Polls and the Future
After the 2016 election, our faith in political polls plummeted, but in the 2018 election, the polls predicted that the Republicans would keep their hold on the Senate and that the Democrats would take over in the House and there were few surprises.
The polls got most races right, but now ask them to tell us who will win in 2020. What about predicting the next great general who will conquer the world, but then have none of his children take his place? No pollster will step forward to make predictions like these, but the prophet Daniel did.
It’s this accuracy of Daniel’s predictions, especially in the last vision that we are studying, that causes liberal scholars to date the book after 164 BC after the Maccabees defeated Antiochus IV. The critical scholars will admit that the text itself claims that Daniel was writing in the early stages of the Persian Empire, but this date couldn’t be true because of the accuracy of what he predicted about the coming rulers in the Persian Empire, their defeat by a powerful Greek, and then the division of his Empire, but not to his blood kin.
“Now I tell you the truth, note this, there are still three kings to take their stand in Persia, and then a fourth will become far richer than the others before him. He will become mighty in his wealth and using it to stir everyone up against the King of Greece. And a fierce king will take his stand and exert his rule and do as he pleases. Then after his stand his kingdom will be broken up and divided to the four winds of the heaven. None of his descendants will get to rule, and those who do rule will not have the same power because the great king’s empire will be broken up and given to others.”
The angel Gabriel begins telling Daniel that he will tell the truth. Something few of our own political leaders excel in, and then he does what none of our pollsters can do. He predicted the future beginning with Cyrus in 539 BC and three more kings who would follow him. Their historical names are Cambyses II (530-522 BC), Darius I (522—486 BC), and Xerxes I (486-465 BC).
It was this last king who stirred things up against the King of Greece. He is the Persian King in the Book of Esther who was licking his wounds after the Spartans wounded his army at Thermopylae and then was soundly defeated by the Greeks in the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC. This led to the rise of Alexander the Great, the establishment of the Greek Empire from Macedonia to India, the death of Alexander at 33, and the division of his Empire among his generals, not his sons, just as Daniel predicted.
LORD, protect our leaders from the hubris that infects in the midst of wealth and success. Help our leaders not to commit Alexander the Great’s error—the belief that winning flows from his skill and not your sovereign will.
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