The Stars Shall Fall - Part III
n the present work, we've been examining the relationship between the Spiritual and the Physical, with an emphasis on how the Little Horn entity seen in Daniel can cause "stars" to fall from heaven:
"And [the Little 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" (Daniel 8:10).
The astute student of Bible prophecy immediately recognizes it is the dragon, seen in the book of Revelation, who is able to cause stars to fall down from heaven, and everyone knows the dragon is the Devil:
"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon...And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..." (Revelation 12:3,4).
Most prophecy expositors take this to be an indicator that Satanwas able to draw one third of the angelic host into the ARC -- theAngelic Rebel Coalition -- which sought to author their own destiny, rather than yield their will to the Father on the throne. This statement comports with the multiple studies which show how Lucifer's famous statement "I will ascend" (Isaiah 14:13) helps us to identify evil, particularly when its manifestation is juxtaposed against Christ's imperative of doing "the will of the Father" (John 5:30).
As the mysterious Little Horn is the only other character independent of the dragon who is said to "cast stars down," it is obviously a very significant understanding which is veiled in this amazing passage. The fact that Christians routinely misidentify this "horn" as a person dubbed "the Antichrist" doesn't help matters, but for the sake of simplicity, the prophecy is definitely addressing a physical and a Spiritual reality when speaking of the horn.
In prior studies., we've shown how the "Little Horn" must be a small, national political power in order to retain fidelity to the adjacent verses. Furthermore, for the "horn" to be able to affect heavenly personalities (compelling at least part of the "heavenly host" to be cast down), it must be so significant in Spiritual terms, that its activities have profound consequences in the grand plan of salvation.
In the sequence, a large horn, which is clearly identified with a political kingdom, is "broken" and replaced by four horns which divide up the large horn's base of power into quadrants. In short, a quartet of nationalist powers emerges when the large one comes to its end. Then, the Little Horn emerges from this quartet of kingdoms:
"And out of one of them came forth a little horn....which waxed exceeding great...." (Daniel 8:9).
Because the text flatly tells us the large horn which is broken is the king of Greece (Alexander the Great), the conventional view is to see the quartet as the 4 generals which divided up the Grecian Realm, which was characterized by Syrian, Egyptian, Indian, and Macedonian quadrants -- thus providing the foundational political alignment where it may be said the Little Horn comes "out of one of them."
Following the misdirection of the Rapture Cult, the Christian church almost universally identifies this horn with the last of the Syrian despots, one Antiochus Epiphanes -- and it is certain his dynasty is prophetically very significant. However, the problem is, the "Little Horn" should not actually be a later version of one of the four, but a unique entity which emerges from "out of" one of the four.
As the Syrian power controlled the Jewish nation in Judaea and Jerusalem (after the time of the quartet of kingdoms which followed the Grecian Realm), it began to wane as Roman power was growing throughout the Mediterranean. Ultimately, the Jews threw off the yoke of tyranny in the Maccabean revolt, and reinstituted the temple system of worship. Their independence did not last long, for the ruling Jewish family conqueredIdumaea, (the Edomites), and allowed them to be integrated into Judaea to live as Jews.
As most know, the Edomites were definitely not Jews, but were descendants of Esau (later dubbed Edom) who were never among the 12 tribes of Israel. A distant relative of the Israelites who mingled his seed with multiple Arab tribal groups, Esau is widely known for the fact that he traded his birthright for short term gain (see Genesis 25).
It didn't take long for the politically clever Idumaeans to gain the throne, and Antipater ("in place of the father") came to power. His son, Herod, was proclaimed king of the Jews, even though he was not of Israel. This was a crucial violation of the law of Israel, but the devout Jews were powerless to stop it, as Herod had the backing of Rome.
To put this another way, the LORD was not with them as a result of their apostasy and, in the Herodians, we see the rise of the Little Horn.
As Israel (Judaea and Jerusalem to be more precise) had fallen in their prophetically crucial role as the "light of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:6), the political compromise which allowed the murderous Herod to retain power is a classic characteristic ofAntichrist, and the Herodian dynasty was still intact when Jerusalem was eventually destroyed by the Romans.
It would not be altogether accurate to say Herod himself was theLittle Horn, in order to retain consistency with the types and symbols involved, as it would be more appropriate to say thatthe Judaean nation itself was the Little Horn, under the Antichrist Herodians. Few stop to realize that, with the rigid requirement that Israel be ruled by a king who was one of the chosen people under the Old Covenant, the rise of a non-Jew was an abomination.
By recognizing the "Little Horn" asserts himself against "the host of heaven," we are forced to see that adjacent candidates (such as the Syrian despot) have no power to "cast down the host and of the stars to the ground," for evil men like Antiochus Epiphanesbrutalized the Jews on a physical level, but his hatred of Jewry would have no impact on their celestial standing before the LORD.
However, the blending of Old Covenant requirements with the political expediency of allowing Rome's ungodly Idumaeanproxy to rule, produced the synthetic leaders that were the Herodians -- and it is here that we see the perfect picture of Antichrist, i.e. the Little Horn power.
When one also factors in the apparently forgotten fact that Herod tried to kill the genuine king of the Jews (in the slaughter of the children under the age of two) in order to protect his illegitimate dynasty, this identification is strengthened. Most importantly, once we come to discern how the Spiritual lineage of the children of God is inextricably associated with the identity of born again Israel, we will be in a position to fully understand the genuine Gospel of Jesus Christ -- something that has been lost to the so called "church" for a very long time.
In our next installment of The Stars Shall Fall, we'll examine just how the Little Horn cycle is being repeated in our time, and how this "horn" is, even now, causing the stars to fall from heaven.
--- James Lloyd
For more on the end of the age, and how the Little Horn has been identified in our time, listen to the 1 minute online audio found at THE LITTLE HORN.