Was the Little Horn of Daniel 7 Antiochus Epiphanies?

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    Though Antiochus Epiphanies appears to fulfill some of Daniel 7, there are some weaknesses to this view. In fulfillment of Daniel 7:21, Antiochus Epiphanies certainly did make war with the saints and initially did prevail against them. The little horn of Daniel 7 is an eleventh horn since it comes up after the ten (Daniel 7:8, 20). Horns are kings. Thus if the little horn, Antiochus Epiphanies, plucked up three princess, kings or successors or horns before it, then one might expect Antiochus Epiphanies to be an 8th horn or king. Antiochus Epiphanies was, in fact, the eighth king of the Seleucid Dynasty. The list of the Seleucid kings are as follows: Seleucus I Nicator (311-281), Antiochus I Soter (281-261), Antiochus II Theos (261-246), Seleucus II Callinicus (246-226 or 225), Seleucus III Keraunos (226 or 225-222), Antiochus III the Great (222-187), Seleucus IV Philopator (187-175), Antiochus IV Epiphanies (175-164). Antiochus Epiphanies was responsible for seizing and desecrating the Temple in Jerusalem while enforcing the worship of the Greek gods in Israel and thus, of course, did try to change the times and laws in fulfillment of Daniel 7:25. Though Antiochus did try to change the set times and laws this was only accomplished for three years thus the reference to a time, times and half a time or three and a half years is a bit of a mystery in this view. Another problem with this view is that the little horn arose during the reign of the fourth beast. This beast appears to be mentioned in Revelation 13 as the sea beast representing Rome. This beast like the fourth beast of Daniel 7 also has ten horns. This fact suggests that the fourth beast of Daniel 7 is Rome, not Greece. This would make the little horn a Roman king, like Caesar Titus, not a Greek one.

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