Alexander The Great
The man known throughout history as Alexander the Great is one to read about. And Philip Freeman does an interesting job of putting this historical figure's life in words. (He's a good author.) The writer depicts the action, determination, will, drive, and leadership of Alexander the Great's life.
Alexander was an example of generational wealth. Many history buffs attribute Alexander's successful conquests to his father, King Phillip II. His father organized the military campaign that Alexander embarked. His father also developed the Macedonian phalanx, which was an infantry formation that Alexander used to conquer the world. Alexander served in his father's army and succeeded his father King Philip II, at the age of twenty.
This historical figure has relevance because his life was foretold and that because his life was foretelling. The word of God speaks of this man around two hundred years before he even breathes: "And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will" (Daniel 11:3). The prophet Daniel was given dreams concerning this man's kingdom and was foretold of his rulership. This man's life held relevance to Daniel because of Daniel's people.
The Bible says, "And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet" (Matthew 24:6). When following the scriptures, one can see that a lot of things are falling in place altogether – not just one sign in particular. Currently, we (America) are on the brink of war that would possibly change the entire landscape of things ( a world order). China and Taiwan are at odds, and that involves America, which could lead to war at any moment. Russia and Ukraine are at odds, and that involves America, which could lead to war at any moment. (I'm not sure if the news is informing concerning any of this.) Alexander the Great's relevance is because the man who supposes to arrive on the scene amid the global chaos to bring "peace," his conquest and rulership shall be similar to Alexander. He shall do "according to his will." Everything shall occur so fast.
The effect of Alexander's reign was something called Hellenism after his death. And, currently, this Hellenistic movement is active today, paving the way for this future Alexander the Great to come – the antichrist, known as the "man of sin" in the scriptures: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (II Thessalonians 2:3). To comprehend or to identify this "falling away," we ought to take heed to the scriptures and examine history.
Alexander the Great's conquest involved conquering foreign territories and allowing the places conquered to partially keep their identity and liberty. He foremost wanted to invade their culture and their speech. He had an uncanny vision of unifying the world he was conquering. However, after his death, this became known as Hellenism. "An openness to new ideas and embracing beauty and truth wherever you find it are fundamental features of Hellenism. In short, Hellenism is rooted in the history of the Greek people, but it is bigger than Greek culture. It is part of humanity's shared heritage."
One can very well see this Hellenistic thought of today. In today, there is no truth – no right or wrong. Truth has become subjective—very relative. "Live your truth," is what's said in today's time. However, that thought stemmed from somewhere, and it leads towards something. This Hellenistic movement began with Alexander the Great, and the scriptures foretell of him. The Satanic influence that caused Alexander the Great to become such a dominant world power is a component of what shall lead humanity towards another world power, which also shall be unlike other empires before (Daniel 7:23).
What Is Hellinism?, National Hellenistic Museum, 27 January 2022, https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/visit/what-is-hellenism/
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