I’ll tell you up front why Daniel 8 is so important:
Daniel 8 identifies the general location from where the false messiah (AKA The Antichrist) comes from – somewhere in Alexander’s empire, or more specifically one of the four areas of that empire ruled by Alexander’s generals. Whoever this nasty person is, he comes from there.
Yeah. It’s THAT intense.
And, here is a map Alexander’s conquests:
You can see a bigger version here.
So, we’re talking about the following countries:
And, if you’re willing to stretch a bit, you could maybe throw in some of the ‘stans’ like Turkmenistan and maybe Bulgaria and Macedonia.
But, that’s pretty much it.
The Antichrist, False Messiah, Bad Dude From Outta Town – call him what you will – is going to come from one of the above countries. That, of course, makes you want to wrack your brains for a name, any name, that might fit. Nothing much seems to come up.
How about you?
But, I’m jumping ahead of myself. Let’s read the interpretation of Daniel’s vision in the last few verses of Daniel 8:
19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongeth to the appointed time of the end.
20 The ram which thou sawest, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the rough he-goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 And as for that which was broken, in the place whereof four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power.
The four generals never actually expanded the empire. They just didn’t have Alexander’s brilliance.
23 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.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do his pleasure; and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.
And, he might be short? Because he’s a little horn?
And, he’s going to have this really intense face – in Hebrew, an az pinim – which is also ‘goat face’. (The Antichrist will have the face of a goat?)
And… he won’t have direct, personal power. His power will come from someone (or something) else.
Sorta like this guy:
That’s right, our boy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He’s EXTREMELY mystical. And, he does not – I repeat, NOT – have power in Iran. (And, just LOOK at that face.)
Ahmadinejad gets his power from this guy:
Ali Khamenei, who does NOT have the face of a goat.
Now, is Mahmoud The Antichrist?
Seriously. I have no idea. This is literally the first time I thought of this. Mahmoud’s name is the only one running around in my head that actually fits all the parameters. Having said that, there are A LOT of names out there that would probably fit… names that I don’t know.
And frankly, the idea of our boy Mahmoud being The Antichrist sounds completely absurd. If it wasn’t for the fact that the REAL antichrist dude will share the same characteristics, I’d completely discount the idea.
25 And through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in their security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Remember that Mahmoud is a mystic. Seriously looney tunes mystic. AND, he has the capacity to take down an awful lot of the world with that EMP weapon he’s building.
26 And the vision of the evenings and mornings which hath been told is true: but shut thou up the vision; for it belongeth to many days to come.
27 And I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days; then I rose up, and did the king’s business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it.
I guess we have to throw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into the running for the title of Anti-Christ because he really is a short dude with the face of a goat.
Got a better candidate?
Whoever the Antichrist is, he’s going to be a lot like Mahmoud ‘Goat Face’ Ahmadinejad.