This opening post is specifically related to Daniel 7:25-26. But for reference I will reproduce all the verses in Daniel chapter 7 related to the 11th horn that is seen on the back of the fourth beast:
8 “As I was contemplating the [ten] horns, another horn – a small one – came up between them, and three of the former horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This horn had eyes resembling human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things. . .
11 “Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into the flaming fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their ruling authority had already been removed, though they were permitted to go on living for a time and a season. . .
15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed, and the visions of my mind were alarming me. 16 I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the meaning of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed to me the interpretation of the vision: 17 ‘These large beasts, which are four in number, represent four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 The holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will take possession of the kingdom forever and ever.’
An Angel Interprets Daniel’s Vision
19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet. 20 I also wanted to know the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other [11th] horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 21 While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the holy ones and was defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was rendered in favor of the holy ones of the Most High. Then the time came for the holy ones to take possession of the kingdom.
23 “This is what he told me: ‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will differ from all the other kingdoms. It will devour all the earth and will trample and crush it. 24 The ten horns mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom. Another king will arise after them, but he will be different from the earlier ones. He will humiliate three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High. He will harass the holy ones of the Most High continually. His intention will be to change times established by law. They will be delivered into his hand For a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court will convene, and his ruling authority will be removed – destroyed and abolished forever! 27 Then the kingdom, authority, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be delivered to the people of the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; all authorities will serve him and obey him.’ (Dan 7:8, 11-12, 15-27 NET; Other renderings here)
The topic of this thread isn't about every aspect of the "little horn." Rather, my main focus is on Dan 7:25-26. Even so, I quoted all the verses relevant to the "little horn" for some context.
I should also point out that this thread includes some assumptions that not everyone may agree with. These include:
1. That the fourth beast in Daniel 7 is the Roman Empire. (Dan 7:7-7, 23; See also here. On Dan 7:7 and Rome being "different" from previous world powers, see here.)
2. That the 10 horns are lesser kingdoms that arose from the Roman Empire in the centuries that followed. (Dan 7:24)
3. That the 'little horn' is the British Empire which eventually merged with the USA to form the 2-horned lamb of Rev 13:11-18.
4. The "holy ones" mentioned, being in and after the fourth beast would be Christian, not simply natural Jews (although some Christians are natural Jews).
Regarding the "little horn," the prophecy describes it as 'harassing . . . continually' the "holy ones." The word for "harass ... continually" (Dan 7:25 NET) is an Aramaic hapax. Regarding it, the NET's footnote (# 53 at Dan 7:25; here) says:
tn Aram “wear out” (so KJV, ASV, NRSV); NASB, NLT “wear down.”) The word is a hapax legomenon in biblical Aramaic, but in biblical Hebrew it especially refers to wearing out such things as garments. Here it is translated “harass…continually.”
According to the prophecy, this 'continual harassment' of the holy ones appears to be the regular relationship between the "little horn" and the "holy ones." This might seem odd since the Anglo-American Empire in modern times is generally well known for its religious tolerance. Additionally, Christendom was very much a part of the background during the formation of this empire. (Compare here.) England, some time back, was known for its religious intolerance. That is, any belief system outside of the established church (i.e. Church of England) was 'harassed' (if not openly persecuted). This led to people fleeing to the new world for some semblance of religious freedom.
By the same token, religious views outside of the established church in the US have not always been viewed in a tolerable manner either. (Compare here.) This has changed or moderated some in more recent times as western society has become more and more secular in its mindset.
Another factor that may possibly be included in the 'continual harassment' (or "wearing down/out") of Dan 7:25 is the overbearing materialistic/economic nature of the Anglo-American Empire. The pressure involved in this is described in Rev 13:16, 17, 18 (assuming, of course, that one sees a relationship between Rev 13:16, 17, 18 and Dan 7:25a). The description in Rev 13:16, 17, 18 presents the situation as something very detrimental to true Christianity. (Compare Rev 14:9-12; 20:4) And the situation in Rev 13:16-18 is economic in nature. Making a living without becoming absorbed into the economic system seems to be the gist of the problem that Christians would face.
I am presenting this part so far for context. My real focus for this post is Dan 7:25b. The last part of Dan 7:25 describes the "holy ones" being "delivered" into the hand of the little horn for 3 ½ times. At the end of those times the Divine "court" 'removes the ruling authority' of the little horn with the intention of destroying him and giving the everlasting kingdom to the holy ones. (Dan 7:26, 27)
Thus, what I am seeing is that this 3 ½ times is not parallel with the 'continual harassment.' But rather, the 3 ½ times is describing the final 3 ½ "times" of the "ruling authority" of the little horn. If so, it would appear to be saying that the ruling power represented (originally) by the "little horn" takes on a much more radical position towards/against Christianity during this last 3 ½ (year?) period.
What makes this all the more interesting is the political climate in the USA at this time (September 2020). Political views in the country are becoming more and more polarized and extremist as a presidential election looms in the next couple of months. Both main political parties seem to be taking the view that their position is more important than US Constitutional Laws (that include religious protections). (Incidentally, I am not implying any relation between "US Constitutional Law" and the "times and law" of Dan 7:25.) For example (and not to take either side in the political controversy):
So I am just putting this out there for thought. I didn't want to prophecy anything specific. But, depending on how one understands Dan 7 and Rev 13, there appears to be some interesting possibilities as the near future moves ever closer.
Daniel 7:26 has the Divine court removing the little horn's "ruling authority" prior to, and for the purpose of, it's being destroyed. Related to that is Rev 17:12, 13, 17 which has God putting into the hearts of the ten horns to give their "ruling power" to the scarlet beast which is described as being an 8th king and only ruling for "one hour" until it itself "goes off into destruction." (Rev 17:11) And thus, if Anglo-America is the 7th, then the 8th would be his brief replacement. It might also indicate that the removal of the 7th's "ruling authority" by God (a la Dan 7:26) is closely related to God's putting "his thought" into the "ten horns" for the purpose of having them 'give their ruling authority to the scarlet beast for one hour. (Rev 17:17)
Another point of comparison is with Rev 16:16. This has the "false prophet" (the same as the 2-horned lamb) putting forth propaganda to gather "the kings and their armies" to the place that is called in Hebrew Armageddon. This gathering is accomplished during the 6th bowl, with the 7th bowl describing the "great earthquake." (See this thread on the term "Armageddon." And this thread on the "great city" of Rev 16:19.)
I may post more on this thread, but I wanted to put this much out there for now.
Hope everyone is hanging on during the pandemic and upheaval of our times.
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