-We can look back and see the historical accuracy of these events that Daniel prophesied during the first year of Darius the Mede as an encouragement (chazaq-strengthening, courage, resolute, to prevail) and protection (ma`owz-place or means of safety, refuge, stronghold) for him (Daniel 11:1). We can also see in this passage incredible prophesies that will yet come about as the end of time hastens. Kings rise and fall, intrigue and violence rule the course of human events, and men attempt to glorify themselves over the LORD. These are the primary themes and characteristics of how things will roll no matter what your personal interpretation of these events may be. The predominant spirit that Daniel warns of here, again for our own strengthening and security, is the spirit of the anti-christ, who creates havoc and destruction wherever it is manifested. We can see all the anger, wrath, corruption, and idolatry of the godless one as he comes to a final end with no help from anyone (Daniel 11:45). Daniel reveals the truth here for us to grapple with, process, and understand so that we are ready for the cataclysmic events that have occurred and are about to unfold (Daniel 11:2).
-*Application* There’s always something to be said for a person’s ability to weather the storm and persevere through the most demanding of circumstances. Whether it is the Maccabean Revolt, the underground Christian martyrs of the 1st Century, or today’s persecuted Christians, we need to realize that the tide will eventually turn and good will prevail in the end. Yes, we do long for the redemption of this planet and for all to be made well (Romans 8:18-27). In the meantime, be encouraged and strengthened by the true and unflappable Word of God, the Son’s sacrifice, His Holy Spirit who resides in you, and agape love. The devil will come to his end, and no one will be there to help him. Meditate on this fact. Be assured in the sovereignty of our Father. Keep believing and trusting in the fact that He is working all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Verses to Memorize: Daniel 11:31-33, 45