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                         "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                            Chapter Eleven

After introductory comments in chapter ten, "The Vision Of The Time Of
The End" begins in earnest.  A brief prophecy of a Persian-Greek conflict
(2-4) is followed by the description of a lengthy Egyptian-Syrian
conflict (5-19), with focus on a vile king from the North who will bring
blasphemies against Daniel's people, but who will ultimately be defeated


   *  The prophetic detail of the Persian-Greek and Egyptian-Syrian

   *  The identity of the vile king from the North


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - The Persian-Greek conflict - Dan 11:1-4
   - The Egyptian-Syrian conflict - Dan 11:5-19
   - The rise and fall of a vile king from the North - Dan 11:20-45

2) In the Persian-Greek conflict, who was the mighty king that would
   rise? (3-4)
   - Alexander the Great, whose kingdom was divided among his four

3) Who were the warring kings of the North and South? (5-20)
   - The kings of the South were the Ptolemies, based in Egypt
   - The kings of the North were the Seleucids, based in Syria

4) Based on history, who was likely the vile person introduced in verse
   - Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who reigned 175-164 B.C.
   - The "little horn" of Dan 8:9-12,23-25

5) How would he bring blasphemies against Israel? (30-32)
   - Show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant
   - Defile the sanctuary fortress (i.e., the temple)
   - Take away the daily sacrifices
   - Place there "the abomination of desolation"
   - Flatter those who do wickedly against the covenant

6) What is said of those who resist valiantly? (32-35)
   - They shall be strong, carrying out great exploits, instructing many
   - When they fall, they shall receive aid
   - Some who fall will be refined and purified, made white

7) In verses 36-45, what three opinions are given about the identity of
   the king?
   - It is still about Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 B.C.)
   - The prophecy skips forward to the time of a Roman emperor in the
     first century A.D.
   - The prophecy refers to someone yet to come (e.g., the "Anti-christ")
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