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A vision is given to Daniel showing how Alexander the Great would conquer the Medo-Persian Empire and that the antichrist would rise from one of the 4 kingdoms into which Alexander's dominion was broken.
(The RAM is the Medo-Persian Empire)
Daniel 8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, 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.
Daniel 8:4 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.
(Alexander the Great defeats the Medo-Persian empire.)
Daniel 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Daniel 8:6 And 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.
Daniel 8:7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and 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.
(Alexander the Great's kingdom has now been broken into 4 parts. The 4 parts were Thrace, Macedonia, Syria, and Egypt .)
Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
(Out of ONE of these 4 parts comes a "little horn" who "takes away the daily sacrifice.")
(The kingdom, one of the 4 parts, that is toward the "south", toward the "east" and toward the "pleasant land" is Alexander's Syria, which is now Syria/Jordan/Iraq)
Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east , and toward the pleasant land.
Daniel 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away , and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
Daniel 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.
Daniel now seeks for the MEANING of this vision.
Daniel 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel , had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning , then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
The angel Gabriel makes known the meaning.
Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
The TIME of the vision is AT THE END
Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
Daniel 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
Daniel 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
Gabriel shows that the RAM was Medo-Persia
Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
Gabriel shows that the goat was Alexander the Great
Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Gabriel shows that 4 parts of Alexander the Great''s kingdom will survive, but with less power.
Daniel 8:22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
A KING OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE in the LATTER TIME ARISES out of These PARTS
Daniel 8:23 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.
Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
HE SHALL MAGNIFY HIMSELFand BY PEACE SHALL DESTROY MANY
Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart , and by peace shall destroy many:
HE SHALL STAND UP AGAINST JESUS CHRIST and SHALL be BROKEN BY THE SMITING STONE
(Daniel 8:25 continued) he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes ; but he shall be broken without hand.
Jesus Christ is the stone cut without hands. This stone will smite the antichrist.
The last vestiges of a "world" empire described in the book of Daniel is seen in Revleation 13:1-2 . These characteristics are like a leopard (Greece), with feet of a bear (Medo-Persia), and the mouth of a lion (Babylon). The "body" (the dominating feature of the beast is therefore Grecian (or the descendents of Grecian, i.e., Assyrian). This "world" empire will occupy an area substantially equivalent to that of Alexander the Great's eastern empire, which is Jordan/Iraq initially. Later it will extend itself as follows:
Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land(Israel).
In connection with extending toward the land of Israel, we read here that the antichrist will move the tabernacles of his palace to Israel itself .
In connection, with moving toward the South and the East, take a look at a map. You will see the countries of Saudi Arabia and Iran. Read about the recent reports concerning Saudi Arabia and Iran .
The only verse in the Bible that says anything about the endtime empire having worldwide influence is in Revelation 13. There is NO verse saying that the political empire itself is worldwide. The verse (Revelation 13:7-8) says that
Rev 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints ( the tribulation martyrs): and power was given unto him over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:15-18 show how the mark of the beast (through economic control of the FALSE PROPHET) is used to enforce worship.
For more information on the LOCATION of the antichrist empire , see this.
The BIG Picture .
Since the BODY of the beast in Revelation 13 is that of a LEOPARD (Rev 13:2), it follows that the "little horn" that comes out of the "fourth horn" of the He-Goat (Greece, a leopard) is the same as the "little horn" of the 4th beast (the Roman residual, not a Roman "empire") of Daniel Chapter 7.
Daniel's Fourth Beast (the Revived "Roman residual") and It's "Little Horn"
Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Remember, too, the ten kings (ten horns) RECEIVE POWER AS KINGS ONE HOUR WITH THE BEAST (antichrist). Revelation 17:12 This means that the ten kings arise AFTER the beast empire is an entity (see Revelation 13).
It is the FALSE PROPHET who establishes and enforces the worship of the antichrist and the MARKing program on the world (not the antichrist himself). See Revelation 13:11-18. It is, therefore, a religious system that has world power, not the antichrist per se.
This means we can not be looking for the antichrist to rise from the EU, but from Syria/Jordan. Therefore, recent developments in the MidEast vis-a-vis Jordan portend for a rapture that is sooner rather than later.
The WILLFUL king described in Daniel 8:11 above is the same willful king as shown in
Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
The antichrist is from Assyria:
Isa 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his WHOLE WORK upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria , and the glory of his high looks.
Isa 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in MY land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
Read Dispensational Truth by Clarence Larkin published 1918.
The antichrist allows the "Palestinians" to escape .
More information on the antichrist .
A study of the location of the "ten kings."
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