The Hebrew word הָעַלְמָ֗ה hā-‘al-māh, is properly translated virgin, but it can also mean a young woman, which in those days meant the same thing, age is of no importance, virginity is.
Yes, there were five kings in 303 B.C., Antigonus amassed a large army and fleet, but the other kings attacked, defeated and killed Antigonus in 301 B.C., his kingdom divided, and then there were four.
The rest of this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. It is now 2250+ years later, and it seems the rest of the prophecy is to be fulfilled.
Let us take a pause and see what is happening.
Next came Russell, founder of Jehova’s Witnesses. He proclaimed a spiritual return (since nobody can possibly physically rise from the dead)
The end of the Mayan Calendar came and went, but still no return of Christ. Last to make this ridiculous list is physicist Randall Smith, claiming the end of the world thanks to Earth colliding with a hitherto unknown planet.
Another question pops up, when did the age of Grace start?
At the birth of Christ the angels sang: Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
At the start of Jesus Ministry Jesus opened the scroll of Isaiah and said: Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
At the Cross Jesus proclaimed : “It is finished”
At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out and power was given to the Disciples.
At this point, I realized I had fallen into the same trap as all the previous people trying to figure out the date of Christ’s coming: The time of grace is “Today”.
And then comes the tribulation.
At Alexander the Great’s death the people around him asked “To whom will you give the Empire?” His answer “To the strongest” It was, after much fighting and intrigue divided into four parts, or five if the original Greece was included.
The intertestamental period (the gap of time between the period covered by the Hebrew Bible and the period covered by the Christian New Testament) is recorded in the Apocrypha, especially the Maccabean books.
That was then, this is now. Notice the Muslim world covers much the same area as the Achaemenid Empire and of Alexander the Great, but with expansions in Africa and South Asia. It does exclude Israel, a sore point for anybody wanting to conquer the world through Jihad.
This is where we are now. Historically it has been taken as the Roman Empire, the broken horns symbolized the dividing and disintegration of the Empire. The new horn symbolized the revived Roman Empire, and the prophecy seemed to come true as a 10-nation military alliance appeared in Europe in 1995, called the Western European Union (or the Brussels Treaty Powers). The 10 nations that made up the alliance were: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. This was seen as prophetic fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. Unfortunately, on March 31, 2010, the 10 nations announced that they had agreed to terminate their alliance and transfer the Western European Union’s powers to the European Union, which by now has 28 members, soon to be 27 after Brexit.
There is another interpretation of Daniel’s prophecy of the horns. The horn that grew up is Muhammad. He had conquered the Arabian peninsula at his death in 632 A.D. In 100 short years under the Caliph Umayyad three large regions of the world had been conquered, the whole Middle East as far as Pakistan, Egypt and Northern Africa and Spain.
Then in 732 A.D. they were defeated at the battle of Tours ( https://lenbilen.com/2013/11/29/2323/ )
The Ottoman empire in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East was not defeated until WWI.
All Muslim majority countries adhere to one or more aspects of Sharia law as defined in the Quran, but there are many schools of Islamic theology, all claiming to be the one and only true interpretation of the will of God, as defined by his messenger, Muhammad.
The western world has not declared war against Islam, but Islam is already waging a “Holy War” named Jihad. For Al Qaeda and ISIS it is a very real war of terror, but for the majority of Muslims it is more a war of ideologies and emigration.