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Daniel Chapter 11
Revelation Of The Coming Man Of Sin
A prophesied coming "Man of Sin"
The ancient events that happened in the Middle East during the four centuries between the Old and New Testaments provide some of the most valuable prophetic clues in the whole Bible. If you truly want to comprehend what the Bible reveals about events surrounding the future Antichrist, you simply cannot skip Daniel 11.
It is impossible to understand Daniel 11 without taking a basic lesson in the history of the Middle East during those four centuries. Daniel 11 is an absolute "MUST READ" for any serious prophecy student. But the REWARDS of understanding this difficult chapter FAR OUTWEIGH the difficulty. You will vastly improve your understanding of the coming days of Antichrist by taking this lesson.
FIRST, let's make sure that you can clearly see how God's holy angels played fundamental roles in bringing these events about. By the end of this article, you should be able to clearly see how and when and why and where the Antichrist will appear.
Throughout his lifetime, the prophet Daniel received revelations from the LORD by dreams, visions and visiting angels. In Daniel 10, the angel Gabriel stood with Daniel and explained how angels work in the heavens - conducting war (spiritual warfare) with Lucifer's princes.
He explained that while Daniel was on his 21-day prayer and fasting vigil, Gabriel and Michael were at war with the demon "Prince of Persia."
This vernacular is foreign to modern, secular conversations. Our godless, atheistic culture is devoid of the belief or the understanding of how everything in the material world is moderated in the heavenly, spiritual realm by the powers of God, His angels, Lucifer and his princes.
God creates all things. His holy angels work in His behalf. Lucifer opposes all the works of God, and his princes assist in carrying out his evil agenda.
Michael - Israel's Guardian Angel
In chapter 11, Daniel's heavenly visitor was probably Gabriel (deducted from earlier verses - 8:16 and 9:1). Gabriel revealed that he and Israel's chief prince, the archangel Michael had been fighting against the prince of Persia, and would continue until he was defeated and the Persian Empire fell.
Next, he said that the demon prince of Grecia would come. [The Grecian Empire rose as the Persian Empire fell. The prince of Grecia empowered and enabled Alexander the Great and his successors until the next prince arose - the demon prince of Rome (Daniel 9:26-27).]
Gabriel also revealed the interesting fact that it was he who had helped the Persians rise above the Babylonians. "Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him," Daniel 11:1. The Persians, for a while, proved to be helpful to Israel in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The holy angels did not strengthen the demon princes, but Gabriel did stand with King Darius (picture), who blessed Israel for a while.
The principal reason why the angels of God make war with these particular evil angels is to protect the nation of Israel from complete destruction. If Gabriel and Michael had never resisted these demon princes, Israel would surely have perished from off the earth by now.
When we piece together all these facts that are provided throughout the scriptures, particularly in Daniel 2 (Nebuchadnezzar's image), we can clearly see that the angels had everything to do with the fall of Babylon, the rise of Media-Persia, the fall of Persia, the rise and fall of Grecia, the rise of Rome, and much more.
Never forget that God's angels rule in the heavens. The great powers are ordained of God.
When you look at the above artwork, and see how the kingdoms progressed from one power to the next, remember that the ANGELS OF GOD, warring with the DEMONS OF SATAN, are RESPONSIBLE for the RISE AND FALL OF KINGS AND KINGDOMS. That also translates into this 21st Century. The powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1).
Prophecies in Daniel 11 foretold EXTENSIVE details about events that eventually came to pass between the Old and New Testaments. These prophecies alone should have thoroughly convinced the people of Israel that Almighty God is Sovereign in the heavens, and that He commands the end from the beginning. You and I would do well to contemplate these astonishingly accurate prophecies, and admit that even OUR specific future is already sealed by the determinate will and plan of God.
The people and events that are revealed in Daniel 11:1-34, represent a TRANSITIONAL PERIOD that is SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE PERIOD OF GRECIA (Greece and the empire of Alexander the Great) and the PERIOD OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, represented by the BRASS THIGHS and the IRON LEGS in Nebuchadnezzar's image.
Daniel accurately prophesied dozens of critical events that would occur in Egypt and Syria as the GRECIAN EMPIRE was crumbling, and the ROMAN EMPIRE was rising. You MUST realize that very important point if you want to understand what is happening here. He showed, in great detail, exactly how power would finally move from the Greeks to the Romans - via the Egyptians and Syrians.
Epic historic events were prophesied hundreds of years in advance.
Daniel 11 contains many complex prophecies that span a 400-year saga of historical events that occurred between the Old and New Testaments.
As the angel revealed these things to him, Daniel accurately reported to us literally dozens of VERY DETAILED events that would eventually occur in and around Israel.
I urge you to follow me as I take you through the details. What seems very complicated on the surface is actually a very understandable series of events that will not only educate you, but also give you an enormous ability to understand exactly where we are headed in soon-coming world-shaking events. VERY FEW people understand these things, but YOU can, if you will simply take the time right now to inform yourself.
Let's start by identifying the time span for the prophecies of Daniel 11.
Daniel's life spanned MANY dramatic, historic events. As a young boy, it is likely that he lived in the courts of King Jehoiakim of Judah. But the Babylonians carried many of the finest of the Hebrew young men into the king's palace in Babylon. By the hand of God, and by the help of his ministering spirits (angels), Daniel found favor throughout his lifetime, even in the courts of pagan kings. He served and advised several famous kings: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Cyrus and Darius.
The angel told Daniel, in the days of Cyrus (about 75 years in advance), that the fourth Persian king would oppose Grecia.
Daniel 11:2 - "There shall 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 Grecia."
That was quite a remarkable revelation that was fulfilled many years after Daniel died.
Gabriel explained to Daniel, who was then serving King Cyrus of Persia, that the fourth Persian king would engage the Grecians in a major war.
This fact was decades from coming to pass. But certainly enough, Cyrus the Great was succeeded by Cambyses, then by Darius I (the Great), then by Xerxes, who, with an army of two million (according to Herodotus), marched toward Greece and fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel 11:2.
The Persians did NOT conquer the Grecians, however. Their war only stirred up young Alexander the Great to counter-attack them in great fury.
Daniel prophesied the rise of Alexander the Great.
In chapter 8, Daniel prophesied about a He-Goat with a notable horn (Greece and Alexander the Great) conquering the Ram of Persia (see above illustration).
Then Gabriel revealed to Daniel that it would be the Prince of Grecia who would come (10:20; 11:2). Daniel then prophesied that "a mighty king" with "great dominion" would "do according to his will." Alexander the Great of Greece fulfilled that prophecy when he conquered the Persians and nearly all of Eurasia.
Daniel prophesied that Alexander's empire would split into four parts.
When Alexander died, his vast empire was split into four separate kingdoms and four of his generals claimed dominion over them - perfectly fulfilling Daniel's prophecies.
Daniel 11:3-4 - "A mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven."
Out of four kingdoms that would split off of the Grecian Empire, the revelation focused particularly on two. First, came "the King of the South" - Egypt. (South was relative to Israel). The second was the "the King of the North" - Syria. (North was also relative to Israel).
Each Kingdom, the North and the South, was one of four kingdoms that resulted from the break-up of the vast Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great after he died. (The other two kingdoms were Macedonia (lesser Greece) and Pergama (western Turkey).
Who is the King of the South? The Ptolemaic Empire of Egypt
History records that a man named Ptolemy established a powerful kingdom in Egypt at that time, much after the order of the ancient Pharaohs. Ptolemy had been one of Alexander's great generals, and was a brilliant military and political force. The empire he established in Egypt would come to be known as the Ptolemaic Empire (305-30 BC), and many of his successors would carry his namesake - Ptolemy I through Ptolemy XV, and his wife's name - Cleopatra I through Cleopatra VII.
Who is the King of the North? The Seleucid Empire of Syria
Another of Alexander's former generals, named Seleucus, came to Egypt to join Ptolemy. Seleucus had been a satrap (a provincial governor) in Babylon, following Alexander's death, but his competitor, Antigonus drove him out of Babylon.
Seleucus fled to Egypt and worked with Ptolemy for a few years, then he raised an army and struck out again. This time, he took Gaza, and returning to Babylon, took it. Then he took Syria. Within a few years, Seleucus ruled from Pergama to the Far East, including the areas we now know as Eastern Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan. This became known as the great Seleucid Empire.
Daniel made numerous impressive prophecies pertaining to the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires.
Daniel's prophecies in chapter 11 foretold, in astonishing detail, dozens of major events that would take place in the days of "The King of the North," (the Seleucid Empire, primarily Syria), and "The King of the South," (the Ptolemaic Empire, primarily Egypt).
It is impossible to appreciate the miraculous nature of these prophecies without studying the history of that period and realizing HOW MANY AMAZING EVENTS Daniel prophesied.
The purpose of this article is to furnish you with some of the history of that period so you can appreciate and understand more of God's purpose and plan for that part of the world - even in these modern times!
The accuracy of these prophecies SHOULD have ASTONISHED the Jews who lived in the days of Jesus Christ, and totally convinced them of HIS MESSIAHSHIP, since Daniel also prophesied the VERY YEAR Messiah would die.
If you want to be fully prepared for all that lies ahead, you simply must PAY ATTENTION TO PROPHECY!
Daniel 11:2 - "And now will I show thee the truth."
Two powerful characters would emerge: The King of the North (Syria), and the King of the South (Egypt).
Daniel prophesied that the empire of Alexander the Great would split four ways. It did. The first was Egypt, ruled by Ptolemy. Second was Seleucia (which included what is now known as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Turkey). Seleucus served Ptolemy in Egypt until he raised an army and went north to conquer his own empire. The third empire was Pergamon (which occupied what is now Western Turkey). And the fourth empire was Macedonia (Greece).
In the prophecies of Daniel 11, the phrase "King of the North" refers to the Seleucid Empire (primarily Syria). The phrase, "King of the South" refers to the Ptolemaic Empire - Egypt.
Daniel prophesied that Seleucus would ascend from Ptolemy's empire, and become greater than Ptolemy.
Ptolemy I claimed Egypt when Alexander the Great died. Seleucus eventually joined him, (after losing control of Babylon), but soon rose up from Egypt to conquer Gaza, Babylon, and Syria.
Seleucus' empire became larger than Ptolemy's. Two centuries beforehand, Daniel prophesied amazing details of their rise to power, which would not begin to occur until about 325-281 BC. The prophecies covered a span of time from about 325-183 BC. Such astonishingly accurate prophecies should make believers out of everyone!
Daniel 11:5 - "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."
This is NOT an insignificant prophecy, because in the end of this age, we will see that the Assyrian prince will have an epic showdown with Jesus Christ. The typology here is very significant.
Meet Berenice, daughter Of Ptolemy II Of Egypt.
The successor of Ptolemy I in Egypt was Ptolemy II. The successor of Seleucus in Syria was Antiochus. Antiochus tried to take some of the dominion of Ptolemy II, but met with stern resistance. They finally settled their differences, and Antiochus the Syrian married the Egyptian daughter of Ptolemy II, Berenice. That marriage resulted in both sides laying down arms at that time. Daniel prophesied it all by divine revelation, two centuries earlier. WOW!
Daniel prophesied the marriage of Antiochus to Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II.
Daniel 11:5-6 - "The king of the south [Egypt] shall be strong, 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 [Syria] to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm."
Daniel prophesied the fate of Syrian and Egyptian royalty.
The vast Seleucid Empire, ruled from Syria by Antiochus, made peace with Ptolemy II of Egypt when he married Ptolemy's daughter, Berenice. Antiochus had to put away his first wife, Laodice, to marry Berenice. But before long, Ptolemy died, and Antiochus decided that he wanted to divorce Berenice and return to his first wife, Laodice.
Daniel prophesied the demise of Antiochus, Berenice, her son, and Ptolemy II.
Enraged because she thought she and her son would lose the throne and the kingdom, Berenice poisoned Antiochus, and set out to put her son on the throne. She called for her Egyptian brother, Ptolemy III, to come to Syria and help her.
To stop Berenice and to avenge herself, Laodice poisoned Berenice and her son, the crown prince. All of that was prophesied by Daniel.
The second part of that verse, "she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm," was fulfilled when Berenice murdered Antiochus for returning to his first wife. Berenice also died when Antiochus' first wife poisoned her. So both Antiochus and Berenice lost their kingdoms and armies, fulfilling the prophecies
Daniel 11:6b - "She shall be given up [Antiochus divorced Berenice], and they that brought her [Antiochus died], 'and her child' (YLT Version) [her son, the crown prince was murdered], and he that strengthened her in these times [Berenice's father, Ptolemy II died at that time]."
Daniel foretold numerous critical, KEY events during SIX SYRIAN WARS.
The Overthrow Of Syria By Egypt in 241 BC
When Egypt's Ptolemy II died, Antiochus of Syria divorced Ptolemy's daughter, Berenice, and returned to his first wife, Laodice. Berenice murdered Antiochus, so Laodice murdered her. Berenice's brother raised an Egyptian army and invaded Syria. Egypt attained the height of its world power at that time. Daniel had prophesied it about 300 years earlier.
Daniel 11:7-8 - "Out of a branch of her [Egyptian] roots shall one stand up in his estate [her brother, Ptolemy III], which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north [Syria], and shall deal against them, and shall prevail."
Daniel foretells Antiochus III losing Syria to Egypt (Ptolemy IV) in 217 BC.
In the third generation of the Seleucid (Syrian) Empire, Antiochus III waged the "Fourth Syrian War," taking Israel, and attacking Ptolemy IV of Egypt. But EGYPT WON, and took Syria instead. Daniel foretold that 300 years earlier.
Daniel 11:10-12 - "His [Antiochus II] sons [under Antiochus III] shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great [Syrian] forces: ...the king of the south [Ptolemy IV] shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north [Syria] ...and he [Syria] shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it [Egypt won]."
Daniel foretells Antiochus III (the Great) regrouping and taking Syria back from Ptolemy V.
After losing Syria to the Egyptians, Antiochus III (the Great) went back east and regrouped. In 198 BC, he formed an alliance with Philip of Macedonia, and together they attacked and conquered Ptolemy V and Egypt - 350 years after Daniel prophesied it. This was the "Fifth Syrian War." At that time, they also gained control of Palestine.
Daniel 11:13-14 - "The king of the north [Syria] shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army [with the help of Philip of Macedonia] and with much riches. And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south [Egypt]."
Daniel prophesied that Egypt would come as "robbers" against Palestine, but that Syria would challenge and defeat them.
Daniel depicted Egypt as "robbers" with a vision to take Palestine. He prophesied that Syria would defeat Egypt and consume "the glorious land." That was fulfilled in 198 BC.
Daniel 11:14b-16 - "The robbers of thy people [Egyptians] shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall. So the king of the north [Syria] shall come, ...and the arms of the south [Egypt] shall not withstand, neither his [God's] chosen people, ...he that cometh against him [Syria] will do according to his own will, ...he [the Syrian] shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed."
All of Daniel's prophecies eventually refer back to Israel, and God's plan for Israel.
No matter how complex the Bible prophecies are, they all eventually run in a full circle back to the nation of Israel. Whether the subject is Babylon, Persia, Greece, Syria, Rome, Egypt, Beasts or False Prophets, everything eventually points to God, His people, and His land. All the other characters are supporting actors who only play roles in testing and trying Israel until Jesus Christ returns to His LAND and His PEOPLE.
Daniel 11:16 - "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 [Israel], which by his hand shall be consumed."
The BIG REASON why Daniel put forth all these prophecies was to enlighten men about God's mighty works in behalf of His people.
Daniel prophesied that Antiochus III the Great would deceitfully give his daughter, Cleopatra, to marry Ptolemy V in Egypt, and that Cleopatra would betray her father and show loyalty to her husband, the king of Egypt.
In 193 BC, Antiochus of Syria contemplated invading Egypt, but instead, he decided to give his daughter Cleopatra to marry Ptolemy V. His scheme was that he hoped to subvert Egypt through his daughter, Cleopatra. But Cleopatra showed her loyalty to her Egyptian husband, Ptolemy V. When he died, she became the first sovereign Ptolemaic queen. Egyptians called her "Cleopatra, the Syrian."
Daniel 11:17 - "He [Antiochus] 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 [Cleopatra], corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him."
Daniel prophesied Roman victory over Syria
Antiochus III the Great refocused his military efforts from controlling Egypt to conquering Greece and the islands of the Mediterranean. Unfortunately for him, the Roman general Scipio Asiaticus launched a counter-attack and prevented Antiochus from taking Greece. Antiochus' Seleucid (Syrian) Empire finally crumbled in 188 BC, and the Roman Empire began emerging as the new world leader.
Daniel 11:18 - "After this shall he [Antiochus] turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf [Scipio the Roman] shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him."
So Scipio the Roman turned the reproach on Antiochus the Great, dealing him a humiliating defeat.
Daniel prophesied that Antiochus the Great would fall, and his son, Seleucus IV would impose heavy taxes on Israel
The prophecy of Daniel 11:19 said that Antiochus the Great would "turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found." Following a defeat by the Roman Scipio, Antiochus returned to his fort in Antioch, and soon afterward, died in another war, fulfilling prophecy. His son, Seleucus IV, imposed harsh taxes on his kingdom, including Israel, to pay tributes to the Romans. He was poisoned. That also fulfilled Daniel's prophecies.
Daniel 11:20 - "Then shall stand up in his [Antiochus'] estate a raiser of taxes [Seleucus IV] ...but within few days he shall be destroyed."
Seleucus IV ruled for several years before he sent his minister, Heliodorus, to Jerusalem to seize the temple treasures. That was a failure and a terrible mistake. As soon as Heliodorus returned, he assassinated Seleucus IV and seized the Syrian throne. But Seleucus' brother, Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) quickly killed Heliodorus and seized the throne.
Daniel prophesied the rise of Antiochus IV Epiphanes - the prototype of the future "Man of Sin,"
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;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Daniel 11:21-32 prophesies of one of the most infamous men in the Bible - the Old Testament prototype of the New Testament "Man of Sin." He committed the Abomination of Desolation in the temple during the Maccabean period - between the Old and New Testaments. His name was never mentioned in the Bible, but it was Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria.
Daniel 11:21,28,31 - "...[there] shall stand up a vile person, ...his heart shall be against the holy covenant; ...and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate."
Daniel prophesied the Old Testament Abomination of Desolation - type of the last-days Abomination.
We can see and learn what the Abomination of Desolation will be like (when the Man of Sin stands in the temple) by looking at the Old Testament version of the same event. Antiochus Epiphanes entered and defiled the temple, offering swine flesh on the altar and setting up an idol to Zeus in the holy place. When the Man of Sin comes, he will stand AS GOD in the holy temple - the ultimate blasphemy.
Daniel gave us another clue about the coming Man of Sin: Flattery is the Trademark of the Man of Sin.
The wise man in Proverbs 29:5 said, "A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet." People use flattery to snare you. The Man of Sin will use flattery to obtain power in the world. Beware of silver-tongued oratory that is full of flattery - "excessive, insincere praise." It is poisonous.
Daniel 11:21,32,34 - "He shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. ...And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, ...but many shall cleave to them with flatteries."
God Knows His Enemies
How can we read all these amazing prophetic details about seemingly obscure events without realizing that God knows His enemies intimately? Every spy agency and intelligence organization on earth would crave to know the thoughts and intentions of their enemies years in advance the way God knows. God not only knows every thought, but He also knows every movement of every person on earth BEFORE they make it.
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."
As we have covered this intriguing series of events, it has become very obvious that Almighty God is involved in even the MINUTE DETAILS of our lives.
Daniel reveals to us what will be the kingdom of the coming Man of Sin.
This fellow, Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria from 171-167 BC, was a foreshadow of the future Man of Sin. Both come from the ancient Syrian empire (reaching from Turkey on the west to Iran on the east). He led one of four divisions of Alexander's Grecian Empire. He is the "little horn" of Daniel 8:9. Antiochus defiled the temple then, as the Man of Sin will in the future.
Daniel 11:31 - "And arms [armies] 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."
Meet the Maccabeans - Mattathias and Judas Maccabee
Before the Roman (iron legs) periods of Nebuchadnezzar's image was a period involving the four divisions of the Grecian Empire. One was Syria, "king of the north." Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria invaded Judea, deposed Onias the high priest ("[Onias] shall be broken"), placed a statue of Zeus in the temple, and offered swine flesh on the altar. Mattathias, the successor high priest, and his son, Judas Maccabeus, raised an army [the Maccabeans] and fought valiantly against the Syrians.
Daniel 11:32 - "The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. ...yet they shall fall by the sword."
They That Understand Shall Instruct Many
Much has been said about the power of one. One person can make a difference. When the entire Syrian empire was against Jerusalem, one man, Judas Maccabeus, rallied an army of God-fearing Jews who were willing to die for a righteous cause - defending all that is holy from a tyrant. The Maccabean revolt is a historical phenomenon, a glorious example of men of clear understanding standing up and speaking out. Now, more than ever, righteous men must be heard, even if they must die for the cause.
Daniel 11:33 - "They that understand among the people shall instruct many."
Daniel prophesies that some will be tried, even to the time of the end.
Suddenly, the prophecies in Daniel 11 turned from ancient events to future coming events in the last days - "the time of the end." Verses 21-34 described ancient events between the Jews and the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes, (an Old Testament type of the Man of Sin) who committed abominations in the temple. But beginning in verse 35, the prophecies refer to a future Syrian king, the coming Man of Sin. Daniel specifically said that these prophecies pertain to the time of the end.
Daniel 11:35 - "...even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."
There will be saints, heroes, and martyrs in the last days.
Daniel's prophecies (verses 21-32) described the struggles that eventually occurred between the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes and the saintly Jewish heroes, the Maccabeans, who resisted the Syrians under Antiochus for committing abominations in the temple (around 170 BC).
Similarly, great saints of God in the last days will make a brave stand against the final Man of Sin as he defiles and opposes everything divine and holy. Many will be purged and purified during that time. Many will refuse the Mark of the Beast and perish for that.
Daniel 11:35 - "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."
WHITE means PURIFIED in tribulation.
In Revelation 3:18, an angel delivered a message for the church to John, saying "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed."
God will have all His saints in WHITE.
In a later vision, John saw a multitude in WHITE robes, and someone asked, "What are these which are arrayed in WHITE robes?" And the answer came, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them WHITE in the blood of the Lamb," Revelation 7:14.
Daniel 11:35 - "Some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them WHITE," 12:10 - "Many shall be purified, and made WHITE, and tried."
So, now we know something very important about the future Man of Sin: He will be an Assyrian.
Israel never had a more persistent enemy than Assyria. Assyria took the northern ten tribes of Israel into captivity, beginning in 740 BC under Tiglathpileser, then Shalmaneser, and then Sargon II. Later, Sennacherib of Assyria also threatened King Hezekiah of Judah.
Hundreds of years later, after Judah returned from Babylonian captivity, the Assyrian Antiochus Epiphanes profaned the temple in Jerusalem. Daniel revealed that the final Man of Sin will be the king of Assyrians (probably modern Turkey, possibly modern Syria).
Daniel 11:36 - "The king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god."
The Man of Sin will prosper until "the indignation is passed" (God's anger is satisfied).
The future Man of Sin king, possessed by Lucifer, will come from somewhere in the Syria/Turkey region, and will exalt and magnify himself above and against every god, even the God of gods. God has determined this evil man's fate since the beginning of time. The Man of Sin will prosper until God's indignation (anger) with Israel is satisfied.
Daniel 11:36 - "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.
The god of the Man of Sin? Himself? Lucifer?
Who is the God of the Man of Sin? Himself? Lucifer? He will not honor Jehovah or any other god. We would expect a man from the region of Syria or Turkey to be a Shia Muslim who honors Allah. But if the Man of Sin does not honor any other god, he could not be a Muslim, UNLESS he claims to be the INCARNATION of Allah. Muslims refer to their expected "Mahdi" as "the last repository of Allah." Will the Man of Sin be a Lucifer-possessed Turkish-Syrian Muslim?
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."
(Here is another clue: he will not regard "the desire of women." This Islamic Man of Sin will not regard the desire of women. Anyone knows that Muslims do not regard the desire of women. They oppress women, often brutally.)
The Man of Sin and his strange god - Lucifer!
The Man of Sin will completely deny the God of his father Abraham - JEHOVAH! He will despise the name of Jehovah, and will hate Jews, Jesus Christ, and Christians. His "strange god" will be God's worst enemy. Who else could that possibly be? LUCIFER! No lesser spirit would be found in the Man of Sin. Lucifer will absolutely possess this terrifying man - the Man of Sin! Only Lucifer magnifies himself above ALL other gods. The world has never seen such evil.
Daniel 11:37-39 - "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, ...nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. ...a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour. ...Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory."
Understanding "his estate"
Even the devil has his own place, by the will of God. The Man of Sin will definitely have his own place. "In his estate," means, "in his place, his base." The Man of Sin will probably have a fortified base, or installation that he operates from. The real news here is that God determines and grants everybody a place until everything ultimately comes to judgment. Remember how Jesus told Judas Iscariot, "What thou doest, do quickly"? Jesus gave Judas his "estate." Ever since Lucifer sinned in the Garden of Eden, God has granted him an "estate," a place. But never forget, Lucifer's final estate is HELL. Ultimately, the place of all the wicked will be in hell.
Daniel 11:38 - "In his estate shall he honour the God of forces."
The Man of Sin will honor the god of forces. It will be his defense system. Lucifer is "the force."
The Man of Sin will honor the "God of forces." In dozens of other Old Testament verses, the Hebrew word "maoz" is translated "strength" or "stronghold." It also has a connotation of "defense systems." Will the Man of Sin stand behind the world's most threatening defense system? Will he possess a threatening nuclear arsenal? I suspect that he will. But there is more. In all the annals of occultic, demonic religions, Lucifer himself is referred to as "the force." Madam Helena Blavatsky, the infamous mother of the occultic "New Age" movement, said in "The Secret Doctrine, Vol 2," page 537, "that which the church calls Lucifer, is the force."
Daniel 11:38-39 - "But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: ...with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds, ...and he shall cause them to rule over many."
The Man of Sin will rule over many, including all Israel during the last 42 months.
During the forty-two months after he desecrates the Jewish temple (by standing inside it, claiming to be God), the Man of Sin will set about to rule the world as the most evil king in all of human history. As "the king of the north," he will quickly engage in war with Egypt, and take over ALL Israel.
Daniel 11:39,41,45 - "...he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. ...He shall enter also into the glorious land, ...And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain."
I have written extensively on the role of the IRON and CLAY KINGDOM (the European federation under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.) I have shown in great detail how that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church will partner with the leader of the Germany-and-France-led European federation to produce the Man of Sin.
I have also written about the potential of the nation of Turkey ascending to full membership in the European Union as a potentially lethal mix of Islam and Roman Catholic Christianity.
I am now convinced that the ultimate scenario, as depicted in the books of Daniel, Revelation, and all the other prophetic scriptures, is going to be a EUROPEAN BEAST, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE POPE, SETTING UP AN ASSYRIAN GOVERNOR IN JERUSALEM.
I believe the Man of Sin will be from the region of Turkey-Syrian-Iran-Iraq (the neighborhood of the ancient Assyrian Empire). He will operate in Jerusalem, with the full backing of the European nations, the Roman Catholic Church and the United Nations. The United Nations will patrol and control Jerusalem; the Roman Catholic Church will control all the holy sites, and the Man of Sin will rule the entire nation from his own palace in Jerusalem. In his 42 month rule, the Man of Sin will totally eliminate the Jews from Israel. Only the 144,000 Jews who were sealed by God BEFORE the Great Tribulation will escape the wrath of the Man of Sin. The rest will either be killed or cruelly exiled into many other nations.
The Prophet Zechariah revealed that two-thirds of the people of Israel will die in the forty-two months under the Man of Sin. Only one third of all Jews living in Israel will survive.
"In all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them," Zechariah 13:8-9.
At the same time, Zechariah also prophesied of a day that would come when Israel would look upon Jesus Christ and say, "What are these wounds in thine hands?" He will answer, "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." In that day there will a fountain of mercy and salvation opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for cleansing from sin and uncleanness.
"They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God," Zechariah 13:9.
"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee," Zechariah 14:1.
The earth is the LORD's, and He promised that the meek will inherit it. Although Satan and sinners have exercised dominion over the earth for thousands of years, "the day of the LORD" will remedy that wrong forever. When all the armies of earth come against Jerusalem, to render a final, fatal blow to Israel, Christ will come and destroy them. All that was theirs will become God's. He will divide His spoils of war to His holy people.
Before Jesus returns, however, Jerusalem will be divided violently. As I write this, world powers are calling for a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital. Jerusalem will be divided. Prophecies say that hostile forces will go from house to house, raping and plundering Jews, violently driving them out of Jerusalem. That will provoke the second coming of Jesus Christ.
"I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city," Zechariah 14:2.
All Biblical prophecies have purpose. We MUST strive to understand them.
I have not found a more difficult chapter in the Bible than Daniel 11. But despite its apparent complexity and difficulty, it contains some of the most important prophetic information in the Bible. If we had IGNORED Daniel 11, we would NOT have been able to come to these conclusions. To ignore ANY BIBLE PROPHECY is to deprive ourselves of several INDISPENSABLE pieces of the prophetic puzzle. If we want to understand what will happen in the last days, or accurately identify the coming Man of Sin, we must understand Daniel 11, but we must also consider ALL BIBLE PROPHECIES.
Here are a few more details about what the Man of Sin will do.
The Man of Sin will take Egypt.
Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979 when President Anwar Sadat signed the Israel-Egyptian Peace Treaty with Israeli President Menachem Begin. US President Jimmy Carter helped negotiate that settlement at the time. Unfortunately, hostile forces within Egypt disapproved, and assassinated Sadat.
In modern times, Egypt is the home of the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most radical, extreme and dangerously violent Islamic organizations on earth. The Islamic University of Cairo is infiltrated with the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is synergistic with the other radical Muslim organizations in the Middle East - The Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Hezbollah, Hamas, and others. Osama bin Laden was heavily influenced by members of the Muslim Brotherhood while he was attending university.
Nevertheless, Egypt has managed to attain a moderate stance among Arab nations. Egypt is home to the 22-nation Arab League. The Arab League has been the force behind the international efforts to mediate peace in Israel and Palestine. The Arab League put forth the principles that can now be seen in the United Nations "Quartet" document, "The Roadmap for Peace."
As a tentative friend of Israel, Egypt will at first stand with Israel against the Man of Sin. But the Man of Sin, being completely controlled by radical Islam, will finally overthrow Egypt. Although Egypt will initially stand AGAINST the Man of Sin, it will finally be defeated by him.
Daniel 11:40, 42-43 - "At the time of the end shall the king of the south [Egypt] push at him [the Man of Sin]: and the king of the north [the Man of Sin] shall come against him like a whirlwind, ...and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over ...all the precious things of Egypt."
The ASSYRIAN will have MONEY and POWER.
As unbelievable as it sounds, the scriptures are clear enough. The Man of Sin will have the support of the well-moneyed elite of Europe. An Islamic "ASSYRIAN" will be given his place in Jerusalem by the powers of Europe and the Roman Catholic Church. It will be Rome's LAST-DITCH EFFORT to appease the Muslims, and settle, once-and-for-all, the Israeli-Palestine hostilities.
The Man of Sin will have ENORMOUS power. He will have access to the earth's wealth through his connections with the Roman Catholic Church - repository of the largest part of the world's wealth. Nevertheless, his power and money cannot stand against the sovereign power of Almighty God. Jesus Christ will come and take it all from the Antichrist.
Daniel 11:40-45 - "He [the ASSYRIAN King of the North] shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. ...many countries shall be overthrown: ...He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: ...he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, ...yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him."
The ASSYRIAN will overthrow many countries as he comes to power.
This ASSYRIAN (from the region of Turkey-Syria-Iran-Iraq) will be a vicious enemy of Israel, and probably all Western civilization. He will have no tolerance for moderate Arabs. Jordan will escape his terrible control, but Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia will not. He will overthrow MANY countries.
Daniel 11:41-43 - "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 [Jordanians]. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. ...the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps."
The ASSYRIAN, Islam, And Communists will clash "with GREAT FURY."
According to the prophecies, the ASSYRIAN will conquer Israel, Egypt, and many other nations. This ASSYRIAN monster will do everything he wants, until trouble comes from the north and east. I think this Muslim Man of Sin will be attacked by Russia and China, provoking the worst war in the history of the world. Communists versus Muslims. The Sixth Trumpet War of Revelation 9. One-third of mankind will die. However, the Man of Sin WILL survive, because he has a date with destiny - Jesus Christ at Armageddon!
Daniel 11:44 - "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."
This unprecedented "Clash of Civilization" will occur when Russia and China come to contend with Islam in the Middle East. Figure it any way you want to - there is oil in the Middle East, and China needs it. ONE-THIRD OF ALL MANKIND WILL DIE. That is the SIXTH TRUMPET WAR of Revelation 9.
Here is one of the most provocative things of all that can be said about the Man of Sin.
Lucifer will finally realize one of his most-longed-for dreams. From ancient times, Lucifer had said, (in Isaiah 14:13), "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north." Lucifer always wanted to sit where God sits.
In Genesis 22:2, God called Abraham to Mount Moriah. Genesis 22:2 - "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah."
God chose MORIAH as His holy mountain in the days of Abraham. Since that day, Lucifer has wanted that mountain.
Abraham called MORIAH, "the mount of the LORD."
"Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen," Genesis 22:14.
The LORD appeared to David on MORIAH.
"Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David," 2 Chronicles 3:1.
All these monumental names and events are associated with MORIAH.
The Altar on which Isaac was offered.
The Angel that delivered Isaac.
The place of God's Covenant with Abraham.
Where Abraham declared, "Jehovahjireh, the Mount of the LORD."
The Threshingfloor of Ornan.
Where the LORD appeared to King David.
Where David built an Altar.
The place where David danced before the LORD.
Where David sat the Tabernacle of David.
Where David brought the Ark of the Covenant.
Where Solomon built the Holy Temple.
Jesus was closely associated with MORIAH.
The prophetess Anna ministered to Him there.
As a child, Jesus taught the priests there.
Jesus preached often there.
Jesus cleansed the temple there.
Jesus performed miracles there.
Jesus contended with the Pharisees there.
He entered the Eastern Gate riding on a donkey.
The crowds cheered, "Hosanna!"
Jesus was scourged there.
That is where He will appear at His Second Coming.
That is where He will build the Millennial Temple.
That is where the New Jerusalem will be built.
That is where the millennial Holy Place will sit.
That is where the Throne of God will sit.
That is where the Throne of David will sit.
Lucifer WILL FINALLY SIT ON THAT MOUNTAIN. God will permit it. But it will be his LAST STAND! "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north," Isaiah 14:13. Lucifer has always wanted to sit where God sits.
But God answered him back, in Ezekiel 28:16. "I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub." Jesus will destroy him in Jerusalem.
The Man of Sin in Jerusalem will provoke the FINAL SHOWDOWN between God and the devil.
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."
God said to Lucifer/Man of Sin: "I WILL CAST YOU AS PROFANE OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN! I WILL DESTROY YOU!"
"I Will Break The Assyrian In My Land"
God says, "This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth." We should pay attention to this divinely-identified purpose. "The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, ...I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders." This is an Armageddon prophecy. The Man of Sin will come from the region of Assyria, and Jesus will destroy him in the mountains of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 14:27 - "For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?"
This is the great conclusion of Daniel 11. This is why Daniel gave us all the painstaking details of 400 years of history between the Old and New Testaments - that we may know that it will be the ASSYRIAN MAN OF SIN who will be destroyed in Jerusalem when Jesus Christ returns to earth at Armageddon.
Jesus Will Deliver Israel From The Assyrian Man of Sin
Jesus will come "in the majesty of the name of the LORD." He shall "be great unto the ends of the earth" (as the King of Kings) and will overthrow the Assyrian Man of Sin. "I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: ...This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth," Isaiah 14:25-26.
Micah 5:5 - "This man [Christ] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces ...thus shall he [Christ] deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land."
The BEAST (head of the European powers) and the FALSE PROPHET (the Pope) of Revelation 13, and the Assyrian MAN OF SIN will be destroyed when Jesus meets them all at Armageddon.
There are many prophecy teachers who say that the POPE will be the Man of Sin, but Micah 5:5 is the DEATH of that teaching. Micah CLEARLY SAYS that Messiah will deliver Israel from the ASSYRIAN when He comes. The prophecy does not say that Messiah will deliver them from the False Prophet (the Pope), but from the Assyrian.
Knowing what I know about the history of the Roman Catholic Church, the Jesuits, and the INQUISITIONS, how they fomented wars between nations for the past 500 years to destroy all Protestants and anti-Catholics, I can say with confidence that the Roman Catholic Church will somehow be behind the installation of the Assyrian Man of Sin.
Furthermore, I believe that the Catholic Church will foment the Sixth Trumpet War by pitting the Communist nations of Russia and China, with an Assyrian coalition (perhaps Turkey, Syria, and Iran) against the Western Powers of the United States (the largest bastion of Protestantism left in the world) allied with Israel (secular Zionism, but not with true Judaism) and with Saudi Arabia (bastion of Islam at Mecca) and the Sunni Moslem nations. In the end of that war Catholic Communism will triumph, while the Capitalistic United States and Israel and even Sunni Islam based in Saudi Arabia will suffer the worst losses.
PLEASE SEE MY NEW BOOK - "THE DANIEL PROPHECIES,"
for a complete explanation of the reasons I believe these things. It is far too extensive to deal with in this article.
Notwithstanding, I have taken the unpopular position that the MAN OF SIN will indeed be an Assyrian. I have Daniel 8, Daniel 11, and Micah 5 as irrefutable, SCRIPTURAL evidence that Jesus Christ will face down an ASSYRIAN on the Temple Mount. If you ignore those key, critical prophecies, you cannot possibly know who the Man of Sin will be.
Admittedly, the Roman Catholic Church will be IN THE BACKGROUND.
Whereas most teachers of Bible Prophecy have used the term ANTICHRIST to refer to the POPE, it is necessary to understand EXACTLY what the Bible says.
There will be THREE figures in this final scenario:
The BEAST (leader of the global government based in Europe)
The FALSE PROPHET (the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church)
The MAN OF SIN (the Assyrian).
DO NOT DOUBT that the Catholic Church can make such an alliance with an ASSYRIAN. The Catholic Church has historically aligned itself with whatever powers it was necessary to maintain its own security. In this case, it will become necessary for the Catholic Church to take sides with Russia, China and Iran, because it will be obvious that that coalition will win the next global war. For what it's worth, the Roman Catholic Church has ALREADY abandoned the West ideologically. The R.C.C. has ALREADY embraced Communism, and condemns Capitalism of the West. It is ALREADY aligned with Russia.
I have no doubt whatever that the Catholic Church will be aligned WITH COMMUNIST RUSSIA, COMMUNIST CHINA and SHIA ISLAMIC IRAN, against the Western (Capitalistic, Protestant, Jewish, and Sunni Islam) powers in the Sixth Trumpet War. The Catholic Church will be trying to destroy the United States of America and all her Protestant, Jewish and Sunni Islam enemies in the greatest INQUISITION war in history. I suspect that the largest casualties in the Sixth Trumpet War will be American, Jewish and Saudi.
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