And 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 horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And 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. ~ Daniel 8: 5-7~
The interpretation of this vision to Daniel indicates that the goat that attacks the ram is the kingdom of Greece. A kingdom that dethrones the kingdom of Medo-Persia. History tells us that Medo-Persia was a kingdom founded by Cyrus the great, which consisted of Asia, Europe and Africa. Greece took over the Persian empire in its conquest adding to its own, which includes Russia; Saudi Arabia; Turkey, Egypt and the surrounding, making the Greek Empire the biggest in history under Alexander the great.
Daniel 7 on the other hand interprets a vision to Daniel, where he saw four beasts coming out of the great sea which were a lion; a bear; a leopard and an unnamed great beast. Beasts that were interpreted to Daniel as kingdoms that will rule on earth until the reign of the kingdom of God, Medo-Persia represented by the bear while Greece is represented by the leopard. The bear in this vision was seen to be having three ribs in between its teeth and commanded to devour more flesh. Is it not interesting then that the national symbolic animal for China is the giant panda, the bear?
China has now been named the world’s leading economy after reporting a 4.9% GDP growth despite the covid-19 pandemic. It also has the leading economy in Asia, which makes it the economic leader in the Medo-Persian kingdom classified by history. It is very clear that China’s push to become the world’s leading currency is now a swift approaching possibility than just a prediction. Its leadership would put behind it America and Europe with their currencies. Economies that have led the world for a very long time with no competition. This would qualify the kingdom of Persia’s successful overthrow of the Babylonian kingdom, the bear rising up after the lion-eagle beast. However, it can also reflect the approaching kingdom of Greece through Turkey, Russia and Asia.
“Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him.) And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these. ~ Daniel 11:1-4~
What does this then mean for the children of God?
It is during the reign of Cyrus the Medo-Persian king that Israel was released from captivity by Babylon, to go and build the temple of God. The separation of church and state which became mostly as a result of Protestantism gives a symbolic indication of such, the release of Israel to go and build the temple of God. However, throughout this period, it was also the reign of the Rev 13:11 beast which had two lamb like horns and spoke like a dragon, the false prophet. The era of the false prophet is leading humanity to the mark of the beast, while the rise of China is slowly taking us to the reign of the Greek empire. While there is not much to have happened against the people of God during the takeover of Alexander the Great, the kingdom that came after him led to the martyr of Christians.
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion … ~ Romans 11:25~