Daniel 11:23 Index
"And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people."
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"After the league made with him..."

  • Rome continued her conquest of the world, bringing Judea into submission, and destroying Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Rome was to rule longer than any other power up to that time -- from 168 B.C. to A.D. 476.... Imperial Rome made treaties with other nations to protect and promote mutual interest. Rome assumed the role of friend and protector, only to "work Deceitfully"... by turning their agreements to her own advantage. She often imposed the burdens of conquest on her "allies", but usually reserved the rewards of conquest for herself. Eventually these "allies" were absorbed into the Roman Empire. "...for a time" (Daniel 11:24) --- a considerable period of time, in fact -- no "...strongholds" (Daniel 11:24), were able to withstand the determined pressure of the invincible legion of Rome. (KC 131-132)
  • [Continuing] the chronological view of the prophetic narrative of Daniel 11, [we] find a reference here to the Roman policy of arranging what today would be called mutual assistance pacts, as, for example, the league of assistance and friendship with the Jews. In these treaties the Romans recognized the participants as "allies," and the treaties were intended, presumably, to protect and promote mutual interests. Rome thus appeared in the role of friend and protector, only to "work deceitfully" by turning these agreements to her own advantage. She often imposed the burdens of conquest o her "allies," but usually reserved the rewards of conquest for herself. Eventually these "allies" were absorbed into the Roman Empire. (4BC 871)