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Invaders From The North
by Wayne Blank
The principle is also found in the modern-day world. During the Cold War era between the US and the USSR, the bulk of an attack upon the United States by Russia would not have come from the east or west (i.e. across the vast oceans) as most people thought, but over the Pole, from the north (Canada spent the Cold War era sandwiched between the two superpowers, the US on its southern border, the USSR on its northern border; the Canadian-built Mach 2.5 (i.e. 2½ times the speed of sound in the 1950s) interceptor, the CF-105 Arrow, shown in the photo, was designed to shoot down Soviet nuclear bombers, on route to targets in the United States, as they were entering Canadian airspace over the high Arctic, from the north. Canada is soon to find itself again sandwiched between two superpowers, the US, and the EU - see the Fact Finder question below).
From The North
When the Babylonians invaded Israel (see Why Babylon?), they came in from the north, even though Babylon was to the east. The Lord makes the distinction Himself in describing the Babylonians coming "from the rising of the sun" (i.e. from the east) but at the same time also describes them as being "from the north":
"I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun, and he shall call on my name; he shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay" (Isaiah 41:25 RSV)
Babylon's own fall is spoken of in duality, historically and prophetically, one the fall of an ancient empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon), the other the fall of the present confused religious/economic world of "Babylon" (Babylon literally means confusion). When the historic Babylon fell, the people of Judah were allowed to return to the land of Israel (i.e. see Nehemiah and Ezra); when modern-day Babylon falls, all of Israel is going to return to the land of Israel (see Many More Are Coming Home and Spiritual and Physical Gatherings, also Physical and Spiritual Israel):
"The word which The Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet:
Fact Finder: Who will be the end-time "King of the North" as described by the prophet Daniel in Daniel 11?