The Interpretation of Daniel 8:9-26
The Antichrist (by Satan’s power Dan. 8:24; 11:36-39; Rev. 13:4-6) defeats some of God’s heavenly army:
And it became great, even as high as the army of heaven, pulling down some of the army, even of the stars, to the earth and crushing them under its feet. (Dan. 8:10 BBE)
It continued to gain power until it reached the army of heaven. It threw some of the army of heaven, the stars, down on the ground and trampled them. (Dan. 8:10 GWN)
It grew right up to the armies of heaven and flung armies and stars to the ground, and trampled them underfoot. (Dan. 8:10 NJB)
It grew as high as the heavenly forces, until it finally threw some of them and some of the stars down to the earth. Then it trampled on them. (Dan. 8:10 CEB)
Yea it became great as far as the host of the heavens,–and caused to fall, to the earth, some of the host and some of the stars, and trampled them underfoot; (Dan. 8:10 ROT)
As this horn became great in extent toward the south and toward the east, so also it grew up in height even unto the host of heaven, and some of them it cast down, i.e., some of the stars, to the earth. The host of heaven is here, as in Jer. 33:22, the whole body of the stars of heaven, the constellations, and of the stars is epexegetical of the host. Daniel in the vision sees the horn grow so great in height, that it reaches even to the heavens, can reach the heavenly bodies with the hand, and throws some of the stars (מִן is partitive) down to the earth and tramples upon them, destroys them with scorn.-Keil, C. F., & Delitzsch, F. (1996). Commentary on the Old Testament (Vol. 9, p. 688). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.
The phrase, “host of heaven,” occurs elsewhere in Scripture nearly a score of times, and it never means anything else than the stars or the angels. Therefore all interpretations that make this mean either the people of God or the Levites, must be thrown aside.-Spence, H. D. M. (1909). Daniel (p. 241). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.
But none can easily understand ‘the host of heaven’ otherwise than of ‘the heavenly host,’ which is reinforced by the synonymous ‘stars’ and by the phrase ‘Prince of the host,’ v. 10 = ‘God of hosts,’ -Montgomery, J. A. (1927). A critical and exegetical commentary on the book of Daniel (pp. 333–334). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
Almost all Commentators repeat the above and then force the text to fit Antiochus, and understand this figure for “the people of the saints, the people of God” (Keil, Ibid) citing Daniel 8:24. However, that reverses what is proper. Daniel 8:10 established the scene, therefore “the mighty and the holy people” are defined by it. “Mighty” refers to the angels trampled upon in Daniel 8:10, those of God’s heavenly army taken down in battle and trampled upon. These are the “ministering spirits” who watch over the holy people (Heb. 1:7, 14; Dan. 10:12-14; 12:1; cf. Acts 5:19; 12:6–11). Suffering with the Church in the End Time Great Tribulation, but as is true of the holy people, their “destruction” is only apparent, not real. All in Christ never die (John 11:26).
By lifting all restraint on spiritism (Rev. 9:1-21; 16:12-14) God sends the “strong delusion” upon the earth (2 Thess. 2:6-12). Permitting Satan have success against His heavenly army, is no different than permitting the Magicians convince Pharaoh he could resist YHWH God and live:
10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. (Exod. 7:10-13 KJV)
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.
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.
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 his sanctuary was cast down.
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.
13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Dan 8:9-14 KJV)
The “time stamp” given by the Angel Gabriel puts the “little horn” at the time of the end:
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. (Dan 8:15-17 KJV)
From the passages referred to, Dan. 11:40 and 12:4, it is certainly proved that עֶת־קֵץ [“time 06256 of the end 07093”]denotes the time of all suffering, and the completion of the kingdom of God by the Messiah.-Keil, C. F., & Delitzsch, F. (1996). Commentary on the Old Testament (Vol. 9, p. 698). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.[Bracketed mine]
Daniel was “astonished at the vision” and “none understood it” (Dan. 8:27). If this were about Antiochus and defilement of the temple, and persecution of faithful Jews then words have usual definition, and Daniel would have EASILY understood the vision (Dan. 1:17; 5:12, 14). That he did not is proof these words were sealed until the end time as other visions of the end (Daniel 12:9). ONLY when new entities exist, would the righteous understand (Dan. 12:10). Old words would have new application unknown to Daniel, but known to all alive in the END.
End Time events disclose information which “unseal” the words of Daniels End Time prophecies.
For example, the “continual” [08548 תָּמִיד tamiyd] sacrifice (ἡ θυσία δι παντoς, LXX) in New Covenant Times is offered by the Church whose members are priests in the Temple of God. Note the NT transference of Temple imagery to the Church. The Church is the Temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; 2 Thess. 2:4; Eph. 2:21), it offers the daily sacrifice (1 Pet. 2:5; Lk. 9:23; Rom. 12:1; Heb. 13:15).
As the vision was about the Antichrist who is given a Nephilim army to oppose the daily sacrifice and the church, the words are sealed to Daniels understanding. The strong delusion of ancient alien theory—which likens God to (Elohim) angels, making possible the pompous words of Antichrist he is above God (Dan. 11:36), would certainly astonish Daniel (Dan. 8:27), be inexplicable. Impossible for him to deduce such things regardless how expert God made him in solving vision and enigma.
The revelation of the Antichrist is in stages. First he appears as “the man of sin”, then at “mid-week”, he becomes the big mouth Emperor Beast of the Grecian Roman Empire that rises in the End time, from the sea of spiritism. The Elohim Designers (fallen angels Rev. 12:7-12) insist on the creation of a world government for them to deliver world peace (1 Thess. 5:3).
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
(Dan 8:23-26 KJV)
In the time of the End the Antichrist will humble 3 kings to establish his rule in the Middle East. With Satan’s power and fallen angels, he believes himself greater than YHWH God and his angels. Their victory over some of God’s star ships solidifies the strong delusion they could win the war against God (compare Ex. 7:12-13). Convinced (and convincing the earth Rev. 16:13-14) Antichrist believes YHWH GOD is just another “Elohim” faction of the extra-terrestrials. Satan gives him an army of Nephilim (Rev. 12:7-12; 16:12), which spectacle solidifies the strong delusion to oppose God and destroy the church. This is that casting truth to the ground (Dan. 8:12), an attempt to change man’s concept of Deity which underlies all times and laws (Dan. 7:25) . “Ancient Alien theory” is the inspired lie (Rev. 16:13-14) that incites rebellion against everything formerly called God on the earth (2 Thess. 2:3-4).
The apostasy in the Church ends its daily sacrifice in Christ. But the Faith of the Temple of God the true Church will be vindicated (06663 צָדַק tsadaq) 2,300 days counting from the beginning of the End Time Week” (Rev. 15:1-8) which begins with the apostasy of receiving the miracle working “man who condones sin” as the Christ by unregenerate Bible disbelieving Christendom. The daily they once offered to God, if only for show, was now being given to Adonikam the false Christ (2 Thess. 2:3-4).
These visions of Daniel will be fulfilled so precisely, the end time generation will be without excuse. They will easily see this truth with their own eyes. The faithful will have incontrovertible proof the Bible is the Word of God, that YHWH alone is INFINITE God Almighty, and Jesus the ONLY way to be saved. Its a wonderful thing God had done, not only did He give His only begotten Son so all who believe in Him would be saved (John 3:11-18), He told all what PRECISELY will happen in the end time (Hab. 1:5) in plain language, going the extra mile hoping to save some(Rev. 15:4).