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Lesson # Dan. 11:16-19
Study Material - Dan. 11:16-19
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16 'But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 'And he will set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, bringing with him a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be on his side. 18 'Then he will turn his face to the coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his scorn against him; moreover, he will repay him for his scorn. 19 'So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be found no more.
Note as we continue through the history of the last couple of centuries BC, that this is a study of the kingdoms both north and south of the Palestine region. By the way, Palestine simply means 'Land of the Philistines'.
Palestine is a reference to the entire region between Syria on the north and Egypt on the south. Judea is the region which surrounds Jerusalem. Jerusalem surrounds Mt. Zion, and Mt. Zion is the focus of Gods Word. These locations are all symbolic. The actual physical locations have no meaning whatsoever. Kansas could have been the name of one of them for all it is worth. The important thing is to understand the symbolism and then to relate it to the spiritual life. Your spiritual life is the single most important thing in your life. It is your single most important thing that you can ever have and own in your entire life.
Your life on earth may last 80 years on average. Obviously for some it is longer, for many more that number will be shorter. Your life is not limited to this earth, but extends into eternity. That is forever. Forever is a very large number, so gazillion is the number to I use to mean infinity, meaning trillions of trillions of trillions, etc. If you place your life span on this earth over gazillions in a mathematical fraction, then you see that your life on this earth is so small as to be virtually nothing. It then is safe to say that your entire life in not going to be spent during this physical time on earth, but in eternity. Therefore your emphasis on life's preparation should not be spent on the 'nothing' part of that fraction, but on that 99.9999% etc. portion of your life. And that means you need to have your spiritual life in order.
This does not exclude your preparation for your daily responsibilities in this earthly life. You still have to go to school, go to work, and so forth, and be responsible in life. You just should not exclude your spiritual life from your daily routine, but rather include it in your daily routine. Your spiritual life is very simple to maintain, and will pay far greater benefits back to you than anything else you will do in life.
Also, this horse race we call life is really a one horse race. And God is riding that horse. The smart person will bet on that single horse that is in the race, a sure winner. But unfortunately most bet on the horses that don't even show. That is human history. and the various power struggles that all people go through to just survive, or to perhaps control others in some fashion.
As Antiochus (The Great) was advancing down through Palestine, a campaign which took nearly four years, as we mentioned yesterday, fortress city after fortress city fell before him. He advanced almost at will. The phrase 'destruction in his hand' does not mean destroying all in is path as in setting on fire or tearing down, but it has the connotation of complete victory. He advanced against any army or resistance in his path, defeated them or otherwise sent them running, and then took control of the civil population that remained.
Antiochus had plans of invading Egypt and to eventually take control of it once and for all. But things in the region changed. Philip of the Macedonian region had just been defeated by Rome. Now a new threat was raising its head in the Middle East. That head, from the islands of Greece and Italy.
Antiochus changed his plans and sought an alliance with Egypt. Guess what he did. Yep, he sent his daughter, Cleopatra (not the Cleo you are thinking of - that Cleopatra will not be born for yet another century). But anyway, Cleopatra was sent to marry Ptolemy, to be a spy, and to make sure of what Egypt was doing and that Egypt was following Antiochus' plans - in general that is.
Cleo married and became loyal to her husband, Ptolemy. She did not remain faithful to her father, Antiochus. So his plans were foiled. She also, along with her husband, sent congratulations to Rome when they enjoyed victories against her own father, Antiochus.
Verse 18. Antiochus turned his attentions toward the coast and to Italy. In alliance with Hannibal plans were drawn up to invade Italy, but Antiochus did not follow through. Big mistake on his part and history was changed forever because of that decision. Hannibal and Antiochus not in sync with each other, gave the Romans the upper hand.
With the defeat of Philip, Antiochus took advantage and invaded Macedonia. He advanced through the regions of Turkey and Greece and was successful for a time. The Romans countered and finally inflicted a huge defeat against Antiochus at Magnesia which is by Lucius Scipio. Antiochus was finally humbled.
Verse 19. Losing in the west, Antiochus returned to problems within his home, Syria. His war debts were astronomical and rebellion and unrest was spreading throughout Syria. Antiochus took his army, or what was left of it and attacked the temple (for its treasures) of Jove (Bel) in Elymais. The plot was discovered and Antiochus was killed. So ends Antiochus the Great, and verse 19.
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