In between second Peter and first John we read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Daniel.
November 23: Proverbs 24, Daniel 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 24 completes the sayings of the wise, and begins some more sayings of the wise. The two last verses are notable: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
Daniel 8 tells of Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat, with the two-horned ram representing Media and Persia, and the goat representing Greece.
The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus the great in 550 B.C.Alexander the Great conquered practically all of the Achaemenid Empire
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.
Many prophecies have more than one fulfillment, one relatively immediate and one in the distant future. This is the case here.
Now let us go back to verse 19.
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.