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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 present 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’.    I just made a new video (4-17-2018) that gives an overview of my interpretation, as compared to past interpretations. (Running time = 36 mins) 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 before  Jesus, 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 Bulgaria 4. Cassander     Greek peninsula - 168 BC Selecus I (North) (311-280 BC) (323-285 BC) Ptolemy I (South) (verse 5)  Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 BC) 168 BC Verse 31 the Abomination “alter to Zeus” 165 BC Verse 34 Verse 36 Future Huge gap?? (over 2100 yrs.)        Why? These two were ignored. Daniel 11 according to Matthew Henry (1706) (highlights) Verse 16 192 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 Europe Ottoman’s Selem III  Turkey - 1800’s Verse 44 Daniel 11: according to Seventh Day Adventist, Uriah Smith, (around 1865)     *same as Matthew Henry  through verse 15 1. Ptolemaic Empire     323 BC - 30 BC 2. Seleucid Empire NIV Study Bible (1984) disagrees, starting at verse 36 The 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 #’s in red 0 1000 2000 1. 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) Mongols vs. 9-10 Ottomans Verses 15-19 United empire United empire South British Mandate 1919-1948 (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] 3. 4. 10. 9.
Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary Updated: 10-20-2014 End Times Today     When the EU expanded from six countries to nine, in 1973, many people started predicting that the EU was the beast in Revelation.  In 1981, Greece became the 10th nation to join, which meant that end-time theories flourished, all based on the number 10, which seemed flimsy to me at the time.  It only lasted 5 years, anyway, because Spain and Portugal made it an even dozen in 1986.  Yet, some people still think Europe has something to do with end times.  They make outlandish claims about the pope but none can be proven in the Bible.  Granted, I disagree with the Catholics but I would never make wild accusations against someone I didn’t know.  Anyway, the EU has 28 members now, which matches nothing in the Bible, as far as I know.  (Note: the ECO has 10 -see beast.)      Some modern post-tribulationists, such as Joel Richardson, have parted with the European theories and admit that the final empire, in Daniel 11, is Muslim.  I heard about Mr. Richardson from a friend, who read his book.  However, she told me that he predicted Turkey rather than Iran to be the final empire.  Later, she showed me an interview he did on the Sid Roth show.  It was obvious to me that Mr. Roth kept asking about Iran’s involvement in Biblical end times but Mr. Richardson kept changing the subject to Turkey.  Anyway, during the interview, I heard Mr. Richardson refer to the Ptolemy and Seleucids, which is Matthew Henry’s interpretation of Daniel 11.  I wrote to him to explain that I had discovered a correct version, with no gaps, that explains why Iran is rising in influence and not Turkey.  He declined to read my whole book, due to time constraints, so I wrote him again when I launched the website.  That’s when I learned that he was a post-tribulationist, because he wouldn’t look at anything I wrote, after he saw that I supported pre-tribulation.  I asked if his selection of Turkey was based on Uriah Smith’s interpretation (above) but he assured me that he was not SDA.  However, he would not say how he arrived at Turkey.  I just know he’s wrong because Daniel 11 covers the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in vs 14-19 and the last thing that is said is that “they will be seen no more.”   (verse 19)     I also asked how he explained all the events in Revelation, after the 6th Seal, and he said that the earthquakes in Revelation 6 and 16 were the same.  That was ridiculous for many reasons but I pointed out that there was also a third earthquake, in Revelation 11, (when the two witnesses ascend) so was that the same too?  I knew it was impossible because the two witnesses prophesy in Jerusalem for 1260 days.  He never answered that question though.  Just the same, this illustration (left) shows how different the earthquakes are in Revelation so trying to say that they’re all the same is manipulating God’s prophecy.  It should be common sense to leave it alone because there’s a warning at the end that forbids “adding or subtracting”, which they inevitably do. (Rev. 22:18-19) Exposing Post-Tribulationist Deceptions Important to know A continuous timeline of Middle Eastern empires  with emphasis on the ‘Last’. Daniel 11 Explained  Condensed “one page” Commentary Iran 1979 (verse 21) 11. Proof that Turkey is not the final empire:   Daniel 11:19 says that the Ottoman Empire “will be seen no more” but post-tribulationists won’t listen to the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 because it proves ‘pre-tribulation’.      Bottom line: Iran fulfilled the description of the final empire, in verses 21-23, not Turkey.  ISIS fulfilled verse 24, Saudi Arabia fulfilled verse 25, and Turkey fulfilled verse 26, all part of God’s plan toward the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ (verse 31), just like Jesus said in Matthew 24   Seriously, we are currently on Daniel 11:29-30 so post-tribs need to start paying attention soon.  Related Material: The Seven Churches Past & Present Church Prophecy (Rev. 2-3) Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2015   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Attempted Coup in Turkey   There’s no doubt that the attempted coup in Turkey, July 15, 2016, was a major event in the Middle East.  In fact, it fulfilled Daniel 11:26.  It steered Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia and the United States, who are supporting the rebels in Syria, and more towards Iran and Russia, who are supporting Assad.  At some point, I figured they would pivot toward the North, such as that, because Turkey is part of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which could develop into the 10-horned beast, after the rapture.  Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done   See an illustration of the 3-earthquakes in Revelation  that post-tribs say are one earthquake. (PDF)