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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..(Daniel 10:13-11:6)

Daniel 8:2-8 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. 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.(horns equal kings:.Daniel 7:24-26; Daniel 7:7,8,11,12), but one was higher than the other and the higher came up last. 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. And as I was considering, behold, a 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. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram and he was moved with choler.(bitterness).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. 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. 

Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn.(Antiochus IV Epiphanes), which waxed exceeding great, toward the south and toward the east and toward the pleasant land.

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.

Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host and by him.(in history this was the vile ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes).the daily sacrifice was taken away and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 

Daniel 8:12 And a 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. 

Daniel 8:13,14 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, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

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.

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.

Daniel 8:17-19 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. 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. And he said, Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the last end of the indignation, for at the time appointed the end shall be.

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

Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Comprised with.New and Concise Bible:.The Hebrew of Greece is Yavan, which naturally associates it with Javan the fourth son of Japheth, who was a son of Noah:.Genesis 10:2; 1Chronicles 1:5. The same word in the original translated 'Javan' is also translated 'Grecia' in Daniel 8:21 above and translated 'Greece' in Zechariah 9:13. Javan is the Old Testament (which was written in Hebrew) word for Greece and the New Testament word (written in Greek) is Ionia. The name 'Greece' did not always apply to the same extent of territory. It did not anciently include Macedonia, nor does the modern kingdom. 

About the letter 'J' in names beginning with it.

Greece is referred to in Daniel as the seat of the third great Gentile empire, of which Alexander the Great was the first king and head, though he was a Macedonian, but he conquered Greece and the empire he established bears that name:.Daniel 10:20 11:2. The Grecian Empire is called 'a kingdom of brass', as inferior to the Babylonian and the Persian:.Daniel 2:39. It was not inferior as to its extent. Of it was said "it shall bear rule over all the earth", but as an empire it was managed unintelligently concerning ensuring citizens had enough money for needs and as such was a poor city. An army had to be left in Greece under Antipater just to preserve peace. On the death of Alexander, the empire was not conquered by others but fell to pieces of itself.

The empire is further compared to a leopard with four wings marking its rapid conquests. It had four heads answering to its being divided into four kingdoms, before Rome became supreme:.Daniel 7:6. Again it is compared to a he goat that touched not the ground, also marking the speed of its progress. It was very great and when very strong its great horn was broken. "The rough goat is the king of Grecia and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king (verses 2-9 above) who was in history, Alexander the Great.

Daniel 8:22-26 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full.(please see note below), a king of fierce countenance.(Adam Clarke's Commentary:."The Roman government, as before; for king is often taken for kingdom or empire.").and understanding dark sentences.(skillful in deceptions as used by governments at this time), 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. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true, wherefore shut you up the vision, for it shall be for many days.

Comprised with.Adam Clarke's Commentary:....transgressions were come to the full when the Romans had commission to destroy Jerusalem and its temple, which they did in 70 A.D.

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.(Daniel 12:8-10).
 


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