In Daniel 8:17, Gabriel tells Daniel that the ram and goat (chazown) “vision concerns the time of the end.” Historians confirm the application in verses 20,21 where “The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king.”
Daniel was probably a teenager when Babylon conquered Jerusalem circa 606 BC. He became prime minister to Nebuchadnezzar, and when Babylon later fell to Medo-Persia in 538 BC, he became prime minister to Cyrus. Only God could reveal to him the next world empire–Grecia in 331 BC. For comparison, we can’t even tell whether Russia, China or Iran will attack us, but this vision reveals the sequence.
The Medes and Persians conquered Babylon by diverting the Euphrates River and entering by the river gate as foretold by the prophet Isaiah–God named Cyrus before he was born and said He would, “open doors before him so that gates will not be shut,” Isa 45:1. This foreknowledge by the God of Israel convinced Cyrus that the Hebrew God was God, and prompted his decree to release them at the end of the 70 years foretold by the prophet Jeremiah that Judah would “serve the king of Babylon seventy years,” Jer 25:11.
But Gabriel told Daniel, “the vision concerns the time of the end.” Dan 8:17. The Medes and Persians are now Iraq and Iran. Our borders are as open to Muslims now as the river gates were then. Didn’t this Muslim president promise us “change”?
The first horn-Saddam, has been broken. A US coalition will stomp Iran as it did Iraq after something stupid angers the goat. Probably it will be a 3rd Intifada with Iran as the chief ingredient in Zechariah’s prophecy:
“The [Islamic] nations gather against Jerusalem to battle and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled… Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations,” [as the goat stomped the ram.] Zech 14:1-3. This isn’t hard to imagine since Iraq has already been beaten.
Then the goat becomes great, but his horn breaks, Grecia became the next world empire after the Battle of Arbela in 331 BC, but Alexander died in early life (great horn, first king, broken). We wouldn’t want to name names, but the US president is acting like a king and could fulfill this prophecy.
“The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.” Dan 8:8 in KJV has a marginal reference to Dan 7:2,3 where four winds blow and four beasts come up.
The lion with eagle’s wings could be a UK/US alliance. The bear represents Russia. The leopard with four heads could be China with N Korea, Japan, and Thailand? The dragon with “little horn” would the EU as Europe was in the first application, and the papacy is again the “little horn” as Protestant reformers described.
The imagery could support UK/US conquests by Russia that is then subdued by China as the original sequence with Babylon, Medo-Persia and Grecia suggest. An alternate view would be simultaneous powers with UK/US representing western culture, Russia with military primacy, China as an economic force and the EU reflecting world dominance with papacy from a religious view.
Summary of Daniel 8: “At the time of the end, a pushy [militant] Muslim ram angers a goat that flies from the west to stomp the ram and break its horns. Then the goat horn breaks (US military supremacy) and four horns represent four world powers with a little horn becoming “exceeding great… even to the host of heaven… and stamped on them’ [persecution-same picture as the papacy–the little horn in Dan 7:21,25, but this will be New World Order with pope in control, as in the Old World. “God declares the end from the beginning” by a reapplication of prophetic imagery. Watch for Matthew 24 next weekend.