Identifiers In The Text

In order to decode the sequence of Daniel's vision we must be sure that we align whatever abstraction Daniel experienced to the text in the Lord's explanation of the vision. Christ clearly reconciled Daniel's vision with the historic account - and there are a few items in the text that we may have seen before!

Perhaps the most striking is;

Dan 11:27 And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.

Clear is the dialectic logic in the system as of the third seal, where the fourth (as the pale horse's rider) is replaced by the image system's equivalent of the human "heart". We would expect this passage to align with a sequence of shifting unity.

Also there is another mention of the "heart" to which we may place our construct of conjugation on A5 (as gHg-1) with elements of S5. It is found in the very next verse;

Dan 11:28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.

Likewise there is nothing in the text to separate this person from the king in this given verse that precedes them both. The Lord clearly describes this king as "a vile person".

Dan 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

In positioning his heart against the Holy covenant, we may place the synthetic balance of his "heart" in making it's synthesis the triple opposing the unity element, if indeed we may construct it so. The Holy covenant may be as the "oil" and by "lightening the balances", the covenant is logically reduced to nothing in the dialectic system.

One other mention of the heart is present in the verses (v12) concerning the king of the south after his kingdom is first established, and his line established with it. The king of the south defeats the king of the north in v11.

Dan 11:11 And the king of the south shall be moved with anger, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
Dan 11:12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.

There is also the verse;

Dan 11:29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.

So the script seems to repeat thrice. We see there are two wars - after which a peace is made though not a lasting one. The former is a full out military attack with the south, and the second an assimilation of territory by intrigue. It is the south however that starts the former conflict - firstly by gaining territory by which the king of the south establishes his rule - and the north retaliates, then is defeated then regroups and attacks again with the help of many others - including the "robbers of thy people" as Christ identified them to Daniel. The king of the north loses his rule and is unable to rise to his former glory - though the attempt was made through taxing the people which did not last.

The latter episode is started by the north by the "vile person" that ascends the kingdom "politically" (or what passes for it) - not having a royal title given him, he ascends to power and also takes over the territory of the king of the north. With a small army he breaks the nations in his territory first, (even Israel) by means of a "flood" (a surge of tacit approval, obviously with agreements made overtaking the news of his rise before the ink is dry) A swift military move and show of strength: - and he later attacks the south after years of collecting "intelligence" against how to infiltrate the strongholds (fortresses) of the south - so that in the end the king of the south is defeated by those within - those who sit at his own table. The outcome is assassination. The successor is such a one that the two only meet to lie to each other at one table - clearly a match made in hell.

Verse 27 (as above) references the agreement between these two bedfellows as not prospering - because the end is yet at the time appointed. We know that the system of 666 is made over the body of Christ (Israel) in the last days, and the establishment of these two kings opposing each other with the kingdom of Israel in the centre is not "the beast" as we know it to be - however we may expect the devices to be similar. We may also expect this system to be one "without a deadly wound" where the false prophet stands in the place of Christ with the people of God in six states or "churches" - within which the sabbath rest is replaced by the "abomination that makes desolate".

Now the description of the "time appointed" when we can say these things do prosper occurs from verse 29 onward. We may clearly place this moment at the time of the end after Christ.

The third and final episode occurs against the now instant kingdom of God between the two players - and the final act is a combination of military power and intrigue. Those that instruct in the gospel are put to death - and the worship of the multitude in the centre is infiltrated by the forces of the "king of the north" with his strange god, taking the kingdom by flatteries, with the same lies now prospering.

The ships of Chittim that come against the king of the north are enough to separate the episode from being described as either military or political. They clearly are an outside agency, but if the king of the North is a western military power, whose are the ships against him? Rather we must identify them as a western force - and we may do so if we identify the ships as we have in revelation - the analogue of "trees" upon the sea. What is coming from the west into the kingdoms in the near east except the triples of the wider sea itself?

In juxtaposition the people that forsake the Holy covenant are essentially those that once had it - and can only therefore be the physical descendants of Abraham. The kings of the north and south are identified as antichrist and in the latter days the false prophet - that antichrist (the north) sits in the place of Christ with a strange god that he honours with finery - a measure of wealth, and the south which is mentioned as "pushing at him" at the time of the end is such that it seeks to take the place of antichrist and his finery and replace it with the image, with which he facilitates upon his own behalf the strengthening of his apostate position.

There is the verse;

Dan 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

This second use of the "for a time appointed" separates out the period of 1335 days, the measure of the reign of antichrist in the place of Christ. The grace present in the 1290 days actually outstrips the period of 1335 days in chronological (earthly time) duration!

The final conflict then is between might and subtlety - and subtlety fails against those with understanding, and the might of the antichrist king of the north is insufficient to counter a spiritual people - yet they are scattered by the force of Him and their power broken by the king of the south. The north and south both fight physically and spiritually. The believer in the centre is pressured to choose between wielding the sword or going into spiritual captivity. The solution is patience and faith. (for the periods of 1335 and 1290 "days" respectively.)

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