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Dan. 11:10-15

Lesson # Dan. 11:10-15
Study Material - Dan. 11:10-15

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Dan. 11:10-15

10 'And his sons will mobilize and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one of them will keep on coming and overflow and pass through, that he may again wage war up to his very fortress. 11 'And the king of the South will be enraged and go forth and fight with the king of the North. Then the latter will raise a great multitude, but that multitude will be given into the hand of the former. 12 'When the multitude is carried away, his heart will be lifted up, and he will cause tens of thousands to fall; yet he will not prevail. 13 'For the king of the North will again raise a greater multitude than the former, and after an interval of some years he will press on with a great army and much equipment. 14 'Now in those times many will rise up against the king of the South; the violent ones among your people will also lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they will fall down. 15 'Then the king of the North will come, cast up a siege mound, and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand.

Son after son in the Seleucus line attempted to enter the South, but they were defeated and their campaigns failed, one after the other. This, along with a lot of internal strife in Syria, left the Northern empire in chaos. Then Antiochus Magnus, who was a tough warrior and leader, will finally have greater success than all his predecessors, and advance further into Egypt. But before that he had to reunite, under his own rule, the very fractured Syria. Once this was accomplished, sort of, he advanced through Judea and into Egypt.

Ptolemy Philopator (Ptolemy IV), the king of the Southern empire is enraged, assembles an army of nearly 75,000, and is opposed by Antiochus III (The Great) with his army of about that number. The two armies met at Raphia, and Ptolemy defeated Antiochus, verse 11, but did not pursue the victory, verse 12. A great victory which potentially could have been a greater victory for Ptolemy ended in a draw of sorts, and Antiochus withdrew back into Syria.

Fourteen years passed, verse 13. Ptolemy Philopator died, and was succeeded by Ptolemaeus Epiphanes (Ptolemy V), then Antiochus initiated a second campaign against Egypt. This time he, Antiochus, will seize all of Palestine.

And yet another point is made in verse 14. 'Many ... even violent ones ... will lift themselves up to fulfill the vision (verse 36) ...'

Daniel's writing was widely published and many tried to place themselves, throughout all these decades of conflict, in this vision of his prophecy. Many kings and even criminal elements or those who fancied themselves as the one prophesied, attempted to fulfill what Daniel wrote. They all failed of course, because this vision of the end, is even now still future. But the point in this verse 14, is that Daniel's writing was known throughout the many regions. And if Daniel's writing was known, then we can reasonably conclude that all scripture was available and known to some extent. We know that the Magi who came from the east, the Persian regions, knew of Daniel's writings. That is how they were able to determine the year of the birth of Christ, and then of course came seeking him.

Verse 15. As Antiochus was advancing down through Palestine, a campaign which took nearly four years, Ptolemy V sent army after army against him. The will to fight left the army of Egypt, and eventually the rule of all of Palestine went over to Syria, the northern empire.

Knowing of the prophecy, and still ignoring the scriptures, is simply misplaced priority. Yet many people in this world know of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Bible, of heaven and hell and such, and they still ignore it or treat it as just another book of stories. There are over six billion people in this world and most worship things that have absolutely no foundation in truth. Even in our western countries where Christianity is dominant, people do not study their Bibles daily as they should. They ignore the fellowship concept and as such their spiritual lives are lacking. They end up struggling in the jungle as we call it, and they think that, that is as good as life is going to get.

All of history revolves around Jesus Christ. Advancing in ones spiritual life is easier than falling off of a log. Take note of this history as we continue through it in this chapter. Daniel wrote these details of history over 200 years prior to their occurrence. So far we have just been covering the ebb and flow of earthly power. We have already seen the references to the books of truth (history books) which were created in heaven in eternity past (Gods divine decrees). God does not cause our decisions in history, but He has foreseen them. Regardless of everything mankind does on earth, God will still be in control of history. He has the ultimate power over life (birth) and death. We do not control either of these. Who among us caused our own birth??? Who among us know the moment of our death??? Who among us can control the course of history throughout the world??? None of us of course.

Then since our life here on earth is not the main body of our life (the bulk of our life is in eternity, 100 years give or take vs. gazillions of years), then it is only reasonable to pursue knowledge in the one who controls those years, Jesus Christ.

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