10. DANIEL'S VISION OF A RAM AND A GOAT.
(Suggested reading: Daniel 8:1 – 27)
Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, I Daniel, after that which appeared to me the first time. 2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I in a vision, I saw I was by the river of Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, beheld, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
In the interpretation, given in Daniel 8:20, we are told
“The ram which you saw, having two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia.”
In verse 3, we are told that the higher, or the larger of these two horns, came up last. This is because it was the kingdom of Media that came to power first. Then after the two kingdoms Media and Persia came together to form an empire, it was the Persian kingdom that quickly became the larger and more powerful of the two kingdoms.
Daniel 8:5 As I was considering, I saw a male goat come from the west above the face of the whole earth, touching not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 Then I saw him come close unto the ram, and moved with anger against ram, he struck the ram, and broke his two horns. Then there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him, and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 Therefore the male goat became very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken off; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of the sky.
In the interpretation we are told,
Daniel 8:21 And the hairy goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 As for the broken horn, four stood up in his place; four kingdoms shall rise up out of that nation, but not in his power.
The goat, we are told represents the Greek Empire. To begin with, this empire has only one prominent horn. This horn represents Alexander the Great. Alexander’s Greek Empire, rose in the west, and quickly conquered all the kingdoms of the (then known) world.
“I saw a male goat come from the west above the face of the whole earth, touching not the ground.” (V 5)
Then Alexander died at the height of his power.
“When he was strong, the great horn was broken off.” (V 8)
And Alexander’s kingdom was divided between four kings, represented by the four notable horns.
“And in its place came up four notable ones toward the four winds of the sky.” (V 8)
Verses 1 – 8 of this prophecy have already been fulfilled and is now history. The breach in this prophecy begins after the division of Alexander’s empire into four kingdoms. Today Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt, more or less cover the territories of these four kingdoms.
Verses 9 – 14 is prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled.
In 323 B.C. Alexander died and his empire was divided between four of his generals. In a time still to come, from out of these four kingdoms will arise another king, who will exalt “himself as high as the Prince of host.” (Verse 11) This king is the anti-christ.
When we compare this vision, with the dream of the large statue, we know that the end time World Empire will be made up of ten kingdoms. Five from what was once the West Roman Empire, and five from what was once the East Roman Empire. Four of the kingdoms that will come from what was once the East Roman Empire, will be the same four kingdoms that came out of Alexander’s empire. The Balkans (north of Greece) was not included in the four kingdoms that came out of Alexander’s empire, and is the fifth kingdom that will come out of what was the East Roman Empire.
The anti-christ will be offered Satan’s seat and the kingdoms of the world to rule over, (Rev 13:2) the very same throne, power and authority that Satan once offered to Jesus Christ. (Matt. 4:8) But unlike Jesus, the anti-christ will accept Satan’s seat. According to the Word of God, Satan’s seat is in Pergamum. (Rev. 2:13) So it is possible that when the anti-christ first comes to power, he will have his throne in Pergamum, which is within the boundary of the end time kingdom of Turkey.
Daniel 8:8 Therefore the male goat became very great; but when he strong, the great horn (Alexander) was broken off; and in its place came up four notable ones (those who became kings over what is now Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt) towards the four winds of the sky.
(The breach in this prophecy)
Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them (Turkey) came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great, toward the south (Egypt), toward the east (Syria), and toward the pleasant land (Israel). 10 And it grew great, even to the host of the sky; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 He even magnified himself, even as (God) the Prince of the host; and by him (the anti-christ) the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of the rebellion (of the Jews), an army was given over to the horn (the anti-christ) to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast the truth down to the ground. He did all this and worked and prospered. (Words in italics added)
It is because of the Jews rebellion against God, or as the N.I.V. says “Because of rebellion, the host of the saints” the Jews are given over to the anti-christ. Not to completely destroy them, but in order to bring them to repentance. So that God can at least save a remnant of King David’s descendants.
In Luke chapter 21 verse 22, Jesus Christ speaks of days of vengeance. During these days of vengeance, the Jews (according to Luke 21:23) will suffer both great distress and the wrath of God. This time of vengeance began in 70 A.D. with great distress in the land and wrath against the Jews. In a time still to come, it will end with great distress in the land and wrath against the Jews.
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