Daniel Chapter 11

Daniel Chapter 11

 

11:1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, [even] I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.

11:2 And now will I show 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.

11:3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.

11:4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken,

 

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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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

11:9 So the king of the south shall come into [his] kingdom, and shall return into his own land.

11:10 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.

11:11 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.

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].

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.

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.

 

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11:15 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.

11:16 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.

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.

11:18 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.

11:19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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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.

11:27 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.

11:28 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.

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.

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.

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.

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].

11:33 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.

11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

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.

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.

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.

11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

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.

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.

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.

D aniel is told that there will be four more kings that will reign in Persia. The fourth will be, by far, the richest and would use his wealth to resist Grecia. History records his name as Xerxes or Ahasuerus in the story of Esther. Alexandra the Great is found in verse 3. Bernice is the king’s daughter in verse 6. Cleopatra is found in verse 17. Caesar Agustus who raised the taxes bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is found in verse 20. What do these political matters have to do with the everlasting gospel and the Kingdom of God? Political rulers on earth have much in every way to do with the kingdom of God. God works in the context of reality—physically, mentally, socially and politically. God’s allowance is, in some respects, similar to appointments by God, for

 

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the rulers of this world. This is because God is the real ruler of the world and has not abdicated His throne. Each ruler is given freedom of choice and can use his influence and wealth to cooperate with or oppose the Kingdom of God. Each of us, individually, illustrates and models God’s character or we illustrate and model the character of Satan. Knowing the details of political affairs in the future puts a person in a position of great advantage. This is why God tells us the future. God wants us to benefit from this information to the maximum. When God’s children and believers benefit, the Kingdom of God on earth is benefited. When God’s people are taken into captivity and oppressed, the Kingdom of God on earth is damaged and God’s reputation is defamed. Whether in freedom or captivity, we illustrate and model either God’s or Satan’s character. So we need to know all we can and be all we can by God’s grace. We need to develop ourselves to the maximum in order to help others to reach their full potential to the honor and glory of God.8 We all have a kingdom. Our kingdom includes our physical arrangements and appointments and also our sphere of influence. We will all be called to give an account of our kingdom to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The transition from the past to the present and into the future is suggested in 13MR394 to be the 30th verse:

"We have no time to lose. Troublous times are before us. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place. The prophecy in the eleventh chapter of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated. In the thirtieth verse a power is spoken of that ‘…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." [Verses 31–36, quoted] {13MR394.1}

Time will cease shortly and it will give way to eternity. That transition between time and eternity for the whole world is marked by the second coming of Jesus. The day and the hour of that event is not told to us because it would not benefit us to know. There

 

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are two contending kings pictured in combat in most of the verses in Daniel 11. The king of the north is the papacy who claims to represent on earth the true King of the North, God the Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The papacy has never had its own paid armies or waged war in its own name. The papacy works in secret behind the scenes to influence secular governments to go to war with each other at their own expense, to achieve her ends and do her bidding. The king of the south is atheism representing the true king of the south—Satan. The underlying cause of war is religious. However the real motives are hidden and other reasons given in the media for war. The real reason is that light and darkness cannot co-exist. War is the outworking of the great controversy that has existed since the introduction of selfishness and sin by Satan. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34. The rules of spiritual warfare are just the opposite of what we naturally think. The Christian’s warfare is not against earthly kingdoms with guns or physical force. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]." Ephesians 6:12. "Self-surrender is the substance of the teachings of Christ." {DA 523.3} Jesus said: "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39. Jesus defeated Satan at the cross through His death. We defeat Satan through submission of self to death, by God’s grace!

An evidence that wars have a religious basis is seen in verse 30. He (Satan-inspired front organization) has indignation against the holy covenant. What does he do? He has intelligence with those who forsake the holy covenant. What is the holy covenant? The holy covenant is the law of God that Christ wants to write in our hearts. The holy covenant (Exodus 20) is "I will be your God and you will be my people" (Jeremiah 31:33). The everlasting gospel is the good news that wants to change us into His character-likeness. Daniel 11:31 tells us that history is going to repeat in

 

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the future in the words "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." At the establishment of papal Rome in history, pagan Rome was removed and paganism elevated into papal Christianity. The "daily" is paganism (see note 10 in Appendix A) that was removed and incorporated into the Papacy. This is going to happen again in the future. Atheism (the modern "daily") is going to be taken away and replaced again by modern Papal Rome – which God calls "the abomination that makes desolate". Just what form this will take remains to be seen. Much detail of this transition is given in Revelation 13. In the United States, apostate Protestantism with papal-inspired ideas will be the leader in this development. Notice this inspired statement:

"When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." {GC 445.1}

Verse 32 tells us "but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits]." This is amplified in Revelation 18 under the symbol of an angel "having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory."

Verse 33 tells us that in the future climactic struggle for world dominance that the papal forces will temporarily have the upper hand. "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." There will be many martyrs before the close of probation.

Verse 35 predicts that some of God’s representatives "shall fall" politically and financially, even as Job did. This will have the effect of purifying them even as Job was purified by his hard times. However God knows the appointed time that He will show Himself and deliver His true followers. The fall of some is for their testing

 

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and purification. They are not destroyed. There will be no martyrs after the close of probation. After the close of probation many will be persecuted under the iron fist of papal Rome as in the Dark Ages.

Verse 36 tells us that the Papacy, who has had in the past, during the Dark Ages, control of world governments, will again have unlimited control of the world for a short time before the end. The details of events are portrayed in verses 36 to the end of the chapter. This is future. Because it is future, it is not possible to know more than we have been told in these verses. It could be that verse 45 is telling us that the Pope of Rome will set up headquarters in old Jerusalem and for a short time appear to rule the world before "he comes to his end, and none shall help him."9*

 

*footnotes will be at the end of Daniel Chapter 12