Why I believe that Alexander the Great is NOT the Leopard

Many writers believe that Alexander the Great is the Leopard of Daniel 7: 6. However, this claim is not substantiated by the scriptures neither by history. These are my arguments:

a. Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire and began the third  of the known great World Empires of his era

Alexander the Great conquered the great world empire of the Medes and Persians in BC 330.  He was the King of the third of the Great World Empires of the Era:

  • Medes and Persians – fulfilled from  549 – 330 BC.
  • Greeks – fulfilled from 330 – 63 BC.
  • Rome – fulfilled from 63 BC – 476 AD

I believe that the World Kingdoms seen in the Prophets’ vision of Daniel 7 represents another era of time subsequent to the end of the Roman Empire.

b.  God gave King Nebuchadnezzar and Prophet Daniel two separate, but related visions in which the Greek Empire was revealed as the third great World Empire after the Babylonians.

As I recently studied the scriptures, I discovered that King Nebuchadnezzar and Prophet Daniel had two separate visions in which the Greek Empire was revealed as the third great world Empire after that of the Babylonians. This vision was given twice as reinforcement in the scripture. This parallels  the Genesis 41 vision in whihc King Pharaoh dreamt about the seven years of famine twice in the same night because God wanted to reinforce that this was indeed established and would not change. In King Pharoah’s vision,  seven malnourished  cattle ate up seven fat cattle yet remained malnourished. Again the King dreamt that seven malnourished ears of corn ate up seven fat ears of corn yet remained malnourished.

Scriptures reveal an interesting parallel between Daniel 2 and Daniel 8 in which  King Nebuchadnezzar and the Prophet were shown the World Empires which would succeed the Great Babylonian Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar.  We see God with tongue in cheek showing these Kingdoms to Nebuchadnezzar in the picture of an image, while Prophet Daniel saw the Kingdoms in the form of animals.  We see the great accuracy with which God confirmed His Word through these visions which took place several years apart. King Nebuchadnezzar was given the revelation in the second year of his reign (BC 604), while Prophet Daniel was given his version in 553 BC, the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon. This is 51 years after King Nebuchadnezzar’s vision.

There is an amazing  parallel between the two visions which both revealed that the succession of the Great World Kingdoms of the Era:

  • Medes and Persians – fulfilled from  549 – 330 BC.
  • Greeks – fulfilled from 330 – 63 BC.
  • Rome – fulfilled from 63 BC – 476 AD

The scriptures – King Nebuchadnezzar’s vision

Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible

This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass

His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces

Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth

This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king (Daniel 2: 31 – 36).

…Thou art this head of gold.

And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise (Daniel 2: 38 – 39)

The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret (Daniel 2: 47).

The parallels between the visions of King Nebuchadnezzar and Prophet Daniel

In order to reinforce the revelation about the succession of the Great World Empires after the Babylonians, God repeated the vision twice – first to King Nebuchadnezzar then to Prophet Daniel:

Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision and Prophet Daniel’s Interpretation
– 1st Great World Empire of the Era = Babylon

The image’s head was of fine gold – Daniel 2: 38

Thou art this head of gold – Daniel 2: 38

King Nebuchadnezzar reigned from BC 605

 

2nd World Empire in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision = Medes and Persians

Nebuchadnezzar’s image had a breast and arms of silver

Daniel told him, after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee…   (Daniel 2: 39)

2nd World Empire in Daniel’s vision = Medes and Persians

   ram with two horns. One of these horns was higher than the other, with the higher emerging last. This ram conquered other beasts or nations.

   Archangel Gabriel told Daniel that the ram represented the  kings of Media and Persia (Daniel 8: 7 & 20).

Medes and Persians – fulfilled from  549 – 330 BC = 219 years

Medes and Persians led by Cyrus aka Darius the Mede conquered the Babylonians

3rd   World Empire in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision = Greeks

belly and his thighs of brass

And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth (Daniel 2: 39)

3rd World Empire in Daniel’s vision =

Greeks – fulfilled from 330 – 63 BC.

Founded by Alexander the Great

A he goat come from the west. It was swift and had a notable horn between the eyes.  This goat overpowered the ram with great fury – Daniel 8: 7.

Archangel Gabriel told Prophet Daniel that the rough goat represented the king of Grecia or Greece, with the great horn  between his eyes referring to the Medes and Persians – Daniel 8: 21.

4th World Kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision = Roman Empire which was divided into East and West

His legs of iron

his feet part of iron and part of clay – Daniel 2: 32 & 33

 

… the kingdom shall be divided…

 

Division

4th World Empire in Daniel’s vision = Rome

Archangel Gabriel prophesied that this Kingdom would oppose Christ, but would be “broken without hand.”  In other words, this kingdom would be destroyed by God  (Daniel 8: 24).

   This final kingdom in the vision represented the Romans which replaced the Greeks as a World Superpower.

 

Rome – fulfilled from 63 BC – 476 AD = 539 years

KINGDOM OF CHRIST = THE STONE

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever

Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure – Dan 2: 43 & 44

Jesus was born during the reign of Casear Augustus, the FIRST Roman Emperor (Luke 2: 1).

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