The Eastern Question relating to Daniel 11 and how Islam fits into biblical prophecy, is one of the most controversial prophecies in Adventism… at least it is if you hold my view (currently the minority view).
I have seen people yelled at, ridiculed and even special meetings held to ensure my view was “clarified away”. So, needless to say, this isn’t a view that will make you friends. I do believe however, it holds merit, and seems to be increasingly fitting current events in the middle east. It was also the view of many of the prominent pioneers in EGWs time (this isn’t a guarantee of truth, it is simply interesting).
The two options are basically this:
Option 1: The literal reading of Daniel 11, or
Option 2: the literal reading of Daniel 11:1-40 and spiritual reading of Daniel 11:40-45. This speaker argues for the option 1, and to me it seems the more reasonable view, especially in the light of current events.
Daniel & The Revelation by Uriah Smith (1897 EGW estate version): pdf, buy book (also available for free in EGW 2 app on IOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone)
Jeremiah 6:13-16 (KJV)
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.  They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.  Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord .  Thus saith the Lord , Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
This series is aimed to show us the old paths. You will learn the history of the Seventh Day Adventist church and have the opportunity to say “we will walk therein”. Learn what went wrong, and what we can do to learn from the mistakes of the modern SDA church. This very clear series takes you from the 3 angels messages, all the way through to the establishment of the SDA church, through to today, and the issues with modern doctrine. Our aim with this is to teach the true and clear doctrine as preached by the Advent Pioneers, culminating in the 1888 message. This is not a call out of any organisation or “brand” of Adventism (though sometimes this may be the end result), but rather a call to stand on the platform of truth.
Where did the controversy start?
Ever since Louis Were wrote his book in the 1940s against Uriah Smith and the King of the North, the SDA church has been violently opposed to the book Daniel and the Revelation. So much so, that they released a “revised” version of the book… Or in reality, they released a butchered version of the book that makes absolutely no sense. Since then, many lies have been spread about Uriah Smith.
If the negative statements have turned you against Uriah Smith’s writings, I suggest you consider this text before you read on: Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.