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OBSERVATIONS FROM THE VISION OF DANIEL 8
June 8, 2008 (Updated) 

Dr. Allen M. Barber

Daniel 8:1-27 ESV

1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first.
2 And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the capital, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal.
3 I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.
4 I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
5 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.
6 He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath.
7 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power.
8 Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land.
10 It grew great, even to the host of heaven. And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled on them.
11 It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown.
12 And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, "For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?"
14 And he said to me, "For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state."
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision."
17 So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, "Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end."
18 And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up.
19 He said, "Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.
20 As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
22 As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
23 And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.
24 His power shall be great — but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints.
25 By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken — but by no human hand.
26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, but seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now."
27 And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king's business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.


Some observations About the Vision:

1. It is a vision for the last days not the ancient or modern past (Verses 19 and 26).

2. The 2300 evenings and mornings are not 1150 days, but 2300 complete days (Verse 14).

3. The word "sanctuary" in the Hebrew language means to make morally right and does not necessarily mean a temple (Verses 13 and 14).

4. The old and new King James Versions of the Bible use "daily sacrifice" in verses 11-13; however in the original Hebrew the word "daily" is omitted and the meaning of "sacrifice" is "the continuance" not necessarily a blood sacrifice. The English Standard Version above uses the word "regular" sacrifice," but there is no such word in the original Hebrew. The Hebrew language uses neither daily or regular. The Greek Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament and the version the apostles and early Church used, translates "the daily sacrifice" in verses 11-13 as "the sacrifice"  and omits the word "daily."  As mentioned, the word "sacrifice" means the continuance, not a blood sacrifice. The implication is that the reference is other than a daily blood sacrifice. My personal opinion is that it may mean the daily Jewish presence at the Wailing Wall or Western wall of Herod's temple. They come there every day to pray for Messiah to appear and save them from the Gentiles. In addition, they stick their prayers on paper in the crevices of the wall now over 2000 years old, for Herod's temple or the refurbishing of Solomon's temple began in about 15 or 16 B.C. The Pharisees told Jesus that Herod's temple was 46 years in the building, meaning that even in Jesus day it was still under construction. The Arabs detest the Jews praying at the Wailing Wall and it is my opinion when the New World Order and the Antichrist takes control of the two states - the state of Israel and the state of Palestine - that the Jews will no longer be allowed to pray at the Wailing Wall. Daniel further says the New World Order will place "forces" in the sanctuary area (Daniel 11:31). The old KJV says "arms" shall stand on his part (Antichrist) against the sanctuary. The Septuagint translates the meaning of arms or forces as "seeds" or something "planted." Taken together, it seems to imply, the NWO Antichrist will plant his forces or government in the area of the temple mount proving that his government will have power over all religions of the Middle East, and more specifically old Jerusalem - the site of the world's three main religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

5. The kings of Media and Persia are modern day Iraq and Iran as well as Central Asia for the old Persian empire covered much of modern Central Asia.

6. The He-Goat coming from the West is not the king of Greece, but the king of the Gentiles. Greece is a bad translation of the Hebrew word "Javan", who was the 4th son of Japheth and the father of the European Gentiles including Russia. Because this vision is for the appointed time of the end, the He-Goat is not Alexander the Great as some Bible commentaries teach. Whoever this king of the Gentiles is coming from the West, he destroys both Media and Persia. Since the king of Iraq has been deposed by the United States, it may mean the U.S. also defeats Iran; however, since the U.S. is now identified with the new Iraq, it could be another Gentile king such as Russia that destroys Iraq and Iran. Russia is now a superpower both militarily and economically and it is time the United States stop pretending we are the world's lone superpower. China would also dispute the U.S. claim to sole superpower status.

The problem with Russia destroying Iran is that Persia (Iran) is confederate with Russia when it invades the Middle East according to Ezekiel 38 and 39. It may mean only the military arm of Iran is destroyed, but if that is the case, then Iran would hardly be aligned with Russia's military invasion of the land of Israel. The text seems to imply it will be a Western power that destroys both Iraq and Iran as well as the Muslim Central Asian nations. It could be a NATO led coalition for remember, President Bill Clinton led the NATO forces against Milosevic (the former president of Serbia and Yugoslavia), thus the king of the Gentiles led the attack upon sovereign Serbia and Yugoslavia - something totally illegal according to the NATO charter, but since it was the plan of the globalists, it was washed under the rug of political expediency. Milosevic was nothing but a scapegoat for the global elites plan to seize the natural resources of that area, namely a natural gas pipeline running from the oil and gas rich Caucasus through the former Yugoslavia to eastern Europe. Today that pipeline has been built. Milosevic opposed the pipeline running through his country, so the globalist concocted a lie that he was the murderous butcher of the Balkans hell bend on genocide. At his trial in the Hague, there was never any hard evidence that he committed genocide. He died in prison. Milosevic was removed by the global elite because he stood in their way of controlling that area's natural resources. 

The invasion of Afghanistan was also about another pipeline transporting natural gas through Pakistan to the Arabian Ocean making it easier for tankers to by-pass the Persian gulf as well as have access to a warm seaport. Attacking Ben Laden and the so-called Al Qaeda was nothing but a diversion from the real agenda. If you doubt this, just ask yourself one question, with all our satellite surveillance technology that is able to see the fine hairs on a butterfly's wings, as well as to look deep beneath the surface of the earth, why have we not been able to capture or kill Ben Laden?  The second question is where did the term "Al Qaeda" originate? It did not come from Ben Laden. Go to the CFR's website and do a search on Al Qaeda and you will be shocked to learn the term did not come from Ben Laden nor the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11. Al Qaeda is a term devised by the global elite to disguise their intent to utilize the strategy of Ordo ab Chaos - a New World Order created out of their planned chaos - war both military and economic. (Note: Ben Laden has been eliminated, but Muslim terrorism has increased and growing stronger with the inception of ISIS - a even more barbaric from of Islam; Ben Laden was nothing more than a figure-head so killing him did nothing to stop Al Qaeda and all of its off-shoots). 

7. Four nations shall emerge from the destruction of the He-Goat from the West. As Alexander's Empire was broken up and divided into four geographical regions, there will be an end-time scenario in which a king of the Gentiles and his nation shall be destroyed and broken up into four lesser states or nations. Do you realize the CFR has plans to break up the U.S. into three lesser states or regions? They seek to do this with the North American Community Union in which the U.S. becomes a third with Mexico and Canada. However, the Bible says the king of the end-time Gentiles and his nation shall be broken up into four lesser nations. I believe the United States will be destroyed and taken over by the New World Order and then divided into four regions with one  becoming part of the 10 horned regions of Daniel. Other than Daniel, what do I base this on? The Lord Jesus said a house or nation divided cannot stand and the Untied States today is deeply divided between conservatives and liberals, Christians and non-Christians. Contrary to all the hot air and rhetoric, Barack Obama is not going to unite this nation, but divide it even further - wait and see!

Here is something to think about: How is it possible for the Antichrist to destroy three of the ten horns and yet the 10 remain? Read Daniel 7:20-24 with Revelation 17- the ten horns of both Daniel and Revelation remain and together with the Antichrist destroy the Harlot. The text of Daniel 7 implies the Antichrist destroys three of the first horns/kings that oppose him and the New World Order. It may be that the United States if broken into four lesser states, three may oppose the Antichrist whom he defeats leaving intact the 10 horns (the 4th lesser state ends up being aligned with the 10 and is one of them) who give their power to him. What I am saying is the New World Order may begin with 13 world regions or super states, then to fulfill prophecy, ends up as 10 world regions. The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard predicted the United States would be broken up into several lesser states. How does he know that? Did he just speak nonsense or does he know something we do not? Well, the global elite have their agenturs (agents) in every nation of the world; sometimes they pop off and say things that are supposedly only for the secret societies.This is only my best opinion of the three nations or horns that oppose the Antichrist as the text does pose a problem because the 10 horns are with the Antichrist in Revelation 17 when they defeat the Harlot - the false religious system. (See Revelation 17:16-17).

8. The "latter end" of the four kingdoms does not have to mean a long time period, but the end of their kingdoms is short-lived. The ten horns which will give their power to the Antichrist will only reign with him for a short time  - 3 1/2 or 7 years depending on how one interprets when Antichrist comes to power (See Rev. 17:12).

9. The Antichrist rises to power only after the 10 or 13 world regions are formed. He cannot come to power until the New World Order is first formed and recognized by the world. This is why I believe the globalists have put the New World Order on fast forward and will attempt recognition sometime between the period 2010-2013; only time will tell. (Note: As far as we know, the offical NWO has not been recognized to date - April 2015, but its progress is clearly evident).

10. The 2300 days begin sometime shortly after the Tribulation begins and ends about the time of Armageddon. The seven-year tribulation is 2520 days (360 days - a prophetic year x 7). 2300 days is 220 days short of 2520 or about 7.3 months.  Therefore, it will take some months during the first year of the tribulation to implement the stratagems of world governance. Anyway, the 2300 days shall begin with the doing away of what is morally right, that is, what is recognized by the laws of God as morally right. If the context of Daniel  8 is operating on sacred time, then the 2300 days will begin in the month of September - October  or 7 months after the first sacred month - March;  if it is operating on civil time, it may begin in March - April or 7 months after the first civil month - September; If it is operating on Gentile or Western time, then it may begin in July as January is the first month of the Gentile Western calendar. The point is it begins with a world recognition of doing away with God's moral standards. This also corresponds with 2 Thessalonians 2 - the Great Apostasy or falling away into total rebellion against God's laws.  One thing is certain from the passage in Daniel 8:17, the Vision of the 2300 days is appointed to the time of the end. Therefore, contrary to what some commentators do to relate it to past history involving Alexander the Great, it will take place during the tribulation period. It also involves an end-time powerful Gentile nation and modern Persia - Iran (remember in an earlier article I showed that the Medes were never a separate nation from Persia, but a tribe within Persia).  What is Iran doing? They are pushing toward the South (Yemen) and stretching toward the East in Iraq (Iraq or Babylon was part of ancient Persia); Daniel 8 says the Ram shall push toward the North and West also, so if this prophecy involves what is now going on in the Middle East - Iran will push toward Afghanistan and to the Central Asian nations that broke off from the old Soviet Union.