Bible: Daniel 11:21-35

11:21Then there will arise in his place a despicable person 1  to whom the royal honor has not been rightfully conferred. He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit. 11:22 Armies 2  will be suddenly 3  swept away in defeat 4  before him; both they and a covenant leader 5  will be destroyed. 6  11:23 After 7  entering into an alliance with him, he will behave treacherously; he will ascend to power with only a small force. 8  11:24 In a time of prosperity for the most productive areas of the province he will come and accomplish what neither his fathers nor their fathers accomplished. He will distribute loot, spoils, and property to his followers, and he will devise plans against fortified cities, but not for long. 9  11:25 He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 10  against the king of the south 11  with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him. 11:26 Those who share the king’s fine food will attempt to destroy him, and his army will be swept away; 12  many will be killed in battle. 11:27 These two kings, their minds 13  filled with evil intentions, will trade 14  lies with one another at the same table. But it will not succeed, for there is still an end at the appointed time. 11:28 Then the king of the north 15  will return to his own land with much property. His mind will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action, and then return to his own land. 11:29 At an appointed time he will again invade the south, but this latter visit will not turn out the way the former one did. 11:30 The ships of Kittim 16  will come against him, leaving him disheartened. 17  He will turn back and direct his indignation against the holy covenant. He will return and honor 18  those who forsake the holy covenant. 11:31 His forces 19  will rise up and profane the fortified sanctuary, 20  stopping the daily sacrifice. In its place they will set up 21  the abomination that causes desolation. 11:32 Then with smooth words he will defile 22  those who have rejected 23  the covenant. But the people who are loyal to 24  their God will act valiantly. 25  11:33 These who are wise among the people will teach the masses. 26  However, they will fall 27  by the sword and by the flame, 28  and they will be imprisoned and plundered for some time. 29  11:34 When they stumble, they will be granted some help. But many will unite with them deceitfully. 11:35 Even some of the wise will stumble, resulting in their refinement, purification, and cleansing until the time of the end, for it is still for the appointed time.

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