We now transition from Antiochus to Antichrist. “From verse 36 on…is a direct reference to the future, the Antichrist that is coming.” – Pastor Chuck Smith
There are some similarities mentioned here, in that they both exalt themselves and commit abomination, but this king clearly refers to the Antichrist in that he magnifies himself above every god, and speaks blasphemies against the God of gods. We even read in:
Daniel 11:37a (NKJV) “He shall regard neither the God of His fathers…nor regard any god.”
That can’t be Antiochus IV, because he set up an altar to Zeus, the god of his fathers.
Daniel 11:38-39, refers to the fact that the Antichrist honors a god of fortresses, a god his fathers did not know, a foreign God. This Hebrew word speaks of a “strange” god, even an “alien” God. Many believe this to be a reference to the devil himself.
The antichrist will conquer by peace and power, but Edom and Moab will escape his hand (Daniel 11:41). Most Bible students believe this to be modern day Jordan, and in particular, a place called Petra. Petra is located in the Jordanian desert. It once was home for, among other people, the Edomites, descendants of Jacob’s brother, Esau. Ancient societies carved out building facades in the sheer rose red colored cliffs. These facades give entrance to cavernous chambers that once served as living and commercial quarters.
Petra is the place where many Bible students believe God will house the people of Israel who flee from the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period. (Revelation 12; Isaiah 16). Those Jews will be supernaturally protected from the evil world dictator for 3 1/2years, just before Christ returns to set up His millennial reign on earth.
We read here in Daniel 11:42 about Egypt not escaping his hand. In Daniel 11:43 we see the Ethiopians and Libyans following his hand. There will be this great battle in the Valley Megiddo. What many Christians do not realize is that, while most are coming to fight WITH the Antichrist, some are coming to fight AGAINST the Antichrist. This is what’s known to Bible students as the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-20). We have some details provided about the battle.
Daniel 11:45 (NKJV) “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
The Antichrist will set up camp, between the Mediterranean Sea, and the Dead Sea, at the glorious holy mountain, Mount Zion. He thinks he can claim Jerusalem. “And yet, he shall come to his end…” (Daniel 11:45), captured, and thrown alive into the lake of fire! (Revelation 19:20).
Daniel 12 begins with Michael the Archangel standing up to protect the Jews during the Tribulation Period. Michael is mentioned 5 times in the Bible, 3 times in Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1, as well as Jude 1:9 and Revelation 12:7. He clearly is the warrior-angel, while Gabriel seems to more of the messenger-angel.
Many will be saved during the Tribulation Period, and those who share the gospel will shine forever.
Daniel 12:3 (NKJV) “Those who are wise shall shine Llke the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
Isn’t it interesting how Hollywood has it’s stars, but who’s really a star?
Maybe you’ve heard of the Hollywood Walk of Fame which at the time of this writing, has more than 2,600 five-pointed stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. According to one article, “The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors each year.”
I wonder how they feel when they get their “star’ on Hollywood Boulevard, or Vine Street there in Hollywood. For some it might be their lifelong ambition, this type of recognition, a star in the sidewalk for a season. But I’m actually shooting for a different star, a little higher, a little longer, a little brighter, a little bigger, for a better reason – His glory not mine, that’s why I want to shine…and that’s why I share.
Daniel seems to be teaching us that those who are saved, are wise, and will shine like the sky, but those who turn many to righteousness – in other words – they’re doing their part of the great commission, are going to shine like the stars forever and ever. I don’t know everything that that entails, but it’s pretty fascinating. Jesus said in:
Matthew 13:43 (NKJV) “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Warren Wiersbe, “How we have lived and served will determine the rewards the Lord will give us at the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14: 9–12; 2 Corinthians 5: 6– 10). Those who have sought to win others to Christ will shine like the stars in the heavens.”
Daniel’s prophecies were/are absolutely amazing. He didn’t understand them all when he wrote, but as time has transpired, they’ve become very understandable to us who read…they were sealed til the time of the end.
It’s interesting to note that some form of the word “understand” occurs 23 times in the book of Daniel! God wants us to understand His Word.
I’m reminded of Jesus’ personal message to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, in:
Luke 24:45 (NKJV) “And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
You see, God wants Christians to comprehend, He wants us to understand, so we can know the Lord, and make Him known…as we read back in:
Daniel 11:33a (NKJV) “And those of the people who understand shall instruct many…”
Even the meaning of Daniel 12:11, how do we understand this prophecy?
David Guzik, “It is difficult to be certain. We could say that at the end of the 1,260 days Jesus returns. At the end of the 1,290 days, Jesus’ government is officially installed. At the end of the 1,335 days the nations are judged (Matthew 25:31-46).”
Imagine what it will be like when these days are done, when those days are done, at the end of 1,335 days, and the literal, actually, physical reign of Christ begins! Blessed are those who wait, who believe, who endure til that day. We will rise to our glorious and everlasting inheritance.
1 John 4:1-21
We are to test all things and hold tight to the truth (1 Thessalonians 5:21; Acts 17:11). John reminds us of that and adds that we are to test the “spirits” because not everyone who claims to be a Christian really is. There are many false teachers on the radio, television, and especially online…be careful friend; test their teaching by the Word of God (Be a Berean – Acts 17:10-11).
One of the false teachings that had infiltrated the church at that time, was Gnosticism. Gnostics believed that all matter was evil, therefore, they taught that Jesus didn’t come in the flesh, that He was only a phantom. They said wherever He walked, He left no footprints, for He had no flesh. But John deals with this head-on and lets us know that “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.” (1 John 4:2-3). John calls these teachers the spirit of Antichrist. One day the actual Antichrist described in Revelation 13 will be seen on the scene, until then he’s in the background opposing Christ and His truth in every way he can.
We don’t need to be afraid of the enemy, for God lives in us – and He’s infinitely greater than any form of opposition. Even if all the forces of hell, and all the wicked ones in this world came against you, you have nothing to fear, for God is for you and loves you perfectly (Romans 8:31; 1 John 4:4).
Another litmus test as to whether a person is truly saved is simply that question of whether or not they believe the Apostles of Christ – whose teachings eventually were given to us in the Word of God. John put it this way in:
1 John 4:6a (NKJV) “We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us…”
History tells us that when John was old (in his 90’s) they would carry him around on a stretcher, and John would be spreading the message, “love one another, love one another.” Eventually he came to be known as “John the Beloved.” We see it over and over in this letter – the fact that if we’re truly born-again, we will love one another; if a person has no love, that person does NOT know God!
The reason I should love others is because God lives in me, I’m His child so I should be like Him – love is the DNA, the heart-beat of Christianity. If God loved me (the wicked sinner that I am) shouldn’t I love everyone that God brings into my path in the same way? We’ve never seen God physically, but when people represent Christ and let Him shine through them, in one sense, people see God because we see Him in them (1 John 4:12).
What a beautiful Gospel we’ve been given! All we have to do is believe in the Son of God and we’re saved and forgiven, we’re free and headed for heaven – all because of His love. When that kind of love is allowed to sink down into my soul, all fear is cast out. I no longer fear torment, or hell, or anything that happens in life, I know it’s for good…because He loves me.
The Songs of Ascents continue.
We all need mercy…so we look to the Lord (at least we should). We lift our eyes to Him, we lift our voices to Him, we lift our hearts to Him. Whether we find ourselves in the middle of a “trying” trial, in the deepest valley, or on the tip-top of the mountain, we look to the Lord and trust Him to do what He does…and to have His way.
The Psalmist speaks in Psalm 123:4 of being mocked and mistreated. We do know that Israel has gone through some very hard times throughout the ages.
If only we’d look to the Lord (and nowhere else) until He has mercy on us. It may be okay and necessary at times to glance at other things, but it is imperative that we gaze upon God. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus wrote the writer to the Hebrews:
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
If we look to Jesus, we will see His love demonstrated on the cross, and we will see the way He finished His “race” and finished the work. As a matter of fact, He’s the one who put us in the race and He will be faithful to help us finish ours.
Keep looking to Him my friend!
Proverbs 29:2 (NKJV) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
In those days of Monarchy it would be more of a matter of whether or not junior was going to be like his father. Some good kings had bad sons – and some bad kings had good sons. It DOES make a difference down here, who rules up there (in the Oval Office, or in those days – who’s on the throne).
The leaders of the land truly do effect the citizens of their jurisdiction, they either rejoice or groan.
Proverbs 29:3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
Another reason to rejoice is when our children love wisdom. John wrote something similar in:
3 John 1:4 (NKJV) “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
The contrary is true as well, there’s no greater heartache then when our children don’t walk in truth – in this case a companion of harlots (frequently engaging in their services) (in the process – losing one’s inheritance) (imagine the heartache of the father of the Prodigal Son)
Much MONEY is SPENT ON HARLOTRY WORLDWIDE: $186 BILLION
1. China: $73 Billion
2. Spain: $26.5 Billion
3. Japan: $24 Billion
4. Germany: $18 Billion – Prostitution in Germany is legal, as are other aspects of the sex industry, including brothels, advertisement, and job offers through HR companies. Full-service sex work is widespread and regulated by the German government, which levies taxes on it. There are an estimated 400,000 prostitutes working in Germany, and their revenues are equivalent to companies like Porsche and Adidas. Prostitution brings in about six billion Euros each year with a clientele of an estimated 1.2 million – it’s more like a sex empire than an industry. The government, of course, withholds a portion of these revenues to contribute to social benefits and sex workers have pensions, health insurance, a regular 40-hour-workweek, and the option to join sex worker unions.
5. United States: $14.6 Billion
6. South Korea: $12 Billion
7. India: $8.4 Billion
8. Thailand: $6.4 Billion
9. Philippines: $6 Billion
10. Turkey: $4 Billion
Tragically there are many companions of harlots.
Proverbs 29:4 (NKJV) “The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it.”
Nowadays we hear a lot about politicians in the pockets of the rich, and there’s no doubt that money talks, there’s no denying the power of money – the almighty dollar. But a nation, or business, or ministry, or family can only truly be established by justice and integrity, by the Biblical morality of God.
When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the great wall of China. They thought no one could climb it due to its height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded three times, and everytime, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall…because each time they bribed the guards and came through the doors. The Chinese built the wall but forgot the character-building of the wall-guards. Thus, the building of human character comes first.
“Justice brings a nation stability and joy (Proverbs 29:2, 7, 14; 14:34; 16:12; 20:8, 26; 21:15; 28:12), whereas a greedy leader contributes to the nation’s downfall. One who is greedy for bribes is literally, ‘a man of offerings or contributions.’ The Hebrew word for ‘bribes’ usually refers to sacred offerings; here it may refer to taxes. Rehoboam illustrated the truth of this proverb (1 Kings 12:1–19), which he might well have heard from his father Solomon.” – Bible Knowledge Commentary