Daniel 8:23 Amazingly Explained

Who is the king of fierce countenance?

Hand of GodHere's the verse that many sensationalist babblers attribute to the Antichrist. But, as we will see, it absolutely does not.

Daniel 8:23 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up."

Many have twisted this scripture by misquoting it, or misrepresenting it in the following ways; "King of dark sentences", and "(he) will speak dark sentences", or, "speaking dark sentences", and so on. But, in this article we will address who it speaks of. The dark sentences part is addressed in, Dark Sentences Explained.

These babblers simply do not understand the verse itself, or know of whom it speaks. But, this is a very simple study and even easier to understand, because it tells you in the previous two verses of whom it speaks. But here's the problem, people read " the latter time", and instantly forget its context. The verse says, " the latter time of their kingdom", and their kingdom is the afore mentioned kingdom from verse 21 and 22. It does not say, "in the latter times, or, in the latter days".

So, point one would be, because this verse is talking about the Roman Empire, which is the kingdom that followed "their kingdom", Greece, it simply can not apply to Antichrist, or to an "end time" or "latter days" kingdom or leader.

If you are still having trouble making the connection between verse 23 and the Roman Empire, all you need is to read the verse in context of the previous two verses, verse 21 & 22.

Daniel 8:21, "And the rough goat is the king of Graecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king". We all know from history that this first king is Alexander the great (Grecian Empire). 22, "Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms will stand up out of the nation, but not in his power". Upon Alexanders death, four Generals were given four sectors of the empire to rule, but not with the same power as Alexander (Which kingdoms succeeded the empire of Alexander the great after his death?).
(*1) The four generals and the territories they took over from Alexander the Great after his death were: Cassander, who took Greece and Macedonia, Lysimachus, who took Asia-minor,Thrace, Bithynia, and Pergamum; Ptolemy, who took Egypt, Libya, and Palestine; and Seleucus, who took over Asia Minor, Syria, and Persia, which included Babylon.  This four way split in the kingdom was complete by 300 B.C. 

Now verse 23 makes more sense. "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up."

This should now be obvious. In the latter time of their kingdom (Greece), "a king of fierce countenance...shall stand up", speaks of Rome, of its Emperors, who indeed were fierce, and they did understand dark sentences (hidden words=prophecy). (*A) They knew that they would remain the longest reining power the world has ever seen. After all, it is prophesied of this kingdom that it would remain right up to the return of Christ, though it changed from the Roman Empire to the Holy Roman Empire, which had its temporal power taken away by Napoleon, and is currently exercising it again behind the scenes. It was all prophesied.

Never the less, whether you are fluent in history and prophecy or not, you should be able to recognise that verse 23 is very much talking about the Roman Empire, which immediately followed the Grecian Empire mentioned in verse 21 and 22.

This new Empire, Rome, was fierce, and you can read about it in any history book. Its form of warfare was fierce, revolutionary, unmatched, and is still influential among current militaries, not only in America, but around the world (Roman Influences on the American Military and here).

(*A) And, the part about Dark Sentences is explained very well in another article called, Dark Sentences Explained. But, if you find it unusual that the Roman Emperors would understand prophecies pertaining to the longevity of their Empire, read these articles, Alexander Reads About Himself in the Book of Daniel, or Why Did Alexander the Great Like the Book of Daniel?, which will prove that this was not so exceptional at all.


May God continue to lead you into truth, and away from those babbling brooks.

DW Miller

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Note: I would appreciate if you would return, and read the next article, Daniel 9:24-29, Amazingly Explained. You will know for certain that verse 27 is not speaking of Antichrist, but of Christ. You will be amazed at the clear teaching on this subject, and there are few true teachers teaching this.

The scriptures explain themselves, and that is how all the study articles posted on this website are written, because "It is Written".

This will truly amaze you, as it has me.

*Do not be discouraged from learning of the year of Christ's return. The babblers are destroying hope and faith every minute of everyday. Don't let them take it from you. A gift has been given, and all you need is to receive it.

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