End Times (Daniel 11)

 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.  (Daniel 11:36-45)

Learn it:

            Chapter 11 is a detailed picture of things to come.  The first half of the chapter is about the near future for Daniel.  Things that will happen between 536 BC – 164 BC.  It is so detailed and accurate that some people believe that it was added in later to the book of Daniel.  As we have seen through the book of Daniel is that we have several predictions that we are able to verify.  What this does is that it allows us to have confidence in the things that have not happened yet.  It gives him strong credibility. 

            In the second half of this chapter, verses 36-45, are all about the end times.  The king described in it is the coming anti-christ.  He is going to be an authoritarian and will be blasphemous against God.  He will be a smooth talked and will start a great world war.  He will dominate Israel, the Beautiful Land, and make that is home base.  He will also accumulate great wealth in the process.  Yet again, as we have seen in other prophecies his reign will not last forever.  God will raise up other armies and he will come to an end. 

Live it:

            We keep seeing vision after vision telling similar stories but with more details every time.  We have learned that many of the prophecies that Daniel told have come true.  Things that he never could have predicted happened.  There are still many things to come and we await the coming of the Lord.  There are many people today that spend a lot of time looking for current events that line up with these and other prophecy’s in the Old Testament.  While that’s not wrong it distracts us from the mission Jesus gave us.  There are intense times coming in the future so we should be intensely focused on Jesus’ business. 

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