Daniel also warned that the power of the United States would wane for a time.

The goat became very great, but at the height of his power, his large horn was broken off (Dan 8:8).
Something went wrong for the Goat from the West. After a successful invasion of Iraq, a Sunni insurgency developed in western Iraq and after the withdrawal of American troops, it transformed into ISIS. The US has also struggled to win and withdraw from Afghanistan. Military adventures in Syria, Libya and Yemen gained an initial victory, but then deteriorated into disaster, preventing the US objectives from being achieved. These events shook the confidence of the American leadership. The financial burden of fighting two wars at a time will become too great and an economy weakened by the Global Financial Crisis will limit the scope for action.

Uni-polar Moment Ends

Daniel was seeing the end of the so-called uni-polar that emerged at the end of the Cold War, which had developed at the end of World War 2. During that season, the world was dominated by a struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States emerged as the dominant world power. No other nation could come close to matching its economic wealth and military power. This world is described as uni-polar. It is represented by the large horn on Danielís goat.

However, during the beginning of the 21st century, the strength of the Russian economy and military was restored. At the same time, China emerged as a major economic power, with an economy that will soon match the United States in size. Its military capability is growing rapidly. The United States can no longer dominate in the way that it once did. A multi-polar world is emerging. Daniel saw this happening after the large horn was broken off.

In its place four conspicuous horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven (Dan 8:8b).
Daniel saw four powers (horns) arising towards the four winds of heaven. This is another way of saying the four corners of the earth. These four are probably Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France. Daniel was describing the emergence of a multi-polar world. This temporary weakness of the United States allows these nations to flex their muscles. However, the ascendancy of these four powers will not last long, because they are not real powers, but impostors. When the going gets tough, they will fade away.

The four horns could represent civil war in the United States. This nation is becoming more and more divided. If the anger gets worse, some states could leave the union and divide the nation.

The decline of American power will bring a change in power in the nation.

Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. (Dan 8:9).
A new dominant power will seize control of the United States of America. The horn starts off small but grows extremely large. The new political ruler will seem insignificant at first, but will grow into enormous power. As the big four fades, the United States will recover its confidence and become the dominant power in the world. A new ruthless president will lead this change. He will expand his control in South America by trampling on weaker nations that oppose him. The United States will stand alone, but grow to achieve enormous power. This will culminate in an invasion of Israel.

The word translated as "east" means the "rising sun". The other threat to United States power at the current time is North Korea, which is developing nuclear weapons. Korea means "land of the morning calm". This passage might be indicating that the United States will attempt to sort out North Korea.

The United States, which as the King of the North had continued on the political traditions of Greece, will be transformed in the Terrible Beast that Daniel described in his previous chapter, by relying on military power and control. It will become the most powerful nation again, but at a terrible cost in terms of freedom.

The leadership of the Greek tradition of democracy will shift back to the United Kingdom and France, from whence it came, while the United States will become a Terrible Beast, continuing the tradition of the Roman and Babylonian Empires.

United States Hegemony

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