The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
Daniel had a dream and vision as stated in chapter 7 the four beasts and the first looked like a lion, the second a bear, the third, a leopard and the fourth was described as dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong and its teeth were iron.
It has ten horns but the first three horns were plucked out and the remaining horns were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking pompous words.
There are differing views drawn out from this passage by bible scholars with regard to its interpretation but one group has suggested that the first beast refers to Babylon, the second to Medo-Persia, the third to Greece and the fourth to Rome.
And God plucks out the three horns preferably are the three kings from the confederation of 10 kings of the Roman Empire and another horn grows up or another king emerges and has become so powerful and speaks profane words and fights against the saints or God’s people and defeats them until the “Ancient of Days” or God intervenes and executes him and the saints possess the kingdom of God.
This little horn is referred to as the forerunner of the final Antichrist as mentioned in Revelation 13. Then the “Son of Man,” the favorite self-designation of Jesus Christ (Messiah), appears in the scene coming to His Father God described as the “Ancient of Days” who in turn gives Him the dominion, glory and the kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages must serve Him.
This is the portrayal of the Lord Jesus Christ’s second advent to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth and literally reigning for 1000 years or what is called His millennial reign.
The prophecy of the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ was already given in advance over 3,000 years to Daniel by God through the Holy Spirit in a dream and vision accurately to warn the rulers of all nations on earth that they should acknowledge and submit themselves to the lordship of God.
Now, this is the Gentile’s time where the Gentile rulers of the nations have dominion, power, authority and governance and have the free hand to do what they want but God is involved in this thing until such time that He finally intervenes.
The description of the typical Antichrist emerging centuries later as prophesied by Daniel was ruthless and fought against the believers and won over them, desecrated the temple and claimed as god and demanded worship from the people.
The Dispensational view identified this forerunner of the Antichrist as Antiochus IV Epiphanes meaning “God Manifest” but his enemies called him “Epimanes” meaning madman. He was the king of Syria and ruled Persia from 175 B.C. to 164 B.C. and persecuted the Jews and desecrated the temple called by Daniel as the “Abomination of Desolation” by erecting an altar “Zeus” the personification of Satan and the god of the Grecian empire inside the temple replacing the altar of burnt offerings. He also offered a pig to Zeus, another profanity against God and the Jews as God classified pig as “unclean” animal and prohibited it to be eaten by the Jews much more to offer as a sin offering to Him.
He was a son of King Antiochus III and his original name was Mithradates and ordered the Jews to stop keeping the commandments or “Torah,” the observance of Sabbath, circumcision, among others.
The Jewish people, led by Judah Maccabee and later on known as Maccabees, rose up and revolted against King Epiphanes that lasted to 167 B.C. to 160 B.C. And in 164 B.C, the Maccabees’ fighters recaptured Jerusalem and the land of Israel and God executed King Epiphanes who died in agony from a deadly wasting disease in a military camp.