Before discussing the title material, let’s take a brief glance at a significant current issue. We have recently learned of ISIS-K. The letter ‘K’ stands for Khorasan.
Over a decade ago we addressed Khorasan in a previous writing by quoting a prominent writer on Islamic affairs named Sheikh Imran Hosein.
“According to the prophecies of Prophet Muhammad…a non-stop army will rise from the land of Khorasan holding black flags of Islam in the end times. This army will conquer several occupied lands of Muslims till it reaches to Jerusalem…”
Sheikh Imran Hosein went on to define the geographic area known as Khorasan. He said it included the northeast area of Iran, the northwest area of Pakistan, and all of Afghanistan. He went on to say that the British had failed in Afghanistan three times, Russia failed after a twelve year attempt, and he predicted that the United States will also fail in their attempt to change, tame, and democratize Afghanistan.
That is something to think about.
Now back to the subject material in our series of the rise and fall of world kingdoms.
We ended the previous installment by introducing the future king of the Syrian sector of the divided Grecian Empire after the death of Alexander the Great.
Daniel then describes the horrendous actions of the Syrian king, i.e. Antiochus Epiphanies, on the Jews and their temple approximately 350 years before actually occurring.
“And forces shall be mustered by him…then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.” Daniel 11:31
This profound prophecy revealed that the Syrian king would enter Jerusalem, put an end to the Jewish offerings, and desecrate their temple. Then he would ‘place there the abomination of desolation.’ The specific act spoken of was sacrificing a pig and pouring swine’s broth on the altar.
There were two ways in which the Jews would react. Many would fear the Syrian king and submit to his forces while others would take a stand for God’s covenant.
“And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them…until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.” Daniel 11:35
Those who took a stand would suffer greatly; however, their stand would refine them and make them stronger. Note particularly the latter part of the above passage, i.e. ‘until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.’
Thus Daniel was stating that the prophecy had both short term and long term application.
The short term fulfillment of the prophecy, which was revealed in 535 BC, occurred in 168 BC. About 200 years later the Jewish historian Josephus recorded the actual events which were exactly as prophesied.
Gabriel gave more details to Daniel of the near term and long term prophecy.
“His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power…He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart…He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means….Therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future.” Daniel 8:24-26
Jesus warned His disciples of that future event.
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place…then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…for then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time...” Matthew 24:15-16, 21
It was at this time that Jesus spoke to His disciples and admonished them to be sober and pay attention to current events around the world.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree…so you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!” Matthew 24:32-33
Daniel’s prophecy was explicitly fulfilled in the short term while Jesus confirmed the long term application.
Jesus further said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.’
Watch for increased animosity toward Israel and her friends.
To be continued.