Daniel Chapter 11
The Third World Empire and It's Successors
- A Kingdom Divided
- The Kings of the North and South
- The Ships of Chitim
- The Abomination that Desolated
- The Willful King
- The King of the South II
- The King of the North II
- An Inglorious End
In the third year of Cyrus, King of Persia (535 B.C.), Daniel received his last vision. The kingdom of Babylon of his first vision which was signified by the golden head, had fallen to Medo-Persia. The prophecies of Daniel 11 cover the remainder of the Persian monarchy to the end of the First World War. Chapter 10 provides an introduction to this incredible vision that spans 14 centuries.
The four great empires shown to Nebuchadnezzar in the form of a great image in chapter 2 were later shown to Daniel as four wild beasts in chapter 7. In like manner, memorable events of the ram and he-goat in chapter 8 were shown again more clearly in chapter 11.
It is the usual method of the Holy Spirit to make the latter prophecies explanatory to the former. Revelation is "as the shinning light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." (Pr 4:18)
The prophecy is divisible into two sections. The first 30 verses deal with the time of the Persian and the Greek Empires. These prophecies were fulfilled by 168 B.C. and there is very little difference of opinion regarding them among commentators.
The prophetic spotlight moves to the fourth empire at this point and the controversy among expositors begins here.