In the Toronto church adult Bible Class we have been studying Peter’s second epistle. The last couple of weeks have been focused on chapter 2 where Peter warns of false prophets. Thank God He has His true prophets, and none more faithful than Daniel. Daniel received a vision from the Lord in the “third year of Cyrus king of Persia” (536BC). Here are a few of the things Daniel prophesied, and were fulfilled literally.
* He prophesied of the “mighty king,” Alexander the Great of Greece, 180 years before Alexander was born (Daniel 11:3 & 4).
*He predicted the events of the “kings of the north” (the Seleucid Empire – mostly Syria) and the “kings of the south” (the Ptolemaic Empire – mostly Egypt) hundreds of years before they happened.
*Daniel foretold the battle of Rapphia 319 years before it was fought (11:12).
*Daniel forecast the political union of north and south through the marriage of the daughter of Antiochus the Great to the young Ptolemy Epiphanes 340 years before it occurred.
*Daniel foresaw the coming of a “vile person,” (Antiochus Epiphanes) 361 years before he began to reign as “king of the north,” and would persecute the Jews (11:21ff).
These are but a few of the predictions of Daniel 11, but enough to prove the accuracy, authenticity and authority of the Bible. Little wonder modernists hate the Book of Daniel!