that chapter 11 of Daniel, really gets me confused..
it jumps from Babylonian captivity to the end of years time
with a pause after the Greek empire was divided among the 4 generals
if the prophecy is true, then the battles of Gog/Magog
and the Anti-christs' armegeddon are initiated, conducted by a King
that comes from one of the 4 kingdoms arising from the Greek Empire.
(it could either be the King of the North or the King of the South...
but not both)
by geographical limitations of the 4 empires which sprang forth after
the death of Alexander the Great, of Macedonia/Greece
Egypt would be the most Southern
Persia(including Syria/Assyria/Babylon/Iran+Iraq) would be most Northern
So, the end-times Northern King could well be the alliance led by Iran
because it fufills the requirement that the 'despicable person'(?antichrist)
would issue forth from one of the 4 nations/kingdoms arising from the breakup
of the ancient Greek empire....
seems way too easy and fits too well with todays geo-political
alignments...scripture is rife with double meanings & bouncing between the
natural worlds and spiritual worlds and ultimately ~hiding~
the paths of fufillments of many prophecies...
why should Daniels End of Years be any different??