ANTICHRIST REVEALED IN THREE PROPHETIC SECTIONS OF SCRIPTURE
Daniel 7, Daniel 8 and Revelation 17 all reveal the same evil one
The 11th horn, of the 4th beast, in Daniel chapter 7, when 3 other horns were removed before him became number 8. He is the same future king that is the 8th horn, when one counts the horns of the ram and the goat in Daniel 8. He is also the 8th king of Revelation 17. All 3 are the same evil spirit that is the Antichrist. In all three sections of Scripture, there is a commonality to being number eight in some fashion.
Let us consider Daniel, chapter 7 first.
Daniel 7:7c-8a It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots.
When Daniel saw the 4th beast, there were 10 horns and from among them “another smaller horn” arose. Three were plucked out by the root. So, if the little horn is the 11th, with 3 removed, it then puts him in the 8th position.
1st beast (as a lion with 2 wings made to stand like a man) 2nd beast (as a bear) 3rd beast (as a leopard with 4 heads) 4th beast (the most dreadful one of all) 4 beasts and the 4th beast has 10 horns, plus one, minus three.
These are spiritual kings of spiritual empires. Many want to see them as human empires. But Daniel was seeing in the spirit and saw spiritual things. What man would be a 4-headed flying leopard? Demonic empires have ruled over evil human empires all throughout history. Even when their evil human leaders changed from one to the next, such as with the succession of Caesars of the Roman empire, it was not necessary for the evil demon king to change. While the devil’s domains of the spiritual world have been unseen to humans, they were still there.
The final beast (spiritual empire) is a combination of preceding spiritual empires. This beast of Revelation 13 collectively has the same features as the 4 beasts of Daniel 7.
Revelation 13:1-2 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
Let's look at another prophetic scenario, in Daniel 8, that involves 8 horns and the Antichrist.
Daniel 8:1-12 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me--to me, Daniel--after the one that appeared to me the first time. 2 I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great. 5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. 7 And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.9 And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. 10 And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.
Let’s consider the numbers of horns.
2 horns (of the ram) 1 horn (of the goat) 4 horns (arise from the broken one of the goat) 1 horn (rises up from the 4 that came from the goat) 8 horns (total between them)
Notice that in verse 9, out of “one of them” (of the 4), came a little horn. It could be said in various ways such as, the little one grew from the broken one was, or that it was a 5th one from one of the 4 that grew from the broken one. It could also be said that it was a 6th from the goat or even “the 8th” from the total scenario.
In fact, it is the 8th horn who will have been “of the seven” that is the Antichrist. This is very, very similar to what an angel shows John in Revelation 17.
Consider that if the ram was overtaken by the goat, would not his kingdom become the goat's?
The angel gave Daniel the interpretation to his vision.
Daniel 8:17-26 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refersto the time of the end." 18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright. 19 And he said, "Look, I am making known to you what shall happen inthe latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the endshall be. 20The ram which you saw, having the two horns--they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. 22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.23 And in the latter timeof their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. 24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. 25 Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. 26 And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future."
There is no doubt that when the transgressors reach their fullness, the Antichrist will arise. And it certainly seems to say that he will arise from one of the 4 kingdoms (in their latter time), that have sprung up from the broken horn of Greece. We need to be looking at both spiritual and physical. Remember that in Revelation 17, the 8th ruler comes from the 7.
Let's look atRevelation 17, for the 8th ruler that comes from seven.
Revelation 17:6-8 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. 7 But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.8The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
Revelation 17:9-11 "Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen , one is [#6], and the other has not yet come [#7]. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth [#8], and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
5 demonic kings and kingdoms were before John 1 demonic king and kingdom was in John’s time 1 demon king and kingdom will come for a short time after John 7 demonic kings and kingdoms in total
1 additional evil kingdom 8 kingdoms but the 8th king is of the 7, having a second term.
We know that the Antichrist is the 8th king, whose name is Abaddon, the king of the bottomless pit (that will be released) and is the one who will kill the Two Witnesses.
These kings, these heads, these horns are all of Satan – not of humanity. They are symbolic of what is spiritual. These prophetic mountains represent spiritual kingdoms with demonic kings. Some people look in the natural at what Daniel and John saw and want to see it all from a human perspective. Some even want to force fit it into the papal system because the Vatican sets on “7 hills.” Who then would have been the 7 kings of those 7 hills? Abaddon could have never been a king of any one of those hills, for he was put in the pit, long before there was ever a Catholic church.
The Antichrist is the last horn of the 4th beast, of Daniel 7; the last horn that will rise up, of Daniel 8 and the 8th demon-king of Revelation 17 that will be ruling again.
In closing, consider the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Daniel 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold--the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.
When the stone that was cut without human hands (the Lord from the kingdom of heaven) crashed into the statue's feet, the whole statue crumbled. And so it will happen. Seven demonic kings will be uniting for this last rebellion, with Abaddon as the head of the beast and will rally all the humans they can for darkness and against God, but ultimately, they will be crushed by the Lord.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
While we do believe in a mid tribulation rapture, we are not saying we know the day or the hour. The Lord makes it very clear that no one but the Father knows that. While we do believe it is at or near the middle of the last 7 years of this age, the Lord says that He has to cut the time short for the elect's sake in Matthew 24:22 and who knows the amount of time that will be?