Illustration by Clarence Larkin
In Daniel chapter two we are given the interpretation of the prophetic image seen by Nebuchadnezzar. The four kingdoms represented were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecian, and Roman. In Daniel seven the Grecian Empire is seen as a leopard with four wings, and four horns (kings). The wings symbolize the swiftness with which it conquered its enemies. The horns symbolize the four kingdoms that came from the Grecian kingdom after it broke up.
The information becomes clearer in Daniel 8:8-10. When the Grecian Empire was broken, and was divided into four kingdoms: they are Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria. Verse 9 tells us that a “little horn” comes from one of these horns (Kingdoms). See Daniel 11:1-4 for added light.
Chapter 11:35-45 skips forward to the time of the end. Here we see war between the king of the South (Egypt), and the king of the North (Syria). This king of the North is the “little horn,” “the Prince that shall come,” “the son of perdition,” “the man of sin,” and “the beast.” This war is yet in the near future.
The ten toes seen in Daniel two, and the ten horns in 7:20, 24 are ten Kings and kingdoms that will be forged from the disintegrating kingdoms today, in and around the old Roman Empire. These ten constitute the seventh head on the dragon. Revelation 17:11-13 “And the beast that was , and is not , even he is the eighth , and is of the seven , and goeth into perdition . 12 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 . 13 These have one mind , and shall give their power and strength unto the beast .”
After the establishment of the seventh kingdom which is the ten horns, the Antichrist takes power from them, and his kingdom becomes the eighth. He is energized by the spirit- Prince of the Grecian Empire. The ten kingdoms, when they are formed, will take in parts of three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa, and not be ten nations of Europe only.
“We can be certain with the full authority of God’s Word that the Antichrist will come from Syria. He will not come from Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Vatican, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Poland, England, Scandinavia, China, Japan, India, the United States, or any other part of the world outside of Syria.” –Dakes Notes.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.