Daniel 11:29 Index
"At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter."
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"...it shall not be as the former, or as the latter."

  • That the Holy Covenant is the plan of salvation. It was made in the beginning and sealed by the death of Christ. Rome is the power referred to here and Constantine opened a floodgate of opposition to the plan of salvation for the lives of men and women:
    • 1st - He marched his army through the river and told them they had all been baptized and were not Christians.
    • 2nd - He took pagan ceremonies and incorporated them into the Christian Church.
    • 3rd - He signed the Edict of Constantine in A.D. 321 announcing that the pagan day of worshipping the sun would take the place of the Lord's Sabbath (Mark 2:28; Matthew 12:8; Luke 6:5)
  • These actions brought great damage to the church. (KC 132-133)
  • Constantine's effort to revive the Roman Empire to its "...former" glory and power was not successful and the moving of the capital to Constantinople began the downfall of the Roman Empire. (KC 133)
  • ...the career of Constantine is here delineated.... In spite of all Constantine's attempts to revive the former glory and power of the Roman Empire, his efforts at best met with only partial success.... the removal of the seat of the empire to Constantinople... [signaled] the downfall of the Roman Empire. (4BC 872)
  • The time appointed is probably the prophetic time of Daniel 11:24, which has been previously mentioned. It closed, as already shown, in A.D. 330, at which time [Rome] was to return and come again toward the south, but not as on the former occasion, when it went to Egypt, nor as the latter, when it went to Judea. Those were expeditions which resulted in conquest and glory. This one led to demoralization and ruin. The removal of the seat of [the] empire to Constantinople was the signal for the downfall of the empire. Rome then lost its prestige. The western division was exposed to the incursions of foreign enemies. On the death of Constantine, the Roman Empire was divided among his three sons, Constantius, Constantine II, and Constans. Constantine II and Constans quarreled, and the victorious Constans gained the supremacy of the entire West. The barbarians of the North soon began their incursions and extended their conquests until the imperial power of the West expired in A.D. 476. (US 266)