We will take the day to do all of chapter 11. It's stuffed with history that has already come to pass and then finishes up with some characteristics of the antichrist.
I would like for you to read chapter 11 on your own soon to keep the feel of the context of the whole book.
Here are the highlights:
11:3 "mighty king" refers to Alexander the Great. I think it so cool that the historical figures we hear about every where else were first prophesied in the Old Testament.
His kingdom does it's thang and over time it's no more but handed to his descendants.
11:5 "the King of the South" is a guy named Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt who lost his power to Seleucus I Nicator (these names are amazing!)
11:6 "the daughter of the king of the South" Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II Philadelphus of Egypt. She married a guy names Antiochus II Theos. But it didn't last because they were killed. Bummer.
And people did away with people and this guy became ruler over that guy and so on and so forth. I don't mean to sound blah-zay about this, but it really is history that you can do a quick search on and get the rest of it.
Verse 35 is where this changes just a bit. Daniel begins to see further down the time line and sees what will yet come to pass.
From verse 36 to the end of the chapter are details that do not fit what is known of Antiochus Epiphanes who came and gave what-for to the people of God. So, much is assumed about what is to come concerning these verses.
At the risk of sounding like I'm trying to wimp out, let me tell you this....I'm wimping out. There is SOOOOO much written about the final verses of chapter 11 that I cannot begin to take the time here to teach on it. What I want to do is leave you with a resource concerning end times la-te-dah stuff.
One book I HIGHLY suggest, and I mean HIGHLY is "The Apocalypse Code: Find out what the Bible really says about the end times and why it matters today" by Hank Hanegraaff. He is the antithesis of the LaHay doctrine. Please read his stuff. It's informative, Biblical, and sound. Also, he as a fantastic radio show. Here in OKC it's on AM 800 at 5 pm.
That's what I have today people. I'm pointing you to those who know a heck of a lot more than I do and can do a heck of a better job teaching you than I can.
Okay, tomorrow we finish the BOOK! I'll wrap it up on Friday and tell you what to look forward to for next week! You might want to invite some friends...we're going on a trip!