“He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him. Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. Both these kings’ hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time. While returning to his land with great riches, his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his own land.
“At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter. For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage.
“So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue. And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.
The last paragraph is of interest. To be wise and able to instruct when times become disastrous it is necessary to know our God. This knowledge gives the ability to resist any forces that come against our God and His covenants. When reading of end times and making attempts to understand and receive knowledge it is most important to be sure we know our God. It is important to know the significance of the cross and its implications for our life and relationship with the Lord. End time events have no fear for the child of God. No matter how bad it gets we can rest in the knowledge that he is with us in all of it. He, too, has suffered and bled. He, too, has been disrespected. As we look forward to his coming, in remembrance and in expectation, we can overcome through the spirit, the hardships of the flesh. This is the peace that he brings, the peace the rest of humanity does not and cannot understand and receive unless they too become one with the Lord who went to the cross for their sins and failings. Blessed be the name of the Lord.