"The Kings of the Future."
This Bible Study
is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription is provided
with written permission by http://www.theseason.org
Many scholars have studied Daniel 11 under the light of historical events. Those events were times, places, and people of the Grecian world, following the death of Alexander the Great, the leader who conquered the world and established the Grecian Empire.
Daniel's prophecy in Chapter 11 appeared to be correct, and follow the course of human events for that day. It matched the dividing of the Grecian Empire into four parts, with the four top generals of Alexander's army becoming kings over each part.
When we look at historical events of that Grecian Empire, we see Daniel was correct. There were only two parts of that kingdom that did stand, and have a lasting effect. We know them in Daniel 11 as "the king of the north" and "the king of the south".
The "king of the north" in ancient times was the Seleucid Kingdom, who reigned over the territory from Antioch to India, and from Turkey to Palestine.
The "king of the south" was Ptolemy Soter and his family. They ruled an empire from Libya to Saudi Arabia, which included Egypt.
The other two kings mentioned in Daniel 11 are never mentioned again in the scriptures. Their family dynasties ended, and they never had a worldwide bearing on events in latter days. Though we could relate this chapter and its first twenty (20) verses to the period of the Grecian Empire, we will apply it to the "time of the end", for in Daniel 12:9, God tells Daniel that it is to be given for those living then, and to be understood then.
The angel that came to Daniel came to him in the same area that the "Desert Storm" battle was fought. We know that the United Nations Allied Forces did take the battle to the Tigris River. The angel's message was given specifically for the final generation of the fig tree.
We are living in that final generation and it is time to watch and apply the news events of current times to Bible prophecy. Failure to do so, Jesus warned us, will cause us to be deceived in the latter days. It is then that the Antichrist (Satan) will come upon this earth to deceive the world, as he presents himself as the true messiah.
How do we know the Antichrist from the true messiah? I Corinthians 15:50-58 tells us we will not see Jesus, or His Kingdom in our flesh bodies. Paul shows us a mystery where we will all be changed, at a particular moment, as quick as you can wink your eye. That time of Christ's coming will be following Satan's time on earth, when he and his fallen angels will deceive the whole world, except the elect of God. The elect are those people living on earth with their names written in the Lamb's (Jesus') Book of Life.
It is important to use Daniel and the prophets as guideposts to the coming first of the Antichrist, and then five (5) months later, the coming of Jesus, the true messiah. When you follow man's traditions, such as the "rapture doctrine" and other church world compromises, you will be led into Satan's camp.
Daniel was shown who the little horn was, and how he will come. The little horn is Satan, and he will appear on earth in an appearance that you will expect to be the coming of the true messiah. That will be in peace and prosperity for all who will follow him.
In Daniel 11, we start the study, and course of events at the planting of the "shoot of the fig tree" in Palestine. This was May 15, 1948, when the world, through the United Nations, recognized the tiny nation of Israel as a state.
Within that Nation of Israel (the fig tree) we will see both the good figs, which are those of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the bad figs, the "Kenites" or sons of Satan.
We will start in the fifth verse:
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."
Remember, it's 1948, and this strong "king of the south" is Nassar of Egypt. Nassar was loved by the entire Arab world. We know his reign not as prophecy, but as part of today's history.
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 be given up, an they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times."
This history of the conflict between the areas of the "king of the north" and the "king of the south" are accurate and commonly known today. These are conflicts Daniel applies to the "end times", which you and I are living in today. So, what followed the reign of Nassar? A new power strength was joined to the "king of the south" (Nassar) and that strength was Persia (Iran). The leader that came to power was called "the Shaw of Iran".
Just as we saw in verse 6, he did not stand. The Shaw fled Iran when the new ruler, Khomani, came from France to rule Iran. The Shaw had fled to Egypt to the protection of Nassar, and that protection ended with the death of Nassar.
The "new prince" that came to power was Anwar Sadat. Sadat was a peace-seeking person who was loved by the Egyptians. He was called "the son of peace" on rad signs throughout Egypt. Sadat dedicated his life to the military and he even called the Egyptian soldiers "his sons". Sadat came from a humble life and he loved his troops dearly.
Sadat was a close friend of the "Shaw of Iran" and extended the protection of Nassar to the Shaw and his family. This protection became necessary, for the new ruler of Iran, Khomani, sought his life.
Now what about the references in the sixth verse to the female? All wars in the end times will be religious wars. It makes no difference how they come to pass, the root cause stems from a religious conflict. This was the cause of the Shaw being removed, the split in Islam, and the conflict between its two (2) branches.
Islam is a strict religion. Its followers are devout, and follow their leaders with passion. It is in this light that the two (2) branches fought (Iran and Iraq) and over one million sons of this lady (Islam), unconditionally gave their lives. Egypt supported half the soldiers in the conflict against Iran, as we saw "the king of the north" (Iran) fighting the "king of the south" (Egypt and Iraq).
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."
The one that came and prevailed was Khomani. He came against the Shaw, and the Shaw fled to Egypt. Then what happened?
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 that the king of the north."
When the Shaw of Iran fled, so did much of the Iranian treasure. We know it wasn't long following the Shaw's departure until the death of Khomani. We know from history that Anwar Sadat (the king of the south) lived on after Khomani.
Daniel 11:9 "So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land."
Sadat was in Egypt, and with the ones he loved when the end came. How did it happen?
Daniel 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."
Egypt had more troops on the line in Iraq fighting Iran than any other nation. Sadat called them "his sons". It was theses sons (his military) that "was stirred and came" (killed) him. It was during a massive parade, as he watched thousand of troops, trucks, and tanks parade in review that this loved leader was killed. Shots rang out, and he lay dead at the hands of his sons (his own military). He was murdered in cold blood.
How could this come to pass? The Kenites have caused much trouble as they did in the times of old Israel, in Ezra's time, in Jesus' time, and throughout the growth of the Christian church.
The sons of Cain (Satan) exist even in the world of Islam, as they do in Christianity and amongst the Jews. The pattern and nature of the Kenites fit like a glove, as we observe the events occurring in our generation.
Daniel 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."
General Husni Mubarak rose to take President Sadat's place. Mubarak (king of the south) committed even a stronger force of his massive army, with the king of the north (Iraq) to continue the fight against Iran. They fought for eight (8) years, but still they did not win. Iran held.
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."
For eight (8) years the children of both sides were sacrificed in the mine fields to preserve the lives of their fighting men, "but they did not prevail". Tens of thousands lost their lives year after year, until over one million souls were killed, all for the sake of Islam, for "her" cause.
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."
It was at the end of the war between Iraq and Iran that Iran (king of the north) put their national wealth and strength to one last effort. This drive was successful as Iran drove right to the border of Kuwait. Why should this be of interest to you and I?
Because it all leads to, and must happen before the appearance of the Antichrist. We are to be watchmen, watching for types and signs of events to alert us that the time of the great deception is near, to be ready so we will not be deceived.
Daniel 11:14 "And in those time 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 fail."
The robbers of the people will be, and are the Kenites.
Daniel 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."
The fight went on and neither side did stand. The sons of both sides fell in great numbers for the sake of "her" (Islam).
Daniel 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."
"That glorious land" for Islam is the birthplace of Abraham. It was the City of Ur in the Land of the Chaldea. We know this area today as Iraq.
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."
Though scholars say this is Cleopatra, this is written for end times, and I feel the "she" is a religion in this latter day, and that religion is Islam.
Daniel 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."
What caused this war to end? Trouble at home. Yes, in the health department. Khomani was dying.
Daniel 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."
Why? Khomani died.
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."
This verse moves to another period in time, because Iran has not fought in any more battles. Remember, though, in Daniel's time Persia (Iran) also covered much of the are we call Iraq today. What is interesting is the fact that the one that was to stand for Islam wasn't even a religious person.
However, in time that changed. When Saddam Hussein saw how he could use Islam to win over this people, he became religious. "The raiser of taxes" is exactly how the world sees Saddam. He taxed the world (through oil prices), as well as the Iraqi people. Saddam reached a level of wealth the Shaw of Iran could not come near.
Are you alert for current events in the middle east? Keep in mind, Daniel is writing to people far in the future from his time. The purpose was to let those people know the events just prior to our Lord's return. We are the people Daniel wrote to.
This fight over the branches of Islam is history, and many of those people are dead. There is strife in the middle east, and the conflict now is between Islam (the Moslems) and the tiny nation of Israel, of both the good and bad figs (Jews).
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 peaceable, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries."
This is not a system, but a person. When the Antichrist (Satan) comes, there will be no war. He will come as a man of peace and prosperity. The battle Satan will fight is one of deception. This is why we are warned in the sixth chapter of Ephesians to "be strong in the Lord and int he power of His might". (See verse 10.) Verses 11-16 then tell us what armor we must put on to face the battle Satan has for us. This armor is to protect our minds from the deceptions of the Antichrist. It is with this "vile person" that we will be in a spiritual battle with; and it will be fought with words, ideas, and concepts.
This battle is with spiritual principalities, Satan's angelic hosts, Satan's kids (the Kenites), and all sorts of wickedness in high places. This "vile person" (Satan) will attack every fragment of your life, home, school, and work. He will even rule your church. He will seem so right, yet be so wrong.
When Michael will cast Satan to earth (Revelations 12:7), and then this spiritual battle will be in full force. Satan will be eye to eye with the Christians, and most will be so ignorant of God's word that they will think he is Jesus Christ, and go whoring after him. Satan will claim to be Christ!
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."
Remember in Daniel 9:27 we are told Satan will " . . . 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, . . . ". I Corinthians 5:7 says that " . . . Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:". That "daily sacrifices" are what we call "Holy Communion". It is the holy communion that will be done away with, because all people except the "elect" of Christ will believe Satan is Christ. They are looking for the first Christ and he will be the first, and claim himself to be so.
What is this "flood" that will flood the world, for that flood will overflow them. God made a promise to Noah that there would never be another flood, and the rainbow is the sign of that promise. This flood is a flood of Satan's lies.
We see in Revelation 12:9 that Satan's lies will deceive the whole world.
Jesus said in Mark 13:20, "And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days." Revelation 9:5, 10 say that time will be a five (5) month period. I think only a few religious leaders and pastors can even comprehend this. They are looking for physical disasters and relying on a way out. When you believe Jesus Christ comes before Antichrist, you are disarmed and left to the mercy of Antichrist. You simply do not have a chance.
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."
This is looking to our near future. It is something that the Antichrist will do, and he will work deceitfully with our generation. That means you and I better be on guard. He will use his "small people to make the way for him. Those are the "Kenites" who have climbed to positions and places where they will have influence.
Turn in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary to "People" and you will see #1471. This term is used differently than other places "people" is used. The definition is a "foreign nation, heathen, gentile people. A troop of animals, a flight of locust."
Represented here are the false or bad figs (those who say they're Jews and are not). Also that locust army of Joel 2:15, and Revelation 9. The fallen angels which will be cast to earth with Satan.
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: year, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time."
How can this be? Because he enters as the Christ. He will work many wonderful works, and show signs to fool all people who are not aware of who he is. His powers will be great, and his deeds will bring prosperity to the entire world. However, the "elect" of God see right through him. The prosperity will be very short-lived, exactly as the prosperity Belteshazzar offered to Daniel, the night of the "handwriting on the wall". It will be a false sense of security.
Satan's devices cannot and will not harm you when you know what to expect from him. God will send his angels to protect you who have his seal in your minds.
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."
This is a battle of words in this end times. It will be under the leadership of Satan's kids, the Kenites. No army will stand in that battle with Satan, for God will give all armies over to him. God's elect will be the only ones to even make a stand.
The one world system of today will be old fashioned compared to the smooth operation under Satan. The preparation for all events necessary in order to have Satan's arrival ready have already come to pass in this generation. Unthinkable barriers have fallen virtually overnight. Economic barriers have fallen through trade agreements, race-blending is common, and sodomy is viewed a normal in most circles, including many churches.
Principles of God's laws and teachings have been replaced by Satanic forms of tolerance through reason and emotion. Sin is not sin, but shades of error. Don't be lulled to sleep by this false sense of security.
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."
So you think you will stand. When you taste of Satan's generosity, you will pay with your soul. Many will fall in that five-month period, for only the elect will stand.
Daniel 11:27 "And both these kings' hearts shall be to do the mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed."
With all the peace conferences and agreements going on in the world today, all will fail until God's appointed time.
Daniel 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."
The holy covenant is the ten tribes of Israel which carry God's holy covenant with Abraham. Today we see it in the blessing of the United States and Great Britain. The Antichrist's (Satan's) kids will use mischief to work the world against us.
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."
At God's appointed time the elect of God, as well as the world, will see the tactics used by Satan and his angelic host never, ever used before. The Antichrist will be upset at his failures, and what could they be?
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."
The elect of God will be the target. However, all who claim the name of Christ will receive a barrage of intelligence, using reason, lies, wonders, and bribes. Do you know, it will work on all but the "elect". God will simply give them over to him.
But who are the "ships of Chittim"? "Chittim" means "bruisers". Genesis 3:15 identifies the seed of the serpent (Satan), and the seed of the woman (Christ). The "bruisers" are the children of Satan (Kenites through Cain) that bruised Christ's feet on the cross. We, the elect, bruise Satan's head through our witnessing for Christ.
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."
This army is on Satan's part. Remember in Mark 13:14 where Jesus said, "But when ye shall see the Abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains:" This is it.
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."
Do you know the instructions Jesus and the prophets gave to warn us of the Antichrist? Do you know that almost all of the people living will see the Antichrist before our Lord's return? If this is sealed in your mind, you won't fall or be deceived.
Daniel 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."
What is your duty to Christ? To instruct others. "Fall" does not mean death, it means "to waver". When we instruct others, we are to do it with wisdom, not stupidity.
The exploits are given in Mark 13:9. It is when you are delivered up to Satan's councils to give account why you will not worship Satan. Though they try to force you, they cannot harm you. Mark 9:10-11 tells you how you are to respond. It will be as told in Joel 2:28 and Acts 2.
Daniel 11:34 "Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries."
Many will come out of Satan's deceptions, however, most will believe his lies and be taken by the Antichrist's flatteries.
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."
Some will waver a little, but will hold fast. The time of purging and standing before councils is coming shortly. Are you ready for this time?
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 marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done."
It is God that determines when Satan's time is over. Until then Satan will rant and rave of his deity.
II Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
The "falling away first" is the "apostasy". The "son of perdition (sin)" is Satan, and he will come to earth and you will know him prior to the "day of the end" of this age. However, the message from Paul was, "Let no man deceive you".
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."
The Antichrist will have no respect for any of our Heavenly Father's instructions, nor the "desire of woman", which is the "Bride of Christ". His respect for any religious forms will be similar to that of Saddam Hussein of Iraq. He uses it as a tool to gain respect for himself.
From the time this earth age began, Satan has wanted to be worshipped as God. Within verse 37 he is worshipped as God.
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."
Satan wants to be worshipped, and he will use everything within his power to win you over.
In Matthew 4:1-11, we see Satan used wealth, power, and earthly desires to force Jesus to worship him. He even twisted the word of God to seduce Jesus, and it did not work.
Can you be bought? What is your price for your soul? Before long you will be tested also. Your response should be as Christ's was in Matthew 4:10: "Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve."
The only involvement with Satan we are to have is when we are used by the Holy Spirit to give voice to the Holy Spirit's words.
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."
Satan will be at the height of his power, and the head of his one world system. Why is he with a "strange god"? Because he is that strange god. From that position of ruling over the world, he will use this wealth and power to deceive you.
You have spent a lifetime securing your home, car, and property, that which you think is yours. That is what Satan will use to gain your worship. If you don't know all you have is our Heavenly Father's, Satan will convince you it's yours by giving him respect.
For many, this is nothing for they would worship a cow if it would give them a business advantage.
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."
We are in the end times, and within our lifetime this verse will come to pass. Why will Satan overflow, and take all countries of the world? Because they will flock to be on his side and be under Satan's (the Antichrist's) protection and care. All armies, ships, wealth, and people will be committed to Satan then. All except God's elect.
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."
"That glorious land" is Israel, and Jerusalem to be specific. The "elect' will flee Edom (Russia) also, as well as critical areas of the middle east.
Daniel 11:42 "He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape."
Satan's new world order will reach the entire earth. This is a religious form that Satan controls, and he will do it with performing many wonders, and through peace and kindness.
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."
This will be near the end of Satan's reign. At that time Satan will control all natural resources, including the precious elements. To keep your wealth what are you willing to sell? Your soul?
Revelation 9 addresses the time of Daniel 11:41-44. Satan is the star that fell to earth, and the key in his hand is his authority over the locust army (of angels) that assist him in taking the earth.
Why does God allow this to happen? II Thessalonians 2:10-11 tells us "that they should believe a lie."
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."
The tidings out of the east and north are those ships of chittim. Remember, "chittim" means "bruisers", and they are the elect of God in this case. This is when the Holy Spirit will speak through His elect, as we read in Joel 2:28 and Acts 2.
It is Satan's final time to stand, as written in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Satan knows his time is coming to a close.
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."
This is the time all mankind will leave the Antichrist. His end will come soon, as he stands in Jerusalem claiming himself to be God. It is the end also of a worldwide holiday in celebration of Satan's killing of the "two witnesses" of God. This is the time of the seventh trump, where in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, all mankind will be transformed into their spiritual (soul) bodies. [See I Corinthians 15:50-58.] Christ will return here, and you will either face our Lord in shame or glory. Those who resisted the Antichrist will hear from our Lord, "Well done, my good and faithful servant".
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