|How is the male-goat of Hellas related to Christianity, the Bible, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, or the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ? What has all that got to do with the end-times and the Second Coming of Jesus?
Obviously, to develop a proper study of these words alone, we would need a book or a series of articles. But the reason I refer to this story in this study is very simple:
-> to show through the words of Daniel the same message which we studied in previous articles through the words of Isaiah and Apostle Paul – that Islam will no longer be a dominant power when the time for the Second Coming of Jesus will be drawing near.
The ram is Islam (a New Testament version of the ancient Babylonian spirit)
The male goat is the western civilization (Humanism, Democracy, Freedom)
As western civilization has been growing and expanding throughout the Earth over the last 2,500 years (since the days that philosophy, humanism and democracy were rooted in ancient Athens), so Daniel’s vision reveals to us that Humanism and the world of Democratic values will consume all the eastern/Islamic forms of social rule.
Islam will be crushed under the growing influence of the western values, while the Gospel of the Kingdom of God will continue to grow and thrive in the environment of freedom of religion and tolerance of personal choice of worship.
As God used Alexander the Great as the “first king”, etc… Throughout the ages God has used the socio-political environment of Humanism, Freedom and the Democratic values which have their origins in Athens of the 5th century BC to prepare the way for a world where the Gospel can be preached freely.
I am sure you now have one million questions on the basis of what I just said, but I cannot answer all of them in this article – the goal here is simple: to look at an overview of what the Bible is teaching us about the end-times.
Even though I have not developed this last topic adequately, the goal was only to show a glimpse of the relevance of the vision of the ram and the male-goat to the Second Coming of Jesus. He will not be coming back before Islam (the ram) has been trampled underfoot by the western civilization (the male goat).
Then, in an environment of Democratic values and freedom, Christianity will grow and expand in the nations which are presently dominated by Islam, until the time comes for Israel to welcome their promised Messiah (as we have seen in depth in previous articles).
Closing remarks for clarity:
Humanism is known as a negative, anti-God, atheistic worldview which denies the Christ and often takes aggressive stand against the Church, Christian values and any religious form of “faith in God” – as such, humanism is an enemy of the Gospel. However, the flip side of the same coin is that the humanist worldview allows people to believe whatever they choose to believe in. In an environment of freedom the Church is free to worship God, and the Gospel of the Kingdom is free to grow on the basis of personal faith.
God’s assignment to Alexander:
According to the historian of the 1st century, Flavius Josephus (“Jewish antiquities 11.317-345“), and a similar record in the Talmud, God appeared to Alexander in a vision in the form of a man dressed as the High Priest of the Jews and told him that He would empower him to defeat the Persian Empire.
According to Josephus, Alexander explained that each time he went into battle, he would see a vision in the likeness of this High Priest leading the Greek troops to victory. In gratitude, and out of profound respect for the spiritual power of the Jews, Alexander was a kind and generous ruler. He canceled the Jewish taxes during Sabbatical years, and even offered animals to be sacrificed on his behalf in the Temple.
That happened when he marched against Jerusalem, but was met by the High Priest Jaddua outside of the gates of Jerusalem which were kept wide open while the Hellenic army of was approaching. As Alexander explained to Parmenion about Jaddua:
“I saw this very person in a dream, in this very habit (clothing), when I was at Dion in Macedonia, who, when I was considering with myself how I might obtain the dominion of Asia, exhorted me to make no delay, but boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; now seeing this person in this habit (clothing) I believe that I bring this army under the Divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians. When he had said this to Parmenion, and had given the high-priest his right hand, the priests ran along by him, and he came into the city. And when he went up into the temple, he offered sacrifice to God, according to the high-priest’s direction, and magnificently treated both the high-priest and the priests.”
In simple words, God appeared to Alexander in the form of the High Priest of Israel, showing to him the same apparel that He had shown to Moses. Alexander honored the God of Israel, and the Law He had given to the Jews. As a result the God of Israel granted to Alexander the supernatural power to defeat all his enemies in all of the battles with superior and more numerous armies.
As God delivered the “King of kings Darius III” into the hands of Alexander, so He will also deliver the Islamic “kingdoms” to the same power that was born in ancient Athens and has continued to spread throughout the earth in the last 2,500 years.
Let’s close this article with an interesting piece of information: the name of the capital city of Macedonia, which eventually became the capital city of all the Hellenic cities of the days of Alexander who became the King of all the Hellenic city-states, was “Aigai” – “Aiga” until today means “Goat”! Hence “Alexander the male-goat”!
Of course Daniel did not know any of that when he wrote his vision about 300 years before Alexander was born – all that God had ordained/foreknown came to pass in those days, and will again come to pass in the days ahead before the Second Coming of Jesus!