NKJV - 8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
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The greek word "Aegea" (G122) meaing goat is literally the burial place for Macedonian kings. They chose "goat" as an emblem on his standards. This is Alexander, the Great who carried out the plans of his father, Philip of Macedon, to invade the Persian Empire The war began in 336 B.C. when Alexander came to the throne of Greece and Macedon. He had only 35,000 soldiers and $75,000 to start the war with, while the Persian king had a yearly revenue of $11,000,000, many millions in the treasury, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers, besides a great navy. He hired 50,000 Greek soldiers with Greek generals. But in 13 years Alexander conquered the whole Persian Empire and beyond. He literally did "according to his will," fulfilling Dan. 11:3. Alexander, the great died at the age of 33. In Dan 11:4, it is evident that kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven. This refers to the breaking up of the Grecian Empire into 4 divisions after the death of Alexander the Great. The period from Alexander to the conquest of these 4 kingdoms by the Romans (336-100 B.C.) is called the Hellenistic or Alexandrian Age. For a time the generals of the army agreed to rule the various parts of the empire until Alexander's son by Roxane became of age to take the throne, but they all really desired to become king of the province they held. In 311 B.C. the child and his mother were murdered. Then the struggle for power became an open contest. Antigonus, one of the most able generals of Alexander, used Syria as a base to conquer the whole empire for himself. In 301 B.C. he was defeated by 4 other generals and slain. The 4 great generals then divided the empire. According to Daniel 8:8, four kingdoms formed out of his empire. The following is the list of Four kingdoms. They are known as the following countries in the modern map: ★ Greece ★ Turkey ★ Syria ★ Egypt
I humbly submit the answer is Alexander the third of Macedon, better known to us in history as Alexander the Great [July 356 BCE - June 323 BCE].(Daniel 2:39) First scripture prophesied a Greek and then much later world history records that a Greek named Alexander did in fact conquer the kings of Syria in 332 BCE and of Media and Persia. Defeating the much larger Persian forces of king Darius the third at the battle of Issos in 333 BCE (Daniel 8:20; Daniel 8:21) (Daniel 8:22) Upon Alexander's death at age 32 the kingdom was split between the successors, his four generals Cassander, Ptolemy, Anitiqomus, and Selecucus who spread Panhellenism in the conquered lands. His conquest of ancient Egypt in 331 BCE, where he founded the city of Alexandria and where the oracle of Siwa priesthood received him as the son of Ammon who was identified and worshiped by the ancient Greeks with Zeus. (king of their pantheon of gods). Led Alexander to style himself as the son of Zeus-Ammon and even demand to be worshiped as a god. A Spartan decree read, 'Since Alexander wishes to be a god, let him be a god' In his Antiquities of the Jews xi, 8, 5 Josephus the historian [37-100 AD] Alexander is purported to have made Jerusalem, where he met the high priest Jaddua and was shown the scroll (book) of Daniel. And the prophecy of a Greek overthrowing the Persian empire, Alexander believed himself to be the one indicated and was very pleased. (Daniel 7:6; Daniel 8:4; Daniel 8:8) In the Lord's freedom...................warrior on
The ''goat'' here represents the Grecian monarchy, under Alexander the Great's reign. It became very powerful and extensive, as he did not conquer the Persian empire only, but the whole world, at that time. He was sometimes worshipped as a god.
Biblical symbols can be very difficult to understand. If the goat of Dan 8:8 represented Alexander, and no one else, why didn't God simply state that the king of Grecia would defeat the king of Persia using literal words rather than a symbol? The reason is that the symbol may also apply to more than one event in history or in the future. For example, it may be applicable to the destruction of Mystery Babylon in Rev. 17-18 by the 10 horns of the Beast. Both instances lead toward an abomination of desolation - it remains to be seen how closely history will repeat.
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