As a student of Political Science this student of Bible Prophecy has observed that there really isn't nothing 'NEW' to when it comes to an individuals rise to power in the 'vicious and cutthroat' world of politics. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was what we call a forerunner of the endtimes 'Little Horn.' Antiochus politically speaking was an ambitious man who eleminated those in his way. The path to the throne did not come easily to Antiochus; he knew what he wanted early on in life & pursued his political ambitions at all costs. Antiochus exploited the Jews by his tactic of 'divide & conquer' he sided with the Hellenized Jews and slaughtered many observant Jews who 'REFUSED' to worship Zeus and it is he who caused the 'Abomination of Desolation' that will be repeated according to Bible prophecy by the endtimes 'Little Horn.' The endtimes 'Little Horn' rise to power will also be full of intrigue, deception, flatteries & 'mysterious deaths' of his enemies; for that which was shall be ! Just like the rise of Antiochus Epiphanes was 'NO' accident; the rise of the final 'Little Horn' will be in a likewise manner. Even Hitler and Stalin 'used, abused & exploited' the political system of their day for their political benefit. The rise of these 'EVIL' men didn't happen in a vacuum or by mere chance. Somewhere in the EU is a man who's working himself up on the political ladder and who is going to be at the right place and at the right time when Satan comes offering him 'the world' for his soul. Antiochus rise to power wasn't overnight, Hitler was jailed & there wrote Mein Kampf; and Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party before he gained'INFAMY.'