The Book of Revelation pictures for us a beast with seven heads and ten horns. The Book of Daniel describes four beasts, the fourth also possessing ten horns. These ten horns are universally considered to be the same ten in both cases. In other words, they are seen as ten kings, or countries, in service to the beast. Obviously there is a difference between the single beast in Revelation and the four in Daniel. But the ten horns unify that difference.
The Book of Revelation describes the ten horns this way:
"'The ten horns are ten kings who have not yet been given their royal power, but will have royal authority only for a single hour and in association with the beast. ·They are all of one mind in putting their strength and their powers at the beast's disposal, ·and they will go to war against the Lamb..." (Rv.12:17-14).
The Book of Revelation in this instance is the telescope of the vision:
The single beast in Revelation is seen as Satan and its seven heads as particularly virulent opponents of the House of Israel down through the centuries. When the angel (Rv. 17) instructed the Apostle John that the pagan government of the Roman empire of his day was the sixth of these seven heads, he also revealed that there would be two more, a seventh and an eighth.
Hitler was the seventh. He murdered over 6 million Jews and thousands of Christians, comsummating the worst attack on the House of Israel in history. The eighth head is described in scripture as affiliated with Persia. Also, the Book of Revelation tells us that it will be a reincarnation of one of the previous seven.
This brings us to the Book of Daniel which is the microscope of this vision.
Because his book is a detailed analysis of the last days, Daniel's visions revolve specifically around that eighth head. No one else, just that eighth head. He gives us a detailed description of it, i.e., it is to be a head with four parts (four beasts) and the fourth of those beasts will sport the ten horns (ten kings) described in the Book of Revelation.
It is the attempted massacre of the House of Israel by the ten heads of that fourth part (i.e., fourth beast) which will elevate it into league with the other seven heads and make it the eighth.
Hitler has come and gone. That means all seven heads have come and gone. What is rising now is the eighth head. Since John has written that it is one of the previous seven, it is a reincarnation of the past. Three of its parts (beasts) have already been seen. They are the three conquering armies of the Sassanids, the Arabs and the Ottoman Turks (see Chapter 7). It is the deadly fourth of these eastern empires that is coming to power now, and bringing with it, the ten horns of world catastrophe.
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