Daniel foresaw a clear progression of prideful rulers culminating in the reign of the Antichrist. For all the power amassed by God’s opponents throughout history, their end will be sudden and sure.
- Some scholars believe that over 130 precise details about the future were foreseen in Daniel 11.
- The detailed nature of the vision gives us hope in our God, who is sovereign overall.
Persia & Greece (1-4)
- The Persian Empire ensured God’s people returned to Jerusalem (2).
- The Greek Empire established a vast influence and enforced a universal language over most of the known world (3-4).
Egypt & Syria (5-20)
- Through Egypt, we learn that earthly kingdoms are prideful and temporary (5-12).
- Through Syria, we see the tendency for God’s people to get distracted by unnecessary conflicts (13-20).
Antiochus & Antichrist (20-45)
- Antiochus of Syria rose to power through deceit, and his corrupt desire for authority seemed unquenchable (20-28).
- The Roman Empire changed how the world traveled so that important news could cover the world (29-30).
- Humiliated by the Romans, Antiochus took out his wrath on Jerusalem, and his persecution revealed the true believers (31-35).
- This horrific time before Jesus’ arrival foreshadows the final conflict before Jesus’ return (36-45).
You & I
- Be encouraged because every persecution has a shelf life, and even the Antichrist has a term limit.
- The quest to take God’s place started in Eden and will end in Jerusalem.
- Keep the future promises in mind when you suffer through the present circumstances.
- Allow the precise fulfillment of Daniel to embolden you about the final page of Revelation.