The prophecy of Daniel (lion’s den) regarding the “end of times.”
Daniel 8:23:26 19He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. c 20The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
26“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”
Is this a prophecy for our time? And who could possibly be this “fierce looking king” who is a master of deceit, who will destroy the rich and religious and take his stand against Christ? He will become powerful, but not by his own power? He will cause devastation and succeed in whatever he does, and considers himself to be superior? Intriguing prophecy. He will be destroyed, but not by human power? Hmmm!
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