This post is taking a long hard look at what is going on in the area that was once controlled by the Diadochi, the four generals that superseded Alexander the great.
Check out the link. Then read Daniel chapter 8, below, and note the red highlighted verses.
Note the map toward the end of the web page that shows what is going on, the 11 areas under control. These directions are relative to the land of Israel, of course. The south is more on the map than the companion bible 1909 revision suggests in the translation below ie; not just Egypt, but the rest ” and toward the east [Babylonia and Persia], and toward the pleasant land [the land of Israel].” is on target, disregarding Indonesia and the Phillipines. . (The map also includes Indonesia and the Philippines, these are to the East, I suppose, but somehow I’m not convinced they are going to be an integral part of this development but they may be, they are ‘East’).
It is happening right now.
Is the continual (burnt offering) a pre-christian era reference to the gospel? These guys certainly don’t tolerate the gospel, they even say that “God has no Son”. In the present time, God has spoken to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daniel 8:11, Yea, he magnified himself even against God Himself, the Creator and Ruler of the starry host, and it took away from God the continual burnt offering, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.
Sounds like them, does it not?
Here is the text:-
Daniel chapter 8 (Companion Bible revised 1909):-
1, In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, two years after that which appeared unto me at the first.
2, And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was in Shushan [the chief city of all Persia] in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the canal of Ulai.
3, Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4, I saw the ram butting hostile to the west, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and acted proudly.
5, And as I was considering, behold, an he goat [a leaper of the goats] came from the [direction of the] west over the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.
6, And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had there seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
7, And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he strove violently with him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was no deliverer for the ram out of his power.
8, Therefore the he goat waxed exceedingly proud: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken in pieces; and instead of it came up afterward four conspicuous ones toward the four winds of heaven.
9, And out of the one of them came forth a little horn [the Antichrist, at the time of the end],which grew and became exceeding great, toward the south [Egypt], and toward the east [Babylonia and Persia], and toward the pleasant land [the land of Israel].
10, And it grew and became proudly, as far as the stars of heaven; and it cast down some of the starry host to the ground, and trampled them under foot.
11, Yea, he magnified himself even against God Himself, the Creator and Ruler of the starry host, and it took away from God the continual burnt offering, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down.
12, And a military host was set over [and war raised against] the continual burnt offering by transgression, and the truth of God as revealed in the law and prophets was cast down to the ground; and it did it with effect, and succeeded.
13, Then I heard one holy one [an angelic attendant] speaking, and another holy one said unto a certain unnamed one which spake, How long shall be the vision of the continual burnt offering [as taken away], [and the setting up of the desolating rebellion] and the transgression of desolation, after He hath given over the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14, And he said unto him, Unto two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings, the times of the offering of the continual sacrifice; then shall the sanctuary be vindicated.
15, And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a mighty man.
16, And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17, So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end belongeth the vision.
18, Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
19, And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the wrath of God: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
20, The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
21, And the rough goat representeth the kingdom of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes representeth the first king .
22, Now that being broken, whereas four conspicuous ones stood up in the place thereof, four kingdoms shall stand up out of his nation, but not in his power.
23, And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressions have filled up their measures, a king of mighty presence [the antichrist], and skilled in dissimulation, shall stand up.
24, And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall succeed, and do it with effect, and shall destroy the mighty ones and People of the holy ones.
25, And through his policy also he shall cause deceit to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by their prosperity shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [the Messiah]; but he shall be broken without hand.
26, And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told it is truth: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it belongeth to many days to come [to a yet future time].
27, And I Daniel …was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was dumb at the vision, but none became aware of it.