Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL 8\\

This chapter contains the vision of a ram and he goat, and the
interpretation of it. It begins with observing the time and place of the
vision, \\#Da 8:1,2\\, then describes the ram seen; by the place of his
situation; by his two horns; and by his pushing several ways with so
much force and fury, that none could stand before him, or deliver: out
of his hands, \\#Da 8:3,4\\ next the he goat appears, and is described by
the part from whence he came; the swiftness of his motion; the notable
horn between his eyes; and his running to ram in great fury, smiting him
between his horns, casting him to the ground, and trampling upon him,
and none to deliver, \\#Da 8:5-7\\ but, after waxing great and powerful, its
horn was broken, and four more rose up in its stead, and out of one of
them a little horn, \\#Da 8:8,9\\ which little horn is described by its
power and prevalence to the south and to the east, towards the pleasant
land, the host of heaven, and the Prince of the host; and by it the
stars were cast down and trampled upon, the daily sacrifice made to
cease; the place of the sanctuary cast down, and truth itself,
\\#Da 8:9-12\\, and upon inquiry it appeared that these sacred things were
to continue in this desolate condition unto 2300 days, \\#Da 8:13,14\\.
Daniel being desirous of knowing the meaning of this vision, the Angel
Gabriel is ordered by Christ to give him an understanding of it; who
drew near to him, and awaked him out of his sleep, and gave him the
interpretation of it; \\#Da 8:15-19\\, which is as follows; the ram; with
two horns, signifies the kings of Media and Persia; the rough goat, the
king of Greece; and the great horn the first king, Alexander the great;
and the four horns, four kingdoms which rose up out of the Grecian
empire upon his death, \\#Da 8:20-22\\, and the little horn a king of fierce
countenance, Antiochus Epiphanes; who is, described by his craft, and
cunning, by his power and might, and by the destruction he should make;
\\#Da 8:23-25\\, this vision the angel assures the prophet was true, and
bids him shut it up, since it was for many days, \\#Da 8:26\\, upon which
Daniel fainted, and was sick for a time; but afterwards recovered, so as
to be able to do the king's business; but astonished at the vision
himself, and which was not understood by others, \\#Da 8:27\\.