Daniel 11:36 Index
"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done."
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"...the king shall do according to his will..."

  • Those who understand "the king" to refer to the power of France during [its] Revolution emphasize that it must be a new power that is introduced here, because it appears immediately after the mention of the "time of the end" (Daniel 11:35) and because... it must fulfill certain specifications that have not been stated concerning the power depicted in the previous verses, particularly that its willfulness will be manifested in the direction of atheism. It is... a [historical] fact... that the guiding philosophy of the French Revolution was not only anticlerical but atheistic as well, and that this philosophy had far-reaching effect on the 19th-, 20th-, and [21st-] century. Furthermore, that revolution and its aftermath mark the close of the 1260-year period of prophecy. (4BC 875)

"...and magnify himself above every god..."

  • ...These words are understood to describe the excesses of atheism indulged in by some of the more radical leaders of the [French] Revolution. As an example of this, on November 26, 1793, the Commune, or governing body, of the city of Paris took official action abolishing all religion in the capital of France. Although this action was reversed by the National Assembly a few days later, it nevertheless illustrates the influence to which atheism attained during [the French Revolution]. (4BC 875)

"...shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods..."

  • [The French] threw the Bibles into the street... The King of the south (Spiritual Egypt), who had been quiet, suddenly arose. It was the Pharaoh of Egypt, the King of the South, [the French government] who... said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:2).... Out of the rise of atheism in France came movements that would war against the God of Heaven. George Hegel, 1797, the father of atheism, in philosophy and theology, introduced higher criticism of Scripture. Charles Darwin, 1837, brought in evolution of the species, turning man from his Creator. (KC 137)
  • ...this clause refers to the boastful words of the revolutionists who abolished all religion and set up the worship of the Goddess of Reason. When later the worship of the Supreme Being was introduced the reactionaries made clear that he was not to be identified with the God of the Christian religion. (4BC 875)