Iran is the number one terrorist-sponsoring nation in the world. It supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. It is providing aid to Syria, where the government is terrorizing its own people. It is involved with al Qaeda in gaining control over Libya. It supports terrorists in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip that are attacking Israel. It is behind the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is deeply entrenched in Iraq and is pushing its Islamist agenda in other nations throughout the region and beyond. It is defying the will of the Western world by continuing to develop its nuclear program.
Tehran is pushing its own strategy very effectively. However, this is about to dramatically change.
Biblical prophecy refers to this end-time Islamist power as “the king of the south.” (You can prove this to yourself by ordering a free copy of our booklet The King of the South.) It shows that this nation will play a key role in lighting the fuse to a world war!
It also tells us that as the Iranians push their own agenda—growing more and more confident by other nations’ weakness and inaction—they will suddenly be blindsided by a whirlwind attack that will wipe them out!
We have taught for about 20 years, based on this prophecy, that Iran and its radical Islamist allies are going to be conquered. But we have never been able to tell you how it is going to happen. Until now.
The Bible tells you how this will happen! Daniel 11:40 speaks of a “whirlwind.” This one word prophesies how this clash with Iran is going to unfold. It reveals indetail what is about to happen in the Middle East—and in Africa, southwest Asia and Europe.
Daniel 11:40 describes how the king of the south will be violently invaded by the “king of the north”: “[A]t the time of the end”—that is the time immediately before us—“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.”
The “king of the north” in prophecy is Catholic Europe, led by Germany. We offer proof of this truth in our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.
This prophecy describes Germany and the resurrected Holy Roman Empire. The Germans are excellent war strategists and warriors. They are savvy enough to realize that they will never have peace with Iran. They know that sooner or later, their two religions—their two civilizations—will clash.
This scripture describes a time when Germany’s Catholic empire will wage all-out war, throwing everything it has at radical Islam—and dominating it like a violent flood pouring in!
Here is the question we need to focus on: How could Germany do this so easily, so effectively and so quickly?
Berlin will not be able to overwhelm Iran in the near future unless it is working on a special strategy right now.
Think about the keyword in Daniel 11:40. The verse talks about an attack from the king of the north, but the emphasis is on the strategy of this military attack.
If you’re in a whirlwind, it whirls all around you. It whirls you away! Look at the map (page 15), and you can see the German strategy: to surround Iran and its allies.
The Iranians are so focused on conquering their own objectives that they don’t see what the Germans are doing. They don’t recognize how Germany is planning for the bigger war to come! No one but the Trumpet recognizes it! But the facts are visible for anyone to see.
Germany has expected to clash with Iran, and it has been working on a strategy for over a decade. That strategy is almost complete. Germany has surrounded Iran.
“Whirlwind” is a very revealing word in this verse. It means “to sweep away in a storm,” according to Gesenius’ Lexicon. It can mean to bristle with terror. It can also mean terror-stricken, or shivering with fear, invoking the creeping of the skin of one who is terror-stricken.
This word has an unusual emphasis on terror! Will this terrifying whirlwind be nuclear? It certainly will be terrorizing! And it’s about to explode in the Middle East. Finally the terrorists will become terrorized!
James Moffatt translates this verse, “When the end arrives, the king of the South shall butt at him, but the king of the North shall storm at him like a whirlwind, with chariots and cavalry and a large fleet, invading his lands and flooding into them.”
Soncino says “the king of the north … will swoop down.” This isn’t simply a straight-on assault. It’s a storm that whirls around and around, invading the land and flooding into it!
The king of the north couldn’t come like a whirlwind unless it surrounds Iran and its allies. That is being meticulously planned right now! Germany is busy preparing to execute a whirlwind strategy to rush upon and overflow Iran.
If you study what is happening in the territory surrounding Iran today, you already see Germany all over it. Daniel 11:40 is already in the early stages of being fulfilled! Iran and its Islamist allies will be caught inside a whirlwind! That’s what the prophecy is all about.
In Every Direction
How, exactly, has the king of the north surrounded the king of the south? Its troops haven’t encircled Tehran. It doesn’t have bases and aircraft carriers dotting Iran’s borders. But it has made some very intelligent, very strategic deployments and deals that give it a presence all the way around Iran’s sphere of influence.
Look at the map—Iran and its allies are in the middle of a deadly circle!
Iran is spreading its influence westward into Egypt and Libya. Germany has sold around $375 million in weapons to countries involved in the war in Libya. Across Libya’s western border lies Algeria, where Germany has a personnel carrier plant and a deal to manufacture rifles. Berlin also has connections within Egypt, where it has sold it hundreds of millions of dollars in armaments, including two German-built Type 209 attack submarines worth $700 million.
To the south, Germany has a handful of soldiers and police officers in Mali, Somalia and South Sudan.
Much closer to Iran, directly across the Persian Gulf, lie the Arabian Peninsula nations. In 2021, Germany approved $334 million in weapons sales to Qatar, $57 million to the United Arab Emirates, $26 million to Kuwait, $25 million to Turkey, $2 million to Jordan, and $1 million to Bahrain.
Germany drastically cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2019 after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year earlier. But it did not sever them completely. Germany’s government has approved arms exports worth over $1 billion to members of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In the Arabian Sea, the Bundeswehr has a frigate, maritime surveillance planes and 400 troops.
Germany pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan before America’s disastrous withdrawal from that nation in 2021, but the king of the north also has a strong presence to Iran’s west. The Bundeswehr has been involved in a mission in Lebanon since 2006 and currently has around 150 soldiers stationed off the coast of Lebanon on board the German corvette Ludwigshafen am Rhein. Germany also economically dominates Cyprus, a strategic military and intelligence asset. The terms that Germany dictated for Cyprus’s economic bailout in 2013 basically gave the European Union control of this island.
Germany has also cultivated a strategic alliance with Turkey. Turkey’s bestselling armed drones are equipped with cameras from the German company Hensoldt. The device could guide missiles developed with German technology to a target. Germany is also moving forward with plans to sell six submarines to Turkey, despite protests from Greece.
Germany also has the largest military contingent in Kosovo—2,350 soldiers—and is fourth in arms exporting behind the U.S., Russia and France. It will probably become number one soon!
And this doesn’t even touch the weapons industries and the land, sea and air power amassing inside Germany itself—or the deployments and power of its European, African and Middle Eastern allies—or the economic power of the European Union, which is dominated by Berlin.
Why is Germany so involved, stretching over the Middle East and much of the world? It is preparing for a whirlwind of destruction.
Germany has been at the heart of several resurrections of the “Holy” Roman Empire spanning more than 1,500 years. It thinks in terms of the Reich, which means empire.
The Allies never rooted out that deep feeling after World Wars i and ii. Near the end of the Second World War, the Allies said, “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world.” But look at the map and you can see who is really preparing for war! Just as in 1870, 1914 and 1939, German militarism is about to again disturb the peace!
Germany has surrounded Iran and radical Islam, just as God prophesied it would. Soon that whirlwind is going to start rotating and whirling against the king of the south like a well-armed—probably nuclear-armed—vortex!
A Special Objective
Of all the countries and cities and seas that Germany is spreading its strategy over, there is one city you need to remember in particular. It is right in the middle of that whirlwind of warfare: Jerusalem.
Satan the devil is especially concerned about this city. Why? Because it is a city the Lord has chosen (2 Chron-icles 6:6; Zechariah 3:2). God has chosen Jerusalem: The Bible shows that He has big plans for this city. Satan is obviously going to be fighting that. In fact, it is at the heart of Satan’s plan to plunge the world into destruction!
Study Daniel’s prophecy more deeply, and you see Jerusalem right in the middle of it. After Germany and Catholic Europe conquer the king of the south, they are going to move into the Holy City (the “glorious land” of Daniel 11:41). Putting this together with other biblical prophecies, a strange picture emerges. We explain this in detail in our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy. “He shall enter also into the glorious land” in no way indicates the use of force. It appears the Germans will be invited in as peacekeepers.
The fact that the king of the north is able to enter Jerusalem peacefully is peculiar. It doesn’t seem that the Jews would normally allow that. Yet this prophecy says they will.
Is it because that push by the king of the south against the king of the north happens inside Jerusalem? Does it have something to do with radical Islam attacking or controlling a site owned by the Catholics? It certainly seems that something would have to happen to cause the Jews to want Europe to march its armies into Israel to protect them.
Yet study the rest of these prophecies! They show that this is when the world will witness the most devastating double cross in history!
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh,” Jesus warned (Luke 21:20).
This European empire—which throughout history has conquered Jerusalem several times—is destined to do so again! Jerusalem is inside this whirling vortex of warfare. These European leaders want to conquer that city. They want to gain control of Israel’s nuclear weapons—then they can destroy the Jewish state very easily. Europe is going to betray the Jews and destroy them!
Beyond that, prophecy also reveals that the Europeans will simultaneously strike America and Britain with nuclear bombs! (In many end-time prophecies, God uses Jerusalem to represent all the modern nations descended from ancient Israel—especially the birthright nations, America and Britain. Our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy proves this.) This attack will plunge the world into the worst war in history, and there will be suffering like never before on Earth!
“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled,” Christ continued. “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (verses 22 and 24).
God is allowing this fearsome empire to rise and to conquer Iran’s Islamist power—so He can use it to punish America, Britain and the other Israelitish nations for all their horrible sins! That is what these events are all leading to.
God recorded these prophecies as a warning to us. We can see events leading toward their fulfillment. Yet our peoples continue to live their own way and will not listen to God!
Daniel 11:45 says, “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain ….” This is talking about the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. This great political and military power, ruled over by a great church, will set up its headquarters in Jerusalem. It represents Satan’s effort to get control of that city because he knows God has wonderful plans for it. So much of this prophecy revolves around Jerusalem.
Remember, Daniel 11:40 is a prophecy for “the time of the end.” In Daniel 12, verses 4 and 9 both specify that God sealed this amazing prophecy to be opened only for “the time of the end.” How incredible that we are seeing it being fulfilled right now!
This whirlwind strategy is about to explode into all-out war. In fact, it will spark World War iii!
But there is good news. The same Bible that prophesied this specific strategy with this powerful whirlwind also prophesies in detail that World War iii will end with the glorious return of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. … [W]hen ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (Luke 21:28, 31).
When Christ returns, He is going to judge that “Holy” Roman Empire. Daniel 11:45 concludes by saying that this religious superpower “shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
Has Germany gotten rid of its military inclinations? Not at all. Granted, some of its deployments around Iran are tiny. But, unlike the United States, Germany will not let them dissipate but will expand them mightily! Berlin could multiply these small numbers almost overnight!
This type of intelligence doesn’t make sense to most analysts. They might scoff at the idea that these deployments and arms deals are leading to an attack on Iran—and especially on Israel, America and Britain! This insight can come only from God. And He has now revealed it.
This is not just blitzkrieg. We are about to witness a whirlwind. And it is all prophesied in your Bible: Daniel 11:40!