“But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail: and shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north. So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.” Daniel 11:7-9
The new king of Egypt was the bother of Berenice, and he was intent on defending his sister’s honor and avenging her death. He attacked the northern power, won the victory, and collected a great deal of wealth. Then the two kings ignored each other for some years until Seleucus attacked Egypt in 240 BC, was defeated and returned home in shame. He was killed by a fall from his horse, and his son Seleucus III the great, ruled from 223 to 187.
Seleucus carry away a rich booty both of persons and goods into Egypt, and shall continue more years than the king of the north. This Ptolemy reigned forty-six years; and if his own affairs had not called him home he would, in this war, have made himself master of the whole kingdom of Syria. But he was forced to come into his kingdom and return into his own land, to keep peace there, so that he could no longer carry on the war abroad.
All the kings of the North and the South, the conquerors who trampled over the land of Palestine for years, literally fulfilled the prophecy that said, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)