And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the Earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4 AKJV)
As the second seal is broken, the second beast begins to speak. It is a young bull according to Revelation 4:7. Scripture shows us that a bull can represent nations, so this “being,” watches over the nations of the Earth to reveal how this seal will affect them. The next seal releases a horse of a different color with a different purpose:
And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. (Daniel 11:25 AKJV)
The AntiChrist will eventually gather an army and attack “the south.” This is most likely part of the second horseman known as, “War” since he will take peace from the land. In the past, the “south” has been referred to as Egypt. However, the countries directly south of Syria are Jordan and Iraq with Saudi Arabia just south of Iraq. The king of the south could refer to any of these countries.
Those who are “eating the food” or are in an agreement with the king of the south will betray him. Could this be those who are receiving oil from these countries? The land that is attacked after the peace agreement is signed will lose this conflict and the AntiChrist will be victorious.
And both of these kings’ hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed. Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. (Daniel 11:27-28 AKJV)
It is clear that neither of the “kings” will have good motives. They will deceive one another. There is great wealth in the “south” that many desire. Some of those countries are ripe with oil which could account for the wealth that is brought back. “Speaking lies over a table” may very well be peace talks, after which the AntiChrist returns to his own country with much wealth. Emboldened by his success, he sets out a second time.
At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. (Daniel 11:29 ESV)
He will come against the south once more. This time, there is a different result:
For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. (Daniel 11:30 AKJV)
- Chittim are ships of the Mediterranean Sea (Westerners)
When the AntiChrist goes to war a second time, some of his allies will not stand by him; they will oppose him. After the AntiChrist returns from this conquest, his attitude about God will change; he will be complaining about the covenant that Israel has with the Father. He will be offended and begin to come against the covenant with God. This military defeat pushes the leader of the enemy’s forces to become bolder in his actions against God:
And armed forces of his shall appear [in the Holy Land] and they shall pollute the sanctuary, the [spiritual] stronghold, and shall take away the continual [daily burnt offering]; and they shall set up [in the sanctuary] the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate. (Daniel 11:31 AMPC)
This description coincides with what we know the AntiChrist will do in the middle of the seven-year peace agreement:
And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. (Revelation 13:5-6 AKJV)
Our Lord warned us about this very event:
But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains... And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment… For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created to this time, neither shall be. (Mark 13:14-19 AKJV)
The AntiChrist causes the daily sacrifices to cease and rails at Heaven, God, and everyone there. When he appears in Israel with his armies and takes away the daily sacrifices, be prepared to flee! This is the beginning of a Great Tribulation that has not been seen since the world began. Jesus knew there would be a time when His people would be on the Earth as Satan took power through the AntiChrist. The Book of Revelation gives some insight on why the AntiChrist has a sudden change of heart:
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:3-4 AKJV)
At some time the AntiChrist will be injured. It could occur:
- The second time the AntiChrist goes to war.
- After the peace treaty is signed so that when he is healed it can be used to give him credibility.
Whenever the injury occurs, I believe Satan will make an agreement with the AntiChrist while he is close to death. Satan will heal the AntiChrist in exchange for his loyalty. We know that other events happen around the middle of Daniel’s Week:
And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him… Therefore rejoice, you Heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. (Revelation 12:7-9, 12 AKJV)
In the middle of the seven-year agreement, Satan will reside on the Earth. I believe he will fully possess the AntiChrist at this point in time. Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, promising Jesus that He would rule the world if He would bow down and worship him. Satan may make the same proposition to the AntiChrist as he lay mortally wounded, pledging himself to that Old Dragon. This pledge would explain how Satan is able to reside inside the AntiChrist and the sudden dislike for the holy covenant emerging at this point in time.
We have to take the Lord’s warning seriously. When the abomination is seen in the temple of God, it is time to lean into the Lord; to listen and do what He says! If you are in Israel, be prepared to run for your life. We must be ready to quickly evacuate Israel.
Despite the obviously evil actions, some will be fooled and side with the AntiChrist, even when he takes away the daily sacrifices. The next few verses show why:
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. (Daniel 11:32-33 AKJV)
If you do not know God’s ways and are not walking in them, you may be corrupted by the nice things the AntiChrist is saying. Those who really know God’s ways will hold strong and will be persecuted and even die. The phrase “many days” could refer to years, since years are often represented in days in both the Book of Daniel and Revelation where John also declares that those not following the Lord will be deceived:
And all that dwell on the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8 AKJV)
It will be a polarizing time. Some will be fooled and blinded by the power of Satan. Those whose names have not been blotted out of the Book of Life will be able to see the truth. There is hope, even in this dark hour:
Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help: but many shall join to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. (Daniel 11:34-35 AKJV)
This prophecy was given about Israel and the future of Jerusalem, so we must apply that information to that country. Those in Israel will begin to receive wisdom and “make their robes white” meaning they will be righteous through the Lord Jesus. But the AntiChrist isn’t done yet:
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (Daniel 11:36 AKJV)
The ego of the AntiChrist comes to a new height: he now declares himself to be a god. From this point on, the AntiChrist is referred to as a king. The details listed here do not fit what is known of Antiochus Epiphanes, who some presume to be the AntiChrist around 70 AD, therefore, we know this ruler has not yet appeared on the Earth. The description in this verse is one of the events which must occur before Jesus returns:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as god sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 AKJV)
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. (Revelation 13:6 AKJV)
It is important that we know the Tribulation has not yet occurred until the AntiChrist has been revealed. We know that these actions will take place at a specific time in Daniel’s Week:
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (1,290). (Daniel 12:11 AKJV)
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured on the desolate. (Daniel 9:27 AKJV)
All Christians will be here to witness these events. The sacrifices are taken away in the middle of Daniel’s Week when all pretense is dropped and the AntiChrist halts sacrifices, declaring himself to be god. 1,290 days from that point, the desolation Jesus spoke of will be set up. Since Satan will be on the Earth and he considers himself to still be “the god of this world” this only confirms what we presume: Satan will indwell the AntiChrist from this point on.
Since we have covered verse 37 already, now let’s look at the rest.
AntiChrist After Mid-Week
But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (Daniel 11:38 AKJV)
At this point, the AntiChrist does something new; he honors a god that even the last generation (fathers) didn’t know about. There are several words here which may help us understand what happens:
- Honor - kāḇaḏ (kaw-bad’) to be heavy, be weighty, be honored
- God - ‘ĕlvôha (el-o’-ah-ch) a heathen god
- Forces - māʿôz (maw-oze’) place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold
We know that we can create idols out of our desires. What we see here is like that: the AntiChrist is going to a god for protection, giving what it says “weight” which is a form of honor. The words to describe how he honors this god really show what he is doing:
- Gold - zāhāḇ (zaw-hawve) has a root word of shimmer, brilliance, splendor
- Silver - kesep̄ (keh’-sef) money
- Precious - yāqār (yaw-kawr’) rare, valuable
- Stones - 'eḇen (eh’-ben) stones for building purposes
The AntiChrist is creating something with splendor, using money and precious building materials. The false prophet requires those on Earth to give resources to create something:
...saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:14-15 AKJV)
The worshiping of another god could be putting his financial and political support into the creation of the AI (artificial intelligence) which he will honor by obeying. The AntiChrist uses this created god to force others into submitting to him:
And he shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with glory and honor, and he shall cause them to rule over many and shall divide the land for a price. (Daniel 11:39 AMPC)
It is clear that this foreign entity has some intelligence. In the Old Testament we see that none of the other gods were of any use, but this new created being is helping to overthrow countries. The land that will be divided isn’t specified, but since this centers around Israel, it is a fair bet that Israel is that land.
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:40-41 AKJV)
The phrase “And at the time of the end” tells us that the AntiChrist will rule for a while. Just how long, we don’t know. Many nations will fall under his power. There are a few that escape being ruled by him directly.
The Biblical people Edom, Moab, and Ammon once occupied the territory we know today as Jordan, the nation due east of Israel, and the Gaza Strip.
These countries were given their homelands by God, Himself, just like Israel was given to the sons of Abraham:
- Edom: Esua (Deuteronomy 2:5)
- Moab & Ammon: Lot (Deuteronomy 2:9, 19)
And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17 AKJV)
If no one can buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast it will be easier to conquer countries. Further details about who will be conquered will help us define who the “South” country is.
He shall stretch forth his hand also on the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. (Daniel 11:42-43 AKJV)
Since we see Egypt mentioned specifically as a conquered country by the AntiChrist, surely Daniel would have called “the South” Egypt, if it had been the country which the AntiChrist attacked after the peace treaty was signed. Because “the south” was mentioned and not Egypt, there is a good chance that Egypt isn’t the south country.
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:44-45 AKJV)
The Horseman of the second seal, War, is still an active part of what occurs long after the middle of Daniel’s Week. When the AntiChrist goes forward to make war with those who are in the north, it may be why the entire world comes against Israel. The AntiChrist is setting up his home right next to Jerusalem. The attack on God’s holy city may be because of who is ruling there as a leader.
“Come to his end with none to help him” definitely refers to what occurs right before the second coming. The whole world is besieging Jerusalem when Jesus returns. He destroys the AntiChrist and false prophet along with those who would attack God’s city.
These are the activities of the AntiChrist. We will place them in the timeline of Daniel’s Week as we continue researching the remaining seals, trumpets, and vials of wrath.
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