The Prophecies of Daniel, Part 18

I love prophecy in the Bible, because it is always fulfilled.  This alone should make people stop and think about the veracity of the Bible – for these things were clearly written well in advance of the actual fulfillment.  That fact seems to be beyond argument.  And what are the chances that these prophecies just happened to be “coincidentally” right?  No, it is safe to say that God’s prophecy is accurate, true…and amazing.  Here are some explanations of each of the prophecies found in the book of Daniel.


History moves on, as we read, in advance, about the Roman Empire – as predicted by the angel Gabriel speaking to Daniel.

At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before.  Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.”   — Daniel 11:29-30

The king being spoken of here appears to be the Roman emperor Constantine, who began ruling around 320 A.D.  You can see that we have moved forward in time about 250 years since the previous prophecy.  In his conquests, Constantine took the city of Byzantium, and renamed it after himself, to Constantinople.  We know the city today as Istanbul, on the coast of Turkey.  The emperor so liked the city that he moved the heart of the Roman Empire there – and thus, began the decline of his empire.  This move of the capital city was the beginning of the end for Roman dominance.

Around 428 A.D., a king named Genseric led the Vandals (who he had moved from Spain to northern Africa) against the Romans.  He was mighty on the seas, and plundered the Roman provinces.  His greatest triumph was the capture of the city of Rome itself, in 455 A.D.  The great Roman Empire continued to decline.  You can see these predictions in the verses above.

Finally, what is meant about those who “vent his fury against the holy covenant”, and “forsake the holy covenant”?  Some feel that this is a direct reference to the merging of church and state under the Romans.  The Emperors of Rome and the Bishops of Rome began to band together, and this practice culminated in Emperor Justinian naming the Bishop of Rome as the head of the church in 533 A.D.  Naming a mortal man as the head of the church, instead of Jesus Christ, would seem to be a forsaking of the holy covenant – at least according to the New Testament AND these prophetic verses in Daniel.


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