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The Mighty Angels of Daniel 11: The Desire of Women

The Mighty Angels of Daniel 11: The Desire of Women
By Nathan Jones

The Desire of Women

Nathan Jones: Daniel 11:37 explains that once the Antichrist rises to world power, he will willfully carry out what he wants to do for the pleasure of himself and his master, Satan. That pleasure, interestingly, does not include a desire for women.

“He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.”

Vic Batista: Verse 37 has led some theologians to conclude that this individual might have a homosexual nature. Or, he just doesn’t care about anything sexual. Another interpretation, the Antichrist could be so consumed with himself that he really doesn’t care about anyone else, male or female.

Nathan Jones: One of those could very well be the case. Adolf Hitler had his Eva Braun. They supposedly married just before he himself killed. And yet, at the same time, Hitler was supposed to be cold and aloof and demonstrated no interest in sexuality. Braun may have stood by him for appearances only.

To me, a literal interpretation of the passage stating the Antichrist will show no desire for women most likely then means he’s a homosexual. Certainly such behavior would be anti of the natural order and laws of God. But, maybe he just cold towards all women, but again, a literal interpretation makes homosexuality the obvious translation.

Some have even interpreted verse 37 to mean that “the desire of women” is actually Jesus Christ. They’ll argue that the desire of women is for their Messiah, and so therefore, the passage means the Antichrist will possess no desire for the Messiah. I’ve encountered a number of Christians who side with that interpretation, but that’s a real stretch, I think.

Vic Batista: Some commentaries tend to lean that way. I don’t think we can be 100% sure where the correct interpretation sides at this time. We have to conclude, “I just don’t know.” And so, I’ll go with, “I just don’t know… until further notice.”

Nathan Jones: That’s true, we can only guess as to what this strange description means. I lean towards he possesses no interest in women. The exaltation of homosexuality defines our time, and so an openly gay world leader would be hailed as the ultimate in societal advancement. Sexual perversions increasingly are accepted and most succinctly represents the antithesis of God’s perfect will.

Vic Batista: Let’s consider another interpretation for a minute concerning the Antichrist having no regard for women using Revelation 12. Revelation 12:1 says, “A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman…” and we know the woman represents Israel, “…cloaked with the sun, and moon under her feet, and around the head a garland of twelve stars and being with child she cried out with labor in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in the heaven behold a great fiery red dragon having seven heads, and seven horns and seven diadems on his head.” Satan hates this woman. Could the Antichrist’s description that he holds no regard for women possibly refer to Revelation 12?

Nathan Jones: I have a little bit of difficulty with Revelation 12 holding the interpretation to Daniel 11:37 because Daniel doesn’t say woman singular but women plural. If Israel is represented by the one woman imagery in Revelation 12, a plural interpretation remains problematic.

Vic Batista: We can speculate a little bit. That’s what everyone else seems to do with this passage.

Nathan Jones: Certainly, but that’s really all we can do. Should we actually go through Daniel’s passage word for word, “He shall regard neither the God of his fathers,” God capitalized meaning Yahweh, “nor the desire of women,” plural. Women instead of woman to me would render Revelation 12 being the interpretation as moot.

If the Antichrist doesn’t regard the desire of women, whatever that means, then why only women and not men desire Jesus Christ as their Savior? Revelation 12 ends up presenting a most puzzling interpretation.

Not wanting women, that’s a featured characteristic of the Antichrist, and fitting. When you consider the Antichrist stands out as the polar opposite of Jesus Christ, countering everything God has created in the natural order and laws of the universe, the Antichrist must then define the complete opposite of morality. If we wish to speculate, then to me personally, I believe the Antichrist would have to be a homosexual.

No denial can be made about the exponential increase in homosexual activity and acceptance of that lifestyle across the entire world. Certainly the breakdown of the family remains the primary cause of the increase in lustfulness and the open acceptance of alternative family structures. Society has shunned the traditional and the normal. It’s not at all difficult to believe the world would easily accept a homosexual as their ruler, even in our day. Certainly we wouldn’t have considered such behavior as good some 20 years ago. If we today were to elect an openly gay president, and of course we’ve had a few closet gay presidents, well I don’t think anyone would bat an eye. We would just expect a homosexual in this day and age in a major leadership role. The world is ready to heartily accept someone with that kind of sin issue, because it would be okay for them if he rules as he’s support any lascivious lifestyle the population desires. He’s the ultimate party president!

Vic Batista: As holy as we expect the Holy Land to be in the Israel of today, the homosexual lifestyle is very accepted in Israel among the liberal Jewish people. Of course, the Orthodox do not approve, but the liberal, secular Jewish society openly does.

Nathan Jones: Tel Aviv stands out as the Mediterranean capital of homosexual vacations and parties. To think that Israel — the people of God — are openly promoting unbiblical behavior shows Israel’s heart has not yet turned to God. As a matter of fact, the first openly gay Knesset member was elected not too long ago, and the Jews are claiming his election as a great victory for gay rights.

How sad. For the very Word of God decries homosexuality. Such lustful behavior strikes against the natural order that God has created for establishing stable families, for developing selfless and loving bonds, and for producing the maximum happiness in the family structure. No matter how much liberal society attempts to claim these benefits, testimony after testimony proves these essential needs are just not found in the homosexual lifestyle. Therefore then, the logical conclusion would be that the Antichrist will embrace homosexuality, because he lives to stand against the natural order of things.

Vic Batista: Such sadness occurs when we stand against God’s loving and moral tenants. As Christians we must pray for those caught up in homosexuality, because many people are trapped in that lifestyle, but they can be delivered. Sin is sin regardless, and God hates all forms of sin. But, God loves the sinner and has a plan for us.

Maybe you find yourself bound by this sin? Know then that sinners can obtain victory in Jesus Christ.

Nathan Jones: Christ died for sinners, which includes us all. No matter what the sin issue you’re facing: homosexuality, fornication, adultery, lust, cheating, lying, stealing. You name it! We are all sinners and so we all need Jesus to save us from the slavery of our sin and its eternal punishment in Hell.

The first segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel began with a tragic back story. In the sixty-eighth segment, the world will be introduced to a brand new god — a god of fortresses.

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