Most Bible Scholars are convinced that a great many of Daniel's prophecies centered around the exploits of Alexander the Great and his immense but divided empire. Alexander was not the focal point of Daniel's visions, of course, but there are important things that the Holy Spirit wanted us to see in the Greek era which surrounded him.
Alexander was responsible for defeating a great Persian empire, pushing western domination east as far as India. Overturning eastern domination of the world, Alexander's thrust established a western dominance of the world that has persisted all the way to the 20th century, creating a protective wing under which Christianity has been able to flourish and cover the earth.
This circumstance and the fact that Daniel has based his prophecies on a template involving Alexander's conquests and the subsequent developments regarding his short reign, death and what that evolved into, provides us with a compelling conclusion. The end (of the world) which Daniel describes involves the collapse of western domination and the return of the East to world power. It will follow precisely the formula Daniel envisioned. Jesus verified this:
"So when you see the disastrous abomination, of which the prophet Daniel spoke, set up in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must escape to the mountains..." (Matt.24:15-16).
Alexander's sudden death resulted in the parcelling out of his empire into four 'Greek' kingdoms that replaced his rule. Rule of these four kingdom was placed in the hands of Alexander's generals.
While a close relationship between Daniel's prophecies and these historical events exists, we must not forget that while it is history's purpose to explain the past, Daniel tells us the future. We need to follow Daniel's chronology, not that of history. History tells us about the past, Daniel's words describe what is coming. In this respect, his words have powerful elements which seem to be unfolding now, in the twentieth century.
For instance, the 'he-goat from the west' can be seen as a western, Christian-oriented government that conquers the world philosophically, spreading its democratic (Greek) 'rule' almost to the ends of the earth. This mimics the Greek victories of Alexander, which, in truth, have been repeated by western powers in our time. The collapse of the Soviet Union, Imperial Japan and the spread of democracy globally at the end of the 20th century is a modern duplication of Alexander's exploits.
Resurrecting a Greek political principle (democracy), America has changed the nature of world government by distributing this ideology across the face of the earth. Daniel's words show a striking reversal of this global victory, however. If his visions are indeed of our time, then we can expect a rapid deterioration of westsern world dominance to occur which Daniel has documented quite clearly. Alexander's short life (especially his short reign) verifies this.
Other prophecies show that America will not die in the collapse, but its world dominance will disappear as the eastern forces which Daniel forsees roll inexorably across Europe, subjugating a great part of the Eastern Hemisphere.
With its former allies suddenly shifting alliances, America will find itself isolated. This is where the division shifts from 'Javan' to 'Kittim'. America will not be relegated to impotence like Alexander's Greek heartland was during Antiochus' time. Instead, it will assume the mantle of a powerful isolationism like that which cloaked Rome during the age of the Syrian empire.
The Return of Alexander the Great
'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 5, 'The Handwriting on the Wall'
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