The Mighty Angels of Daniel 11: Times of the Gentiles
By Nathan Jones
Times of the Gentiles
Vic Batista: We continue our journey through the prophetically amazing Daniel 11, starting a whole new section with verse 36. This section contains some of the most incredible passages in all of the Bible!
Nathan Jones: This whole new section of the book starts with Daniel 11:36 and continues all the way into chapter 12. God’s mighty angel skips from the time of the Greeks duking it out over Israel to millennia ahead in the future. The subject remains the future of Israel, but we’ll reach the end of Israel’s history as it pertains to what’s called the “Times of the Gentiles.”
What is the “Times of the Gentiles” as Jesus coined in Luke 21:24? “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
The Gentile era covers the period of Gentile rule over the land of Israel, starting from the Babylonian captivity and ending at Jesus’ Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation. Even though Israel today stands apart as its country, it is constantly buffeted by Gentile forces and attacked by other nations. Israel continues to live in the “Times of the Gentiles,” but as Ezekiel 36-37 prophesies, not for too much longer.
Though all future prophecy to the old prophet, Daniel 11:36 and following presents a dramatic shift away from past prophetic history which was fulfilled in the centuries leading up to Christ’s birth. We skip thousands of years and project into future prophecies still remaining to be fulfilled even in our very day. Essentially, we are skipping well over 2,000 years of history with verse 36 and on.
Nathan Jones: Before moving forward, let’s define the term Prophetic Perspective. It means the prophets of the Old Testament did not know that there was going to be a separate First Coming of the Messiah and then a Second Coming. They just didn’t understand the Messiah’s advent would occur in two stages, separated by nearly 2,000-plus years. So, when they were given prophecies by God and then proclaimed those prophecies, they lumped all the First and Second Coming prophecies together.
One of the reasons for their misunderstanding could derive from the fact that Daniel’s messenger angel doesn’t even skip a beat when describing the Greek period then leaping in Israel’s history to over 2,000 years later. Daniel would have never understood that there was a 2,000 year gap. Even the Apostles couldn’t fathom a 2,000-plus year gap between the Jewish peoples rejection of the Messiah and His eventual return. And, Daniel would have never understood the mystery of the Church, much less a Church Age that spanned between these two messianic events.
The Willful King
Nathan Jones: With the concept of prophetic perspective explained, we will now tackle Daniel 11:36-39.
“Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 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. But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.”
Vic Batista: The Willful King in this passages is who exactly?
Nathan Jones: The Antichrist. The prophesied Antichrist who will inevitably become the one-world ruler. He’s the ultimate Gentile ruler who will eventually conquer the entire world. He functions as the major human villain during the seven years of God’s wrath known as the Tribulation. This horrific time, also called Daniel’s Seventieth Week, we learned about earlier in Daniel 9. During this terrifying time period, the worst mankind will ever experience in all of human history, is when God pours out his wrath upon the world for mankind’s ongoing sin and rebellion against Him.
The Church, made up of those who believe in Jesus as Savior, will have already been raptured off the earth. All those across the world who will be left behind because of their continued rebellion will then have to face the wrath of God. Part of the wrath of God is the letting loose of mankind’s satanic desire to install a humanistic one-world global government. As many easily recognize, the world seems enthralled with the idea of placing a central government over all the nations of the world, supposedly in order to bring about world peace. The Antichrist will head the satanically-fueled, one-world government.
The first segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel began with a tragic back story. In the sixty-sixth segment, we’ll learn about the vile characteristics of the coming Antichrist.