In this chapter, we are going to look at the most controversial chapter of Daniel. This vision and prophecy of Daniel is the least looked at but the most informative of all of Daniel. For this reason, this chapter will be exceptionally long; but is more worth reading than any other of the prophecies of Daniel. I recommend printing this and marking what you have gone through so that you can take it in steps and get the full understanding of all the prophecies of Daniel.
It is believed that the book of Daniel was written by Daniel in 6 BC. I tend to disagree.
Daniel was a teen when he was taken captive into Babylon in 605 BC. Knowing that this book was actually written by Daniel, if he were to have written it in 6 BC, he would have been over 600 years old; a feat that had not been accomplished since the pre-flood era.
I contest that the book of Daniel was completed after or around the end of the rule of Cyrus II in 529BC, who’s rule was during the chapter 11 accounts. Because of the detailed prophecy in chapter 11 was so accurate to what was to come, many try to write off this chapter as history instead of prophecy, saying it was written later. But the facts of the life of Daniel prove otherwise.
Considering the fact that the Bible has been under a microscope for centuries, it has been continually proven to be the most accurate book ever written. Thus, the detailed prophecy within chapter 11 does nothing less then prove the divine knowledge of the God of Abraham.
I believe this wonderful chapter is an eye opener to what was, what is, and what is to come. It should be a wake up call for many.
Join with me as we take a stroll through history which was the answer to this prophecy.
For the sake of shortening this chapter, I’m going to place the Biblical reference just prior to the historical event. You can open your Bible and read the scripture reference then the historical event that corresponded with that passage.
For my Catholic friends and those who are still hooked up with the dispensationalism teachings, this chapter will be an eye opener. Let’s not follow theory, but let’s look at the Word of God together.
The Prophesies of Daniel 11
Except for shortening the chapters, I’m not sure why the translators put a break between chapters 10 and 11. Chapter 11 is the continuing of a conversation between Daniel and Gabriel; there is no natural break.
To review chapter 10, Gabriel has come again to Daniel. The chapter ended by Gabriel telling Daniel that he (Gabriel) was going back to fight with the king of Persia. He continues to say that when he leaves that king, Greece will come and overthrow Persia. But, before he goes back, he is going to show Daniel the truth of the vision he had earlier in this chapter.
Even in the first year of Darius, when the Medes and Persians overtook Babylon, Gabriel was there by Darius’ side to confirm/help/establish him and strengthen him. This truly shows that God is ultimately in control of world events. As the writing on the wall sealed the probation of Babylon and God’s protection withdrew from them, He in turn strengthened Darius the Mede to overrun Babylon as we can see in chapter 5.
There are to come three more kings after Cyrus who was currently at rule. These were Cambyses the son of Cyrus (530-522 B.C.), False Smerdis an impostor who impersonated the real Smerdis to obtain the throne, the real Smerdis had been killed by his brother Cambyses, (522 B.C.), Darius Hystaspes or Darius 1 who married a daughter of Cyrus (522-486 B.C.)
Xerxes, or the Ahasuerus of Queen Esther, the son of Darius Hystapes was far richer than all before him. (Esther 1:4-7)
Because of his wealth, Xerxes was able to stir up an immense army against the warlike Greeks. According to Herodotus, who lived at that age, his army had 5,283,220 men from the East alone. But not content with this, he enlisted the Carthaginians of the West which added another 300,000 men. In total he had raised over five and three quarter million men to go against the Greeks. He defeated the Greeks at Thermopylea, lost the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C. he lost after this at Platea in 479 B.C. The war ended in 467 B.C.
There were nine more minor rulers but Xerxes was the last Persian king to invade Grecia.
Alexander the Great finally defeated the Persians at the battle of Arbela in 331 B.C. He continued his campaign all the way to the borders of India and south through to Egypt. His dominion was far greater than that of the Persian empire.
When Alexander was at the height of his power, a fever killed Hephaestion, at Ekbatana, who was a young man dear to him. On returning to Babylon a vast funeral was erected. To drink to intoxication at a funeral was required as a token of respectful sympathy toward the deceased. Alexander spent two nights in unmeasured indulgence, which is believed to have aggravated the germs of fever in his system that he continually grew worse and in a few days died. He was asked to who the kingdom would go, his reply was to the strongest. The Eleventh of Daniel by Justus Grant Lamson pgs 35, 36 1909.
Alexander died in 323 B.C. Immediately 36 generals scrambled for power and by 314 B.C. Seleucus, Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Cassander formed a league against Antigonus who had the largest influence in the remains of Alexander’s realm. Seleucus gained Babylon in 312 B.C. and established a long line of kings. Lysimacus and Ptolemy assumed the title of kings in 305 B.C. and Cassander about the same year, so that three years later this league of four planned a campaign against Antigonus which brought on the battle of Ipsus 301 B.C. and definitely established the four division of Alexander’s former kingdom. Cassander took the west, Lysimachus took the north, Seleucus took the east, and Ptolemy took the south (the four winds).
Alexander’s sons and relatives were slain so that there was no interference to the ruling of any part of the kingdom. None of the kingdom went to Alexander’s family.
No one person was to rule with the dominion that Alexander had. This remarkably came true as prophesied.
Ptolemy Soter (south), who had Egypt, Palestine and part of Syria, is the king of the south at this point of the prophecy. He was strong and ruled from 323 B.C. to 285 B.C.
Lysimacus (north) took over Cassander’s (west) territory and then Lysimacus lost all of it to Seleucus Nicator (east) who now has three quarters of Alexander’s kingdom, leaving Ptolemy in the south with a quarter.
Berenice, the daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus (the second ruler of the south 285 - 247 BC), came to Antiochus Theos (the third ruler of the north 261 - 246 BC) to become his wife and join the kingdoms. Antiochus divorced his wife Laodice and married Berenice.
Berenice’s father died in 247 BC, and Antiochus threw Berenice out and took back his ex-wife with her two sons, Selecus Callinicus and Antiochus Hierax. His wife (Laodice) then had him poisoned in 246 BC and Seleucus Callinicus was pronounced king.
Antiochus’ son that he had with Berenice would not keep his princely power. Later he was murdered, by the orders of Laodice, along with his mother Berenice and all of her Egyptian servants. As long as Ptolemy was alive, Berenice was alive, but once out of the way Berenice lost her strength, was divorced then killed.
A BRANCH of Berenice’s roots, which would be her brother, Ptolemy Euegetes was then seated in the throne of the kingdom of the south.
Euergetes was sending his army north to aid his sister (which was too late). They continued north and many of the cities freely opened their gates to the army because they hated Seleucus Callinicus, the north king.
Euergetes gained a large portion of the land of the north (capital of Syria, larger part of Asia Minor) and would have continued but was called back to Egypt because of trouble.
A large portion of verse 8 talks about the “booty” that Euergetes collected on his conquest; which was in 246 BC.
Euergetes reigned from 247 BC to 222 BC which was more years than that of Seleucus Callinicus (246 BC to 227 BC).
Verse 9 then reaffirms that Euergetes (south) would come into Callinicus’ (north) territory and then return to his own.
Callinicus’ sons (Selecus Ceraunus (oldest) and Antiochus Magnus) were “stirred up” about the land that had been taken from them; and they would gather an army to avenge what had happened.
Saleucus Ceraunus was a weak leader with little money and little respect from his army. He only reigned for three years and then was poisoned by two of his generals.
With the death of his brother, Antiochus Magnus was proclaimed as king and took charge of the army who retook Seleucia and Syria.
Antiochus had strong revenge within him and continued to overcome in battle; and had thoughts of invading Egypt itself.
By this time, Ptolemy Philopater had taken the throne of the south, after the passing of Euergetes.
Philopater was angered (choler) because of Antiochus Magnus getting close to Egypt. Therefore, Philopater (south) went to meet Antiochus (north) at the battle of Raphia near Gaza in 217 BC.
Antiochus had a great army which consisted of 62,000 on foot, 6000 on horse, and 102 elephants. But Philopater (south) had a greater number in his army and defeated Antiochus by slaying 10,000 of his foot soldiers, 3000 of his men on horse, and took captive over 4,000 prisoners; while Philapater only lost 1,400 men on foot and 700 men on horse.
After his defeat of Antiochus, Philopaters heart was lifted up by his success and on his way back home, he stopped by Jerusalem to sacrifice to the God of Israel. He also tried to enter within the temple itself, but was struck with terror and confusion of mind and had to be carried away. He left Jerusalem with great wrath against the whole nation of the Jews because of what had happened.
Philopater sought revenge upon the Jews many times but was unsuccessful until 213 BC, there was an insurrection of the Egyptians, of which he made occasion to gain revenge upon the Jews and slain 40,000 of them at Alexandria.
This revenge on the Jews did not strengthen Philapater as many of his own nation turned against him for this act.
After fourteen years the peace between Philopater and Antiochus dissolved when Philopater died in 204 BC. His son, who was only about four or five years old, took the throne and Antiochus thought this would be a great opportunity to take Egypt.
Antiochus gained much wealth through successful campaigns against the eastern parts of Iran and India, and by snuffing out rebellion in other parts of his kingdom.
During this time of Antiochus wanting to invade Egypt, he made a league with king Philip of Macedonia. The two of them agreed to divide the Egyptian empire by taking what was the closest and most convenient parts to them. Philip was to take Caria, Libya, Cyrenaica, and Egypt with Antiochus taking all the rest. Antiochus entered into Coele-Syria and Palestine and was soon the conqueror.
At the same time that this was going on, the provinces of Egypt were rebelling against Agathocles the prime minister of Egypt, who was conducting the affairs of the kingdom for the young king. The power that he could exercise was going to his head, with Egypt itself being disturbed by seditions. The Alexandrians rose up and caused him, his sister, mother, and their associates to be put to death.
“Robbers” or destroyers (from the Hebrew word periyts) were those who were going to destroy the people of Daniel.
Rome sent Scopas to lead the Egyptian forces to Palestine in 202 BC; taking back Coele-Syria and Palestine and bringing all of Judea into subjection to the authority of Egypt. This was done because rome had accepted the guardianship of Epiphanes, the young king of Egypt.
Rome did not rise from within the kingdom of Alexander, which was north and south, but went on behalf of the south, against the north.
Antiochus Magnus came back at Scopas who was finally defeated. He took back the lost territory of Palestine and Coele-Syria, including Sidon which was one of the strongest cities of those times.
Scopas was sent to meet with Antiochus near the sources of the Jordan. Scopas was defeated and chased to Sidon where a siege was laid against it by Antiochus. Three of Egypt's strongest generals went to the aid but without success.
Defeated, Scopas surrendered on dishonorable terms as he and his 10,000 men were stripped naked and let go.
In 69 BC, Rome, under the rulership of Pompey, defeated the ruler of the north; who was Antiochus Asiaticus at that time. Taking it from the north, Rome made Syria a province of Rome. No one could stand in the way of Pompey.
In 161 BC, the Jews made an alliance with the Romans. But in 63 BC, two competitors, Hyrcanus and Aristobulus, were struggling for the crown of Judea.
After the city was opened to Pompey with the help of Hyrcanus, Aristobulus went to the temple on the mount, ready to defend it, but Pompey broke through the wall of the temple and took it by force; making Jerusalem a province of Rome in 63 BC.
At this point, Judea or Jerusalem never had its independence as Rome held it until they destroyed it in 70 AD, under the rule of Titus.
Previous to the taking of Jerusalem, Rome had conquered Macedon and Thrace. With the taking of Syria and Judea, the northern part of Alexander’s kingdom was now ruled by Rome. Rome now becomes king of the north.
Egypt was the only portion left of Alexander’s kingdom but Julius Caesar was set to take it.
Ptolemy the 12th and his sister Cleopatra ruled co-jointly in Egypt, until there was a dispute between them.
Julius Caesar came with 800 horses and 3,200 on foot to settle the quarrel. The war raged with Achillas trying to drive Caesar out of Alexandria with 20,000 men. Caesar was able to repel this attack. During this war, several buildings were set on fire, one of which is the famous Alexandrian library containing nearly 400,000 volumes; which was destroyed.
As the battle became worse, Caesar realized he needed more men and sent for help in the neighboring countries. A large fleet came from Asia Minor, also the Mithridates with numbers from Syria and Cilicia. Antipater, the Idumean, joined with Caesar with 3,000 Jews (the upright ones). The Jews held the passes into Egypt, and permitted no interruption. Without this, Caesar would have failed; for the arrival of this army decided the contest.
Attempting to escape, Ptolemy drowned in the river Nile and Alexandria with all of Egypt submitted to the victor; Rome. Now, all of Alexander’s kingdom was under the rule of Rome in 47 BC. Cleopatra remained ruler until 30 BC, when Egypt was made a province of Rome.
Caesar gained Cleopatra and had one son with her; but Cleopatra joined with Antony, the enemy of Augustus Caesar, and exerted her power against Rome.
After this, Julius conquered all the remaining coast lands of Spain, North Africa, and Pharnaces king of Cimmerian Bosporus.
Rome was a republic, but after all the conquests of Julius Caesar the title of king was offered to him. The republic did not like the thought of becoming of a monarchy. Caesar refused the offer twice because of the disagreement of the populace.
Brutus showed his friendship to Caesar; but was the one who would cause the kingship offered to Julius to cease; but not before causing the whole idea to fall back onto Julius Caesar.
Julius then turned his face back to Rome after his conquest. After his arrival back in Rome, Julius accepted the offer of kingship. Julius came into the Senate and sat upon his golden throne to receive his title. He was then murdered by Cassius, Brutus, and others; being pierced 23 times with a dagger, causing him to stumble and fall. This took place in 44 BC.
Augustus Caesar, the successor of his uncle Julius, was the raiser of taxes; which was during the time of Christ (Luke 2:1-3). This period was known as the Augustan age, where Rome was at peace, justice maintained, luxury curbed, discipline established, and learning encouraged. It was known as the golden age of Rome.
Eighteen years later Augustus died (35 days before his 75th birthday) peacefully in his bed at Nola.
Augustus set Agrippa as successor of Rome, saying that Tiberius was to vile a person to wear the purple of Rome; but Agrippa died, forcing Augustus to choose again.
Tiberius Caesar became king. He was a vile, wicked, cruel, and licentious person who was continually drunk. The people of Rome did not give Tiberius the respect or honor.
Tiberius went on to lead seven successful military campaigns in Germany and in the east on the frontiers of Armenia and Parthia. Leaving his favorite island, Tiberius stopped at a country house near the promontory of Micenum. In 37 AD, he sunk into a lethargy, in which he appeared dead.
Caligula was preparing an escort to take possession of the empire, when his sudden revival threw them into dismay. Marco, the praetorian perfect, caused him to be suffocated with pillows and Tiberius died at 78 years old.
According to Luke 3:1-3, Tiberius was reigning when John the Baptist was preaching, which he stared in 26 AD. Jesus was baptized in 27 AD and crucified in 31 AD. So, Jesus was crucified in the 17 - 18th year of Tiberius’ reign, before Tiberius died in 37 AD.
(Daniel 11:23 - 24)
Flashing back to the league made with the Jews in 161 BC, Rome (small at the time of the league) never kept the league, conquering the Jews in 63 BC.
Rome entered upon some of the land by alliances or request, as we have already seen that Ptolemy asked Rome to be guardian of Egypt. All other nations gained their power by conquest alone. This was not so with Rome. They entered upon the best of lands, securing them without war.
Rome protected all their provinces from their enemies and showed kindness and leniency toward them. All gained the advantage under the Roman rule.
A time in the Bible is equal to a year, which is 360 days (Jewish calendar). So this being a prophetic time it is 360 years. This time period would have to start when Rome was complete ruler over all kingdoms. This was in 31 B.C. If you add 360 years to this date, you come to the year 330 A.D. It was in this year that Rome ceased to be the city from where all ruling was done and the base of the kingdom. It was at this time that Constantine moved the seat to Byzantium, later called Constantinople, in the west.
(Daniel 11:25 - 27)
Octavian (Augustus Caesar), Mark Antony, and Lepidua formed the Triumvirate to avenge the death of Julius Caesar. Lepidus was finally pushed out of the triumvirate leaving Mark Antony and Octavian. Antony went down to Egypt on government business, but he fell victim to the arts and charms of Cleopatra. He started to bestow upon her province after province to please her. Octavian thus had no trouble declaring war upon Egypt and Cleopatra, even though the war was really against Antony as neither of them were satisfied with only half the kingdom.
Anthony assembled a fleet of 500 ships with 200,000 men and 12,000 horses, at Samos. Octavian assembled only half the amount of ships with 80,000 men; but Octavian’s troops were hand chosen and only experienced seamen were picked.
The battle was fought in 31 BC, at the mouth of the gulf of Ambracia, near the city of Actium. Frightened by the thought of battle, Cleopatra fled with sixty ships. Antony, out of his infatuation for her, went after her.
His army was disgusted at Antony’s infatuation and went over to Octavian’s side. When Antony came to Lybia, he found that the forces that remained under Scarpus had declared to Octavian. Antony committed suicide by stabbing himself.
Before the evening closed, the whole fleet was destroyed.
Both Octavian and Antony were formally in alliance. But while professing friendship to each other, they were both striving for dominion. Their conversation to each other was lies spoken at one table, for they were hypocrites in professing friendship of one another. All councils did not prosper.
Octavian returned to Rome with his riches from his success over Egypt.
The holy covenant was the old covenant that included the land of Canaan.
Under Vespasian, in 66 A.D., the Romans invaded Judea, and took the cities of Galilee, Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, where Christ had been rejected. They destroyed the inhabitants, and left nothing but ruin and desolation. Disorders at Rome caused the temporary withdrawal of the Roman armies, as foretold by Christ in Matthew 24:15 and Luke 21:20. The only reason why the righteous could flee was because Vespasian was called back to Rome. On his returning to Rome, he was made emperor and his son Titus took up the work of subjugating Jerusalem.
Titus came upon Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and in five months had destroyed it and the temple. 110,000 Jews perished, and 97,000 were taken captive. The city was later leveled by Tarentius Rufus with the foundations of the temple being plowed up also. The duration of the entire war was 7 years, and 1,462,000 persons are said to have perished over this period. The survivors were banished, sold, and dispersed into all parts of the world. The Jews cry of His blood be on us and upon our children was definitely fulfilled.
Rome did do exploits upon the promised land/Palestine/Judea and Jerusalem, or Canaan as it was formally known as, and returned into its own land.
At the end of the 360 years, which ended in 330 AD, Constantine moved toward Licinius. This move, this war, was not like the former, nor was it like the latter; this war was “in house” between Constantine in the west and Licinius in the east as Rome was divided.
Licinius lost two battles and a truce was formed lasting from 314 AD to 323 AD when war broke out again. This left Constantine at the head of Rome.
Byzantium, later called Constantinople, fell into Constantine's hands and he decided to make it his capital instead of Rome in 330 AD.
Rome ceased to be and was no longer the place where he ‘forecast his devices against the strongholds’ (verse 24). The Roman empire was weakened by this move and started to fall from within.
The Vandals, under Genseric 428 AD to 468 AD, raged against the Roman empire with there naval forces. The Vandals repeatedly visited the coast of Spain, Liguria, Tuscany, Campania, Lucania, Bruttium, Apulia, Calabria, Venetia, Dalmatia, Epirus, Greece, and Sicily.
Desperate efforts were made to remove Genseric from the seas. First by Marjorian and then by Leo; both of which proved to be failures. Rome was obliged to submit to the humiliation of seeing its provinces ravaged and it’s “eternal city” pillaged by the enemy.
The Emperors of Rome began to unite with the Bishops of Rome, who had forsaken the true Gospel. The move was done to increase the stability and power of the state.
“Thus the state within the state was abolished; the strongest political force then existent, to wit, the church, was made the cornerstone of the state. Both parties, the emperor and bishops, were equally well pleased.” Historians History of the World pgs 639, 640, 642.
This process began under Constantine when he converted to the Christian faith and Christianity no longer was persecuted within the empire. It proceeded until in order to exterminate the heresy of Arianism held by the three powers that overran the “Eternal City” namely the Heruli, Goths and Vandals, Emperor Justinian decreed in 533 A.D., that the Bishop of Rome was the head of the entire Church and the corrector of heresies. This aspect of church and state however, was not made up of the true and pure followers of Bible truth. This uniting of church and state was the product of years of compromise that had slowly begun to spread throughout more and more of the professed Christian world. Scattered amongst the provinces were faithful believers who refused to bow the knee to the newly established Bishop of Rome as head over the church of God.
Note: They had forsaken the true Gospel by the dedication of Chapels to angels, saints, and martyrs. Superstitious ceremonies were woven into every day life. Wakes and banquets for the dead were celebrated; the relics of the saints were collected and adored, and they pushed aside the council of Christ by uniting church and state Matthew 22:21.
In 496 A.D. Clovis, King of the Franks converted to Catholicism, recognizing the Bishop of Rome as head over all the church, corrector of heretics and vicar of God on earth. He placed his armies at the disposal of the Pope to defend the faith, expand her borders and correct the heresies currently so popular in the Western Empire.
Between 496 and 508 A.D., Clovis used his military forces to convert idolaters to Romanism, through alliances, capitulations, and conquests, the Arborici, the Roman garrisons in the West, Brittany, the Burgundians, and the Visigoths, were brought into subjection. They gave up their pagan attachments, but only to perpetuate its abomination in another form called Christianity. The Christianity of the Catholic Church was and still is only baptized paganism.
The last vestiges of paganism were removed for the Church, by Clovis, by 508 A.D.
Although the pagan religion of the empire had now given way to the Christian religion, there was a difference in theology that prevented the Pope from assuming the title so recently bestowed upon him by Emperor Justinian. The Vandals, Ostrogoths and Heruli, all avowed Arians, refused to acknowledge the Bishop of Rome as head over the churches and opposed the Catholic Emperor. Justinian sent his army with General Belisaris to take care of the opposition. After defeating the Vandals, and the Heruli only the Ostrogoths remained. The Goths retreated and allowed Belisaris to enter Rome unopposed. They then in a better season laid siege to the city: which they held for over a year. However, the siege that included the entire nation in its attempt was a bitter failure and that remnant of Goths that remained abandoned the city to Belisaris and disappeared from history. Thus by the year 538 A.D. there remained no opposition to the Pope of Rome to take the seat of the Empire to himself.
Those who forsake the Biblical truth of God and followed the papal apostasy were often led on in their zeal by the bestowment of wealth, position and honors.
During the dark ages of Papal tyranny, there were Christians who kept the pure religion alive and performed acts of self sacrifice and religious heroism in behalf of their faith. These included groups such as the Waldenses, Albigenses, and Hugenots.
(Daniel 11:33 - 35)
The faithful witness of the self sacrificing missionaries kept the light of truth alive during the ages of persecution and Papal control.
Whether it was by beheading, burning at the stake, imprisonment, or by the confiscation of goods, the Papacy used all in an attempt to rule out so called heresy.
The Protestant Reformation brought a shortening of the days of persecution in many areas.
Even in the reformed churches, the flattery of trusting in the state to defend the faith rather than in the God of Israel, was tried with great success. Therefore, the battles started to be between the Protestant governments and the Catholic governments; causing the fleeing to America.
Many faithful men and women were martyred to purify the church from those who had joined it for the wrong reason. A study of church history reveals that only during times of persecution was the church actually pure. At all other times it was full of apostasy and corruption.
In 1798, the Pope was taken prisoner by Berhier of the French army, and to all intents and purposes the power that had fueled the inquisition and the persecution of heretics was stopped.
(Daniel 11:36 - 39)
The Papacy was able to rule over the kings and queens of Europe how ever it pleased him.
The Papacy exalted himself and placed himself in the power to actually excommunicate the kings and emperors who disagreed with his desires and laws. No other god or power could be acknowledged but by the Pope of Rome; and claims to be the Vicar of Christ or The christ on Earth.
Blasphemy is declaring divinity of oneself (John 10:30 - 31) and claiming to be able to forgive sins (Mark 2:5 - 7). While the Papacy claims to be the christ on Earth, they say that God has to answer to the Pope on who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. Catholicism also states that one not go to God for salvation but must go through the Catholic Church or the Pope.
The Papacy has succeeded at the task of fooling the world of it’s time and many of todays time and is the most prosperous kingdom then and now; not even feeling the affects of the recent downfall and having no banks close within the Holy See kingdom.
The great indignation is the substitute of Sunday sacredness, or the idol Sabbath, instead of the true Sabbath. In fact, the idol Sabbath is instituted to draw the people away from God the creator to the false god. The prophecy states that it will succeed in its endeavor until the indignation be accomplished or fulfilled. When it has fulfilled its allotted time and opportunity, then the end will come.
His fathers worshipped the God of the scriptures, the God of heaven, however, the papacy regarded the gods of the pagans under a “Christian” garb. Also it claimed that the wafer was actually God and thus it is worshipped as though it is God, carried about as any pagan deity might be in celebrations and processions, and ultimately eaten that the devotee might possess it.
Celibacy in the priesthood.
(Heb-mauzzim) this is translated by some as munitions and applies quite well to the Papacy’s continued support of those who will put military or governmental power at their disposal and to further their ends.
Another translation is to see it as God’s protectors, or mediators, thus indicating the worship of saints as mediators between man and God, again a god unknown to his fathers.
They honor gods with millions of pounds worth of jewelry. Costly shrines have been multiplied in every part of the world.
Even in places where there seemed no desire to follow the pagan practices of Catholicism, has Mary worship begun to take hold. In fact, in the religion of the American Indians, the Tibetan Dalai Lama and even the Hindus are the prophecies and expectancies of a woman who is to come and bring peace to the world. Thus the world was being prepared in the most unexpected places to accept Catholicism as the world spiritual leaders.
Millions of Rome’s devotees are held in bondage by this worship of saints and the Virgin Mary, by these idols and images.
The papacy claims the right to divide the entire world among whom it pleases. Take for example the fact that when the Normans under Henry II took Ireland, it was Pope Adrian IV who “gave him permission” to do so. Also in regards to the new world discoveries, the entire new world was divided, by the pope, between the Spanish and the Portuguese.
In regards to the Papacy, everything they do is “for a price.” It can bring forgiveness “for a price,” it can help the dead who are supposed to be in purgatory “for a price”, and “for a price” it can sprinkle water on infants etc.
The time of the end we have seen in verse 35 to be 1798. At this point we see the re-entering of the king of the south into the field of conflict. For a long period the world has been dominated by one power, that is the king of the north alone.
We have seen a change in the king of the north from the controller of the literal territory originally occupied by Babylon to the Spiritual rulership of the Church of Rome, who while not taking the literal territory of Pagan Rome has succeeded in power through the spiritual realm. Thus we need to find who is the spiritual progenitor of Egypt, which was the literal territory of the king of the south.
According to Revelation 11 there was a power that would rise which would “spiritually” be called “Egypt.” The characteristic of Egypt that is so important here is the principle of Atheism, not willing to recognize the God of heaven. (Exodus 5:2) Thus the first manifestation of this principle is none other than in Atheistic France under the French Revolution. From here the same principle developed into the Communist revolution in Russia. This same weapon (Revolution) has been used in all the former Papal dominated countries to overthrow the government and establish communist rulers. Thus communism has come to be seen as an enemy to the Papacy.
“In 1798 the king of the south, France began an ongoing war against the king of the north, Catholicism. Atheism continued to develop its ideology and reached another stage of growth at the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Communism continued the war against Catholicism attempting to bring the former empire of Papal Rome into its grasp, but in time, Catholicism mounted an overwhelming counterattack. The king of the north swept away the entire structure of the king of the south/communism, entering into all the countries of the former Soviet Union and her tributary states. This overwhelming attack came with the military and economic assistance of the United States of America. This alliance repeats the history of Clovis, when “arms shall stand on his part.” It points to Revelation 13, teaching that soon the United States of America will speak as a dragon, and then force the world to also form an image to the beast. Daniel 11:40 is the first historical manifestation of this end-time unholy alliance.” (Taken from The Final Rise and Fall of the King of the North by Jeff Pippinger.)
In 1929, with the signing of a treaty, the Papacy (now known as the Holy See) became a country again and then later the uniting of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to bring in a five part plan to bring down communism and the collapse of the Soviet economy.
The Papacy has entered into God’s church. This is done through the doctrines of Catholicism coming in and being accepted into the Remnant Church. That is, apostasy from the truth of God. Just as during the initial rise of the Papacy in the dark ages, those who were against the holy covenant united with the false church to promote its agenda.
Many are be taken in by the false doctrines that are coming upon us. These false doctrines including the False or idol Sabbath are defended tooth and nail and will eventually be enforced by the alliance of the Papacy and the United States of America. Within the church, they have compromised truth of the Word and mixed it with the paganism of the world; through feel good messages, bar lighting, etc.
Edom, Moab and the children of Ammon are the age old enemies of Israel. Thus as the final crisis develops many will see the light of truth, even in places where it seems people are hardened in sin, wickedness, and Catholicism, and they will “escape” from the Papal doctrines and will join with God’s faithful people.
Egypt is both a reference to Atheism, and also to symbolize the secular world. All the religions of the world will unite to accept the paganisms of the Catholicism and even secular countries, or non-Christian countries will come under the Papal decree’s enforced through her alliance with the US; this is happening as we speak.
The Papacy will control all trade etc. in the world, through such laws as the prohibition to by or sell without a mark.
The ancient Libyans lived on the fringe of the desert and always looked longingly towards Egypt with its fertile Nile valley etc. Thus Libya today symbolizes the Third World.
The Ethiopians were always wealthy due to their gold mines in their mountains, and their wealth in cattle, ivory, hides and ebony. Also traffic from central Africa entered Egypt through Ethiopia. Thus Ethiopia represents the Affluent Western World.
This is the Loud Cry of the fourth angel of Revelation 18, which comes against the Papacy’s attempt to control the entire world and bring it under its false teachings. This group who are giving the Loud Cry are the only ones who stand in the way of full control for the Papacy. Their strong Biblical message under the power of the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit causes much consternation and frustration for the Papacy. As seen before many will accept this message and “escape” from under its tyranny.
The Papacy will put out a final death decree against those who will not accept to worship the beast and his image
The papacy plants its influence (tabernacles of his palace) between the people (seas) and the final message (holy mountain) hoping to prevent any more people hearing the gospel and being saved.
As outlined in Revelation 18 when the judgment of God falls upon modern Babylon, for her sins, there will be none to support or defend her then. Throughout her career she has always relied on others to wage her wars etc. for her, but this time there will be no one and she will be destroyed.
I pray you enjoyed the depth of this chapter as much as I have in studying it. It is, without doubt, a wonderfully precise account of what was to come from the time of Daniel.