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Daniel Chapter 8 also has great prophetic significance, in that it finally clarifies the earlier Daniel prophecies, and also tells us of the coming of a second antichrist, who will attempt to destroy the remnant of God's Hebrews in the last days. The setting for this biblical book is the province of Elam, southeast of the ancient city of Babylon. This chapter gives us a much more solid basis for examining the chronology of the biblical kings (Rev. 17:11-12), or empires, that were destined to persecute God's people throughout history. This chapter differs greatly from the chapters before it, in that the angel Gabriel personally reveals to Daniel the true identity of two of the world empires destined to follow the Babylonian Empire in history.
DANIEL CHAPTER EIGHT:
In the third year of the reign of the great King Belshazzar, king of Babylon, Daniel the prophet receives a second vision. Daniel tells us: "And I saw in the vision as it came to pass, that I was in the palace at Shushan in the province of Elam, and I saw in the vision that I was by the river Ulai. I lifted up my eyes and behold, there stood before the river a ram with two horns. And its horns were very high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher horn came up last. And then I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward and southward, so that no beast could stand before him. Neither was there any who could be delivered out of hands, but he did whatever he willed, and he waxed very great.
And as I watched, behold a he-goat came from the west over the whole face of the Earth and he came so quickly that he was barely touching the ground. This goat had a notable horn between his eyes, and he came to the ram that had the two horns which I had seen standing by the river, and ran into him with great power and fury. And I saw him come close unto the ram and he was moved with great anger against him, and he smote the ram, and broke his two horns. And their was no power in the ram to stand before the goat, and the goat cast the ram to the ground and stamped upon him, and there was no one who could deliver the ram out of the goat's hands.
Then this he-goat waxed very great, and when he was at the peak of his strength, his great horn was broken, and from out of it came four notable horns toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of these horns came forth another little horn (1st antichrist), which waxed exceedingly great toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the Holy Land. And it waxed great even to the saints of heaven, and it cast some of the saints to the ground and stamped upon them. Yes, he magnified himself even to the prince of the saints, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary taken away. And permission was given to him to take away the place of the daily sacrifice because of its transgressions, and he cast down truth to the ground, and he practiced and prospered. Then I heard one of the saints speaking to another saint, and he said to that certain saint "How long shall it be, this vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot? And he said unto me, it shall be two thousand and three hundred days (two thousand and FOUR hundred days in the Vatican copy of the Greek Septuagint), and then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
And it came to pass when I Daniel had seen this vision and sought for its meaning, that behold there stood before me the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice from between the banks of the river Ulai which called out and said, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision. And so he came near to where I stood, and when he came near I was afraid and fell down upon my face, but he said unto me, "Understand oh son of man, for at the time of the end shall this vision be. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep state of sleep with my face toward the ground, but he touched me and sat me upright. And he said, behold I will make thee know what shall be in the end of the indignation. For at the time appointed shall the end be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns, are the kings of Media and Persia (Darius and Cyrus). And the rough goat is the king of Grecia, and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king of Grecia (Alexander the Great). Now, that horn being broken, four more stood up for it (Alexander's four generals). And so also four kingdoms shall stand up out of that nation, but not in his power.
And in the latter time of these kingdoms, when the transgressors (empires) are come to the full, a king of fierce countenence, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up (the 2nd antichrist). 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 also the holy people. And through his policies shall he cause craft (technologies) to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace he shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the prince of princes, but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told to you was true, but therefore shut up the vision, for it shall not be for many days (years). And I Daniel fainted, and was sick for many days afterward, then finally I rose up and did the king's business and was astonished at the vision, but did not fully understand it."
This is the end of the message of Daniel Chapter 8. In this Chapter the angel Gabriel actually reveals to Daniel the identity of two of the Biblical beasts (Persia and Greece), or empires, that will eventually follow the Babylonian Empire in history. He also reveals the fact that another antichrist (the 2nd antichrist) will arise out of one of the four broken pieces of the Greek empire. This is one more vital piece of evidence neccessary for us to correctly identify the mysterious "Second Antichrist" of Revelation Chapter 13.
THE GREAT EMPIRES (BEASTS) OF HISTORY
1. Kingdom of Egypt
2. Babylonian Empire
3. Persian Empire (the Ram - Cyrus)
4. Kingdom of Greece (the He-Goat - Alexander)
5. Roman Empire
6. Holy Roman Empire
7. Empire of 1st Antichrist
8. Empire of 2nd Antichrist (the man of fierce countenence)
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THE FIRST ANTICHRIST
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