Prophecies of Daniel 11, Part 15
In our last part, we made it through Daniel 11:36. We’re going to continue on with verse 37 and as you’ll see, it gets pretty intense. But let’s refresh our memories with verse 36.
“Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done.”
Let’s take a few moments to zero in on the language of this verse. The text here is done with the historical personage known as Antiochus Epiphanes IV, having concluded with him with verse 35. We now move ahead into the future – which by the way, is still our future since this man described starting in verse 36 has not walked across earth’s stage yet – to a time when another man, the final “man of sin” that Paul speaks of in 2 Thessalonians 2, arrives to the scene.
“3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; emphasis added).
This man of lawlessness noted in the above verses was in Paul’s future. He was not referring backwards to Antiochus Epiphanes IV, nor was he referring to the immediate future when Roman armies surrounded Jerusalem and essentially ransacked and destroyed everything, killing many Jews in the process. During that time, there is nothing written that fulfills what Paul wrote about in 2 Thessalonians 2, which reminds us of Antiochus Epiphanes IV and his assault on the Jews in Jerusalem and the resultant abomination of desolation regarding the Jewish temple of 168 BC. In fact, it is likely that Jewish priests set the Jewish temple afire to keep it from being desolated.
This “king” (Antichrist) opposes and exalts himself above every object of worship and he will take his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as God, according to Paul. By going back to Daniel 11:36ff, we learn that the “king” Paul is referring to is the one who will come at the end of this age during the coming Tribulation. Interestingly enough, as we’ve learned, Antiochus Epiphanes IV was a type of Antichrist because of what Antiochus did by desolating the Jewish temple standing during his day (168 BC) and ultimately giving rise to the Maccabean Revolt. We’ve covered that.
Jesus also refers to this act of desolation in His Olivet Discourse and Paul notes that the final man of lawlessness (Antichrist) will do something very similar. This means that for this to happen, another literal, physical Jewish temple will have to be constructed on the Temple Mount. I realize that some take this section allegorically and believe it refers to the heart of man since Christians are told by Paul that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Unfortunately for these folks, there is no reason to understand what Paul is saying allegorically especially if we consider the fact that Jesus actually alerts Jews to the fact that another “abomination of desolation” would occur at the end of the age. This did not occur in AD 70 when Roman sacked Jerusalem and we’ve covered that as well.
Though the method of salvation has always been the same for everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, God has dealt with Israel differently from the way He has chosen to deal with Gentiles and He is not done with Israel yet. People who teach that Jews do not need salvation because they are under a special “dispensation” are 100% wrong. Everyone – whether Jew or Gentile – needs to come to terms with the fact that salvation is found in no other Name under heaven except Jesus. In the Old Testament, Jews never worked for or earned salvation through the sacrificial system. They gained salvation the same way Gentiles do and that is through faith. The sacrificial system was the way that God demanded He be approached by the people of Israel. It is no longer the way God wants it done but because Jews in general, are blind to the truth of Jesus (so that God could extend salvation to Gentiles directly and not through Israel), orthodox Jews still believe that the sacrificial system offers them salvation. It doesn’t. Not even close.
However, it will be due to this blindness that will compel them to rebuild the next Jewish temple on the Temple Mount. How will that happen with the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosques currently there? I have no idea, though I wonder about the effects of Ezekiel 38-39 that will devastate that area. Read it yourself. If that happens before the coming Tribulation, would anything that is currently standing on the Temple Mount remain standing?
So the Jews will enter into some type of deal with the Antichrist, in which he promises them peace for seven years. No missiles flying into Israel from Iraq or Iran. Seven years. This will also pave the way for them to build the new Jewish temple. Antichrist has a great reason he wants this built. Halfway through the Tribulation, he will defile it just as his historical predecessor desecrated the Jewish temple standing during his day. Antiochus Epiphanes IV desolated the temple because he was trying to show that he was God, that the Jews did not need their God of Israel. The fact that he was able to waltz inside the Holy of Holies with a slaughtered pig, sprinkling pig’s blood around the interior of the area “proved” to the Jews that Antiochus (and his patron god, Zeus), was far stronger than the God of Israel. God allowed it to serve as a marker in history to show them what was to come.
Eventually, the coming Antichrist will do the same thing in the rebuilt Jewish temple. He will waltz into that temple and literally – as Paul says – declare himself to BE God. This will be done publicly with fanfare to make the point! It will be televised throughout the world instantly. What Antiochus did in 168 BC will be repeated by Antichrist in the coming days during the Tribulation period. It is done for the purpose of “defeating” the God of Israel.
“He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all,” (Daniel 11:37).
The reason the Antichrist “will show no regard for the gods of his fathers…” is due to the fact that he will see himself as GOD. Therefore, he has no need of any other god. That’s what the text states. He has no regard for the gods of his fathers and has no regard for any other god. He will be God and all pretense will be gone. It will be a horrible time on this planet where Satan will have nearly absolute sway over all things (through Antichrist, his spiritual “son”).
Antichrist will also have no “desire of women.” This is an interesting statement. It either means he will be a homosexual or couldn’t care less about women because they would only be a snare to him. He will have more important things to do and women will just get in his way. The text seems to imply that women will throw themselves at him but he simply won’t care. There is a certain character of woman who throws herself at powerful men. Those women want the high life, to be treated as queens and to have the best things. Antichrist simply won’t have a need to have a particular women by his side. It’s almost as though he will have absolute contempt for women in general.
This is exactly why Satan went after Eve and not Adam in the Garden of Eden. Satan knew her weakness and dialed in on it. He sidled up to her, pretending to befriend her, then deceived her into eating the forbidden fruit. She then offered some to her husband and he sinned deliberately (Genesis 3). I believe Satan had only contempt for Eve way back then and I don’t believe he has ever changed his opinion on that score.
When it comes to the Antichrist, it does not appear that women will be part of his life once he becomes king of the world. Satan understands all too well how women can bring even the most powerful man down and Satan will not let that happen. Antichrist will have things to do and under Satan’s power, will be focused solely on the job ahead of him.
We will pick things up with Daniel 11:38 next time.