I have been studying “Daniel” and preached an overview of the prophecies of Daniel last night. I enjoyed this one piece of info. Here is a verse from Daniel that we believe concerns Antiochus the later King of one of the four portions of Alexander’s empire.
Dan 11:29-30 “At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before. 30 Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.
The history works perfectly for the prophecy. Antiochus is ready to besiege Alexandria when a Roman delegate arrives via a ship. His name is Gaius Popillius Laenas. Rome, always concerned about rival powers doesn’t want Antiochus to continue with his siege. He is forced to make a decision when the Consul draws a circle around him saying that he must make his decision before crossing the line.
He withdraws, enraged, only to find that the Jews have revolted and he returns to do the things described as an “abomination” by Daniel, a word that points to the past as well as the future.