IS BIBLE PROPHECY IN DANIEL 11
ABOUT END-TIME FULFILLMENTS?
I understand Daniel chapter eleven to be
prophetic of (1) the origin of the Arab Empire (Muslims)
in the 7th century A. D. and that (2) the ultimate source of the "Little
Horn" (Antichrist, per 11:21-45) is the northern area of the
Middle East. In my book, NOT ONE STONE (page 27) I refer to
Clarence Larkin, H. A. Ironside, and Arthur W. Pink who held this latter view.
Larkin calls the Antichrist the "Syrian Horn" (The
Book of Daniell, page 248, unabridged edition).
1. Daniel 11:5, 6 is "key" to the view that 11:5-45 focuses on the Arab
Empire's Arabian origin in the 7th century and the eventual rise of the end-time
Antichrist who takes control of the Middle East countries and builds his
"palace" in Jerusalem before he is destroyed (verses 41-45). The
in Daniel 11:5, 6 refers to Arabia, not
Notice this example: The "queen of the
(Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31) was the queen of SHEBA,
located in southern
Arabia,"the uttermost parts of the earth."
refers to Arabia, not Egypt
2. The first Muslim "king of the SOUTH" [Arabia]
was ABU BAKR
(632-634 A. D.), the father of AISHA
, the favorite wife of Muhammad.
The second king, or caliph,
was OMAR (634-644 A.D.), also a
father-in-law of Muhammad. During these few years following the death of
Muhammad in 632, in the SOUTH (Arabia) a "great
originated, even greater than any previous Middle East
empire, according to Sir John B. Glubb's history, "The Empire of the Arabs."
You can find more information on these two Caliphs
in Daniel 11
see Strong's Dictionary #5045) refers to the
vast desert called "ARABIA," where the cities of Mecca and Medina are located.
, Muhammad's favorite wife, was the daughter of Abu Bakr
-- therefore, she was the "king's daughter of the
(11:6). Her opposition to Ali (Muhammad's son-in-law who
was married to Fatima) helped create the South vs North
which has lasted ever since -- Sunni vs Shia
believe that direct descendants of Muhammad thru Ali's lineage are qualified to
be "caliph" in Islam, whereas Sunnis believe direct lineage is not essential to
being "caliph." See Wikipedia
for information on this split among the
3. In Daniel 11:6, I understand the unique expression, "END
to be indicative of the Muslim calendar of time. It
begins in 622, the year in which the migration (Hegira)
by Muhammad and
his disciples from Mecca to Medina took place. The Muslim calendar thereby
indicates an "end of years." I understand the "king's daughter of the
in Daniel 11:6 is applicable to AISHA, daughter of the first Caliph
of the South,
ABU BAKR. I think this verse refers to
the battle between Aisha's forces and Ali's forces, known as the
"Battle of the Camel,"
which introduces the history of
the Muslims from the seventh century,(11:5-45) -- out of which eventually arises
the Little Horn or Antichrist (11:21-45). The "Battle of the Camel"
took place in 656 A. D. in the "end of years"
perind of time, and was
the initial civil war in Islam
between Sunni and Shiites. This was a
battle between Arabs allied with Aisha
, Muhammad's widow who rode
around on a prized red camel named Askar,
and Arabs which supported
Muhammad's son-in-law, the "Solomon of the Shiites."
particulars about this battle on Wikipedia.
4. Contrary to the view that the Ptolemies, Seleucids (332-168), and
Antiochus Epiphanes somehow fulfill much of Daniel 11, the prophecy does not
refer to them. Rather, the "north" refers to the northern division of the Arabs
and the "south" to the southern (Early Islam by Desmond Stewart, page
5. The "Abomination of Desolation" (Dan. 11:31) is yet in the
future, according to Jesus (Matthew 24:15). The idea that it
was fulfilled by Antiochus derives from Jewish presumptions in First Maccabees
1:54 in the Apocrypha, uninspired Jewish writings before the
first coming of Christ. A supposed "chronology" is presented by Solomon Zeitlin
in The Rise and Fall of the Judean State). Keil and Delitzsch
Commentary on Daniel cites historical inaccuracies in this chronology.
6. The supposed "restored Holy Roman Empire," or the "European
Union," is not in Daniel 11. There are 27 nations in the EU, and
none of them is in the Middle East. Daniel eleven does
not mention any nation except those in the Middle East. The EU theory was
championed by the late Herbert W. Armstrong and is perpetuated by his followers
such as Gerald Flurry and the "Philadelphia Church of God."
7. The two legs in the image of Daniel chapter
2 are not Rome, but rather they correspond to the two divisions which
arose among the 7th century Arabs -- the southern Arabs and northern
Arabs (EARLY ISLAM by Desmond Stewart, page 63). The ten
toes of the image represent Arab nations which
developed thru "mingling" of "seed," according to
Daniel 2:43: the word
"mingle" in the
original is "ARAB." (See Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
#6151). Islamic polygamy "Arabized" the Middle East
countries from the 7th century A. D. -- Bob L. Ross (713)