Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prophetic Times To The End - Daniel - Part 14

End Times – Daniel 11, pt 2

Prophetic Times to the End

Second World Empire Down to the Man of Sin

Dan. 11:11-13 Gabriel describes to Daniel that the king of the south will be enraged and go forth and fight with the king of the north. (King of the south at this time is Ptolomey IV Philopator 221-204 B.C.) Then Ptolomy IV will raise a great army that army is successful at first and slays many thousands, but will be given over to the king of the north Antiochus III.

Dan 11:14 Gabriel tells Daniel that in this period of time that many will rise up against the king of the south (at this period of time this is Ptolomy V Epiphanes, 203-181 B.C.) there will be violent ones among your people Daniel, who will also lift themselves up (Jewish Zelots) in order to fulfill the vision, but they also will be taken down. Gabriel is telling us here that man will not be allowed to interfere with the divine plan and the vision will be fulfilled as set forth in scripture, the “times of the Gentiles” will run its course.

Dan. 11:15 Gabriel explains that the king of the north will come (at his time period Seleucus IV Philopator is king 187-175 B.C.) he will build up a siege mount; a cutting of non fruit trees for fortifications, [Ref. Deut. 20:19,20]. He will capture a well-fortified city; for the forces of the south will not stand, not even their choicest troops, for there will be no-strength to stand against anyone.

Dan. 11:16 Gabriel tells Daniel that the king of the north who comes against the king of the south will do as he pleases, (this king of the north is Antiochus III the Great 273-187 B.C.) and no one will withstand him; he will stay for a period of time in the beautiful land (Palestine), with desolation in his hand.

Dan. 11:17 Gabriel tells us that Antiocdus III south will arrange peace between Egypt and Syria by giving his daughter to marry Ptolemy V Epiphanes of Egypt. Gabriel says she will not stand by him and the two nations will not ally.

Dan. 11:18 Gabriel describes Antiochus III turn toward the coast lands of Israel and has some success until a commander (this is Cornelieus Scipio of the Roman Army) stops Antiochus scorn against Rome by repaying Antiochus with Roman scorn. Cornelieus actually is demanding that Antiochus turn his Army back toward home, is told by Antiochus that he will think about it and let him know. Cornelieus draws a circle around Antiochus in the dirt and says decide before you leave the circle.

Dan. 11:19 Gabriel shows us that Antiochus III returns to his home land, and he dies one year later. Antiochus dreams of reuniting Alexanders Empire under his authority never is realized.

Dan. 11:20 Gabriel tells us of Antiochus III son Seleucus IV Philopator 187-176 B.C. Gabriel says he is one who will heavily tax his people to pay Rome, he is poisoned by his treasurer Heliodorus. Here we see he dies neither in anger or in battle.

Dan. 11: 21 Gabriel tells Daniel that in his place will arise a despicable person, (This is Antiochus IV Epiphanes 175-164 B.C) on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred. The throne rightly belonged to Demetrius Sator, but Antiochus IV Epiphanes seized the throne and had himself proclaimed king. He did not come to the throne by rightful succession but he seized it through intrigue.

Dan. 11:22 We are told by Gabriel that this king of the north gains acceptance by turning aside an invading army, he also deposed Onias III, the high priest, called here the prince of the covenant.

Dan. 11:23 Gabriel goes on to further relate how despicable a person Antiochus IV Epiphanes is with his practice of deception. He actually gains power with the help of a very small number of people.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Prophetic Times To The End - Daniel - Part 13

End Times – Daniel 11, pt 1

Prophetic Times to the End

Second World Empire Down to the Man of Sin

Dan. 11:1 Daniel again gives us the date of his writing by the hand of the Holy Spirit: Daniel tells us that Darius the Mede was in his first year of reign 539 B.C. in Babylon. Darius ruled this region under the authority of Cyrus the Persian [Ref. Dan 9:1]. Daniel say’s he stood up and was of a source of strength and a protection for Darius.

Dan. 11:2 Daniel tells us that Gabriel relates the truth to him. He tells us that three more kings are going to arise for Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches, and will stir up the whole realm of Greece.

Dan. 11:3 Gabriel says that a mighty king will arise, he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases. The mighty king here refers to Alexander the Great who died in 323 B.C. [Ref. Dan. 7:6; 8:4-8; 8:21-22].

Dan. 11:4 Gabriel relates to us that shortly after this mighty king arises to power, his kingdom is divided up into four realms, (after Alexander’s death), (in the Hebrew/Chaldean text this is the same as or actually refers to “the four winds of heaven” which tells us that the hand of God has taken down and set up new kingdoms to propel His (God’s divine plan for man). Gabriel goes on to say that none of Alexander’s descendants will reign, nor will any of these kingdoms have the authority with which Alexander exhibited; Gabriel goes on to say that Alexander’s sovereignty will be uprooted to others instead of Alexander’s descendants.

Dan. 11:5 Gabriel goes on to explain to Daniel and us that the king of the south will grow strong; this king is Ptolemy 1 Soter and will rule Egypt. The explanation goes on to say that one of his princes which will gain ascendancy over him and obtain dominion; Gabriel tells Daniel and us this prince dominion will be a great dominion. The prince is Seleucus 1 Nicator ruled in Babylon in 321 B.C.

Dan. 11:6 Gabriel tells Daniel that after some years an alliance will be formed, with the daughter of the king of the south, (Berenice). This king of the south at this time is Ptolemy II Philadelphus, (ruled 285-246 B.C). This king will come to the king of the north to carry out an equitable agreement. Gabriel says Berenice will not retain her strength of arm or power, (berenice was murdered by Antiochus’s II ex-wife Laodice) nor will the king of the north Antiochus II remain with his arm or power, (Antiochus II is poisoned by Laodice). Gabriel goes on to say she (Berenice) was handed over along with those who brought her in, and the one who sired her, as well as he who supported her. This all refers to her death and means those who brought her in, left or were run out of prominence or power.

Dan. 11:7 Gabriel tells Daniel that one of Berenice descendants will arise in her fathers place. This would be Ptolemy III Euergetes, (he rules from 246-222 B.C.) and he will bring his army against the Syrian army and the king of the north Seleucus II Callinicus is defeated and Laodice is put to death. Euergetes king of the south returns to Egypt with many riches.

Dan. 11:8 Gabriel informs Daniel that Euergetes will also take out of Syria their gods with their precious vessels of silver and gold back to Egypt. Euergetes on his part will refrain from standing against the king of the north for some years.

Dan. 11:9 Gabriel then explains that the king of the north will wage war against the king of the south, but is unsuccessful and returns to Babylon in Syria.

Dan. 11:10 Gabriel tells Daniel that the king of the north sons will wage war with great forces; (these are Seleucus III Ceraunus, and Antiochus III the Great). Antiochus III is successful in driving the Egyptians who had occupied a good portion of Syria back to a location at the southern borders of Israel in a campaign between 219-217 B.C.