"By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.Daniel 11:32(NASB)
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we see multiple, varied, and vicious attacks on the nation of Israel - the Jewish people - the chosen of God, through whom would come the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world.
Satanic attacks in the Old Testament sought to prevent Christ's First Coming... and ongoing, post-Resurrection attacks are designed to prevent His return. If the Jewish nation is eliminated, Christ cannot return... for Israel as a nation MUST cry to the Lord for His help. Only then will Jesus return to save His people and set up His millennial kingdom on earth. Only then will Israel and the Gentile nations live in peace and safety - with Jesus as King and Lord of the whole earth.
Daniel records the vicious attacks of Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a wicked ruler who attempted to annihilate the Jews and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. He furiously attacked the eternal city of Jerusalem one Sabbath day, and brutally slaughtered men, women, and children in his murderous assault. This satanically inspired and blasphemous man, even slaughtered a pig to the honour of the pagan god Zeus on the sacred altar in the Lord's holy Temple.
This evil, satanically inspired man used, "smooth words to turn ungodly people to act wickedly against God's covenant people - Israel." He was a shadow of all antichrists who attempt to exterminate the Jews.
He is also a picture of the last antichrist - the prophesied ruler about whom Jesus warned in Matthew 24 when He told of a sudden increase in false prophets, satanic deception, and a shocking moral decline, together with an increase in earthquakes, pestilences, famines, and war. Jesus further warned that an 'abomination of desolation' similar to the slaughtered pig offered by Antiochus, would desecrate a yet to be built Temple, in Jerusalem.
Daniel's prophecy has two fulfilments. The first, in the person of Antiochus Epiphanes, and the second, in a yet unidentified man of sin - the Antichrist. The ongoing, multiple, varied, and vicious attacks on the nation of Israel and the Jewish people indicate that the time for the final fulfilment of Daniel's prophecy is drawing ever closer, when with wicked deception and smooth words, the Antichrist will, "turn to godlessness, all who act wickedly toward Israel."
But the chosen people who know their God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, will display strength and take action for the Lord. As a believing remnant they will be strong in the Lord and do great exploits for their God. They shall act wisely, take action, and display mighty strength.
God has NOT forsaken His people, Israel, as so many like to teach... but before Christ's Second Coming to set up His earthly kingdom, as great David's greater King, His covenant nation must repent of their sins and call out to the Lord with the prophetic words, "blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord." They will mourn together for their past sin and look upon Him Whom they have pierced. Israel as a nation will one day recognise Jesus as LORD... and welcome Him back as their God and Saviour.
Jesus warned Israel, "unless you believe that I AM - you will die in your sins," and the apostle John wrote the following words about the Gospel he was inspired to write, "these things are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God; and that believing in Him.. ye may have life in HIS name."
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Word of God and the truth it contains. Thank You that You have told us the end from the beginning. Keep me from the deceptive lies of wicked people and help me to discern false doctrines of apostate teachers. Save Your people Israel I pray, and together with the Holy Spirit of God, may all who trust in Christ as Saviour cry out, "Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!" In His name, AMEN.
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