- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 11
Vision of the kings of the South and the North.
Chapter 11 is continuation of Daniel’s vision with angel’s revelation by chapter 12:13.
The angel provides a detailed account of Hellenistic history which is to be understood as the human counterpart to the perpetual celestial battle between Michael, the patron angel of Israel, and the angelic princes of Persia and Greece.
The revelation consists of two main sections, the battle between the king of the south; the Ptolemy I, who ruled over Egypt, with the kings of the north; Seleucids and the career of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
“three more kings in Persia,” are Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes. And the warrior king is Alexander the Great, whose kingdom was divided into four parts.
“He will have succeeded by a contemptible person,” (.21) indicated Antiochus, who ruled Jews in Palestine and persecuted faithful Jews. Some Hellenizing Jews who sided with him forsook the covenant and Maccabean revolt against him broke by Mattathias and his son Judas Maccabeus, 167-160 BC.
Verses 41-45 marks the final prophecy of Antiochus’ death which came true in 165 BC.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?