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The Little Horn
Four Beasts - Four Horns
Compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, July2016
Last Edit: October 22, 2021
Scripture is from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Daniel 7:7-8 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-- terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully. (NIV)
Ten horns, minus three horns = seven horns. The Little Horn is the 8th horn. In Revelation 17:11, the Beast of Revelation Chapter 13 & 17, is himself his own 8th head, and the 8th king.
Daniel 7:23-25 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.” The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them [the Little Horn]; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.”
The saints are given into the hand of the Little Horn.
Daniel 8:8-11 “Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it [in its place] came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
Yea, he magnified himself even to the Prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.”
Daniel 8:23-25 “And in the latter time of their kingdom [the kingdom of the four horns], When the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of Princes; But he shall be broken without human means.” (NKJ)
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LITTLE HORN
The “little horn” will persecute the people of God for three and a half years (42 months) (time, times, and a part). He will take over the Temple, and will stop “the daily sacrifices.” In place of the “daily sacrifices” He will set up “the abomination causing desolation” in that holy place. He will blaspheme the God of Heaven, and will even rise up against “the Prince of the host” (the anointed Son of David). He will demand worship of himself.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
The LORD wanted His people - living in the last days - to recognize this sinister king. They must see him clearly for he will be the Antichrist power at the end of this age.
FOUR BEASTS - FOUR HORNS
In Daniel Chapter 7, there are four beasts. A little horn grows out of the 4th terrible beast. In Daniel Chapter 8, there are four horns. A little horn grows from one of the 4 horns. It is not a giant leap to conclude that the four beasts of Chapter 7, are the same powers represented as four horns in Chapter 8.
Growing up, I was taught that the four beasts (of Chapter 7) were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and finally Rome. The “little horn” was the Papacy. I was taught that the four horns (of Chapter 8) represent the four divisions of Alexander the Great’s empire. One of those divisions became the Roman Empire, and from that empire came the Papacy. I no longer accept this interpretation.
I do believe in something called duel prophecy. A prophecy can be partially fulfilled by events, and then fully or perfectly fulfilled by later events. The prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem was such a prophecy.
First: The Empire of Alexander the Great was divided up by his generals into five divisions (not four) . . . which quickly consolidated into three main kingdoms. (1) The heirs of Ptolemy the First ruled Egypt, (2) the General Antiocus dominated northern Greece, and (3) the Seleucid Kings ruled over Syria, Media, Persia, and Mesopotamia. Rome was not one of those divisions. Rome did not spring from the Empire of Alexander. Rome came up later, as an independent power.
Second: If the first three beasts represent the ancient successive empires of Babylon, MedoPersia and Greece, then why are all three beasts still around, and viable after the Terrible Beast (the 4th one) is slain and burned? The four Beasts of Daniel Chapter 7 represent concurrent kingdoms - not consecutive (Daniel 7:11-12).
Daniel 7:11-12 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the (little)horn was speaking; I watched till the (4th) beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.”
Third: This is very important! The angel told Daniel that the Little Horn would persecute the saints right up until the time comes for the saints to possess the kingdom (Dan.7:22). That places the fulfillment of this prophecy right down at “the end” - “the final days” - the time period that ends with the return of Christ in glory. The Little Horn is the primary force for evil in the final days of this age.
Fourth: While I can agree that the actions of Antiochus IV Epiphanes fulfilled many details of the Little Horn prophecy, he did not persecute for exactly 1260 days, and the saints did not forever take possession of the kingdom in 164BC, when the Maccabees successfully revolted against the Selucid Kingdom. Many years later in 70AD, the Roman General Titus destroyed the Temple (thus taking away “the daily”). But again, Titus did not persecute for a mere 1260 days and the saints did not forever take possession of the kingdom at the end that time period.
I believe we must look to the final days of this age, to find the Little Horn.
THE VISION IS FOR THE END
Daniel 8:17 “So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face;
but he said to me, ‘Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.’”
Daniel 8:19 “He said, ‘Listen, and I will tell you what will take place later in the period of wrath;
for it refers to the appointed time of the end.’” (NRS)
The “period of wrath” will be the time of the last plagues. Those plagues are called the full undiluted wrath of God (Rev. 14:10).
It is very characteristic of Hebrew writings to tell the reader what things will happen, and then tell what signs or events will lead up to those things. Sort of like a flashback in a movie. The vision of the ram and the goat, explains the rise of the terrible 4th Beast. The 4th Beast then gives rise to the Little Horn. The 4th Beast rises because the “notable horn” on the goat (representing a strong Western power) is “broken.”
A WORLD EMPIRE
The 4th “terrible” Beast will rule over the entire earth - every nation, kindred, tongue and people - and will break it in pieces. Ten pieces?
Daniel 7:23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.
The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them [the Little Horn]; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall uproot three kings.”
(1) The fourth beast rules the whole world.
(2) The fourth beast breaks the world up into pieces.
(3) Ten kings rise up to rule the pieces of this ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.
(4) Another horn/king sprouts among the ten.
(5) The Little Horn pushes up three of the horns by the roots, in his rise to power.
(6) The Little Horn then exercises all the power of the 4th Beast world kingdom.
(7) The Little Horn rules the world.
The Little Horn will subdue three kings as it rises to power (perhaps taking their positions on a ruling council for himself). I believe those three powers will be the lion, the bear, and the leopard - the three most powerful nations (or alliances) on the earth, who will most probably object to one entity (like the Little Horn) ruling the planet. After the Terrible Beast with its Little Horn is later defeated and burned, these three nations will emerge to life again. They are only subdued by the Little Horn, not annihilated. This will happen when Christ returns. The big three will not recover their dominions, because Christ is given “dominion” over the earth, and He will reign (Daniel 7:13-14).
IT’S THE SAME BEAST
If you check out the Beast of Revelation Chapter 13, you will find that Beast is described as like a leopard with feet of a bear, and a mouth like a lion. Those are the first three beasts of Daniel’s vision. They were merged or absorbed into The Terrible 10 Horned Beast Empire, as that beast devours “the whole earth.” In Revelation Cpt 13, we see the terrible Beast after he has gained dominance over the whole earth.
The Beast of Revelation Chapter 13, has 7 heads and 10 horns. The Terrible 4th Beast of Daniel’s vision has 10 horns.
The Beast of Revelation Cpt. 13, persecutes for 42 months (one thousand two hundred and sixty days) (13:5;12:6;11:3). The Terrible fourth Beast of Daniel Chapter 7 makes war with the saints for “a time, times and half a time.” It’s the same time period!
The Two Witnesses of Revelation Chapter Eleven, testify during the same time period.
We have a study on that. See the links at the end of this study.
There is no need to make the Little Horn into the Catholic Church of Rome that ruled from 547AD to 1798AD, when Napoleon took the Pope captive and confiscated his lands. No. The 1260 days will be the final 3.5 years of this age.
NOTE: I am not ruling out the possibility that the Roman Pontiff will play a significant role in the final days, and I am well aware that the Roman Church did persecute the people of God, and did keep a stranglehold on the church and the Bible, for over a thousand years.
The Beast of Revelation 13 is a universal, worldwide empire, ruling over every nation, kindred, tongue and people. I think it’s safe to say that the Beast shown to John the Revelator, is the same one world order that Daniel saw represented as the Terrible 4th Beast.
THE BEAST PERSECUTES - THROUGH HIS IMAGE
The Beast of Revelation Chapter 13 makes war with the saints for 42 months. How? How does the Beast of Revelation persecute the saints? Answer: through his Image.
The Beast demands worship (or unquestioning service). An image (of the Beast) is set up and brought to life by a “lamb-like beast” from “the land”(Rev. 13:15). The Image then commands everyone to worship both the Beast and himself. To worship the Image is to worship the Beast. The Image even decrees death to anyone who refuses to worship.
We Westerners read the word “image” and think of something inanimate. But the text of Revelation clearly says the Image of the Beast will come to life, will demand worship, and will decree the mark. The Image himself will do these things.
The Image (of the Beast) causes all to receive a mark with the name of the Beast or the number of his name. The Image is enforcing the designs of “the dragon” (Satan) causing all people to worship a being other than God. This will bring complete destruction and the end of this age.
THE ABOMINATION CAUSING DESOLATION
To worship the Image of the Beast is to worship the Beast. To worship the Beast is to sin against the Most High God. Anyone who worships the Beast or receives his mark, will drink the “wine of the wrath of God” which is poured out as seven last awful plagues (Rev. 14:9-10). These plagues will desolate the earth. Hence my conclusion that the Image of the Beast, which is set up in the Temple of God, is “the abomination causing desolation.” It will bring on the final separation of fallen mankind from the Creator - especially as the people of God are forced into hiding, are imprisoned, and are perhaps finally executed.
Worship of any “foreign god” - any God other than Yahweh - results in destruction! We see this scenario repeated over and over through the Old Testament. The God of the Bible has not changed. He is still “a jealous God” who will not overlook idolatry and rebellion.
THE BEAST FROM “THE LAND” is THE LITTLE HORN
In Daniel’s vision, the Little Horn persecutes and makes war with the saints.
He will speak pompous words of blasphemy against the Most High.
He will intend to change the “times” and “law” of God.
In John’s vision, the Lamb-like second Beast, causes everyone to worship the first Beast.
He decrees death for those who will not submit.
He sets up the Image of the Beast.
He institutes “the mark” and prevents anyone from buying or selling without it.
It’s not a stretch to connect the two. Both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 describe an enforcer of great power in the final days - the enforcer for the Terrible Beast.
THE BEAST FROM THE LAND
Revelation 13:11-17 “And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence.”
Some have said that this second beast “out of the land,” cannot be the Little Horn because it doesn’t grow out of the Beast (like the horns do). If the horns all represent kings - kingdoms or nations - within the larger world empire, then why can’t the second beast also represent a nation? Of course it can. If the first Beast rules the entire planet, then any patch of “land” is within the larger Beast empire. Verse eleven is just giving us a clue to which nation.
Revelation 13:11-17 [continued] “And he [the second beast] makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.”
He is the enforcer.
13 “And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.”
14 “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.”
15 “And there was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
John might have imagined a giant idol, with a man speaking from inside it. Today we have satellite TV and streaming services on multiple devices, allowing for almost simultaneous transmission of video messages to every location on the planet.
16 “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” (NAS)
The beast from the land receives authority from the Terrible Beast to exercise his authority. He then deceives those who dwell on the earth by signs and wonders, even making “fire” come down (perhaps advanced weapons). He will set up and “give life to” the Image of the Beast. He will then work through the Image to bring all people into line with the agenda of the Terrible Beast - instituting “the mark” and even killing those who refuse to worship (serve) the Terrible Beast.
This scenario seems more plausible in our day, when we think of the way in which China has monitored her citizens even in their homes, giving them “good citizen” points for approved behavior. The advanced use of artificial intelligence, with satellite and chip technology will allow the coming One World Government to control, through it’s Little Horn enforcer.
NOTE: Let me just make a quick note here, about the beast from “the earth” who breathes life into the Image of the Beast (Revelation 13:11-18). The words translated as “the earth”can legitimately be translated as “the land” - meaning the land promised to Israel. A beast in prophecy, most often represents a nation or kingdom. I believe it is possible that the beast “from the land” represents the present nation of Israel, which rose up out of “the land.” If the beast “from the land” does represent the modern nation of Israel, it means that Israel will sell out to “the Beast.” This rather than turn to her God. Daniel 9:26-27 does suggest that Israel will make a 7yr deal with “the prince who is to come,” but the evil prince will break that covenant at the half way mark. That “prince” will then take away the daily sacrifice, and in it’s place set up the “abomination that causes desolation” (The Image of the Beast).
THE RAM AND THE GOAT
Our focus here is on the Little Horn, but to get there we must start with the battle between the ram and the goat of Daniel Chapter 8. Remember. The fulfillment of this prophecy would take place at the “time of the end” - very near the end of this age.
In vision, Daniel was standing at “the widening of the Ulai” river. A river widens as it merges with a larger river. The Ulai river merges with the Euphrates right near the present city of Bazra in Southern Irac. The setting for the vision is important! Daniel was not living at this place. He was transported to this place - in the vision. That makes the place very important. The place is part of the message.
As he looked, Daniel saw a ram with two horns, one of which was “higher,” and “the higher horn came up last.” The ram was pushing North, South and West, but not East (towards China). “No beast could withstand the ram, nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great” (Dan. 8:4).
The ram did something which really angered the West, because Daniel next saw a goat coming from the West “across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground” (Dan. 8:5). The goat from the West was angry - really angry - with the ram. My Bible says the goat came at the ram “with furious power.” What did the ram do - that so angered the goat?
NOTE: To me - it seems the goat is flying. That’s air power - not horse power (or elephant power). Alexander the Great began his conquest of Asia Minor in 334BC, and finally defeated the Medo-Persians a year later in 333BC. The decisive battle took place 700 miles North of the spot where Daniel stood in his vision. Alexander the Great is not a good fit, for the “notable horn.”
I’m going to give you my interpretation of this vision. Please understand this is Rachel’s opinion. I have not been visited by an angel - at least not one I could literally see, and I have not heard a voice from heaven giving me this interpretation. It is my present interpretation, based upon my years of study, with much prayer.
Daniel was told the two horns on the Ram “are the kings of Media and Persia” (Dan. 8:20). They are the rulers of the territories of Media and Persia - perhaps the descendants of those empires. In other words, the Middle East. Middle East nations today (with the exception of Israel) are Islamic nations. Islam split, soon after the death of Mohammed, into two branches - Shia and Sunni. I believe those are the “two horns.” Both hate Western culture, Israel, and Christianity.
Iran, Syria and their proxy the Palestinians, are Shia. Saudia Arabia and the others are Sunni.
It is just possible that Iran (Shia) or ISIS (Sunni), or both together, will destroy all or part of the Old City of Jerusalem, with a powerful bomb. Possible. This would make the Western powers furious. This would also necessitate the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The command to rebuild Jerusalem will begin the last 70 “sevens” of this age (Daniel 9:25).
I believe the goat from the West represents a coalition of Western powers. The “notable horn” of those Western powers is of course the USA. The goat will come at the ram with air power - the full might of the United States and her allies. The goat throws the ram to the ground and stomps on him. Both of his horns are broken. The goat from the West becomes very strong, but just at the height of his power, the notable horn is broken. It is “broken without hand” - meaning not in a battle (Dan. 8:8). If that “notable horn” is the United States, how could she be “broken without hand?” Easy. An economic collapse (maybe caused by poor economic policies and a pandemic).
A power vacuum is created by the most powerful horn’s collapse. “Four notable ones” come up, where there had been only one. One of the four becomes more and more dominant, until it rules the entire planet. And from that horn comes the Little Horn. Now - if the four horns of Daniel Cpt 8, are the same as the four beasts of Daniel Chapter 7, we have a few clues concerning the identity of those beasts/horns.
The lion with eagles wings - I believe - may represent today’s nation of Israel. The lion was the ancient tribal symbol of Judah. The eagle’s wings would represent Israel’s alliance with the United States. John saw the eagle’s wings “plucked off.” That happens because the “notable horn is broken.” The United States can no longer afford to give her support. (Also there are factions with US government that want support for Israel withdrawn.)
The bear - well that’s obvious. Russia! The bear was “raised up on one side, and had three ribs between it’s teeth.” Seems apparent that Russia will “devour” three (former Soviet republics) all of which reside “on one side” meaning along one border.
The leopard - that’s a little trickier. The leopard has “four heads” and “four wings.” This may be a Far Eastern alliance, or it could be a dominance we have not yet seen. It is interesting that China’s flag had four stars.
And then there’s the Terrible 4thBeast which takes over the whole earth, subduing the three other beasts as its Little Horn rises. This Beast has 10 horns. Revelation calls them “ten kings” who “receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.” “God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled” (Rev. 17:12-17). We have not yet seen this terrible Beast, unless it is some variant of the United Nations. Time will reveal. At least one US president has attempted to put US national authority under United Nations authority. The “globalists” are a strong faction currently seeking to change many things.
Finally - the Little Horn will come up among the ten horns, subduing three other great world powers in the process. Just who this Little Horn will be remains a mystery. We know what he will do, and for how long, and we know how he will be defeated. We know he will speak as the Dragon in the final days of this age. We know that his dominion will be taken away by the Heavenly Court and Christ will return to execute the judgment of that Court (Daniel 7:26).
THE HEAVENLY COURT
Daniel 7:9-14 [In Heaven] “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; . . . A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
11 [On earth] “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the [little] horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.
12 As for the rest of the beasts [lion, bear, leopard], they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
13 [In Heaven] I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.”
Daniel 7:24 “As for the ten horns [on the Terrible 4th Beast], out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them [the Little Horn]. This one shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law; and they [the holy people] shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time. 26 Then the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion [the dominion of the Little Horn] shall be taken away, to be consumed and totally destroyed.” (NRS)
Revelation 11:15 “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” (NIV)
The world rule of the Terrible Beast and his Little Horn will be given over to Christ. The Beast and the False Prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). The dragon (Satan) who gave them power, will be imprisoned in “the bottomless pit” for 1000 years.
And Yeshua Messiah will reign forever!
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