By Bob Barney - The Plain Truth
Are you aware that the rise of Alexander the Great was foretold in the Bible BEFORE Alexander was even born? This is not widely known, and the Hollywood movie made several years ago did not mention it, but the famous Jewish historian Josephus records that Alexander accompanied the priest of the Living God to the Temple into Jerusalem, where he "offered sacrifice to God, according to the high priest's direction, and magnificently treated both the high priest and the priests." Josephus lived in the first century AD and his history of the Jewish people are read to this day.
We are often told that the Old Testament prophecies are mainly "fairy tales" that never really were fulfilled. They were actually written after the events happened and then written down after the fact, claiming to be written at an earlier time. This is a total lie propagated by historians in an attempt to make the Bible an error filled uninspired book of men.
These historians know that Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and the known world of his day. Josephus says that he was told about Daniel, and the fact that his reign was predicted some 200 years earlier by the great prophet, Daniel! Alexander was no doubt impressed! So impressed that he did not only visit the Temple in Jerusalem, but made a sacrifice to the God of Israel!
In 332 B.C. Alexander conquered the cities of Tyre, Jerusalem and Gaza in his march toward Egypt, and demanded that men and supplies be provided to his troops by the Jews, who were under the rule of Alexander's mortal enemy, King Darius of Persia (modern Iran). The high priest wavered, saying that while Darius lived, they would respect their promise to Darius and not support Alexander. This infuraited Alexander who immediately traveled to Jerusalem to force his will upon the Jews. Josephus writes about Alexander's meeting with the Jewish high priest, Jaddua. Understanding the misfortune his people were in, Jaddua appealed to the people to pray to God for His mercy and protection. Then, says Josephus, Jaddua had a dream as to how to plead with Alexander. He and the other priests wore their priestly robes and, accompanied by others dressed in white garments, formed a procession that went out of the city to a chosen place to meet the king. Alexander then did the unexpected. Alone, he approached the high priest and members of the procession and greeted them!
When asked by one of his generals why he welcomed this group, Alexander replied: "I did not adore him, but that God who hath honored him with his high priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very habit [garment], when I was at Dios in Macedonia, who, when I was considering with myself how I might obtain the dominion of Asia, exhorted me to make no delay, but boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; whence it is, that having seen no other in that habit, and now seeing this person in it, and remembering that vision, and the exhortation which I had in my dream, I believe that I bring this army under the divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians, and that all things will succeed according to what is in my own mind" (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 11, chap. 8, sec. 5, William Whiston translation, 1981).
It appears the God Almighty Himself, answered the people's prayers and told Alexander to show His people mercy. He obeyed, and was honored by God, by being shown that God ordained his rule over the world long before Alexander was ever born! What a treasure bestowed to this man. It appears, he understood how great this treasure was!