THE LAST KING (Part 1)
The prophecy of Daniel announced, 200 years before his advent, the reign of Alexander the Great
“Then the male goat exalted itself exceedingly, but as soon as it became mighty, the great horn was broken; then four conspicuous horns came up instead of the one, toward the four winds of the heavens. (…) The hairy male goat stands for the king of Greece; and the great horn that was between its eyes stands for the first king. As for the horn that was broken, so that four stood up instead of it, there are four kingdoms from his nation that will stand up, but not with his power” (Daniel 8:8,21,22)
The writing of the book of Daniel was completed around 536 BCE. Alexander the Great was born in 356 BCE. In 336 BCE, he began his reign. He died very young, in 323 BCE: “the great horn was broken”. The prophecy suggests that none of his sons would inherit his kingdom. He had two sons: Alexandre Aigos and Héraclès. The two sons were murdered and therefore did not succeed their father. According to the prophecy, after the death of Alexander the great, the whole of the territories conquered by him were divided into four, between 4 of his generals: Seleucus Nicator taking Mesopotamia and Syria; Cassander, Macedonia and Greece; Ptolemy Lagus, Egypt and Palestine; and Lysimachus, Thrace and Asia Minor: “As for the horn that was broken, so that four stood up instead of it, there are four kingdoms from his nation that will stand up, but not with his power”.
The particularity of the prophecy of Daniel chapter 8 is that it describes the succession of world powers by designating two kings who have marked the History: Two hundred years before his advent, it announced the arrival of Alexander the Great, who Hellenized the world (8: 8,21). And this Hellenization has an impact until today by what is designated (by historians) as late antiquity “Greco-Roman”. This same prophecy announced (indirectly) that none of the sons of Alexander the Great would inherit his kingdom, but would be divided in four parts (Daniel 8:8,22). And indeed, after the premature death at 32 years (broken horn) of Alexander the Great, the kingdom has been divided among four of his generals. However, the particularity of the prophecy of Daniel chapter 8, is that it describes the face and the general behavior of the last king of the last world power, coming from this Hellenistic world power, who will face the Heavenly King Jeus Christ during the Great Tribulation to come.
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