• Prophecy shifts to the Antichrist.
• This tribulation is in the last week of Daniel’s prophecy (weeks 1-69 have already occurred)
• This event is triggered by the signing of a covenant with Israel by a powerful leader in the ten-nation confederacy in Europe.
• The purpose of this covenant is to guarantee the safety of Israel.
• The tribulation period will end with the return of Christ and the confinement of the Antichrist and false prophet into the lake of fire.
• Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit. (Revelation 19:11-20:3)(read these verses)
11:36-39 The rise of the Antichrist
• He begins in a very unassuming manner, he is the “little horn” that emerges from ten horns.
• He is a man of “peace” who will “solve” the Arab/Israeli problem.
• He will be a master politician.
• Gradually his evil intents are revealed.
• After 3-1/2 years, he will break the covenant, claim world control, and set himself up as god. (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13)
• “God of his fathers” is a reference to the God of Israel (Deut. 26:7; 1 Chron. 12:17; 2 Chron. 20:6; Ezra 7:27; Acts 3:13, 5:30, 22:14)
• This would indicate that he would come from a national heritage that was once Christian.
• Daniel 8:9 indicates that he would come from one of the four divisions of the Greek empire, and Daniel 9:26 that he would be from one of the nations that developed out of the Roman empire. These nations are all part of Christendom.
• “desire of women”: Some say that this refers to homosexuality. It is more likely that it refers to his disdain of the sacred covenant of marriage. (1 Timothy 4:1-3)
• He will regard no religion but the one he establishes.
• His god is the god of might and military power.
• When people worship him, they will actually be worshiping Satan.
• v. 40-43: military invasion.
• north = russian confederation; south = egypt and its allies. (Eze. 38-39)
• The antichrist will defeat them, this effectively gives him control of the world.
• V.44-45: despite his best efforts dissension mounts in the east and north, which leads to the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 9:13-21; 16:12-16)
• “At that time” = during the time of the end.
• This period of time is a time of great trouble for Israel. It will also lead to their deliverance.
• Even for Israel, salvation will be by faith, their names must be written in the Lamb’s book of Life.
12:2 Resurrection is not reconstruction, God does not put back together the body that has turned to dust (Gen. 3:19)
• The resurrection body is a new and glorious body. (1 Cor. 15:35-53)
• The relationship between the body that is buried and the body that is raised is like that of a seed to a mature plant.
• The plant comes from the seed, but is not identical to the seed.
• The burial of the body is like planting a seed, and the resurrection is the harvest.
• This resurrection occurs at the rapture. (1 Thes. 4:13-18)
• Those who die without faith will not be raised until after the millennium.
• They will be raised for the judgment (Rev. 20).
12:3 rewards for faithfulness
12:11-12 1290 days takes us 30 days beyond the return of the Lord and 1335 days takes us 75 days beyond the end of the tribulation.
• we aren’t told why these days are important, or how they will be used to bless God’s people.