Daniel 11:33 Index
"And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days."
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"...they that understand among the people shall instruct many..."

  • Christ's commission, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19) is a as imperative in times of persecution as it is in periods of peace, and often proves more effective at such times. (4BC 874)

"...they shall fall by the sword..."

  • Throughout the Dark Ages, God always had faithful followers who would stand firmly for the truth. This was a period of frightful persecution... It was a time when the fires of persecution burned hot and millions of God's faithful went to a martyr's death. (KC 135)
  • On November 26, 1793, [France] issued a decree abolishing religion. The Papal Power, who had been foremost in persecuting was now the object of attack. Thousands died by the guillotine. (KC 137)
  • During the centuries in which God's true people were most bitterly persecuted, those fearless enough to stand forth and bear witness to their convictions were made the particular objects of destruction. (4BC 874)

"...many days."

  • The period referred to is apparently the same as the 1260 days of Daniel 7:25; Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 12:6; Revelation 12:14; Revelation 13:5; the time during which the power of apostasy most blatantly blasphemed God, exercised its usurped authority, and persecuted those who descent from its authority (Daniel 7:25). (4BC 874)
  • The long period of papal persecution against those who were struggling to maintain the truth and instruct their fellow men in ways of righteousness, is here brought to view. The number of the days during which they were thus to fall is given in Daniel 7:25; Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 12:6; Revelation 12:14; Revelation 13:5. The period is called "a time, and times, and the dividing of time;" "a thousand two hundred and threescore days;" and "forty and two months." All these expressions are various ways of denoting the same 1260 years of papal supremacy. (US 279)