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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Order of Daniel

Prayer Alert Update: June 21, 2019

A couple of years ago I shared some thoughts with a key proponent of the so-called "EU beast" revived Roman Empire theology. This man has sold millions of books.

The EU Beast confusion is just one story line tied to the book of Daniel that modern prophecy teachers have proposed teaching that the vortex of the Bible has been replaced and shifted West.

The thoughts here are for those who do not seek such interpretation of prophecy. There is no purpose here to convince anyone of anything  other than simply provide information for the consideration of those who are seeking truth from the Bible, not me.

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the restoration of Jerusalem in 1967, many common sense people have realized that the geography of the Bible's prophecies is unchanging. Like the Ten Commandments, God's word is set in stone and like Jerusalem, prophecy has not moved to Rome.

After 9/11, this realization has turned a prophetic focus on radical Islam and the Biblical vortex of the Middle East.

A key to understanding Bible prophecy is to understand that we are to study the Word of God just as Daniel did looking for promises from "The Prophets" that declare the voice of God. Daniel knew the word of Amos 3:7 that was written 250 years before Daniel's exile to Babylon. He read the words of his peer Jeremiah too.

We need to know the messages of these prophets too. The future is not written in a New York Times best seller, it is already declared by the prophets in God's Word:
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
This was true for Daniel and it's true for you, so be a Berean and study the Word of God. Daniel was studying the scroll of Jeremiah when he read about the sevens, the Shemittah and its prophetic link to the exile in Babylon.

Daniel knew God gives us instruction about His appointed times because He loves us and He wants those that seek truth to understand His plan for the salvation of mankind.

Daniel also knew it's the original message of the deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer. It is a lie.

The western news media seeks to sanitize truth, so much so, few people realize that we are living at the precipice of the greatest persecution in history.

Persecution is growing from the darkest side of radical Islam in the Middle East. A chaos of attacks are emanating from extreme radical Islam as the sword of Jihad. That persecution by the way comes directly out of the Koran.

The Bible has always focused light on the bulls eye of the Promised Land and the nations of peoples surrounding Jerusalem and the Jewish people. The Bible's focus tells us God's eye is on the Temple Mount, the place of God chose to put His name. This isn't just a Jewish concept either. Gentile kings by the names of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes understood this. You can read what they had to say in the book of Ezra. Check it out for yourself.

Jumping back to my brief exchange with this famous, best-selling author, I expressed concern for the teaching he presented which is based on ill-conceived perceptions of the books of Daniel and Revelation. I told him I was concerned that he inserted his theology that the Pope is the evil one (antichrist) and perhaps worst of all that "the Church" as he sees it is a replacement for Israel and the Jewish people.

His "best seller" may have made him rich and famous, but he has 'added to and taken away from' Scripture in direct opposition to Deuteronomy 12:32.

Although some may be startled by the thought of it, we must "consider" the words of Daniel just as they are written with a focus on Jerusalem.

We have to if we are to ever understand the prophetic messages revealed as Kingdom of God promises to Daniel:
“Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time." Daniel 12:9
I am certainly not saying I am unsealing the words given Daniel, but we must realize Jesus (Yeshua) taught constantly from Daniel whether we realize it or not because Yeshua's Son of Man preaching was focused on the gospel of the Kingdom outlined in Daniel 7. Not only that when the disciples asked Yeshua about the timing of things to come as they stood at the Temple Mount as both Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 confirm, this is what He said:
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place…”
That tells us Daniel is important, the holy place we call the Temple Mount and the abomination of desolation there are critical.

A major focus on the cycle of prophecy is the “abomination of desolation” and it is referenced three times in Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 12:11. Without hesitation, Yeshua (Jesus) pointed his disciples to these prophetic writings.

Like a first generation, the cycle of the “abomination of desolation” began in 167 BC. That year, Antiochus IV Epiphanes a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire and the son of King Antiochus III the Great arrived in Jerusalem.

His original name was not Antiochus IV Epiphanes, it wa Mithradates, meaning "gift of Mithra." There your first clue because the mythic false-god Mithra was the Persian god of light. The old myth of Mithra says that the Persian god of light was born under a so-called sacred tree with a torch and sword in his hands.

After the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, the ancient religion of Mithraism spread from today's Iran and Syria and infused the western Roman Empire. The cult of Mithra, like a disease was spread by the soldiers of the Roman Empire everywhere they went.

Mithra's legend soon morphed like a virus against God and humanity as the Greek sun god, Helios, and the Roman sun god, Sol Invictus but they are all the same, just different names for different languages and cultures.

Back in 167 BC, Antiochus aka "god manifest" sent his armies to Jerusalem to tear apart the city with 22,000 men. They attacked on the Sabbath, killing most of the Jewish men in the old city as they enslaved thousands of Jewish women and children as their sex and labor slaves.  Jerusalem’s walls tht had been restored by Ezra and Nehemiah were demolished and Antiochus set up a Seleucid military garrison that was stationed immediately south of the Temple.

The Torah was outlawed by Antiochus resulting in the cessation of the tamid daily sacrifice as Antiochus ordered that an altar to Zeus be erected over the Altar of burnt offerings, and the abominable worship of Zeus (the master of the earth) was instituted on the Temple Mount. On December 25, 167 BC a pig was sacrificed on the Zeus altar to the pagan god of Olympus, eventually causing the Maccabees to revolt and fight back against Antiochus.

Antiochus foreshadowed the Muslim invasion led by Caliph Omar of the Umayyad Dynasty as he entered Jerusalem in 661 AD. Jerusalem was ruled under the Umayyad Dynasty until 750 AD. In 691 AD the Dome of the Rock was built on Temple Mount site and it has remained an abomination to prayer until today as the Temple Mount is under the rule of the Muslim Waqf.

Prophecy cycles but its geography doesn't move and inch.

These Temple Mount facts foreshadow the final end time “abomination that causes desolation” that Yeshua spoke about as recorded in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14. Yeshua referenced the fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 12:11 that point back to the fourth beast vision and the conclusion of Daniel 7:21-22:
"As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom."
The thing to remember is that Jesus described the events of the latter days and the “abomination that causes desolation” some 200 years after Antiochus marched into Jerusalem. By that simple fact we can see the statue of Zeus points us to a future problem.

To gain a better understanding of the meaning of abomination, read the Bible and like any book just start in the beginning. There you will find the things that Almighty God calls an abomination.

These include the things that have happened and are again as surely as the world turns. The abominations include:
  • Homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Idol worship (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
  • Serving false gods (Deuteronomy 13:12-14
  • Cross dressing (Deuteronomy 22:5)
  • Harlotry (Deuteronomy 23:16) 
  • Sinning against the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 23:4)
All of these point back toward both Antiochus and Caliph Omar. They both brought in false-gods and committed acts of spiritual homosexuality and harlotry against the Almighty God of Israel.

They both sinned against the Promised Land and its people at the very place God chose to put His name, His reputation and His House of Prayer for all nations (see Deuteronomy 12:5; 1Kings 11:13, 1Kings 11:32-36; Psalms 132:13 and  2Chronicles 6:6 as well as many others).

The cycle of history and prophecy with its vortex on Jerusalem gives Daniel's prophetic message great weight - so read the book of Daniel.

Let the scroll speak for itself as you read allow Scripture to define itself and history to validate it. Allow the other prophets of the Bible to back up the words as a second witness and pray that the Spirit of God will teach and unseal the prophetic book now as knowledge increases exponentially.

As already noted, this commentary does not offer any resolution to unsealing all the mysteries of the visions of Daniel, but it demonstrates why we must continue to study the Scriptures and keep an eye on history, the Middle East and Jerusalem. The Bible is not about Rome.

This requires continuous prayer for discernment. So, take note of Daniel's prayer and learn from it, the prayer is there for a reason. His prayer contains humility, worship, confession, and petition not assumption or comnjecture.

If we too will pray this same prayer with humility, worship, confession, and petition we might begin to tie things together in their proper order.

We can start by looking at the diary-like information given by Daniel in the prologue of each "chapter." Bible publishers have numbered them, but this can dull a clearer understanding of the words of Daniel or for that matter, other words of the Bible whether from Daniel or any other book, chapter or verse.

Numbered chapters and verses are good in that they can be used to get everyone on the same page in the scrolls, but they can also can divert the theme and flow of the depth of the message and limit our understanding.

Remember, the original Bible is comprised of scrolls, they unwind and are revealed by holding and unrolling the whole scroll. You can't just turn a page and jump around the text, you have to go with the flow of the scroll. In addition to understanding this, we need to seek the plain truth and not be dogmatic concerning "hidden" or "mysterious" interpretations of Scripture that come from casting lots and taking a snippet out of context.

The message of Daniel recorded circa 586 BC - 536 BC can be seen more clearly if we look carefully at the words and the chronology of the timelines recorded by the prophet. We also need to re-consider the places, the people and the linear lines of prophecy taught by so many today regarding the expectation of latter-day events and conflicts found in Daniel in the visions recorded in chapters 8-12.

When we read the words for what they say, the chapters appear to be assembled a bit out of order from a reading of the chronologies noted in Daniel's text, but Daniel's visions have a series of embedded clues to help us along the way.

Perhaps if we re-read the chapters with the historic order recorded by Daniel, then our understanding of the cycle of fulfillment of their prophetic words can be improved. Most importantly, if we step back and study the prophecies within the text that are supported by historic events that tie to the balance of the Bible, then the bigger prophetic message of Daniel will begin to unlock its seal.

God promises to "open up" the words of Daniel in the latter days by declaring knowledge will increase. In other words, history and the Torah will unveil them. Daniel points to the need for history to unfold for us to understand the Torah scroll as it unrolls.

If we speculate without the facts of history, we inadvertently try to pry the prophetic words open to fit our perception and expectation without the foundation. So, keep in mind, this commentary does not purport to give all the answers, just some hints.

We have to remember too, that prophecy is like a season, it cycles like a chaism. If we don't understand that, then we may miss the Messiah Prince in Daniel's messages and confuse Him with another.

Let's start by looking at the order of Daniel, the timeline and sequence of events shown in the chapters. It's like learning to count. There are only ten digits, but you can't count until you know the value of each number and you certainly can't divide. Rightly dividing the Word of God is critical to know the sum (2Timothy 2:15).

A scroll is like a garment, it holds the body of the word of God given to mankind as an instruction manual, so consider what Yeshua prayed:
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves." Luke 23:34
If we divide, we won't know the answer, we have to see the whole scroll.

With that in mind, take a look at Daniel 9. Many Christians say that Daniel's prophecy here deals with the timing of Messiah's crucifixion and the subsequent destruction of Jerusalem that came about by Roman military leadership and their assembly of Legions comprised of the foot soldiers and horsemen of the Decuriones, Praefectus and the Centurions.

For critical insight on just "who" these "Legions" of men were, we have to consider the truth embedded in Roman history because it will help define the people, the events to come and the geography of cycle of prophecies described by Daniel in the latter days that link to the location and the kings that Daniel describes.

The truth is, if we do some homework, we can quickly find that while the people who made up the command of the "Legions" some 2,000 years ago were led by Roman officers, but the Legions they led that attacked and destroyed Jerusalem some 40 years after Messiah's ministry began at His mikvah in the Jordan were not Italian soldiers in any way. This is critical!

In facts are that the "Legions" were descendants of the ancient enemies of Israel, they were from the same people groups that Joshua was told to drive out of the Promised Land, but he did not complete the assigned task, so they remained. The Legions were local warrior tribesmen, descendants of Ishmael recruited by the Romans from native people groups in the lands of the Middle East that still surrounded Judea and Samaria in 70 AD.

Today, the same people remain and like the days of antiquity, they pollute the land with false-god worship and rocket fire from Gaza. They do not follow Y-H-V-H, but a false god with another name... Allah.

Understanding this is critical if we are to know the identity of "the beast," the fanatical ideology and religious government of chaos, the last empire of the latter days that has been reborn from the beast of the Ottoman Empire.

This beast is emerging around Israel as an ancient enemy before our post 9/11 eyes with a united goal, to wipe Israel and its people off the map. This beast if you will, does not acknowledge The God of Israel nor the right of the Jewish people to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The beast does not recognize Judea and Samaria, Gaza or the Golan either. In fact, they reject all of the land grant promised to Abraham and they fire their rockets at Israel to prove it.

Botton line, they are the people groups named in Genesis 15:18-21.

These are from the tribes of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, and the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre and Assur.

By their service 2,000 years ago in the Roman military, the same local "Legion" recruits were given Roman citizenship according to their service.  There are many other sources of this truth about the Legions and there client kingdoms.

You can find them on your own if you just look.
The realms of so-called "client kings" were largely seen as an extended part of the Roman empire. Very often these royal houses owed their position to Rome. As part of the arrangement between Rome and the client kingdoms, the kings had to provide troops for Roman campaigns. It was therefore not uncommon for the troops of such kings to fight alongside Roman forces in battle against the enemy.

For example Titus' army in Judaea was accompanied by forces of Agrippa II (Palestine), Sohaemus (Emesa) and Antiochus IV (Commagene) in AD 70. Some of the troops from these client kingdoms were even trained in a fashion similar to that of Romans in order to be more effective on the battlefield when working in union with real Roman forces.

The annexation of Galatia as a Roman province brought the thirty cohorts of King Deiotarus under Roman command and saw them formed into a Roman legion (Legion XXII). Though this was clearly an exception. The vast majority of troops from annexed client kingdoms became auxiliary forces.
So, with that jolt to your sense of the Roman Legions that once warred in the Middle East, let's take a another look at Daniel 9. We will start there because at the end of the chapter, we will find the words cited by many of today's "prophecy" teachers handing our mis-information related to a proposed end-time global "peace treaty" led by a so-called EU anti-christ from Rome...

It's time to wipe our itchy ear opinions and study real "Legion" history and then re-read Daniel asking what is the real "covenant"?
“And he will confirm the covenant with many for one week:” Daniel 9:27
I’d like to ask you to consider something very important about God’s word… God's “covenants” are always made with people by The Almighty God of Israel.

As you ponder that, keep in mind the Hebrew or Jewish tradition of asking a question to seek the truth, is it possible for you to reconsider the "covenant" and the "week" of Daniel 9?

Might we reconsider that Daniel describes the very same covenant he mentions just a few verses earlier?

Go back and look at the beginning:
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments” Daniel 9:4
Daniel is talking about the "covenant" of lovingkindness, mercy and the Torah given to Israel in the wilderness from the fire and cloud at the Sinai mountaintop. You remember Mount Sinai, not only did God describe his character there, many people died by the sin of the golden calf.

Daniel's reference to covenant is: "the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which God made with them when He brought them forth out of the land of Egypt."

Daniel is writing about the eternal second chance covenant of lovingkindness, mercy and forgiveness given at Mount Sinai to the people Israel after they broke the first covenant by worshipping the Egyptian golden calf! He is referencing the reason Judah was tossed into exile too.

Daniel gives no reference to a misguided, Torah-less opinion of an end time peace treaty or an EU anti-christ. Daniel writes about what he knew to be true.

Now, before we dig in further, let's go back to the beginning of Daniel and look at it with an eye on historic fact. Daniel chapters 1-4 deal with the reign of the historic head of gold, Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar.

These four chapters clearly look to be written and numbered by publishers in sequential order according to the documented history of Nebuchadnezzar during Judah's exile following Jerusalem's destruction. This is seen in Daniel's dairy-like time-frame, and following these opening chapters, Daniel writes of the other rulers and kings and their time lines can seem a bit confusing, after all that was a long time ago.

Let's look at the introduction and sequencing of these subsequent "chapters" to orient ourselves with Daniel.

First, we have to consider, Daniel did not write a codex or book of contiguous "chapters" as we do today. In fact, Daniel did not write a "book" at all, he wrote his accounts and visions on scrolls. His words were penned continuously but at different time periods, like flashbacks in a movie as noted by the kingly reigns he introduces as a time marker.

Remember, if Daniel were with us today and he wanted to gather up all his writings to review them with us, Daniel would not have a chapter and verse numbered "book" to read. Instead, he would have a set of scrolls. Scrolls that could be read out of order.

So, it appears the proper way to discern the historic order of each message in the scrolls means we have to consider the dating shown at the beginning of each vision just as Daniel described.

His accounts are marked by the time periods of rulers as dutifully recorded in each scroll. Logically, one would think that Daniel put these time markers in for good reason, a God reason. Otherwise, perhaps no one but Daniel would discern the order in which each prophetic vision was to unfold.

So, as we look at the opening words of each chapter and reconsider them, keep in mind Daniel provided no verse or chapter number as we separate the messages today. Daniel had no publisher, no editor, no word processor or blog. Daniel recorded his experiences and visions over many years and not only that, he even recorded his writings in two different languages.

Some are written in Aramaic and the others in Hebrew. Daniel 2:4 to 7:28 are recorded in Chaldee Aramaic, that's just over half of the book. Certainly, none of it was ever written in Latin, Greek or English.

Daniel chapters 2-7 are linked to the storyline of Daniel's life and times. After chapter 7, the scroll shifts from Aramaic back to Hebrew for the remainder of the visions and prophecies experienced by Daniel.

Aramaic was a bridge language, a dialect used by those in both the Babylonian and Persian Empires, Hebrew was and is the language of the Hebrew people and its focus is on the God of Israel and His children, all people that choose to follow Him in His way to The Kingdom!

Fortunately, as a modern and historic validation of this, eight (8) sets of the scrolls of Daniel have been found along the Dead Sea within the caves of Qumran, Israel since 1947. They were discovered by two Bedouin shepherds. Their names are Jum'a and Muhammed ed-Dib. They found them just as the Hebrew language was coming to life again as promised in Zephaniah 3:9 just as the Jewish people were bing restored to Promised Land of Israel.

The Qumran discoveries have destroyed the doubting words of earlier so-called Biblical scholars before the 1950's that said the prophetic timelines of Daniel regarding the Prince and the Messiah to come was too accurate to be true, too precise to be written 500 years before Jesus the Jew walked and taught Torah every Sabbath in the Promised Land.

Before Qumran, the naysayers based their false assumptions on doubt, claiming that the author could not have possibly known such precise detail. These were people that had said the words of Daniel "had to" be written "after the fact" in the second century and passed on.

Guess what? These Bible experts were proven dead wrong as they claimed that the prophetic words of Daniel could not have been recorded before the first century and they mistakenly gave weight to the mixture of Aramaic and Hebrew as proof of a later date. They did not believe in the Bible or what Aramaic can teach us about Babylon and Persia, or what Hebrew teaches us about Israel.

Thanks to the discoveries at the caves of Qumran, these men have all been found to be false teachers and false prophets. Other witnesses prove Daniel was well-known long before the second century. Both 1st Maccabees (2:59) and Baruch (1:15-3:3) allude to the scrolls of Daniel.

Daniel's famous 70-week prophecy gives the exact timing of the first coming of Messiah followed by the destruction of Jerusalem and The Temple sanctuary given to Daniel that was fulfilled according to the Gabriel timeline:
"Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." Daniel 9:25-26
As noted, the scrolls of Qumran also show Daniel's message was not written in a single common language due to the reason for the use of Aramaic and Hebrew. Aramaic is a little-understood language today, as you have seen, it is actually ancient Chaldean, yet it survives. So do the Chaldean people.

Believe it or not, the largest group of people that still use this language are based in Sweden of all places.

There are Aramaean Syriac churches all across Sweden as a witness to this fact. The Swedish Language Council says Sweden has one of the largest exile communities of Assyrian and Syriac Christians (also known as Chaldeans) with a population of around 100,000. Södertälje, which has the largest group of Assyrians, more than any other city in Europe, is home to 22,000 Assyrians.

Some 40,000 live in Stockholm County today. This website link provides a global population breakdown: A total of 550,000 Assyrians live in Europe now with about the same count in the U.S.

The largest Assyrian-Chaldean diaspora communities today are those of Södertälje, Sweden as well as Chicago and Detroit, our own motor city.

Before the discoveries of the scrolls at Qumran, there were no Hebrew or Aramaic manuscript copies of Daniel that were dated earlier than the late tenth-century A.D. The eight (8) Dead Sea manuscripts, remnant copies of Daniel's scrolls are very consistent, containing few variations.

The good news is this. it means that we now have solid proof of a faithful record of the prophecies revealed to Daniel over 25 centuries ago.

So, let's get moving and consider more about the order of Daniel.

For reference, we will look at the assembly of the chapter numbering of the scrolls from the translators and publishers who somehow re-ordered them.

Chapter 9 is the focus of many prophecy students, so let's look there first at the historic timeline given in Daniel 9:1:
"In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans"
Chapter 7 is another chapter that has the focus of many prophecy students, so let's look to the beginning of Daniel 7:1 where we read:
"In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, [and] told the sum of the matters."
Now consider... Belshazzar was king of Babylon at the time of its fall to the Medes. Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall for Belshazzar and then the Medes crossed the river and killed King Belshazzar. This event is recorded in Daniel chapter 5.

Hum... did you see that? Belshazzar was killed in chapter 5, but if this is the same Belshazzar, and there he is again in chapter 7. Perhaps this is a flashback? Let's look as more information unfolds.

Besides his appearance in Daniel 7, Belshazzar is noted in these verses: Daniel 5:1, 22 and 30 as well as Daniel 8:1. So let's take a look:
Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

Daniel 5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

Daniel 5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, [even unto] me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
Now, scroll forward to Daniel chapter 9 to check it out. There we find Darius. The scroll tells us of the timeline of Darius the Mede in the very first first verse. Darius was the king that took control of Babylon after Belshazzar was killed.

We must consider that Daniel put these leaders names in his scrolls so that we could follow the prophetic story along a timeline tracking the sequence of future events in the places he describes.

This is important to consider the future of the Middle East conflicts today.

Daniel tells us Darius the Mede ruled Babylon. History tells us Cyrus the Persian ruled Babylon after Darius.

Other verses that Daniel wrote of Darius the Mede other than chapter 9 include:
Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Daniel 11:1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, [even] I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
But let's consider the possibility of a flashback vision... since Belshazzar was "killed" in chapter 5, why do we see him "alive" in later chapters of the book of Daniel?

We find him in chapters 6, 7 and 8 as well as chapters 9 and 11.

Each speak of Darius running the show in Babylon. The prophetic message of this flashback then is that events in Babylon were important 2,500 years ago and they will be important in our future. What we desperately need is an "increase of knowledge" in the latter days to understand God's word from the beginning and Daniel was given that very promise.

Amazingly, the eyes of many Bible students shifted back to Babylon after 9/11. In fact, the U.S. built its largest, most expensive and heavily fortified U.S. Embassy on the planet there in Iraq along the Tigris River after the fall of another king, Saddam Hussein. He was captured hiding in a hole. A few years later, he was hung on the gallows like Haman.

For knowledge to increase, we have to understand history.

The book of Daniel may seem confusing at first due to the chapter breaks that appear to separate time, but chapter 10 is a continuation of the Ram and Goat battle vision that set Daniel trembling on his hands and knees when one who resembled a human dressed in linen with a golden belt arrived from Persia on the twenty-fourth day of the first month (Nisan) which was ten days after Passover and said:

"I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

This is the same one dressed in linen with a golden belt that John saw and describes in Revelation 1. In fact, the same thing happened to John just as it happened to Daniel some 600 years earlier. When he saw Him, he fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me.

You need to read Daniel 10 and Revelation 1 if you have not done so. The goat and ram vision of great conflict is explained in greater detail in Revelation.

Daniel chapter 10 speaks of king Cyrus, there's not a word about Darius.

It's seems as if chapter 10 is out of order as chapter 9 links directly to chapter 11 and chapter 10 appears to point to a latter-day conflict involving Persia and Greece described in chapter 8.

Then chapter 12 appears to point back to chapter 2, the a marriage between the end time iron and clay feet... of Sunni and Shia: "a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued." Daniel 12:1

Chapter 10 mentions "Cyrus the Great." He was the Persian ruler that ordained by God's decree that the Jewish people could end their exile and return to Jerusalem and restore it. Cyrus opened up the door to Jerusalem and it led to the rebuilding of the Temple.

It will happen again if we consider the cycle of prophecy.

Details of the first account of Cyrus are given in 2 Chronicles 36, Ezra 1:1-4 and Ezra 6:3. The timeline story is at the end of 70 years of exile declared in Jeremiah 25 for the first exile that separated the people of Judah from Jerusalem.

Today, "the Quartet" mandate seeks to divide Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (aka God's land allotment to Judah). They forget, Jerusalem is in Judah's land, that's the end of story "and at that time... then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age." (Daniel 12:13).

The nations that will participate in a modern but ancient plan to divide Israel's Promised Land will have a big problem with Jerusalem according to the word of God given to Zechariah, another prophet who was shown a glimpse of the end:
The burden of the word of the LORD concerning a battle for Jerusalem: 
Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 
It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.  Zechariah 12:1-3

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  Zechariah 12:9 
Daniel shows us that Cyrus is important and so is the number 70. In a few years, Israel will celebrate its 70th modern anniversary. After that watch for the battle of the goat and the ram as nations seek to divide Judah and take Jerusalem for the last time.

Speaking of important numbers, Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 tell us that 42,360 exiles returned to Jerusalem in addition to their servants to begin the restoration, but the Cyrus decree is not THE "decree" of the count down to Messiah.

That decree that was given to Daniel is seven, sixty-two and seven weeks.

Cyrus is important, but the decree that counts then is Almighty God's decree, not man's.

God's burden is about the disaster of creating a manmade measuring line of Jerusalem that does not align with the Torah and the location of the House of Prayer that is to be restored along with God's measuring line marking the boundary of the city that bears His name.

Today, men have marked an imaginary Green Line.

It's the center of debate that divides the city between the Muslim Quarter of East Jerusalem and Jewish West Jerusalem.

You can read more about the decree and the measuring line in Zechariah and it ties to the promise of the decree given to Daniel that is recorded in Chronicles.
Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words. So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.” 
Therefore thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:12-16
Regarding the timeline given to Daniel, it is tied to the timing of God Almighty. His decree is noted by Zechariah and it contains a measuring line, this one is a time line that points toward Messiah's coming:
Therefore thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:16
Daniel 9:26 links to these words as the base line of the decree that counts, not those of Cyrus although he is a part of the big picture.

Daniel writes:
"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off..."
Cyrus' decree isn't the big one to focus on although everyone seems to think so. Cyrus is like a base runner and he is still a big deal in the Bible, yet he only provides a connection with the one at bat ready to hit the grand slam. It is God's decree that scores at home plate on the timeline on Messiah's arrival.

Cyrus deserves acknowledgment, he showered great favor on the Jewish people and he ended the Babylon exile from Jerusalem after 70 years. Isaiah wrote about Cyrus by name at least 150 years before Cyrus was even born.

Earlier, we noted the fact that Biblical prophecy is dimensional and it occurs in cycles, just as history repeats. The prophetic cycles run in sevens, so Daniel was given a message about a cycle of seventy sevens (Shemittah ) that is misunderstood.

The order of Daniel can seem confusing if we ignore God's commands. Not only that, the order of the Christian canon of the Bible many read today is confusing because it does not align with the Hebrew Scriptures.

The countdown to Messiah's first trip to the planet is confusing because many rely on the decree of a man named Cyrus, not Elohim God. The Creator's decree was promised to Daniel, but it can be missed due to the order of modern Christian canon adopted by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent between 1545 and 1563.

We have to rely on the Bible Jesus read. I like to call the order of the Hebrew Bible Jesus taught every Sabbath (Luke 4:14-16) as "Messiah's Bible." Believe it or not, the order of the Bible Jesus read and taught is the same order of the Bible the Jewish people have remained faithful to every Sabbath for thousands of years.

The record of the book of Luke tells us it was Yeshua's "custom" to attend synagogue on every Sabbath. This is recorded in Luke 4:16.

In the order of the Bible Jesus read and taught each Sabbath, the scroll of Chronicles was located at the end of the Hebrew Scriptures, not Malachi. The order of the last three scrolls includes the order of Daniel and it looks like this:
  1. Daniel
  2. Ezra-Nehemiah
  3. Chronicles
There's a good reason. These books, in their proper order point toward the time line and the family line of Messiah so let's take a look.

Chronicles is now divided into two books. It starts out by chronicling the Bible's storyline and by chronicling a long list of important Biblical genealogies. That same list is summarized in an outline of three sets of 14 notable generations that are listed in the same chronologic order in Matthew 1.

Like Matthew's opening, the purpose of Chronicles is to give hope in God’s eternal promise given to David by Nathan for a king, a new Jerusalem and a restored Israel.

Nathan gave his prophecies long "before" David had triumphed over the Philistines and that fact alone is prophetic of Messiah second coming when the Philistines, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, Perizzites, Hivites and the Jebusites that rose up as nations against Israel from the beginning.

Prophecy repeats so the the descendants of these still battle in the end over the land promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Genesis 17:20 tells us that God said the descendants of Ishmael were named as twelve princes, a great nation. Genesis 25:16 repeats this. They were named according to their generations in Genesis 25:13-15:
Nebajoth, Kedar, Adbeel and Mibsam,
Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadar
Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah

Nebajoth was the firstborn. His name means "heights." His descendants were the Nabateans. Their capital was Petra. They carved out the famous sandstone rock cliffs along the valley of the mountain now called Jabal Al-Madbah in current day southern Jordan. Jabal Al-Madbah means mountain of the altar. Petra resides in the valley called Wadi Musa, meaning valley of Moses.

Abraham battled the nations of Sodom and Gomorrah. The armies of Israel with Moses in the lead had four battles during the Exodus. They fought four times and won each of them against people like the Amalekites, Canaanites, the Amorites and Bashan and finally the Midianites.

Afterward, Joshua led the army of Israel. In our the two generations following 1948, Israel has been attacked by an Arab League confederacy, most notably three times in 1948, 1967 and 1973. Many believe the final battle is described as the last generation and they include mnay descendants of Ishmael.

They are listed in Psalm 83. They are named as the tabernacles of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab. They include the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre and Assur.

They will consult together with one consent: they will confederate against God's covenant land promise. Today, we can see the prophecy of the the Bible in the headlines as the Ishmaelites of Islam and Esau the joined him surround tiny Israel. They are still confounded and troubled over the land. Take note too that Bashan is named. It is in the land of king Og and he lost his confederate battle with Moses. Today, we call it the Golan Heights.

There's good reason, Golan was the capital of Bashan.

Nathan's words provide the Messianic prophecy about the result of the fourth and final battle:
"When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 
I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me..." 2 Samuel 7:12-14 
"Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” 
In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. 2 Samuel 7:17 
The end time battle will be like those in the beginning, it will be about the land. You can read about some of them here:
  • 2 Kings 3 Israel & Judah vs Moab. Moab lost.
  • 2 Kings 14 Judah vs Edom. Edom lost.
  • 2 Kings 18 Judah vs Philistines, Philistines lost.
  • 2 Chronicles 20 Judah vs Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites. Judah won.
  • 2 Chronicles 26 Judah vs Philistines, Meunites, Ammonites. Judah Won.
There's another battle raging today and it's still reported in the Bible.

Long before we reordered the canon of the Bible, many Christians began to believe the front of the book of life is old and done away with and for that reason the hidden heritage of Messiah is not heard in some pulpits directy connecting the ancestry listed in Chronicles.

Chronicles is the last book of the Tanach, and it is the first book before the record of Matthew.

The conclusion of the book of Chronicles is laser focused on David's future successor and God’s covenant promise that Messiah King that will come to the Promised Land. That is why the book of Chronicles is the perfect fit flowing straight into Matthew's lineage introduction because the focus of the list of the people named in Chronicles points us to God’s Messianic promise given to David that was delivered by Nathan for the everlasting King.

Nathan reveals the same promise of the one that is first seen in Genesis 3:15 and Genesis 22:18 that would come through David's family line of Judah.

When you read the last portion of the scroll in 2Chronicles 36 you’ll even see the connection to the timeline of the 70 year exile because the Shemittah (7th year) rest of the land was not honored:
Then they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its fortified buildings with fire and destroyed all its valuable articles. Those who had escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete. 2 Chronicles 36:19-21
Chronicles refers back to Jeremiah 25:1-14 and those are the very words that Daniel studied and believed:
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:   
“For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day, the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened.  You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the LORD persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets,  saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.   
Do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, or provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.’  Yet you have not listened to me, declares the LORD, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. 
“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words,  behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. 
I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. Moreover, I will banish from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the grinding of the millstones and the light of the lamp.   
This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.   
Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the LORD, making the land an everlasting waste.  I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. For many nations and great kings shall make slaves even of them, and I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
The 70 years of required exile from the land were completed, and believe it or not this is tied to the timing of the dishonor in Israel’s 490 year history from king David's reign up to their exile to Babylon. The Babylonian exile lasted 70 years, one year for each dishonored Shemittah year (70 x 7).

But the God of the Universe made a decree for a restoration to occur in Jerusalem at the end of the 70 years. Not only that, Messiah's arrival would be marked by the announcement of a future prophecy fulfilled from Isaiah by none other than Yeshua of Nazareth in a synagogue on the Sabbath.

Read Luke 4 and you will see the haftorah reading of Isaiah and the proclamation of the favorable year of The Lord.

Let's get back to Cyrus, he is a big deal. His famous proclamation was stirred by God's Spirit of love for the Jewish people and it is recorded in Chronicles:
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 
“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.’” 2Chronicles 36:22-23
When we dig in and study we can see it may not be Cyrus that connects the timeline for the arrival of the Messiah, as so many assume. If we look closely, it is the voice of Almighty Elohim, the God of Israel that triggers the prophetic timeline given to Daniel and we find that proclamation recorded in Zechariah, not Chronicles.

Here it is:
"Therefore thus says the LORD, 'I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.'” Zechariah 1:16
Open Daniel 9 and as you read it, imagine that you can see Daniel kneeling and praying in Babylon after reading the scroll of Jeremiah, which reveals the 70-year exile. While praying, the messenger of God appears to Daniel with a Shemittah count in Jeremiah that is connected to but not seen in Zechariah 1.

"I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem..."
"Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing.
And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed." Daniel 9:25-26
Daniel was told there are a series of Shemittah weeks before the Messiah of the Kingdom of God was to come and be cut off at the cross. Daniel was also told that Jerusalem will see destruction once again and that Judah will go into dispersion, once again and that during that time desolations are decreed.

That exile would last until the time just before Messiah's return and the ultimate redemption when the Messiah of Israel returns as King to restore the desolation seen in Jerusalem and restore the House of Prayer for all nations and the Jewish people once and for all.

Why two trips for Messiah?

Prophecy cycles and one answer to this great mystery can be seen in king David and Absalom's story that is described in the book we call Samuel.

It goes like this: King David fled Jerusalem when Absalom was chosen by others just as in conspiracy, by darkened hearts Barabbas was chosen instead of Yeshua as described in Matthew 27, but OPEN your eyes, David came back. He returned and he was restored as king and so will Yeshua. The King of the Jews is coming back just like David!

The fact is Yeshua ascended the Mount of Olives just a David did and like David, Yeshua faced his conspirator Judas there with the Roman soldiers just as David faced Shimei, the son of Gera:
And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. 2Samuel 2:4
And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2Samuel 5:12 
But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, ‘Absalom is king at Hebron!’” 
With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing. And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh. 
And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing. And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” 
Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword. 2Samuel 15:10-14
When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 2Samuel 16:5-7 
And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, “Good news for my lord the king! For the LORD has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.” 
The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:31-33

Now Israel had fled every man to his own home. 
And all the people were arguing throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled out of the land from Absalom. But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?” 
And King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests: “Say to the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his house, when the word of all Israel has come to the king? 
You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’ And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you are not commander of my army from now on in place of Joab.’” 
And he swayed the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, “Return, both you and all your servants.” So the king came back to the Jordan, and Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king and to bring the king over the Jordan.

And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, hurried to come down with the men of Judah to meet King David. And with him were a thousand men from Benjamin. And Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan before the king, and they crossed the ford to bring over the king’s household and to do his pleasure. 
And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, and said to the king, “Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart. 2Samuel 19:8-18
Not only did Yeshua come from the family line of David, Yeshua began to fulfill the fallen tabernacle prophecy of Amos with His resurrection:
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins..." Amos 9:11
If you don't think that God uses the word tabernacle to represent the body, think again back to what you may have already seen. Remember and read Psalm 83. It describes the tabernacle of Moab, that tabernacle of Moab is - its people.

When we make the connection that with the trial led by Ponitus Pilate, when Barabbas was chosen to live in place of Jesus the Jew, we can a fallen tabernacle of people that will be restored just as Yeshua was resurrected. The Jewish people had another round of exile ahead of them before the kingdom of God is restored when King Messiah Yeshua returns like David and like the Jewish people.

Today, Jewish people have returned to the Promised Land and many more are coming each day. There is a good reason, God chose them to prepare it, to make it ready for the Messiah, the lion of the tribe of Judah.

Daniel's prayer is unfolding and it started with the restoration of the land of Israel in 1948 and it grew with the restoration of Jerusalem in 1967. Yet, the Temple Mount still remains desolate of prayer to the God of Israel because of the tabernacle of Ismaelites is there today, but their allotted time of trampling is limited:
“O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 
Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! 
Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” Daniel 9:16-19
The rejection of the Messiah King will soon end, its almost time for Messiah to return, O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!

Daniel was honored with this great promise, but there's more trouble to come to wake people up:
“At that time Michael shall stand up,
​​The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
​​And there shall be a time of trouble,
​​Such as never was since there was a nation,
​​Even to that time. 
​​And at that time your people shall be delivered,
​​Every one who is found written in the book. 
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
​​Some to everlasting life,
​​Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
​​Like the brightness of the firmament,
​​And those who turn many to righteousness
​​Like the stars forever and ever.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:1-4
In regard to Messiah's promise of return, we have to know Israel was restored as a latter day nation in 1948 because God's word is powerful and it impacts world history. It reveals the cycle of prophecy in advance.

There's a lot more to this, so let's go back to Daniel and ask, why is Darius mentioned in chapter 11?

Shouldn't Cyrus the Great appear on the scene as leader after Darius the Mede? Perhaps there's something going on in the chronology of the chapters and how that might tie into future events.

Let's look at chapter 10:
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing [was] true, but the time appointed [was] long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. Daniel 10:1
Perhaps due to what appears as a cycle of prophetic flashbacks, Daniel's chapters seem to be a bit out of order if we use the names of the kings and rulers of Babylon, (today's Iraq) as our time sequence markers... why is this?

Perhaps we might we learn more if we realign history with the storyline and the kings names given by Daniel. Remember, the chapter numbers don't really exist in the scroll of Daniel. So if we review what we see, this might help us "unseal" the end-time message in the scroll which is about the return of Messiah The Prince.

Let's start be taking a look to see where the scroll that was found at Qumran (Daniel chapter 12) might fit into Daniel's prophetic storyline of the end time days...

Remember Daniel chapter 10 is synced with the Persian King Cyrus and the end of 10th chapter speaks of Michael "your prince."

Michael, or Miyka'el means "who is like God." Here we see that the messenger "who is like God" gives Daniel the promise of a prophetic latter-day rescue for Israel as Persia (Iran and Syria) threatens their survival:
"Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince." Daniel 10:20-21
Before we unroll the scroll to chapter 12, take a minute to think about what Daniel hears as Gabriel is speaking of the "one" that helps him, the "great prince" who is "like" God.

Names are important in the Bible and since "Michael" literally means "who is like God". The great prince "who is like God" is THE FOCUS of Daniel's message.

If you someone asked you today… "who is like God", what would be the name you would give?

Think about that, what's your answer... would it be Jesus, aka Yeshua the Messiah?

Michael is a Biblical clue, a shadow picture of Messiah "who is like God."

Now, if you look logically, you will notice chapter 11 and 12 continues in the theme where chapter 10 left off regarding Michael ("who is like God") when it states:
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.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:1-2
This is the same resurrection hope of being born again that Yeshua explained to Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and its the same promise that is found in the book of Revelation 20:6.

Daniel 11 and Daniel 12 describes that the king of the north (Shia: Iran, Syria and Turkey) in the north will clash with the king of the south (Sunni: Saudi Arabia) and make a move to desecrate Jerusalem and the Temple Mount for the last time in the prophetic cycle of prophecy before Messiah returns to defend Israel.

This is part of a prophetic cycle, it will be a virtual re-run of Antiochus' battle with the Maccabees and the desolation brought on Jerusalem during the 637 AD Siege of Jerusalem that was part of the conflict between the Byzantine Empire and the Rashidun Caliphate. It ended when Caliph Umar traveled to Jerusalem to take the city.

The kingdoms of the north are presented as a confrontation of religious ideals described in Daniel 11 as... "kings shall arise in Persia."

This can be plainly seen today as the the Islamic Middle East is divided between a northern Shi’ite kingdom of the north and a Sunni kingdom of the south with tiny Israel wedged against the Mediterranean Sea.

Islam is divided and splinted today exactly as Daniel described it would be as toes of iron and clay that do not mix. This points to the Muslim mixture of Shi'ite and Sunni over their vastly different interpretations and aspirations for leadership of an Islamic world. At the epicenter of their conflict is an end-game objective for religious and government ideology to be revived as a Caliphate under the rule of Sharia law with the end goal to wipe the Jewish people and Jerusalem off their map.

Today's north-south split among Ishmael's nations is led by a Sunni Arab majority and a Shia Persian minority. Iran's proxies that seek Israel's destruction include Hamas in Gaza as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon and other jihadist terror groups funded by Iran.

Of the total Muslim population in the Middle East today, about 15% are Persian Shiite and 85% are Arab Sunni.

So, let's look again at the vision of Daniel: "Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north."

Now check this out from Daniel 11:30 because it engages a cruiser navy called Kittim aka "The West" that will be brought front and center into this conflict over the holy covenant given to Abraham for the Holy Land:
"For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant."
Did you see the covenant?

This was nothing new for Daniel. He knew the Torah and he also knew Balaam's prophecy about this conflict described in Numbers 24:24:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.”
Ships need a sea to go to battle and today, the most contentious sea on the planet is the Persian Gulf... and don't forget the prophecy Daniel was given: "knowledge shall increase." That increase in knowledge is not just modern information or data, it's about the Torah conflict that has been coming to a head as knowledge of the ancient conflict described by Daniel has hit the headlines since 1979 when the Iranian Revolution that put the Shiite Ayatollahs in charge of Iran.

Many confuse the covenant Daniel wrote about but we have to remember it is called the holy covenant for a reason. The one Daniel mentions is the same one that started with Abraham, that set apart the Holy Land.

We've seen now that Daniel quotes Balaam's prophecy in reference to the ships of Kittim in the latter days. As noted, this is nothing new, it comes from the third prophetic oracle of Balaam in the book of Exodus. It was given when Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel encamped. The Spirit of Elohim came upon him, and he said this to Balak:
"Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”
Numbers 24:14
“Alas, who shall live when Elohim does this? 
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.” Numbers 24:24
Balaam tells king Balak that he is only declaring what Y-H-V-H has told him to say, nothing more and nothing less.

The ships from Kittim will afflict damage and today's Asshur and Eber are still known as the location of settlement of Ishmael's descendants, the Muslim people across Iran where their leaders live in aggression against Saudi Arabia and the camp of Israel and the sojourners with them that joined themselves to The Lord when they all fled Egypt together.

Take note too that the Hebrew word כִּתִּים Kittim translates as "bruisers." Is it a coincidence that during his deployment in Iraq (Babyon) in 2006, the nickname of one of the famous US Navy SEAL Team 3 in the famous Battle of Ramadi (the center of the insurgency in Iraq) was known as Task Unit Bruiser? You tell me.

Most will agree we are living in the latter days, so pay attention...

It was only a few years ago in 2003, when the Iraq war, also called the Second Persian Gulf War, broke out as an armed conflict with the invasion of Iraq by a United States led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein and devastated his dictatorship, but withdrew leaving him bruised but unbeaten and many insurgents went into hiding.

When the U.S. and British brought their coalition across the sea they poured into to Iraq in March 2003, just two years after 9/11. It seems everyone was driven by the fear of weapons of mass destruction, yet oddly, the coalition troops were just a fraction of the number deployed in 1991 to defend Kuwait.

There is a reason, this time Kittim relied on overwhelming military technology from the "realm of Greece."

Today, the Shi’ite of Iran are craftsmen of chaos leading a powerful Islamic nation that boasts nothing but terror for Israel fulfilling the prophecy of a stubborn donkey-like aggression of the tribes of Ishmael's descendants (see Genesis 16:12).

Jihadist aggression is led in the north by Iran with Iraq, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Syria and even Lebanon since the once peaceful nation has been infiltrated and infused by Hezbollah as a militant proxy of Iran.

Not only that, since the revolution in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been led by two Supreme Leaders, two Grand Ayatollahs just like Balak. They are Ali Khamenei and his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini.

Iran's supreme Persian leader is the highest ranking political and religious authority of Iran and he leads the armed forces including Iran's navy along the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian judicial system, education and media are all under the Supreme Leader's control.

In Iran, only the Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah, the Persian king of the north can declare war and peace. The Grand Ayatollah's authority is just like that of king Balak.

Daniel 11:2 states: "And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece."

If this speaks of Iran's two Supreme Leaders as well as Saddam Hussein or perhaps Syria's Bashar al-Assad or another, then are we are very close to this prophecy that points toward a fourth leader.

Ruhollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein are no longer with us and Ali Khamenei has led Iran since 1989 and his tenure in 2008 is naturally approaching its latter days. After all, he will turn 70 in six months. Is it possible there is just more to Supreme Leader to come in Iran before the words of Daniel 11:3 ring true - - he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases?

Could "doing as he pleases" include finally obtaining means of mass destruction with nuclear capabilities backed by Russia?

Looking south, the Sunni Islamic coalition is led by Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies include Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. These are all connected by the United States.

Not only that, the leader of Saudi Arabia is in fact a king and the nation's rule includes its many Saudi princes just  like the words of Daniel 11:5.

Meanwhile, Israel, the tiny glorious, beautiful land stands in the middle, like a dividing line, a vortex separating those that follow the God of Israel wedged between the Sunni and Shia descendants of Ishmael that follow a god called Allah.
“At the time of the end, the king of the South shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites." Daniel 11:40-41
An end-day battle is on the horizon, but don't forget, more importantly there is an end-time delivery, resurrection and restoration to righteousness outlined in Daniel chapter 2, 7 and 12:
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:2-3
To link the narrative in the opening of Daniel 12 to your future, consider we need to go back to the end of chapter 7 and 10 to link the sequence of the gospel message of "the Prince" to come.

Take notice too, Daniel is told that understanding the end times will come.

In this North-South conflict of Persian Shiite and Arabic Sunni, we must see that Daniel's end time message is built comparing one king to another in sequence from chapter 10 to chapter 12 so as noted its important to not read or study the book of Daniel with a chapter break, instead keep reading and follow the people that Daniel describes.

Because of his faithfulness and prayer, Daniel was not only told about the time line to the end of the exile of Judah in Babylon, he was given the countdown of years to Messiah's life offering and resurrection in the Spring Feasts before the destruction of the Temple Sanctuary and the Old City of Jerusalem.

Look closely and you will see the prophetic cycle includes His return to defend Israel.

Daniel was shown a glimpse of Jerusalem's destruction in 70 AD by Titus' Legions in Daniel 10.

When we read Daniel 12, the prophecy fast forwards as Daniel is told of the coming events of the latter day fulfillment of the end-time trouble first noted by none other than Balaam, and as we have seen that story appears in the beginning of the exodus in Numbers 22-24.

Deuteronomy 23:4 tells us Balaam was from Pethor of Mesopotamia aka Persia, modern day Iran!

Pethor is thought to be the Asyrian city of Pitru, the home of Assyrian king Shalmaneser II. You remember him, he attacked and dispersed the ten tribes of northern Israel.

Balaam gave three oracles.

Before the last prophecy he told Balak, "Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days."

Balaam described the same vision Daniel saw a thousand years later, that vision is Israel would engage with gentile nations, first of the east from Babylon and Persia, but in the end, the gentile nations would be from the West including Greece, Rome and ships of Kittim.

Are these the nations that seek to divide Israel for peace today while the nations of the east seek to destroy it?

Balaam was also shown the great tribulation battle of the goat and the ram that Daniel 8 describes:

“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.”

At the end, in the time of the advent of the Star, and scepter,
All of Israel’s enemies will be utterly destroyed
in a time of tribulation so terrible, Balaam cried out...

This prophetic cycle shows us how God declares the end from the beginning.

Are you taking notes?

Declaring the end from the beginning meets the very definition of a cycle.

Like Balaam, Daniel portrays the days that mark tribulation events at the time of the end of the exile and the dispersion of all Israel around the globe that will be rescued and restored by Messiah to the Promised Land. "Who is like God" will return to Jerusalem to defend the Jewish people and the land of promise. It will make the day He tossed the men out of the Temple look like a kind gesture.

Don't make a mistake about that day, Yeshua was zealous for Zion!

Those men were a den of robbers defiling the court of the Gentiles. Jesus knew Isaiah's promise: "my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7

We can know the children of thy people prophecy speaks of the Jewish people because Daniel was a Jew and the tribes taken to Babylon were Judah, Benjamin and Levi and millions have now returned to Jerusalem, yet Asshur (Assyria-Iran) still threatens to wipe them off the map and push them into the sea but they will see destruction. Balaam only spoke the truth and Daniel was told the end would be just like it was declared in the beginning:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.” Numbers 24:23-24
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
The latter days devastation aka tribulation or Jacob's trouble will be just as it is written in the books of the Bible and it will engage the latter fulfillment of God's redemption plan b the hand of King Messiah.

God's latter day plan is outlined in the appointed Fall Feasts starting with the first day of Tishrei aka the Day of Trumpets and shouting will be followed by the ten days of awe and then judgment, the Day of Atonement... the day of covering before the victory celebration week of Shavuot, the Feast of Tabernacles and Ingathering just as God outlined in the beginning of the exodus from Egypt.

The latter days described in Scripture are recorded by events marked in the cycle of Jewish history and historic events shown in the feast of Dedication known as Hanukkah after the Maccabees were emboldened by God to defeat Antiochus.

On Tisha B'Av, the Temple of Solomon was destroyed in 585BC on the 9th of Av by Babylon's king Nebuchadnezzar and again by Rome's Titus in 70AD by his Legions. I wonder do you think The Temple will be restored on Tisha B'Av?

This we must know, the prophetic, appointed Feast cycle that the book of Daniel points us toward should not be confusing if we pay attention. We don't need to be confounded about the prophetic cycles or the mention of the "stars of righteousness" either.

After all, they are a prophetic picture of the same "stars" (the descendants of faith) that were revealed to Abraham by God Almighty:
"That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" Genesis 22:17

"And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" Genesis 26:4
So, what will happen to the people of faith living in God's covenant land in the latter days??
Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision [is] for [many] days. Daniel 10:14
It all goes back to the beginning, to Balaam's prophecy of the latter days.

The point of this commentary is that if we are to ever unseal Daniel's message, you have know your Bible and history to consider the order of the scrolls.

By simply reading the opening lines of each chapter, it is easy to see that chapters 10 -12 of Daniel focus on the time of the end, the latter days of "restoration" foretold in Daniel 7. If we look closely, we can see that Daniel 9 deals with the time of the humble Messiah's life crucifixion before the end time balltles before His return as well as the dispersion of Judah’s at the Temple's destruction by the armies of the Roman Legions in 70 AD.

We have to understand that chapters 10 and 12 are a prophetic summary of the two kingdoms, or people at odds with each other and Jerusalem at the "end-time."

Today, Babylon is labeled Iraq on the map and the Medes are called the Kurds so look for them in the hadlines and of course there's Iran, Syria as well as Turkey. These are all non-Arabs, but then we have Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.

What goes around comes around. The toes seen by Nebuchadnezzar are standing.

The book of Daniel has become unsealed in the Middle East headlines since 1948. More has been seen in a post 9/11 scenario as the world has seen radical Islam for what it is as American and coalition troops have been drawn into the ancient lands of the Bible.

Balaam was a prophet from Persia and Daniel was exiled to Babylon from the land allotted to Judah, in today's Israel. Both of them tells us destructive chaos will break out and Messiah will stand up for His people. And if we just believe what we read, Iran will soon be front and center with Saudi Arabia.

The prophecy of the iron and clay conflict between the Arab Sunni and non-Arab Shī'ah sects of Islam will soon begin to prophetically unfold and pull in the ships of Kittim.

Today the US Naval fleet consists of about 400 warship vessels in service from the nuclear powered Nimitz-class aircraft carriers to the Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines below the ocean.

When will the horn of the goat strike against the ram? I'm not sure.

But I do know we have seen a resurgence of the dark corners of the kingdoms of the Medes and Persians in a crude, evil threatening Israel virtually every day with extinction.

We have just touched the storyline of the 8th chapter, but we need to dig into more of the final radical latter day kingdom that divides itself like iron and clay. Knowledge will increase, its a promise made to Daniel.

There are some keys to be found in the words in Daniel 10.

Take a look at the sequence of the battles described there. A man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz tells Daniel that he is returning to fight the prince of Persia, but once he is gone - the prince of Grecia or Yavan "shall come"and this future aspect comes from the use of the Hebrew word "bow."

This has to be important because the "key" prophecy here from the messenger of heaven is found in the phrase "shall come."

Using the NASB Bible translation, let's take a look at the messenger's words to Daniel at the conclusion of chapter 9 verses 25-29. Also consider that Daniel 9 deals with Messiah's crucifixion and the subsequent end of Judah's control of Jerusalem by murderous destruction that came from The Legions of Rome in 70 AD.

There is more to help us. If we know what 'really happened' in 70 AD and who the Legions really were, we might know what 'will happen.'

To know that, we must find out who the people, the Legions of Titus' Roman Legions really were. The identity of the 'Legions' is REALLY important as it will tell us more about the nations of people that will come against Jerusalem in these latter days.

Remember, God declares the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10). Look at Daniel's words in chapter 9 with some [inserts] for "possible" discernment on the first fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy:
So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree [first given by King Artaxerxes to Ezra] to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince [Yeshua-Jesus] there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks [49 years + 434 years = 483 years]; it will be built again [the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt by Nehemiah], with plaza and moat, even in times of distress [Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite oppressed Nehemiah]. Daniel 9:25-29
It is important to know that a "Horonite" was from Bethoron. There the Horonites worshiped the Canaanite false-god Horon.

Remember, God declares the end from the beginning.

Did you know that today, the two Palestinian-Muslim villages of Beit Ur al-Foqa‎, "Upper house of straw" and Beit Ur al-Tahta‎, "Lower house of straw" preserve part of the original Canaanite name for the towns Upper and Lower Bethoron?

Let's look closely at the text and consider this:
"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off [crucifixion] and have nothing, and the people [Arabs, Syrians and Egyptians] of the prince [Titus] who is to come will destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [the Holy of Holies - the Temple]. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined [desolations for Jerusalem and as history tells us, for the Roman people too].

"And he [Yeshua-Jesus] will make a firm covenant [the covenant of eternal life] with the many [believers] for one week [Passover week. The week lamb of God was inspected 4 days in Jerusalem, then following death of the lamb of God Yeshua-Jesus, He arose on the third day, the day of First Fruits], but in the middle of the week Passover crucifixion day] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering [Yeshua-Jesus is the ultimate offering. Sacrifices and offering stopped 40 years later in 70 AD with the destruction of the Temple and it altar];

And...on the wing of abominations will come one [Titus] who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed [prophesied by Messiah as recorded in Matthew 24] is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
God tells us that He placed His name in Jerusalem and chose The Temple Mount as His vortex of glory.

For the sake of His name, He will also not let those that offend Jerusalem or trample the Temple Mount go without the judgment they bring on themselves. And keep in mind, like the Feast Days of The Lord, prophecy is cyclical. That's what declaring the end from the beginning means.

As you've read God tells us what goes around comes around.

There is another abomination coming to Jerusalem, Yeshua warned His disciples that would happen, it's all a part of the prophetic cycle but that abomination atop the Temple Mount today that is desolating prayer there is for another study.

For now consider The Lord's Feast Days and in the covenant instruction about them The Lord uses sevens just as He does throughout the Word of God.

Many call the last Spring Feast with the Greek word "Pentecost" due to the 50 days of counting. The Jewish people properly call it Shavuot because it concludes seven weeks of counting after Passover.

The Biblical word Shavuot is from the Hebrew word meaning "weeks." God tells us:
"And your shall observe the feast of weeks of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of in-gathering..." Exodus 34:22
We are to observe these appointed days for good reason, they are a rehearsal for the end time wheat harvest.

If we simply realize that there is one Feast "of weeks" a year, then can we observe that seventy "weeks" is... 70 years of Shavuot feast days. With that observation, Daniel 9:24-25 might also be considered as:
Seventy [feasts of] weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
When did a man's decree last bring forth a commandment to restore Jerusalem?

Could there be the tie to U.N. Resolution 181?

Resolution 181 is the U.N. decree, the resolution that went forth on none other than a Sabbath day: November 29, 1947.

We must consider that day as a part of the storyline of Daniel.

If we can count, we can add 69 more years to watch for Jerusalem in the beginning of times of trouble around Israel and that conflict includes the conflict of the division of Shia and Sunni in the north and the south.

If correct, thae time to watch is coming. Come to think of it, that will follow a 2016 election year in the U.S. and as usual the United Nations will meet again. It will be the 70th year of the international gathering of the nations in New York at the UN.

Most Bible scholars say Daniel describes 69 weeks of years. Consider, the nation of Israel was declared by the UN on November 29, 1947. Although not weeks of years, if we simply add 69 calendar years to that 1947 date we arrive again at 2016 and it is potentially a Jubilee, a year of restoration. Perhaps as a nation, Israel will begin to see restoration in areas that have remained broken for a long time... like Jerusalem.

If we add 70 Biblical years from the Hebrew calendar, we arrive at the end of 2017 and the focus of conflict may well be on Jerusalem.

As we saw in Daniel 9:25, the prophet states: "the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."

The Hebrew word for "street" seen here in Daniel is "rĕchob" it actually means open place or plaza.

Do you know the location of a key plaza with a "wall" in Jerusalem today?

Do you think that people call the Kotel, the "plaza" by the Western Wall" this name by chance or coincidence? It is the plaza area near the Western Wall that is considered the base of the Temple Mount.

Let that soak in.

For nowlet's look back to the Roman destroyer Titus. He was "poured out."

This is a prophetic description used in the book of Daniel. To understand this, we might consider what actually happened to Titus after he destroyed Jerusalem, its 600,000 citizens as well as the Temple and the altar where Titus in an act of abomination and desecration to God's authority sacrificed to the Roman idol that he had placed within the Temple court just as Antiochus had done before him.

Much like Sodom and Gomorrah, destruction and desolation were "poured out" a few short years later on Rome. Remember, in God's world, what goes around comes around. Here's what happened:

Titus returned to Rome in June of 71AD after he burned Jerusalem to the ground and left no stone unturned. He became Emperor of Rome after the death of his father Vespasian in 79AD. Titus finally ruled the Roman Empire, but his reign ended abruptly in fire.

Many may know the history, but many may not have put the story lines together. Here's the connection:

Everyone has heard of the famous Mount Vesuvius, it is the site of perhaps the most famous explosive volcanic eruption on Earth, and certainly the most written about. It explosively erupted in 79AD in Italy. Yes that's right, 79AD is the very year Titus became Emperor of the Roman Empire. The shaking and eruption of Mt. Vesuvius fire bombed and buried the city of Pompeii under tons of hot cinder and volcanic ash that preserved the ruins of the city and its inhabitants eternally in stone.

Coincidence or not, the last eruption there was in 1944, the same year that Adolf Hitler ordered the deportation of 600,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the site of horrific mass Jewish murder not unlike the death almost 2,000 years earlier in Jerusalem.

As to Emperor Titus, during his short reign, the city of Rome was plagued by horrific disease, pestilence and a three-day fire that destroyed vast portions of the capitol of the Roman Empire.

Then, just two years later, Titus suddenly and mysteriously died in 81AD at the age of 42. Ironically, many historians believe Titus may have died of a disease he took on from his lover Berenice, the sister of Julius Agrippa II who was married three times prior to living with Titus outside of wedlock in Rome.

As Paul Harvey used to say... "now you know the rest of the story" at least about Titus.

The righteous prophet Daniel was shown these things about Titus and Jerusalem, but if we are to properly understand the "end times"... the misguided teachings of an EU anti-christ and the so-called revived Roman Empire theories quickly vanish from view as we begin to understand the fourth beast reality seen in Daniel's visions and the prophetic cycles of the Bible.

After all, the Bible is about the Middle East and the people living there.

The Bible is focused on the Promised Land and the nations that surround Israel, it's really not about the land of amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties or the red, white and blue althought there is a part to play in the support of Israel.

It is certainly not about Rome, the Vatican or St. Paul's Cathedral either no matter what the New York Times best sellers say. It's not about an escape hatch either, there will be tribulation.

The focus of the Bible is plain and simple, it is about Almighty God and how He will restore Israel in the end as the home of The King. Always has been, always will be.

Daniel's prophecies begin with Nebuchadnezzar's dream. His vision is about the "Gentile" governments that took Jerusalem over the course of 2,520 years from 604 BC to 1917.

Incredibly, it was in 1917 when British General Edmund Allenby and the horse mounted cavalry he led which beleive it or not included Egyptian Expeditionary Forces under his command. They all fought for Jerusalem during the heavy rainstorms that year. Allenby fought against the 7th and 8th Armies of the Ottoman Empire.

Under General Allenby's command, they took back the Old City of Jerusalem the day before the start of the festival of lights (aka Hanukkah) the very day which commemorates the release and re-dedication of the Temple by the Maccabee hammer from the Seleucid dynasty 2,000 years before. The Hasmonean's rule of Jerusalem continued until 37 BC when an Idumean, yea an Idumean known as 'Herod the Great' became ruler of Israel by the appointment of Rome.

Some think Herod the Great was from Rome,  but he wasn't, he was from Idumaea, aka Edom.

Herod was an Edomite for crying out loud!

That might give us a clue on God's instruction to the army of Israelites after they left Egypt.

God told Moses they were to pass by and leave Edom alone. Had they fought and utterly destroyed them, Herod's role in the restoration of the Temple in preparation for Yeshua's teaching there would have never been fulfilled.

This foreign hand in Jerusalem is not unlike the Gentiles Solomon recruited to build the first Temple or the accession of Cyrus the Great of the Persian Empire some 500 years before Herod.

Like Cyrus before him, Herod had a big part in restoring the city of Jerusalem and made the rebuilding of the Temple in preparation for the Messiah. Another Cyrus will have a big impact on Jerusalem.

Allenby's 1917 story is captured in the historical website called Colonial Film: "The proceedings in Jerusalem were captured on film by Harold Jeapes, a cameraman working for the War Office Cinematograph Committee (WOCC) in Palestine and Egypt." You can view the silent 14 minute screen reel of the story as General Allenby entered Jerusalem.

The Jubilee year of 1917 was also marked by the Balfour Declaration "that made public the British Crown's support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine." This was followed up by the San Remo declaration in 1920 and the British Mandate three years later.

Since 1917, and the end of World War I, the world has been SUPER CHARGED with "end-time" Biblical prophecy and growing understanding of the words of Daniel that race toward us like birth pains. You are living in Biblical times right now, thet never ended.

British General Allenby opened the city of Jerusalem and this set the world stage in motion for the return of the Jewish people to prepare for Messiah. To top it off, Allenby may have done this some 69 Biblical Jubilee years after the Exodus from Egypt!

That points us to the 70th Jubilee after the Exodus.

The year was 1967, and for six days the armies of Israel fought against against Syria, Jordan and Egypt. At the conclusion of the Six Day War, Jerusalem was retaken by the Jewish people for the first time since Titus and the Legions destroyed the Old City and the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem is now divided by three "religions" if you will.

You may not realize it, but the 'three parts' we see there today was foretold long ago in Revelation 16:19 and today the world seeks to divide Jerusalem, severing it as the Capitol of Israel with the establishment of a so-called Palestinian State.

If this happens in your view, you better be watching and ready with plenty of oil in your proverbial lamp. It will be a time of darkness, a time of trouble tied to the timeline and events related to the fall of Babylon and a rise of the prominence of Jerusalem on the global stage:
"And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." Revelation 16:19
The three parts dividing religion in Jerusalem today are 1) Muslim, 2) Jewish and 3) Christian.

General Allenby even referenced this in his proclamation to Jerusalem:
"To the Inhabitants of Jerusalem the Blessed and the People Dwelling in Its Vicinity:

The defeat inflicted upon the Turks by the troops under my command has resulted in the occupation of your city by my forces. I, therefore, here now proclaim it to be under martial law, under which form of administration it will remain so long as military considerations make necessary.

However, lest any of you be alarmed by reason of your experience at the hands of the enemy who has retired, I hereby inform you that it is my desire that every person pursue his lawful business without fear of interruption.

Furthermore, since your city is regarded with affection by the adherents of three of the great religions of mankind and its soil has been consecrated by the prayers and pilgrimages of multitudes of devout people of these three religions for many centuries, therefore, do I make it known to you that every sacred building, monument, holy spot, shrine, traditional site, endowment, pious bequest, or customary place of prayer of whatsoever form of the three religions will be maintained and protected according to the existing customs and beliefs of those to whose faith they are sacred.

Guardians have been established at Bethlehem and on Rachel's Tomb. The tomb at Hebron has been placed under exclusive Moslem control.

The hereditary custodians at the gates of the Holy Sepulchre have been requested to take up their accustomed duties in remembrance of the magnanimous act of the Caliph Omar, who protected that church."
Just as Revelation describes, three parts now divide Jerusalem. They are: 1) Muslim, 2) Jewish and 3) Christian. They are in fact religious divisions - of people all with a religious wall between them.

Yet, on a modern map of the city we label the Old City with four quarters. That can be a bit confusing and it keeps us from understanding Yeshua's revelation.

On a map, we see: 1) the Muslim Quarter, 2) the Jewish Quarter, 3) the Christian Quarter and 4) the Armenian Quarter.

But least we forget, the Armenians adopted 'Christianity' as their official state religion back in 286AD so in reality there are only three divisions in Jerusalem today. Not only that, the Christian Armenians were nearly destroyed by radical Islam as millions were killed in the Armenian Genocide that began in 1914. That genocide was led by the Turks, so keep n keen eye on Turkey.

Want more proof on Jerusalem?

The Jewish Virtual Library states: "In fact, during the Camp David Summit, leaders of the Armenian church insisted the Christian and Armenian Quarters were inseparable and expressed their preference for international guarantees."

When we think of the storyline of the visions of Daniel, we must think of the Redeemer Prince when we think of Michael ("who is like God").

It's amazing that among General Allenby's many medals of distinction he was awarded around the globe, he received the two that provide a parallel link to Daniel's visions: 'Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer' and the 'Order of Michael the Brave'!!

We must consider the prophetic reality seen in these events that point to the cycle of prophecy and the order of Daniel. Perhaps knowledge may unfold further in 2017, 100 years (two Jubilees) from Allenby's entrance. If knowledge unfolds, the "latter-day" ram and goat vision described in Daniel 8 may come into better focus because of the promise given to Daniel: "knowledge shall increase."

Joel Richardson, the author of an eye-opening book titled The Islamic Antichrist really got me to thinking about the possibility of another radical Jihad attack on Israel and I believe such an attack dramatically points to western engagement as Daniel 8 prophetically refers to this conflict as the war between the east and west.

Am I saying that another battle like those seen in 1948, 1967 and 1973 is what must happen?

No, I am not... but Daniel clearly prophesies that west will oppose the east. Many say that the prophecy is over and out and all about Alexander the Great's conquest in the Middle East around 320BC, but there are a couple of basic problems with that being the only fulfillment of this great prophecy:
1) Alexander's troops could not come from the west "without touching the ground" like today's troops that are travel by sea or air (Daniel 8:5).

2) Also, it's simple... that any event around the year 320 BC can't be considered an "end time" prophecy can it?
History repeats, again prophecy is a cycle.

So, it seems that Alexander's conquests and battles were a "shadow picture" of things to come - - in the end just as they were declared. See Daniel 8:19 for the proof text:
"...Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be."
When we consider the book of Daniel, it is important that we don't plug things in to try to get the visions in the scroll to force one's theology into the headlines or just accept a popular best selling view or that what occurred in the past is the grand finale.

Instead, we must let the Scriptures speak for themselves in cycles because the Bible repeatedly says are not to add to or take away from them (see Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalms 119:160).

We must be a watchman.

It just so happens that Daniel's vision in chapter 8 is about the time appointed at the end. There we see Daniel was told there will be three kings and the fourth shall be the richest (most powerful) and by his strength he will stir/awake all against the realm/dominion of Grecia.

Daniel tells us a fourth king invades the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown before Michael ("who is like God") stands up.

Isaiah ties in some of the details.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian:

He shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him… Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse… Isaiah 10:24-26; 33; Isaiah 11:1
The end time battles depicted by Daniel 8 seem imminent. So we must attempt to keep up with the unfolding story lines that define the visions that made Daniel sick for days as he saw glimpses of the future.

Prayer Alert Update: June 21, 2019: Trump orders limited strike on Iran but then calls it off

"Washington -- President Trump on Thursday ordered the U.S. military to conduct a limited strike against Iran to retaliate for the downing of a Navy surveillance drone in the Persian Gulf region, but he then called off the operation just an hour before it was to begin. The president's change of course avoided, for now, what would have been the most significant escalation of hostilities between Washington and Tehran in decades.

There was every indication the U.S. was about to launch a limited strike against Iranian surface-to-air missile sites on Thursday evening, but the military stood down at the 11th hour. More than one source confirmed this to CBS News, including two sources within the Trump administration who were familiar with the president's decision. The sources said the plan was already underway when it was called off."

Scroll of Daniel c550BC - "Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land." Daniel 8:9

Are these related? Only God knows. Even Daniel couldn't understand what he saw.

Jerusalem Post 6/19/19 - ""I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening to destroy us," he said. "I say to our enemies: The IDF has a very large power of annihilation. Do not try us."

Netanyahu’s comments came amid an increase in regional tensions, including between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf."

USNews 6/19/2019 - BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday, including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.-Iran tensions in the region.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack near Iraq's southern city of Basra, the fourth time in a week that rockets have struck near U.S. installations. A second rocket that landed in another nearby area did not explode, one official said.

Times of Israel 6/18/19 - "The Israeli Air Force is holding a large-scale multi-day exercise simulating combat action on multiple fronts, the army said Tuesday, with the air force’s F-35s taking part for the first time.

The drill, which began Sunday and ends Wednesday, involves fighter jets, helicopters, cargo planes, drones, air defense units and ground support forces. It simulates simultaneous fighting in the Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon."

ABC News 6/17/19 - "The United States is sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran."

ABC News 5/4/19 - "An additional 1,500 U.S. troops and increased defensive capabilities capabilities are being sent to the Middle East to continue to help deter Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday."

Update August 8, 2013: Here's a link to an insightful blog post by Billy Humphrey, the director of the International House of Prayer Atlanta entitled: Organizing The Book of Daniel Chronologically.

Mr. Humphrey outlines the book of Daniel in simple chronologic order and explains:

"In my owns studies I found that as I organized the book chronologically it became easier for me to understand the story line. Hopefully this will serve as a helpful tool for you as you study the Book of Daniel."

What does the order of Daniel tell us?

Almighty God is sovereign and unchanging. He is the loving, kind, merciful, gracious forgiving Abba Father and He has provided the book of Daniel to tie to the Torah, the Prophets and Psalms as a road map to point toward the destination of life's journey which is the Son of Man Yeshua - Jesus the Nazarene.

His rule is the true order of Daniel. The King is coming.

If you have not understood this, then Almighty Elohim God is calling your name. He wants to offer you redemption, the purchase price of salvation from sin through forgiveness and Messiah.

You can accept His gospel promise of life in The Father's Kingdom. Consider carefully what your own life consists of, look at it and repent of any wrongdoing, immorality or transgression sin.

Ask Elohim God for His grace in forgiveness and accept His gift of lovingkindness, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua.

Then walk with Him the way He walked in God's instruction. It's not done away with, never has been never will be. The jots and tittles remain.

If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, start the walk on the seven-mile road with Him now and grab the robe of the resurrected Messiah.

God's Spirit will walk with you on your life's journey if you'll listen to Him, and you too can learn how the things which are written in the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms are concerning Him so that you can teach others.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, there's no time to figure out the meaning of Daniel's timelines.

Open your eyes and recognize Messiah.

Repent and walk in your own timeline with Messiah at the center of your life and study the Scriptures that He taught every Sabbath, they are filled with meaning because of Him.

His name is Yeshua. He is Jesus of Nazareth and His Hebrew name expresses both his identity and his mission to save us from sin's death grip and be blessed to walk in His way and in resurrection life.