One of the mysteries regarding the rise of the Antichrist is the identification of the three horns that Daniel tells us will be uprooted by the little horn. We know from the overall vision that the little horn represents the Antichrist and that the three horns are rulers of nations that he will overthrow.
While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully. – Daniel 7:8 (NIV)
This may be something that will only be seen near the beginning of the Antichrist’s 42 month reign on the earth, but it may also be something that has already started happening.
One way to potentially view this prophecy, is through the lens of the current nations surrounding Israel in the Middle East. In that case, the first horn to have been uprooted would have been Iraq and Saddam Hussein, who was executed in 2006. The second horn would have then been Libya and Muammar Gaddafi, who was executed in 2011. Turkey supported the overthrow of both those countries, by the way.
If those identifications are correct, who might be the third horn? We’ll have to wait and see, but I have been suspecting that it will be Syria since Turkey is also involved there. Syria has been in trouble since the initiation of their civil war in 2011, but so far Assad is hanging on, so who knows?