Daniel 11 is the history and prophecy of the warring kings of the north and south. It was written 2,500 years ago. Much prophecy in the book has already been fulfilled throughout history. Yet we must remember that Daniel was written for the end time (Daniel 12:4, 9). So the time frame is focused on the end time. But now we have moved into the specific “last end” (Daniel 8:19) of the end-time period.
Now notice how deeply God’s chosen people are embedded and emphasized within the 11th and 12th chapters of Daniel.
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). The word exploits means heroic acts. These people “stand firm and take action” (Revised Standard Version).
“And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days” (verse 33). God’s people instruct many all around the world. The word “instruct” means to turn minds to discernment and understanding. “The word inculcates the concept of distinguishing between good and evil” (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible).
Only God truly knows how to distinguish between good and evil! Nobody else does! In the midst of billions of people, only a few thousand teach God’s true message. This tiny group instructs many, but only small numbers submit to God. However, the message is a witness to all the world (Ezekiel 33:30-33). That means God will still use our message to bring them to repentance. This is only the first stage.
Here we see a small group of people with a God-sized message. The whole world should heed today. But most people won’t become converted until the Messiah comes.
Our work is about God and His message. So is the book of Daniel. The whole world should heed now. They will turn to this message—it’s just a matter of when.
We instruct many. That means God gives us new revelation with the old to reach out with this message to the world.
“Now when they shall fall, they shall be [helped] with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries” (Daniel 11:34). Many have fallen in this spiritual war. God, through us, gives them a little help, because most of them refuse to repent—even though some fake repentance “with flatteries.”
God’s perspective is exciting beyond words. In the midst of warning countries and world empires, God emphasizes his chosen people most of all! They are right at the center of this history and prophecy.
Can we see how important this work is? We all need God’s perspective on this subject.
Daniel 11 shows the clashing of world empires. But the spotlight is still on God’s people. Even division between them is discussed. God wants His people to know how important they are in His eyes. Nobody takes precedence over God’s people.
In the midst of geopolitical turmoil, God gives striking details about His own people! “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed” (Daniel 11:35). Now God directs His warning specifically to those doing His work. Verse 33 says many will fall. That refers to those who knew God’s truth and then rebelled. Here it says some. So even some of those who understand and are doing God’s Work will fall.
God is talking to His end-time people directly! Daniel said this was for a “time appointed.” It’s for a specific time period—our time. And right up to the very end, some of us will fall. Hasn’t this been the story of history? The word try in verse 35 means to smelt, like smelting metal. It means a fiery trial. Even when people come into this remnant and understand, they can still fall.
Should we be shocked if some few leave God? God says it will happen right up to the end. We are in a war. And in a war, there are casualties. Will you be a casualty? It will happen “even to the time of the end.”
This is dangerous knowledge. Eternal life is at stake for God’s people. In the midst of world calamities, God reveals that this small, loyal remnant will have spiritual war casualties.
God reveals details about His own people that He does not reveal about the king of the south. That is because what we do has eternal consequences.
And all this was prophesied 2,500 years ago!
“But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (verse 38). First of all, where it says “God of forces,” god should not be capitalized. This man is worshiping a god that his spiritual fathers did not know.
“In his estate” means he’s sitting in the seat of the God of gods. The “god of forces” is a demon army. Satan and his fallen angels have been cast down to this Earth and they are more wrathful than ever before. That is because they know their time is short. God is about to cast them into outer darkness.
This demon army fights spiritual Israel—most of all. Then it attacks the nations of Israel. These demons are stirring up the Gentiles against America, the Jews in the Middle East and the British peoples. It is going to intensify until they destroy our nations.
God has chosen His people to warn the nations of Israel. This is the message people must heed, and they can heed either now—or after the worst punishment ever. There is no escaping this message if we are to be in God’s kingdom. God’s message is in their midst. But most will not listen until it is too late—physically.
“And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them” (Ezekiel 33:33). They finally learn that there was a prophet of God in their midst after the Tribulation has struck. Not several prophets—only one!
There is only one safe way. We must get God’s perspective—see through His eyes.
“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41). The last part of this verse is interesting. God will spare Edom, Moab and the chief of the children of Ammon—or the sons of Ammon. The word chief means “with regard to time, first fruits” (Gesenius’ Lexicon). This undoubtedly is referring to God’s people, who, as Mr. Armstrong taught for so many years, are the firstfruits to be “harvested” in God’s plan of redemption for mankind. These people will be saved out of this beast’s hand.
Understand the context here! To this point in Daniel 11, we have seen how Satan has literally destroyed most of God’s people spiritually, except for the few who understand and who instruct many. Satan could not get to them spiritually. So now he tries to get to them physically, through the beast. But God will protect us from the wrath of Satan the devil. He will save this little sanctuary of strength.
“But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (verse 44). Tidings out of Russia and China only expedite the beast power’s plans to “destroy, and utterly to make away many”—or, as the Companion Bible says, “to devote many to extermination.”
Remember, this is all one vision. There is a chronological flow here, so don’t let the chapter break distract you. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). It says “at that time.” When? At the time of the clash between the king of the north and the king of the south. Shortly after that clash, God’s people will be delivered. Then the king of the north will attack America, Britain and Israel (Hosea 5:5).
The archangel Gabriel is still dictating this message. He refers to the archangel Michael, who stands up for the “sons [it should read] of thy people.” He stands for the sons of God—it’s a military expression. He is armed, and he takes his stand, ready to fight. That’s his job. Unless we know what Michael’s role is, we will not be protected.
The great archangel Michael stands up for spiritual Israel, which are God’s chosen people. They are taken to a place of safety in the worst time of suffering ever.
Only the loyal “sons” are protected. The dissenting rebels failed to honor their Father (Malachi 1:6). They are not protected. This is all about God’s Family. That is what the gospel is—the good news about the coming Family of God. The whole world has the potential to be part of that Family. The suffering is to help all mankind reach that goal.
We instruct many about their future potential (request our book The Incredible Human Potential). This is their only hope in a hopeless world. Most people today fight against their own breathtaking potential. Soon all that is going to change. The Messiah is about to come!
In the midst of clashing empires, God emphasizes the mind-dazzling potential of mankind. They don’t see that potential yet. But a small remnant do. They are preparing now to teach it to the whole world—billions of people!
Our message is vibrating with transcendental hope. God wants us to dedicate our lives to getting this message out.
Michael the powerful archangel has already risen up to protect God’s very elect. Our need for that protection will intensify in the troubled times ahead. Will that protection include you?
God protects those saints who “turn many to righteousness” (Daniel 12:3). This is in the context of the king of the south. Getting out this message is why we understand God’s revealed truth. Our work is to give people a chance to turn to God. Those who do not turn will be a witness to God’s message. The coming Tribulation and Day of the Lord suffering will finally awaken them. They will know how to repent because of our message. God rewards us as no other people for remaining faithful. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). We are to shine like the stars and the brightness of the firmament forever!