Stamping On The Stars: The Little Horn Part V
n the last installment of Stamping On The Stars, I examined how there are two separate physical manifestations of the Little Horn described in the book of Daniel. In the Old Testament timeline, theSyrian Seleucid kingdom, personified by Antiochusand his dynastic heirs, fulfilled the role, and this period of desolation was marked by an unprecedented Jewish apostasy in Jerusalem. The record shows that, in the generations preceding the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the leadership of Judaea categorically rejected the Old Covenant, and decisively moved to become assimilated into the larger Graeco-Syrian world.
As the temple system disintegrated through the degrading evil which overtook Jerusalem, honourable Jews ultimately rebelled, and Antiochus IV (known to history as Epiphanes), physically brutalized the Judaeans in retaliation, and he “stamped” on them in the most egregious fashion. This was epitomized by the infamous sacrifice of apig on the Jerusalem altar:
“And it [the horn] 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. 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” (Daniel 8:10, 11).
Part IV of Stamping On The Stars also addressed what the Scriptures in Daniel call “the transgression of desolation” (Daniel 8:13), in which the Jewish apostates took up residence alongside the Greeks in the Citadel – a palatial military installation which was built within the temple precincts. As the Greek culture of antiquity was notoriously bi-sexual, while the Israelites were forbidden under the laws of Moses to even sit at the same dinner table with Gentiles, it is self evident the Citadel was a place of unspeakable evil. This Citadel was actually attached to the temple itself, so the term desolations hardly begins to describe the iniquity.
The Citadel was later renamed the Tower of Antonia(referencing the famous Caesar, Mark Antony) during Herod’s reign, and it is the very place identified in the New Testament as the “pinnacle” of the temple – the place where Satan looked out over the temple, claiming dominion, as he tempted Christ:
“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence” (Luke 4:9).
The Spiritual corruption of the Jews by the Gentile “Little Horn” power was a fulfillment of Daniel’s 70 Weeks prediction, which anticipated the desolations to come. We have previously shown the old English word describing the “overspreading” of abominations actually references the “spreading out” of a building, or the construction of a wing on an existing structure, even as the underlying Hebrew word in Daniel actually uses the word “pinnacle” to describe this ungodly addition to the sacred temple.
What is missed by most is how the Scriptures describe the Little Horn power of the Gentile despots, as they corrupted Jerusalem through their worldly enticements. Study Bibles and sermons tend to focus on the hateful persecution of Jews by Antiochus and company, but the real damage to the Jews was done in the realm of the spirit. Weary of being separated from the rest of the world, this wicked power “cast down” the blessed people through the lure of political and social assimilation, and the Jew’s Spiritual fall from the heavenlies is vividly described in terms which are readily understood:
“And his [Spiritual] power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [read Satanic Spiritual power]…through his policy he shall cause craft [deceit] to prosper in his hand. And he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:24, 25, 24).
This intoxicating lure caused the “holy people” to forfeit their standing as the anointed of the LORD, as they followed their fleshly desires to become more and more worldly. This temptation caused their Spiritual lives to be “cast down” from their position as hosts of the living God. The Scripture describing how the “sanctuary” was defiled also speaks of how the Spiritual “host of heaven,” functioning as vessels of the Spirit of God, was to be “cast down” and abused by this insidious power:
“Yea, he magnified himself…even to the host of heaven…and the place of his sanctuary [the host themselves] was cast down…and [he] stamped upon them” (Daniel 8:11, 10).
This was the pinnacle of the tragic fall of Old Covenant Israel, and it occurred in the ancient timeline after the Grecian Empire, but before the fullness of the Roman power arrived. This Gentilecorruption of the Jews was ordained to occur beforethe Roman power, as that was the point in time when Christ was scheduled to arrive – and the great Falling Away of Physical Israel from their previous position of honour, had to occur while Israel was still under the Old Covenant.
In the modern timeline, the parallel Falling Away of Spiritual Israel – the body of Christ – had to occurafter the Roman parallel, and we have repeatedly shown that parallel to ancient Rome is America. Thus, in the ancient timeline, the appearance of the Little Horn power must precede the 4th kingdom of Daniel 2, the Roman Empire; but in the modern timeline, the appearance of the Little Horn power must follow the 4th kingdom of Daniel 7, the American Empire.
Thus, the two incarnations of the Little Horn, in Daniel’s 7th and 8th chapters, are separated by the cross of JESUS CHRIST. They are two different political entities, one Gentile and one Jewish -- but the sameSpirit of Antichrist indwells the Little Horn – both then, and now.
----- James Lloyd
Bible Prophecy has always stated there would be a massive departure from the truth towards the end of the age, but few recognize this process was foreshadowed in the Old Testament era (I Corinthians 10:11), shortly before the arrival of the New Covenant. The countdown of the prophesied kingdoms in the Christian era points to the re-emergence of the Spirit within the Little Horn – but this time, it is the Spiritual Gentiles (Revelation 3:9) which seek to seduce (read “cast down”) the Spiritual Jews (Romans 2:29) from their place as the host of heaven. For more, see the James Lloyd DVD THE LITTLE HORN.