96) The Fourth Kingdom Splits

We can track Lucifer’s dynasty through the major world empires to the last kingdom of the Roman Augustus Caesar inherited by those taking his family name, such as the Tsar of Russia and the Kaiser of Germany, as well as those who did not take the name of Caesar, but as rulers shared the adoptive lineage.

lbl.2However, don’t get tunnel vision on Europe. The fourth kingdom isn’t a sole proprietor. All four kingdoms remain in existence and active, from their beginning to the present time until the last day. Each successive kingdom absorbs the previous kingdoms into an ever expanding territorial reach coinciding with an expanding world population.

“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 for ever.” (Daniel 2:28-45)

The historical record and current news support this reading that they are still “striving” for dominance amongst themselves as Iraq, Iran, Turkey/Ottoman Empire (original homeland of the Greeks and Alexander the Great’s primary goal for reclaiming as homeland), and the Europeans – including overseas territories of the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australia. 

When we match the biblical narrative into the timeline of world empires, we discover that that these are not isolated biblical entities of interest only to students of eschatology. These are the governments that continue to shape the world as we know it today.

And they all trace back to Babylon.

The land between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers – Mesopotamia – is called the Cradle of Civilization because it is the birthplace of the oldest civilization in the world. The Sumerian, which can be credibly traced back to the pre-flood world-wide civilization, became the Mother of All Civilizations. She brought forth the Adversary’s objective at Nimrod’s Tower of Babel – to bring all humanity back together under the rule of the gods, as it was before the Flood.

Concurrent with the timeline for Mesopotamia, excavations show ancient settlements in Greece dating  prior to 3,000 BC, i.e. before the Flood by identifiably unique cultures called the Minoans (2600-1500 BC), with rapid resettlement after the Flood by the Mycenaeans (1500-1150 BC) and the Cycladics. The famous Trojan War occurred ~1300 BC between city states of Troy in Asia Minor and Sparta in mainland Greece.

Take the words literally as well as abstractly.

Babylon…made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Revelation 14:8)

The gods worshipped by the nations that scattered from the Tower of Babel can all be traced back to Babylon, and every world empire seizes Babylon as a key objective of war.

  • 2000 BCE Babylon controls Fertile Crescent.
  • 1755 BCE Hammurabi rules the whole of Mesopotamia from Babylon.
  • 1595 BCE – 1155 BCE Kassite Dynasty of the Hittites in Asia Minor, modern day Turkey, sacks and rules over Babylon. Begin of Babylonian “dark ages.”
  • ~1300 A spin-off from the legendary accounts of the Trojan War is that Aeneas, a prince of Troy, was a demigod, the son of Aphrodite / Venus. After the destruction of Troy, Aeneas traveled to the frontier of civilization where he founded the settlement that would become Rome.
  • 1220 BCE – 729 Babylon is under Assyrian control ruling from Ninevah.
  • 700’s BC – Homer’s epic poems are written down and circulated among Greek colonies on the Italian peninsula, appropriated in later years by Latins to buff up their hayseed latecomers image to respectable.
  • 753 BC – Rhea, daughter of a rustic king, was impregnated by the god Mars and gave birth to the twins Romulus and Remus. They became leaders of a band of warriors. After killing his brother, Romulus founded his own settlement, naming it Rome after himself. In what was a common practice at that time, he ensured the continuity of his tribe by the Rape, AKA Abduction, of the Sabine Women. This, like the similar incident triggering the Trojan War, led to a series of wars between neighboring city states.
  • 612 BCE Nineveh is sacked and burned by combined forces of Babylonians and Medes.
  • 605 BC  Nebuchadnezzar becomes king of Babylon.

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  • 509 BCoverthrow of the Roman kings and the early Roman Republic (509–264 BCE
  • 450’s BC – The Decem-viri, Latin for “ten men” primarily but not uniquely designating the landmark commission that resolved the two-hundred-year civil conflict between the patricians and the commoners in Rome. The aristocrats were wealthy by virtue / power of land ownership which they had acquired by monopolizing the priesthoods, which in those days was invariably integrated into politics. The plebeians – the commoners – were sharecroppers or small land holders, increasing numbers of whom had become enslaved, often for life, to pay off indebtedness to the landowners during years of hardship. The Decemviri prepared 10 tables of law based on the laws of Athens, which established the foundation for all subsequent Roman law. However, no real power was transferred to the plebs under an increasingly powerful aristocracy. Unlike their Greek counterparts, Rome was able to subjugate her rival city-states and united them under the single banner of the city of Rome…transforming Rome into a sophisticated and powerful fighting force….the Roman military machine which was able to conquer and subjugate…to expand to…the largest empire of the ancient world by, like Greece, working from its western boundary to the eastern-most territory.
  • 400’s BC – Greece is growing into maturity, creating the foundations of uniquely western civilization in all domains of culture, including philosophy, music, drama, rhetoric and even a new regime called democracy. It is not exaggerating to say that this period changed the history of the world…Herodotus, Father of History, compiles first extensive history from oral traditions, reflects Greece’s world-wide trading extent, focuses on Greek-Persian wars.
  • 331 BC Alexander the Great wins the last Greco-Persian war and incorporates Persia into Greece, rules from Babylon.

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  • 300’s BC – Greek culture spread throughout Mesopotamia.
  • 168 BC and onwards, the Romans absorbs Greek city-states and culture. The Greek language served as a lingua franca in the Roman Empire. The Romans read the classical philosophers and base their religion on the Olympian gods. Greece – which included Asia Minor – is a major crossroads of maritime trade between Mediterranean Rome and the eastern half of the empire. 
  • 146 BC The entire Greek peninsula falls to the imperialist Roman Republic.
  • 64 BC  Pompey incorporates Greek Syria from Anatolia to the Euphrates.
  • 45 BC Julius Caesar becomes dictator of Rome during widespread civil unrest and international war.

The founders of the Roman Republic, like the American founding fathers, placed checks and balances on the power of their leaders. The Romans, however, came up with a way to sidestep these checks and balances when strong leadership was needed, such as a time of crisis. The Senate could vote to grant absolute power to one man, called a dictator, for a temporary period…the dictatorship was limited to six months or even less if the crisis passed. If a dictator refused to step down, he could be forcibly removed.

The Roman dictator’s power was absolute. He could rule by decree. He could even order executions without a trial. For centuries, Roman dictators served when duty called and gave up power when their terms ended.

The Dictatorship of Julius Caesar

By 53 B.C., factions in the Senate had paralyzed the Roman government. The annual consul [senator] election degenerated into a contest of who could bribe the most voters. Street riots erupted. In a desperate move to restore order, the assembly elected General Gnaeus Pompey to serve as sole consul for a year. Informally, Pompey shared power with two other powerful generals—Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus. Crassus was the general who had defeated Spartacus. And Caesar was the governor and military conqueror of Gaul / Europe. [By defending their borders with Rome, the indigenous tribes were preventing  expansion of Rome’s territory into the continent. Exactly like George Washington rising to power by fighting the American Indians.] This military committee became known as the First Triumvirate.

In 49 B.C.E., Caesar did mass his legions at the border between Gaul and Italy. [Facing Italy, however.] Foes of Caesar spread the word that Caesar was about to invade Italy with his army….

The Senate demanded that Caesar give up his provincial command. Caesar answered by leading his army across the Rubicon River into Italy. This “crossing of the Rubicon” was an act of war, since a Roman general was forbidden to lead an army outside the province he governed. [Again, think George Washington and his allies rebelling against the British government and their allies in power in the American Colonies.] Pompey and most of the senators fled the country…

By 45 B.C., Caesar had defeated all the troops loyal to Pompey. The Senate acclaimed him “Liberator” [from the war HE created!] and made him dictator for 10 years… in February 44 B.C., Caesar was made dictator for life…he was assassinated only a few days later [by a government faction attempting to uphold the Constitution.]

Caesar’s death plunged Rome into 17 years of civil war. The warfare finally ended when Octavian, Caesar’s [nephew and] adopted son, became the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Although the forms of the Republic such as the Senate and the election of the consuls continued, the emperor held all power. Democracy in Rome was dead and dictatorship had won.

After any catastrophe or extended period of devastating war most people not only willingly, but eagerly give up their freedoms in favor of a sense of security. This access route to tyranny is built into any government modeled after the Roman republic. The Caesars’ rise to power is the modus operandi for all successive dictators hungry for more power but limited by the restrictions of a monarchical or democratic form of government.

  • 33 BC Mark Antony occupies Persian territory.
  • 27 BC – the establishment of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar claimed descent from the demi-god Aeneas.
  • 66 AD – The Roman Emperor Nero visited Greece and performed at the Ancient Olympic Games, despite the rules against non-Greek participation, and was honored with a victory in every contest, returning the favor by proclaiming the freedom of the Greeks, which changed their status from conquered peoples to citizens with rightsThe Pax Romana was the longest period of peace in Greek history.
  • 100’s AD – Following the apostolic evangelism of Greek Asia Minor, this region quickly became one of the most highly Christianized areas of the empire.
  • 166 AD Trajan incorporates Babylon into the Roman Empire.

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  • 300’s AD – Constantine relocates the primary seat of Roman government to the bridge between East and West, naming the new Roman capitol after himself.

So that would be the two-legged feature of the fourth empire, right?

Legs of iron: Rome and Constantinople

Feet and toes: first view of revived Rome

Actually, no.

The terms Western Roman Empire and Eastern Roman Empire were coined in modern times… contemporary Romans did not consider the Empire to have been split into two separate empires but viewed it as a single polity governed by two geographically separated imperial courts as an administrative expediency.

285 – First division into administrative jurisdictions under one Emperor

diocletianthetetrarchy285-305-e1506880088711.jpgRome’s federation was instituted first as the Tetrarchy, or Four Rulers, in AD 285 by Diocletian, the notorious persecutor of Christians, in response to the Crisis of the 3rd century. This was a fifty year period during which the Empire nearly collapsed from invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. You know the Christians were expecting Christ’s return at any moment back then. And didn’t Constantine show up and save the day.

324 – Constantine the Great

roman-empire-300-adDuring the Crisis, a child was born, a son was given: and the government was put upon his shoulder: and his name was called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Prince of Peace, The Everlasting, Undeviating, Constant-ine. By the way, these are all characteristics of Apollo.

Constantine’s father raised himself to the rank of Augustus / god-endowed senior emperor. After his death, Constantine emerged victorious in a series of civil wars against rival Emperors to become sole ruler of the Empire by 324 AD. This began a New World Order under the Roman Empire as Constantine

  • established dynastic succession,
  • strengthened the empire with many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms,
  • controlled inflation with a new gold coin which became the standard European currency for more than a thousand years,
  • chose to rule from Byzantium, which became known as the New Rome.

476 – The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

There is no direct heir to the Roman Empire...

Ostensibly Bible-believing conservative Christians believe that the Roman Empire ceased to exist.

In the prophetic eyes of God, the Roman Empire…fell from world dominion buta confederacy or union of leadership will arise out of a revival of the remains of the Roman Empire to step into the prophecy role that leads to fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies.  

The European Union has risen up from the remains of the Roman Empire so to lead the world into the Great Tribulation

However, biblical prophecy indicates a continuation of this fourth kingdom to the end of human rulers. If this can be believed – and it is certainly credible given the Bible’s track record on foretold history for the last 2,500 years – this fourth beast must have left a trail of his scat. It is simply our failure to recognize its essential features, despite changes in territory, incorporation of different cultures, even name changes, that leaves us unsuspecting victims of stalking and sudden destruction.

The fact is, when the barbarian Odoacer deposed the sitting Western Emperor Romulus Augustus Zeno he wiselybyzantine-empire-under-justinians-reign-690x460 restrained his ambitions to being crowned King of one state in the Empire. Like Herod, who had been King of Judea, “the Senate in Rome sent an embassy to the Eastern Emperor and bestowed upon him the Western imperial insignia. The message was clear: the West no longer required a separate Emperor, for “one monarch sufficed [to rule] the world”. In response, Zeno accepted his submission…  conferred upon Odoacer the title of Patrician and granted him legal authority to govern Italy in the name of Rome.” Odoacer settled so many Germanic tribes into Roman territories, granting them Roman citizenship, that he and his successors were henceforth called  the “King of the Germans.”

Now there’s a clue. juliusnepos2002

(Odoacer’s coins struck in the name of Emperor Zeno, testifying to the formal submission of Odoacer to Zeno.)

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From 527-565 Emperor Justinian in Constantinople devoted his reign to restoring Roman rule to all its old expanse, much of which had been seized by Germanic tribes fleeing the Hun invasion of their northern European homelands.  Justinian’s general, Belisarius, considered an equal with such military genii as Alexander, Julius Caesar and Napoleon, took northern Africa from the Vandals, reclaimed Italy from the Goths, and fought the Persians. The Code of Justinian systematized the confused accumulation of Roman laws and remained in force for a thousand years, becoming the foundation of all modern European and Neo-European (American, Canadian, Australian) legal systems. Believing that religious unity was indispensable to political unity, Justinian incorporated his version of Christianity into the Code, punishing heresy by death.

7th Century – Roman Empire Splits Into Legs – Christian West and Islamic East

Muhammad c. 570 CE – 8 June 632 CE), the founder of Islam, claimed to be God’s Messenger, the final prophet of God sent to restore orthodox monotheism previously preached by Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

Maybe Muhammad was a true believer, a Hebrew. We don’t know because, like Jesus, he didn’t leave any of his own writings behind. We can expect that his successors, like the Gnostics and other corrupt Christian leaders, distorted his message while writing the Koran to suit their power grabs. Certainly the immediate split into Shi’ite and Sunni sects supports this logic.

It is easy enough to see an Antichrist Roman Emperor in Pseudo-Christian rulers like Constantine who reshaped our Judeo-Christian heritage. We also need to recognize Antichrist Roman Emperor in the monotheistic Muslim rulers who recognize but overrule the authority of the Bible. 

Islam’s jihad, or holy war is all about becoming the god of this world’s overlord of the Fourth Kingdom. Details in the post The Islamic Leg Of The Roman Empire.

In the 7th century the Arab Empire incorporated the previous three empires – the Ancient Greek homeland of Anatolia, Persia/Iran and Babylon/Iraq under the rule of monotheistic Allah, challenging the Jews’ YHVH and the Eastern Orthodox Christians’ paganized Trinity. Mohammed, the founder of Islam, called Christian Europe the “Romans”, and called for jihad – imposition of Allah’s righteous rule over the earth through conquest.

Think about it. Is this any different than the US waging war to impose democracy?

In 800 the current King of the Germans, Charlemagne crowned himself Roman Emperor by proxy of the Pope at Rome. While, like Odoacer, he and his heirs did not deny the title to the ruler in Constantinople, unlike Odoacer, he did aspire to assume equal status to the Emperor of the East as their co-regents. This was a not uncommon practice when internal or external circumstances called for more leadership than one person could deliver. There was specific precedent during the Tetrarchy, or Four Rulers, in AD 285 by Diocletian, in response to the same desperate circumstances facing waves of Eastern invasions, plague and dire economic straits.

Charlemagne established diplomatic ties with the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad, Harun-al-Rashid, a relationship nurtured by the fact that these two rulers shared common enemies, the Byzantine emperors and the Umayyad caliphs in Spain. Charlemagne enjoyed a vague role as protector of the Christian establishment in Jerusalem. And his presence was felt in the affairs of Anglo-Saxon kings of Mercia and Northumbria in England. Through successful warfare and effective diplomacy Charlemagne had become a world figure.

In 962 Otto I was crowned, likewise, in German, a “Römisch-Deutscher Kaiser” of his western section of the Roman Empire.

In 1157 under the German Frederick I Barbarossa the word “Holy” was added to reflect Frederick’s ambition to dominate Italy and the Papacy.  In 1512, following the fall from power of Byzantium’s Eastern Orthodox capitol, the name was officially changed to Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

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This reflects the jostling for power for one of the “co-regents” to become the “first among equals.”

Although we refer to Republican and Imperial periods of the Rome, Republican values were still paid lip service during Augustus’ reign and beyond. A semblance of democracy, although more of a façade, was reverentially upheld under Augustus and subsequent Emperors.

The Republic came to a practical end with Julius Caesar, but it was actually more a process of wearing away than an outright switch from patrician semi-democracy to wholesale monarchy. It seems that instability and war were suitable reasons or excuses for entering an authoritative political phase, but admitting to the end of the Republic was an idea that the people and senate would need getting used to.

Augustus’ solution was to create a system of government often referred to as the ‘principate’. He was Princeps, meaning ‘first citizen’ or ‘first among equals’, an idea that was in fact incongruous with the reality of the situation…

he consolidated the powers of the military and tribunal, became head of the state religion and gained the power of veto of the magistrates.

Primus inter pares is a Latin phrase meaning first among equals

After the fall of the Republic, Roman emperors initially referred to themselves only as princeps despite having power of life and death over their “fellow citizens”.

Various modern figures such as the chair of the United States Federal Reserve System, the prime minister of parliamentary countries…the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court…the Archbishop of Canterbury of the Anglican Communion and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church fall under both senses: bearing higher status and various additional powers while remaining still merely equal to their peers.

There is always – always – the use of religion to empower politics. Latin-speaking Western Europeans allied with Rome began to claim superiority over Eastern Greek-speaking Constantinople, and disputes arose over church boundaries and control. 

In 1054, after six centuries in the making, the Great Schism occurred between the church of Constantinople and the Church of Rome, creating the Roman Catholic Church vs the Greek Orthodox Church.

In 1204 total alienation of the two churches occurred during the Fourth Crusade when Christian knights on their way to save Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims were diverted to attack and capture Constantinople. Thousands of Orthodox Christians were murdered, churches and icons were desecrated, and undying hostility developed between Eastern and Western Christian Churches.

A change in religion from

  1. Classical Pagan Rome to
  2. Roman Catholic under Constantine to
  3. Eastern Orthodox after the Great Schism
  4. to Islam

didn’t change the identity of the Fourth Empire any more than changing demographics in the United States changes our essential identity.

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In 1453  Mehmet II “the Conqueror”, took Constantinople, the gateway to Europe, and Islam surged into Christendom.

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Like conquerors before him, with the taking of the capitol city Mehmet II also claimed the European title Kayser-i Rûm, i.e. Caesar of Rome, and emperor. All subsequent Sultans of the Ottoman Empire kept Kayser-i Rum as one of their many titles.

The Islamic ruler is absolutely the equivalent of the Christian ruler.

In simple English, the title Caesar / Kayser is a showdown between

  1. Western European Roman Catholics and their Protestant offspring,
  2. Eastern European Orthodox Churches much more set in their traditions,
  3. and Muslims.

But that’s three legs!

Not when alliances are formed creating two combatants, as the standard MOS, as with the Allies and Axis Powers.

Keep in mind these three main claimants as we continue to wander through the maze of intervening history. Names, geographical boundaries and alliances constantly shift, but the root identities and destinies don’t change of “the king of the north (European)” and “the king of the south (Middle East (Muslim) don’t change.

The element of religion serves to whip up national support for war in the Middle East.

Since the 4th century and particularly since the Edict of Thessalonica in 380, the defense and promotion of Christianity has been a key driver of Imperial identity. After that date, however, the territorial scope of the Empire or any of its continuating entities has never exactly coincided with that of Christendom, and the discrepancies led to enduring conflicts of legitimacy…

  1. to this day, Rome remains the seat of the Catholic Church,
  2. and Constantinople (Istanbul) that of the Ecumenical Patriarchatewithin the Eastern Orthodox Church
  3. The Imperial connection extends, through the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, to Islam as well. Istanbul was also until 1923 the seat of the only widely recognized Caliphate of the last half-millennium…

Based on Daniel, the essential identifier of the Fourth Empire is not religion, but politics – any Empire – coalition of nations – that controls Jerusalem

We will recognize – and anticipate, a ruler of the Fourth Empire by his role at Jerusalem as savior of the Jews. He is a liar and a murderer. He will slaughter the Jews.

The prototype of this individual is Herod the Great. As the on-site, local representative of Caesar he can accurately be identified with the title “king of the north”. Initially presenting himself as protector and benefactor of the Jews, especially by building the temple, this temple becomes the means of their destruction.

  1. Rome: The Western European Roman Catholics split into Protesting religious factions and expanded into the Americas.
  2. Byzantium: The capitol of the Roman Empire that moved east to better wage war against waves of invaders from the eastern steppes, maintaining the older Greek culture and language in what it called “Orthodox” Christianity.
  3. The Ottoman Empire whose power was broken into many Islamic substates after WWI. All of them continue to aspire to reclaim their glorious history and power through various alliances with western and Eastern European powers.

The following account is an extremely abbreviated history from the fall of Constantinople, providing just the broad strokes, bringing us to a biblical understanding of the current king of the north’s invasion and occupation of Jerusalem. 

Russia

In 1547, acknowledging the long-term loss of Constantinople and surrounds to the Ottoman Turks, and in defiance of the European rulers’ claim, the Russian ruler assumed the title of Caesar / Tsar. Supported by the Orthodox / True Christian Church’s opposition to the Roman Catholic / Universal Church’s expanding power, Russia transferred the seat of the eastern government of the Roman Empire from Constantinople to Moscow as the Third Rome.

“Moscow, Third Rome” is a theological and a political concept which was formulated in the 15th–16th centuries in the Tsardom of Rus. In theology as a political concept, three interrelated and interpenetrating fields of ideas can be found:

  1. Theology: necessity and inevitability of the unity of the Eastern Orthodox /True Church,
  2. Social policy: East Slavic territories being historically joined through Christian Eastern Orthodox faith and Slavic culture,
  3. State doctrine: the Moscow Prince is a supreme ruler and defender of the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church which facilitates the execution of his divine right to rule as God’s representative as an autocrat.

Note – this historical analysis differs greatly from Hal Lindsey’s 1970 book The Late Great Planet Earth which sold over 35 million copies and was the ‘number one non-fiction best-seller of the decade’ according to the New York Times. 

Lindsey’s book popularized the Rapture, geopolitics, prophecy, and the Apocalypse as key themes in evangelical culture…which are now ‘strangely informing American geo-political debates’ (Casanova, 2001, p. 416). In an attempt to make sense of the nuclear age, Lindsey… recognized the global political significance of…the USSR…or what he often calls ‘Russia’ because he equates it to the Biblical ‘Rosh’ in Ezekiel 39:1.

Hermeneutically, a single interpretation of scripture cannot stand. Additionally, focusing on Russia as a single entity overlooks the unquestionable portrayal of the last empire as being a two-legged alliance.

Back to the past:

After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Tsar’s competing heir to the Eastern Orthodox Byzantine throne, Andreas Palaiologos, found refuge in the West where his title and claim to be a rightful Emperor of Rome was recognized, of course, by the Christian Western powers opposed to both the Russian and the Muslim claimants. Desperate for living expenses, like Esau he sold his inheritance, including his title and imperial rights, to the French kings, where they gathered dust, then bequeathed them at his death to their greatest rivals for power, the Spaniards.

This officially elevated iberian_union_empires.pngKing Ferdinand, married to Queen Isabella / Jezebel, into a legal Emperor of Rome.

These are the rulers who expanded the Empire’s dominions into the New World after funding Christopher Columbus’ voyages. (Map shows Spanish Empire in red and Portuguese in blue during union of their empires 1581-1640.)

Following the Spanish conquests in the Caribbean, Mexico and Peru, the crown established high courts…and viceroyalties…with the viceroy (vice-king) and the Audiencias the effective administrators of royal policy.

In the early 1700’s the Spanish monarchy passed by inheritance to the House of Habsburg under King Charles I – who just happened to be also the Holy Roman Emperor as Charles V, thereby uniting the eastern and western branches of the European Roman empire into a single Germanic Holy Roman Empire.

In 1806napoleoniceurope Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Germanic Holy Roman Empire’s territories, shown in the map in blue with green allies. He also forced the Spanish king to abdicate, and placed his older brother Joseph Bonaparte on the throne of Spain. This further consolidated both branches of the European Roman Catholic Empire under Napoleon.

While modestly calling himself Emperor of France, Napoleon identified himself as Emperor of Rome by having himself crowned with both a replica of Charlemagne’s Roman Emperor crown and a Roman laurel wreath. He also conferred on his son the title King of Rome, which is, like the official designation of the heir to the throne of England ,”Prince of Wales,” the official designation of the heir to the Roman Empire.

After Napoleon was frozen out of his bid to incorporate the Russian sector of the Roman empire, then lost the western to the British at the Battle of Waterloo, the Germans fought to control all of Europe. They bolstered their historical dynastic right by

  1. retrospectively calling Charlemagne’s first German-centered empire “The First” Reich
  2. and the renewed German Empire under Kaiser (you get that, right?) Wilhelm “The Second” Reich”.

Proving that economics is as important as military means of asserting dominance:

By the mid-18th century, Britain was the world’s leading commercial nation, controlling a global trading empire with colonies in North America and the Caribbean. Britain had major military and political hegemony on the Indian subcontinent

The Industrial Revolution marked a major turning point in history. Comparable only to humanity’s adoption of agriculture with respect to material advancement…Economic historians are in agreement that the onset of the Industrial Revolution is the most important event in the history of humanity since the domestication of animals and plants.

In 1908 England found exploitable oil fields in Persia / Iran and evidence of possible fields along the Persian Gulf border of Arabia. By 1913 the British Empire had become the foremost global power and was by far the largest empire in history, controlling 23% of the world’s population and covering 24% of the Earth’s total land area.

However, as the first mechanized war, WWI had driven home the immense amounts of oil needed, and dramatically altered priorities from sourcing manpower to sourcing oil. Germany’s shortage of oil supplies led in part to their defeat in WWI.

And that’s when the story takes a sharp turn to the right. (That’s a pun in so many ways, but never mind.)

England’s skyrocketing rise to wealth and power was made possible in part through locally discovered oil. However, industry could not be sustained, let alone grown, by petroleum sources limited to those at home. 

Since the Industrial Revolution, it is not shared ideology but access to oil that drives every significant political alliance.

The 20th century was primarily a series of wars among competing empires, all of them grounded in the ideology of the template modern revolution – the atheist, humanistic French Revolution, of which it was astutely predicted: “From this place, and from this day forth begins a new era in the history of the world. (Goethe)

And humanism is simply the oldest lie every told – You don’t need the Creator to set limits on you – you can become a god yourself and soar to any accomplishment you can imagine.

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This is the ultimate sudden death tournament for any aspirant to supreme power by displacing the Creator / Singularity.

When in 1938 vast oil reserves were finally discovered, Middle Eastern political relations were altered forever. The British Empire had secured the boundless petroleum resources in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer controlling oil reserves.

Second only to America’s.

What? You didn’t know that America held the largest oil reserves, the energy resource guaranteeing power?

So why do American consumers keep paying higher prices for gas imported from the Middle East?

Ahh, because American oil is reserved for wartime power.

America’s “New” World Order is just a re-serving of the oldest. War.

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In 1948 America became Israel’s primary ally by securing Jerusalem against Moslem incursion.

That tells us everything we need to know about America’s current role and future role in the Fourth Empire.

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