"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).

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The Prophecy of Daniel Commentary

THE FUTURE IS UNFOLDED TO DANIEL, #4

Lesson Number 35

By Given O. Blakely

Part 7

A VILE PERSON OBTAINS THE KINGDOM BY FLATTERIES

“21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

The prophecy of God’s people under the reign of the Grecians continues. Upon the sudden and non-military death of Seleucus Philopator another king rises, taking his place, for he had no successor. This is the same king already mentioned in the eighth chapter. There his beginning is referred to as “a little horn.” In that passage, the following is said of him.

    He came forth from the four horns of the “he goat,” who depicted the Grecian Empire (8:8-9a).

    He “waxed exceedingly great,” and pushed his way into “the pleasant land,” which was Israel’s dwelling place (8:9b).

    He waxed great, even casting down some of the “host of heaven,” Trampling them, and moving against those who were aligned with the God of heaven (8:10).

    Through him, God’s daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary plundered and cast down (8:11).

    Because of the transgression of Israel, he was given power to cast truth down to the ground, and prosper in his own wicked way (8:12).

    Under him, both “the sanctuary and the host” were trampled underfoot (8:13).

    He was a king “of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,” having no fear of God or regard for man (8:23).

    Operating in a power that was not his own, but was delegated to him, he “shall destroy the mighty and holy people,” launching an aggressive initiative against them (8:24).

    His rule would be one of craftiness and subtlety (8:25a).

    He would “magnify himself in his heart” (8:25b).

    He would “destroy many” (8:25c).

    He would stand up against “the Prince of princes” (8:25d).

    He would be destroyed, but not with human power (8:25e).

Now the angel extends his comments on this wicked king – one who was revealed after the fall of Alexander (the “notable horn that was broken”), and after the rise of the “four notable ones” that rose up in Alexander’s place (8:8). It is as though a spiritual magnifying glass is being placed over the Intertestamental period, providing details that confirm the Sovereignty of God and His care for His people. Whereas Antiochus Epiphanes was formerly said to have sprung up from among the four horns of the he goat, we have now seen that his identity is narrowed down to the kings of the North and the South – the two kingdoms of Syria and Egypt.

In a sense, we are witnessing the death-throes of the Grecian empire. At its root, the aggression against the people of God is because of their own transgressions, which were brought to the full (8:12,23). However, at the next level, it was provoked by “spiritual wickedness in high places.” Operating under Satan, they were seeking to thwart the coming of the promised Savior into the world.

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).

 

 

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