17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”
18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand [a]upright.19 He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
The Ram’s Identity
20 The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
21 The shaggy [b]goat represents the [c]kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.22 The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
23 “In the latter period of their [d]rule, When the transgressors have [e]run their course, A king will arise, [f]Insolent and skilled in [g]intrigue. 24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will [h]destroy to an extraordinary degree And prosper and perform his will; He will [i]destroy mighty men and [j]the holy people. 25 “And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his [k]influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will [l]destroy many while they are[m]at ease. He will even [n]oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without [o]human agency. 26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings Which has been told is true; But keep the vision secret, For it pertains to many days in the future.”
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