The Ten Horns
Sample from: Chapter 8
The Ram And The Goat
During the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar I Daniel, had another vision appear to me, after the one that appeared to me the first time. 2 And as I saw the vision it happened that I was in the palace at Shushan that is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3 Then I raised my eyes and saw standing beside the river, a ram that had two horns. And the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no beasts could stand before him, neither was their any that could save from his hand. He did according to his will and became great.
5 And as I was considering this, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, not touching the ground. And this goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, that I had seen standing beside the river, and ran to him with fury and power. 7 And I saw him coming close to the ram, and he was driven with rage against him. And he struck the ram and broke his two horns. The ram had no power to withstand him as he threw him down on the ground and trampled him, and there was no one that could save the ram from his hand.8 Therefore the male goat became very great, and while he was strong the great horn was broken, and in its place rose up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
The great horn on the he goat represents Alexander the Great. He defeated Darius III in 330BC. Darius was the last king of the Achaemenid Empire of Medo/Persia, represented here by the ram with one horn higher than the other. Symbolizing the superior power of the Persians in that empire. After Alexander died his kingdom was divided between his four Generals.
- Lysimachus – Some of Asia Minor, Thrace, Bithynia, Pergamum.
- Cassander – Greece, Macedonia.
- Ptolemy – Egypt, Libya, Israel.
- Seleucus – Babylon, most of Persia, some of Asia and Syria.
9 And out of one of them came a little horn that became exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it became great even to the host of heaven. And it threw down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 Yes, he even exalted himself to the level of the prince of the host. And by him the daily sacrifice was stopped, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression an army was given to him to oppose the daily sacrifice. And it cast truth down to the ground, and it practiced and prospered. 13 Then I heard a saint speaking, and another saint said to the one who was speaking, “How long shall the vision be concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?” 14 And he said to me, “Until two thousand and three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
1.Seleucus a.k.a Seleucus I Nicator) went on to establish the Seleucid Empire. His successors are listed below:
2. Antiochus I Soter. Founded the cult of his father. An inscription found in Ilion (a.k.a Troy) advises priests to sacrifice to Apollo, the ancestor of his family, whose symbols include a serpent.
3. Antiochus II Theos.
4. Seleucus II Callinicus.
5. Seleucus III Ceraunus.
6. Antiochus III the Great. His wife Laodice III was his paternal first cousin. They were the parents of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
7. Seleucus IV Philopator. Inherited vast debts to Rome. He sent Heliodorus to raid the Jewish temple treasury. Heliodorus is the one referred to in chapter 11:20 as a “raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom”.
8. Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Had not been the next in line for the throne. He got there through plots and assassination. Most Bible scholars agree that this man fulfills the prophecy of verse nine (The little horn) who is seen as a prototype Antichrist.
In 175BC Heliodorus assassinated Seleucus IV Philopator and usurped the throne. He was later ousted by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Whilst Seleucus legitimate heir – Demetrius I Soter was a hostage in Rome, Antiochus, with the help of King Eumenes II of Pergamum, seized the throne; proclaiming himself co-regent with another son of Seleucus, an infant also named Antiochus, whom he murdered a few years later.
Thus, Antiochus IV Epiphanes fulfilled the chapter 7:8 vision of a little horn that rose up amongst the ten, uprooting three before it.
The three horns he uprooted were:
Demetrius I Soter.
The infant Antiochus.
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