I have been studying with my friend Mike about Revelations and Daniels. I have been researching the end times for several months and there is SO much. I found some key things that we all definitely need to know. There has been so much misunderstanding about these things and the Bible explains it clearly:
Beasts are Kingdoms: (Daniel 7:17-18, Daniel 7:23)
"Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth..." Daniel 7:23
There are FOUR beasts that rises from the sea, four kingdoms that arise. Daniels chapter 7 explains each. This link below explains each one in depth about those beasts. (first was the British, the second was Russia, the third was Germany and the fourth is the ultimate and final beast with a global power.) I strongly urge you to take the time to read this link, and Daniel 7 & 8 to understand who the fourth beast will be.
The fourth beast will have ten horns. What do the horns represent? Daniel 7:24 explains what they are:
"And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them: and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings."
The ten horns are ten kings that will receive their power from the beast within one hour, as stated in Revelations 17: 12. Also read on to see what they are capable of:
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet, but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is the Lord of lords, and Kings of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen and faithful." Rev 17:12-14.
There is one that will rise, which is called the LITTLE HORN. This is the one we fear the most, but he is the little horn, not the beast for the beast is a kingdom. Daniel 7:8 reads:
"I considered the 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."
Daniel 7:20-22 writes that this same little horn, "whose look was more stout than his fellows," that this same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them (he overcomes the saints also in Rev 13:7) , until the Ancient of Days (God) came, and judgment was given and the saints possessed the kingdom.
The three kings of the ten are plucked up by the roots (if you pluck a plant out by it's roots, it cannot grow no more. You have destroyed it.) There will be 7 kings left, and the little horn will be of the 7, but is the 8th. (Daniel 7:24 says he subdues/overcomes the 3 kings). Revelation 17:11 writes:
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
This Little Horn will blaspheme the name of God (Rev 13:1, Rev 13:6, Daniel 7:25).
Where did this Little Horn come from? Daniel 8:8-11 states that there was a goat (who is usually described as a goat in the Bible?) that had a great horn between his eyes, and it broke into four pieces (four beasts) and out of one of them came forth a little horn which waxed (grew) very great and magnified himself.
This is what happens to the little horn in Daniel 8:24-25:
"And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (he gets it from the dragon, also note Rev 13:4): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by the peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand (refer to: 2nd thessalonains 2:8, for he shall be destroyed by the Word that comes out of Jesus' mouth and be consumed)."
Will we see him come? The answer is yes, from what Paul writes in 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand (his coming for us).
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (apostasy), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (he will show himself as God in the temple)"
We will see him arrive, oppose God and show himself as a god. Anyone who is not saved will believe a strong delusion, this great lie and follow him. We already know who the messiah is, for John chapter 10 says, my sheep know my voice.
My goal from this study is to make us all aware and be able to recognize what the beast is, and who the little horn is. We shall not be deceived for the Bible has already told us these things. We get a sneak preview of what happens, and we already know that there is victory in Jesus.
We can trust in the Word of God. He has given us his prophecies and fulfills them to show his infalliable Word. We do not walk in blind faith for God has shown us mighty things with his Word and proved it by fulfilling his Word.