Antiochus, Greece, Little Horn

King of Fierce Countenance

Next, Daniel receives the interpretation of his vision of the “ram and goat.” In chapter 7, only the first “beast” can be identified with certainty – Babylon. In contrast, in the interpretation in chapter 8, two of the four kingdoms are identified by name, the kingdom of the “Medes and Persians” and “Greece.”

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Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn

The Desolating Transgression

Next, Daniel receives a vision of a “ram” and a “goat.” The ram represents the kingdom of the “Medes and Persians,” and the goat the kingdom of Greece, beginning with its first great king who overthrew the “ram.” The vision is followed by an interpretation provided by an angelic figure.

The focus of the vision is on the figure represented by the “little horn,” a king who rules one of the four lesser kingdoms that appear after the death of the “great king” of Greece.

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Beast from the Sea, Little Horn

Mouth Speaking Great Things

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

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Abomination of Desolation, Little Horn, Short Season

Time, Times, and Half a Time

In the interpretation of his vision, Daniel receives the limits for the time allotted to the “little horn” – “Time, times, and part of a time.” After this, he loses his domain. The description is ambiguous but becomes clear in Daniel’s subsequent visions. And Revelation uses this cipher for the “short season” during which the “Dragon” is authorized to persecute the “saints.”

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