Daniel Chapter 8

Verse 1&2) In the third year of the reign of king Bel-shaz’-zar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shu’-shan in the palace, which is in the province of E’-lam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of U’- lai. This prophecy was written in 539 B.C. TWO HUNDRED years before its fulfillment. This is a most amazing prediction of a clash, and the outcome between two world empires, neither of which had at the time of the prediction yet arisen. 

Verse 3&4) 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 stood up last. I saw the ram pushing west-ward, 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. The ram is Medo Persia. One horn being larger and coming up last is the Persian Empire which joined forces with the Medes. It conquered toward the West, North, and South.

Verse 5-8) 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. 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. 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: there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up for notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. The he goat that smote the ram with choler (anger) and broke his two horns (Medo Persia) was Greece and Alexander the Great. He took over the world from the west in 10 years, and at the height of his power he died. Alexander conquered the Persian Empire and 331 BC. The great horn that was broken was Alexander the Great, and the four notable ones are the four generals which divided up his Empire and ruled out of Egypt, Assyria, Turkey, and Greece.

Verse 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. This little horn is talking about the anti-christ and the different directions in which he will advance. The pleasant land is referring to Israel. The anti-christ will come from one of the divisions of Alexander’s Empire. He will come from Egypt, Assyria, Turkey, or Greece.

Verse 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. The anti-christ will have great power from the devil. There will be a war in heaven where Michael (One of God’s main Angels) fights against the devil and his angels. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”(Daniel 12:1). “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12: 7-12). The devil is allowed to come and stand before God, and accuse the saints, the saved Christians, but at this time he is cast out of heaven, and gathers a third of the angels who follow him to wreck havoc and hell on the earth for the last 3 1/2 years. The devil and his angels will be cast down to the earth, and the devil will enter the anti-christs body. The anti-christ will be raised from the dead when Satan enters his body. See our class on: Revelation Chapter 12 & 13.

Verse 11&12) 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. 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. The anti-christ will blaspheme Jesus, the prince of the host, and the anti-christ will take away the daily sacrifice which the Jews will be performing, in the soon to be rebuilt (for the third time) Jewish Temple. Remember the devil will possess the anti-christ and will try and destroy all the Bibles and Christian writings and outlaw all religions and force everyone to worship him and take his mark or be killed. (see Daniel 11:35). The anti-christ will even practice witchcraft to deceive his followers. The anti-christ is allowed this power by God by “reason of transgression”. This means a wicked people get a wicked ruler.

Verse 13&14) Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel hears two saints or angels talking to each other, and one asks the other, how long shall it be from the daily sacrifice, and the transgression (Abomination) of desolation until the sanctuary (Temple) and the host be trodden under foot? The other angel answers and says there will be 2,300 days until the Temple is cleansed. The Temple will not be cleansed until Jesus comes back and the devil possessed anti-christ is kicked out of the Temple. When you add 75 days to 2,520 days (the amount of days in the last seven years) you get 2,595 days. The reason we are adding 75 days is because that is when the devil possessed anti-christ will be kicked out of the Temple ( into the lake of fire), by Jesus Christ himself, and the Temple will then be cleansed after the Battle of Armageddon. (see Daniel 12:11,12 and our class on Daniel 12 for a complete explanation). The Temple will not be cleansed at the Rapture, because the anti-christ will still be going into it. So from the time that the Covenant is confirmed to the cleansing of the sanctuary ( or Temple) there are 2,595 days, and if you subtract 2,300 days you get 295 days. This leaves 9 months and 25 days after the Covenant is confirmed before the daily sacrifices begins, which is plenty of time for the Jews to rebuild the Temple. Remember all of these figures are based on the Jewish calendar of twelve thirty day months per year. The Jews already have the building plans drawn up and the stones ready to start building. They are just waiting for an agreement or covenant to start. (See Daniel 9:27, and our class on Daniel 9). The chart in the Daniel 9 class will help you to better understand these verses and the last seven years, and 75 days after the rapture when the temple is cleansed.

Verse 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.

Verse 16) And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of U’-lai, which called and said, Gabriel make this man to understand the vision.

Verse 17) So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for the time of the end shall be the vision.

Verse 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 up right.

Verse 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. The Angel Gabriel is told by God and Jesus to explain the vision to Daniel.

Verse 20) The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Me’-di-a and Persia. Gabriel clearly tells Daniel that the ram with the two horns is the Medo -Persian Empire, and the two horns are the two kings of Me’-di-a and Persia.

Verse 21) And the rough goat is the king of Gre’-ci-a: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. The rough goat is Greece and the great horn between his eyes is Alexander the Great, the first and only king.

Verse 22) Now that being broken, were as four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. Alexander the great died after he had conquered the world in 10 years. Some say he was poisoned. His four main generals took over without him being there to appoint them, or any of his relatives succeeding him.

Verse 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. This is talking about the anti-christ, and in the latter times of the kingdoms that took over from the death of Alexander. The four Generals ruled out of Egypt, Assyria, Turkey, and Greece. The anit-christ shall come from one of these four areas. The anit-christ will have a fierce countenance (full of the devil), and understand dark sentences. Could these dark sentences be talking about sharia law?

Verse 24) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and show prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. The anti-christ will be under the devil’s power and he shall greatly destroy and prosper and practice (witchcraft) and persecute God’s people. How is the devil possessed anit-christ going to persecute God’s people if they are all raptured before the Great Tribulation? Obviously the false doctrine teaching of pre- tribulation Rapture is not true, and does not fit in with the scriptures.

Verse 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 the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Again, he will cause witchcraft to prosper and say he is God. He will claim to be for peace, and take over and destroy many. He shall stand up against the Prince of princes, (Jesus) but shall be broken without man’s hand but by God’s power.

Verse 26&27) And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. Daniel got sick after getting the vision. A deep spiritual experience like this can cause a person to become physically weak and sick,especially after fighting the devil and his demons. Daniel did not even understand the vision because it was not for his time, it was for the future and the end times. Are you ready for a spiritual battle? The devil does not want you to understand the Book of Daniel, and he will fight you tooth claw and toe nail and anyway and every way he can.

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

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