), which is a seven-year period guaranteeing Israel not only a time of peace and security, but also an opportunity to rebuild their temple. The world will suddenly be plunged into utter devastation that ultimately leads to the battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ (Rev. It is a matter of historical record as to the desire of Antiochus to destroy the Jewish nation and their religion.
Because these prophecies point both to Antiochus Epiphanes as well as the future Antichrist of the New Testament Bible students call them a Conservative scholars, on the other hand, realize both a historical completion (they were still future when Daniel wrote them) in Antiochus as well as future prophecies that prefigure the Antichrist.
There are also differences of opinion among fundamental Bible scholars as to where the prophecies regarding Antiochus end and those pertaining to the Antichrist begin.
He is referred to as the “little horn” in Daniel 8:9.
The name Epiphanes means the “Illustrious One,” although his contemporaries nicknamed him Epimanes, meaning “madman.” He differs in many respects with the “little horn” of Daniel Chapter seven seeing that “the little horn of 7:8 appears in the context of the fourth kingdom (Rome), while the little horn of 8:9 appears in the context of the third kingdom (Greece).” Yet taken as a whole Antiochus IV Epiphanes is undoubtedly one of the greatest prototypes of the Antichrist in all of God’s Word.
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