Commentary on
3.5 The Rising of the Little Horn? King of the South's battle with the King of the North.

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Brown - The little horn, a mouth, king of fierce countenance, possibly even the king of the South.
Red - The Combined beast or the four great beasts or parts of the beast such as the four kings, bear, leopard, lion, and the terrible beast. The King of the North is part of the Beast
Green - The little horn comes out of one of the original horns. The original king of the south is one of the original horns, however, one of the princes becomes stronger than the orginal king of the south to become the little horn or the new king of the south.
Blue - Activities of the beast or beasts.

Daniel 11 is like no other prophecy. It seems to be some what different than the other parallel prophecies. Rather than being a short 3 and 1/2 year period, Daniel seems to indicate years and years. Some have suggested that Daniel 11 has been modified to fit certain historical events.

However, it is possible that there may be some time involved. More time than seems to be indicated by the other prophecies. It may be possible that it is only the last 3 and 1/2 years that are of the worst persecution, where Satan is able to really attack God's people and to attack the temple. If so, then much of Daniel 11 is describing the rising of the king of the south to great power. Daniel 11 should be a very important prophecy to link the events between the time that the four powers take up power, till the time that the daily is taken away. The 3 and 1/2 years seems to mostly start with the daily being taken away.

In Daniel 8:9 and Daniel 7:8, 20, and 24; we find that it is only after the ten horns or kingdoms are set up that an upstart king is able to subdue three kings and become more fierce than all the other kingdoms. Daniel 11 describes at some of this process.

Notice verse 5. It seems that one of the prince becomes stronger than the king. He becomes above him and this new prince will have a very great dominion. It may be that one of the kings that this new upstart subdues, is his own king. So this stronger prince could be the new king of the south in the rest of Daniel 11.

This prince becoming stronger than the king is exactly what is described in Daniel 8:9. In Daniel 8 verse 9 we find that the little horn comes out of one of the original horns, and that this horn grows strong toward the south, the east and toward the pleasant land. As we read in Daniel 11, we find that this prince does that very same thing! So the prince does indeed become the king of the south!

Please note that the word "sacrifice" is not in the text. It does not say "daily sacrifice" It only says: "daily". It really means continual. All the other times when daily is used in the Bible, the word sacrifice is not included. The translators did not really know what to do. It made no sense to them, since it seems to be involved with the sanctuary. So they supplied the word "sacrifice"

Daniel 11 is also different in its approach. Instead of describing four powers, it is only looking at two powers, the King of the North and the King of the South, the two powers are seen warring against each other. In addition, we see powers that seem to be located in or near the region of Israel. However the other prophecies seem to be describing world powers. It could be that because Israel is so important that the world powers will choose certain places such as Egypt etc. as bases from which they will do their madness.

Only after the actual activities described in these books actually start happening, will we be able to fully understand what is happening, and what these words mean.

Daniel 11

Daniel 11 describe the battles between the King of the North and the King of the South. These two kingdoms somehow relate to the four beasts of Daniel 7 and the little horn of Daniel 7 and 8, because the same activities that we have already seen in Daniel 7 and 8 are again explained in greater detail. Only this time, we see the picture from the prospect of the Northern and Southern Kingdom.

Daniel 11:5-28 could be describing how the king of the south had gained power.

Daniel 11:29-39 describes the terrible things that the little horn does except that now we see that it is the Southern King that is doing these things.

There seems to be an endless series of wars described in Daniel 11. We almost seem to get lost in the description. This could be a problem, because it seems that many years are involved in the process.

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