Dr. Couch, where do you start the antichrist in Daniel 11? Most seem to say that he is first mentioned in verse 36 and on.
You sent me a very complicated question about where I think we begin
seeing him in prophecy, in that chapter. The best scholars I know say
the reference to him does indeed begin with verse 36. It must be
remembered that whether one is looking for information in chapter 11
about Antiochus Epiphanes or the antichrist, most of what is said has to
do with events that we know, or will know, little about in terms of
details. So it is difficult to be dogmatic as to all that is going on in
this chapter. In some ways, chapter 11 is one of the toughest chapters
in the OT, because it gives to us extremely detailed information and
Christ, and then Paul, refers back to Daniel 9 and
11 when predicting the coming of the antichrist. And of course so does
the apostle John in the book of Revelation.
The Lord refers
to the antichrist and the Abomination of Desolation "standing in the
holy place spoken of through Daniel the prophet" (Matt. 24:15). Paul
also speaks of him in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-on. Scofield Ministries
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After going through all of
the twists and turns on chapter 11, Benware concludes: "It seems best,
therefore, to see 11:36-45 as referring to the coming Antichrist who
will appear at the end of the ages and completely fulfill these
predictions of Daniel. Dr. John Walvoord observed that 'many students of
Scripture have recognized from antiquity that another king must be in
view' and many of these (such as Jerome and Luther) identified him with
the Antichrist of the New Testament. We are, therefore, in good company
when we identify this king as the 'man of sin', 'the beast', 'the
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Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch