Bible Prophecy -- The Ultimate Deception
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  The Ultimate Deception Book Introduction.
  Daniel's Visions: Ten Horns And The Antichrist.
  Why The Antichrist Will Originate In Lebanon.
  The Rise Of Antichrist: A Time Of Terror And Crisis.
  Why Antichrist Will Not Pretend To Be Messiah.
  Why We Will See Armageddon Before 2025 A.D..
  Why Gog In Ezekiel 38 Represents The Antichrist.
  Why There Will Be No Peace After The Rapture.
  The Antichrist Fallacies In Daniel 11:1-34.
  Why The City Of Babylon Must Be Rebuilt In Iraq.
  The Pre-Adamite Kingdom Of Satan.
  Why The City Of Tyre Must Be Rebuilt In Lebanon.
  II Thessalonians 2 And The Final Great Apostasy.
  Testing Before The Rapture; Why Christians Suffer.
  What Does The Seven-Headed Beast Symbolize?
  What Does Mystery Babylon Symbolize?
  Last Trump: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Escape.
  Why Revelation 4:1 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  Why Revelation 11 Portrays The Second Coming.
  10½ Years Between Rapture And Second Coming.
  Why Revelation 12 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  The Post-Rapture Bema Judgment Of Believers.
  Prophetic Parables And Misconceptions.
  The 7 Seals: The White Horseman Is Not Antichrist.
  The 144,000 Jews Will Not Evangelize The World.
  200 Million Angelic Horsemen Of The Sixth Plague.
  Who Will Be The Two Witnesses In Revelation 11?
  The 7-Headed Leopard Beast And His 666 Mark.
  Millennial Reign: Armageddon Survivors Judged.
  The Fate Of People Who Never Heard Of Jesus.
  Why The Earth Will Never Be Annihilated.
  Eternal Conditions For Earth And The Universe.
  How Should We Interpret Biblical Scriptures?
  Endtime Bible Prophecy Charts.
  Book Table Of Contents.
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  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 1.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 2.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage. (Print-Friendly)
  A Short Summary Of My Doctrinal Beliefs.
  Short Summary Of Reasons Disproving Evolution.
  Why I Am A Bible-Believing Christian.
  Why Liberals Should Not Impose Their Values.
  Why Liberals Are Wrong About Church-State Issues.
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Bible prophecy   From 1974 and until he passed away in June of 2005, Frank Caw devoted a considerable amount of time to research and study in Bible prophecy and related philosophical and theological issues. This website is dedicated by his family to his memory and work and is as he presented it at the time of his death. The family of Frank Caw, Jr. would like to thank Tim McHyde of EscapeAllTheseThings.com for hosting his website.
 
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Why The Antichrist Will
Originate Within Lebanon
 
Daniel’s Third Vision (Daniel 8)

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Daniel’s third vision initially involves two animals, a ram and a goat, which Daniel later identifies as representations of the ancient Persian and Grecian empires. (Dan. 8:20-21). The remainder of Daniel’s third vision, however, clearly delineates events which will happen during the “time of the end,” a very vital point that is clearly stated and emphasized in four different verses within this same passage of scripture. (Dan. 8:17,19, 26-27). Therefore, this vision should not be dismissed lightly as an ancient fulfilled prophecy, with little relevance to endtime prophecy analysis, as some are inclined to do. Instead, it should be given due consideration for the extraordinary insight which can be gleaned from its prophetic words. Accordingly, here is what Daniel saw in his third vision:
 
Daniel 8:3-14, 17, 19-26
3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which 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, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
 
5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
 
6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
 
7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
 
8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
 
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.
 
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
 
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
 
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
 
13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
 
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed....
 
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision....
 
19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
 
20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
 
21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
 
22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
 
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
 
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
 
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
 
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. (KJV)
 
After Alexander the Great died suddenly and prematurely, his empire was split into four independent kingdoms by his four top generals, each of whom selected one of the new kingdoms to govern. Hence the symbolic “four notable ones” which appear on the “goat” (Grecian Empire) after the “great horn” (i.e., Alexander the Great) is “broken.” Then an unspecified period of time goes by until the “little horn,” i.e., the “fierce king,” makes his appearance and begins to “wax exceeding great” in both a southern and eastern direction as he “destroys wonderfully.” This powerful man (the Antichrist) will “prosper” in his plans for a period of time, but eventually he will be destroyed “without hand,” and then God’s Kingdom throughout the earth will be established for eternity.
 
Daniel 8:8, 9
8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
 
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. (KJV)
 
This biblical passage portrays the “little horn” Antichrist originating from one of the four major divisions of the ancient Grecian Empire which emerged soon after the unexpected death of Alexander the Great. Then the little horn, representing both a tiny, new country and the personage of Antichrist, waxes “exceeding great” very quickly as he conquers countries in a southern and eastern direction. Please note that the “pleasant land” (i.e., Israel; Palestine; Daniel 11:16, 41; Ezekiel 20:6, 15; Psalms 106:24; Jer. 3:19; Zech. 7:14) is mentioned specifically as one of the first countries attacked by Antichrist during his initial rise to power, thereby precluding any reasonable possibility that he might pretend to be the Messiah to the Jews. The fact that the scriptural evidence also indicates Antichrist will originate from the country of Lebanon, and not from Israel, decreases that possibility even more so.
 
Sometimes it is said that the “little-horn” Antichrist will originate from one of the “four winds of heaven” toward which the four goat horns sprout. However, aside from the contextual implication that the action in this passage centers on the four notable horns, logic dictates that if the little horn was suppose to appear from one of the “four winds of heaven,” meaning anywhere on earth, then it would have been pointless to mention the Persian and Grecian empires in this vision! Furthermore, the fourth vision in Daniel 11 portrays Antichrist originating from the Syrian dynasty which emerged from the four-fold split of the Grecian Empire after Alexander the Great died. So, obviously that passage only confirms our view that the little horn will originate from one of the four goat horns, not from one of the four winds of heaven.
 
Likewise, many commentators have taught that the “little horn” is Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian ruler who desecrated the Jewish temple by placing a sow in it and forcing the Jews to worship it. This desecration, it is alleged, is the “transgression of desolation” mentioned in verse 13. But that alternative explanation is highly improbable for several reasons:
 
1. Daniel makes reference to an “abomination of desolation” in two other scriptural passages that are associated with Antichrist. (Dan. 9:27) (Dan. 12:11). Therefore, in order to be consistent, it seems very likely that Daniel 8:11-14 also refers to the abomination of desolation that will be perpetrated by the Antichrist. This is especially true because the “2300 days,” during which time the Jewish sanctuary (temple) will be desecrated while the daily sacrifices are abolished, actually should be translated as “2300 evenings and mornings,” thereby giving us a total of 1150 literal days. Since this prophetic prediction, mandating 1150 days of desecration and denial of sacrifices, has never been fulfilled precisely as predicted, it still remains a future prophecy.
 
2. After warning the Jews regarding the “abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,” Jesus continued his sermon concerning other prophetic signs which would also signal the nearness of His Return, thus indicating contextually that Daniel’s prophecy was an end-time event. (Matt. 24) (Mark 13) (Luke 21). Additionally, please note that Jesus never indicated that Daniel’s prophecies, involving an abomination, had already been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes. Instead, He based His prophecy on the assumption that Daniel had prophesied about only one desecration with any major prophetic significance. Therefore, the “little horn” seen in Daniel 8 must refer to the future actions and activities of the Antichrist.
 
3. There is an amazing, consistent harmony and correlation among the various elements of the visions given to Daniel. For instance, the Persian Empire was symbolized by two arms of silver in Daniel 2, two sides of a bear in Daniel 7, and two horns of a ram in Daniel 8. Likewise, the Grecian Empire was symbolized by a trunk of brass in the first vision, a leopard with four heads in the second vision, and a goat with four horns in the third vision. In like manner, since the “little horn” in Daniel’s second vision represents the Antichrist, logical consistency demands an identical meaning in Daniel’s third vision. To say otherwise clearly defies the laws of probability as a perusal of the information in the chart, Harmony Of Daniel’s Visions, located at the end of this chapter, will show.
 
4. Daniel emphasizes several times throughout his third vision that the vision is intended primarily for the “time of the end.” (Dan. 8:17, 19, 26, 27). Nevertheless, sometimes it is said that “the time of the end” in this prophecy really only refers to a period of time which took place soon after the Persian and Grecian empires had faded into oblivion. But if that were true, then we would have to question what Daniel could have said for some people to believe him when he clearly and distinctly stated, several times, that the vision was intended for the endtimes. In other words, if Daniel had wanted to indicate his vision was for the time of the end, then what could he have said otherwise that would have been more convincing? Obviously we must not throw away our dictionaries, or forget the rules of grammar and logic, if we are going to get very far in our scriptural quest for truth. Therefore, it seems highly probable that the “little horn” in this vision, as in the previous vision in Daniel 7, is associated with “end-time” events, not ancient history.
 
5. Finally, as we will observe later, Daniel’s third vision repeats the same narrative pattern that was established in the two previous visions. In each instance, detailed explanations regarding key elements presented in the prophecy were given only after the initial presentation of the prophecy was completed. Accordingly, in Daniel’s third vision, verses 20 and 21 explain that the ram and the goat represent Persia and Greece only after their initial introduction in verses 1-8. So likewise, verse 23 describes the “little horn,” presented initially in verse 9, as the “fierce king” who is prophesied to exhibit some very specific supernatural abilities and actions. For instance, it is predicted that the “little horn” will possess miraculous supernatural power from Satan which will enable him to conquer his enemies with astounding ease. Then the passage continues by predicting that first he will “destroy” (deceive) people through peace and prosperity, then destroy (kill) the holy people while proclaiming himself to be a god, and then ultimately be destroyed by God “without hand.” Furthermore, verses 10 and 11 predict that the little horn will magnify himself as a god, and will cause some of the stars (i.e., the evil angels) to fall to the earth. Obviously Antiochus Epiphanes did not fulfill any of these amazing biblical prophecies! So, we must conclude that Antiochus Epiphanes was not the little horn if we interpret words in the Bible in the same sensible manner we would employ while reading any other book.
 
Before continuing with our scriptural exegesis, we can summarize the forthcoming analysis by stating that there are numerous scriptures which clearly indicate the Antichrist will originate from somewhere within the geographical areas of the old Roman and Grecian and Assyrian empires, and that an additional scriptural passage even predicts that the Antichrist will originate from somewhere within the geographical area of the old Syrian dynasty. Therefore, the only modern countries which meet all of these scriptural requirements are the modern-day countries of Lebanon and Syria. However, some of the scriptures also stipulate that the country of origin for the Antichrist must be a very small and brand-new country. In fact, they even stipulate that this country, whose political leader will be the Antichrist, must spring into existence at the very same time the Antichrist first begins his rise to power because the “little horn” represents both the man, Antichrist, and his political kingdom.
 
Daniel 7:7, 8
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. (KJV)
 
The preceding passage indicates that the Antichrist will originate from somewhere within the geographical area that was once dominated by the ancient Roman Empire because the “little horn” (Antichrist) will appear among the “ten horns” (modern “Roman” countries) that are attached to the “fourth beast” (Roman Empire). Since the little horn will appear after the ten horns have been in existence for a period of time, it must represent a very small country that will be new in its existence compared to the other countries within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire. Otherwise it would have been counted as one of the original “ten horns.”
 
Likewise, because horns throughout Scripture represent the power and authority inherent in kingdoms or countries, this “little horn” quite logically represents a small kingdom or a small country. However, in this instance, the little horn also represents a strong-man leader or dictator because Daniel very quickly ascribes human attributes to the little horn country, attributes such as “a mouth speaking great things.” For that reason, it would seem this tiny country, and the man associated with it, appear together simultaneously in a manner which suggests that it is the man who causes the little horn country to spring into existence. Therefore, since this small country must appear together, simultaneously, with the man, Antichrist, it must, in fact, be a brand-new country that does not even exist yet at this point in time.
 
Daniel 8:8, 9
8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
 
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. (KJV)
 
This passage clearly indicates that the “little horn” will originate from one of the four kingdoms which were carved from the collapsing Grecian Empire soon after Alexander the Great died prematurely. Bearing in mind that we previously demonstrated the Antichrist will also originate from a small, new country within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire, a comparison of maps portraying the ancient Roman and Grecian empires will show that the only geographical area shared in common by both empires encompasses Greece and most of the Middle East region.
 
However, the Antichrist not only will originate from somewhere within the geographical areas of both the Roman and Grecian empires, but Old Testament prophets also referred to him as “the Assyrian,” thereby implying that he will originate from the geographical area that was once dominated by the ancient Assyrian Empire. (Isaiah 10:5, 6) (Isaiah 10:20-34) (Isa. 14:24-27) (Isa. 19) (Isa. 23:13) (Isa. 27:12, 13) (Isa. 30:18-33) (Isa. 31:4-9) (Micah 5:3-15) (Micah 7:7-20). Therefore, a comparison of maps portraying the former geographical territories of the Assyrian, Grecian and Roman empires will disclose that only Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq and Jordan were once a part of all three of these biblical world empires. So, we must conclude that the Antichrist will originate from a small, new country that will spring into existence within the geographical area of one of these Middle East countries.
 
Finally, a careful exegetical analysis of Daniel 11 will show that the first thirty-four verses in Daniel’s fourth vision use the designation “King of the North” when referring to various Syrian Kings from the old Syrian dynasty in that period of ancient history. (See the footnotes for Chapter 11 in Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, or reference many other Bible commentaries for a detailed exposition. Additionally, in chapter 3 of this book, we will analyze certain key verses in Daniel 11:1-34 to prove that they do not describe characteristics and activities of the Antichrist.) However, without question, the exploits and attributes ascribed to the “King of the North” for the remainder of Daniel 11 obviously can apply only to the Antichrist! (Dan. 11:35-45).
 
Accordingly, we must conclude that the Antichrist will originate from somewhere within the geographical area of the old Syrian dynasty which emerged from the four-fold split of the Grecian Empire after Alexander the Great died. However, as noted previously, since the “little horn” will be a small, new country, these characteristics automatically eliminate older or larger countries such as Syria from any consideration. But, since Lebanon was once a part of the old Syrian dynasty, a tiny, new country within its borders would satisfy all scriptural requirements. Thus, we may conclude that even though the Antichrist will originate from a tiny, new country located somewhere within the geographical area of Lebanon and Syria, additional factors narrow the probabilities down even further to southern and central Lebanon:
 
1. The “little horn” must be a tiny-sized country in comparison to neighboring countries throughout the geographical area of the old Roman Empire. Furthermore, the little horn must be a new country that will spring into existence just before the Antichrist begins to wax “exceeding great” in a southern and eastern direction. They will appear at the same time because the man and the country are closely identified with each other in Scripture. Accordingly, these scriptural requirements eliminate most of the possibilities in the area under consideration, thus making our task much easier. Given the current political realities in both Syria and Lebanon, it seems much more likely that a small, new country will appear somewhere within Lebanon, rather than somewhere in Syria.
 
This assessment is due primarily to the fact that Syria has been a relatively strong and stable country over the last couple of decades — although there has been an element of doubt hanging over the regime, recently, since long-time President Hafez Assad died in June 2000. However, in Lebanon we see ongoing domination of the country by the Syrians while various Lebanese factions bitterly oppose each other on a wide variety of political, social and sectarian issues. Likewise, Israel withdrew its military troops from southern Lebanon in May 2000, thereby permitting the Hizbullah terrorists to take control of the area since the Lebanese puppet government in Beirut refused to send troops to establish law and order. Apparently, the Lebanese government refused because it believes the Hizbullah terrorists are ‘freedom fighters’ who are opposing “evil” Israeli aggressors. Meanwhile, both Iran and Syria have been quite active in their efforts to supply the Hizbullah terrorists with massive amounts of rockets and military supplies for eventual use in launching attacks against Israel.
 
More recently, the Lebanese factions have challenged the presence of Syria in Lebanon because Lebanese autonomy has become a very popular public issue during the last couple of years. For that reason, it did not take long for Lebanese Druze warlord and popular politician Walid Jumblatt to capitalize on this rising tide of popular sentiment by becoming a leading critic of the Syrian occupation in Lebanon. Emotions ran so high that Syria even felt compelled to deploy military troops, temporarily, in the Chouf mountain region where Jumblatt and his Druze people live. After all, how could Syria know it was forcing a military confrontation with the man who very possibly will become the Antichrist? Then the Lebanese military, without any warning, arrested more than 250 opposition activists, including many prominent opposition leaders, for opposing the Syrian army occupation! However, it did not take very long for both Cardinal Sfeir and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt to lead widespread criticism against this crackdown — prompting the military to release most of the activists whom they had just arrested.
 
Moreover, Jumblatt’s stature as a national leader has been enhanced considerably by accomplishments such as the reconciliation he negotiated between the Druze and Christians, the various political alliances he has formed across the entire political spectrum, and his rapidly-expanding base of support among the Druze throughout the Middle East area. In fact, such achievements have all helped to earn him a new regional role in affairs-of-state. Now that Syria has taken direct control of the Lebanese military in response to the rising unrest throughout Lebanon against its occupation, this may represent yet another reason why Jumblatt — who very possibly will be the Antichrist — could soon declare independence for a tiny, new country within Lebanon! There may be no other way to break the shackles of oppression that the Syrian military is imposing upon Lebanon. Of course, only time will tell how events actually work out.
 
Very recently, the puppet government in Lebanon collapsed, and a new, unpopular government — without the involvement of Lebanon’s most prominent politicians — was formed to manage domestic affairs to whatever extent it can. Then as further evidence of widespread political discontent, Lebanon’s most important Christian leaders began to condemn the new puppet regime in Beirut, and publicly proclaimed the need for a ‘good ruler’ who ‘loves the people’ to take control of the country. So, it is quite possible that Walid Jumblatt could be on the verge of declaring political independence for a tiny, new Druze country within the country of Lebanon — Daniel’s “little horn” country. This sudden break for political independence could happen as the only viable way to be free of Syrian oppression and domination; or it could happen as the result of insoluble political and economic differences among the various Lebanese factions; or it could happen if Israel invades Lebanon in response to Hizbullah attacks; or it could happen if world opinion, especially in the Arab-Muslim world, becomes sufficiently outraged because Israel will not negotiate an “acceptable” agreement with the Palestinian Arabs. However, regardless of the exact scenario that develops, the birth of the “little horn” country and the simultaneous emergence of the “little horn” Antichrist appear to be quite imminent!
 
2. Biblical scriptures predict that the Antichrist will possess a fierce-looking facial appearance and a very aggressive demeanor, and that he will originate from a fierce, warlike people. For instance, Daniel states that the “little horn” (both the country and the man) will “look more stout than his fellows (i.e., the ten horns; the modern Roman countries).” (Dan. 7:20). Parenthetically, we can say that the “little horn” represents both the man, Antichrist, and the tiny country from which he will originate because, apparently, he will declare it into existence at the appropriate time and then exercise complete dictatorial control over it. Therefore, in that sense, they can be viewed in a synonymous manner with each other. So, both the man and the country will be seen as very strong and aggressive and fierce in nature. In a similar manner, Daniel also predicts that the Antichrist will be “a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences.” (Dan. 8:23). Likewise, Habakkuk predicts that the nation of Antichrist will be “bitter and hasty,” and “terrible and dreadful.” (Hab. 1:6-7). For those reasons, in a possible preview of things to come, we should note that Walid Jumblatt’s Druze mountain people achieved recognition for their fierceness and competence in warfare during the ferocious fighting that took place during the recent Lebanese Civil War.
 
3. Later we will prove from various scriptures that the city of Tyre will be rebuilt by Antichrist at its original location in Lebanon, and then serve as his political capital until his demise at Armageddon. Obviously it is only natural to assume he would want to establish his political base of operations somewhere within his own native country, if possible — and the current village of Tyre is in southern-central Lebanon. Furthermore, it is noteworthy to observe he will not designate the current capital city of Beirut as his political capital, so that apparent fact simply reinforces our earlier view that scriptures predict he will declare a tiny, new country into existence within the geographical area of Lebanon instead of forming a new government that governs all of Lebanon.
 
4. One last clue regarding this matter is found in Daniel 8:9 which states that the Antichrist will conquer armies with lightning speed while invading in both a southern and eastern direction, including down into the “pleasant land” of Israel (Daniel 11:16, 41; Ezek. 20:6, 15; Psalms 106:24; Jer. 3:19; Zech. 7:14). This statement alone puts definitive limitations on the possible location of the “little horn” country, and obviously it will aid immensely in the early verification of the identity of Antichrist whenever he begins his initial ascendancy to power.
 
Daniel 8:10
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. (KJV)
 
Young’s Literal Translation renders this same verse as follows:
 
Daniel 8:10
10 Yea, it exerteth unto the host of the heavens, and causeth to fall to the earth of the host, and of the stars, and trampleth them down. (YLT)
 
Now compare verse 10 with the exact same scene that is narrated in Revelation, where Satan and his fallen angels (i.e., “some of the hosts and of the stars”) are cast out, violently, from the heavenlies and then banished down to the earth while the Rapture event is ongoing:
 
Revelation 12:3-4, 7-13
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
 
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
 
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
 
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
 
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
 
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
 
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. (KJV)
 
“War In Heaven.” The sudden, “surprise” Rapture of the “manchild” Christian believers to Heaven will trigger an extraordinary war in the heavens, with the archangel Michael and his angels fighting against Satan and his evil angels in an awesome, supernatural battle of major epic proportions. This stupendous, final conflict will begin when Satan attempts to destroy Christian believers as they are translated or resurrected into Heaven, and its purpose will be two-fold. Michael and his angels will not only provide safe passage for Christian believers when they are transported supernaturally into Heaven, instantaneously, but Satan and his evil angels will be cast down to the earth and banished from the heavens forever.
 
Daniel 8:11-14, 26
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
 
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
 
13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
 
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
 
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true... (KJV)
 
Although this passage states that the Sanctuary (i.e., the future rebuilt temple in Jerusalem) will be desecrated for a period of “2300 days,” a more accurate translation would read “2300 evening-mornings.” This is because the Hebrew word translated as “days” in this passage is actually two Hebrew words: BOQER, meaning “dawn” or “morning”; and `EREB, meaning “dusk” or “evening.” So, this scripture should read as “2300 evening-mornings” — which is precisely how many other translations interpret it. However, since Jewish religious law requires this kind of sacrifice each morning and each evening of every day, this scriptural passage actually predicts that 2300 such sacrifices will be abolished, and 2300 such sacrifices obviously represent a total of 1150 literal days.
 
“And the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” The Hebrew word for “place” is MAKOWN, meaning a “fixture,” i.e., a “basis; generally a place, especially as an abode.” The Hebrew word for “sanctuary” in this particular passage is MIQDASH, meaning a “consecrated thing or place, especially a palace, sanctuary or asylum.” And the Hebrew word for “cast down” is SHALAK, meaning to “throw out, down or away (literally or figuratively).” Therefore, this passage probably states that the Antichrist will “throw down” or demolish the most holy part of the temple, i.e., the “Holy of Holies,” the innermost sanctum of a three-sectioned temple.
 
Daniel 9:27
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)
 
It is midway through the seven years of Daniel’s 70th Week that the Roman “prince that shall come” (i.e., the Antichrist) will violate the terms of his seven year treaty with the nation of Israel. In brief, this act of treachery will include the desecration of a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and the outright abolishment of the twice-daily sacrifices that are necessary for adherence to Jewish religious law. (Matt. 24:15) (Dan. 8:11-14) (II Thess. 2:3-4) (Rev. 11:1-2) (Dan. 12:11). We will analyze this scriptural passage in greater exegetical detail in the next chapter.
 
The following scriptural passages also give us insight regarding the desecration of the rebuilt temple, and the tribulation which the Antichrist will inflict upon the Jews for a period of three and one-half years. This great Jewish tribulation is called “Jacob’s Trouble” in the Old Testament scriptures, and in the New Testament, it is called the “Times Of The Gentiles.” For instance, Luke 21:24 reads as follows: “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
 
Therefore, the “Times Of The Gentiles” is not some mystical period of time stretching from the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar until the Return of Christ as often supposed. Instead, it is simply the three and one-half year period of time during which the Jews will be subjected to tribulation and persecution while their rebuilt temple in Jerusalem is desecrated by the Antichrist. Moreover, this scriptural definition is confirmed by a similar statement in Revelation 11:2 when it says the following: “It is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” Accordingly, the “Times of the Gentiles” will be the latter half of Daniel’s 70th Week, lasting forty-two months, during which time the rebuilt Jewish temple will be desecrated while Jerusalem is held captive by foreigners, namely the Antichrist.
 
Revelation 11:1, 2
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
 
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (KJV)
 
Luke 21:20-24
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
 
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
 
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
 
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
 
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (KJV)
 
Matthew 24:15-20
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
 
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
 
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
 
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
 
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
 
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: (KJV)

 

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