The man of Vision
The Jewish church, from its beginning, had been all along, more or less, blessed with prophets, men divinely inspired to explain God's mind to them in his providences and give them some prospect of what was to come upon them; but, soon after Ezra's time, divine inspiration ceased, and there was no more any prophet till the gospel day dawned. And therefore the events of that time were here foretold by Daniel, and left upon record, that even then God might not leave himself without witness, nor them without a guide.
Daniel ch.8 1-13 Daniel's Vision of the Ram
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.
2-- 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.
3--Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river and there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4-- 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. [5- And as I was considering, behold, an 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.[6- 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.
[The high horn would signal a high degree of power, that same high horn indicate Persia to be the stronger of the nations power , no other Empire could stand up to Persia at that time except that power was divine. Daniel did not have a clear idea what the visions were representing. He is a prophet; the visions were the future. Therefore, he was not sure of the meanings of evnything. There is more to the goat than just looking at the character of a goat to define the Greece empire under Alexander Great.as some may say.]
7-- And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved closer 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.[8-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.[9- And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
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.[11- Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.[12- And an 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.
13 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?
Though Daniel saw the divine vision he did not try to interpret nor put in his own words , the meaning of such a vision
Even though he saw a great frightening exposition Daniel wrote that which he heard and was determine to allow God to bring to past what was revealed to him.
Let us Pray: Father in the name of Jesus we give thanks to you , who is the anchor of our souls. We
The blood have wash our sins into forgetfulness before you and have given access to the throne of grace with a gratitude and repentant heart . willing to be wash in the blood of Jesus Christ that life may be transform. and to keep us until the day when all shall be judge. We thank you that while we wait for that day.you have shed light on the deep things and have given us a glimpse to come , Although there is great mystery we trust you that you will protect us to the end our lives are in your hand. we love you our God the king of glory we also with patience wait on you .Amen