Daniel foresaw a clear progression of prideful rulers culminating in the reign of the Antichrist. For all the power amassed by God’s opponents throughout history, their end will be sudden and sure.
- Some scholars believe that over 130 precise details about the future were foreseen in Daniel 11.
- The detailed nature of the vision gives us hope in our God, who is sovereign overall.
Persia & Greece (1-4)
- The Persian Empire ensured God’s people returned to Jerusalem (2).
- The Greek Empire established a vast influence and enforced a universal language over most of the known world (3-4).
Egypt & Syria (5-20)
- Through Egypt, we learn that earthly kingdoms are prideful and temporary (5-12).
- Through Syria, we see the tendency for God’s people to get distracted by unnecessary conflicts (13-20).
Antiochus & Antichrist (20-45)
- Antiochus of Syria rose to power through deceit, and his corrupt desire for authority seemed unquenchable (20-28).
- The Roman Empire changed how the world traveled so that important news could cover the world (29-30).
- Humiliated by the Romans, Antiochus took out his wrath on Jerusalem, and his persecution revealed the true believers (31-35).
- This horrific time before Jesus’ arrival foreshadows the final conflict before Jesus’ return (36-45).
You & I
- Be encouraged because every persecution has a shelf life, and even the Antichrist has a term limit.
- The quest to take God’s place started in Eden and will end in Jerusalem.
- Keep the future promises in mind when you suffer through the present circumstances.
- Allow the precise fulfillment of Daniel to embolden you about the final page of Revelation.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.