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We usually think according to our desires and tendencies; we speak according to our knowledge, skills and imbibed opinions; so why do we act according to our impulses.

Truth can be a stubborn thing for the hardened heart.

Daniel's predictions of end times; Part 4.

Before I get into the 2300 days of Dan.8:14, let’s examine the context of the verses that come before.

Dan.8:5, the goat with a great horn between his eyes (Alexander.)  Ver.6, He came to the ram with two horns (Medes and Persians)

Ver.7, the goat (Alexander) broke the horns of the ram (Medes and Persians) and destroyed the ram.

Ver.8, the goat became great and when he was strong, his power (horn) was broken (Alexander died.) Up from it came up 4 conspicuous ones and went to the north, south, east and west.

Ver.9, “Out of one of the 4 came a little (lesser) horn = (power) which grew exceeding great, (expanded its rule and became strong) toward the south and toward the east and toward Israel. After King Selencus defeated the other three Generals and took their land, the last being Lysimachus he consolidated Alexander’s Empire.

Alexander born 356 B.C. and died June 13, 323 B.C.

Four generals after Alexander, Selencus 1, went to the east, obtaining Syria, Babylonia, Media etc. the little horn of Dan.8:9 who waxed great.

Casander went to the West, Macedon, Thessaly, Greece;

Ptolemy went to the south, Egypt, Cyprus, etc.

Lysimachus went to the North, Thrace, Cappadocia, and the north parts of Asia Minor.

When each took their portion of their kingdoms, each became a King.

Selencus born 354   Died 280 B.C. + he consolidated Empire in 281 B.C.

Selencus 1 surnamed Nicator, the first in this line, was the son of Antiochus a distinguished officer in the service of Philip of Macedon (Alexander’s father). He was born about 358 – died 280 B.C.

Selencus was one of the conspirators against Perdiccas  and in the second partition of the provinces of Alexander the Great’s kingdom, obtained Babylonia, to which, with the aid of Antigonus, he subsequently added Susiana; but a misunderstanding with the powerful chief having arisen, Selecus called theos meaning God, took refuge in Egypt (316 B.C.) The victory gained by Ptolemy over Antigonus’s son, Demetrius at Gaza having laid open the route to the East, Seleucus returned to his satrap, (a governor of a province in ancient Persia. A satrap is a subordinate ruler, meaning protector of the dominion.) amidst the joyous congratulations of his subjects 312 B.C.

From 10/1/312, the date of Seleucus’s return to Babylon commences the era of the Seleucidce. Having next recovered Susiana he conquered Media, and extended his power to the Oxus and Indus. Of his compaign against Sandrocottus there are few details. In 306 B.C. he assumed the regal title; and four years afterwards, joined the confederacy of Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Cassander (three other Generals in Alexander’s army) against the now formidable Antigonus.  He winning the battle of Ipsus 301 B.C. chiefly by his cavalry and elephants.  Now after Antigonus’s death, the most powerful of Alexander’s successors Seleucus obtained the largest share in the conquered kingdom, a great part of Asia Minor and the whole of Syria falling to him.

Towards the close of his reign, war broke out with Demetrius (now his father in law) and afterwards with Lysimachus king of Thrace and the other part of Asia Minor, both contests terminated in the defeat and death of his opponents, and being followed by the acquisition of the rest of Asia Minor, 281 B.C.

Seleucus was assassinated 280 B.C. by Ptolemy Ceraunus. Concerning Seleucus’s  it is said he was the most upright of Alexander’s generals. Of his consummate generalship and political talents he pursued with great zeal the plan of “Hellenizing” the East, by founding numerous Greek and Macedonian colonies in various parts of his dominions; he also built numerous cities, several of which are Antioch in Syria, and Selencia on the Tigris.

Antiochus 1 Selecus: Born 324, died 262 B.C. King of the Selecucid kingdom of ancient Syria, who ruled 292 – 280 in the East, and 280 -  262  B.C. over the whole kingdom. He consolidate his kingdom and encouraged the founding of Greek cities. After Alexanders death  

Antiochus Epiphanes born ????? died 164 B.C.

Again; the four generals of Alexander’s army. (4 notable ones.)

Selencus 1, went to the east, obtaining Syria, Babylonia, Media etc. the little horn of Dan.8:9 who waxed great.

Casander went to the West, Macedon, Thessaly, Greece;

Ptolemy went to the south, Egypt, Cyprus, etc.

Lysimachus went to the North, Thrace, Cappadocia, and the north parts of Asia Minor.

Selencus’s son, Antiochus 1 Soter born 324 Died 262. Took power after his father was assassinated in 280 or 281 B.C., 62 when he died.

Following is the geneology of the son and grand sons etc. of Selencus.

Antiochus 2, called (theos interpreted in Greek, God) born 287 died 246 he was 21 years old. He organized an empire-wide cult, as suggested by his ephitet, Theos (God.)

He was succeeded by his son Selecucus 2ed.

Antiochus III the son of Seleucus II. Born 242, died 187, was 55 when he died. The Romans drove him back into Asia Minor and defeated him in the battle of Magnesia.

Antiochus 4th Epiphanes. Born 215, died 164 B.C. King of the Hellenistic Syrian kingdom from 175 until 164 B.C. He was an able and popular ruler best known for his encouragement of Greek influences, during the course of which he inadvertently promoted the creation of the important independent Jewish state of the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans. He served as a hostage in Rome for 14 years after his father’s defeat (190—189) by the Romans. On his release he ousted the usurper Heliodorus and ascended the Syrian throne. He occupied almost all of Egypt in 169 and again in 168, but the Romans forced him to evacuate the kingdom. Antiochus then conquered the Jewish stronghold of Jerusalem and attempted to Hellenize the city. In 166, however, Judas Maccabeus raised the Jewish rebellion that eventually led to the formation of an independent Jewish state.

Antiochus Eupator; son of Antiochus Epiphanes, was nine years old when his father died and left him the kingdom of Syria. 

Antiochus V. 173 – 162 B.C.  17-948.

Antiochus 7th Sidetes 159 – 129 Captured Jerusalem in 135-134. Razed Jerusalem’s walls. Hyrcanus was high priest and allowed religious autonomy.

Antiochus of Ascalon Born 130 120. Died 68 B.C.  The Seleucidae ceased to reign in 69 A.D.

Phil LaSpino

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