Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 11

Outline and Background - Daniel 11

Two Empires - Medo-Persia - Daniel 11:1-4

Two Empires - Egypt and Syria - Daniel 11:5-20

Two Princes - Antiochus IV Epiphanes - Daniel 11:21-35

Two Princes - The Willful King - Daniel 11:36-39

Two Events - Mid-Tribulation Crisis - Daniel 11:40-45

Two Events - Final Deliverance of Israel - Daniel 12:1-3

Application of Daniel 11

Application of Daniel 11

Amillennialists and liberals attempt to spiritualize verses 36-45, limiting the battle to between good and evil in this world. Such hermeneutics, in light of the literal fulfillment of the previous thirty-five verses, cannot be justified.

As with all unfulfilled prophecy, filling in the details of its fulfillment is speculative. The overall message is obvious to those with spiritual discernment, however.

Some people worship the gods of sex, pleasure, money, power, and prestige. The Antichrist’s god is himself. Actually, he is the ultimate manifestation of man, who rebels against God to worship and serve self. Sadly, people continue to believe the lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden in order to do what they want to do.

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).

The people of today’s world are like the nation of Israel in the times of the Judges.

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit” (Judges 21:25).

Unless a person repents (turns from self to God), the same destiny awaits the unsaved as the Wilful King’s—the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10-15). God is Judge (Daniel) of the one “who will do as he pleases” and “who exalts and magnifies himself above every god.”

In the end, God’s veracity, His covenants and His sovereign power will keep Israel from being wiped from the face of the earth.

The purpose of the time of distress is Israel’s chastisement, purification, and salvation. It will be the catalyst that will bring the nation back into the bond of the Abrahamic Covenant (Romans 11:22-32). God will keep His promise to restore and rule Israel.

As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered—with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you into the desert of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you. As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign LORD. I will take note of you as you pass under my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD (Ezekiel 20:33-38).

God will answer the prophet Habakkuk’s prayer at the end of the time of distress: “In wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).

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