Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.


The United States and Britain in Prophecy

Amos{3:7} Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. {3:8} The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Prophecies Closed Until Now!

One might ask, were not biblical prophecies closed and sealed? Indeed they were—until now! And even now they can be understood only by those who possess the master key to unlock them. But we have reached the approximate end of 6,000 years of biblical history. We have reached the end of an age! We are entering, right now, the world crisis at the close of the present civilization. We face, today, conditions such as the world never before has witnessed. Today the big problem is the stark question of survival! For the first time in world history, the weapons of mass destruction exist which can erase all life from the Earth. Chiefs of government and world-famous scientists have been saying publicly we must adjust to living in fear of human annihilation, with no solutions in sight. To those prejudicially cynical toward the Bible, I say: It is now your only hope! Science offers no solutions. The politicians and heads of governments have no answers. In the Bible alone you will find the advance news of what is now certain to occur— and occur it will before mankind blasts itself out of existence! But another objector might ask, are not most of the prophecies outdated Old Testament writings, addressed only to the ancient nation Israel, of no concern to us in our time? And the answer is an emphatic no! These scintillating, dynamic prophecies were, most of them, never given to ancient Israel.

A Pivota l Book

The plain truth is, these prophecies were written for our people of our time, and for no previous people or time. They pertain to world conditions of today, and could not have been understood until today. One of the very pivotal books of prophecy is the book of Daniel. Actually, the Prophet Daniel was not the author of the book known by his name. The living God was its author! The message was transmitted to Daniel by God’s angel. Daniel put to writing, to be preserved until our time, what he heard. At the very close of his book, Daniel wrote: “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. … [A]nd none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:8-10).

So the prophecies of Daniel were closed, sealed, locked up until now! But today we are living in “the time of the end.” Today the “wise” do understand! But who are “the wise”? Only those who fear and obey God—and who have the master key to unlock the locked-up prophecies. God says: “The fear of the [Eternal] is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments …” (Psalm 111:10). And even most professing “Christians” refuse utterly to do that. No wonder they can’t understand. And don’t forget, the specific key that unlocks these closed doors of prophecy is the definite knowledge of the true identity of the American and British nations as they are mentioned in these prophecies.

Stop a moment and think. If the prophecies Daniel wrote could not be understood by him; if they were “closed up and sealed till the time of the end”—till the latter half of the 20th century—as the angel said and as Daniel wrote, then they were closed to the ancient Israelites of that day; they contained no message for Daniel’s time. Think a little further. These prophecies could not have been given to or known by the ancient kingdom of Israel. Daniel wrote in and after the time of the Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion and captivity of the kingdom of Judah, 604 to 585 b.c. But the kingdom of Israel had long before been invaded, conquered, and its people moved out of Palestine—transported as slaves to Assyria—721 to 718 b.c. (2 Kings 17:18, 23-24), 117 to 133 years before Daniel wrote. Years before the book of Daniel was written, most of the Assyrians, with those Israelite slaves, had migrated from ancient Assyria northwest toward Europe. How far northwest—where they finally settled—was not then known. They had become known as the lost 10 tribes.

But today we do know. Today, as Daniel wrote (12:4), knowledge has indeed increased. The whereabouts of the lost 10 tribes is one of the ancient mysteries now cleared up. But in Daniel’s day they were lost from view—as if the earth had opened her mouth and swallowed them.

Not for Old Testament Israel

Daniel’s prophecy, then, was not a message to the Old Testament kingdom of Israel! Now think further! Nor was this prophecy a message for the Old Testament kingdom of Judah. When Daniel wrote, the Jews already were slaves in Babylon. Daniel was one of the brilliant young princes of Judah, specially chosen for service in the king’s palace in Babylon (Daniel 1:3-6). Daniel’s strenuous duties in the Gentile king’s service did not allow him to deliver this closed and sealed message to the scattered Jewish slaves. In this condition of slavery, the Jews had no system of religious meetings— no priesthood. There was no such thing as a printing press—no way to print and distribute literature.

And besides, the prophecywas “closed up and sealed till the time of the end”—our time, now! The book of Daniel was not a message for the Jews of Old Testament times! Finally realize: It is emphatically clear that these prophecies pertain to no time but to our time, in this 20th century!