Summary: What will happen to the Antichrist?
Daniel – Chapter 11c
Chapter 11 Outline
I. A Chronology of Atheistic kings (11:2-20)
a. 4 Persian Kings (11:1-2)
b. 1 Powerful King – Alexander (11:3-4)
c. 2 Perverse Kings – South & North (11:5-9)
1. The Egyptian Prince (11:5)
2. The Egyptian Princess (11:6)
3. The Egyptian Protest (11:7-9)
d. 1 Pernicious King – Antiochus III (11:10-20)
1. His First Campaign (11:10-12)
2. His Further Campaign (11:13-17)
3. His Final Campaign (11:18-20)
II. A Chronology of Antiochus (11:21-35)
a. His Craftiness (11:21-24)
b. His Conquests (11:25-27)
c. His Cruelty (11:28-35)
III. A Chronology of Antichrist (11:36-45)
a. His Wickedness (11:36-39)
b. His Warfare (11:40-44a)
c. His Wrath (11:44b-45)
II. A Chronology of Antichrist (11:36-45)
Who is the Antichrist? There have been many views over the years. Some say that Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled all that was predicted of the “wilful king.” Others have said that it was Nero, the first Roman persecutor of the Christians. Some even said that it was Simon Magus of Acts 8.
The Romanists applied these passages to Mohammed, the false prophet of Arabia; many protestant interpreters from Luther’s day to present have found in these words a description of the papacy.
However, none of the above characters or systems fully meet the requirements set out in Scripture. The Antichrist is still to arise in the future and will only come upon the scene in the time of the end. We do have a description of him in Revelation...
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. His number – 666, the number of .... man, God is saying to us he’s a man, he’s a man, he’s a man.
a. His Wickedness (11:36-39)
There can be little doubt as to who the one who is called “the king.” It is the Antichrist himself, we have seen his shadow before us in the story of Antiochus. Now the real deal appears on the page in all of his pride and pomposity. 2 Thessalonians 2 describes him as the man of sin and the son of perdition.
This evil ruler doesn’t suddenly appear in his true character and assume leadership over the world. He begins his rise to power as a part of the ten-nation revived Roman Empire. He is the little horn that emerges from the ten horns in Daniel 7:24. He begins as a man of peace who “solves” the Arab/Israeli problem and proves himself to be a master polititian.
In his arrogance and pride, the Antichrist, in full control of the West, will exalt himself and magnify himself against every god and will blaspheme the true and only God. 2 Thess 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Wickedness will get worse and worse. Because he’s the “man of sin” the promotion of sin will be his main aim. He’ll gratify lust and glorify sin. He will appear as the messiah of the Jews, the Mahdi of the Muslims, the Krishna of the Hindus. He will be the ideal of the humanists, the Christ of apostate Christendom, and the mantra of the eastern mystics. A war weary, famine-ravished, disease-ridden, plague-infested, panic-stricken world will hail him – till the indignation be accomplished.
The indignation here refers to God’s indignation against the nation of Israel, the nation that has persistently rejected Jesus as Messiah and called down God’s curse upon itself Matthew 27:25 His blood be on us, and our children. It will take the horrors of the great Tribulation to finally open their eyes as a people so that they will recognise in Jesus their rejected Messiah.
The phrase God of his fathers has been used by some to suggest that the Antichrist will be Jewish, they argue that the nation of Israel would not sign a pact with a Gentile, but we have seen them negotiate so many times with political leaders who were not Jewish.
The desire of women is also a phrase that has been argued over as to its meaning, some suggesting the Antichrist having a homosexual orientation, others suggesting a messianic title, that is the desire of Jewish women to give birth to the promised Messiah. But look at what G. H. Pember says,
The expression “the Desire of Women” is placed between two nouns which indubitably refer to concrete gods; it must, therefore, itself designate some individual deity which is more especially sought after by women.
She is the Beltis of the Babylonians; the Ishtar of the Assyrians; the Astarte of the Phoenicians; the Queen of Heaven mentioned by Jeremiah; the Tanata of the Persians; the Isis of the Egyptians; the Shing Moo of the Chinese; the Aphrodite of the Greeks; the Diana of the Ephesians; the Venus of the Romans; the Friga of the Scandinavians and the virgin Mary of the eastern and western Catholics.