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       Four Generals. The vision goes on to accurately predict what history says happened. The vision says that after the horn (Alexander the Great) was broken, four horns took over the empire.
 
  Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven. (NASB) Dan. 8:8
 
We have already learned that a horn symbolizes a king. This means these four horns are four kings and that is the explanation given by the angel Gabriel later in the chapter.
 
  And 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. (NASB) Dan. 8:22
 
Ancient historians tell us that Alexander the Great’s four generals divided his empire and assumed control of different parts. His four generals were Lysimachus, Cassander, Seleucus, and Ptolemy. Lysimachus received Thrace and most of Asia Minor. Cassander obtained Macedonia and Greece. Ptolemy was given Egypt, Palestine, Cilicia, Petra, and Cyprus while Seleucus controlled the rest of Asia: Syria, Babylon, Persia, and India.
 
Seleucid Dynasty
 
    Very Little Horn. The vision continues and predicts that from one of these kings a very small horn will arise.
 
  And out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. (NASB) Dan. 8:9
 
We need to ask why does the vision keep going? The answer is simple. God is sending a message to those who will listen. The message is, “I have spoken.” Once again God gives us an explanation through Gabriel.
 
  And in the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise Insolent and skilled in intrigue.(NASB) Dan. 8:23
 
This little horn comes to power near the end of the empire. He is Antiochus Epiphanes. He is related to Seleucus I Nicator.
     
 
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