Daniel 8: Sociological visions of empires in the future

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Dan. 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia (who shall overthrow the Empire of Babylonia wherein you now reside).

Dan. 8:21 And the rough goat,
(Alexander the Great), is the king of (the world empire to follow Persia-Media), Grecia, and the great horn (of world power) that is between his eyes is the first king.

Dan. 8:1 In (the Babylonia of today's Iraqi), the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar, (the successor of Nebocaddezzar), a vision (of Sociological insight) appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first, (previously).

Dan. 8:2 And I saw in a vision(of Sociological insight); 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 saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.

Dan. 8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river (of many peoples) a "ram:" [ayil: political chiefs], which had two horns, (Mede and Persia):, and the two horns were high; but one, (the Persia of modern day Iran), as higher than the other (Medes), and the higher came up last.

Dan. 8:4 I saw the "ram;" [ayil: the political chiefs], pushing westward (into Iraq), and northward, and southward; so that no beasts, (the other nations), 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, (the Empire of Persia/Mede).

Dan. 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an "he goat;" (Greece), came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground, (but passed from one conquered town into the next, promising destruction if hindered from behind): and the goat, (Alexander the Great), had a notable horn between his eyes, (this unicorn).

Dan. 8:6 And he came to the "ram," ([ayil: the political chiefs of the Persian/Mede Empire). that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river (of the conquered peoples), and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

Dan. 8:7 And I saw him come close unto the "ram," ([ayil: the political chiefs of the Persian/Mede Empire), and he, (Alexander the Great), was moved with choler against him, and smote the "ram;" ([ayil: the political chiefs of the Persian/Mede Empire), 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.

Dan. 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great (conquering the whole of the known western world of that day): and when he was strong, (still a youth in his twenties), the great horn, (Alexander), was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven, (the division of the Macedonian Empire into 4 parts, 323BC).

(Following Alexander's mysterious death in 323 BC in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar, his empire was divided amongst his generals, and decades of fighting soon began, with Babylon once again caught in the middle.)

Dan. 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, (Ptolemy I Soter in the Ptolemaic Empire was strong in this period, 323 - 283 BC), which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land (of Israel).

[In 320BC Ptolemy I Soter took Jerusalem, and 2300 years later, (Dan 8:14), from that date, the city again became the capital of Israel, in 1980 AD.]

Dan. 8:10 And (time), it waxed great, even (concerning the Astrological pagan worship) to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host, (Ptolemy's power was succeeded by Antiochus III the Great), and of the stars, (various contenders for the throne), to the ground, and stamped upon them, (by Antiochus IV Epiphanes during 175-164 BCE).

Dan. 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, (taking his faith in Zeus), and by him, (Zeus), the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary, (the Temple grounds), was cast down (by placing a statue of Zeus inside).

Dan. 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice, (by Zeus), by reason of transgression (which had occurred), and it cast down the truth, (which Christ would need re-establish in 32 AD), to the ground, (claiming Zeus God for Israel); and it practised (false religion), and prospered

(Ptolemy's conquest of Judea: 320 BC)

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