Historicism

I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it comes to pass you will believe. - John 14:29

Daniel Chapter 11

The Third World Empire and It's Successors

  1. A Kingdom Divided
  2. The Kings of the North and South
  3. The Ships of Chitim
  4. The Abomination that Desolated
  5. The Willful King
  6. The King of the South II
  7. The King of the North II
  8. An Inglorious End

 

Daniel 11 text KJV

Adam Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 11


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.