Daniel's Goat/Ram Prophecy
Updated on March 9, 2008
I have been reading Daniel's vision of the ram and goat described in Daniel 8-9. It speaks of a ram with two horns, one "higher than the other" (8:3), and a goat which attacks the ram. The goat has a horn which is broken and four notable ones come up. Out of one of them, a horn comes up which then becomes great, "even to the host of heaven" (8:10). This horn will take away "the daily sacrifice" (8:11). This vision is important because it definitively ties happenings to the final end, allowing us to know exactly what to expect, once we we know the beginning of what is described has occurred. "for at the time of the end shall be the vision." (8:17)
I believe that the ram/goat conflict describes the Iraq war, followed by an Iran war. Consider:
ram's little horn=Iraq "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." (8:4) Iraq attacked Israel to the west, the Kurds in the north, and Kuwait to the south. Iraq had great wealth from oil. "The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia" (8:20)
ram's big horn=Iran Media is described at http://www.crystalinks.com/media.html as "the area between the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea".
goat=Bush/US, Great Britain, and allies "And the rough goat is the king of Grecia" (8:21) "an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground" (8:5) This seems to describe an attack that comes from the air. I watched on television as the US pummelled Iraq with missiles and bombs dropped by jets. "[the goat] ran unto [the ram] in the fury of his power." (8:6) "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. (8:7) This predicts that Iran, like Iraq will be easily conquered.
goat's great horn=the first Iraqi/Iranian king "and the great horn that is beween his [the goat's] eyes is the first king." (8:21) "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." (8:8)
4 notable horns=4 Persian kings before anti-Christ "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." (8:8) "Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia." (11:2)
little horn (from 4)=anti-Christ He will come from "the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." (8:9) He will wax "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." (8:10) He will magnify "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." (8:11) "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." (8:12) "And in the latter time of their kingdom [the 4 kingdoms], when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 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. 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." (8:23-25)
We are told that after the anti-Christ has taken away the daily sacrifice, it will be 2300 days (6.3 years) until the problem will be corrected (8:13-14) - I believe indicating the beginning of Christ's presence and reign in Jerusalem. I believe that Daniel 11 describes in details how the anti-Christ will come to power, following the takeover of Iraq/Iran. In other words, the anti-Christ is the "vile person" (11:21).