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What does ram vs. goat prophecy mean – biblically speaking?

Image courtesy Ashland Community Church’s Facebook page

It’s a cute New Hampshire church sign on Super Bowl Sunday.

“No one could rescue the ram from the goat’s power.” Daniel 8:7 – Go Pats!!!” says one side.

The other side says: “Then the goat became exceedingly great. Dan. 8:8, Patriots 38 Rams 20.”

It was Pastor Ernie Madden’s idea along with the snowman he built to draw attention to it. Madden’s church is Ashland Community Church, which is right in the heart of New England Patriots country.

The first thing you have to know is why quarterback Patrick Brady is know as “the G.O.A.T.” It goes back to Super Bowl 2017 when Von Miller was asked if going up against the Patriots got his juices flowing.

Miller, who had faced Brady eight times with the Broncos answered: “I mean, he’s the G.O.A.T. (shorthand for “the greatest of all time”). “I’m going against the G.O.A.T. There’s two types of emotions you can have going against the best. You can have the emotion of, ‘Oh, man. This guy is great. He’s going to do this. He’s going to do that.’ Then you go into the game expecting that.”

Image courtesy Ashland Community Church’s Facebook page

But it’s a verse that was confusing for the prophet that wrote it in about 550 B.C. – not to mention those not steeped in the nuances of Bible prophecy.

What is the shorthand interpretation of Daniel 8:7?

Daniel was prophesying without understanding at the time, but later, the ram was understood to be the Medo-Persian Empire – at the time, the major world power having previously conquered Babylon, which had previously conquered Daniel’s Jerusalem a generation earlier.

And who was the goat who triumphed over Medo-Persia?

It was Alexander the Great from Macedonia and the leader of the Greek Empire, which conquered the Middle East and much of the rest of the world.

“Everyone will be quoting Daniel 8:8 after tonights game!” Madden wrote on the church’s Facebook page.