Daniel 8

1During the third year that Belshazzar was king, I saw this vision. This was after the other vision. 2In the vision, I saw that I was in the city of Susa. Susa was the capital city in the province of Elam. I was standing by the Ulai River. 3I looked up, and I saw a ram standing at the side of the Ulai River. The ram had two long horns. The horns were both long, but one horn was longer than the other horn. The long horn was farther back than the other horn. 4I watched the ram run into things with its horns. I watched the ram run to the west and to the north and to the south. No animal could stop the ram. And no one could save the other animals. That ram could do whatever it wanted to do. So the ram became very powerful. 5I thought about the ram. While I was thinking, I saw a male goat come from the west. This goat had one large horn that was easy to see. This goat ran so fast that its feet hardly touched the ground. 6That goat came to the ram with the two horns. This was the ram I had seen standing by the Ulai River. The goat was very angry. And it ran toward the ram. 7I watched the goat run toward the ram. The goat was very angry. It broke the ram’s two horns. The ram could not stop the goat. The goat knocked the ram to the ground. Then the goat stepped all over the ram. There was no one to save the ram from the goat. 8So the goat became very powerful. But when he was strong, his big horn broke. Then four horns grew in place of the one big horn. Those four horns were easy to see. Those four horns pointed in four different directions. 9Then a little horn grew from one of those four horns. That little horn grew and became very big. It grew toward the southeast. It grew toward the Beautiful Land. 10That little horn became very big. It grew until it reached the sky. The little horn even threw some of the stars to the ground. And it stepped all over those stars. 11That little horn became very strong. And then it turned against the Ruler of the Stars ˻(God)˼. The little horn stopped the daily sacrifices that were offered to the Ruler ˻(God)˼. The place where people worshiped the Ruler was pulled down. 12The little horn sinned and stopped the daily sacrifices. It threw goodness down to the ground. The little horn did these things and was very successful. 13Then I heard one of the holy ones speaking. Then I heard another holy one answer the first one. The first holy one said, “This vision shows what will happen to the daily sacrifice. It is about that terrible sin that destroys. It shows what will happen when people destroy the place where the Ruler is worshiped. It shows what will happen when those people step all over that place. It shows what will happen when the people step all over those stars. But how long will these things happen?” 14The other holy one said, “This will happen for 2,300 days. Then the holy place will be fixed.” 15I, Daniel, saw this vision. And I tried to understand what it meant. While I was thinking about the vision, someone that looked like a man suddenly stood in front of me. 16Then I heard a man’s voice. This voice came from above the Ulai River. The voice called out, “Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.” 17So Gabriel, the angel that looked like a man, came to me. I was very afraid. I fell down to the ground. But Gabriel said to me, “Man, understand that this vision is for the time of the end.” 18While Gabriel was speaking, I fell to the ground and went to sleep. It was a very deep sleep. Then Gabriel touched me and lifted me to my feet. 19Gabriel said, “Now, I will explain the vision to you. I will tell you what will happen in the future. Your vision was about the end times. 20“You saw a ram with two horns. Those horns are the countries of Media and Persia. 21The goat is the king of Greece. The big horn between its eyes is the first king. 22That horn broke. And four horns grew in its place. Those four horns are four kingdoms. Those four kingdoms will come from the nation of the first king. But those four nations will not be as strong as the first king. 23“When the end is near for those kingdoms, there will be a very bold and cruel king. This king will be very tricky. This will happen when there have become many, many sinful people. 24This king will be very powerful—but his power does not come from himself. This king will cause terrible destruction. He will be successful in everything he does. He will destroy powerful people—even God’s special people. 25“This king will be very smart and tricky. He will use his wisdom and lies to be successful. He will think that he is very important. He will destroy many people, when they least expect it. He will try to fight even the Prince of Princes ˻(God)˼. But that cruel king’s power will be destroyed. And it will not be a human hand that destroys him. 26“The vision about those times, and the things I said, are true. But seal the vision. Those things won’t happen for a long, long time.” 27I, Daniel, became very weak. I was sick for several days after that vision. Then I got up and went back to work for the king. But I was very upset about the vision. I did not understand what the vision meant.

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