Scripture Readings: Daniel 11: 33- 39

“Some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time.”

Vision given to Daniel

This is our last day in Daniel 11. It’s been a long story, spanning over 500 years. But today we move forward to tying this story to the birth of Jesus. In verse 11:36, Daniel’s vision speaks of a king. Who was this king? In this particular moment in history, historians are not so sure who to tie the verses to. Does the vision speak of the Antichrist, a king that will rule in the future? Most theologians do believe verses 33- 35, speak of the Maccabee revolt, the small group of Jews that stood their ground opposing paganism. In verse 36, “the time of the end” specifies the end of the Maccabean dynasty, their rule over Judea for over 60 years. But guess who becomes king next, king of of the Jew’s? King Herod himself, the king on the throne when Jesus was born into the world. Whew, we finally made it to Jesus. The Maccabees were essentially in power up until the birth of Christ, and then King Herod begins his reign.

So one last history lesson, King Herod’s father rescued Julius Caesar while in Egypt, helping him to thrive politically in Judea, a Jewish king in the good graces of the roman empire. After Caesar was assassinated, Antipater, Herod’s father, lost his popularity and was killed. After his death, Marc Anthony appointed King Herod to the throne. Is it possible that King Herod is the king that Daniel wrote about beginning in verses 36-39? Listen to these verses again, ” And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. 37 He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. “

Are you not glad we have a savior? Whether it’s King Herod, or one day the antichrist, we have the one true God that will be on our side, fighting for us, providing eternal victory. Today, Day 11, should be Saturday, if you started this study on Ash Wednesday . Tomorrow, the sabbath is our day off, to worship at our local church or online. If you are following along in current time, I will post the scriptures for the whole week tomorrow. My husband and I are traveling to South Africa, no reliable wifi or cellular service, for one week. The scriptures will encompass the new testament, and introduce you to each political figure during Jesus’ life. If you want to dig deeper, do a little research on each historical figure. I recommend reading the following book ,”Through the Eyes of a Lion” by Levi Lusko. His teachings will be instrumental to our dive into how the Romans ruled and comparing their lives to our times today. I promise it will be interesting.

I leave you with my new favorite song. It’s called “Wait on you”,

“I know You’ve ordered every step
You are the Author
But there’s no predicting what is next
But You hold the future
And all the questions, they come second
To the one I know is true, yeah
You’ve always been true

So, I’m gonna wait on You,”

Song by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music