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*** Antichrist and the rise of his empire (timeframe 1) ***

Index  Daniel 2  Daniel 7  Daniel 8   Daniel 9  Daniel 10  Daniel 11  Daniel 12

Daniel 7
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Page 1: Daniel's visions of the 4 beasts and of the latter days; angel interprets
Page 2: Identifying the 10 horns and the nation Antichrist will come from - the little horn of Daniel 7:8
Page 3: Daniel 7:8 - Notable features of Antichrist: 'eyes LIKE a man' and 'a mouth speaking GREAT things'. Habakkuk on the initial wars of Antichrist and his 'God of forces'. Jesus 2 signs leading up to the rise of Antichrist telling us not to be deceived 
Page 4: Identifying  3 of the 10 horns (nations) that are the key to Antichrist successfully forming his empire and receiving worship
Page 5: Daniel 7:9-11 Events connected with the rapture; Satan's angels cast down to earth; 3 1/2 year Christian tribulation; Christ's return - Antichrist's Empire destroyed
Image of  beast with horns - Art used by permission by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992. Click here to visit her "Revelation Illustrated" site.

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7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

First: Who are the 10 horns again?

  From Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 page 1 we learned so far that the 10 toes of Daniel 2 and the 10 horns of Daniel 7 are the modern nations of East and West Europe that exist in the land area that once was the Old Roman Empire area. The chart below reviews these truths.




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200 +/-BC

27 +/- B.C. 
(Caesar Augustus - First Emperor)

337 +/- A.D.

476 A.D.
1453 A.D.




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  Nations today whose land area was part of the Eastern or Western divisions of the Roman Empire. These nations will be a part of Antichrist's Empire from his rise to his defeat when Christ returns. Dotted line on map is old Roman Empire border

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   The rise of the little horn 

  Daniel now gives us more information leading to the rise of Antichrist. At some point among these 10 horns he sees action which was important for him to record for us to know that are living in the last days. We begin with
Daniel 7:8

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8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes  like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Image of  beast with horns - Art used by permission by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992.
Click here to visit her "Revelation Illustrated" site.

8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn

  In Daniel 7:8, Daniel is going to introduce us to the person that will dominate world history from his rise till Christ's visible return. He is called by different names but Christians call him 'the Antichrist'. Antichrist must come from some nation and Daniel introduces us to the nation and calls it 'the little horn'. When Antichrist does appear from that nation than he becomes more important than the nation itself.  A good example is when Christ entered into His public ministry. He was more important in what He said and did than the nation of Israel where He was born. Daniel first goes from the nation Antichrist comes from than moves on more importantly to the person of Antichrist.
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Some facts that can be stated about the little horn

1: The fact that the 10 horns symbolize nations within the Old Roman Empire land area today (East and West Europe -see map and review above), the 'little horn' would clearly then be a small nation and that it comes up among/between the other nations(10 horns) - at least small at it's start. Daniel 7:8 says 'another little horn' meaning that some of the 10 horns Daniel first saw were also small. We know East and West Europe has several small nations. 
2: Since 'the little horn' appears as 'another little horn' while Daniel was considering the 10 horns means this small nation was created by circumstances different from those that created the 10 horns. The 10 horns of Daniel 7:8 like the 10 toes of Daniel 2 have their history and land evolving out of the the fall and division of the Roman Empire as we previously studied. If this was true of 'the little horn' then it would have been part of the 10 horns. Remember, the number 10 used symbolically is a round number. Daniel is simply saying whatever the number of nations symbolized by the 10 horns that have evolved from the Old Roman Empire land are included in the 10 horns (for review of this truth see Daniel 2). This little horn then, (an eleventh horn if you will) had to be brought forth among the 10 horns by unique circumstances not related to the previous history of the Roman empire land area. Yet, we are told this little horn comes out of the 4th beast - the Roman Empire land area. Confusing - I know - hold on.

3: We are told that while Daniel was considering the 10 horns he saw new action as 'the little horn' came up/among/ the 10 horns. This means this small nation is a more modern nation arising among/between those nations symbolized by the first 10 horns (East and West Europe - see charts above)

4: In the study of same 'little horn' we read in Daniel 8:9 (see Daniel 8 page 2) that 'the little horn' extended his rule greatly to the south, east, and toward the pleasant land (Israel).

Daniel 8:9
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.

This means this little country at it's start originates in the northwest of the Roman empire land area. In other words - northwest Europe today.

5: Habakkuk 1:6 (see Daniel 7 page 3) says the nation that produces the Antichrist will be a nation that was known in the past for it's 'bitterness and hastiness'. Habakkuk, like Daniel starts out with the nation Antichrist will use and then ends up with all attention on the man. Both Daniel (Dan 11:36-39) and Habakkuk 1:11 says he will honor his success to his god.  Each prophet Had His own unique identifier name for Antichrist: Daniel - 'the little horn'; Isaiah 'the Assyrian' (Isaiah 10); Paul - 'the man of sin' ( 2 Thessolonians 2); John in Revelations - 'the beast' (Revelations 13). For Habakkuk - it was 'the  Chaldean'. Chaldeans were a warring people that eventually took over Babylonia. Antichrist will do the same. He will make Modern Babylon part of his empire (Daniel 2,). The World Book Multimedia Enclopedia says that the Chaldeans dwelt in Babylonia and excelled in Astrology and study of planets and stars. It is no wonder Daniel picked the Chaldeans as a type or picture of what will be dominant in Antichrist's Empire. Antichrist will be a great builder of cities and promotor of a world religion that embraces all religions and gods (see timeframe 3 under gentiles). What he does is magnify himself and his god above the others and in the end only himself (Daniel 11:36).

Habakkuk 1:6,11
6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
11 Then shall his mind change change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

Daniel 11:38,39
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

  Here we have a unique situation.This little nation 'the little horn' that Daniel saw rise up within the Roman Empire land area, is a nation that was not considered a part of the Roman Empire land area in it's past (10 horns). If it was, as we said earlier, it would have been included in the symbolism of the 10 horns. Habakkuk says God is going to raise up that nation (same nation as Daniel's little horn) which was a nation known for its bitterness and hastiness in the past . Evidently, this nation was put down down for God says He is going to raise it back up to serve his purpose (Hab 1:6). A nation located in northwest of Europe. When we put Habakkuk and Daniel's words together we come up with this truth. This small nation - 'the little horn' - will be created among/between the 10 horns but yet had a past when it was not considered one of the 10 horns and was known for its bitterness and hastiness. A nation that was put down but God is going to raise it back up as 'the little horn' of Daniel 7:8. Hold on now - we are almost there.
What country or nation fits all the facts.

  What modern nation today started out as a small nation. A nation which was not produced by the fall and division of the Roman Empire as the 10 horns were. A nation in the northwest of Europe. A nation that was in the past known for it's bitterness and hastiness and had been put down but yet not considered part of the old Roman Empire land area (10 horns). In this late stage of prophetic history this writer finds currently only one country that meets all the conditions: MODERN GERMANY. Modern Germany started out as 'the little horn' when West Germany was created in 1949. Let us review some German history.

German history:

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Germany past from the time of the Roman Empire to 1949 A.D. was never considered a part of the Old Roman Empire area even though a 1/3 part of it's land jutted down into it.

Germany: Pre WW2
Germany in the past was a unified country from 1871 to 1945.

Germany: Post WW2

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  After World War II Germany was divided into two states: the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). West Germany created in 1949 was part in and outside the old Roman Empire area (see map below) but it's capitol city Bonn was inside. Though the part of West Germany inside was small, yet, Daniel says 'the little horn' came out of the fourth beast (the Roman Empire land area) and among/between the 10 horns (nations of East and West Europe within the Roman Empire land area - map below). 'The little horn' (West Germany) is then both a nation within and outside the Roman Empire area at the same time. The creation of West Germany in 1949 with it's capitol in Bonn prophetically to me birthed 'the little horn' - that small nation of Daniel 7:8. East Germany was outside the old Roman Empire area so it did not play a prophetic role at this time. Simply put - Antichrist will be a man that was born in West Germany.


Map of post WW2 Europe
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Bonn - Capitol of W.Germany inside Roman Empire land area

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  To me, Daniel's 'little horn' of Daniel 7:8 - is that nation that will produce the Antichrist. I know what you are going to say. West Germany does not exist anymore because the Berlin Wall was torn down and East and West Germany united. I agree 100%. However, West Germany did exist as a small nation from 1949 - 1990 A.D. and fulfilled all the prophetic requirements as listed above. What I am saying, is that Antichrist was born in West Germany during that window of time. We are now awaiting the person of Antichrist himself to appear. When this happens we move from the nation to the man. The man becomes more important not the nation anymore. However, Daniel by starting out with 'the little horn' is identifying the nation where he will come from - that is - born from. Do not look for 'the little horn' of Daniel 7:8 or Daniel 8:9 as a nation to appear - that part of prophecy has been fulfilled.
  Now, another important event happened after East and West Germany united. It's capitol of Bonn which was inside the Old Roman Empire land area was moved back to Berlin in 2000 A.D. This means Germany is no longer considered part of the Old Roman Empire land area because it's capitol is now outside that area just like it was through most of its history. Scripturally speaking, if Antichrist was born at any other time in German history (
outside of when West Germany and its capitol as Bonn existing from 1949 to 1990 A.D.)) Antichrist would not be considered coming from the old Roman Empire land area and therefore not a Roman. But we know from scripture that Antichrist will be considerd a Roman as told us in Daniel 9:26. Daniel clearly says that the future prince (Antichrist) will be from the people that destroyed Jerusalem and its temple after Christ was crucified (see Daniel 9). The time when Antichrist to appear is a time when Russia has taken back East Europe, splitting the EU, and challenging NATO (see Daniel page 4). This situation will put tremendous phycological, geopolitical, economic, military on Germany - the nation that is gateway to Western Civilization when the transgressors are at it's door. On top of all this everything else will be at a max - terroism, nations and terrorist's acquiring WMD's (weapons of mass destruction - chemicl, nuclear, biological), situation in Iraq, Iran, Middle East and a host of other trouble spots. Prophecy has much more to say how these events will play themselves out as we continue to study Daniel. 

Daniel 9:26
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

1: West Germany - created in 1949 - same year as NATO
2: Joined NATO in 1955 and West Germany was allowed to be rearmed
3: 1990- East and West Germany unite. East German communist regime collapsed and East Germany voted for for unification with West Germany.
4: German warplanes into action over Kosovo in Yugoslavia for the first time since WW2. Also a German commander was appointed to enforce the peace in Kosovo if necessary. 
5: 1999 - Germany moved its capitol from Bonn back to Berlin.
6: 2002 - Germans go to Afghanistan to help route out terrorists. 

Final thoughts - When one considers the prophecies of the mass return of the Jews to begin around 2007-2008 A.D. (see homepage chart, Ezek 4, timeframe 2), and that Antichrist and his empire will be formed before that (see also rapture), by me stating Antichrist was born sometime between 1949 and 1990 sounds right. Since Antichrist reigns quite a few years after he comes to power I would lean more toward him being in his 30's when he comes to power. If this is the case he would be born in the late 60's or early 70's. Time will tell. 


Daniel 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel
had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then
he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth frm before him:
thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten
thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the
judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words
which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was
slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their
dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a
kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked
him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which
was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the
other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints,
and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given
to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth
kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the
kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the
people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.