True Sayings Series
The Little Horn Part 2 of 4
By C. Eldon McNabb
Last month, I showed that there is a common sense approach to the subject of The Little Horn. God, in His holy word, has not only foretold of this power’s rise in the world, but has also promised that there will be signs, whereby we will recognize it. The book of Daniel holds the key to understanding this horn. Let us now take a look at what God revealed to the prophet.
The First Vision We read, in the seventh chapter of Daniel, his vision concerning the political powers which will dominate the world scene at the time of the end. It tells about the rise of four beasts whose kingdoms are finally taken away and given to our King and His disciples. It is the first of two visions concerning The Little Horn. Note verses 19-22.
"The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 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. And he shall speak great words against The Most High, and shall wear out the saints of The Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
"But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of The Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him. Hitherto is the end of the matter." (Dan. 7:23-28)
That fourth beast is the United Nations. From its inception just after WW II, its status as a world power has gradually increased. But today, its power is increasing at an alarming rate. The Group of Ten are not the beast, and neither is The Group of Seven, but they are its driving force. The other little horn which shall arise after them is "diverse from the first" ten. One of its differences is indicated in Daniel 8:24, "His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power." In verse 12, He also said, "An host was given to him against the daily sacrifice." A careful study will show that the first ten horns are nations, but the other one is a governmental bureaucracy which receives its power from one of the first ten.
The Little Horn has a very important leading role in the persecution of the saints of God. However, we see from Rev. 17:12-14, that those persecutions are not inflicted by The Little Horn alone. It is a joint effort of the One World Government. For He said,
"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 Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called and chosen and faithful."
These ten horns are not kingdoms, in the usual sense. However, for the final "one hour" (forty years or so) of the existence of that fourth beast, they receive power as kingdoms. The government of the United States of America, and particularly the office of the Presidency, began to exercise that kind of power, during the period of time between 1969 and 1973. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with its broad powers to control both public and private land and resources, was established. Then, in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with its vast regulatory powers was set up. Then, in 1973, we saw the formation of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), with its wide range of authority, including sweeping confiscatory powers.
During the time that these powerful, freedom destroying agencies were being established, a landmark event took place which marked the official beginning of that "one hour" which is prophesied of in Rev. 17:12. In November 1971, the ten wealthiest, non-Communist nations went to Rome for a World Financial Summit. Perhaps they could have gone to Brussels, or Paris, but they went to the home of that "woman" which was sitting upon the beast. (Rev. 17:3)
In 1972, with the quiet cooperation of the United States Government, the United Nations strengthened its grip over its member nations at the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which is under the auspices of UNESCO. By the end of January 1997, the President of the United States had given control of at least twenty-one of our cultural and historical sites to UNESCO. And, because there have been no treaties involved, Congress has had no say in the matter.
The sites, which I have mentioned, include several million acres of some of our most valuable and treasured land areas in the United States. They range from the Statue of Liberty in 1984, to Independence National Historic Site in Pennsylvania in 1979, to thirteen of our national parks, including Yellowstone National Park in 1978, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in 1983, and Yosemite National Park in 1984. Those former National Parks are now "International Biospheres."
Next month, in Part 3 of The Little Horn, Pastor McNabb takes us further into the book of Daniel. Discussing the vision in chapter eight, he shows how this more detailed description of the little horn reveals to us from where it will come.
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