Daniel Chapter 8 is packed with abundant time content,
from before Christ to the apocalypse!
It’s amazing how one vision can capture so much history,
and yet be filled with our eternity!
And how much more incredible is it,
that God is specific in every detail!
From the location of both the ram and the goat
to the the directions in which they each were sent.
Daniel saw the ram who stood by the river Ulia,
which today is southwest Iran.
He saw the two horns that stood on its head
representing the Mede and the Persian King.
The second grew up longer than the first.
I guess this means Persians was greater than Medianites.
The ram was fierce and had great force,
he butted everything to the west, south and north.
And then came a goat, from the West and traveling East,
with a prominent horn extending from its head.
This unicorn goat was no joke!
He quickly came without even touching his feet,
attacking the ram and trampling him to death!
Daniel was told by the messenger angel
that the goat was from Javan,
which is the area of modern day Greece and Turkey.
Most people believe the goat to be
the Hellenistic Empire ruled by Alexander the Great.
He was a a goat, but had the force of a ram.
He must have had super powers!
He jumped the Aegean Sea and began pushing back
the Persian Empire that had taken over what is modern day Turkey.
But the time was short before the goat's horn broke,
and four more grew in its place.
These horns had some power
but they were not as great as the unique one.
It is still a mystery as to who these kings could be.
What we know is that they extended in every direction
rom the North to the South and the East and the West of the globe.
Each of these kingdoms were said to pour into four directions,
just like the angels that ride on the winds.
And then from the four came a little horn
that many believe to be the Antichrist.
This little horn bended to the southeast,
towards the land of Israel,
and is described as being so powerful that it took on the host of Heaven!
In my mind, all I can think is that Israel must have powerful angelic hosts guarding it!
And it makes me sick to know that angels will die while fighting for her!
God will allow this desecration to happen ,
but only for a short time, before bringing his wrath down.
He restrains the Commander of Heaven from bringing fire down
as he waits for Israel to return to him!
Daniel 8: 11-12 says,
“It (the little horn) became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown. And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper.”
The Antichrist will throw all truth to the ground and even more deception will happen!
Prayers to God will stop and people will be totally alone.
My God. Can you not see that Jesus is anxiously waiting for the Father to give the command to advance and bring his fire down! He is being restrained from advancing - and when he does he will not be a lamb led to the slaughter! The Lion of Judah is coming with scepter raised in hand!
The time of wrath is on hold so that every soul has a chance to repent and return to him. Daniel heard the holy ones says, it would be 2,300 days before the Lord intervened to overthrow this abomination of desecration!
That is my next poem.
What is meant by 2,300 days?
I’m still waiting to understand.