Daniel 8:3-8

"I raised my eyes to look round me, and I saw a ram standing in front of the river. It had two horns; both were tall, but one taller than the other, and the one that rose the higher was the second. I saw the ram thrust westwards, northwards and southwards. No animal could stnad up to it, nothing could escape it. It did as it pleased and grew very powerful.

This is what I observed: a he-goat came from the west, having covered the entire earth but without touching the ground, and between its eyes the goat had one majestic horn. It advanced towards the ram with the two horms, which I had seen standing in front of the river, and charged at it with all the fury of its might. I saw it reach the ram, and it was so enraged with the ram, it knocked it down, breaking both its horns, and the ram had not the strength to resist; it felled it to the ground and trampled it underfoot; no one was there to save the ram.

Then the he-goat grew more powerful than ever, but at the height of its strength the great horn snapped, and in its place sprouted four majestic horns, pointing to the four winds of heaven."

The ram is located in the east; the he-goat in the west. The river is the Euphrates. The horns are the leaders who head these powers.

The various geographical thrusts of the second ram are the conquests of the group responsible for the ram's power (victories we have seen by the aberrant Moslim extremists who are the driving force of this sect, from the Phillipines and Indonesia to the states surrounding Russia, Egypt and even Algeria).

The two horns of the ram are the two leaders with similar purposes; Saddam Hussein of Iraq is the first, and Osama bin Laden the second. The second is more powerful and his reach is much more extensive.

Both will be defeated by the west. This is Daniel's introduction to the events that lead to world catastrophe.

Following these two victories, the he-goat of the west will be the singular power of the world, but at the height of that world-wide dominence, it (i.e, western democracy) will break apart, into four powers, each philosophically different than the others.

In His communication between heaven and man, symbolism is very important as far as God is concerned. Because of the momentous importance of this attack in terms of its biblical reference, God has given us another sign. We can see the symbolism of the outcome of the confrontation between the second horn of the ram and America in the plane crashes themselves. (See the Towers of Babylon).

Against democracy they were impotent. Though primary targets, neither the Capitol nor the White House were even touched. Against the military might of America (the Pentagon) only partial damage occurred. It was too well built so they were unable to penetrate it deeply. Another plane crashed because of the power of the people (in it). The people of the world will have a significant role to play in crushing this enemy of civilization. The planes sent against the monetary and marketing community, however, proved devastating. That does not portend well for the worldwide economy, either now or in the future.

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