“At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time. “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price. Daniel 11:29-39
If you are paying attention you will notice that I have skipped a few verses in this study of Daniel. This was on purpose as I felt like these writings were becoming more history lesson that Bible study/devotional. Also, I find myself repeating myself. Chapters ten and eleven are one of the main reasons many date Daniel from around 200 BC rather than around 600 BC. But I did want to take a last look at chapter eleven before we finish Daniel with chapter twelve.
What we see in these last verses of chapter eleven is someone who has no love for God but also no respect for His temple. From my research I have found that many believe this person to be Antiochus Epiphanes who while not the antichrist is a foreshadow of the antichrist. Some accounts say that Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig on the altar of the temple in Jerusalem. He also placed an idol of the Greek god Zeus on the alter and banned Jewish customs and sacrifices. This led to the revolt by the Maccabees and a re-dedication of the Temple.
What Antiochus Epiphanes did then is a foreshadowing of what is to come during the end times. Once again the Bible tells us someone will rise who will actively work against God and His people. It will look as if he has defeated God but in the end it will be God who wins and then establishes a new heaven and a new earth.
Have a blessed day,