|Daniel Chapter Eleven
Many teachers believe this chapter of Daniel coincides with the fifteenth chapter of Revelation. So let us deviate from the book of Revelation to Daniel 11 and see what nuggets we find.
Beginning at verse 28-30
“The king of the north will then return home with great riches. On the way he will set himself against the people of the holy covenant, doing much damage before continuing his journey. 29) “Then at the appointed time he will once again invade the south, but this time the result will be different. 30) For warships from western coastlands will scare him off, and he will withdraw and return home. But he will vent his anger against the people of the holy covenant and reward those who forsake the covenant.
This is not the anti-Christ but a predecessor named Antiochus IV Epiphanes. His reign was from 175 to 164 B.C. Antiochus was much like the anti-Christ in his hate and cruelty of the Jews. This man is a precursor to the anti-Christ.
“His army will take over the Temple fortress, pollute the sanctuary, put a stop to the daily sacrifices, and set up the sacrilegious object that causes desecration. 32) He will flatter and win over those who have violated the covenant. But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him.
There were some Jews, which joined up with Antiochus forsaking the Holy Covenant. With their instigation to bring in the Greek culture, he marched into Jerusalem much as the anti-Christ will and placed a pig on the altar in the temple as an offering to his god. He stopped the daily sacrifices required by God’s law, setting up in the temple an image of the Greek god Zeus.
Just as it was then the anti-Christ will deceive many “Christians”. It is imperative we know the Bible and the heart of God. This is the only way we will escape this magnetic deception of Satan. Please take note it is not enough to know the Word, we need to have studied it as well as be in an attitude of prayer at all times willing to obey every command. This is how we come to know the heart of God, as well as walking in His power is.
2 Tim 3:1-5
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2) People will be lovers of them- selves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3) without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4) treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5) having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
“Wise leaders will give instruction to many, but these teachers will die by fire and sword, or they will be jailed and robbed. 34) During these persecutions, little help will arrive, and many who join them will not be sincere. 35) And some of the wise will fall victim to persecution. In this way, they will be refined and cleansed and made pure until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.
Even though many Jew’s were flattered into helping Antiochus there were still those follower's of God willing to put their lives on the line to run this evil man out. Under the leadership of Judas Maccabeus of the Hasmonean priestly family, there was guerrilla type warfare. Eventually Antiochus took his army and returned home. The temple was purified and the lamps relit. This is celebrated today in the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah.
This same purging process will continue through the Tribulation. Are we ready to place our life on the line God? Many of God’s saints have died for their faith in the past as well as today. Those of us in modern countries do not believe this will ever be required of us, but look around my friends, persecution is already rustling the bushes even here in America.
“The king will do as he pleases, exalting himself and claiming to be greater than every god, even blaspheming the God of gods. He will succeed, but only until the time of wrath is completed. For what has been determined will surely take place.
This is the anti-Christ, who will present himself as greater then God. He will prosper in all he does enthralling those around him, including deceiving those Christians not walking close to God. God will allow him to prosper for a season, and then it will end and Jesus will set up His kingdom on Earth in his stead.
He will have no respect for the gods of his ancestors, or for the god loved by women, or for any other god, for he will boast that he is greater than them all.
In Hebrew, this is saying his father is Abraham. The Islam people come from Abraham’s son Ishmael, coming from his union with Sarah’s maid Hagar (Gen 16). The Islam’s reject their heritage with God, and they have no regard for women. This is just a possibility but, the anti-Christ being so charismatic as well as having a hypnotic demon spirit working through him, may very well bring a cohesive spirit between the Jew's and the Islam's.
Instead of these, he will worship the god of fortresses—a god his ancestors never knew—and lavish on him gold, silver, precious stones, and expensive gifts. 39) Claiming this foreign god’s help, he will attack the strongest fortresses. He will honor those who submit to him, appointing them to positions of authority and dividing the land among them as their reward.
“Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack the king of the north. The king of the north will storm out with chariots, charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood. 41) He will enter the glorious land of Israel, and many nations will fall, but Moab, Edom, and the best part of Ammon will escape. 42) He will conquer many countries, and even Egypt will not escape. 43) He will gain control over the gold, silver, and treasures of Egypt, and the Libyans and Ethiopians will be his servants.
44) “But then news from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in great anger to destroy and obliterate many. 45) He will stop between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his royal tents. But while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and no one will help him.
Not every country will see this man as a mighty god. His enemies ruled by jealousy will rise up and march against Him wanting to usurp his power and take dominion of the world themselves. This is where the battle of Armageddon comes in. The anti-Christ is on limited time now, soon his reign will end and Jesus not the other nations will reign on Earth.
Let us return to the Book of Revelation chapter 15.
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