Who Is the God of Forces of Daniel 11:38-39?

The Book of Daniel references a mysterious figure known as the “god of forces”. According to Daniel 11:38-39, the Antichrist, the most arrogant man who will ever live, will acknowledge the “god of forces”. Who would the Antichrist find worth honoring? In this article, I answer who is the god of forces.

My Video on the God of Forces

I made a video where I discuss the god of forces. Below this video I explain the points I made in the video.

Identifying the God of Forces

The key to finding who the Antichrist is honoring is to find out why Antichrist is honoring him. Why will the most powerful man in the world be willing to share the spotlight with someone else or be subservient to someone else? It’s important to recognize that Antichrist will draw his power from a higher power. Daniel 11:39 mentions that Antichrist will be able to defeat formidable foes with the help of a higher power.

But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:38-39)

Also, Daniel 8:23-24 indicates that Antichrist’s power will be great, but it will come from another power.

“(23) And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (24) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” (Daniel 8:23-24)

We can surmise from these passages that the Antichrist will honor the god of forces because the god of forces will give Antichrist his power. Identifying who will give Antichrist his power will enable us to identify the god of forces. Revelation 13:2-4 provides us the answer. The passage states that the dragon will give Antichrist his power. In exchange, the Antichrist will compel the world to worship the dragon alongside himself.

“(2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (4) And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:2-4)

The identity of the dragon is no mystery. Revelation 12:9 states that the dragon is Satan:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

Satan Is the God of Forces

Satan is the god of forces of Daniel 11:38-39. It shouldn’t be surprised that the Antichrist will honor Satan while Satan supplies the Antichrist his power. We saw Satan make the same offer to Christ when he tempted Him:

“(8) Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9) And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)

Christ refused Satan’s offer. The Antichrist will accept the offer.

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Wayne Croley
Wayne Croley

Hi! I’ve studied and written about Bible prophecy since I was a teenager. My goal is to make Bible prophecy easy for you to understand while avoiding the sensationalism seen elsewhere. I am the author of several end time books, including Prophecy Proof Insights on the End Times, a comprehensive book about the end times. I hold an M.B.A. and degrees in Managerial Economics and Political Science.