Before I get into the little horn today I would like to explain the beginning parts of Daniel 11 to confirm the repetition and enlargement of the visions in Daniel.
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Not only are we told in Daniel 8 that Greece will be the domineering power after Persia but we are also told in Daniel 10:20. Daniel 11 begins during the time of the reign of Darius the Mede and gives the same type of language to describe Greece. After describing only 4 of the Persian kings, surpassing the 9 successors after Xerxes the vision deliberately stops with the king that arouses Greece. The angel then describes Greece in the same language as the previous visions; a king will stand up with great dominion (Alexander the Great) but when he stands up his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven (Alexander’s four generals). (Daniel 11:1-4) The little horn is seen in this chapter as well but not until later because much detail is given to the wars between the kingdom of the north and the kingdom of the south. From here on i will focus on the texts in Daniel 7 and 8 talking of the little horn and relating them to Revelation.
The Little Horn
Historically we see the validity of the word of God predicting the rising kingdoms to follow Babylon which were; Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome. It is within this Roman power that the little horn arises. (Daniel 7:8) Daniel 7:7 states that the dreadful beast with iron teeth had ten horns and verse 24 states that these ten horns represent ten kings that arise after. These ten kings represent the kingdoms that they rule which were the ten sections that Rome was divided into; Almani (Germans), Visigoths (Spain), Franks (France), Suevi (Portugal), Burgundians (Swiss), Anglo Saxons (English), Lombards (Italy), Heruli (destroyed), Vandals (destroyed), Ostrogoths (destroyed). The last three kingdoms were the three horns that were plucked up by the little horn. (Daniel 7:8). It is important to understand that this little horn is a part of Rome for it comes up from Rome. Some characteristics of this little horn are:
What entity came out of the Roman Empire, aided in the removal of three national groups of people, with a man that ruled over the previous 8 kings, and is responsible for killing large amounts of Christians? This man also spoke words against God and changed time or the reckoning of time, a calendar system? The prophecy even gives the duration of this man’s rule; time, times, dividing of time, which according to Revelation would equal 1260 days. (Revelation 12:6, 14) Since the Bible defines a day as equaling three different periods of time we have to plug all three in to see which one fulfils this prophecy.
In the Bible a Day can equal 3 periods of time
Can you figure out what man/men fit this description?
One last clue for today lies in the vision of the statue in Daniel 2. After the iron legs came the ten toes mixed with iron and clay. (Daniel 2:41) Clay represents a church or God’s people. (Jerimiah 18:6) While miry representing muddy or dirty, a horrible pit, representing an unclean church or people. (Psalms 40:2)
Have you guessed it?