Daniel 11:22 Index
"And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant."
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"...with the arms of a flood shall... overflown..."

  • "Arms" denotes power, and here, particularly, military power (Daniel 11:6 and Daniel 11:15). The picture is evidently that of floodlike armies of soldiers (Daniel 9:26). Tiberius was eminently successful in leading several military campaigns, both in Germany and in the East on the frontiers of Armenia and Parthia. (4BC 870)
  • This signifies revolution and violence; and in fulfillment we should look for the arms of Tiberius the over-flower to be overflown, or, in other words, for him to suffer a violent death. To show how this was accomplished, we again cite the Encyclopaedia Americana: (US 256-257)
    • "Acting the hypocrite to the last, he disguised his increasing debility as much as he was able, even affecting to join in the sports and exercises of the soldiers of his guar. At length, leaving his favorite island, the scene of the most disgusting debaucheries, he stopped at a country house near the promontory of Micenum, where, on the sixteenth of March, 37 A.D., he sunk into a lethargy, in which he appeared dead; and Caligula was preparing with a numerous escort to take possession of the empire, when his sudden revival threw them into consternation. At this critical instant, Macro, the pretorian prefect, caused him to be suffocated with pillows. Thus expired the emperor Tiberius, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, and twenty-third of his reign, universally execrated." (Encyclopaedia Americana, 1849., Vol. XII, pp. 251, 252, art. "Tiberius"). (US 257)

"...also the prince of the covenant."

  • Identical with the Prince who confirms the covenant in Daniel 9:25-27 (Daniel 8:11). That this was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is clear from the prophecy of Daniel 9. It was when Tiberius reigned (A.D. 14-37), and upon the order of his procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate, that Jesus was crucified, in the year A.D. 31. (4BC 870)
  • After taking us down to the death of Tiberius, [Daniel] now mentions an event to take place during his reign which is so important that it should not be passed over. It is the cutting off of the "Prince of the covenant," or the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, "the Messiah the Prince" (Daniel 9:25), who as to "confirm the covenant" (Daniel 9:27) one week with His people. (US 257)
  • According to the Scripture, Christ's death took place in the reign of Tiberius Caesar. Luke informs us that in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, John the Baptist began his ministry. (Luke 3:1-3). According to Prideaux (Humphrey Prideaux, The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews, Vol. II, p. 423), Dr. William Hales (A New Analysis of Chronology, Vol. III, p.1), and others, the reign of Tiberius is to be reckoned from his elevation to the throne to reign jointly with Augustus, his stepfather, in August, A.D. 12. His fifteenth year would therefore be from August, A.D. 26, to August, A.D. 27. Christ was six months younger than John, and is supposed to have begun His ministry six months later, both, according to the law of the priesthood, entering upon their work when they were thirty years of age. If John began in the spring, in the latter part of the fifteenth year of Tiberius, it would bring the beginning of Christ's ministry in the autumn of A.D. 27. Right here the best authorities place the baptism of Christ, the exact point where the 483 years from 457 B.C., which were to extend to the Messiah the Prince, terminate. Christ then went forth proclaiming that the time was fulfilled. From this point we go forward three years and a half to find the date of the crucifixion, for Christ attended but four Passovers, and was crucified at the last one. Three and a half years from the autumn of A.D. 27, brings us to the spring of A.D. 31. The death of Tiberius is placed but six years later, in A.D. 37. (Daniel 25-27). (US 257-258)