Daniel 11 gives an accurate and detailed prophecy of the future kings of Persia, Greece, 4 divided regions, and in particular the wars and alliances of the North and Southern regions, and into the final rule and destruction of the Anti-Christ before the coming rule of Christ. There are many lessons we can learn such as the trust worthiness of the Bible, the up and down cycles of success and defeat, the craftiness and cruelty of men, the history and future of mankind, the life and rule of the anti-Christ and the wisdom of "Man proposes, God disposes" (Prov 16:9) and the way for us to live well is to follow the teaching of Prov 3:5-6.Read with the help of a Good Commentary
It is much easier to understand Daniel 11 with a modern translation and a good commentary. I will for a change deviate from ESV and recommend reading it in NLB, CEV, or NCV. Daniel's prophecy did not have the names and exact times, though the events and their sequence were very clear, allowing us to identify who was the person referred to. Using a commentary that provides the history and gives us the name and time enable a easier read. I will jump straight to raise questions and share some answers from from group discussion for your consideration and study.
Questions for Reflections:
The history of mankind show us the truth of the wisdom of "Man proposes, God disposes" (Prov 16:9) and the way for us to live well is to follow the teaching of Prov 3:5-6. Using God's unchanging truths and laws to handle this VUCAD world enables us to fulfill His calling for us.
Lim Liat (C) 15 Dec 2012