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And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:40 king of the south. The king of whom these verses speak is obviously neither “the king of the south” nor “the king of the north,” for both will fight him. From Daniel 11:4-32, the king of the south had been the Egyptian empire and the king of the north the Syrian empire, but both of these will have been reduced to relatively minor kingdoms by the time of the end (see notes on Ezekiel 29:14-16; 38:1-23; and Psalm 83). Therefore, these terms as used here—especially “the king of the north”—must evidently refer to future alliances of some kind. Whoever they are, they will soon be defeated, giving the Satanic king full control of all their “countries.”

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