Daniel chapter 11 highlights the exploits of two of the kings/kingdoms that arose out of the broken Greek Empire. They are called the king of the North (Syria/Lebanon/Turkey/Iraq/Iran) and the king of the South (Egypt/Libya/Sudan). It is here that we find the geographic location of the Antichrist’s rise to power.
Daniel 11 says the Antichrist will become the king of the North kingdom when he steps up into power. Biblical action between the two kings of the North and South doesn’t resume until the Antichrist is king of the North kingdom at the time of the end.
“At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. [Dan 11:40 ESV]
Can we really know that the king of the North is referring to the future Antichrist? In verse 36, during the transition from Antiochus Epiphanes (the near fulfillment of the prophecy) to the Antichrist (the far fulfillment), it says:
“And the king shall do as he wills…” [Dan 11:36 ESV]
Which king? The king of the North. Verse 15 identifies him as the king of the North and the use of the definite article “the” keeps the focus on him into verse 36. This means the future willful king (Antichrist) will be the king of the North.
When the action between these two kingdoms continues at the time of the end, the king of the South will attack the king of the North. Daniel 12:11 seems to suggest there will be a period of three years and seven months from chapter 11 verse 31 to verse 45, the ruin of the Antichrist.
It is my belief that we are somewhere around the knees of iron on King Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue [Daniel 2]. We are somewhere near the latter part of chapter 11.
These things deserve further study, taking into account why God curiously describes the king of Tyre in Scripture as Satan [Eze 28:19]. Tyre is located in modern-day Lebanon. Apparently, Lebanon used to be part of this Syrian empire. Interestingly, another similar description concerns the king of Babylon [Isa 14:12-21]. Revelation 2:13 also names Pergamum, Turkey as the location of Satan’s throne. I believe all of these references add additional Scriptural support to the idea of the Middle East as the geographic location of the Antichrist’s kingdom.
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Can you picture a European Atheist rising to power in this region of the world? Didn’t think so. I’m afraid that, as our attention is focused on Europe and we try to revive a dead empire, we will be blindsided for lack of knowledge of what the Word may actually be teaching.