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Part 2 / 7:28Correct interpretation of Daniel 11 with no gaps.
Part 1 / 8:02Why previous interpretations of Daniel 11 were wrong. Past theories of Daniel 11.(and why they were wrong.) I only know of two interpretations of Daniel 11 (besides mine) but the second is somewhat based on the first so its really more like one and a half. The internet may have many slight variations of Matthew Henry’s version (with the ending changed) but none can be right because Matthew Henry was mistaken. My interpretation only agrees with Matthew Henry for the first two verses, has no gaps, and gets more concentrated toward end times, which is what you would expect from a chapter that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’. These videos are some of the first I ever made (not great) but if you prefer to watch, they’re okay. (There’s more information, below, including charts and “end times today”.) Matthew Henry The oldest interpretation I know was published by Matthew Henry in 1706 but I don’t know if he was the first person to come up with the idea. It’s the interpretation that more people know and believe but it makes no sense. After all, ‘standing the test of time’ is not a desired quality when the chapter in question was “sealed until the time of the end”. Matthew Henry uses the wars between the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires to explain the kings of the North and South in Daniel 11. However, in doing so, he claims the “abomination”, in verse 31, happened in 168 BC. Clearly, when Jesus is speaking of the “abomination” in Matthew 24, it has not happened yet because he tells them to run when they see it. Matthew Henry has it happening almost 200 years beforeJesus, which makes no sense. Many variations of that theory, including NIV study notes, point out that Matthew Henry’s ending does not fit actual history. Yet, they usually break from his interpretation between verses 35 and 36, leaving the abomination at 168 BC, which cannot be right. As such, all of those variations leave a huge gap in time (over 2000 years). Why would God leave such a huge gap in His “Book of Truth”? 3. Lysimachus modern day Bulgaria4. Cassander Greek peninsula - 168 BCSelecus I (North)(311-280 BC)(323-285 BC)Ptolemy I(South)(verse 5)Antiochus IVEpiphanes (175-164 BC)168 BCVerse 31the Abomination“alter to Zeus”165 BCVerse 34Verse 36FutureHuge gap??(over 2100 yrs.)Why?These two were ignored.Daniel 11 according to Matthew Henry (1706)(highlights)Verse 16192 BC Rome defeats Antiochus III 330 AD - 1798 verse 29- verse 35 the Abomination: (vs.31) “union of church and state”? changes to:Rome and EuropeOttoman’s Selem III Turkey - 1800’sVerse 44Daniel 11: according to Seventh Day Adventist, Uriah Smith,(around 1865)*same as Matthew Henrythrough verse 151. Ptolemaic Empire 323 BC - 30 BC2. Seleucid EmpireNIV Study Bible (1984) disagrees, starting at verse 36The four winds:(verse 4)Cannot be before Jesus.(I disagree, starting at verse 4) My interpretation has no gap and puts the abomination in the future, where it belongs. Besides, current events in the Middle East are proving my interpretation correct, which is leading to the abomination, just like Jesus said.Doesn’t it make since for the true meaning of Daniel 11 to be discovered ‘late’ (closer to end times), since it was “sealed until the time of the end”? Uriah Smith Another interpretation was brought to my attention through an e-mail from a Seventh Day Adventist, who was writing a book. In the 1800’s, it seems that Uriah Smith proposed a solution to Daniel 11 but it still paralleled Matthew Henry to verse 15 so it was built on a faulty foundation. At verse 16, he broke away and started explaining verses using ‘Europe’. He solved the issue with the abomination being before Jesus but he still placed it in the past. He somehow connected the Ottomans to end times with Napoleon’s temporary invasion of Egypt. Uriah Smith obviously thought he was living in end times because he explained all the way to verse 44, using the Ottomans as the final empire, leaving only the end. However, Uriah Smith died in 1903, the Ottomans were defeated in 1923, and Jesus didn’t come yet. Common sense would cause most groups to admit they were wrong and go back to the drawing board. Yet, the Seventh Day Adventists still make wild claims that the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) will return so Uriah Smith will be correct. That’s what the SDA preacher was writing a book about. I don’t know if he ever finished it but reality has already proven him wrong. (see “Turkey News” below) The reason I know that the Ottomans are not coming back as an empire is that Daniel 11:19 says so. The Ottomans were in fact mentioned in Daniel 11 (verses 14-19) because they ruled for over 400-years but the last thing that is said about them is: “They will be seen no more.” (see Turkey News) Another problem with Uriah Smith’s interpretation is the “abomination” itself. He claims that it was a “union of church and state”, which brought corruption for hundreds of years. (Yet, that was in Europe, not the Middle East.) Jesus said the abomination would be “seen standing in the holy place”,which has to be Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, so Uriah Smith’s interpretation doesn’t fit at all. Started with a faulty foundation to begin with. Makes no sense.(over 1400 years?)Uriah Smith tried to match his own ‘current times’ but just had Daniel 11 wrong. Creates another 150-year gap between then and now.(Constantine - Napoleon)Correct meaning of Daniel 11 (chart adapted from the homepage). Differences start at the ‘four winds’ (verse 4).11. con’t America’s role begins (verse 22-23)12.Recent Events in Prophecy (verses 24-27)13.Final Events before the Rapture (vs 27-30)14.Abomination and rapture (verse 31)2.1.page #’sin red0100020001. Seleucids (N)2. Ptolemaic (S)3. Roman/Byzantines (E) 4. Parthian/Sassanid (W)1500“The Four Winds”(verse 4)Islam Begins (610 AD) but Muhammad’s descendants are squeezed out by the Sunni. (verses 5 & 6)Fatimids (Shiites) take the South & build Cairo.(verses 7-8) Abbasids Umayyads Mamluks +others (vs. 11-14)Mongolsvs. 9-10OttomansVerses 15-19UnitedempireUnited empireSouthBritish Mandate1919-1948(verse 20)splits area into nations Note: Daniel 11:32-45 occur after the rapture because they are after the abomination. They are covered in the “post-rapture” pages, which also contain Revelation chapters 8-19. [See sitemap or homepage for complete list of pages] 188.8.131.52.