After Daniel receives the revelation about the multiple kings and kingdoms that will rise and fall, he learns of one final “king”. Antiochus Epiphanes was evil (the last ruler who fulfilled Daniel’s prophecy in verses 21-35), but his wickedness pales in comparison with the final “king”, who we understand to be the Antichrist (in verses 36-45).
Scholars agree that there is a great gap of time between verses 35 and 36 because history has events that clearly correspond to the first thirty-five verses of the chapter, but as we look into the past, we find no events that fulfill what is pre-recorded by Daniel in verses 36-45.
The Antichrist is introduced here simply as “the king” and is a man who claims to be the Messiah and is energized by Satan himself. The Antichrist is a great deceiver and so many people follow him. His reign is a time of horrible tribulation that transpires just before Jesus’ second coming (Mt. 24:21-22, 29-31). He has great power and is the absolute ruler over all but is a megalomaniac and exalts himself above every god with no regard to the “God of his fathers.”
He loves war so he studies it and obsesses over it to the point of not even caring about women (which may or may not indicate homosexuality in this case). He worships the “god of fortresses” (or defenses) and also serves and sacrifices to a strange god unknown to previous generations, one who empowers him.
This is “the time of the end” when Israel is caught in the middle of the Syrian/Russian and Egyptian invasions from the north and the south, detailed for us in Ezekiel 38-39. The Antichrist ‘saves’ Israel from these invasions and is exalted for that victory, which causes him to set up the “abomination of desolation” and demand worship as the savior of Israel. Other attacks are launched against him but he prevails over them all until the Lord returns and destroys him by the word of his mouth (Zech. 12:2-3; 14:2-3; Rev. 19:17-21).
The spirit of the Antichrist is the spirit of deceit, fraud, pretense, and hypocrisy. In our world today, we see that lying to the public seems to have taken over politics, the media, and public discourse in general. Our world is being prepped for the last days! Christians need much wisdom and discernment. As in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes in Daniel 11:32, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.”
We know the Scriptures are trustworthy and are deadly accurate and so we must be wise and prepare for the coming end times.