Daniel 11:36-45 – January 28-29
Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.
Daniel 11:36-45 – The King Who Exalts Himself
36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38 Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.
40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
Enter the Antichrist | Jess Howell
Commentaries disagree about which king is being referenced in verses 36-39 of today’s reading. But most agree that the antichrist becomes the focus in verse 40 through the end of Daniel. However, when you read these initial verses, it sounds like the exact kind of being the antichrist is. Verse 36 specifically describes a person that will speak “unheard-of things against God” and that he will be successful until the end of days.
Our readings the last several days have confirmed to me that God’s timing is predetermined. Satan knows this, and his own fury will explode and reek havoc on those against him. Satan knows his time is so very short. We too should realize how little time we have on this earth compared to eternity. We have too little time to focus on things that don’t matter. Satan enjoys pushing those negative thoughts of worry and anxiety over my own weaknesses – my parenting, my marriage, my job. But Satan knows his time is short with me – and he seeks a way into my head at every chance he can get. I took a lick of a spoon today with frosting on it and immediately felt guilty breaking my fast of No Sweets. I heard that voice in my head ridiculing me and calling me stupid. Rather quickly, though, I remembered that God doesn’t have that tone of voice. He would never speak to me that way. Satan had found his tiny way in – and a quick route out as well.
Father God, I am realizing more each day that time is so short. And yet I waste that time on things that don’t matter. This week I’ve been witness to a LOT of hurting people. Death, sickness, poverty, anger – all ways that Satan can find ways into my thoughts and those in my circle. Help me to see even more how much I need to focus on a true life of love and sacrifice for the lost and broken. Amen.
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