The Ram And The He-Goat
Dr. Joe Temple

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Daniel. We have been studying the book of Daniel for some time, and we have come now to chapter 8.

I want to encourage you to be alert, to pay as close attention as you possibly can because this is a very involved chapter in the Word of God—very important and very involved. Unless you do pay attention to what I say to you, you will not be able to get out of it all that you should. There is much to say and little time to say it.

As we read, I am going to give you a brief outline that you might like to follow as you read and reread the chapter. The only way to understand the Word of God properly is to read it and read it again until you become thoroughly familiar with it. One of the problems in understanding the Word of God is the lack of familiarity with it. People have just a smattering knowledge of it, and then wonder why they cannot understand it.

Introduction To The Chapter

In the first two verses of chapter 8, we have presented to us the introduction to the chapter. Will you notice, please:

Daniel 8:

1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, 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 at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.

Let's stop for a moment and see what is suggested by these verses.

When The Vision Was Seen

The first thing which catches our attention is that Daniel has had another vision. This vision is the second one that he had; he had the first one in the first year of Belshazzar, as is indicated in chapter 7. This means that the vision which is recorded in chapter 8 is one that he had two years later than the one he had in chapter 7. You will notice also the location of Daniel when he had this particular vision. He tells us that he was in Shushan in the province of Elam, and that he was by the River Ulai.

Where The Vision Was Seen

This presents a problem in accuracy. We do not know whether Daniel was literally in this location or whether he was transported there in his vision. The emphasis in this second verse is placed upon the fact that Daniel was in a trance when he had this vision. But I am inclined to think that Daniel was actually in this location; that is—in Shushan in Elam, and that in the vision, he was translated to the River Ulai. I think that will become evident as we read farther along.

Ram Seen In The Vision

The vision which Daniel had is described in the verses which follow. The first part of the vision is presented to us in verses 3 through 8, where he had a vision of a ram and a he goat. Listen to what he said about it:

Daniel 8:

3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, 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 pushing westward, 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 became great.

Pause for a moment and think about what you have read. In a vision, Daniel has seen an animal. This is not unusual for Daniel. In chapter 7, you will remember, he had a vision of four wild animals coming up out of the Mediterranean Sea. Here by the River Ulai he had a picture of an animal—a ram he designates it, with two horns, but one of them higher than the other. He had a picture of this ram pushing forward with great force and with great strength, not in one direction only, but northward and southward, and none could stand before him, and he did according to his will, and he became great and famous.

The He Goat Appears

As Daniel was observing this ram, another character came on the scene, another animal, if you please. He describes it in verse 5:

Daniel 8:

5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had 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 was moved with choler against 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 none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

Let's pause again and go over those verses and get fixed in our minds what we have read. As Daniel continued to watch the action that was being carried on at the Riber Ulai, he saw a great he goat come, (notice the direction) this time from the west. Every time he had seen any animals heretofore, they had come from the east, but this animal came from the west, and he came with great speed over the face of the whole earth; that is, over the face of the whole ground. He came so fast that, figuratively speaking, his feet did not even touch the ground. We use the same figure of speech today.

This goat was peculiar in his appearance in that he had a notable horn between his eyes. Ordinarily goats do not have horns between their eyes, but this one did—only one horn.

The He Goat Overcomes The Ram

In verse 6 the he goat approached the ram, and a great battle ensued between them. The he goat, it would seem from verse 7, was mad with anger. This was not an ordinary battle between two beasts. The he goat was pushed by tremendous anger. As the battle ensued, the two horns of the ram were broken. The ram was completely overcome. He was cast down to the ground. He was stamped on the ground and nobody could deliver the ram out of the hand of the he goat. The he goat immediately waxed very great, and when he reached the zenith of his power, the great horn between his eyes was broken off. In the place of the great horn, there came up four horns toward the four winds of the earth, or toward the four directions of the compass.

The Little Horn Gains Power

Notice verse 9 for another scene in the vision as Daniel continues:

Daniel 8:

9 And out of one of them [that is, out of one of the four horns] came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Sanctuary Cast Down By Little Horn

Let us pause again and notice what we have read about this little horn. This little horn made its appearance from one of the four horns that we noticed in the previous verse. He, too, went forth conquering and to conquer. He made advances toward the south; he made advances toward the pleasant land. Now “the pleasant land,” is a phrase in the Bible that is used to describe the land of Palestine, or the Holy Land.

Immediately we recognize from verse 9 that this little horn had special designs upon the Holy Land. No sooner did he make an effort to advance toward the Holy Land than he increased in power and was not content to fight against just the Holy Land; he fought also, it would seem, against the host of Heaven, casting some of the host of Heaven to the ground. He magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and he personally took away the daily sacrifice that was offered in the temple morning and evening. He himself cast the sanctuary down.

Time Set For Cleansing The Sanctuary

The last action was so significant that it created another scene in the vision which Daniel had. That scene is found in verses 13 and 14:

Daniel 8:

13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

Now let's go back over that paragraph and realize what we've read. In order to help us to understand it, let me remind you that the word saint could better be translated “Holy One,” and those of you who have been able to be with us in our study of the book of Daniel know that when we see the words Holy One , we are talking about angels. We are talking about heavenly beings. Something that this little horn did in relation to the daily sacrifice in the temple attracted so much attention that a conversation ensued between two angels, and Daniel tuned in on the conversation.

One Holy One, or one angel, said to another angel, “How long shall the vision be concerning the daily sacrifice?” That is, “How long will the daily sacrifice in the temple be interrupted? How long will the daily sacrifice in the temple cease?” The other angel answered in verse 14: “Unto two thousand three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”

Introduction To Interpretation Of The Vision

In the paragraph which begins with verse 15 and continues through verse 19, we are going to have the introduction to the interpretation that is to follow. Remember, in the first two verses we had the introduction to the vision—that is, the stage was set. In these verses we have the introduction to the interpretation which was to be presented to Daniel:

Daniel 8:

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 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 shall be the vision.
18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground [That indicated that he had been in a trance.]: 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 indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

This is a very important paragraph because it presents the key to the interpretation of the visions at which we have been looking. Daniel saw the appearance of a man. We are told in verse 16 that that man was Gabriel. This is the first time that Gabriel is mentioned in the book of Daniel. He is one of two archangels in the Scripture; the other is Michael. He will be mentioned again later in the book. There was a voice which said, “Gabriel, make the man understand the vision.” Subsequent verses will prove that that voice was none other than the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ. So Gabriel awakened Daniel from his trance and began to tell him that he would explain the vision. But before he explained to him the vision, he emphasized the time element in the vision. It is important to understand that if we are to understand the vision at all. So will you notice in verse 17 that Gabriel said that part of the vision concerns the last end of the indignation. This is a phrase often used in the Scripture to describe a period of time that is yet to come upon the earth—a period known as “the Great Tribulation.”

Occurring During The Great Tribulation

So that we will all understand what we are thinking about, let us recognize that Scripturally speaking, we are in what is referred to in the Bible as “the Age of Grace.” This Age of Grace will end when the Lord Jesus Christ comes in the air for his Church. As soon as the Church, the body of Christ, is taken out of the world, the Tribulation will begin. This Tribulation will last for seven years. This Tribulation is referred to in the Scripture by various terms; one of them is “the last end of the indignation.

Significance Of The Ram

You will notice also the last sentence in verse 19: “…at the time appointed the end shall be.” That is, this vision is related to the end of appointed time. Having set the date for the fulfillment of the vision in its entirety, or ultimately, the angel begins to explain the significance of some of the things which Daniel saw. So will you notice verse 20:

Daniel 8:

20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

Let's stop for a moment and recognize that what Daniel saw in the third verse of this chapter was a beast which represented the kingdom of Media-Persia. I do not think that surprised Daniel a great deal because you will remember that Daniel had interpreted a dream which Nebuchadnezzar had. That dream was of a great image. It had a head of gold; it had breast and arms of silver; it had belly and thighs of brass; it had legs of iron; and it had feet part of iron and part of clay.

Daniel's Other Vision Of World Governments

Daniel himself also had a vision which was recorded in chapter 7 where four unusual beasts came up out of the Mediterranean. One of those beasts was like a lion which had eagle's wings, and another beast was like a bear that rained itself up on one side. I believe that Daniel had sense enough to put two and two together and to know already the significance of this ram. For God had told him in relation to the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream that the head of gold represented the kingdom of Babylon, with which he was familiar. He knew that the breast and arms of silver represented the kingdom that would follow the kingdom of Babylon. But this is the first time it is named in the Scripture.

In our study we anticipated ourselves and discovered the name of the kingdom which was represented by the breast and the arms of silver and which was represented by the bear in the four beasts vision. Here that kingdom is identified as Media and Persia. You will remember that when Daniel had his vision, the bear which he saw raised itself up on one side, one shoulder higher than the other. I am quite sure that when Daniel saw the two horns on this ram and noticed that one of them was higher than the other, he identified the ram with the bear, though he may not have known its name. But now he was told that the kingdom which was to succeed the kingdom of Babylon was the kingdom of Media-Persia.

He could not have helped but be thrilled with that because you will remember that Daniel had the vision in the third year of Belshazzar's reign, which was the last year of Belshazzar's reign. Daniel knew that Belshazzar was tottering on his throne. He knew that various enemies were pounding at the door. He would be interested in knowing what enemy was going to supersede the king of Babylon.

God Arranges For History To Fit His Plan

God did not leave him to guess. He told him that it would be the kingdom of Media and Persia. Here again we have an illustration of the inspiration of the Word of God, for at this time, though the kingdoms of Media and Persia were the enemies of Babylon, they were by no means considered a potential conqueror of the kingdom. But God arranged that they should be.

It is always an interesting thing to me to compare the prophecies of Daniel with history fulfilled. Their accuracy is so impressive that one has to take one of two positions. He either has to believe that the Word of God is inspired, or he has to believe that somebody other than Daniel wrote down this information.

The simplest thing to believe if you have no faith is that somebody, years after the Media-Persian empire came into power, wrote down this information and signed Daniel's name to it. But if you believe in the inspiration of the Word of God, you are able to rejoice that the Holy Spirit is able to draw back the curtains that hide the future and reveal to his servants what they need to know.

The Ram A Proper Vision For Media-Persia

It is an interesting thing that when Media-Persia began their invasion of the land of Babylon, they advanced behind a flag with a very vivid symbol when Daniel wrote this. When Media-Persia became a world power, she coined her own silver, and do you know what she had on all of her coins? On one side of each coin she had a ram in a charging position; on the other side of the coin she had a ram lying down as though it were at rest. And so history once again verifies the Word of God.

The Goat Symbolizes Grecia

Will you glance at verse 21 and notice the interpretation:

Daniel 8:

21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

Other Visions Of The Same Government

Once again I say to you, Daniel was not surprised that the angel would identify the rough he goat with a kingdom because he still had fresh in his mind Nebuchadnezzar's image, and he related this rough he goat, I am sure, to the belly and thighs of brass of that image. He was not surprised because he still had in his mind the vision which he himself had of the four beasts, and when he saw this rough he goat, he was reminded of the leopard that had four wings of a fowl and four heads. When he saw this rough he goat going across the earth with such great speed that he did not even touch the ground, I am sure he related it to the four wings that were on the back of the leopard; and I am sure that when he saw this rough he goat with its great horn suddenly broken down into four horns, he was reminded of the four heads of the leopard which he had seen in his own vision.

New Information Given With Each Vision

But you must know that each of these visions repeats old information and gives new information. The new information in this particular vision is the name of this third kingdom. It is the kingdom of Greece. That has not been told us before. Additional new information is related to the great horn of the rough he goat because that great horn was the first king; and new information is presented to us when we are told that four horns came after the great horn had broken down.

Secular History Verifies The Vision

Here again, history verifies the Word of God, for history tells us that Alexander the Great, the first king of this new Grecian world empire, reached the zenith of his height and power and died suddenly. When he did, his worldwide empire was divided among his four generals, each of them taking a certain section—to the north, to the south, to the east, and to the west.

History also tells us that one of the things which gave Alexander the Great the incentive to conquer the Persian empire was the national choler, the national anger, that existed among the Grecians because their defeat by Xerxes and the Persian army was something they could never forget; they had vowed they would get even. Historians tell us that this was what impelled them to do an almost impossible thing.

May I remind you that Daniel wrote that down for us two hundred years before it ever occurred. Here is the inspiration of the Scripture. Here is the accuracy of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit could write down in this portion of the Word the very thing that was an incentive to this great accomplishment.

Here again is something of real interest to us. Before the Grecian empire was ever known as such, the Holy Spirit declared through the pen of the prophet Daniel what the national symbol of Alexander would be. Yes, it was a he goat. The word for goat even lent its name to the sea that was important as far as Greece is concerned, the Aegean Sea. The word for goat even inspired the name of Alexander's son, Aegeus. And so the Word of God is verified once again by profane history, for everything that I have said we recognize as fulfilled history. These are not the vain imaginings of men. It is all in the record. You can examine it for yourself.

The Law Of Double Fulfillment

But now we come to a portion of the prophecy which we are going to have to handle with a great deal of care. We are going to have to recognize a very important rule in relation to the study of prophecy. If you ignore this rule, you will be mystified by a great many things that you find in the prophetic Word. I refer to the Law of Double Fulfillment.

The Law of Double Fulfillment states that a prophetic writer may write in such a fashion that an individual, in the early stages of history, will fulfill certain prophecies. But the prophetic writer will also write in such a fashion that that individual cannot fulfill all of these prophecies. It remains for yet another person to come upon the scene before the prophecy is completely fulfilled.

I believe that one of the reasons a portion of the Word at which we are going to look is misunderstood by a great many folk is that they have failed to recognize the Law of Double Fulfillment. Let us read together the portion to which I refer before we try to understand it. In verse 9, Daniel said that out of the territory occupied by one of those four horns, there would come forth a little horn.

Daniel 8:

9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Identifying The Little Horn

These verses prove to be a source of lengthy discussion among Bible scholars because there are some points of disagreement. Some Bible scholars feel that this passage of Scripture refers only to the little horn of Daniel 7 at which we looked some weeks ago. Other Bible scholars feel that these verses of Scripture refer only to a character of history and to an individual who is yet to make his appearance on the earth. That individual can be identified with the little horn of Daniel 7, with the beast of Revelation 13, and with the Antichrist of Revelation 19.

Antiochus Epiphanes As The Little Horn

Why do I say that? If you are familiar with history, you will know that about the time that is stated in this passage of Scripture, after the four horns or the four generals took up the dominion of the Grecian empire, there appeared upon the stage of the world an unsavory character by the name of Antiochus Epiphanes, and he appeared from the section that is indicated in verse 9. You will notice that he waxed exceeding great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. That means that he came from the north. Antiochus Epiphanes seemed to take a special delight in persecuting the Jews. That is the reason, I think, the Scripture says that he waxed great toward the pleasant land, the land of Palestine.

Antiochus Epiphanes, when he could find no other way to torment the Jews, marched into the city of Jerusalem one day and forced all the priests out of the temple, and took a sow—a pig—and slaughtered it upon the altar of burnt offering which was reserved for animals sacrificed in the worship of Jehovah.

Of course this act on the part of Antiochus Epiphanes was blasphemy against God, and it caused the Jews great concern for a sow was an unclean animal, and no unclean animal could ever be offered on the altar that was dedicated to God. He did this not once only; he did it again and again for a period of over six years—or as the Scripture says here, two thousand and three hundred days.

Now this is history, not the Word of God. I believe that these verses of Scripture do refer to Antiochus Epiphanes, and I believe that is the only explanation of the two thousand and three hundred days that are mentioned in verse 14. I do want to emphasize to you, if you will glance at the latter part of the chapter, verse 26, that these were days of twenty-four hours each; this is referred to as the vision of the evening and the morning which was told to Daniel.

I put emphasis on that because there has been a great deal of misunderstanding and false teaching suggesting that these two thousand and three hundred days represent years instead of days. One of the greatest errors current today, and it is taught by the Seventh Day Adventists, has its roots in the misinterpretation of this passage of Scripture. It can refer only to days, and I believe the logical explanation is found in what I have just given you.

Antiochus Epiphanes Did Not Completely Fulfill The Prophecy

But having said that, I want to say to you that other things in this paragraph could not have been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes; and therefore all we can do is to turn to the Law of Double Fulfillment and recognize that Daniel, in his prophecy, was speaking not only of Antiochus Epiphanes, but also of an individual who was going to come in the latter time of these kingdoms. Will you look at verse 23:

Daniel 8:

23 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.

These kingdoms which we have been thinking about, and particularly the kingdom of Greece from which this individual came, have come and gone. But as we have learned in our study of the Word of God, various nations of the world which have been prominent at one time and have passed into oblivion are to come out of the shadows of the centuries and to make their appearance on the stage of the world again as leaders among the nations.

Older Nations Will Return To Power

We have already shown you how Babylon will do that very thing, and how the city of Babylon will be rebuilt. This chapter, along with others, shows us that Greece and Egypt will come to the forefront of the nations again. We are inclined to think of the nation of Greece as one of the smaller, unimportant nations. But God indicates in this passage of Scripture that Greece will come to the foreground again, and that out of Greece will come a king of fierce countenance, understanding dark sentences. This will not be an ordinary individual, for we read in verse 24 that his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power. This is a phrase which indicates supernatural power.

Chapter 13 of the book of Revelation tells us that this individual will receive his power from the Devil. In verse 24 of Daniel, chapter 8, we read that “he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” He shall destroy the nation of Israel; for all practical purposes there will be but a remnant left.

Advances In Science During Reign Of Antichrist

In verse 25 we read that through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, which simply means that some of the greatest advances in science that this world has seen will occur during the reign of the Antichrist. We are amazed, we marvel, at the advances of science in our day. But they will increase in even a greater way during the reign of the Antichrist upon the earth.

Antichrist Appears As Peacemaker

You will notice in verse 25, “He shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many.” He will not come, to begin with, as a warrior; he will come as a peacemaker. Everybody will fall at his feet, even the Jews. We are told that he will make a special agreement with the Jews to permit them to live in security in their land. He will break that agreement, and we will see about that in a moment.

But you will notice in the last part of verse 25: “He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes.” The Prince of princes is the Lord Jesus Christ. But you will notice, “He shall be broken without hand.” This means that He shall be broken without any human, ordinary, physical means. Here is one vital statement which indicates that somebody other than Antiochus Epiphanes was in the mind of the prophet because Antiochus Epiphanes died with ulcers when he was in the midst of one of his battles. He died in an ordinary human way.

Prophecy Not Fulfilled By Antiochus Epiphanes

Going back to the paragraph which begins with verse 9, you will recognize other things about this little horn which could not have been fulfilled in the life of Antiochus Epiphanes. In verse 10 we read:

Daniel 8:

10 And it [the little horn] waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.

The references in verse 10 to casting down some of the host and the stars and magnifying himself against the prince of the host are all described in chapter 12 of Revelation, in what is called “war in Heaven,” when Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon and his angels, and the battle was a sore one, indeed.

Antiochus Epiphanes did not and could not have done such a thing. We believe, then, that this passage of Scripture has reference to someone other than Antiochus Epiphanes.

Abomination Of Desolation Past And Future

I mentioned to you that Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a sow upon the altar of the temple and desolated it, and it was so desolated for a little over six years. This is referred to as “The Abomination of Desolation” (Matt. 24:15), or “The Abomination that Maketh Desolate” (Dan. 11:31). I mentioned to you that the Antichrist was going to make a special covenant with the Jews for a period of seven years. When we get to chapter 9 of the book of Daniel, we will have the proof of this.

We anticipate ourselves a bit. He will make a covenant with the Jews for seven years. But right in the middle of that seven-year period he will break his agreement, and he will set up in the temple, in the Holy Place where the Mercy Seat is, an image of himself, and he will insist that all the world bow down and worship that image. If they refuse, they are decapitated, for the means of execution in that day will be not the electric chair nor the gas chamber nor the hangman's noose; it will be the guillotine.

Perhaps that will explain why there is such a great effort on the part of people today to abolish all present means of capital punishment—to put people in a mood for the establishment of the guillotine as a means of execution.

We believe that the little horn of Daniel 8, the king of fierce countenance, is the one who is going to come and set up the abomination of desolation and cause all men to worship him.

This 8th chapter holds the reason the Lord Jesus Christ said that you should study the book of Daniel. You remember in chapter 24 of the gospel of Matthew, He was describing the period of time to which we have referred in the present discussion, the Tribulation, and He said to the people to whom He was speaking that day, “When you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, let him who readeth understand. You cannot understand it unless you study the book of Daniel. When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, get ready, get ready to flee, because your life will be in mortal danger.

The Saved Have No Need To Fear

In closing, may I say to you that if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, you will not be here when the Antichrist makes his appearance because God has promised that He will save you from the hour of trial that is coming to try the world (Rev. 3:10). But if you persist in rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ comes in our generation, you will be here when the Antichrist makes his appearance. You will remember things you have heard about the end time, and you will be driven to study your Bible, where you will find the blueprint for every little detail that is going to occur when that day comes. Thank God I have found the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior; I trust you have. Therefore I have no fear of the Antichrist—only an interest in him, that I may warn men of the wrath that most certainly is to come.

If you think this is something that may not happen for the next hundred years, it might be wise for you to read your newspaper and to see the extent to which nations such as Greece and Egypt are making the headlines nowadays. They were once forgotten, but they are becoming prominent again.

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Our Father, we thank Thee for this time together. We do ask that Thou wilt remove from our minds anything unimportant related to our discussion, and help us to keep in our minds these things that are fact, that our hearts may be warmed and our spirits encouraged as we recognize that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

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