After describing these events, Daniel goes back and explains the rise of the despicable ruler in the Kingdom of North.

He stands in his place and sends an extractor of tribute collector for the glory of his kingdom. Within a short time, some will be destroyed, but not by anger or war (Dan 11:20).
This ruler sends out a tax collector. There was no income tax in Daniel’s time, so king raised money be levying tariffs and duties on trade and by imposing the payment of tribute on other kings. The tariffs on imports and sanctions on various nations could be a fulfilment of this prophecy. The king takes these actions for the “glory of his kingdom”. “Make America Great Again” would fit with this expression.

Daniel says that within a short time, this king will have destroyed some nations. He will do it without needing to go to war. This king is a despised person.

He will stand in his place as a despicable person, to whom they had not given the respect of the kingdom: but he will come without a warning and seize the kingdom by intrigue (Dan 11:21).
When he gains his place, this person will not have the respect of many in his nation. They will claim that he is a despicable person and assume that he will not gain power. However, he will engage in intrigue and seize control of the kingdom.

This is a good description of Donald Trump. Many people considered him to be a contemptible person. Most commentators despised him and did not believe that he could be elected. However, he ran an effective communication strategy that bypassed the mainstream media. He used Twitter effectively to get his message across. By these intrigues, a despised person who was not expected to win came without warning and seized control of a powerful nation.

Great Victory

Once he gains power, this ruler is successful against strong opposition.

A flood of forces will be swept away before him; they will be broken (Dan 11:22).
Stated literally, this verse could say that overwhelming forces will be overwhelmed. Or a deluge of forces will be deluged. This is a description of a huge victory over incredibly strong forces. The passage does not say whether it is an economic or military battle. Given the context, this likely to be a victory of economic power. The most overwhelming economic force in the world today is China. If this is correct, the United States will use strong economic power to break the economic power of China.

Another possibility is that this battle is an invasion of Saudi Arabia and a defeat of the ISIS-like rebellion in that country. This victory will have an effect in Israel, described as the prince of the covenant (the covenant people who have gained a place by political and military power).

Also, the prince of the covenant will be broken. After an alliance is made with him, he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a few people (Dan 11:22-23).
The economic crisis will severely weaken the nation of Israel. After the alliance is made with Saudi Arabia, the ruler of Israel will engage in deception. He will gain power, but with only a few people. He will operate a minority government, but will exercise great power.
During a time of security, he will come into the richest parts of the territory and do what his fathers and forefathers never did. He will lavish plunder, loot, and wealth on his followers, and he will make plans against fortified cities, but only for a time (Dan 11:24).
His predecessors have all tried to establish a peace treaty in Israel, but they all failed. This US President will succeed in this goal during a time of security. He will approach the richest countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and demand that they give sufficient wealth and resources to ensure that the Palestinians will accept the deal. He will also make threats of war against other countries that oppose his peace treaty. A combination of carrot and stick will push the deal over the line. Unfortunately, the deal will not hold.

More War

War will break out again.

He will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South with a large army; so the king of the South will stir up an extremely large and staunch army for war; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devised against him (Dan 11:24).
The first king to stir up an army is the King of the North. The success of his Middle East Peace Plan gives him confidence, and his heart becomes bold. The King of the South will also stir up a large army to resist the King of the North. However, he will not succeed due to schemes devised against him. The word is doubled: they will devise devising against him. The scheme is described in the next two verses.
The two kings, whose hearts are bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table but to no avail (Dan 11:26).
The two political leaders will come together and pretend to be friends, but each of them will be intent on doing evil against each other. Neither leader will succeed with their deceptions.
Those who eat his delicacies will destroy him; his army will be swept away, and many will fall slain (Dan 11:26).
Instead, one of them will be destroyed by one of his greatest supporters; someone who eats with him regularly. It is not clear from the text, whether the loser will be the King of the South or the King of the North. No doubt, it will be obvious when it happens.

This ruler will return to the land that he came from.

Then he will return to his land with much wealth; but his heart will be on the holy covenant, and he will take action and return to his land (Dan 11:28).
Having done what he can do support Israel, he will switch his focus back to his own land.

Daniel makes one thing clear. This battle is not the end of the age.

The end of the season will be further on (Dan 11:27).
Other things will happen before the end comes.

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