Daniel 11:27 Index
"And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed."
Research Material

"And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief..."

  • Antony and Augustus were formerly in alliance. Yet under the garb of friendship, they were both aspiring and intriguing for universal dominion. Their protestations of friendship for each other were the utterances of hypocrites. They spoke lies at one table. Octavia, the wife of Antony and sister of Augustus, declared to the people of Rome at the time Antony divorced her, that she had consented to marry him solely with the hope that it would prove a pledge of union between Augustus and Antony. But that counsel did not prosper. The rupture came, and in the conflict that ensued Augustus was entirely victorious. (US 263)

"...hearts shall be to do mischief..."

  • The Roman Empire rose to prominence and brought all of her enemies under her foot. Great persecution was inflicted on the Christians and ended with Diocletian The Roman Empire "...hearts shall be to do mischief..." (KC 132)
  • ...a reference to the struggle for power during the closing years of the reign of Diocletian (284-305 A.D.) and during the years between the death of Diocletian and the time that Constantine the Great (306-337 A.D.) succeeded in reuniting the [Roman] Empire (c. 323 A.D.). (4BC 872)

"...the end shall be at the time appointed."

  • Evil men and their machinations can last only as long as God suffers them to continue. The true philosophy of history is demonstrated throughout the book of Daniel. God "doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand" (Daniel 4:35). (4BC 872)