Posted by: thaishin | January 6, 2016

Ram and Goat in Daniel 8

Question from listener on moody radio:

I am wondering about Daniel’s vision of the ram and goat and the goat with a little horn in Daniel chapter 8. Who does all these animals represent and what is the beautiful land? What are the events that have already taken place or are they yet in the future?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The answer is in Daniel chapter 8 and it starts with a lopsided ram. It has 2 horns and it says in verse 3 that the horns were long and one was longer than the other and the longer one came up last and that’s speaking about the Medo-Persian empire, which was the empire that came and dominated the land of Israel and the world after 539 BC. The Medo-Persian empire came after Babylon. That kingdom was conquered and taken over by the next animal, which is a goat. The ram was charging to the west, to the north and to the south. Why was it not charging to the east? It is because the ram is from the east, it is starting from the fertile crescent from the east where Persia is. The male goat comes and appears from the west, that is from Greece, across the surface of the entire earth without touching the ground. It is conquering very quickly. The goat has a conspicuous horns between its eyes and it came to the ram which had two horns, seen standing beside the canal and rushed at him with savage fury. The goat has a conspicuous horn, that’s its first king. The passage tells us later on that that is Alexander the great. The prophecy during the time of Daniel about the events of the Medo-Persian empire took place around 120 years later. What is the beautiful land? The beautiful land is Israel. The events have already taken place. Out of the goat comes four kingdoms, four horns. One of which is Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus Epiphanes is the little horn of this passage who is destroyed by God for his oppression of the Jewish people in the land of Israel.

The answer was given on Moody Radio openline on Dec 26, 2015.




  1. Most people when reading The Old Testament, I believe, read the words but do not understand them. I do not understand most because they are too complicated for me. I think most people are the same as I…they read but they do not understand God’s Message. For that reason we should listen to God’s Wise People here on earth as they live like we live to explain what the scripture really means. How can anyone understand some of the passages in the Bible UNLESS GOD HIMSELF instills in them the REAL MEANING of the Bible? For this one reason if we or “man” does not read and study the Bible we or everyone will not understand. Nowadays we have very wise, educated people and pastors who talk on the radio & tv and write about the Bible. If we do not “eat” from God”s Food we will die.

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