Q. I have a question concerning Daniel 8:19-25. It speaks of Alexander the Greats’ horn being broken and four that stand up for it and four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation. These I understand as Ptolemy, Cassander, Seleucus, and Lysimachus. But in verse 23 it says “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” It seems the “Latter time of their kingdom” would be the time period of the last days that we now live in, or pretty close to it. Do you think there could also be some kind of revival of these four kingdoms in the last days?
I know most everybody believes in a revived Roman Empire because of the the statue of the legs of iron, but I wonder if the ten toes has anything to do with a revived
Roman Empire or maybe a revived Grecian Empire of sorts. Whoever the Abomination of desolation is I think he will come on the scene as fast and furious as Alexander
did. What’s your take on all this?
A. Daniel 2:31-45 describes a statue King Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. In Daniel’s interpretation the statue stood for 4 gentile kingdoms that would rule the world from Daniel’s time till the 2nd coming. The Biblical Roman Empire was represented by the statue’s 2 legs of iron signifying its Eastern and Western divisions. Between them they included just about all of the land formerly held by the 4 generals who succeeded Alexander. The End Times empire, often called the revived Roman Empire, is represented by the statue’s two feet. Being extensions of the two legs, it’s logical to assume they’re related to the legs and that’s what Daniel 8:23 was pointing toward.
In part 3 of my Joel study, you can see that Joel referred to the Greeks 400 years before the fact using the same word Daniel used to describe the two feet. To me this means Joel had the end times version of the gentile kingdom in view as well.
And in Rev. 13:2 John used the animal symbols from Daniel 7 to attribute characteristics from Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and Alexander to the anti Christ. This means we can think of him as a composite of all three rolled up into one.