Daniel 8:5-8 – “While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. 6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. 7 I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his power. 8 Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.” NASU
The Ram according to the Arch-Angel Gabriel was the Medo-Persian Empires and the Goat was Greece (vv.20-21). The Grecian Kingdom that followed the Medes and Persians was that of Alexander the Great. Gabriel continues to inform us that the four horns that came up from the broken horn represented four kingdoms and history reveals that Alexander’s kingdom was divided between four generals. Gabriel continues to reveal that out of those four, one would rise empowered by the devil himself being the antichrist.
As we continue to read in Daniel we find the King of the South and North coming against him. He enters many countries and overflows them. He occupies the land of Israel for a time committing acts of heretical tyranny. Many fall but not all – – Edom, Moab, and the foremost sons of Ammon escape his rule. He conquers Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia (11:40-42). Rumors from the East trouble him and his overconfidence and arrogance help to bring him down.
He and his followers will wage vehement war against anyone who disagrees with his ideology and opposes him including all who name the name of Christ, those who recognize the one true God Jehovah, all who reject his authority, religion or religious interpretation. WHO IS HE? Speculation has always been rampant and will continue to be so. I’ve know people so adamant as to what they believe that they would almost come to blows with anyone who disagreed. I personally believe, based on my understanding of scripture, that he is as the Bible calls him THE ASSRYIAN. Assyria is a region of Iraq or ancient Persia. I believe he is what the Muslims identify as the Twelfth Imam and his terror will be the final caliphate which God will ultimately destroy. He does not control the entire world but a section of it as identified in the Bible but will impact the entire globe.
We can fear him or trust God resting in God’s Perfect Peace. The form of execution performed by this demonic individual and his followers will be ‘beheading’ and while this is a horrific image if we are God’s children it only last a moment and we say HELLO to our Lord in Eternity. He is powerful but not all powerful. He is the embodiment of evil but remember he is a follower of a defeated foe, the devil. Jesus conquered the devil stripping him of his authority over man. Therefore, rather than being filled with fear and angst about the future REST IN PEACE refusing to live in fear of the devil but in the faith of God.
What I want to convey is that everything points to the “Perilous Times” spoken of in the Bible and evil will wax worse and worse. We need to have our hearts, minds, and eyes fixed on Jesus for He is our Answer. No matter how bad things get, we do not have to live in fear we can live in confidence that “what we have committed to Him He is able to keep unto the last days.” WE HAVE HOPE IN JESUS!
May God be with you as you go through your day!