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Daniel 8: A vision that troubles Daniel

Things have been hectic lately, and I’m trying to develop better time management skills. I read this passage late last week. Forgive me for just now getting around to posting this.

We’re continuing on into the next phase of Daniel, where he sees visions of both the near future and not-so-near future. Forgive my redundancy, but it must’ve been terrifying seeing visions. Imagine seeing images based millennia into the future and seeing people, cities, styles, machines that make no sense because they’re too far technologically advanced.

This vision occurred in the third year of the reign of Belshazzar before the fifth chapter of this book. Daniel, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, chose to group his dealings as a government official in one part of the book and all the visions in the rest of the book.

In this vision, he saw a ram (the Media-Persia empire) and a goat (Greece). The goat, Greece, prevailed over the ram, telling Daniel that the MP empire that’ll soon overthrow Belshazzar will itself eventually collapse. The vision also foretold the death of the great Greek emperor Alexander and, eventually, Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The vision told Daniel that A-IV eventually would try to set up pagan worship in Israel and would try to exalt himself above God.

Verse 12 says he was successful awhile and then finally, as all men with overinflated egoes who exalt themselves above God, he was defeated and the Temple was rededicated. History tells us A-IV was defeated by an army led by Judas Maccabeus. Verse 25 says he was “broken without hand”, indicating that he was probably humiliated in his quest to become godlike.

The vision troubled Daniel, and at the end of this chapter he mentioned being ill several days and even taking a few days off from work. This is probably not unusual, even in the days before people filled themselves with caffeine, processed foods and other things not good for them. What Daniel saw, no doubt, made him sick to his stomach.

What made him ill? Maybe the sickness of seeing what would happen to this current kingdom, or the sickness of seeing what God’s people would endure a few hundred years into the future. It’s hard to tell for sure.

Richard Zowie has been a Christian for 28 years and likes to write about the Bible. Post comments here or contact him at richardzowie@gmail.com.

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