Daniel 8:15-27 – The Interpretation of the Vision

Daniel 8:15-27 – The Interpretation of the Vision

by | Mar 2, 2011 | Uncategorized

Daniel 8:15-27 - The Interpretation of the Vision [59:23]

by Roy Schwarcz

Daniel 8:15-19 The interpretation of Daniel’s vision, as given by the angel, falls within the vision itself. When Daniel sought to understand the vision, he saw before him, according to Daniel 8:17, a supernatural being in human likeness. This was the angel Gabriel. A different voice of another commanded Gabriel to explain the vision to Daniel. Who this man might be, is answered in Daniel 10:5ff.

The angel who was described as an appearance like a גֶּבֶר Gever(man in his higher state as opposed to Adam mda) is named, for Daniel, Gabriel (“man of God”). Daniel falls on his face because of the fear he feels in the angel’s presence. Gabriel tells him that the vision relates to the time of the end. The title in Daniel 8:17, “son of man,” is a contrast to “man of God” (Gabriel), to remind Daniel of his frailty as man. The end of time relates to Daniel 11:35,40;12:4, also Daniel 9:26. This is the time also described by Jeremiah as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) and the completion of the kingdom of God by the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10ff).

Daniel 8:20-22– This is a repeat of the rise of the second and third kingdoms. Gabriel gave no details about the Persian era other than indicating that it is Medo-Persia. But he did identify the large single horn between the goat’s eyes as the first king of the great Greek Empire, which was Alexander the Great. This King was replaced by four other horns, which we have already seen points to the four generals that divided the Kingdom Casander, Lysamacus, Selucus, and Ptolemy (See map).

Daniel 8:23-27 – Daniel learns here about the end times when Antichrist will oppose God and God’s people. The “king of fierce countenance” is the Antichrist, not Antiochus Epiphanes; but if you compare Daniel 8:23-27 with Daniel 8:9-14, you will see that the characteristics of Antiochus parallel those of Antichrist of whom he is a type.

Both begin modestly but increase in power and influence; both claim to be God and boast of their power and strength; both persecute the Jewish people; both place images of themselves in the temple; both impose their own religion on God’s people; both are opposed by a believing remnant that know God; both are empowered by the devil and are great deceivers; both appear to succeed and seem to be invincible; both are finally defeated by the coming of a redeemer (Judas Maccabeus and Yeshua).

There are many other parallels as well. The “Prince of princes” (Daniel 8:25) is Yeshua, who is also the “God of gods” (Daniel 11:36) and the “King of Kings” (Revelation 19:16).

The Antichrist opposes Yeshua and seeks to replace Him as he has from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden, but ultimately Yeshua defeats him as prophesied in Genesis 3:15 and Romans 16:20 and will place the Antichrist and his false prophet, as well as Satan into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:1-3). As a result of this vision and being in the presence of angels, Daniel became ill. One cause of his illness was his inability to understand where this vision of the “the little horn,” (Revelation 8:9-12;23-26) fit into the prophetic scheme for Israel. He knew that the “little horn” would appear in the last days, but what would occur between his day and that day?

He would learn from Jeremiah’s prophecy that his people would be released from their captivity and allowed to return to their land and rebuild their temple, but Daniel knew nothing about God’s “mystery” concerning the church (Ephesians 3:1-13) or the “mystery” concerning the partial blinding and hardening of Israel (Romans 11:25-36). And who was the “king of fierce countenance” and why would he attack the Jewish people?

Daniel was overwhelmed by the suffering of the Jewish people and the consequences of truth being cast to the ground (Daniel 8:12; Isaiah 59:14-15). Daniel is a good example for the study of prophecy. He asked the Lord for the explanation (Daniel 8:15) and allowed the Lord to instruct him. But his investigation into God’s prophetic program wasn’t a matter of satisfying curiosity or knowledge above others. He was concerned about his people and the work they had to do on earth.

He so identified with what he learned that it made him ill! Too many “prophetic students” don’t wait before God for instruction and insight, nor do they feel burdened when they learn God’s truth about the future. Instead, they try to display their “knowledge” and impress people with what they think they know. If the study only remains in the head and does not change the heart it is vanity. When he got over his weakness and sickness, the prophet went back to work for the king and didn’t tell anybody what he had learned. But God still had more truth to teach him, and he was ready to receive it.

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