Will Wars Never Cease?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 11:2-9

The heavenly visitor announces to Daniel what is going to happen in the years immediately following his death. Some people believe that the predictions are too accurate, and therefore must have been written after the fact, in the second century, B.C. Those who believe in predictive prophecy see this as one more evidence of God’s control of history.

He tells of four more Persian kings, the last of which is Xerxes.

Then come the Greeks, with Alexander the Great, who has already been described in chapter 8 as a “he-goat.” He moves so fast that his body barely touches the ground. But, as Daniel has already been told, Alexander dies suddenly when he is only 32 years of age. What follows is the breakup of his empire and the eventual emergence of the Ptolmeys in Egypt and the Seleucids in Syria. The apostle Paul, looking back on all this upset and war, writes, “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son” (Gal. 4:4). The contrast between the chaos described here and the Pax Romana into which Jesus came displays how God directs events.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for this short sketch of the confusion prior to the birth of Jesus. Humble us to realize that you know what you are doing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.