Book of Daniel Bible Study Chapter 8
God's Declaration of the End... From the Beginning
by I Gordon
New Testament Revelation
Vs 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power.
Rev 13:2 'And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard... and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Vs 24 He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does.
Rev 13:3-4 All the world wondered after the beast... and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
Vs 24 He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.
Vs 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior.
Rev 13:5,13-14 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words... It performs great signs... and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth.
2nd Thes 2:3-4,9-10 The man of lawlessness... who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship... The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing...
Vs 25 When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes
1 Thess 5:2 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Rev 19:19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse (Jesus - the King of Kings)
Vs 25 Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
2 Thess 2:8 The lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
 ↩ The true God challenges other so-called 'gods' (which are either demonic entities or the vain imaginations of men) to show themselves to be 'Gods'. The test is simple... Just declare the things that are still to come. If you can do that then yeah, ok, you pass the test. Here is how the true God issues this challenge in Isaiah 41:21-23:
' Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods ...'
So far no one apart from the God of the Bible has passed the test! No other religious writings contain detailed prophecies of the things to come. Over 30% of the Bible is dedicated to prophecy of things to come!
 ↩ 'Susa - Though then comparatively insignificant, it was destined to be the capital of Persia after Cyrus' time. Therefore Daniel is transported into it, as being the capital of the kingdom signified by the two-horned ram (Neh_1:1; Est_1:2-5).' (Jaimeson, Fausset and Brown Commentary)
 ↩ J. Vernon McGee writes: ' Xerxes was the last great ruler of Persia, and he made a foray against Europe, against Greece. He moved with an army of 300,000 men and their families. The Greeks were smart - they didn't go out to meet him. Instead, they waited until he got to Thermopylae, which was a narrow pass into which he could not fit a big army. Since one Greek soldier was equal to at least ten of the Medo-Persians, who were not a trained and disciplined army as the Greeks were, the Greeks gained the victory at Thermopylae. They decimated that tremendous Persian army as it attempted to advance through the pass a few soldiers at a time. And then at Salamis, Xerxes' fleet of three hundred vessels was destroyed by a storm. When word was brought to him that his fleet had been destroyed, he went down to the sea, took off his belt, and beat the waves with it - they had destroyed his fleet! I would say that that was not the action of an outstanding and intelligent man, by any means. '
 ↩ Dr Renald Showers, in his book 'The Most High God' writes about Alexander the Great saying: 'Alexander the Great possessed unique intelligence. In spite of his youth (he was only twenty two when he began to attack Medo-Persia), he amazed the ancient world with his military genius. Although he was opposed by much larger armies and greater financial resources than his own, his personal resourcefulness at devising successful tactics enabled him to crush the mighty Medo-Persian kingdom in about three years (334-331 BC).
 ↩ J. Vernon McGee again comments well saying: 'W e are told that when he came to power, the whole world was under the heel of Alexander the Great. Tradition says that he sat down and wept because there were no more worlds to conquer - he had conquered the then-known world. However, in the midst of his vast projects, he was seized by a fever after a nightlong drinking bout, and he died in Babylon in the year 323 B.C. at the age of thirty-two. 'When he was strong, the great horn was broken." All three of these empires - the Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, and the Graeco-Macedonian - went down in a drunken orgy... The great empire of Alexander the Great went down because he was an alcoholic. He conquered the world, but he could not conquer Alexander the Great.
 ↩ Even though the Bible clearly tells us that this desecration would last 2,300 mornings and evenings, in the 1800's the Millerites believed that this should be taken as 2,300 years. Thus, they came up with a date of 1844 for the return of Jesus. Believing that this was when Jesus would return many left their jobs and waited for His return. This became known as 'the great disappointment' for this year obviously came and went without any such event. Many within the Seventh Day Adventist churches still believe that this date was correct but have come up with the 'Investigative judgement' theory that states that Jesus didn't enter into the Holy of holies in Heaven until 1844. This also is a load of rubbish based on a faulty interpretation of Daniel 8. This is one of the main doctrines that has seen considerable debate and splits among their own theologians within the SDA churches over the last 40 years.
 ↩ There is no doubting that the vision pertained to Antiochus but the interpretation given by the angel seems to propel us right through to the end. The angel's first words seem to confirm this - ' 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.' (KJV) In connection to Bible prophecy the 'Indignation' is a term used of God's judgement of Israel and the angel was coming to declare the 'last end' of that period before the end shall come. This would thrust us forward to the coming tribulation period. Also when you look at the description of the coming leader and see that he will be mighty but not by his own power and that he will be broken without human agency we see a description of the evil one described in 2 Thes 2 'whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power'... 'whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.'
 ↩ Antiochus Ephihanes is the greatest type of the coming Antichrist that there is in scripture. Hitler is probably the best type of the Antichrist that there is outside of scripture. This will be covered in more detail in the Daniel chapter 11 study if interested.
 ↩ It is hard not to think again of Adolf Hitler at this time as a type. Hitler was heavily into the occult and mastered in deception. When Hitler looked threatening in 1938, England's Prime Minister Chamberlin met with Hitler and an Anglo-German peace accord was signed. Hitler loved to say one thing and do another. As Chamberlin left that meeting, Hitler is reported to have said 'there goes a worm of a man.' Chamberlin returned from that meeting jubilant declaring to all the now famous and naive line 'there will be peace in our time.' Hitler was awarded the 1938 Time Magazine 'Man of the year'. (Which is nearly, but not quite, on the same level of stupidity as giving Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace prize!) One year later Hitler's true intentions are shown and WWII begins. Thank goodness for Britain and the world that Chamberlin was replaced by Churchill!