palestine, will act a conspicuous part in the matter: for Joel says in reference to this scene, Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat. The millions of Mohammedans of Persia, Afghanistan, Toorkistan, and India will rush to the field of conquest in behalf of their religion. The event that takes place under the sixth vial is the entire and utter consumption of that power, not its preliminary state of decay. Daniel and the Revelation, 1897 edition, pages 692-693

Clearly, the waymark we are to look for to synchronize the event in heaven with what is taking place on earth is when he [the King of the North] shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain.

Now we need to ascertain exactly what this segment of the verse is telling us. Those who hold the literal view will all agree the last part of the segment in question is describing Jerusalem. The disparity comes in with the first part which says, “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace.”

Some honest students seem to think the tabernacles is a reference to the Dome of the Rock and the other Islamic mosques that have been built on the temple mount, but this cannot be. The Muslims first captured the temple mount in the year 637, and built the Dome of the Rock there in 689-691. How could that have anything to do with the close of probation?

Uriah Smith says on page 320 of his book:

It is not reasonable to suppose that any great amount of time will elapse between these events. Daniel and the Revelation page 320

We need to look at the word tabernacles as used in Daniel 11:45. When the word is used in the singular form it always means the dwelling place for God, whether on earth or in heaven. When the word is plural it invariably means a temporary dwelling place for man.

We will now give a few quotes to show how the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy use the plural form of the word, and also a few statements from our pioneers to show how they define the term the tabernacles of his palace.

In commemoration of their tent life, the Israelites during the feast dwelt in booths or tabernacles of green boughs. The Desire of Ages, page 448

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:9, 10.

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, [and] thy tabernacles, O Israel! Numbers 24:5

In the words of the angel, He shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

The “glorious holy mountain” can be no other place than Jerusalem, which is even now called in the Turkish and Arabic “the holy.” It is certain, therefore, that the seat of the Ottoman Empire will be removed from Constantinople, and will finally be planted in Jerusalem, and then it is just as certain that that power comes to an end. {May 16, 1896 LTNe, GCB 692.1}

[Question:] What is meant by the tabernacles of his palace? [Answer:] The seat of government. 1888 Bible Reading for the Home Circle, Chapter, The Eastern Question, page 398, question 21.

Uriah Smith is again in agreement with the above statements. Commenting on Daniel 12:1, he makes the following observation:

A definite time is introduced in this verse, not a time revealed in names or figures which specify any particular year or month or day, but a time made definite by the occurrence of a certain event with which it stands connected. At that time. What time? – The time to which we are brought by the closing verse of the preceding chapter, – the time when the king of the north shall plant the tabernacles of his palace in the glorious holy mountain: or, in other words, when the Turk, driven from Europe, shall hastily make Jerusalem his temporary seat of government. Daniel and the Revelation, 1897 edition, page 319

If the prophecy had been fulfilled in their (the pioneers) day, the Turk, [may have been] driven from Europe (Constantinople) by Russia or some other power. Today he will be driven from Europe by his own irrational compulsion to destroy Israel and the United States.

Appearances may deceive us but God knows what is to be. The prophecies of Ezekiel Chapter 32 and Psalm 83 tell us there will be a confederacy of all the Islamic nations that form a crescent around Israel. This is a primary phase of the stated objective of the Muslim Brotherhood and the motivation behind all the uprisings we are witnessing right now in the Middle East.

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Therefore we can know that when we see the King of the North establish his seat of government in the holy mountain, that probation is about to close. 


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