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Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

Post by larry » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:08 am

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

by Gene Hawkins

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Daniel 11:1 ends this first section of the vision. "Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him." Now we can well understand why that Satan would not want Darius the Mede to be in power, because you see when he was it meant that the seventy years captivity of the Jew was over, and Satan certainly did not want that. And so "Even I." This is Christ that stood with Darius the Mede, and He is stood to confirm and then notice "I stood to confirm and to strengthen him." Now I believe the "Him" here is actually Michael because he seems to be the subject that Christ is talking about in the last verse of Chapter 10, and here in Verse 1 Jesus is going to strengthen Michael who was indeed in harmony with the will of God and knowing that this regime, the Babylonish regime was going down.

Daniel 11:2. We now come to this second division that Daniel has had, and this goes from Verses 2 through 35 of this eleventh chapter, and what I want to notice here is that what we're going to see is history that is already past. Now at the time it was given to Daniel it hadn't occurred but it was prophesied. He predicted these things were going to happen, and history revealed they happened exactly as Daniel said. There are some critics that declare up and down that the book of Daniel, and I'm certain they believe that this particular portion was written after the fact. It is just too accurate to suit the critics and there's just no way could Daniel have known all of these details, but I personally believe that God gave these verses with these predictions so that men would have no excuse. They were predicted long before they ever happened, they came to pass right down to the last iota so to speak, and I believe that God is absolutely putting Himself on record as proving Himself that this prophesy is true. Now if these words are fulfilled verbatim in history already, is it any stretch of the imagination to think that all the rest of these words are going to be fulfilled yet in this unfulfilled week? Are we giving God too much creditability to think they're going to be fulfilled exactly as He prophesied or predicted? Absolutely not, and God went on record to prove that He knew exactly what He was talking about. I'm not going into all of these different things though I'll give you a few pointers, and if you want to go back into the history books and check them, and even more you can see them here how that these things came to pass between these countries that are mentioned down through here, and we will give a few names that we are familiar with in order to show exactly that God was not just saying somewhere sometime, or somebody. They were so specific that they know exactly who these circumstances fit.

Continuing in Daniel 11:2. "And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." Now Daniel has already seen these things in vision, but here are three kings in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than they all. "And by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." What we're doing here is going down through the history of the Persian Empire and Sister Bodie has listed in her book on Daniel the names of these three kings. Xerxes was the rich king and you'll notice, "By his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." He was going to try to resist Greece, but of course that was not going to happen. The Medo-Persian Empire was going to fall and the Grecian Empire was going to come on the scene.

Daniel 11:3-5. "And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. 4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those. 5 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion." Once again this is talking about Alexander the Great who came forth as leader of that Grecian Empire as the mighty king, then after his death at about thirty-seven years of age, this Grecian Empire was divided toward the four winds, or these four partitions, the east, north, south, and west "And not to his posterity." That is, Alexander's sons did not reign after him and history bears that out that four of his generals ruled after him.

Now the king of the south, Ptolemy Soter is actually of Egypt, and so Egypt is a force to be reckoned with as we'll notice in these next three verses and there was a battle between the North and the South, and then we're going to find out how they tried to join forces and bring about this coalition but there was such treachery. When we went to England a few years ago, it's absolutely amazing the struggle for power you see in England and on up in Scotland, and you can go through and see all this history and the things that have happened, and they were just brutal. I mean brutal because they were so hungry for power and that seems to be exactly the same thing that we see here in these people doing anything for power. When we visited England we found that people in their history would marry for power. These kings would give their daughters in order to get what they wanted out of a certain king, and their daughters just became bargaining chips so to speak in order for these rulers to get what they wanted, and if you go back in history you can find out that that's exactly what came to pass.

Daniel 11:5. "And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion." I think if you go back into the history book, you'll find this is where that this king of the south was so strong he was able to put another king over in Babylon and remain in power over him, and so that's what we find here that he shall be strong above him and have dominion.

Daniel 11:6. "And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times." Now keep in mind that the south is Egypt, the north is Syria and these two kingdoms were going to try and combine in order to make a stronger kingdom, so according to history the king of the south gave his daughter Berenice to the king of the north to make an agreement. We do not find out how it happened, but the king of the north already had a wife that he divorced in order to marry this woman from the south. Then we read where she will not retain power or stand. That is, she did not establish this kingdom and she shall be given up. What it is saying here is that this marriage did not work and produce what they wanted it to.

Daniel 11:7. "But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail." There is a branch out of the south, and that is actually her brother that rose up and he did not like what happened to her. The northern kingdom finally decided Berenice was expendable so according to history, the original woman that was divorced came back into power. So the North and the South were originally trying to get together, and again this marriage did not produce what they wanted it to, so this woman was expendable and her and her child were poisoned. Then the brother of this woman from the south is going to come and exact a toll on those people of the northern kingdom which would have been in the Syrian kingdom and shall prevail against them.

Daniel 11:8. "And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north." Her brother shall carry these captives back to the south where he came from, and he's going to make the North pay the price for their action concerning his sister is what it amounts to. This northern kingdom of Syria was indeed weakened at that time and the king of the south was going to prevail a number of years longer.

Daniel 11:9-11. "So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land. 10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress. 11 And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand." Here we find this fighting back and forth between the northern and the southern kingdoms of this remainder of the Grecian Empire, and that's what happens so often when countries like that begin to battle amongst themselves. They just begin to implode from the inside, and that's exactly what happened here with this Grecian Empire. We see it even in our world today, and it really is worrisome in our own country. There is such infighting in our country it really is ready to implode, and of course there is going to be a loss of power and strength here, and men are absolutely so foolish that they do not understand that. Patrick Henry said "United we stand, divided we fall" and that is still true because you can't have that kind of thing within these kingdoms.

Daniel 11:12. "And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it." So this one is going to win somewhat of a victory but it's not going to prosper. There's not going to be any real strength here or a real strong government by any stretch of the imagination.

Daniel 11:13. "For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches." Here we go back and forth and back and forth. This king of the north is going to come with greater force than his predecessor did and with great riches. This seems to determine much of what goes on today; how much money does a country have? That happened down through history that nations just run out of money to buy arms, they don't have the money to defend themselves, and so they really are at risk.

Daniel 11:14. "And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall." So there seems to be growing animosity toward Egypt at this time. Now these robbers of thy people would be against Israel, and of course Israel kind of lost to the shuffle during all these four generals and all of that. We think they're just kinda off somewhere not having anything but it is referred to as the pleasant land, and here Daniel refers to it as "Thy people." And so they had been robbing Israel all of this time also just taking whatever they wanted also of them, so these robbers that have made it hard on Israel are yet going to fall, and that is just absolute prophesy that anyone whoever rises up against Israel is going to eventually fall.

Daniel 11:15-16. "So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand." So now then Egypt is defeated. There was a time formally when Egypt went up and they carried all this stuff away from the north, now then the north comes back down and they are the ones that are going to gain the dominance. 16 "But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed." This time Israel is referred to as the "Glorious land," and God has not lost sight of that even though the nations have and they don't think much of it. God still claims this land and He calls it the glorious land, and yet God allows this king of the north to consume it.

Daniel 11:17. "He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him." Now this once again is that kingdom of the north exerting itself, and the king of Syria here is the one that becomes known as Antiochus the Great. We'll find another Antiochus on down here in the end of this chapter, but he is going to be more of a religious ruler. But Antiochus the Great is the one amassing all this strength and taking over things politically, and now he shall give his daughter to this king of the south corrupting her and it seems we still have not learned our lesson. Before it was the king of Egypt offering his daughter to the king of the north trying to get things done. Well that didn't go well resulting in civil war if you want to call it that between the North and the South all through these years. Now then here is Antiochus the Great, and he's going to try the same thing and he's not doing it for love or romance, but he is trying to use his daughter as being deceptive so to speak and history shows that this woman was Cleopatra that was given to the king of Egypt, however she betrayed her own father as we read here. "She shall not stand on his side, neither be for him." That is, she'll not stand on the side of her father, neither be for him, and so she did not take the role her father wanted her to take and chose to stand beside her husband instead.

Daniel 11:18-19. "After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found." So he came down here hoping through deceit of offering his daughter to win over and conquer Egypt, but that did not happen and so finally he has to turn back to his own land, but notice, "He shall stumble and fall, and not be found" and so Alexander Antiochus the Great is killed here at this point.

Daniel 11:20. "Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle." If you go back in history you find out what that is all about. The king of the south had exacted a tax on the king of the north, and before he got a chance to pay that off he was killed. So the one who was raised up in his stead assumed that debt and the only way he knew how to get it is to raise taxes, and that is exactly what he did. So he "But within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle" and according to history this one died mysteriously. They don't know what happened to him, but it wasn't in battle, or it wasn't in anger but now he is dead.

Daniel 11:21. "And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries." We're now down to Antiochus Ephepiphanes, and he is that vile person. He was not in line to be on the throne at all, and he got in here by deceit and by false pretences. Now it is important that we understand, so we brought out a couple or three weeks ago that we are not literally talking about the end time here. Antiochus is only figurative of the antichrist so in these verses in Chapter 11 it's very important for us to understand that they are simply history that has already transpired and not actually pointing down to events of our day. Daniel 11:2-35 are actually showing to us the literal history of the Medo-Persian Empire on into the Grecian Empire in order to introduce the Roman Empire and you see, all this is going to take place in the end time with the revival of that Roman Empire. So this provides a detailed link between the Medes and the Persians on down through the Grecian Empire, and then introducing the Roman Empire, and we'll see that here again in just a moment. Now notice this fellow Antiochus again, and we're going to see things that he did as we go on in this lesson, and so "He shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries." The way Antiochus comes to the throne is by his smooth tongue, or the way he can talk using flatteries. You'll find the same thing is typical of the false prophet of the end time. He will also be a very smooth persuasive talker, and of course as we already found out he is going to do great signs and wonders.

Daniel 11:22. "And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant." The prince of the covenant they're talking about here is the high priest of Israel, and it was this man that just came in and devastated everything concerning the Jews. In the end time the false prophet is going to be instrumental in getting the Jews to back away from their religious ceremonies and rituals, and then take away the daily sacrifice and all of these things to really institute compromise. This man did that here, but it seems he really did it by force.

Daniel 11:23. "And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people." Antiochus' whole message is absolute deceit but he has this influence here. This same pattern will be used by the false prophet in the end time.

Daniel 11:24. "He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time." In this "The fattest places of the province" he is talking about the fattest places of Egypt. Neapolis would have been one of those Egyptian colonies. These devices are trickery that he comes in with and this corresponds so much to the false prophet of the end time because he is going to be given to deceiving signs and wonders. This is his forte as it were.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

Post by larry » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:11 am

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

by Gene Hawkins

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Daniel 11:25. "And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him." Again he is still battling this same southern kingdom. Keep in mind that Antiochus is out of the north and that is why there is a very good possibility the false prophet will come out of that northern kingdom of Syria. Again Antiochus came at Egypt with a might army and Egypt did not stand during this time.

Daniel 11:26. "Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain." This was an apparent conspiracy by his own Egyptian people that rose up against this king of the south, and you have to wonder if Antiochus didn't have something to do with that. Perhaps he had made a league with them and had such a covenant with them.

Daniel 11:27-28. "And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed." Has anything changed? They still get to these summits and both of them with their own agenda speaking what they know the other wants to hear and have absolutely no intention of coming forth with that, but they are doing exactly that here, and notice Verse 28, "Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land." And again it was the Jew that was at the center of things here around this conference table. The same thing is true in our world today and will yet come down to that more and more in this end time account. And notice again, "He shall do exploits, and return to his own land."

Daniel 11:29. "At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter." So it's not going to be like the former times that they came in power. There's not going to be a parallel of the things that happened earlier or later as we would say, but here Verse 30 is where that we realize that this leads up to the birth of the Roman Empire.

Daniel 11:30. "For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant." This city of Chittim mentioned here are Rome and these Roman ships and that kingdom is just about to come into power at this time, so Daniel gives us this detailed event or detail of events down to this particular time, and history will bear out that these exact same things happened. It seems like that Antiochus takes out all of his frustrations against Israel, and that's not surprising at all. You've got to have someone to blame, so here he seems to do that. "So shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant." These seem to be Jews that have absolutely renounced Jewish religion that are traitors anyway and they were just allied with Antiochus. Now what they were promised or what rewards they thought they were going just played right into their hand, and so they were literally traitors to their own people aligning themselves with this man. Now we've already seen when he first came upon the scene that he was a vile man, and history bears out that Antiochus was a very vile man and if you read some of the things about him it just borders on absolute insanity, but he must have been really a brilliant man.

Daniel 11:31. "And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate." Once again this "Sanctuary of strength" is talking about the sanctuary of Israel that they're going to pollute. Again I want to point out that all of this has already been fulfilled locally and not the foretelling of Daniel 9:27, but it is just a pattern for what is going to happen in the end time.

Daniel 11:32. "And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." These people are known in history as the Machabees. They were a warlike people that came in and defended Israel, and they were the ones that God used them in order to put down this very ungodly Antiochus.

Daniel 11:33-34. "And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days." Now we'll get back to those in just a moment, but I want to notice Verse 34. "Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries" and it was actually the Machabees that helped these men of understanding. The men of understanding of the people are those trying to follow the godly principles of the Lord, and were really used of God in order to maintain and to preserve the principles of and the truth of the Messiah. Well when they shall fall this tremendously wicked Antiochus takes away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate, and according to history this is when Antiochus took away all those ceremonies of the Jews, and instead he offered a pig on the altar. There's all sorts of stories in history how that they would try to force these Jews to eat that, and some of them just died because they refused to swallow it, and they'd spit it out and there are all sorts of things that he did. Whenever people would try to follow their Jewish customs such as women who wanted to circumcise their children, they threw the child and the women down the mountainside and killed them. .

Now what I want to understand here is why God had these Machabees here. Again they were a warlike people, but these in Daniel 11:33 were not the warlike people at all. The Jews really did need to be defended and God saw to it. "And they that understand among the people shall instruct many." There were those of that day who were determined to preserve the truth of the Messiah, of the coming of Jesus and it would reach to people like Simeon and Anna. Where did they get their information? How was that preserved for them? Who instructed that? It was passed down as we always point out in the scripture because God always has a remnant. Now there was all those years from the closing of Malachi to the book of Matthew that God was absolutely silent, but God still had His witnesses with people like these to preserve and pass down this information from generation to generation until finally to those like Ananias, Anna, and these others that were looking for the Messiah. They knew to look for the Messiah because of the efforts of these here. "They that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days." They would have been destroyed had it not been for God preserving them as we read here in Verse 34. I wondered as I went over and meditated upon this today exactly who we're talking about by the "Many," and the "Them" with flatteries. There were some clinging to these Jews with flatteries trying to be one of them, and that certainly is a possibility, but notice Verse 35 then.

Daniel 11:35. "And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed." So are they really genuine who are trying to cleave to them with flatteries? And then it seems that some of them with understanding shall fall to try them, and this is one thing that God is going to do in the end time. Imposters or just professors will be tested and this is somewhat the thing that will be in the mark of the beast. A real believer will not take the mark of the beast; they just won't and they will die first and so God is going to try them as we read here. In the end of the tribulation you're going to find the same scenario. Remember that Satan must be let go for a season. Why? Do you believe that God felt sorry for him in that pit? No, it is because God is going to let him loose to do what he does best. There will be many professors that have said they believe Christ during the millennium but not actually and when Satan is let go, he is going to be the one who will show up in a hurry whether a man's religion is genuine or whether it is not. So there seems to be a link here that these that would cleave to them with flattery seem to be maybe those who would be professors just going through the motions, and yet they must be tried in order to prove whether they really are.

Daniel 11:36 on down through the rest of this book points to the end time and are the things that will happen in the end. All of this that we've had is just a background and leading up to that and showing how that the Grecian Empire gives way to the Roman Empire as we saw in Verse 30, and you see it is the Roman Empire that is in power when the antichrist is finally revealed. All of this that we've had is just a background and leading up to that and showing how that the Grecian Empire gives way to the Roman Empire, and it will be the Roman Empire that is in power when the antichrist is finally revealed. Now if you'll remember, the false prophet comes out of the Grecian Empire which means as we said before that God did it that way to show the false prophet comes before the antichrist. The false prophet is going to lead the way to pave the way for the antichrist. But we are now beginning with Verse 36 with the Roman Empire in power and that is exactly in line with scripture.

Daniel 11:35 revisited. As we noted last week, the first 35 verses of this chapter have been fulfilled and is actual history already come to pass. Now it's very important to understand that because if we try to stretch them down to our day then there are all sorts of conflicts. Now when we get to the end of this verse there is a very distinct change announced here as you read "Some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed." Again these of understanding were those present during the time of the Maccabees and they really did understand scripture and the purposes of God, and it was through them that people like both Anna and Simeon understood through the scriptures that the Messiah was going to come, and so they had understanding. Some of them of understanding shall fall and indeed they did fall and become martyrs because of their testimony for the gospel to try, purge, and to make them white, and this is what their efforts of giving out the gospel would actually accomplish, but you'll notice here, "Even to the time of the end." Now that announces that there's a time coming beyond their day and wherein they lived "Because it is yet for a time appointed."

Daniel 11:36. "And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done." Now with the closing of the Old Testament a ministry of understanding was given into the hands of these men down to the advent of Christ and what we want to point out is that between Daniel 11:35 & 36 lies an age known the "Age or grace, or the Church Age." We read in this verse that "The king shall do according to his will," but that has not happened even yet. Now Daniel didn't know or understand that because the Church Age was hidden to Daniel as well as all the other prophets and God brought the Apostle Paul upon the scene in order to uncover that, and the early apostles around Pentecost began to understand some of those things too that the Kingdom Age was not coming in at this time the way that we wanted it to do

Again, we are caught forward to a time beyond where we are right now and this is the first tip-off; "The king shall do according to his will." Now this king cannot be Antiochus IV Epiphanes we spoke of early in the chapter of fulfilled history because we are caught down to a time even yet beyond where we are right now. Antiochus was only typical of the antichrist and the false prophet that we found to be called "A vile person" in Daniel 11:21, but when we get to Daniel 11:36 we come to the real McCoy or this different king that is the antichrist we're talking about and notice why. "The king shall do according to his will," and Antiochus really didn't do that. He tried to and wanted to exercise this great authority and have complete dominion over the Jews, but the Maccabees rose up and actually stopped that, and then Antiochus died before all this is going to happen. Well this king which is the antichrist shall do according to his will, and that means that God is giving him this time to do exactly what he wants to do. "He shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god" and this is certainly only said of the antichrist, that false king that is coming into this world as it were ordained to this place. Then this next one is so very, very important because we read here that the antichrist is going to "Prosper till the indignation be accomplished." Just what is the indignation? It is God's indignation against the rebellious unbelieving Christ rejecting Jews, and He is going to use the antichrist in order to punish them "For that that is determined shall be done." In other words God has already decreed that Israel as a nation must be and will be punished because of their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that's the purpose of the last three and one-half years of the tribulation which is called the time of Jacob's trouble. It's the great tribulation where there's no trouble before or after it that is likened to it.

Daniel 11:37. "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." Now here is a wonderful example of the antichrist's rejection of the entire trinity. First we read "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers," and of course that refers to the Father, but then we see "Nor the desire of women." The desire of women speaks of those women before Jesus' birth that desired to bring Him into the world. In other words the promise was that "A virgin shall conceive" and how many women may have wondered and hoped; will I be that virgin? So that became the desire of women and is symbolic of the antichrist's reflection or thinking about Jesus. Then after rejecting the Father and the Son we read this; "Nor regard any god" which is a reference to the power of the Holy Ghost. Well the antichrist has rejected the triune God and now "He shall magnify himself above all" and that is exactly true. We know that God is the overall universal ruler; and of course the antichrist wants that, and then Christ is the genuine prophet and real King that is come into the world, and the antichrist tries to counterfeit that. Last of all we see the power of the Holy Ghost performing all of these signs and wonders and he is going to try to trump Him in that and magnify himself.

Daniel 11:38. "But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." Now in this statement "The God of forces" we see the word "God" capitalized, but this is not the God of the universe. The God of the forces is actually Satan, the god of this world and these forces or powers are just the opposite of the ways of God. And then the antichrist will indeed become ruler of all that and "In his estate shall he honour the God of forces," or indeed Satan himself. Now this is a favorite ploy with Satan, and if you go to Matthew 4:7-10 paraphrased here you'll find that Satan offered this same deal to Jesus. The devil said "Now if You fall down and worship me I will give You all the kingdoms of this world." and Jesus turned that proposal down saying "There's no way that I'm going to do that. You'll not tempt the Lord your God, and you shall worship, and only serve Him." Well Satan offered that to the antichrist and he jumped at it "And a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." Satan has all things set up for men to worship aside from the God of heaven.

Daniel 11:39. "Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain." This is an absolute covenant joined together between the antichrist and Satan, and the antichrist actually becomes Satan incarnate so to speak as Satan tries to counterfeit what God has done where Jesus is God incarnate. "Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory," and this glory and honor unto himself is what Satan is always wanted. And then he shall rule over many and that would be over the world, but he shall divide the land I believe to be a reference to the land of Israel, and I thought as we come down to these days, look at how many nations and how many people are interested in this land. It seems like the antichrist is going to be in a position to reward those of his allies who really cotton to or submit to him by allowing him to use them, and then they are going to have his reward in giving them these lands for gain, and they will certainly pay a price in order to obtain this particular land that they are looking at.

Daniel 11:40. "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over." Once again these verses are pointing down to the end of time, and not history that has already transpired. Back in Daniel Chapter 8 we have already seen certain kings pushing in different directions and just to refresh this in our minds, there is a little bit of a difference here in Daniel Chapter 11 where we're talking about the antichrist, and what we read back in Daniel Chapter 8 where we see the emergence of the false prophet. Now we know that the false prophet and the antichrist work hand in hand, but in Daniel Chapter 8 we found that the false prophet seems to come out of the northern kingdom. And again it is so important that we understand that after Alexander the great fell there were four partitions that were in the Grecian Empire; north, east, south, and west, and so these same things are going to occur in the end time as far as the false prophet and the antichrist are concerned.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

Post by larry » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:15 am

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Eleven

by Gene Hawkins

Part 3 of 3

~ transcribed and edited by larry from lecture ~

Back in Daniel 8:9 we read, "And out of one of them (That is one of these four partitions here) came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land," and that just leaves the north and the west. So this little horn had to be pushing either from the west, or from the north and history records that the local fellow who was a type or typical of the false prophet at that time was Antiochus IV Epiphanes and he came out of the north. Remember that and let's go back to Daniel 11:40 where we read this, "And at the time of the end." Now keep in mind that the antichrist comes forth after the false prophet, and that the false prophet will be a forerunner of the antichrist just like John the Baptist was a forerunner of Christ. Satan always has to have these counterfeits, and so here is the false prophet already come forth, then in Daniel 11:40 the antichrist is coming forth in all of his power and glory but notice that when the antichrist rises up he does hold absolute sway as we'll see more of when we get to the book of Revelation where there is a gradual increase in his power. We've already seen that same thing here earlier in Daniel where they had those ten horns, and then the three of them were plucked up leaving seven, and then the one replaced them all. This is a process of time and it is really done in a rather violent manner.

Well, "The king of the south push at him (The antichrist): and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind" Now the king of the south is from Egypt and so he is going to push against this antichrist, and then we see the king of the north coming at the antichrist and so this gives us a little bit of a clue as to where the antichrist will come from. It tells us he won't be coming out of the north because he won't push against himself, and so according to what we can read here he most likely comes from this western partition. Now that leaves the field wide open as to exactly where he could come from, and we're a part of that too although there are a number of other nations that are also included in that. I would hope that the antichrist does not come out of the United States because I'm hopeful that the United States is going to be one of the sheep nations rather than the goat nations that we see in Matthew 25:31-46. But nevertheless the antichrist is going to come out that general area of the west because the north, east, and south have been accounted for

Alright, then "The king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over." Now this tells us the type of warfare that is going to be used and John becomes even more graphic and more specific when we get over into the book of Revelation, but the whirlwind here tells us he is coming by air. From reading the book of Revelation and with what we know today of modern warfare I believe this prophesy is of nuclear weapons, and the antichrist is going to use them. There are people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran and Kim Jong-il of North Korea wanting these kinds of nuclear weapons and believe me, they and the antichrist will not hesitate to use such things so he is going to come with a whirlwind.

And then "With chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over." This tells us of the battle on the land, and all sorts of armaments are able to fight on the land, and notice these horsemen telling us of the tremendous armies that he is going to be able to put together in order to fight and get what he wants. Of course "With many ships" shows us of the navy that we continue to use even today. And so "He shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow," and this is the whole idea of the antichrist that he intends to use in overrunning and ruling the entire world. He believes that the world has been given to him, and God did give him a certain amount of time especially where Israel is concerned but he is not satisfied just to rule Israel, he wants to rule the whole world. As the antichrist "Shall overflow and pass over" he just gushes over into everything and nothing escapes him. He will be much like Alexander the great in that he will take everything by force, but Alexander the great could not hold a candle to what the antichrist will do. Napoleon with all of his arms, and with all of his success can't come anywhere near the success that the antichrist is going to have when he starts marching into this world and across the lands of the entire earth.

Daniel 11:41. "He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon." The glorious land is Israel, and of course that is the main target that Satan has always had. In recent weeks we have seen different news articles concerning Israel, and even down through the years the target has always been Jerusalem, also described as the glorious land, or the pleasant land as it is expressed earlier in this book. And so "He shall enter also into the glorious land" and he can now do that because God has given him leave to do it. Then this also fulfills the prophesy of Daniel 11:36 that "He shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished" and that's what is amounts to. When Jesus testified of Israel being overrun in Matthew Chapter 24, it's going to happen and nobody is going to be able to stop that. So "He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown" and that's exactly right, he absolutely bowls over anything in his way and just leaves complete destruction and annihilation in his wake.

I thought this next statement was rather interesting and I still wonder about it; "These shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon." I don't have any particular answers for it, but there seemed to be three nations that escape, and is it because they are so much allied with him? Could they have simply bowed down and given him no resistance, or is it some kind of a spiritual thing like kindred spirits or like manner with him so to speak that the antichrist just gives them a free pass as it were. Now we know that Edom is typical of the flesh and an enemy of Israel, and if you go back to Moab they have always been enemies of Israel, so perhaps that's the key. These were already so much against Israel he just gives them a pass. And then we see that "The chief of the children of Ammon" also escapes. Ammon is another that is just so absolutely against Israel, and if I remember my synthesis lessons right, Moab and Ammon were the children of Lot by incest with his daughters and those people were always against Israel also. So whatever the reason the only thing I can think of is that he just lets them go, he doesn't pursue them as he does these others, and who they will be and exactly why we're really not told.

Daniel 11:42. "He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape." He is continues his march and assault here in order to come upon all of these countries and let us keep in mind that when we're talking about these countries we're not just talking about those gathered over there in the Middle East around Israel, it is the countries of the whole world. We know that God has given the entire heaven and earth into the hand of Jesus, and that is exactly what Satan desires. He always presents a counterfeit and so he puts forth the counterfeit of the true Christ and that of course would be the antichrist. Back in Daniel 11:40 Egypt came out to resist and push against him and evidently the king of Egypt did not get away with that and is not going to escape this onslaught he is bringing.

Daniel 11:43. "But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps." Now this is something that we will once again read more about in the book of Revelation because he is going to have absolute control and power over the money and even today we find that money is power. There have been nations down through the years that have been in such a wonderful position of ability until they run out of money. Well the antichrist is not going to have any of that worry as he takes control of the money of all the banks of the world. He will establish complete economic control and that is where no one will be able to buy or sell without that mark, and this gives us a little insight into things even as they are. Now look at the situation with money in a global manner right now, and it would absolutely terrify us if we knew just how much of our American money is controlled by foreign interests which is China and some of these other ones, so this is exactly the same control that the antichrist is going to wield over the entire world.

Now Europe came up with the euro, and there's even been a proposal out of Canada to establish western currency the same way. Well if you get two nations together with something like the euro it's a whole lot easier than with all these dozens of currencies. We are headed for economic warfare and what can we do about it? We can pray that God is going to protect His people and we are instructed to do just exactly that. And so this world wide money market is not going to be some myth. I just heard on the radio today how that Dubayy, one of the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf is trying to buy into certain money markets here in this country and there seems to be nothing said about that even though our country wouldn't allow them into our ports and men seem to be so foolish or ridiculous in some ways. Now I'm not saying that Dubayy or some nation like China is the antichrist or anything like that, but what we are saying is how easy it will be to combine all of these currencies to where the antichrist will able to control all of them when he does come and so he shall have power. It means he shall have control over all the treasures of gold and of silver and all the precious things of Egypt because that's exactly what the antichrist wants to do, and I really wonder if Egypt here is not that one pushing from the south. Then once again I think once again that Egypt is the universal scriptural symbol of the whole world. And then notice "The Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps." This seems to also indicate that Libya and Ethiopia are going to submit to him. They don't seem to offer any kind of resistance the way these others did up here where the kings of the north and the south pushed against him. Being at his steps seems they're just going to as it were surrender or roll over for him at this particular time, but the antichrist is going to have great success in absolutely annihilating anything and everybody in his path

Daniel 11:44. "But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many." A dictator or one who is seeking power is always in the wings so to speak, and so it just seems like the antichrist can never really rest. You would think he would be so all fired powerful and everything that there would be no problem, "But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him." Now who knows what that will be, but what we do know is that somebody is threatening him in some manner and what that will be is not told here, but his answer to that is "Therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many." And I think the "Making away many" here may be a specific reference to the Jews because once again when you get down to this time, Israel is really the substance of the matter and of course this is exactly what Daniel wanted to know, and this as we've seen before is why that he was in such mourning. Daniel was in the state that he was because he saw these visions and then when he found out what the interpretation of them meant; it was about his people and there were really some rough times ahead for them. And so the antichrist is going to go forth in great fury and of course one of the major things about him is his tremendous anger, fury, and wrath he is going to pour out on any in front of him to destroy and utterly make away many.

Daniel 11:45. "And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." Now this is a reference to how that he sets up the abomination of desolation. Daniel 9:27 makes a reference to it and then of course we see happening in the midst of the week. "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Paul also makes a reference to it there in 2 Thessalonians 2:4, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." And then Jesus makes reference to it there in Matthew 24:15. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)." So here Daniel tells us once again that the antichrist shall plant the tabernacles of his palace and the tabernacle indicates that place of worship and that's exactly what the antichrist wants to do. He sets this image up in order that men should worship him, and that's what Satan manifest in the antichrist has always longed for. Once again Jerusalem is the subject of this and that's why we say the more of these compromises Israel seems to make daily, the closer these others are coming to Jerusalem and that is the target city where it is all going to take place.

And so it's "In the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." Coming to his end means exactly how it sounds, and the antichrist is going to meet his match. God is not going to allow him to rule indefinitely, and as we will find in the next chapter he is given a specific number of days to rule with absolute sway, and we have seen the fulness or pinnacle of that in these last few verses we have read. Well he is going to come to his end "And none shall help him," and we're talking about the battle of Armageddon even with all the armaments he's built up, the destruction he has wrought, and all he has gathered. Now when we get to Revelation 19:17, God is going to say it like this: "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God." In other words God is saying, I'm inviting you to my feast, and God's feast is going for the birds to feed on the bodies of those in the battle of Armageddon because there is going to be such carnage, and it's going to be fought right there in the valley of Jezreel. Now there were so many very destructive battles that were fought there, yet again this is going to be this infamous place where the battle of Armageddon is going to be fought.

Then you can also compare this "And none shall help him" with Zechariah 14:2-3. "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." It is at this time that God is going to defend Israel. This is one reason I believe in Daniel 11:44 where it said, "He shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many," I think that is a reference to the antichrist's intention to completely destroy the Jew, and then God tells the antichrist he has gone far enough. He is not allowed to go any further and therefore the battle of Armageddon will ensue and God will at that time deliver Israel.

In Jesus' name - larry
All here stated in the name of the Lord Jesus hopefully to God's glory - larry

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