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Who is “a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers”?

I wondered a few minutes ago who “a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers” was referring to considering the Bible prophecy about the coming destruction of Damascus, which seems near. After reading a Catholic article online about who this god might be (since there were no other articles I could find pointing out which god it might be) I then read a doc file, which like other articles didn’t say which god it would likely be, but only said it would be more likely the head of the ancient Roman pantheon, whose name I will not mention since it is a false god not deserving of honor. It then occurred to me that no one could figure out who this god was because it wasn’t an ancient god. The Bible never said it was an ancient god, but rather, “An unknown god to his fathers.” And at this point in time there would be many ancestors of the anti-Christ, and because of the Internet , the modern ones would probably have heard about any significant gods of fortresses. So if it is unknown, it must be a NEW god. So it wouldn’t be Satan, wouldn’t be any of the ancients. Further, now that I am writing this and thinking about it much more clearly, the Bible also says the anti-Christ will EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE ALL GODS, so then who most likely will he worship? HIMSELF. But how can you worship yourself? The anti-Christ isn’t Satan, even if Satan is in him, and Satan would never become one with a human because he hates God and the thought of him and wants to kill all mankind. So it can’t be said, “The anti-Christ will worship Satan” meaning, “Worship the part of him that he became one with, the spirit Satan.” Revelation however, which parallels Daniel and adds new information about the last days of this age which are not included in Daniel says that Satan will create a beast that can speak, make war and will be worship. It will have a mortal wound and be healed:


Rev 13:1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.
Rev 13:2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
Rev 13:3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”
Rev 13:5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
Rev 13:6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
Rev 13:8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
Rev 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
Rev 13:10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Rev 13:11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
Rev 13:12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
Rev 13:14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Rev 13:15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

Now one might think, if not reading carefully and fully all of those verses that the beast is merely, “a governmental body and the anti-Christ is just one of those heads, he is worshiping therefore himself along with the rest of these government officials who collectively are “The beast”. That would explain him worshiping himself, but not a singular fortress god. But the last verses explain that eventually this beast with two horns (traditionally interpreted as being the anti-Christ’s right hand man, a false prophet) the evil version of Elijah, makes an idol of this government, probably in the image of the anti-Christ, and that he (through the power of Satan or one of his demons) brings this idol to life. Now God often mocked the idols that man makes as being non-living and unable to help, so it is no surprise to me that Satan would be trying to find fault with God and find some way to contradict him by making a living idol, one that actually did something useful, but not necessarily useful for doing good. So God apparently is going to allow one exception. The prophet Daniel also pointed out that this idol would be an exception, “He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god.” (Daniel 11:39). Now since when can an idol, a false god, help anyone? Though the Bible says that demons are behind false gods, it doesn’t say these demons ever help those who worship them, but rather waste the time and resources of those who worship them, so, this “god” must be an exception. I think also Daniel refers to it as a god rather than also an idol is because there is something supernatural about it, and more than there just being a representation of some demon. Revelation indicates that this is because Satan (via the false prophet) brings it to life and gives it the ability to speak and make war, so it has intelligence, and isn’t just some brainless body or that simply has the ability to speak. In a way, it is the evil version of the Holy Spirit, Satan’s very crude, physical version. And since this alien beast, this “foreign god” is at least made in part in the image of the government it represents, there is no problem saying it is made in the image of the anti-Christ, and since the anti-Christ is arrogant, vain, and exalts himself above all gods, then it would be in keeping for him to worship his own image, and force or ask people to worship it.

Another indication that the beast is the “god of fortress” that helps this “blasphemous” “horn” in Daniel to overcome the strongest fortresses is that one of the only characteristics of it that God points out is that it makes war, and is useful for war. Fortresses are usually attacked in war against some people or nation, and strong ones are usually built by nations with armies. So then it usually requires war to overtake a fortress, rather than minor battle. Hence this beast can be called a “god of fortress” or “god of fortresses”. Satan in his pride thinks of himself as invincible and the strongest being, at least besides god, and knowing that one day he will be defeated, he will want to make a show for himself to remember in Hell and others to remember him by. And what better way then to turn yourself into a war god and defeat the strongest types of protection man tries to make to protect himself then to break into the strongest fortresses he makes? So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Satan would endevour to do this just before he is imprisoned for 1000 years, and besides the little breather in the light he will get afterwards, forever. So, another piece of the prophecy puzzle has been solved.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4

It is now the time of the end of this age, these are the last days.

“the angel who showed them to me… And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.'” – Revelation 22

So now these riddles are being unsealed for many to understand.

Update: 12/08/2014

I found that “fortresses” in the ancient Hebrew can possibly be translated as “forces” as in weather. This seems to blend with Satan being able to control wind or the air, and his title “the prince of the power of the air”, as he demonstrated in the book of Job and the anti-Christ trying to “change the times and the seasons” which could be done possibly by weather manipulation. The name of the anti-Christ, I’m guessing would likely have something to do with weather.

  1. Sean
    August 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Something you may want to consider along the same lines of thought is that this unknown, (alien) foreign god may be “watchers” or fallen angels who are “cast down” from heaven when Michael throws them and Satan down from heaven. These fallen ones would be so technologically advanced compared to us, that the mightiest fortress nations (the US, France, UK, Russia, China, Germany, etc.) could not stand against them even if they all banned together.

    Imagine if they appear as “aliens” to us, complete with “space craft”…they may or may not have our physical appearance, but they will seem very much god-like and superior to us in terms of technology and knowledge. They may very well come with a message of a “new religion” that amalgamates all previous world religions that is a clarification and combining of them all to make it palatable and acceptable to the vast majority of people….especially agnostics who always demand to see with their eyes the proof of existence of a higher being. When these Fallen Ones demand worship or defer worship to the Anti-Christ (who knew the “truth” of their existence all along), it will make more sense to the masses as to why this lie is the thing to be believed.

    I am personally of the opinion that Bashar al-Assad of Syria could well be the Anti-Messiah and that this is all closely tied to the Shia version of the apocalypse with Assad being a descendent of the 11th Imam, thereby claiming to be the 12th Imam or Mahdi. I believe the Islamic “Jesus” aka Isa will be the false prophet and will attest, upon arrival with these alien gods, that Allah (Satan) is the one true, most-high god and that Allah has no son.

    • August 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      like any other book, you interpret the text within its context, not whatever you feel like and speculations. And there’s no evidence watchers were technologically advanced or that they would be. Their power and intelligence is what the Bible implies is greater than ours, further, Jude seems to imply the watchers have been chained up in some sort of Hell.

  2. May 18, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    google the muslim fortress and see what you get, allah and islam is the god of fortresses, islam wasn’t around until hundreds of years after Christ so their fathers wouldn’t have known this new god, also interesting the feet and toes of the statue that were make of iron and clay, both of which are held in high esteem in islam, iron has a whole book in the koran written about it and the clay because men are made of it, which is why one group in the u.s. call them selves, the muslim bricks. in berlin Germany is a mosque called the green line mosque and its the main headquarters for that part of Europe. the first reich was the holy roman empire. second reich was imperial Germany, the third reich was Nazi Germany and the fourth reich is being built right now, just the thought of it gives me pause, so thankful we know how it all ends, Jesus Christ King of kings and Lord of lords!

  3. Mike
    January 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    It is very possible that The beast could also be an android in which Satan in-dwells

    • January 9, 2016 at 5:36 PM

      I thought about that, but I doubt God would allow such a scenario, it’s too, boring for such an event, Satan might as well indwell any machine then, it’s too corny, I think God is planning something more spectacular than a mere machine being possessed. It’s no more interesting than a ghost in a house, a haunted objected. God has something more wonderous in mind for the world to behold, Satan in a human totally willing to be possessed or so deluded they don’t believe in Satan but a ”god of fortresses” and allowing himself to be taken over by that false god, Satan, and giving that person having spectacular supernatural powers. Remember, Satan is a DECEIVER, and that is the theme God has given for the world to see about him. Satan and any demon really would not “live” in a machine, as machines cannot be alive, the Bible says “life is in the blood”, so it would make more sense if Satan were in a thing with blood of some sort, an imitation of the types God has made for things to be alive in the flesh

  4. Interested Bible Reader
    July 11, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Very interesting, about the god of fortresses, and very logical. There is one flaw made here, and by many Bible-readers: the evil ruler is not called the ‘Anti-Christ’. The ‘Anti-Christ’ is a spiritual movement, or a character type of many people, not one individual, The term is mentioned only 5 times in the Bible by John, in his epistles, and not in Revelation.

    ‘ Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

    — 1 John 2:18 KJVMany deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist!

    — 2 John 1:7 NRSV (1989)Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

    — 1 John 2:22 NRSV (1989)By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world.

    — 1 John 4:2–3 NRSV (1989).

    Everybody calls the last-days-evil ruler ‘The Anti-Christ, which I guess is a good enough term, for moderns, since the Anti-hero of literature is the charismatic, laws-defying tough guy who saves the day. the evil ruler of Daniel/Revelation kinda does that, and he will be confused with the Christ. But in the BIBLE, he is never called that.

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM

      Anti christ is mentioned in the singular, you’re quoting scriptures that do not at all deny a traditional “anti christ”.

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