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August 30 - Evening

"In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared
to me. In my vision I saw myself in the
citadel of Susa in the province of Elam;
in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal.
I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.

As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground."

- Daniel 8:1-5

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Daniel Sees the Ram of 550 BC Crushed by the Goat of 331 BC    

The third year of Belshazzar’s reign was 550 BC. Daniel’s official place of residence at this time was in Susa. Susa was the winter residence of the Persian kings and became the home city for Esther and Nehemiah. Daniel had gone out to the Ulai Canal, possibly to worship since Jews (like Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:1 and Paul in Philippi in Acts 16:13) sought a place with running water for their ritual cleansing used during times of worship and prayer. The Ulai Canal flowed on the northeast side of Susa and, though it is dry today, it was flowing with water and about 900 feet wide in Daniel’s time.

While Daniel was praying by the canal outside Susa he had a vision of a ram with two horns. The ram came from the east and conquered towards the west, north and south. This would seem to represent to Daniel the present Persian power held by the emperor Cyrus the Great and his co-regent Darius, the king of Babylon. No one in 550 BC could stand against the Persian Empire.

But, Daniel also saw something coming from the west. A single goat with one prominent horn seemed to be flying from a distant western land towards the Persian power. This goat would crush the two horned ram representing the Persian Empire. Daniel seems to be identifying the rise of Greece and its unstoppable general and king, Alexander the Great, 219 years before Alexander would achieve the supremacy of this goat. This vision would become historical reality in 331 BC when Alexander’s forces crushed the fleeing Persian troops and burned Persepolis.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"God's omniscience can instill you with a supernatural confidence that can transform your life." - Bill Hybels

Something to Ponder??

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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tuphloo (Gr) – blind (Eng) – the Greek word tuphloo comes from the root word tuph, which means “to burn” and “to smoke.” Tuphloo means “to blind”.
John 12:40 - "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts"
2 Corinthians 4:4 - "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
1 John 2:11 - "Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them."

  Mizpah (1 Samuel 7:5-6) was excavated in 1935. The wall built by Asa in 1 Kings 15:22 was identified as a massive wall discovered from that time period. Jar handles inscribed with “Mizpah” in old Hebrew script positively identified this site. (Details HERE, HERE and HERE.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I use the skills that God has given me? Or, do I wish I had other abilities instead?
I will identify how God has gifted me and will seek to develop the skills the Spirit empowers me with.
  "Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the
poor and needy."

- Proverbs 31:9
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Marion and Marilyn in the Judean wilderness.

Marion and Marilyn in the Judean wilderness.

Details of Wednesday of Jesus' Last Week on a map of Jerusalem of 30 AD. More Bible Teaching
  Details of Wednesday of Jesus' Last Week on a 
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