The Prophecy of Daniel and America

The prophets of Bible time were feared people who had the divine gift of foretelling the future or to warn people of grave consequences. One such prophet was Daniel and one of his prophecies is shown below in different Bible versions.

In Daniel 11: 21, the prophet is describing a person who has acquired power falsely. The different version describes this person as contemptible, despicable, and vile. Another interesting aspect of Daniel’s prophecy describes how this person will come to power:

  • He will slip in when least expected and take over the kingdom by flattery and intrigue.
  • He will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
  • He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit.

Daniel’s prophecy and its description resonate with events that are unfolding in America today.

Despite the chaos and confusion that Donald Trumps presidency has created, we should not let fear of anything overcome us. Instead, we should take comfort in the understanding of the purpose of prophecies like described by Daniel.

1)    To warn people of serious consequences if they did not do the things they knew to be right.

2)    As an encouragement to those who seek answers through religion or spirituality.

Daniel 11:21

New International Version
“He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue.

New Living Translation
“The next to come to power will be a despicable man who is not in line for royal succession. He will slip in when least expected and take over the kingdom by flattery and intrigue.

English Standard Version
In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

New American Standard Bible
“In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.

King James Bible
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In his place a despised person will arise; royal honors will not be given to him, but he will come during a time of peace and seize the kingdom by intrigue.

International Standard Version
“‘In his place there will arise a despicable person, upon whom no royal authority has been conferred, but he’ll invade in a time of tranquility, taking over the kingdom through deception.

NET Bible
“Then there will arise in his place a despicable person to whom the royal honor has not been rightfully conferred. He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit.

New Heart English Bible
In his place shall arise a despicable person, to whom the honor of kingship had not been given, but he shall come in a time of prosperity, and shall obtain the kingdom through deceit.