What is the Small Horn in Daniel 8?

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Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper. (Daniel 8:9-12)

This “small horn” extended from one of the four “horns” that were split out of the original Greek Empire (Dan. 8:5-8). From a historical point of view, it refers to a king in the Seleucid era after the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great was divided into four parts – Seleucid was one of the four. This king was Antiochus IV Epiphanes, notorious for leading his army to trample on the city of Jerusalem.

We have said earlier that the second portion of Daniel, i.e. chapters 7 through 12, mainly deals with events in the End Stage. So let us remember: we should not be bound by the ancient past, instead let it be our teacher.

The book of Revelation tells us:

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.” (13:11)

This Second Beast in Revelation coming up out of the earth is a religious one, however, it is but “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

If we look at this “small horn” in Daniel together with the Second Beast in Revelation, then there is no doubt that they are one and the same.

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This daily devotional message is taken from Taichuan Tongs new book “The Sword for the End Times (I): Dividing Truths in Daniel & Revelation”

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