Dr. David Orlowski’s book – The Rapture – The Tribulation Reign of the Antichrist, depicts the storied narrative of Scripture, including that of Daniel 11. In Daniel 11, verse 10 and following, the Antichrist’s Tribulation reign will be devastated by the Two Witnesses, who will “strike the earth with every plague as often as they desire” (Rev 11:6). Still, the Antichrist and his minions, both demon and human, will be drawn to Armageddon for the Day of the Lord. As the Antichrist is defeated, Jesus will establish His Millennial Reign. As noted, Daniel says it emphatically, “I will tell you the truth” as he describes the Tribulation, end times events. Let’s look further into it.
Verse 10: However, His (Jesus’) sons (the Two Witnesses) will mobilize and assemble a multitude of (chayil) valiant forces. This speaks of the 144,000 Witnesses that Elijah brings together, and who are “sealed” by the angel of the Lord (note Revelation 7:4-8; 14:1-5). The Two Witnesses shall (bo) “bring in” great judgments that shall “certainly come and overwhelm and pass through.” The aftermath of the Trumpet/Bowl Judgments will be stirred up (ad) even to, or up to, their place of protection, or the Southern quarters of Jerusalem (note Joel 2:32; and Zechariah 14:2; that states that the remnant will not be cut off from the city). Why? Because they will be protected by the Two Witnesses, Moses and Elijah, who will be prophesying from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Verse 11: And the king of the South, or Antichrist, will be moved with rage, and go out and fight with Jesus, the King of the North, wherever he can the world over. The Antichrist is said to ultimately defeat the Two Witnesses and 144,000, but this doesn’t occur until the end of their ministry. The Witnesses shall be given into his hand, as will the 144,000 Witnesses. Note Revelation 11:7, that states, “When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.” This includes the 144,000 Witnesses as we see in the next verse.
Daniel 11:12 picks up at this point, and states, “When he (the Antichrist), has taken away the multitude, or 144,000 Witnesses, his heart is lifted up as he casts down “tens of thousands.” But still it says, “he will not prevail.” The timing of this fight is likely days before Armageddon. For example, the Two Witnesses are granted 1,260 to testify (Rev 11:3) from the mid-point of the Tribulation, whereas Armageddon is set to occur after 1,290 days. Therefore, the Antichrist will defeat the Two Witnesses and 144,000, and then have 30 days to gather the armies of the world to Armageddon.
Daniel 11:13: “But the King of the North (Jesus) will return and muster a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come at the end of the (eth) appointed time, or appointed years, with a great army and much (rekush) possessions.” This speaks of Jesus, the angels, and the saints coming down from Heaven, that is in the recesses of the North, to the battlefield of Armageddon. Jesus will come with many possessions to give to the forlorn peoples who have persevered.
Verse 14: “Now in those times many shall rise up against the king of the South. Also, violent men of your people shall exalt themselves in fulfillment of the vision, but they shall fall.” This foretells of both nations and violent men rising up to combat the Antichrist, but each of them is struck down. He appears to be invincible. At one point, someone will apparently inflict a mortal wound upon the Antichrist, but he will rise up from the dead in the sight of all as a sign that he cannot be killed by human agency (note Revelation 13:3).
Verse 15: “So the King of the North shall come and (solelah) cast up a mount, and take a fortified city, and the forces of the South shall not withstand Him.” This speaks of Jesus coming to the earth, whereupon He will stand on the Mount of Olives, splitting the mount in two and dividing the protected side of Jerusalem from the assailing side of it. Recall Zechariah 14:3-4:
Then the Lord will go forth and fight in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley. Half the mountain shall move to the north, and half of it towards the south.
Back to Daniel 11:15: Not only will the forces of the South not withstand Jesus, but Satan’s choicest troops or strongest principalities, will have no strength to resist Jesus.
Verse 16: “But He (Jesus) who comes against him (the Antichrist) shall do according to His own will, and no one shall stand against Him. He (Jesus) shall stand in the Glorious Land (Jerusalem) with destruction in His power.” Jesus will decimate the enemy at His arrival.
Verse 17: “He (Jesus) shall also set His face to enter with the strength of His whole kingdom, and upright ones with Him, thus shall He do. And He shall give the (ishshah) woman (Rev 17:3; unbelieving) to (shachath) go to ruin, and she shall not be able to stand before Him.”
Verse 18: “After this He shall turn His face to the coastlands, and shall take many and (shabath) give them rest. As their Ruler, He shall bring the reproach against them to an end, and with the reproach removed, He shall cause them to (shub) turn back (in repentance).”
Verse 19: “Then He shall turn His face towards the (maoz) land and it shall (kashal) stagger and totter, and shall not be found any more.” This speaks of Jesus bringing forth the great earthquake that will violently strike the earth as none before. Note Revelation 16:18-20:
And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Verse 20: “Then He, Jesus, will (amad) take His stand against the oppressor (Antichrist) who imposed taxes on the Glorious Kingdom, and within a (yom) day, he (Antichrist) shall be destroyed (at Armageddon), but not in anger or in battle.” This speaks of Jesus having the Antichrist taken captive, and cast alive into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).
Verse 21: the translators assume a transition in rulership, when there is none. Rather the literal reading simply flashes back to when the Antichrist had taken his stand as a vile person. The following verses revisit and expand upon how the Antichrist came to power. Here, it says the Antichrist came in peaceably, or proclaiming peace. Please recall that the Antichrist comes on a white horse (Rev 6:2). The Antichrist appeals to humanity’s sense of conscience, and is said to “seize the kingdom by intrigue.” He takes his stand as a vile person, to whom they had not given the “honor of royalty.” Nonetheless, recall that the Antichrist comes on a white horse (Rev 6:2; and angel of light, II Cor 11:14). But our time is used up, so we will pick up at verse 22 in our next video.
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