November 4, 2014 by Chris French
40 “At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack[g] 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. 41 He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train.44 But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. 45 And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him.
These last verses are troubling because they don’t have a correlation to Antiochus. He never attacked Egypt (the king of the South) again, much less conquered it and Edom and Moab.
It could be that this is God’s way of saying that Antiochus’ reign, though it seems like it will never end, will indeed have a determined end day. “Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him.” God has determined Antiochus’ end and no one will be able to stop His will from happening.
“Praise God for never abandoning His people” – The Derision of Heaven