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Christian lady asked to report rigid addition intercepting enemy communications has long been a proven strategy but doesn't work with certain employees of Jeremiah Fonzie on from the book of Daniel as David introduces the message demons for today is one of the relatively unusual passages of the word of God here in the 11th chapter, we are given permission to witness a cosmic battle between two dynamic spiritual forces. The Bible tells us about it.
Were going to read about it and were going to study it today on the weekend edition were going to look at the 11th chapter of the book of Daniel to study this chapter the way, we don't usually study with a conical verse by verse with kind of a very loose outline because this chapter does not lend itself to any kind of a tight outline but it is by all comparisons. One of the great chapters in the book of Daniel, so is prayer went to heaven as you remember, God answered his prayer and he sent the answer back by the angel I believe the angel Gabriel and Angel started back to earth with the answer from God concerning the events that were to transpire in the immediate future, and on his way back to earth. He was intercepted by the Prince of Persia. One of Satan's demons, and the Scripture says that for 21 days.
They fought with each other and had it not been for Michael coming to help. The battle would've continued to rage and of course we also believe that Daniels importune praying is 21 days of praying and fasting also aided the battle and finally the angel comes in. He gets to earth and he begins to tell Daniel what God has in store for his people, the Jews now as we read this chapter together were going to move rather quickly going to take some verses in broad sweeping statements and cover these things and I want you to stay with me were going to do this in a different way than we've ever done before. Now one of the things that you discover. As I mentioned to you is that you cannot outline this chapter very well only thing you can do would be to outline it historically, but we did discover that a number of expositors have noted that there are five maintains in this chapter. Believe it or not. All of these kings have names that start with MA that wonderful is not just bless your heart. Amen.
And just so you get the outline where were going the first king's name is or has you where us and he is followed by Alexander and he is followed by Antiochus the great, and he's followed by Antiochus epiphanies and then later at the end of the chapter you meet King antichrist. The last one let's notice. First of all the rain has you Harris notice beginning at the 11th chapter. Also, I am the first year of Darius the Mead. Even I stood to confirm and strengthen him and now will I show the truth. In other words, Daniel here comes the message.
The whole there will 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 Greece.
The first prophecy that the angel brings the Daniel concerns the future of the Persian government.
Now understand that Daniel is living during the Persian times and Cyrus has been the king who has decreed the return of the Jews. It is no wonder that the Prince of Persia was fighting with the angel because the first and primary prophecy that the Angels bringing to earth to give to Daniel had to do with the Persian nation and the prophecy says that there would be three kings who would grow up in the Persian government and then there would be 1/4 one who would follow would be more significant than the first three. That's what the prophecy says if you go back in history. Now you can discern exactly what the prophecy is all about the three notable Persian kings that came after Cyrus were first of all, his son can pieces Basis was followed by a man named pseudo-'s murderous. He was followed by another fellow by the name of Darius hist. Asmus, and finally the fourth king came to power, and we know the fourth king by two names.
First of all, he is called Xerxes. What is another name is a has you Harris king has you where us is described for us in verse two it says the fourth king has you Harris will be far richer than they all and by the strength and throw his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of grace. That's what he did. That brings us to the second king, 150 years later, the second king comes on the scene and he happens to be a man we've already met. Also, his name is Alexander and we read about him in verse three, and a mighty king shall stand up, and shall rule with great dominion and do according to his will now notice what happens and when he shall stand up. In other words, when he's in the midst of his reign when he is at the zenith of his career when he shall stand up his kingdom will be broken and the Scripture says that his kingdom was divided among the four winds. The four winds of heaven and of course we've already studied this in another chapter. We know that what happened was after Alexander's death is for generals begin to fight over his kingdom, and finally the kingdom of Alexander the great migration kingdom of Alexander was divided up into four sections. In general, Cassandra took Macedonia and General Assembly Just Took Pl. in Asia minor and then general Ptolemy took Egypt and Gen. Seleucus took Syria. We don't hear much about Cassandra LaSala because after this, but from this point on. In this chapter. Almost the entire prophecy has to do with general Ptolemy and Gen. Seleucus and their nations.
The Ptolemies ruled Egypt and the Seleucids ruled Syria and if you know your geographer. You know that Egypt is to the south of Palestine and Syria just to the north of Palestine. As you read the text you learn quickly that what were talking about here is the king of the South and the king of the North.
Now remember people that this whole prophecy has to do with what God is saying concerning the future of his people, the Jews and what Daniel is being given from heaven by the angel is a story of how the Jews are going to be trampled all over for these next years. God isn't finished punishing them yet.
They're going to be back in their homeland but to the south are the Egyptians and to the north are the Syrians and the Egyptians hate the Syrians and the Syrians hate the Egyptians and Israel is in the middle and are caught in the squeeze play in a vice and the Egyptians marks all over Israel's land going after the Syrians and the Syrians march all over Israel's land on every Egyptians and the poor Jews are just trampled all over the place in the process God is saying to Daniel, you got some tough years ahead. History records that that was true versus five through 20. In this chapter literally give us the detailed history of almost 200 years of fighting between the King of the South and the king of the North Nellis just pick some of the highlights of move through this section. Verse five 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 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 on his arm, but she shall be given up and they brought her and he that begot her and he that strengthen her in these time now.
According to verses five and six. The king's daughter of the South came to the king of the North to make an agreement that one of the ways they handle disagreements back in those days was if you happen to be the king of the South and you are getting along with the king of the North and you had a pretty daughter you take your daughter in Utah for her to the opposition and you say if you marry my daughter made we can solve this problem and so these to marry their daughters off. Sort of like peace treaties, and this is what's happening you girls know you think you got it tough today. That's the way was back then there was so much tension between the North and the South that finally the king of the South and the king of the North decided to solve the problem by intermarrying in the king's daughter marries the other king. Now the name of the King was Antiochus that office. He was the third king of Syria. Can you imagine somebody calling himself Antiochus that lost the work that also means God Antiochus the God and of the third king of Syria and he decides to make a treaty with the king of the South, Ptolemy Philadelphus and marry the daughter of the king of Egypt. Now the only problem with that is the daughter of the king of Egypt already was married sometimes can get in the way and so he divorced his wife sounds rather contemporary doesn't and he married the daughter of the Egyptian king. Now Antiochus that awesome wife didn't like this. I mean she really did like it at all and so she murdered his new wife and she murdered all of her attendance to an soul.
The king said well if you're going to be like that and he took her back and remarried her and you know what happened. As soon as they were remarried. She poisoned the king and he died, telling us to make this up, this is true and the Scripture says that everybody involved in the whole deal got absolutely zero out of the whole thing.
The whole project was blown away the king's daughter.
All of her attendance became his first wife murdered. Oh, it was a mass so we read in verse six, but she shall not retain the power of the arm, neither shall he stand nor his arm. In other words, neither one of them are going to make but she shall be given, and they that brought her and he that begot her and he would strengthen her in these times the whole thing just got blown away by notice verse seven, but out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, who 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 now. Clinica's was the one out of her roots. Clinica's was a king who attacked the king of the North and prevail, they had another war.
Once again I want to remind you caught in the middle between the North and the South is poor Palestine, I mean they are the bloodbath between these two nations.
NOP seems to be possible. Egypt and Syria are needed to the strokes and the battles fought on Jewish soil and notice there's a very interesting statement in the verse, and he shall also carry These into Egypt their gods with their princes and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold, and he shall continue morning years than the king of the North. In other words, the king of the North is going to die before the king of the South, you know, history records the king of the North fell off his horse broke his neck and was taken out early, much before his time, just as the Scripture records and the other king survived him and lived longer than he did. Unbelievable what you find in response to this prophetic truth is you read the history books. Now that brings us to the third king. We looked at king a has you Harris and King Alexander and we come to verse 10 we meet another king. This man's name is Antiochus the great, notice what it says in verse 10, but his son shall be stirred up and shall assemble a multitude of great forces and one shall certainly come in overflow and pass-through then shall he return and be stirred up even to his fortress in the king of the South shall be moved with anger, 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, and when you have taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up you shall cast down many 10,000s, but he shall not be strengthened by one of Clinica's sons died and the other side of politicos was a man by the name of Antiochus the great, and history tells us that Antiochus the great had 75,000 soldiers and he attacked Egypt and he stopped right through Israel to get there and when he got to Egypt and he started to attacked Egypt the king of Egypt didn't think that was to need in verse 11 tells us that the king of the South was moved with anger. I mean he was really Pete here comes this man with a 75,000 soldiers and he attacks Egyptian. He stamps around in the land of Israel in verse 11 says the king of the South and you don't need all these names, but I just tell the king of the South at that time had to be a fellow by the name of flapper and he was angry too and he had 73,000 men and 5000 cavalry and get this 73 elephants. That's what his warfare with the elephants were used as battering rams and so he took his 73,000 soldiers and is 5000 California 73 elephants and he goes out. The fight against the other king. Once again, where is Israel there in the middle.
Can you imagine 73 elephants tromping all over the land of Israel and hear these poor Jews.
They don't know what's going on there. Caught in the vice and the king of the South because the king of the North to lose 10,000 minutes is in verse 12, and the king of the North is not done. Now here's an interesting thing for the king of the Lord shall return he's going home now and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, he's going only group and notice after certain years with a great army and with much riches he returns, and history tells us that it was exactly 13 years later that he came back and renew the conflict. Again, just like the Bible said after certain years, great power and great riches. We come to verse 14, and in those times, there are still many stand up against the king of the South.
Here's an interesting phrase. Also, the robbers of who five people. The robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision but they shall fall.
I think that's a reference to mercenary soldiers who join with the king when he was on his way through the land and helped him and tried to get in good with Antiochus because they felt like he was going to be the conqueror and if they could get in good with Antiochus when he finally began to rain.
They have a place in his kingdom, but notice what happens verse 15 so the king of the North shall come and cast up a siege mountain take the fortified cities in the arms of the South shall not withstand neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
You shall also set his face to enter with strength of his whole kingdom and upright ones with him. It says here. None shall stand before Antiochus and he shall stand where verse 16 in the glorious land where is that class is the glorious land. That's Palestine, that's Israel were arriving there back in that land again.
Remember, these are the times of the Gentiles and Jerusalem shall be what trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles become in are we not seeing that here the Egyptians marching all over their land.
Here the Syrians marching all over the land before Jews are just getting stomped all over the place. They're not even in the battle yet. I mean, they're not even involved in the conflict, but we come to verse 17 and we realize that in verse 17 Antiochus is still not happy. He still hasn't been able to unite Egypt and Syria together in the Scripture says he is determined to unite these kingdoms, and so he decides to give the king of Egypt here we go again. His daughter, verse 17 he also shall set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom and upright ones with him and thus shall he do, he shall give him the daughter of women.
Literally, the phrase means the daughter of femininity and may mean the top woman in the kingdom.
He shall give him the daughter of women corrupting her, but she shall not stand on his side, neither before him. Now, if you know history. Another what happened is he decides to give the king of Egypt.
His daughter, the daughter of femininity.
You know that was that was Cleopatra and he had all that by giving Cleopatra to that adversarial king. He could put a spy in the palace.
Notice what the Scripture says Cleopatra loved her husband more than she loved her father. Verse 17 she shall not stand for him or be on his side and once again the whole thing fell through. He thought he could get Cleopatra over there and you have somebody on the inside but he didn't reckon with the power of love she got over there.
She thought that overcame some special she fell in love with him and she forgot all about daddy and his plan went down the tubes verse 18. After this, he shall turn his face onto the coast and he shall take many but a prince on his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease without his own reproach, he shall cause it to turn upon him that he shall turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall and not be found when Antiochus plan with Cleopatra fails and he discovers that she is going to be faithful to him. Boy does he get mad.
You know these guys when they rain with all of these great armies and they went out of these great campaigns if they got upset you didn't want me around and Antiochus got upset and so the Scripture says in verse 18. He goes on a rampage. He decides to turn his face toward the coastlands and Greece, but a prince got in his way and the Prince I believe is the Roman armies that are now beginning to dominate and a common stand in his way and he was routed he was defeated in his attempt to go to the coast into the aisles.
Verse 19 says that he shall turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall and not be found in.
Here's what happened to Antiochus.
According to history Antiochus in a rage of anger goes back to his own cities.
He has been foiled on two occasions.
His plan with Cleopatra has fallen through. He went out to the coast and he is rebuffed by the Romans, and so he decides to go back to his own cities as fortress cities and he tries to plunder the temple of Jupiter in his own land on me. Here's a guide and he doesn't care who he gets as long as he gets somebody even if it's his own people and he goes back to his own city.
According to history plunders the temple of Jupiter and the people his own people got so mad at him that they murdered him and you never hear about them again is drops off the edge of your that's what the Scripture says he shall stumble and fall, shall not be found.
That's what happened is though off the face of the earth. Now notice verse 20. The Romans have taken control of the Syrians now and they have decided since the Syrians are such an upstart nation and given them such hassles that they're going to tax them and I said will fix you guys.
You know mess with Rome. Here's what were going to do to you, from now on, every time we show up which can cost you a thousand talents. You have to pay taxes so notice what verse 20 says Antiochus is replaced yes was replaced by then shall stand up in his estate. A razor of taxes and the glory of the kingdom, but in a few days.
He's destroyed neither in anger nor in battle, and that brings us to verse 21 in the fourth king in the fourth king. We meet his Antiochus epiphanies and in his estate shall stand up, a vile person.
In other words, the razor of taxes is replaced by a vile person to home base shall not give the honor of the kingdom, but he shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flattery. How would you like to have someone describe you that way of vile person. He was one of the most wicked men who ever lived. In fact, he really didn't have a claim to the throne. He was not on the family tree of anybody he didn't deserve to be in leadership, but he finagled his way around until he got into a place of power and he deceived everybody and he got elected and made the king, and he began to devastate the Egyptians notice what it says. With the arms of a flood shall they be overthrown from before him shall be broken.
Yay. Also, the Prince of the covenant and after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully for he shall come up in shall become strong with a small people, and he shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province and he shall do that which is fathers have not done nor his father's father's.
Here's what he's doing. He moves into the richest places and like Robin Hood. He begins to rob all the riches that he finds in these areas and he takes the riches that he gets from his robberies and he goes around and he buys the allegiance of the renegades he needs to perpetrate his crimes and he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. The King of the South shall be stirred up the battle with a very great and mighty army. We shall not stand, for they shall plot against him. Yay they that feed of the portion of his food shall destroy him and his army shall overflow and many shall fall down slain, he infiltrated the kingdom and God's enemy poisoned by those who were seated at his own table. Verse 27 in both these kings hearts shall be to do mischief. So what are they do. Finally, the lost all hope of settling this on the battlefield.
Verse 27 says, and so they shall speak lies at one table they decide to sit down at the table and work it out just like we do know peace treaty by the way, you know, many the treaties that have been made since the world began a been broken all of them hundred percent and this one was just like the rest it says what it shall not prosper for you at the end shall be at the time appointed now verse 28 then shall he return unto his land with great riches and his heart notice shall be against two the holy covenant and he shall do exploits and return to his own land. At the time appointed, he shall return and come toward the south, but it shall not be as the former owner, as the latter.
Here we get the Romans again for the ships of kingdom shall come up against him, and he shall be turned back.
Therefore, he shall be grieved. Some folks believe as they study this that this is a reference to the Roman Navy if you will. They came and stood in his way.
He couldn't do what he wanted to do.
Therefore, he shall be great. That means he's mad and return and have indignation against the holy covenant.
He couldn't do what he wanted to the Romans got his way and so he comes back to the land of Israel. Any advance his wrath upon the Jews so he shall do. He shall even return and have intelligence with those who forsake the holy covenant were those those of those rebellious renegade Jews again. He's moved in and infiltrated the Jewish nation and the renegade Jews now are on his side and forces 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 you know what happened as well as I do, came back into the city was so angry because he couldn't do what he wanted to with the Romans came back into the city of Jerusalem and he slaughtered every child he could find his kill, right on the street every woman he could lay his hands on. They were raped and then killed. He took the god Zeus took it into the Jewish temple and he put God up on the temple worship center. We stopped all the Jewish sacrifices and he tried to make the Jews bow down to Zeus. Then as we learn the last time we learned about Antiochus the madman. He took a pig slough the pig and he took chalices and fill them up with the blood of that slain pig and he and his men went through all the temple with that pig's blood, and they just threw it all over the temple desecrating everything they could find no likely phrase the abomination of desolation means means it was an abomination so great that the temple itself was desolate. Nobody could go there. It was emptied out because of what Antiochus did to the Jews.
But the Scripture says there were small band of Jewish patriots who fought for that which is right. And finally, Judas Maccabeus, the great stalwart patron came into the front, and he began to lead the revolt and finally, ultimately, we don't have time to tell the story. He brought Antiochus epiphanies wicked reign to an end defeated him and begin the restoration of the temple. What we been trying to learn through the prophecies of Daniel as we study these great cruises. This is an Old Testament prophecy.
And here is an accurate fulfillment of that prophecy which we document by history. Now we move up in history to where were living in the days when the prophecies are made for out here in the future. Some of those prophecies. In fact, the vast majority of them even as we get into the 12 chapter the end of the 11th chapter have to do it. Of time. Yet future and the whole purpose of prophecy that is fulfilled literally is to teach us that just is what God said here was fulfilled literally hear what he says here is going to be fulfilled literally out there. That's the whole purpose of it so that as we read the Scriptures and we hear God prophesy, we see that it comes a pass. Then we read the prophecies for the future and we realize whether we believe it or not, whether we choose to accept it or not what God has said will indeed come to pass, and I'm sure you know that one of the things he said it's going to come to pass at any moment is that he's going to come back for his church. We call it the rapture is coming soon to take us home to be with him. You say I don't believe that that is making a difference is going to happen anyway. And the key thing is for you to know whether or not you read are you ready you better get ready is going to happen just as God promised. We hope you enjoyed today's tuning for the weekend edition with Dr. David Jeremiah to hear this. Another Turning Point programs to get more information about this ministry. Simply download the free tuning fork my ball after for your smart device or visit our website David Jeremiah total/radio that David Jeremiah.org/radio. You can also view Turning Point television free video channel 72 Sunday mornings at night and I CCTV Sundays at 6:30 AM and Friday afternoons at one.
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