Grecia Is The Fifth Head
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The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. Daniel 8: 20-23
Seleucid Empire : The prophetic vision of Daniel above, indicates that four kingdoms would arise from the Grecian Empire following the death of Alexander the Great, who was it's first King. From one of these kingdoms located in the area of the previous Media/Persia Empire, an evil king would come to power in the latter time just prior to the arrival of the Kingdom of God, and bring war and destruction to the Middle East. It also indicates that this fierce king will be mighty, but not by his own power, which is to say that he will be empowered by the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit, just as the dragon gave Alexander the Great his power, and his seat, and great authority - Rev.13: 1-3.
Following the sudden death of Alexander, the kingdom was divided amongst his four generals exactly as foretold by Daniel. These four kingdoms were the Antigonid, Seleucid, Bactrian and Ptolemaic Empires, and from their start, they were almost always at constant war with each other. The Seleucid Empire eventually conquered the other three to become the only portion of Alexander's kingdom still remaining under self rule up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Ptolemaic = Egyptian Empire, was conquered by the Seleucids, but Rome forced it's own rule over Egypt, and prevented the Seleucids from taking control over Egypt. Under Roman rule, the Seleucid Empire was allowed to continue via Roman control of Syria/Iraq.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, and following the birth of Mohammed, and Islam, in the 14th century, there arose the Ottoman Empire that was strongly influenced by Islam, and later became known as the Ottoman/Islamic Empire. This empire came to rule over the Middle East, and the former area of the Seleucid Empire. Following the defeat of the Ottoman/Islamic Empire by the British Empire during World War I, the Seleucid portion of the previous Grecian Empire was divided into ten kingdoms, and later formed into eight Muslim Nations of the Middle East.These are the ten horn/kingdoms of Daniel, and Revelation: Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Persia now called Iran, Egypt, (Basra, Baghdad and Mosul) = Iraq.
(Their) Kingdom Is Iraq: The above prophecy of Daniel tells us that a evil king will come to power during the latter time of (their) kingdom. The later time refers to the final days before the arrival of the Kingdom of God. (Their) kingdom is the Seleucid portion of the Grecian Empire, centered in Syria/Iraq, which at that time were a single nation. We know this because Daniel specifically mentions the area of Media and Persia, later to become the Seleucid portion of Alexander's divided empire, and because history tells us that the Seleucid Empire conquered the Antigonid, Bactrian and Ptolemaic Empires, the other three portions of Alexander's divided kingdom. Therefore, (their) kingdom can be none other than the location of the Seleucid Empire in the later days. The capital city of the Seleucid Empire, Seleucia, was located about 20 miles southeast of modern Baghdad, near the location of ancient Babylon, and this would put the location of (their) kingdom in the modern day nation of Iraq.
King Of Fierce Countenance: Now as to this king of fierce countenance, Daniel does not indicate that he will be born in Iraq, but that he will (stand up) = rule, during the time of (their) kingdom, and similar to Alexander the Great, who conquered the entire Middle East, but was a Macedonian, this king will likewise hail from another nation. With the American invasion and military occupation of Iraq, this prophesized king, who is destined to bring war to the region, can be none other than a President of the United States, who now rules Iraq by military occupation. Similar to Alexander the Great, he will be obsessed with war, and building an empire in the Middle East, and will display similar attributes that would indicate he is empowered by the same beast that ascends from the bottomless pit, = the dragon, that empowered Alexander, and gave him is power, and seat, and great authority. Thus it can be safely concluded that the so-called Anti-christ, or Beast as the Bible so designates, in addition to being the ruler of the eighth great world empire = United States, will also be the ruler of Iraq in the later days before the arrival of the Kingdom of God. This once again points to a President of the United States.
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Larry A Wright