Daniel 11:13 Index
"For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches."
Research Material

"...the king of the north shall return..."

  • The accession of the child Ptolemy V presented Antiochus III with the opportunity of avenging himself upon the Egyptians. In 201 B.C., the invaded Palestine again. (4BC 868)

"...and shall certainly come after certain years..."

  • The reference is concerning the 16 year period (217-201 B.C.) between the Battle of Raphia and Antiochus' second campaign against the south. (4BC 868)
  • The events predicted in this verse were to occur "after certain years." The peace concluded between Ptolemy Philopater and Antiochus Magnus lasted fourteen years. Meanwhile Ptolemy died from intemperance and debauchery, and was succeeded by his son Ptolemy Epiphanes, then five years old. Antiochus suppressed rebellion in his kingdom during the same time, and reduced the eastern provinces to obedience. He was then at leisure for any enterprise when young Epiphanes came to the throne of Egypt. Thinking this too good an opportunity for enlarging his dominion to let slip, he raised an immense army, greater than the former," and set out against Egypt, expecting to have an easy victory over the infant king. (US 242)