Category Archives: Little Horn

SON OF DESTRUCTION

Many Christians will apostatize when the “Lawless One,” the “Son of Destruction,” seats himself in the “sanctuary.”

As Paul explained, the “Day of the Lord” will not arrive until the “apostasy” occurs and the “man of lawlessness” is unveiled. He will take his seat “in the sanctuary of God” and oppose “all that is called god.” In addition to the “lawless one,” the Apostle labeled him “the son of destruction.” Is there significance in this double appellation or is it for stylistic purposes?

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ARROGANT KING OF THE NORTH

Beginning with the fourfold division of the Greek kingdom, the interpreting angel outlined the coming conflicts between two of the subsequent realms that culminated in the rise of a “contemptible” ruler. Previously, the rise and division of the Greek empire was portrayed in the vision of the “Ram and the Goat,” representing the kingdoms of the “Medes and Persians” and of “Greece.

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END OF THE INDIGNATION

The “war against the saints” will terminate after the period of a “time, times, and part of a time”Daniel 7:25.

In chapter 7, the timeframe during which the “little horn” is authorized to wage war “against the saints” is described as a “time, times, and part of a time.” At the end of the period, this malevolent ruler loses his domain. In chapter 8, the angel Gabriel describes it as “the end of the indignation, for at the appointed time will be an end.” However horrific the “desolation” might be, it will not endure forever.

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DESOLATING ABOMINATION – CONTEXT

To understand the “Abomination that Desolates” in Daniel, it is vital to pay attention to literary context.

In Daniel, the climax of the “seventy weeks” is the appearance of the “abomination that desolates” in the final half of the “seventieth week.” But what, exactly, is this “abomination” and when did it appear? Is it a past or yet future event? We must begin with the information provided by the book of Daniel if we are to have any hope of answering these and similar questions.

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MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS

The “little horn” from Daniel is found in Revelation in the description of the “beast from the sea” and its “war against the saints.”

In Revelation, the “little horn” is NOT explicitly named, but its characteristics are present in the description of the “beast from the sea.” The book does not simply retell the same story without changes; it modifies and repurposes it to tell ITS story. The “beast from the sea” is based on Daniel’s “little horn,” but also is something beyond it, and arguably, far worse.

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