The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
Chapter 10 to 12 is the finale of Daniel’s book detailing the visitation of angels and the armies of Satan whose leaders are the Prince of Persia and the Prince of Greece to marshal the two nations of keeping their sins or rebellions and blocking the purposes of God, and so forth.
In the beginning verses of Chapter 10 Daniel was mourning because of the report about the state of Jerusalem. Then an angel in a dazzling look appeared to him to deliver the message coming from God on what would happen to the nations of Persia, Greece, Syria, Egypt and the emergence of Alexander the Great and the archetype of the final Antichrist King Antiochus Epiphanes.
The appearance of angels like Gabriel, Michael confirms that Daniel’s prophecies have come from God in Heaven.
In Chapter 11 it depicts the battle between the King of the South which is Egypt and the King of the North which is Syria. Six kings of the South are mentioned in verses 5, 6, 7-9, 10-12, 14-17, 25-28 while the North seven kings are cited in verses 5, 6, -7-9, 10-19, 20, 21-45.
The branch cited was Pharaoh of Egypt, Ptolemy III, who ruled from 246 to 221 B.C, according to commentators.
The Glorious Land is Israel, which Epiphanes conquered in 199 B.C., a vile person who ruled from 175 to 164 B.C. He gives himself the name Epiphanes meaning God Manifest but his detractors call him Epimanes meaning mad man.
The prince of the covenant is the Jewish high priest Onias III, and Antiochus’ invasion in Jerusalem includes the regulation against circumcision, Sabbath observance, dietary practices, stop keeping the law or Torah, commentators said.
Ships from Cyprus are the delegation from Rome whereas the abomination of desolation is the erection of Greek god Zeus’ altar over the altar of burnt offerings in the temple.
The king shall do according to his own will, which refers to the king who is the head of the revised Roman Empire and this little horn mentioned is the final Antichrist. This passage predicts his end when no one will help him and he will be destroyed by Christ.
A time of trouble refers to the last three and one-half years of Daniel’s Seventieth Week and in correlation to this is the first resurrection before the millennium and the second resurrection after the millennium prior to the God’s White Throne Judgment.
Chapter 12 Shut up the words and seal the book. Many commentators or the students of the Bible believe that no one who understood Daniel’s dreams and visions until the nineteenth century A.D. The most obvious meaning seems to have great relevance until later in history.
Believers in Christ are advised to keep themselves purified, made white and refined. This is the closing message to the Book of Daniel.