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Dan 11:26a. and ones eating of dainty of him they shall break him and army of him he shall be overwhelmed and they fall ones wounded many ones. (Hebrew direct translation)
Dan 11:26b. They that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him and his army shall be over whelmed and they fall and many wounded ones. (Hebrew/English translation)
The word dainty or portion of his meat in the Hebrew is “phatbagow” means path, bag, dainty, food or meat. This word only appears in Dan 1:18.104.22.168.16.
Dan 1:5 And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king´s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. This food is related to the training, teaching and obtaining knowledge with Daniel and his friends and has nothing to do with prestige because they came from royalty in Jerusalem. In verse 22.214.171.124. Daniel and his friends refused to eat the Kings delicacies because they did not want to be defiled with the food the king ate. Daniel proposed a test for 10 days on vegetable foods of which the eunuch agreed to and they were found to be healthier than the other students in the king´s courts. The king in verse 20 found that these young men were ten times better in wisdom and understanding than all the other men in his realm.
The symbolic meaning of Dan 11:26 referring to eating of food, implies learning and working together with wisdom and understanding. Hence we can apply this, to the two orders of monks and friars from the Dominicans and the Franciscans, during the late 12th century who worked for the papacy in the Roman Catholic Church to convert the clergy from their corrupt worldly practices. The friars and monks overcame the clergy with their strategy of teaching in churches, schools and universities, and as a result, many of the clergy fell by the wayside wounded.
(Walker 236). The Dominicans and Franciscans – – – labored primarily in the cities, chiefly because it was only there that mendicancy proved practicable. – – – At the same time they lessened the influence of the bishops and ordinary clergy. Since they were privileged to preach and absolve anywhere. They thus strengthened the power of the papacy by diminishing that of the ordinary clergy.
(Walker 233). The Dominicans always zealous for learning, it emphasized preaching and teaching, sought work especially in university towns, and soon became widely represented on the university faculties.
Dan 11:27a. and two of them the kings heart of them to evil and on table one lie they shall speak and not she shall prosper that further end to appointed time.
Dan 11:27b. And both these kings hearts shall do evil and speak lies at one table; but she shall not prosper for the end at the time appointed.
So we have a picture of two kings sitting at the table negotiating. The first king is the King of Negev and is a symbol of wickedness and worldliness; the second is the king representing the papacy who is also referred to as a king in Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will. However this king is not the king of the north but is referred to in the previous verses in the personal pronouns “he,” “him” and “his.”
It is important to understand the key word “table” in this text. Hence, I shall proceed with a short word study of this word. In the Hebrew the word is “Shulchan” and means kings table.
1 Sam 20:29 “King David is invited to King Saul´s table for the New Moon feast”. From Numb 28:11-14 the New Moon feast implies sacrifices, special worship and feasting.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.” This practice of eating the left overs by the king´s enemies was to show that the king rules over them. In this text however it is God helping the king to rule over his enemies.
Psalm 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them.” This table was not used for eating food but for making plans for destroying a person. This is a prophecy of the Messiah, of how the priests and Pharisees plotted at their table to destroy Christ.
Psalm 78:19. God can prepare a table in the wilderness, for example he can provide food in the wilderness.
Is 28:8 “All tables are full of vomit and filthiness. No place is clean.” This talking about the tables of the heart with will reap judgment.
Is 65:11 “But you are those who forsake the Lord. Who forget My holy mountain. Who prepare a table for Gad. (A pagan deity). And who furnish a drink offering for meni. (Pagan deity).” This table is related to false worship.
Ezek 23:40.41. This text is about the idolatrous sisters Ohola and Oholibah representing Jerusalem and Samaria. “And you washed yourself and adorned yourself with ornaments. You sat on a couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.” This table is referring to adulterous worship in Jerusalem and Samaria.
Ezek 39:20 “You shall be filled at My table with horses and riders, with mighty men and with all the men of war says the Lord.” This table is related to soldiers and men of war.
Ezek 40:39 “In the vestibule of the gateway were two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which to slay the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering.” These tables are in the sanctuary.
Ex 25:23 “You shall make Me a table of acacia wood two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its width and a cubit and a half its height.” Related to the sanctuary: table of showbread.
The word “table” is related to true and false worship in the old Testament, table of conquered enemies, food, tables of the heart, adulterous worship, army of soldiers and tables in the sanctuary.
In relation to Dan 11:27 table has to do with the two kings. The king of Negev a symbol of corruption of the clergy in the church and the second king representing the papacy. Therefore, it has nothing to do with true worship related to the sanctuary. The word is connected to false and adulterous worship and telling lies to one another. As the clergy sat at the same table of bargaining with the Dominican and Franciscan orders, they made promises and both the kings told lies to one another. The clergy in refuting worldliness and making money by the selling of indulgences for their own use on the one hand, and the papacy encouraging the selling of indulgences to fill her coffers on the other hand. This practice however is not found in the Bible.
Dan 11:28a. and he shall return land of him in goods/riches great and heart of him on/against covenant of holiness and he makes and he returns to land of him.
Dan 11:28b. And he shall return into his land with great goods and riches; and heart of him on (against) the covenant of holiness and he makes and he returns to his own land.
Although we tend to think of goods and riches in the literal sense, in Dan 11:28 it is interpreted symbolically. Goods and riches mean spiritual conversions to the faith and repentance. John´s message to the Laodicean Church in Rev 3:14-22 writes about buying gold from Christ in verse 18. What is the symbolic meaning of gold in prophecy? It is our faith according to 1 Pet 1:7, faith tested in fire. This faith can be the true faith of God or any false faith that does not follow the Bible. So back to Dan 11:28. Because of the revival through the Dominican and Franciscan orders in the church all over Europe, the church achieved success in converting people and the clergy from worldliness and corruption. These were the great “goods and riches” they obtained for the church before returning to their land.
Dan 11:28 “and heart of him on/against covenant of holiness and he makes and he returns to land of him.”
In Hebrew the words “Holy Covenant” is “qodesh berit.”
It means a compact, treaty, alliance and league between God and man.
This covenant is described in the following texts:
Dan 9:4 “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love him.”
Dan 9:27 “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”
This is referring to the plans of salvation through Christ on the cross who put an end to sacrifices in the earthly temple by his own sacrifice.
Dan 11:22. “Prince of the covenant.”
This is Jesus Christ who is the Prince of the Covenant.
According to W. Shea the prince of the covenant is the same wording as that in Dan 9:24-27 which is referring to Christ the Messiah who was crucified.
Dan 11:30 “So he shall return and show regard for them that forsake the holy covenant.”
This covenant is related to people and believers in Christ.
Ezek 19:5 “If you indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant then you shall be a special treasure to me above all people – – -. Verse 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation – – -.” This covenant is related to Gods people who are a holy nation and kingdom of priests.
Heb 8:7-10. Verse 8 talks about the new covenant with Israel and Judah. Verse 9 Says God discarded them because they did not keep the covenant when they came out of Egypt.
Verse 10 writes about the new covenant. I will put my laws in their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my people.
So the covenant is related to God and the true worshipers in church history. We must look for a point in history at the time of the Dominican and Franciscan friars and after. This point should describe the papacy´s attitude towards the true worshipers of God and his covenant. Such a time in history is when the Papacy persecuted the Waldenses and Albigenses and labelled them as heretics to the church.
So who were the Waldenses in the Middle Ages?
(Lyons 315). The name comes from Peter Waldo a wealthy merchant of Lyons, France who experienced conversion about 1175/1176. He had translations made from the Latin New testament into the vernacular (local language) which formed the basis of his evangelism. This was given approval of Pope Alexander III at the Third Lateran Council 1179. The Waldenses exalted the virtues of poverty and condemned the wealth and laxity of the church. The archbishop of Lyons prohibited their scriptural preaching around 1181.
The Waldensian believers were excommunicated in 1184 by pope Lucius III, and were punished and eliminated by episcopal inquisition i.e. burnt at the stake. They spread throughout two regions of Europe i.e. Lombardy and Proence. In 1214 the Waldenses were again condemned as heretics by pope Innocent III at the great Fourth Lateran Council. By the end of the 13th century, though hounded by the newly strengthened inquisition, the Waldenses had infiltrated practically the whole of Europe except Britain, and they had become one of the most common and widespread persecuted movements.
What did the Waldensians believe in?
(Walker 231.316). They rejected the Roman Catholic Church and called it Babylon.
1. They rejected the clergy of the church and their unauthorized preaching of the Bible.
2. They rejected all ecclesiastical authority and were not subject to the pope.
3. They rejected the Catholic sacraments except confession, absolution and the Eucharist.
4. The Eucharist was conducted once a year by a layman in the Waldensian church.
5. They rejected all Catholic feast days, festivals and prayers because they were not based on the New Testament Bible.
6. They refused to take oaths.
7. They rejected purgatory, hell, alms, indulgences and prayers for the dead.
8. They rejected prayers to images of the saints.
The French Waldenses culminated by a crusade against them by the pope in 1188 in Dauphine. In Italy they also held out in the Piedmont valleys against the inquisition until they were attacked in 1488. Their work was later to influence the course of the reformation.
During this period, the Waldensian people who kept the Holy Covenant of God, were persecuted by the papacy, through the inquisition and the Dominican order.
Dan 11:29a. to appointed time he shall return and he comes in the Negev and not she shall be as former and/or as latter.
Dan 11:29b. At the time appointed he shall return and come toward the Negev, but it shall not be as the former or as the latter.
The word Negev in Hebrew means worldliness, corruption and paganism. When did this worldliness come into the Roman Catholic Church again? During the 14th century.
(Lyons 346). By most accounts negligence, ignorance, absenteeism and sexual immorality were wide spread among the clergy and taken for granted by the lay people – – -. The heart of the rotten condition of the Catholic Church lay in papal protection and promotion of abuses.
(Lyons 328). It was during the 14th century that the papal court became more bureaucratic – – -. A more expensive papacy too. The papacy of the 14th century became a kind of international corporation, employing about 500 people in the papal palace alone.
(Lyons 333). The need for greater amounts of money, in the form of “gifts” led to further bureaucratization of the papal court. Pope Sixtus exploited the sale of offices and peddling of indulgences. He required more money partly for his patronage of hermeneutic studies, art and architecture.
(Lyons 339). Examples of discontentment with the church and the papacy occur in anti-clerical asides of the writer Boccaccio, and the condemnation of the church wealth by the English writer Langland. Certainly Geoffrey Chaucer shows no love for the materialism of the church in the 14th century England.
(Lyons 341). When the 15th century began, there were two rival popes in the west, each seeking to undo the work of the other, and from 1409 there were three (popes). This unhappy state in the leadership of the western church reflected a light, which affected the quality of Christian life at almost every level (in society).
(Lyons 348). For all its ideals, purity and art, Catholicism differed from the church of the New Testament in doctrine, morals and administration.
(Lyons 348). This is a description used for some of the 15th century popes of what they read and practiced. The renaissance began with the revival of classical learning by scholars who have come to be called humanists. A humanist was originally someone who taught Latin grammar, but the word later came to mean a student of Latin and Greek, who not only read classical writings but molded his life in what he read. But although Renaissance humanists read non-Christian authors, such as Cicero and Plato, they were not necessarily opposed to Christianity; in fact most of the early humanists professed faith in Christ. Later they rejected Christianity to admire pagan virtues and practice pagan vices.
Dan 11:29. he shall return and come toward the Negev.
The church was influenced by worldliness, corruption, paganism, sexual immorality, papal protection and promotion of abuses e.g. sale of indulgences. The papacy was becoming expensive and needed greater amounts of money. Love of materialism by the church increased and the pope and clergy engaged in humanism during the renaissance.
This time the king of the Negev (wickedness) overwhelmed the church and won. This is not like the former, were the monks and friars of the Dominican and Franciscan orders helped to counter attack the state of worldliness in the church through the clergy. In this case, worldliness took over the church at all levels from the clergy to the bishops and popes.
 Francis Brown, S.R. Driver and C.A. Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980), 136.
 William H. Shea, Daniel (Nampa, Idaho: Pacific Press Pub., 2005), 249.
 Tim Dowley, Ed., A Lion Handbook: The History of Christianity (Herts: Lion Pub., 1977)
 Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1963)