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Why was Alexander The Great able to have a prophecy, of seeing the Kohen Gadol, before he had victory at every battle

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    Who said that seeing a Kohen Gadol in a vision is prophecy? – Shmuel Brin Mar 7 '16 at 2:42
  • @SWT probably in order that the Temple wasn't destroyed ;) – jj2 Mar 7 '16 at 4:01
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It was an apparition, not a prophecy. A prophecy is a message from God. Being that he was entitled -for some reason- to conquer the known world, things went his way. The Gemara mentions how Nevuchadnezzar had signs of success. Josephus records apparitions the Hasmonian kings had before a success.

In fact, Michael Greenspan has in his documentary, Against All Odds Israel Survives, how some Arabs saw an apparition which scared them off.

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