Daniel 11:11 Index
"And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand."
Research Material

"...the king of the south shall be moved with choler..." (Daniel 8:7)

  • After numerous battles between the two powers, Antiochus III, King of the North, and Ptolemy IV, King of the South, met at the battle of Raphia (217 B.C.). Ptolemy IV was victorious but did not follow through, and sixteen years later Antiochus III avenged himself and defeated Egypt. (KC 128)
  • In 217 B.C., Ptolemy IV met Antiochus at Raphia near the Palestine-Egyptian border. (4BC 868)

"...he shall set forth a great multitude..."

  • Polybius, the leading ancient historian for this period, states that Antiochus' army numbered 62,000 infantry, 60,000 cavalry, and 102 elephants (History v. 79). Ptolemy's troops seem to have been of about the same number. (4BC 868)

"...but the multitude shall be given into his hand."

  • The Battle of Raphia (217 B.C.), between Antiochus III and Ptolemy IV, resulted in a stinging defeat for [Antiochus III], who is reported to have lost 10,000 infantry and 300 cavalry, plus 4,000 prisoners. (4BC 868)