The Gulf War
According to Jesus, the Book of Daniel holds the key to events surrounding the last days (Mat.24:15). Daniel wrote that a "fourth" kiindom of Persia would rise up at the end of time. In the initial phases of its rise to power, a sequence will be launched that will take the world quick step by quick step through the collation of his prophecies straight to Armageddon.
Those initial stages, according to Daniel, begin with two wars, one after the other in quick succession and both originating from the same area of Media and Persia, i.e., in association with the Euphrates river.
That sequence seems to have been launched with the Persian Gulf War. This small, but immeasurably important fight between east and west, positioned at the Euphrates River was in the right place and it followed in an uncanny way the prophetic template issued by Daniel. A western army "crossed the earth without touching the ground" and it crushed the Ram of the East at the Euphrates.
But Daniel wrote that this war will have two parts and that the greater of these would be the second:
"I gazed at the vision, and as I gazed...I found myself at the Gate of the Ulai. I raised my eyes to look round me, and I saw a ram standing in front of the river (the Euphrates). The ram had two horns; both were tall, but one was 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 stand up to it, nothing could escape it. It did a it pleased and grew very powerful." (Dn.8:2-4).
A second horn means a second Gulf War -- a war greater than the last, led by a second middle eastern firebrand in the same neighborhood of the Euphrates -- and though far more devastating, fated, said Daniel, to a similar end. In light of everything else that has happened in the world during the fateful 20th Century, if this second Gulf War does indeed occur, the Christian world will be on firm notice that the Bible's ultimate moment has truly come.
A second Gulf War on the heels of the first will give certain proof to the world that Daniel's predicted Fourth kingdom of Persia has begun its fateful rise to power.
Indeed, a second Gulf War did occur. It began with a sneak attack on New York and Washington D.C. on the 11th day of September, 2001, exactly nine months into the "third day" of prophecy. The second horn of the prophecy proved to be a secretive rebel figure named Osama bin Laden.
Launched into action from that New York moment, the American counterattack proceeded through the destruction of the rebel governments of Afghanistan and Iraq. It is still in progress. No peace treaty has been signed, no declaration of wars end has been issued. It has been almost two years since the New York attack and the fighting rages on.
"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 horns...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." (Dan.8:5-7).
The global nature of Daniel's prophecy, and its immediacy, was presaged by events which transpired in World War II. There, for the first time in almost a thousand years, two eastern horns rose to huge power in all directions and then suddenly collapsed. First the Japanese empire, defeated by the military power of America; and out of its ashes the rise of the Soviet Union, which also was vanquished in favor of western ideologies. In metaphore, Alexander's conquest had come face to face with the zenith of its mirror image.
According to Daniel (Dn.8:8-12), at the conclusion of the second war, the west will stand atop the world. But that vaunted position will not last long. International unity, he predicted, will quickly fracture into four parts. Out of the smallest of those four will rise the ten-nation empire of perdition, Daniel's "fourth beast" (Dn. 7:23-25).
"But a court will be held and his power will be stripped from him, consumed, and utterly destroyed. And sovereignty and kingship, and the splendors of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty and every empire will serve and obey him." (Dn.7:26-27)
'The Last Days of Babylon, Chapter 8, 'Two Horns of the Ram'
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