Is the King of the South in Daniel 11, Islam? What is your opinion?

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So anonymous has asked recently I started hearing that the King of the south in Daniel is Islam. What is your opinion?

Speaker 1:

So that is a great question. Actually have heard all sorts of things. I’ve heard the King of the north is Islam. I’ve heard the King of the south is all sorts of things. Let’s go to the Bible for the answer to that. And let’s look at the book of Daniel, verse, chapter eleven, and we’ll look at verses one through eight really quick. And I think we’ll see our answer pretty clearly. If you go to Daniel chapter eleven, starting in verse one, it’s basically where the angel is beginning this prophecy. And this is the longest prophecy in the entire Bible. So it’s pretty intense. But as far as Daniel, chapter eleven, verse one, it starts out, it’s also in the first year of Darius to meet even I stood to confirm and strengthen him. So this is the angel who’s speaking to Daniel about where they are in this prophecy, basically where it’s starting at. And so it’s basically starting in the time of the Meads and the Persians in this Empire. So if you keep going now. So we’ll go pretty quickly through to verse eight and says, Now I’ll show you the truth. Beholder shall stand up yet three Kings in Persia.

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And the fourth shall be richer than the Mall. And by his strength, through his riches, he shall strip against the realms of Grisha. So basically, there’s going to be some other Kings in medo-persia. And they were going to battle with Greece eventually. And then in verse three, it’s just going through this prophecy, a mighty King shall stand up and shall rule with great Dominion and do according to his will. We know that there was a great King that started out the King of Greece, which was Alexander the Great. And it says, speaking of this great Greek King, it says that when he shall stand up, his Kingdom shall be broken and shall be divided towards the four winds of heaven, and not to his posterity, nor according to his Dominion which he ruled, for his Kingdom shall be plucked up even for others Besides those. So basically, once after the meat of Persian Empire was done, the Greek Empire, starting with Alexander the Great. And it says, when he shall stand up, basically in the peak of his Kingdom, his whole Kingdom is going to be broken, which is exactly what happened. And so we see that if you keep going through the verses, verse five, it says, and the King of the south shall be strong, and one is Princes, and he shall be strong above him and have Dominion.

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His Dominion shall be a great Dominion. So basically, after Alexander the Great was he died at the age of 32. We’re not sure if it’s alcohol poisoning or a fever, but basically he died very young. And then instead of his not to his posterity, right? It said that it will be divided into the four winds. Basically, he said, it’s all go to the strongest. So he didn’t have any air to the throne. So it went to his four generals, and they basically took the Greek Kingdom in the North, South, east and west. And it says in the south basically that this person was very strong. And that’s really true because the Southern portion of the Greek Empire had Egypt. And when you look at Egypt, all sorts of cities are named after Alexander the Great. Like Alexandria, Alexander conquered all over Northern Africa, and he conquered so that Egypt was very much under Greek control. So this King of the south is, in fact, Egypt. And you’ll see that as you keep going through these verses, if you keep going in through verses six through eight. And so it’s basically talking about stuff that had gone on between the King of the south and the other three generals that controlled the rest of the Greek Empire.

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It says, at the end of his years, he shall join themselves together and the King’s daughter shall of the south. So basically, the daughter of the Egyptian King, which is the line of the Ptolemy’s that was the famous Royal lineage of Egypt basically in that time. And it’s very clear if you look in history, this is exactly what happened. In verses six to eight, it says, and the King’s daughter of the south, she’ll come to the King of the north to make an agreement. So basically, they were like, maybe if we marry, we’ll have peace. Because there was nothing but war between these four generals. It says, but she shall not retain the power of the arm. Neither shall he stand nor his arm, but she shall be given up and day that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times. So basically, this is exactly what happened in the history of the King giving his daughter to one of the other Kings. It just didn’t work out. And I think they ended up killing her. It was a really sad tale. And then verse seven, it says, but out of the branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate.

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So basically, she did have a son, which shall come with an army and shall enter into the fortress of the King of the north and shall deal against him and shall prevail. So they retaliate by seeking revenge. And then it says, and in verse eight, and shall carry captives into Egypt, their gods with their Princes and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold. And he shall continue more years than the King of the north. So at this point in history, it’s very clear that this is the Egyptian Kingdom coming up against the King of the north. So if you look back at verse eight, just to make it very clear, it says, and shall carry captain into Egypt so we can be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that this King of the south is Egypt. And then if you keep going into the prophecy the King of the north becomes clear that it starts out as the Northern region of the Greek Empire which turns into eventually it was taken over by Rome and the rest of the prophecy is very long. And as the prophecy goes further this King of the south being Egypt kind of transitions into more of a spiritual Egypt.

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Basically it’s darkness. It’s a lack of the knowledge of God and so the King of the south is always Egypt but it can be portrayed physically or spiritually. That would be my answer. Jay or Wendy, any other thoughts on that? No, that’s totally my understanding too. Well done. Walk you through that whole prophecy very challenging in some ways because it’s such a detailed prophecy.

Speaker 2:

Yeah.

Speaker 1:

There’s so much I want to say but I’m like okay, no, stop yourself. Do you have a deeper explanation on the website? I think so. We have so many answers. We’ve had thousands and thousands of people come in with questions on the book of Daniel so if you just look at our library I know we have plenty on Daniel chapter eleven so I’m sure there’s plenty more information on our website. So yeah, bibleas.org, go ahead. And if you don’t have something and you want it answered on our website or on our show we’d love to have you guys submit your questions there anytime.

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