It Looks Like Bosnia

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 11:10-19

This is the only place in the Bible where the events of the intertestamental period are depicted for us. The Egyptians, under the Ptolmey, are described as “the South”; the Syrians, under the Seleucids, are described as “the North.” The narrator has told Daniel, “I will show you the truth” (v. 2). He is now describing what is going to happen some 300 years after Daniel’s time, in the third and second centuries, B.C.

There is one historical figure who fits the description of verse 16. That is Antiochus the great father of Antioichus Epiphanes. He gave his daughter Cleopatra to the young Ptolmey of Egypt, but “it did not stand to his advantage” (v. 17). She became loyal to her husband instead, exactly as the heavenly messenger had predicted.

At the Battle of Thermopylae, Antiochus the Great was defeated by the Romans in 191 B.C. In 187 B.C. he died in battle in Armenia.

Aren’t you glad that the one who holds history in his hands is your loving father through Jesus Christ our Lord?


Gracious God, this unusual prophecy in Daniel gives us courage in your control of history. Hasten the day when the knowledge of your glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. In Jesus’ name. Amen.