Daniel Chapter 8 Redux
“Jaw, jaw, jaw, is better than war, war, war”, said Winston Churchill in the mid 1930’s. This was while Britain had finally quit its denial of the reality of the rapid re-arming of Germany; and while “jawing” Britain began modernizing and increasing its air force. In his and Britain’s case then, “Jaw, Jaw, Jaw” was a necessity. But …
But Iran is trying to play this on The West. Has the denial finally been overcome? Is The West mentally prepared to re-run its very first war, its declaration of independence from Eurasia? Is The West ready for the 2nd set of Persian Wars?
Daniel was given a vision Daniel 8:4 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.
5And 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.
6And 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.
Daniel a Jew exiled in the court of Babylon before and after its conquest by the Medo-Persian Empire had previously served the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar by first being ale to tell him exactly what his dream was; and further what it meant. This is the famous Statue with the Head of Gold, Torso of Silver, Girth of Bronze, and Two Iron Legs with ten toes of iron and clay.
After the Persians conquered Babylonia, Daniel was given a vision. That was what was shown above in Dan. 8:4-6.
So in this context we know the Ram PUSHING Westward is heading for trouble. For he was wearing out the patience of the Goat from the western-most West.
The following verses have easily been matched with the entire sequence of events of the Persian expansion west. The resistance in Anatolia (now the land of Turkey) and the Ionian Islands (off the east coast of Turkey) which had been vassals of the Persian King brought the Persian Army to quell the rebellion. Mainland Greek City-States like Athens sent Hoplite armies to support the rebellious colonies and won a victory. The Persians returned and conquered or destroyed the rebellious Greek city-states on the Anatolian coast and Ionian Islands just offshore. Then Darius decided to punish the mainland Greeks for daring to raise rebellion. The following year, having given clear warning of his plans, Darius sent ambassadors to all the cities of Greece, demanding their submission. He received it from almost all of them, except Athens and Sparta, both of whom instead executed the ambassadors. With Athens still defiant, and Sparta now also effectively at war with him, Darius ordered a further military campaign for the following year.
This was an amphibious attack that was stopped in its tracks at Marathon. After several days fighting to push themselves beyond their landing beach, the Persians were suddenly routed by attacking phalanxes of Hoplites of Athens and Sparta. The news of this victory raced to Athens, the runner died after giving the news; thus we have our marathon races. Darius was seething mad. He had a servant officially remind him of the Athenians and the Spartans at every meal. He gathered a massive force from all his lands. He died before it was launched, but Xerxes sent it off. He had a pair of pontoon bridges to cross the Dardanelles, from Asia into Europe. A massive land force made there way to the pass of Thermopylae where the famous 300 Spartans made the Persians pay dearly to cross. The Persians were shown a small pass to come up behind the Spartans and destroy them. This holding action allowed time for Themistocles to order the evacuation of Athens. While Thermopylae held back the pushing Asian army, an Athenian naval force was holding back a parallel Persian Fleet movement. But when the inevitable defeat of the outnumbered Spartans allowed the Persian Army to pass south towards Athens, the purpose of the naval holding action was mooted.
Themistocles had ordered the evacuation of the entire population of Athens and its navy to Salamis. There, The West was born. A pattern that was to be repeated throughout history: an alliance of sovereign City States even then known as The Allies had held off a threatening hegemonic land-power of Eurasia firstly by Naval Victory! The defeat of the Persians was total, and in the next generation the victorious Athenians over-reached and the Pelopponesian Wars raged between Athens and its allies and Sparta and its allies. But, the following generation saw Philip of Macedon begin to bring together the independent city states of Greece, and his son Alexander Greatly advanced the process. Wielded together as one Alexander flew across it seemed conquering all in his path. This was the very first time that the PUSHING of the Persians westward eventually elicited a united response from a unified West.
7And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler 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.
What was will be. What was written small will be writ large. Persia is unifying the West at its great peril. For as did the Goat, the West will throw them to the ground and none will be able to deliver him out of his hand.
BUT, before we start doling victory laps; recall:
8Therefore 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.
9And 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.
10And 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.
11Yea, 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.
12And 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.
13Then 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?
THE VICTORIOUS WEST WILL SPROUT OUT FOUR HORNS, AND ONE WILL WAX TOWARD THE “PLEASANT LAND” (HA’ARETZ YISRAEL). And out of the West shall rise the The Prince of Darkness, magnified, waxing great, and casting down truth to the ground.
2012? The final recapitulation of the Theme in the major chord will begin as the Second Persian Wars begin.