Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land [Israel]. 8:10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down. 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. Daniel 11:36-45; 12:7 Gives a profile of the little horn, a king of the northern Middle East. He is the one Daniel is shown in his earlier vision coming out of the land area of the northern division of Alexander's divided ancient empire .... at the time of the end. [Daniel 7:2-8; 8:9-12; 8:23-25] This geographical area [Syrio/Babylonia] of the Middle East was ruled by the northern Greek kings just before the first century and Daniel views the little horn arising out of the same area at the time of the end. These visions contain a number of attributes describing him, his rise to power, his rule of the Middle East, his dealings with other parts of the world, and his eventual demise. The entity in view is Abaddon-Apollyon, the first beast of Revelation, who will manifest himself in the little horn, human king of the north. His attributes are both angelic and human which explains his strange make up. This creature will be unlike any other king of the Gentiles [heathen of the past]. [Daniel 8:9-12; 8:23-25; 2Thessalonians 2:3-10; Revelation 9:11; 11:7; 17:8] It is very significant to understand that the little horn is the combination of a human being and a fallen angel, both acknowledging satan as their source of power and authority. [Daniel 11:36-39; Revelation 12:12; 13:4] Satan considers himself above or equal with the Lord, Abaddon-Apollyon is his angelic beast and the human little horn is Abaddon-Apollyon's targeted manifestation. The application of this truth will reveal the correct interpretation of the vision. [Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:12-19 (satan is revealed here as the demonic force behind the ancient human king of Tyre)] This satanic triad will not be presented as a false Israelite or christian Messiah, however it will be one that many will be deceived into following ["anti-christ" means "against" christ in scripture]. The little horn is the human king presented in Daniel's visions and he appears as the first angelic beast seen in Revelation .... because Abaddon-Apollyon becomes this human king by complete possession. [Revelation 9:11; 11:7; 17:8] Satan will attempt to openly exterminate both the nation of Israel, christians [those who become believers during the coming tribulation period], and others on the earth who will not follow him. He will be out to win at all costs either by deception and or direct elimination of all humans .... even those who will follow him. This human king [little horn] will behave according to his will which reflects Abaddon-Apollyon's will under the direction and objectives of satan. There is a definite inter-dependency reflected in this relationship. [Daniel 11:36-39; Revelation 13:4] The little horn receives his supernatural abilities and related success from Abaddon-Apollyon who will in turn receive his power and authority from satan. [Daniel 11:36-39; Revelation 13:1-2] Satan uses these two agents in his unrelenting pursuit to corrupt and destroy humanity, and to usurp the Lord's authority. His price will be that they both worship him as their god and carry out his purposes on the earth at the time of the end. Satan's personal presence will be restricted to the earth by the Lord at the time of the end of this present age and he will be prohibited from his access to heaven. His next stop will be the abyss for 1,000 years just after he is defeated at Armageddon .... his final elimination will be the lake of fire. [Revelation 12:7-12; 20:10] The little horn will not recognize the god(s) of his human ancestors, but will honor satan [the god of forces], and will consider himself to be above all other gods, real or imagined. [Daniel 11:36-39] He will consider himself above the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He will have no regard for the Lord who is the Son of God, or any other false gods contrived by humans like the pagan gods of antiquity. He will acknowledge satan as the one and only true god of gods above any other contenders and will claim that he himself is the manifestation of his god. [Daniel 36:38-39] He will underscore his authenticity by demonstrating supernatural knowledge and abilities, and by his successes. His religion will be one that values the ability to wage warfare in the name of "peace" and destruction against those who will not submit to him and his god. [Daniel 8:23-25; Revelation 13:1-10] His human ancestors [fathers] were never presented with the direct overt worship of satan accompanied by satan's personal presence and power which will be openly demonstrated to a level never experienced by humans at the end of this present age. Their pagan gods of the past were created by them, were imaginary, and did not exist. Satan and Abaddon-Apollyon are both real living angelic entities and can interact with humans if the Lord permits. In this case He will actually promote this action as part of His judgment process at the time of the end. He will send strong delusion to a world that refuses to believe the truth about Himself as the only god and creator of all things. This delusion is the "lie" that satan will be allowed to present to those who refuse to believe the truth. He will give them the devil [2Thessalonians 2:3-11] The religion of the little horn will be monotheistic, not pagan, and will resemble the two major religions of Judaism and Christianity. He will claim that his religion supersedes both, and any others that exist at the time. This cult of the beast will be Islam .... the present predominant religion of the Middle East. [Revelation 13:11-18] He will persecute and have put to death those who will not submit to him as the one and only god and primary targets will be the perceived members of these other two monotheistic religions. Islam is and has been presented as a monotheistic religion as well, but the Bible does not identify it by name, however the Islamic inhabitants of the Middle East are. [Psalms 83; Ezekiel 38] The teachings, actions, and extremes of this religion look exactly like the Bible's description of satan's system of influence, and control presented in the visions.