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Alexander The Great In Prophecy

Alexander the Great (a photograph of a statue of him is shown below) lived only about 33 years, from 356 to 323 B.C., but during that time he became one of the most successful military commanders in human history. He conquered a vast region that had been occupied by earlier empires - Egyptian (see The Ancient Egyptians), Assyrian (see Ancient Empires - Assyria), Babylonian (see Ancient Empires - Babylon), and Persian (see Ancient Empires - Persia).

Alexander the Great Alexander was the son of King Philip II of Macedon. In 336 B.C., at age 20, he assumed command of the Greek army. After putting down a rebellion in Greece, he began an eastward military campaign that quickly made him the ruler of the earth from Greece to India, where, according to some accounts, he sat down and wept because he had "run out of world to conquer." After he died suddenly at age 33, from an unknown illness, Alexander's kingdom was divided up by four of his generals - Syria went to Seleucus, Egypt to Ptolomy.

The prophetic book of Daniel was written approximately 250 years before Alexander was born, and yet it describes him in amazing detail, from his death at a young age, to his being succeeded by four of his generals.

The Bible prophecy about Alexander, centuries ahead of time:

The "He-Goat"

"In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the capital, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was at the river Ulai. I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the river. It had two horns; and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward; no beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power; he did as he pleased and magnified himself."

"As I was considering, behold, a he-goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the river, and he ran at him in his mighty wrath. I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns; and the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled upon him; and there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. Then the he-goat magnified himself exceedingly; but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven." (Daniel 8:1-8 RSV)

The "Mighty King"

"And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia; and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them; and when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these." (Daniel 11:2-4 RSV)

The Bible Interprets Its Own Prophecy

"When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision."

"So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened and fell upon my face. But he said to me, "Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end."

"As he was speaking to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and set me on my feet."

"He said, "Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation; for it pertains to the appointed time of the end. As for the ram which you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia. And the he-goat is the king of Greece; and the great horn between his eyes is the first king. As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power." (Daniel 8:15-22 RSV)

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