Daniel 11: The Time of the End

Daniel 11:40-45 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.  And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
 
This is the key text for this page. Previously I have assumed that the prophecy was referring to the Roman Empire, but upon re-examination the verses can be applied to another prominent historical figure.
 
Revelation 17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”
 
The ten kings mentioned here are countries that allied themselves with the Papacy and their conquest into the Holy Land during the crusades. They may also represent ten kingdoms in the future who give their authority to the beast which was and is not and yet is.
 
The major clue being that the ten kings had not received the kingdom as yet in the first century AD; this means the ten kingdoms cannot be any of the kingdom/empires prior to Rome. The ten kings are ten kingdoms which were present within the Roman Empire, after it had fallen c.476 AD. And they continued to exist until the beginning of the crusades into the Holy Land, starting in 1096 AD.1
 
Saladin fulfilled parts of Revelation prophecy when he took over the Middle East and was named Sultan over all of Egypt in 1171 AD.2 Many kings arose after Saladin and the Caliph was instated as a doctorial kingship.3
 
The Ottoman Empire came as a result of Osman who united the tribes 4, but this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Saladin and his exploits against the crusaders roughly two hundred years earlier.
 
Suleiman the Magnificent was the tenth and longest-reigning Great Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, from 1520 to his death in 1566 AD.5 The name Suleiman is equivalent to the Israelite name Solomon.
 
Jewish Prophecy indicated that the Messiah would be from the linage of the David. In fact the verse says, "the Son of David."
 
2 Samuel 7:12-13 "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."
 
Many have assumed that this would be an ancestor of David not realizing the dual nature of prophecy. Jesus/Yehoshuah was a direct ancestor of David through his mother Mary and he was seen legally as being the son of Joseph who was also of the royal lineage of King David.
 
The son of David in the Old Testament was Solomon. Thus Samuel’s prophecy was fulfilled immediately following the kingship of David when his seed Solomon became king. The prophecy is also a prophecy regarding the Messiah who would free Israel from the final eighth world empire and set up His kingdom which would never be destroyed.
 
On the page the second beast I identified the seventh empire as Britain. The eighth and final world empire is one of the previous seven empires; Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Mede/Persia, Macedonia, Rome or Britain. The most likely candidates today are, Assyria, Britain or Rome (under Papal control). For many years now the Papacy in particular has been seeking to re-instate Papal dominance over the world and they secretly promote the re-introduction of the Roman Caesar style dictatorship.
 
Saladin established the kingdom of the Muslim world and the rulers that followed him until the Ottoman king Suleiman the Magnificent. It is not a coincidence that the names are very similar. Saladin appears to be the Arabic equivalent of the Israelite name Solomon.
 
Saladin came from Arabia and gradually through many conquests he took control over the kingdom of the south Egypt destroying many opposing kings in the process. In 1171 AD Saladin became sultan of Egypt and fulfilled the king of the south prophecy as mentioned in Daniel 11. Saladin used the wealth of Egypt to launch his offensive against the crusader allies and kingdoms in the Middle East.
 
Daniel 11:40-45 "At the time of the end the king of the South (Saladin) shall attack him; and the king of the North (Richard I) shall come against him like a whirlwind (the Crusades), with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him."
 

Saladin and Richard I

Saladin’s counterpart was Richard I later known as Richard the Lionheart. By all accounts Richard was a ruthless leader.
 
"Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy (as Richard IV), Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Count of Anjou, Count of Maine,Count of Nantes, and Overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard Cœur de Lion or Richard the Lionheart because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. He was also known in Occitan as Oc e No (Yes and No), because of his reputation for terseness."5
 
"Richard had already taken the cross as Count of Poitou in 1187. His father and Philip II had done so at Gisors on 21 January 1188 after receiving news of the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin. After Richard became king, he and Philip agreed to go on the Third Crusade, since each feared that during his absence the other might usurp his territories. Richard swore an oath to renounce his past wickedness in order to show himself worthy to take the cross. He started to raise and equip a new crusader army. He spent most of his father's treasury (filled with money raised by the Saladin tithe), raised taxes, and even agreed to free King William I of Scotland from his oath of subservience to Richard in exchange for 10,000 marks. To raise still more revenue he sold the right to hold official positions, lands, and other privileges to those interested in them. Those already appointed were forced to pay huge sums to retain their posts."6
 
In Daniel 11 we read “He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.”
 
During the Crusades Richard made one last attempt to strengthen his bargaining position by attempting to invade Egypt which was Saladin’s supply base.7
 
Saladin was a brilliant strategist and even King Richard I saw his magnificence. King Richard had great passion for Saladin and his concept of honor. Saladin lived by the old and New Testament tradition of loving your enemies.
 
In 2 kings 6:14-23 we read that God blinded the Assyrian soldiers and led them into a trap, surrounding them on all sides. When their eyes were opened the Assyrians were dumb founded and God showed His mercy by directing that they should not be slaughtered, but instead fed and showed compassion.
 
2 Kings 6:14-18 “Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.”
 
2 Kings 6:19-23 “Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria. So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria! Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.”
 
“Richard died on 6 April 1199 in the arms of his mother; it was later said that "As the day was closing, he ended his earthly day." Because of the nature of Richard's death, he was later referred to as "the Lion (that) by the Ant was slain"”8

 
Saladin built many mosques in the Middle East again fulfilling the prophecy of David and his son Solomon. Solomon was commanded by God and his father David to build the first temple in Jerusalem according to the plan given to him by David through God. David gathered all the materials and set the plan in place for Solomon to start building as soon as David had passed on.
 
Richard had a lot of trouble and quarreled with the French, German, and even the English. The news from the east that troubled him was off-course that Saladin had taken Jerusalem in 1187 and that he held sway over the Middle East, the Holy Land. Richard’s passion was the third crusade into the Holy Land he went to Acre in 1191 and the city fell a month later. Richard never actually took back Jerusalem. Saladin’d forces were great and he was a brilliant tactician he made a truce with Richard which allowed many Jews to return to beloved city.9
 
Daniel 11:44 “But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.”
 
Daniel 11:45 “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
 
Richard had planted the tents of his palace right across the Holy Land. He was taken prisoner by the Duke Leopold of Austria and then when the ransom was paid Richard returned home to England and was crowned a second time. Then Richard went to Normandy where he spent his final years feuding with Phillip II of France. He spent his final days doing what he loved best engaging in combat. But in the end he died and nobody would help him in his conquest against Phillip II being fatally wounded in battle there he died on the 6 April 1199 AD.10
 
 
The Great Tribulation
 
In the New Testament Jesus/Yehoshuah when asked what would be the end of these things spoke of the great tribulation.
 
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”
 
These words could be applied to two periods within history, the crusades in the Holy Land and World Wars I and II. Both of these periods were a time of trouble for the Jewish people especially the Crusades in the Middle East. In World Wars I and II many Jews lost their lives but those events were predominately fought in Europe not the Middle East. The prophecy specifically relates to the Holy Land so I prefer the Crusades over the two World Wars.
 
The time period is the time, times and half a time mentioned in both Daniel 12 and the Revelation. This equates to 1260 years. Time was shortened for the sake of the Jews.
 
The time period should have been from 31 AD – 1291 AD.
 
In 1291 AD the last Roman province of Acre was taken by the Mamelukes.11 But for the sake of the Jews the great tribulation was shortened by Saladin who freed Jerusalem from the Crusaders by singing a treaty with Richard on 2 September 1192. The time had been shortened by approximately 100 years and the Jews and Palestinians were allowed to return to Jerusalem.
 
Now here comes the tricky part. Time was shortened to 1192 Christ’s 1000 year reign began at this time and not 1291 AD or 1360 AD or anytime in the future.
 
1192 + 1000 = 2192 AD
 
In the 2300 year prophecy the sanctuary was to cleansed c.2281 OR c.2370 AD.
 
If time was shortened by 100 years in Daniel then again this reflects on the 2300 day prophecy. Meaning Satan will be released c.2192 and the sanctuary/the earth will be cleansed with fire c.2181 OR c.2270 AD.
 
70 AD + 2300 – 100 = 2270 AD


then divided by 1.03888888888 = 2281 AD (Using the Jewish year of 360 days)

Adventists are always saying time will never again be a test since the disappointment of 1843 and that no ones the time or the date except the Father.
 
While both of these statements might be true nowhere does it state that we won’t know the year of the end.
 
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
 
I believe we are given the means to work out roughly the year, but again no one knows the exact time only the Father does. And let His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Amen.
 
 
References
1. First Crusade, Wikipedia, 2016
2. Saladin, Sultan of Egypt, Wikipedia, 2016
3. Ayyubid dynasty, Wikipedia, 2016
4. Osman I, Wikipedia, 2016
5. Richard I, Wikipedia, 2016
6. Richard I, Crusade Plans, Wikipedia, 2016
7. Richard I, In the Holy Land, Wikipedia, 2016
8. Richard I, Wikipedia, 2016
9. BBC History, Richard I (1157 - 1199) www.bbc.co.uk, 2016
10. Ibid
11. Siege of Acre (1291), Wikipedia, 2016
 
Unless otherwise stated all Bible verses are from the NKJV.