Daniel – The Ram and the Goat, Cont’d

agents-of-babylon-2“The ram which you saw, having the two horns – they are the kings of Media and Persia. The male goat is the kingdom of Greece.”   Daniel 8:20-21

First item of note is that Daniel wrote this prophecy two centuries before Alexander forged his empire! Despite evidence to the contrary, liberal scholars assume that Daniel must have been written by someone else after the fact!

Alexander came from the west in 334 B.C. with 35,000 troops and made mincemeat of the Persian armies at the Granicus River (in modern Turkey). King Darius III came to the front to negotiate with Alexander face-to-face, but Alexander had none of it. The swiftness of the goat in Daniel’s prophecy fits Alexander perfectly; his victories were swift and decisive!

Alexander died at the young age of 32, victim of a fever, possibly poisoned by an angry servant. However he died, he was certainly heartbroken, lamenting famously that there were no worlds left to conquer.

Dr. Jeremiah makes note of how God is definitely a long-term planner. First, the Greeks brought civilization to the entire Mediterranean world. Recall that even our “western” civilization is based on Greek thought and government. Greek became the English of its day, the language of commerce and education. The New testament was written in Greek!

Once the Greek culture had established itself, God had Rome ready in the wings to bring peace, order, and – most importantly – paved roads over which to spread the Gospel! Recall that St. Paul established the church in Rome, which where his life ended. Christians disbursed over those very fine roads once the persecutions set in.

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Alexander the Great

The great historian Josephus recorded Alexander’s movement and documented his decision to bypass Jerusalem instead of his normal razing of conquered cities. He had already destroyed Gaza and headed for Jerusalem, but was surprisingly greeted by the whole city, which turned out to welcome him. This action was the result of the high priest Jaddua causing the whole city to fast and pray for direction from God to save the city. This is what God told them to do.

Alexander saw them and saluted them as he approached. The entire city shouted their return salute to Alexander, causing him to give them a reprieve. His generals were shocked and asked him about this notable change in procedures. Alexander’s reply reproduced here from Dr. Jeremiah’s Agents of Babylon is telling:

I did not adore {the high priest}, but that God who hath honoured him with this high priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, {wearing this} very {priestly dress}, when I was at Dios in Macedonia, who, when I was considering with myself how I might obtain the dominion of Asia, exhorted me to make no delay. But boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; whence it is, that having seen no other in {this priestly dress}, and now seeing this person in it, and remembering that vision, and the exhortation I had in my dream, I believe that I bring this army under the divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians, and that all things will succeed according to what is in moy own mind.

In fact, Josephus recorded that he accompanied the priests to the Temple and, following the direction of the high priest, himself offered a sacrifice to God! He was then shown the Book of Daniel, specifically the prophecy that the Greeks would destroy the Persians. Alexander figured that must be him!

Probably feeling that he was part of a divine plan, he asked Jaddua if there was any favor he could do for them in gratitude for God’s divine directions. Jaddua asked that all Jews, both in Greek-controlled Israel and in the to-be Greek controlled Mesopotamia be allowed to practice their religion freely. Alexander granted it all!

God’s Word is free-standing. It needs no proof. That being said, I am simply fascinated to read accounts like this that reinforce what the Bible prophesied! I also think it can possibly be a great tool in witnessing to others, another way to get their attention.

When you know your history and can use it to augment the Bible, you can be an ever more effective witness to God and all He has done throughout history, leading right through today and into our own future!!

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