Then a mighty king will arise, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others. Daniel 11:3-4 (NIV).
These verses talk about Alexander the Great who, in his short time on the world stage, ruled more of the known world than anyone ever. During that time, he pretty much did as he pleased. When he died mysteriously in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace in Babylon in 323 BC, the empire he had forged was divided between four rulers because Alexander left no descendants.
This isn’t the first time Daniel prophesied about Alexander. Visions described in chapters 2, 7, and 8 also allude to Alexander and the kingdom he would build. That’s one of the things that makes this prophecy believable: it directly alludes to events in history that are well documented. People put their faith in things that do that; see Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Jean Dixon. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we did that with God? Fortune tellers have never been something I’ve been interested in; ditto the zodiac, horoscopes, or things like them. They seem too much like divination or sorcery. Be very wise if you follow them.
Likewise, be wise about what you read online. A website I follow is zerohedge.com; it’s a financial, political, and social commentary site. One of its contributors is also a millenialist Christian who makes a compelling case that we are in the tribulation that will lead to the end of the world in seven years. His contention is that the tribulation period began on September 21st of this year. According to his analysis, major global warfare will begin by next spring (most likely in the next six months), with the return of Christ to establish His kingdom in 2028. See https://danericselliottwaves.org/ for yourself.
More importantly, see the Bible and the many books and verses. Don’t take my word, or the word of some website or soothsayer, or even the word of a single pastor. Check it out for yourself in God’s word and draw your own conclusion. It isn’t for us to know the time, but we are to be prepared. Historical veracity was what lent worldly credibility to the prophecies in Daniel (and other books). Those prophecies were revealed by God through angels He specifically sent to do just that. Alexander was revealed in prophecy hundreds of years before he lived. There is much else we must learn from these prophecies in order to prepare.
For further reading: Daniel 11:5
Lord, bless Your prophecies. Help each of us to heed them and to be ready now, based on Your holy Word, for what You have in store for us.
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