Daniel's Fifth Kingdom
by Rev. Bertrand L. Comparet, A.B., J.D.
It is universally recognized that many of the Bible's greatest prophecies are found in the Book of Daniel. Many of these are phrased in such obscure language that they were hard to understand until their fulfillment made clear their meaning.
That is exactly what God intended: for He had His angel
tell Daniel, "But thou, 0 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even
to the time of the end ... for the words are closed up and sealed till the
time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the
wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the
wise shall understand" (Daniel 12: 4, 9-10). However, actual events which
have followed through the centuries have fulfilled these prophecies so
unmistakably that their meaning is now clear.
Being a typical Oriental monarch, he found a quick solution to this puzzle: We read, "And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep broke from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams.
So they came
and stood before the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a
dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spoke the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, 0 king, live foreverl Tell thy servants the
dream, and we will show the interpretation. And the king answered and said
to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto
me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces,
and your houses shall be made a dunghill" (Daniel 2: 1-5).
But to be required to give an answer when you didn't yet know what the question was! That was too much to expect. They replied, "There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter: therefore, there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things of any magician, or astrologer or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh."
But this did not pacify the king, who commanded that all the magicians, astrologers and Chaldeans be killed, because their inability to explain his dream exposed them as frauds.
Only Daniel and his Hebrew companions escaped this purge, because God gave to Daniel the power to recount the dream itself, as well as to explain it. In Daniel's own words, this was the dream: "Thou, 0 king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee: and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay."
Then Daniel went on to explain to king Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of this image: "Thou, 0 king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has He given into thine hand, and has made thee ruler over them all.
Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided: but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the
toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall
be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mingled
with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they
shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay"
(Daniel 2: 31-43).
The head was Babylon itself, under Nebuchadnezzar, who brought it to its pinnacle of power and wealth. In its day, it was the most important empire in the then known world: western Asia and the lands fronting on the Mediterranean Sea.
It ruled the entire Fertile Crescent. from the Persian Gulf even to Egypt. The next succeeding empire of comparable power was that of the Medes and Persians, who conquered Babylon about 536 B.C.
The kingdom of Media was absorbed in the rising power of Persia even before the conquest of Babylon. This Persian Empire extended from Northwest India and Afghanistan across the Fertile Crescent, over most of Asia Minor (which constitutes modern Turkey), down through Syria and Palestine, and even included Egypt.
This was the empire represented by the "breast and arms of silver" in Nebuchadnezzar's dream image. It was conquered and absorbed into the empire of Alexander "the Great," of Macedon between the years 34 and 331 B.C. Alexander became king of Macedonia in 336 B.C.; by 332 he had conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), Syria, Palestine and Egypt; he conquered the Tigris-Euphrates Valleys in 331, swept over Persia, Bactria (largely the same as modern Afghanistan) and into North India.
In ten years, he had built
up an empire covering all the then known civilized world from Greece
eastward to northern India. In 323 B.C. he died in drunken debauchery in
Babylon. His huge but short-lived empire was the "belly and thighs of brass"
in Nebuchadnezzar's dream-image.
Its outstanding characteristic was its harsh and cruel treatment of its subject peoples: as Daniel said, "and the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as much as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise."
Remember there were two legs of iron, and so the Roman Empire split into the Western, or Roman Empire, and the Eastern Empire, often called "Byzantine."
Likewise, each of these two was an enforced mixture of different peoples, having nothing in common except that they were ruled by the Roman Army; and when that military force failed, they broke up into their original fragments.
As Daniel had said, "As the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not leave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
Up to this point, all the churches are
with me 100%. Their preachers all agree that these are the empires which
Daniel's prophecy foretold, because they fulfill that prophecy so perfectly.
Let's continue with what Daniel said. After concluding his description of the image and its interpretation as these four successive empires, in the very next verse, Daniel 2: 44, he says: "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
Now, let's analyze this. First of all, let us note that this fifth kingdom spoken of by Daniel is not like the first four: they were the creations of pagan men; but this fifth kingdom shall be set up by God Himself.
When shall it come into existence? "In the days of these kings"--that is, at some time during the existence of the four empires of the Babylonian order.
So, let us
refresh memory as to their dates. Babylon and its empire came to an end in
536 B.C., when it was conquered by the Medo-Persian Empire; the Medo-Persian
Empire came to an end when it was overrun and conquered by the armies of
Alexander the Great, 331 B.C. After his death, Alexander's empire fell apart
into four parts, as another prophecy of Daniel's had foretold. Alexander
died in 323 B.C. These are the first three empires symbolized by
Nebuchadnezzar's dream-image; this leaves only the fourth and last, Imperial
The western, or Roman Empire, fought a losing battle against the ever-increasing pressure of the invading peoples who were the Israelites, moving from Scythia into their new European homes. The Visigoths were an Israelite people, largely Christian by 350 A.D.
They were driven west by the pressure of the invading Huns; they entered the Roman Empire in 376 A.D., scoring a decisive victory over Roman armies in 378, so Rome ceded them certain Roman territories; they invaded Italy in 400 A.D., forced Rome to pay ransom in 408 A.D.
That year Rome withdrew its armies from Britain to aid in the defense of Rome; but to no avail, for in 410 A.D. the Visigoths captured and looted the City of Rome itself; in 412 they moved on into southern France and northern Spain, ruling Spain until the Moorish conquest in 711.
In 476 A.D., Odoacer, the general of German mercenary soldiers in
the Roman army, rebelled, captured the capital city of the Western Roman
Empire and deposed the last emperor, Romulus Augustulus; and this date, 476
A.D., is accepted by historians as marking the end of the Western Roman
From 395 A.D., the Western Roman Empire was separate. Enemy pressures were building up against the Eastern, or Byzantine Empire borders, pressures too strong to be resisted. By about 650 A.D., the Moslems had conquered Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, North Africa and Sicily: The Byzantine Empire was reduced to Asia Minor and the Balkans.
Then, in 1074, the Turks captured most of Asia Minor. Then came enemies from an unexpected source: The combined forces of Venice and the Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople in 1204, taking also all the Balkan territories, and they set up the short-lived Latin Empire of Constantinople.
While the authority of the Byzantine Empire was restored in the City of Constantinople in the 1260s, all the Balkan territories were lost: They broke up into many small independent nations. (Remember that Daniel said that the toes were part iron and part clay, and would not stick together!)
For two centuries more, a mere
shadow of the Byzantine Empire continued, consisting of just the City of
Constantinople and its environs, until the Turks captured the city in A.D.
1453, ending the last pretense of the existence of this leg of the Roman
We must find God's own kingdom in this world, not in some remote future to which the preachers would like to assign it, but NOW: It must have had its beginning "in the days of these kings" --and therefore we must study this period which we have seen, extends from Daniel's own time, about 600 B.C. to not later than 1453 A.D.; for that is the period in which the kings of the Babylonian succession of Empires ruled, as we have just seen.
Why do the preachers like to ignore this verse of Daniel's prophecy? Because there is a great kingdom which was set up within that period, and which still exists, just as God promised through Daniel that it would.
But it is a nation of
Anglo-Saxon Israel: And if they recognize this as a kingdom which the God of
Heaven set up, they can no longer deny the truth of the Anglo-Saxon Israel
doctrines. So they would rather try to make a liar of Daniel than to admit
that their own doctrines are in error and that God has kept His promises to
His people Israel.
The Kingdom of God is the only everlasting kingdom. Psalm 22: 27-28 says, "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's: and He is the governor among the nations."
Psalm 145: 13-14, says, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. " Daniel 4: 3 adds, "How great are His signs I And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation."
But this Kingdom of God is not just an abstract idea, lost somewhere among the clouds; it is a very real kingdom upon this earth. It has not been governed as well while mere men rule it as it will be when Jesus Christ returns to be its king; nevertheless, it is still the Kingdom of God, here on earth.
Remember how Jesus Christ, Himself, in Matthew 21: 43, told the
Jewish usurpers who ruled in Judea, "Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom
of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the
In 1 Chronicles 17: 11-12, 14, God's promise to David was, "I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me an house, and I will establish his throne forever .. I will settle him in Mine house and in My Kingdom forever: and his throne shall be established forevermore."
David believed God's
promise, for in 1 Chronicles 28: 4-5, David said, "Howbeit the God of Israel
chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever:
for He hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the House of Judah, the
house of my father; and among the sons of my father He liked me to make me
king over all Israel: And of my sons (for the Lord hath given me many sons)
He hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon THE THRONE OF THE KINGDOM OF the
Lord over Israel. "
The Son of man
shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather OUT OF HIS KINGDOM all
things that offend, and them that do iniquity." Certainly the children of
Satan, those who offend and do iniquity, are not in Heaven with God, so that
they will yet have to be gathered out of Heaven: but they are still here in
this world, living here among the nations of Anglo- Saxon, Germanic and
Scandinavian Israel, for you meet them and have business dealings with them
every day: So this is the same Kingdom of God of which Jesus Christ spoke.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this." Confirming this, in the New Testament we find the same thing in Luke 1: 32-33, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: and He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. "
But this is still the same kingdom of
Israel which God established under King David, a kingdom of God's saints,
who are the Children of Israel. Daniel 7: 27 confirms it: "And the kingdom
and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall
be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
(1) the time within which God will set up the fifth great empire, which is "in the days of these kings" of the Babylonian series of four Gentile empires, between 600 B.C. and 1453 A.D.;
(2) that the kingdom which God will set up is an everlasting kingdom--and only the Kingdom of God is everlasting;
(3) that it is an Israel kingdom, in
fulfillment of God's promises to David and to God's chosen people, Israel.
Judah had twin sons, Pharez and Zarah; but Pharez was born before Zarah, so Pharez inherited the right to the throne. Ancient writings record that the -descendants of Zarah were very able men -- even King Solomon being compared to them in wisdom.
Since they could never take the throne in Palestine, where their ability could be used in governing the people, a large part of the descendants of Zarah left Egypt even before the general exodus, looking for places where their abilities could be fully used.
They migrated northward along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where they settled along the coasts of Asia Minor and in parts of Greece; they founded the city of Troy, and also the city of Miletus.
It is accepted British history that
after the fall of Troy, as described in Homer's great poem, the Iliad,
Brutus the Trojan led a party of Trojans to the west, and finally landed in
Britain where they founded the city of London. The place where he landed is
marked by a monument.
Before that time, there were
several tribal kings in various parts of Ireland, but the Milesians united
them in one kingdom, Eochaid the Heremon becoming the first king of
Ireland, somewhat before 600 B.C. The Milesian kings ruled Ireland until the
overthrow of Roderick O'Conner, the last native Irish king, by the invading
Anglo-Norman armies under King Henry II of England, in 1171 A.D. The Irish
of today who have names beginning with "Mc" or "0" are descendants of the
You will recall that before the Israelites left Scythia, two of their tribes were already known as the Angli (the Latin form of "Angles") and the Saxons.
So by the year 600, we have Ireland, Scotland and England
settled by Israelite people. Norse and Danish Vikings also settled areas
along the English Channel coast. In my discussion of Historic Proof of
Israel's Migration, I have mentioned the proof of the migration of the
Israelites from Scythia into Northern and Western Europe, so there can be no
doubt that the settlers of the British Isles are Israelites.
In fact, the word "Norman" is
really just a form of "Norseman," and shows the racial make-up of its
population. From Normandy came Duke William of Normandy, William the
Conqueror, in the year 1066 A.D., in a successful invasion of England. His
Norman followers were Israelite Norsemen, of the same racial strain as much
of the population of England.
This kingdom has had an unbroken existence
since the year 1066 A.D. It is well established historical fact that the
Kings of England (and the Queens, in the two reigns when there was no King),
have all been descendants of King David of Israel. Thus, God's promise in
Jeremiah 33: 17 that David shall never lack a descendant to sit upon the
throne of Israel, has been fulfilled.
goes on to say, in Daniel 2: 44, that "IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS"--and in
the preceding verses he has been careful to mention only FOUR kingdoms, the
last of which we know to be the Roman Empire -- "in the days of these kings
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed."
Daniel never speaks of the toes or the clay in them as kings or kingdoms.
If this is not the kingdom set up by the God of heaven Himself, as Daniel says, then how did God happen to overlook the most remarkable kingdom in all human history?
No, this isn't according to the accepted doctrines of most churches; and they would rather reject the word of God than admit that any of their doctrines might be mistaken. It is a bitter pill for them to swallow, for it proves that we who preach the Anglo Saxon identity message are right: The God of heaven DID set up His kingdom "in the days of these kings."