The end times have begun, as
prophesized in Daniel 11:45 -- in Syria!
Here is an attempt to interpret the meaning of the four beasts of Daniel 7, and later make the connection with the Beasts of Revelation which represent the same earthly powers of history.
Now many may find it hard to consider the western imperial world powers, USA and Europe, as conducting themselves in a way that is in opposition to the way God would deem appropriate. But if you keep an open mind, you may 'see' it really is the Beast! The big surprise for the reader is when the mystery of who and what is the earthly powers referred to in Daniel 11:45 reveals itself.
The first beast is Babylon (now Iraq).
The second beast is Persia (now Iran).
The third beast with four heads is: Greece, Alexandria (now Egypt), Assyria (now Syria and Lebanon), and Rome (now Italy).
The fourth beast with a head of ten horns is present day western Europe. The ten horns are the ten countries that make it up, England, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Austria).
Now in Daniel 7:8:
"I considered the (ten) 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."
This little horn is the USA. Prior to becoming a single nation, the present land that now constitutes the mainland US states once belonged to three of the horns of the fourth beast, Spain, France and England. As we know from history, the three big horns were sent packing, and the little horn went on to dominate them. After the World War II, the little horn became leader (militarily) of all of western Europe....until now!
Btw, these four phases of history that lead up to the present time are described using different metaphors in other chapters. so for example the last 'kingdom' of the beast with ten horns led by the the little horn is the kingdom of iron mixed with miry clay of Chapter two, and the King of the North of Chapter 11, etc.. And again, a different metaphor is used in Book of Revelations for the last beast, it is the seventh head, that did not yet exist at that time, of a seven headed beast and the little horn is described as having two little horns (two party democracy - Republicans. and Democrats.) like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon..the USA. Also note, the 'image' of the USA democratic government system has been forced on many of the states it has conquered and has persuaded others to adopt uses aspects of governmental rule created by two of the heads of the third beast of Daniel (ancient Greek Democracy and the Roman Senate).
One last point of interest is the end of Daniel Chapter 11 in Verse 45, because that fulfils the prophesy of Daniel. It is here that the last beast will "run out of time" coincident with the events described in Chapter 12 unfolding. That which is set up between Jerusalem and the sea is the Zionist state of Israel. It was set up by Beast through the United Nations in 1948. One of the horns of the Beast (Britain) had already ruled the area as a mandate from the League of Nations and now stood back and allowed the Beast/King of the North to take possession.
It is soon to be no more along with the Beast whose creation it is.
Thanks be to God that Judgement is coming soon!
Originally posted: 2012-FEB-20
Latest update: 2012-FEB-20
Author: Ben Douglas.