Previously: Egyptian ruler Ptolemy Philometor schemed to have his northern foe Demetrius I Soter replaced by a clever ploy of using a pretender Alexander Balas to proclaim himself the son of Epiphanes, and true heir. In the resulting war, Soter died 150 BC, and Balas was given his crown as well as the daughter of Philometor to keep him in check. But Balas did not turn out to be what Philometor hoped.
3 Years later the son of Demetrius Soter, named Demetrius Nicator appears with a rebel force to regain his father’s throne. Philometor comes supposedly to Balas rescue and conquers many coastal towns just as Scripture prophesied.
" DANIEL 11:18a After this shall he [Ptolemy Philometor] turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: …”
But then Philometor switch alliance from Balas to Nicator and gave him his daughter, Alexander Balas’s wife, and bring to pass the rest of Daniel 11:18.
DANIEL 11:18b “…but a prince [Demetrius Nicator] for his own behalf [ for the sake of regaining his inheritance] shall cause the reproach offered by him [Ptolemy Philometor] to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him."
Demetrius Nicator and Philometor must have agreed not to avenge the death of his father on the citizens of Antioch. That same son [prince] would not offer his own reproach, as he merely wanted back that which was his, and here Philomeor handed it to him on a platter. Oh the beauty of the Scriptures! It said this 389 years in 536 BC before it happened.
Here was Philometor now shamed to re-establish the son [Demetrius Nicator] of the man [Demetrius Soter] he once hated so much that he had to destroy him. The reproach he caused by placing a imposter [Alexander Balas] on the throne of the Seleucids now fell back upon him as he restored the son, even giving him a wife. Indirectly Rome helped caused this arrangement because Philometor so feared them and couldn’t take over directly unless Rome ordered him out of the north. And so the shame of the house of Demetrius ceased as Balas was defeated and had to flee the country. The rightful heirs were now back where they belonged, restored by the same man who shamed them.
But wait Scripture had more to say about Philometor. The reproach Philometor offered would now fell back further upon himself in the next verse: " DANIEL 11:19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found."
After defeating Balas 147 BC, Ptolemy returned to his own land, but he would soon be forced to yet again come north and defend his and Nicator’s interest. It was then that he literally fell as Scripture prophesied. I quote:
“ By 145 Alexander [Balas]had collected in Cilicia a force which seemed adequate for renewing the contest. He crossed the Amanus and descended into the plain of Antioch, which he began to devastate. Ptolemy advanced to meet him, and the two armies closed on the river Oenoparas. Alexander was routed, but the battle was not without disaster for the victorious side. The King of Egypt had mingled in the thick of the fighting, where his horse had taken fright at the trumpeting of an elephant and thrown him.
Instantly Alexander’s Cilicians had flung themselves upon him and rained down blows. He was rescued by the royal body-guard and carried off alive, but his skull was fractured and he had lost consciousness. Meanwhile Alexander fled for his life eastwards, to Abae in the wilderness, with five hundred followers. He hoped to find shelter with the friendly Arab chief to whom he had confided his son.
But his little company contained traitors. Some of his Greco-Syrian officers contrived to send back a message to Demetrius, offering to assassinate Alexander as the price of their own pardon. The promise was given in the King's name, and Alexander was murdered. An Arab chief called Zabdiel cut off his head and sent it to Ptolemy. On the fifth day after the battle Ptolemy recovered consciousness. The ghastly relic was shown him of the man who had been his son-in-law. Three days later he died under the hands of the surgeons, while they were trying to adjust the broken bone …” [The house of Seleucids –Edwin Robert Bevan]
Crime really doesn’t pay. Ptolemy Philometor fell from his horse, fractured his skull, and after seeing his imposter’s head, died himself and was no longer found amongst the living exactly as Scripture foretold. History puts the final end of Philometor this way: “ The position of Ptolemy Philometor just before his death had been the most commanding held by any king of his house since Ptolemy III. He was practically supreme in Syria; the Seleucid King was little more than a puppet in his hands. But at his unexpected death all this fabric of power melted away.” [The house of Seleucids –Edwin Robert Bevan]
This was indeed a backfire. The trouble he started fell back so badly it killed him! In the aftermath of the death of Philometor, history is not sure as to what happened to his remains, as his troops came under immediate attack. “ The Ptolemaic forces in Syria were a helpless body without master or direction, and at the court of Demetrius[Nicator], now swayed by Lasthenes, the Cretan adventurer, it was resolved to destroy them before a new government was consolidated in Egypt. A massacre of the Ptolemaic troops was ordered in the name of Demetrius, and the population of the coast-towns rose to annihilate their garrisons.
Crowds of fugitives, who had once been part of the grand army, made their way back to Alexandria. The elephants remained in the hands of Demetrius. There was no longer any question of retroceding Palestine. The ascendancy of the house of Ptolemy in Syria had vanished like a dream.” [The house of Seleucids –Edwin Robert Bevan]
" DANIEL 11:19 Then he [Philometor] shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found."
He is thought to have been buried in the royal cemetery in Alexandria, but since little remains of the cemetery, no one is sure whether his remains has indeed made it safely back from his disastrous northern campaign. And so there is not even bones they can say: “These belonged to Ptolemy Philometor”
That day that Scripture of Daniel 11:19 came to pass! Like Hitler, this villain has not been found exactly as scripture prophesied it to be. There is no truth like that found in the Bible. It’s steadfast, sure, and never waivers. When the Bible trumpets forth a word, it will always stay right, and if it prophecy, you can be sure the events it says will come indeed will come. It makes a sound you can trust with your life! If it says: Behold that day of the Lord cometh-it surely will! For more on the incredible prophetic nature of God’s word, I recommend: The Flashing Red Light Of The Sign Of His Coming: http://branham.org/messageplayer/63-0623E
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