Daniel 11:15 Index
"So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand."
Research Material

"...the king of the north..."

  • The northern territory had been controlled by Syria. A new force was now rising that was destined to become the king of the North. In 63 B.C., the Roman invasion of Palestine took place. (KC 130)
  • Following the parenthetical remarks of Daniel 11:14, this verse continues the narrative begun in Daniel 11:13 concerning Antiochus's second campaign in Palestine. (4BC 869)
  • The education of the young king of Egypt was entrusted by the Roman Senate to M. Emilius Lepidus, who appointed Aristomenes, an old and experienced minister of that court, to be his guardian. His first act was to provide against the threatened invasion of the two confederated kings, Philip and Antiochus. (US 245)
    • To this end he dispatched Scopas, a famous general of Aetolia then in the service of the Egyptians, into his native country to raise reinforcements for the army. After equipping an army, he marched into Palestine and Coele-Syria (Antiochus being engaged in a war with Attalus in Lesser Asia), and reduced all Judea to the authority of Egypt. (US 245)

"...and cast up a mount..."

  • "Siegeworks" (4BC 869)

"...and take the most fenced cities..."

  • "a city of fortifications." The reference is possibly to Gaza which fell to Antiochus III in 201 B.C., after a considerable siege. (4BC 869)

"...and the arms of the south shall not withstand..."

  • "Arms" is a symbol of strength [or the lack thereof]. (Daniel 11:22 and Daniel 11:31). (4BC 869)
  • Thus affairs were brought about for the fulfillment of the verse before us. Desisting from his war with Attalus at the dictation of the Romans, Antiochus took speedy steps for the recovery of Palestine and Coele-Syria from the hands of the Egyptians. Scopas was sent to oppose him. Near the sources of the Jordan, the two armies met. Scopas was defeated, pursued to Sidon, and there was closely besieged. Three of the ablest generals of Egypt, with their best forces, were sent to raise the siege, but without success. At length Scopas, meeting a foe in the specter of famine with which he was unable to cope, was forced to surrender on the dishonorable terms of life only. He and his ten thousand men were permitted to depart, stripped and destitute. Here was the taking of the "most fenced cities" by the king of the north, for Sidon was in its situation and defenses one of the strongest cities of those times. Here was the failure of the arms of the south to withstand, and the failure also of the people which the king of the south had chosen; namely, Scopas and his Aetolian forces. (US 245)