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The Book of Daniel

Chapter 8__The Vision of the Two Beast

     We continue with chapter 8 and the beginning of the Scriptures being written in Hebrew, once again. The previous chapter 7, written in the Syriac or Chaldee, the language of the Babylonians. Why does it go back to the Hebrew language? Because the focus changes from world-wide prophesies to those pertaining strictly to the Hebrew people and Judea.

     Chaldee is the language spoken during the captivity; Hebrew is the language spoken when freedom is obtained.

     There are some things that I wanted to point out to you and it doesn’t concern this book but something that is personal to me. One…I will try to never write our Father’s name as God, I will always use the term Father, for a couple of reasons.

     The word God has been misused tremendously over the centuries and currently as part of a general slang term to request Him to damn someone. It also, at least to my way of thinking, has become a generic and hard term that transfers none of the love that our Father has for His children, you and me.

     I will call Him Father because He IS my Father.

     Secondly, I will never call the Hebrew people Jews, even though that is a proper term that is used throughout the Bible. It’s offensive to me and also connotates a derogatory image of a certain group of peoples.

     Thirdly, I will always refer to Satan as Satan/Antichrist, where appropriate, because that will be the next role that he will assume and there is so much confusion and nonsense out there as to who the Antichrist really will be, that I want to repeat over and over that Satan will be the Antichrist. Therefore, it will be Satan/Antichrist.

     Alright, back on point. The year of Chapter 8 is 426 B.C., making Daniel 87 years old. This chapter will happen in the 3rd year of king Belshazzar and since he is still alive here, this chapter is also chronologically out of order, making it an insert before chapter 6. 

     The Babylonian empire is ending about this time.

     Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.

     This vision is about two years after the first vision.

     Daniel 8:2 And I saw in a vision; 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.

     This place at Shushan is probably where the furnace was when the three Hebrew children were thrown into it.

     Whenever possible, I like to take the places from the Old Testament and relate them to places of today.

     The river of Ulai is a stream or tributary that runs into the Tigris River, which flows south into the Persian Gulf. To the west is Kuwait; and north and west of there we have Iraq and the city of Basra being close by.

     We, along with Saudi Arabia and other coalition nations, in 1991, stopped Saddam Hussain from invading Kuwait, that military action being known as the Persian Gulf War. Iran and Iraq, both countries, being the same area of Babylon of the Old Testament.

     So, prophesy is put right at our front door today. That’s why you should always keep a good eye on what’s happening in the Middle East because there is A LOT going on in that area today.

     President Bashar al-Assad of Syria (remember Assyria?) continues to kill his people, and Christians, with sarin gas earlier this month.

     President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, continues to receive the materials necessary to enrich uranium, preparing to make their own nuclear bomb.

     ISIS continues killing Christians while HAMAS continues to kill the Hebrew peoples in Israel.

     There is constant turmoil in this area and will be until the day of our Lord comes to pass.

     Daniel 8:3 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 came up last.

     What river is this? The Ulai River, which means pure water.

     The ram always stood for Persia. Not only was there a ram on their coins, the king wore a ram’s head of gold, as a crown, on his head, so there is little doubt as to who this ram is symbolizing.

     Again, horns always means power, so we’re talking about two powerful countries here: Persia and Medio, the Persians and the Medes. Of these two horns, the higher one represented King Cyrus of Persia and the lower one, the less powerful, represented the Medes.

     Daniel 8:4 I saw the ram pushing westward, 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.

     Regardless of which direction the Persian army went, they conquered everyone in their path. And that includes Babylon and Babylon is about to fall.

     Daniel 8:5 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.

     As Daniel is considering all that he sees in this dream, here come a male goat, so large that it covers the entire breadth of his sight.

     Can you imagine having a dream such as this?

     But this he goat was Alexander the Great, of Greece and touched not the ground means that he and his armies were moving quite fast and he was because he conquered most of the known world, at that time, in less than twelve years.

     And the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Boy, we have a lot of horns here, don’t we? The he goat was the symbol of Greece, as the ram was the symbol of Persia.

     Daniel 8:6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had there seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

     The armies of Persia and Greece clash together. So far, what we have been studying has been history. Ancient history. And if you look around the world today you will see that every conflict or act of aggression is centered around some kind of religion.

     Daniel 8:7 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: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

     Alexander moved against Persia and conquered them but in the process, he came down with a disease called choler, or as we know it, Cholera.

     Cholera is a bacterial infection of the small intestine and it’s contracted by drinking contaminated water causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.

     Alexander and his good friend and body guard, Hephaeston, had spent a few days going from town to town and partying with the people, so being exposed to tainted water or wine was probably not that hard to understand.

     As a side note, no one has ever determined the actual cause of Alexander’s death. That he had a fever before he died is undisputed but even the royal diaries don’t explain the actual reason.

     All those theories and speculations and all they had to do was read the 8th chapter of Daniel and our Father would have told them what he died of! Choler.

     Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

     When he was strong. When Alexander was strong and in his prime, (he died at the age of 32), there was no one that could stand before him and after his death there came up four notable ones, or conspicuous ones, four that stood out.

     The four winds of heaven ALWAYS brings about the end. And when that end comes to fruition, this current dispensation of time is finished.

     Historians have determined that these four notable’s are Seleucus, Cassander, Ptolemy and Lysimachus.

     Daniel 8:9 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.

     Out of one of these four conspicuous ones came ANOTHER, a little horn that was very powerful. This little horn here in this verse is not the same one from chapter 7:8

     This pleasant land would refer to the land of Judea, even Jerusalem.

     Daniel 8:10 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.

     This little horn is Satan/Antichrist.

     And it waxed great.

       Waxed_ OT:1431 gadal (gaw-dal'); a primitive root; properly, to twist [compare OT:1434], i.e. to be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride):

     Satan/Antichrist will twist reality when he stands there in Jerusalem, much like he twisted the Scriptures just a bit when tempting our Lord. He will portray himself as the true messiah and only those with the seal of our Father in their minds will know that he speaks with lies.

     He will look like the Lord, in whatever look you have of Him in your mind and he will cause the great apostasy to come to pass, just like Paul wrote about in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3.

     Ref: 2nd  Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; KJV

     Perdition meaning to turn to ashes from within, to perish, to cease to exist.

     Daniel 8:11 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.

     Many learned people attribute the taking away of the daily sacrifice to Antiochus Epiphanes but such is not the case.

     He magnified himself, even to our Father, in the world that was, to the point that he wanted to sit on that Mercy Seat himself and when that was not possible he will stand in Jerusalem claiming to be our Lord Himself.

     The daily sacrifice was a lamb that was offered every evening and every morning and our Lord took away that sacrifice by His death on the cross. We no longer have to offer animals to the Father, we are cleansed by the death of His Son.

     When Satan/Antichrist does appear in Jerusalem he will want you to sacrifice to him, worship him, or you won’t be able to buy or sell.

     Daniel 8:12 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 practised, and prospered.

     The truth is what? It’s the Word of God. This one is going to cast down our Father’s Word, stand against him, and as Paul warned, in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2, he intends to stand in the holy place claiming to be God.

     This is before Christ returns to us. Are you mentally and spiritually equipped to handle that? Because God’s Election are those that truly love the Lord, have somewhat to do, and that is to be a witness and uphold that truth and never shall it be totally cast to the ground because we will not stand for it, we will always witness that truth and that truth is Christ. The TRUE Christ, not the fake, not the fraud.

     It’s hard to believe but millions and millions of people will not see this entity as the fake that he is. I heard a lady the other day say that when she talks to other church members about the fact that there will be no rapture and that the false messiah comes first, she was taunted and ridiculed.

     People must understand one thing….IF you have been presented with the truth and you ignore it, you are in deep spiritual trouble. The judgment may be harsh for you because you will have intentionally turned your face away from the true Christ. It means that you haven’t been deceived, you have made a conscious decision on your own.

     Father will place the cloak of stupor on those that persistently attend a church that does not teach the truth of His Word and DO NOT seek the truth on their own or elsewhere but if you KNOW that the rapture and the any-moment doctrines are false religion, and you continue in your ways, you are dancing with the devil.

     It is so very easy to become one of His Election, so very easy to learn the truth, but if you let society pressure you into staying unlearned, if the fear of being rejected by your friends or your family because you leave the safety of your church, that beth aven, to try to find one that does teach from the Scriptures, then you are truly in danger of going into perdition.

     Just like Satan/Antichrist.

     Daniel 8:13 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,

     It’s not clear if Daniel SAW these angels or whether he merely heard them.

      The transgression of desolation. This would be the DESOLATOR. Satan/Antichrist.

     to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

     How long is this going to be? From the sanctuary being trodden under foot till the cleansing? Here is your answer..

     Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

    Then shall it be vindicated, then shall God’s own discretion and vengeance, the day of vengeance, come and vindication shall take place.

     What does that mean? The sanctuary became defiled when Israel went back to worshiping idols again. And Father said that He would take away every good thing that He had given them and put on them every thing that was evil. Evil meaning adversity and affliction. He will take away His blessings.

     You’ll remember in a previous chapter where the king had all the sacred vessels removed from the Temple and they used them to pitch a good drunk with them. That will defile the sanctuary. His truth was trodden under foot that night.

     What about this two thousand and three hundred days? There is a formula involved here and we’ll get deeper into it when we get to the 12th chapter.

     Daniel 8:15 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.

     It looked like a man standing right there before Daniel.

     Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

     A man’s voice was speaking to Gabriel and telling him what to say to Daniel. Whose voice was that? Our Lord. Our Father.

     Now, we just had a couple of angels talking a minute ago and here we have Gabriel, one of the two archangels mentioned in Scripture. Gabriel doesn’t just walk around spouting idle conversation. The words that he speaks comes straight from the mouth of our Father.

     Gabriel’s name, in the Hebrew, means God’s man or man of God. But, even at that, the words that Gabriel spoke did not come from him but from our Father.

     Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

     What Daniel is seeing is not happening then but at the time of the end. The end of what? The end of this generation, the generation of the fig tree. You’re living in that generation right now, today.

     Daniel 8:18 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 upright.

     You can’t listen too well if you’re face down on the ground so Gabriel stood him up.

     Daniel 8:19 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 end of days will happen at the time that our Father has appointed it and not before. He’s going to show Daniel exactly how it’s going to come down.

     Daniel 8:20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

     We had that figured out correctly, no mystery here.

     Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia:

     The king of Greece.

     and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

     That’s Alexander and he would be a type.

     Daniel 8:22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

     These are the four notable ones from verse 8. Naturally they are in Satan’s power.

     Daniel 8:23 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 the false messiah, the one that some would call the false prophet. The word dark should point you in that direction because the words of Satan are always in darkness while the words of our Lord are in the light.

     Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

     Not by his own power. Satan/Antichrist has no power on his own EXCEPT our Father give that power to him. Everything that happens during these end days and through the tribulation will be under the guiding hand of our Father.

     He is in control of the entire situation and not only does He give power to that locust army of Revelation, He calls it HIS ARMY. There is nothing out of control. There is no chaos. Father watches every minute detail of all these events.

     That’s why if you believe and trust in Him, not one hair on your head will be moved out of place.

     Satan/Antichrist is not coming in to kill anyone. He doesn’t want your physical body, he wants your soul. He’s going to come in peacefully and prosperously. And that’s where the deception comes in.

     People are so afraid of being hurt and I know that part of that fear is self-preservation, no one wants to experience death, much less a violent one but they have been brainwashed to the point that someone or something has to take away that fear, to replace that fear with a feeling of safety, and that’s where the rapture theory comes in.

     If you are taken out of the way BEFORE this tribulation, then there is nothing to fear. We will all be safe with the Lord up there in the sky somewhere but that is not the truth of it all. We will be here when that five-month tribulation begins.

     And when that happens and they see that this entity looks like Jesus, all fear will melt away because everyone knows that our Lord would not hurt anyone. And that’s the deception. It will be full and it will be complete.

     The worst part is that they will sign up for any program that Satan/Antichrist puts into effect and that means taking his mark and that takes your soul away from you.

     There will not be war. There will be peace.

     Daniel 8:25 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 also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

     And by peace shall destroy many. There you have it. Believing in the peace, that the apparent christ promises, will take your soul away from you.

     Broken without hand. He will be defeated by our Lord, not by the hand of some human being. This entity is too powerful to be messed around with by humans. Even the archangel Michael would not argue with Satan, he was so powerful:

     Ref: Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. KJV

     Michael simply left Satan alone and let that situation be handled by the Lord. It’s interesting that no one, other than the Father, knows where the body of Moses went. Many think that Father took his physical body up to heaven with him rather than let Satan take his bones and announce a victory over the law of our Father.

     Moses does represent the law and Satan would like nothing more than to destroy that law.

     Daniel 8:26 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.

     What is this evening and morning? That’s when the daily sacrifice was offered. A lamb in the evening and another in the morning.

     Why does it say evening and morning, why doesn’t it say morning and evening? Because the Israelite day, the Hebrew day, BEGAN at sundown, not in the morning.

     This is evident in the writings of the creation days:

     Ref: Genesis 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. KJV

     Ref: Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. KJV

     And so on.

     Daniel 8:27 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. KJV

     It made Daniel physically sick because he now sees how complete the deception of Satan/Antichrist will be. Daniel didn’t know when these events would take place but we do. They will happen to the end generation. The generation in which we are now living.

     Father will hold your hand if you will let Him. Not physically but spiritually. All you have to do is read and understand and believe. It’s hard to believe in something that is the opposite of what you have been taught or heard all of your life.

     Hellfire and brimstone. Destruction and hail stones. Death and blood in the streets across this great nation. The rapture will save us from it all.

     Nothing could be further from the truth. Every preacher that has ever stood behind a podium or on a platform under a tent at some revival, will be taken to task severely on Judgment Day. Judgment begins at the pulpit. They are the shepherds, they are the leaders of the flock. Father’s flock. And when they lie and put those souls in jeopardy, Father takes great offense to it and punishment will be complete.

     Ref: Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

     This is Christ speaking, a reference to those preachers who will stand before Him on that fateful day and claim to have done wonderful things for His children and all they did was ingrain the lies of Satan in their minds, their brains.

     Ref: Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV

     And He will rebuke them, He will tell them that they are full of it. They were in charge, they were responsible for bringing the truth of His Word to them and instead they gave the people, the flock, HIS FLOCK, Satan’s lies.

    The book of Daniel only gets better and better. Stick around. We’ll get there. Wait until we get to chapter 12!

 

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