Daniel 8:6 Index
"And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power."
Research Material

"...ram with two horns..."

  • HORNS: "Horns" is frequently used to symbolize divisions, or nations, that develop out of a great parent kingdom. Thus the ten horns appearing on the fourth beast of Daniel 7 (compare the paralleling beasts of Revelation 13 and Revelation 17) are expressly stated to be ten kingdoms; or divisions, that would arise out of the territory of the fourth world kingdom. (Froom 33)

"...and ran unto him in the fury of his power."

  • A concise account of the overthrow of the Persian Empire by Alexander is given in Daniel 8:6-7. The battles between the Greeks and the Persians are said to have been exceedingly fierce. Some of the scenes recorded in history vividly bring to mind the figure used in the prophecy -- a ram standing before the rive, and the goat running toward him in "fury of his power." Alexander first vanquished the generals of Darius at the River Granicus in Phrygia. He next attacked and routed Darius at the passes of Issus in Cilicia, and afterward defeated him on the plains of Arbela in Syria. This latter battle occurred in 331 B.C., and marked the fall of the Persian Empire. (US 152)
  • Ptolemy begins the reign of Alexander in 332 B.C., but it was not until the battle of Arbela the year following that Alexander became "absolute lord of the empire in the utmost extent in which it was ever possessed by any of the Persian kings." (Humphrey Prideaux, The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews, Vol. I, p. 378)... On the eve of this battle, Darius set ten of his chief relatives to sue for peace. When they had presented their conditions to Alexander, he is said have replied, "Heaven cannot support two suns, nor can the earth two masters." (Walter Fogg, One Thousand Sayings of History, p. 210). (US 153)