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To The End Of Persian Rule

The eleventh chapter opens with some disappointing news.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch11:v1-4
Dan 11:1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
Dan 11:2 And now will I show thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece.
Dan 11:3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
Dan 11:4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.

There is no problem in the text itself - what should be noted is that the Lord Himself had stood to confirm the rule of the line of kings in persia. Knowing that only Michael stood with Him "In these things" the vision continues on with things going from bad to worse. The installation of the kings within the persian empire facilitated the return of Israel to Jerusalem, but the results in the long term were sadly negative.

There is very little in the way of dispute as to the identity of these kings, starting with the concurrent Cyrus, the three next kings in persia were;

1) his son, Cambyses II (530-522 BC)

2) Smerdes (522 BC)

3) Darius I (the Great) (522-486 BC)

The fourth king was Xerxes (486-465 BC) whom lost in battle to the Greeks and was routed despite his force's greater numbers.

Historically there is little in dispute because of the arrival of the king of Greece - Alexander the Great, in fulfillment of the third verse. What is in dispute is that the text is said to have been written after the fact because of it's accuracy. (However it is more apparent that the book and the revelation have ultimately the exact same source, namely Jesus Christ.)

After Alexander's death his empire was split between his four generals,

Seleucus (Syria)
Antigonus (Asia minor)
Cassander (the kingdom of Macedonia)
Ptolemeus (Egypt)

The sequence of the kings of the north and south in chapter 11 begin upon the two kings over Syria (the north) and Egypt (the south).

However, just what do these kings have to do with the sabbath rest in Christ as well as the seven spirits of God? Knowing that these two lines of kings were to go "all the way bad" - what can we say about the sequence that will help us to unravel the reason for including the rulers of Syria and Egypt in a vision of Jesus Christ? We must take a peek at the end of the passage to get a clue as to how to proceed.

Important to note is that the abstractions in the interpretation bear only a passing semblance to the historical fulfilment of the prophecy. Christ was warring against the prince(s) of persia and grecia in order to prevent the instantiation of a "physical messiah" in the form of the "God of forces". In warring against His enemies Christ will not give His glory to another - Christ will turn the world upside down, and will be the first (as well as the last) to do so.

What this means is that the abstractions of the octal and the trinity in GF(8) and GF(4) are present within the prophecy - but that Christ fights to prevent their physical fulfilment. History does not match the interpretation: though it remains to say that Michael stood with Christ in these things ... In them was a deliberate act of satan to undermine Christ as messiah to Israel. Christ has taken action to fulfil the words of his explanation of the vision (the abstraction) in a manner that prevents the very same rulers of Persia and Greece from fullfilling the vision. History fulfills the words, but not the abstract concept of the vision given Daniel. (For it was yet for "many days".)

Now, we know the true reason that Christ was fighting with the prince of persia - and the real reason why only Michael stood with Him in these things. These things were made "personal". Michael as the prince watching over Israel (Daniel's people) himself was awaiting Jesus' ministry - and it was such that Christ "was sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Chrsit is able to fight His own battles to prevent such a thing from occurring


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