Vision of a Ram and a Goat
1In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me #Dan. 7:1the first time. 2I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in #Neh. 1:1; Esth. 1:2, 2:8Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was #Dan. 7:5higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. 4I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, #Dan. 5:19but he did according to his will and became great.
5And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable #Dan. 8:8, 21; 11:3horn between his eyes. 6Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. 7And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.
8Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it #Dan. 7:6; 8:22; 11:4four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. 9#Dan. 11:21And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, #Dan. 11:25toward the east, and toward the #Ps. 48:2Glorious Land. 10#Dan. 11:28And it grew up to #Is. 14:13; Jer. 48:26the host of heaven; and #Rev. 12:4it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11#2 Kin. 19:22, 23; 2 Chr. 32:15–17; Is. 37:23; Dan. 8:25; 11:36, 37He even exalted himself as high as #Josh. 5:14the Prince of the host; #Ezek. 46:14; Dan. 11:31; 12:11and by him #Ex. 29:38the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. 12Because of transgression, #Dan. 11:31an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast #Ps. 119:43; Is. 59:14truth down to the ground. He #Dan. 8:4; 11:36did all this and prospered.
13Then I heard #Dan. 4:13, 23; 1 Pet. 1:12a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
14And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
Gabriel Interprets the Vision
15Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and #1 Pet. 1:10was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me #Ezek. 1:26one having the appearance of a man. 16And I heard a man’s voice #Dan. 12:6, 7between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, #Dan. 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26“Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and #Ezek. 1:28; 44:4; Dan. 2:46; Rev. 1:17fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
18#Dan. 10:9; Luke 9:32Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; #Ezek. 2:2; Dan. 10:10, 16, 18but he touched me, and stood me upright. 19And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; #Hab. 2:3for at the appointed time the end shall be. 20The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes #Dan. 11:3is the first king. 22#Dan. 11:4As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.
23“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
#Deut. 28:50Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
24His power shall be mighty, #Rev. 17:13but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
#Dan. 11:36And shall prosper and thrive;
#Dan. 7:25He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
25“Through#Dan. 11:21 his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
#Dan. 8:11–13; 11:36; 12:7And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
#Dan. 11:36; Rev. 19:19, 20He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be #Job 34:20; Lam. 4:6broken without human means.
26“And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
#Ezek. 12:27; Dan. 12:4, 9; Rev. 22:10Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future.”
27#Dan. 7:28; 8:17; Hab. 3:16And I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.