What does Daniel 11:37 mean when it says, "He will show no regard for ... the desire of women"?

This does not refer to a future anti-christ
13% (1 vote)
The antichrist will be gay
13% (1 vote)
The antichrist will be abusive to women
0% (0 votes)
The antichrist will disregard the Jewish hope of a woman giving birth to the Messiah
13% (1 vote)
63% (5 votes)
Total votes: 8
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Ed Vasicek's picture

I quoted this verse in NASB because the ESV puts a different spin on it. The ESV reads:


He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women.


The Holman Christian Standard words it as follows:

 He will not show regard for the gods[q] of his fathers, the god longed for by women,

While the KJV ftranslates it similarly to the NASB.


The Hebrew seems to say, "and on (one) coveted of women...."  I am not much with Hebrew,  but I suspect this is pretty unclear.


The LXX pretty much follows the KJV and NASB, "And he shall not regard any gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, neither shall he regard any deity: for he shall magnify himself above all."


Although I know many SI participants do not believe there will be a future antichrist and tribulation, many of us do.  I am wondering if it could mean that the antichrist will be gay?  Can this be taught here, assuming this refers to a future world dictator?

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wkessel1's picture

The context seems to be regarding religion and the antichrists disregard for the religion of his ancestors (probably Jewish descendent) and any other "god" for that matter.  I don't think it has any reference to him being gay.

JMVolland's picture

I voted other, though I think it could be a reference to disregarding the Messiah. 


The way I see it, the key to this list is at the end of the verse:


Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 


Each of these things has to do with the fact that this king places himself above everything. If this was a reference to being gay, then it would be replacing one desire with another (albeit an unnatural one), not an example of placing himself above everything else (at least not directly).  But even if this is a reference to homosexuality, the point here isn't the sin of homosexuality but the sin of pride.


Another thought: perhaps this is a reference to placing himself above all men.


(Gen 3:16)  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.