The Prophecies of Daniel, Part 3

I love prophecy in the Bible, because it is always fulfilled.  This alone should make people stop and think about the veracity of the Bible – for these things were clearly written well in advance of the actual fulfillment.  That fact seems to be beyond argument.  And what are the chances that these prophecies just happened to be “coincidentally” right?  No, it is safe to say that God’s prophecy is accurate, true…and amazing.  Here are some explanations of each of the prophecies found in the book of Daniel.


After the first two conquering nations to subdue Judah, we now see reference to a  third.

After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.  — Daniel 7:6

In 331 B.C., the Medo-Persian Empire was defeated at the Battle of Arbela – by Greece, who was led by Alexander the Great.  As an analogy to the swift leopard, made even swifter by being given wings, the rise of Greece was extremely rapid.  Alexander the Great conquered the entire known world in only 12 years.  Though his rise was swift, Alexander burned out quickly, dying in drunkenness at the age of only 31 (and possibly being poisoned).  In his place were appointed four rulers – 1) Cassander (over Macedonia and Greece), 2) Lysimachus (over northern portions of the kingdom, including parts of Asia and the Bosporus), 3) Ptolemy (over Egypt, Libya, Arabia, Palestine and Syria), and 4) Seleucus (over Syria, and eastward from there).  Greece ruled as a world empire until 168 B.C.

Again, this prophecy was VERY specific, especially to the point of naming the four heads to rule.  This is not a twist of fact or a far-reaching conclusion.  The fulfillment was very straightforward and obvious.


1 Response to “The Prophecies of Daniel, Part 3”

  1. 1 Mark Nadig
    January 30, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I’m a little behind reading, but wanted to let you know I was blessed by this post this morning.


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