Daniel 11:44 Index
"But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many."
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"...tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him..."

  • On this verse Adam Clarke has a note which is worthy of mention. He says:
    • "This part of the prophecy is allowed to be yet unfulfilled."
  • His note was printed in 1825. In another part of his comment he says:
    • "If the Turkish power be understood, as in the preceding verses, it may mean that the Persians on the east, and the Russians on the north, will at some time greatly embarrass the Ottoman government." (Adam Clarke, Commentary on the Old Testament, Vol. IV, p. 618, note on Daniel 11:44). (US 298)
  • Between this conjecture by Adam Clark, written in 1825, and the Crimean War of 1853-1856, there is certainly a striking coincidence, inasmuch as the very powers he mentions, the Persians on the east and the Russians on the north, were the ones which instigated that conflict. Tidings from these powers troubled him (Turkey). Their attitude and movements incited the sultan to anger and revenge. Russia, being the more aggressive party, was the object of attack. (US 298)

"...he shall go forth with great fury to destroy..."

  • The world looked on in amazement to see a government which had long been called "the Sick Man of the East," a government whose army was dispirited and demoralized, whose treasuries were empty, whose rulers were vile and imbecile, and whose subjects were rebellious and threatening secession, rush with such impetuosity into the conflict. The prophecy said that they should go forth with "great fury," and when they thus went forth in the war aforesaid, they were described, in the profane vernacular of an American writer, as "fighting like devils." England and France, it is true, soon came to the help of Turkey; but she went forth in the manner described, and as reported, gained important victories before receiving the assistance of these powers. (US 298-299)