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· On page 33, Mr. Colver says, “ Daniel viii. 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 ?' Mark well this inquiry. It is not, How long shall be the time for everything that Daniel saw in the vision; but, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice,' &c.” Now if he were honest, he would have informed his readers, that the words sacrifice and concerning are not in the original, and are so noted in the translation, and that the question is literally, “How long the VISION—the daily and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot ?” Neither is the word sacrifice in the original of Dan. xii. 11-13; so that it reads " from the time the daily shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be ; for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
Those are the periods of which he says, “Let us now look for the events, and for the applicability to them of these numbers." He then proceeds as follows: “ Maccabees i. 54: Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred and forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol-altars throughout the cities of Juda, on every
side;' and chap. iv. 52, 53: "Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up betimes in the morning, and offered sacrifice according to the law, upon the new altar of burntofferings, which they had made. These two dates, with the accompanying history, will give us a clew to the application of these numbers. It will be seen, that the two dates, in them, make their events just three years and ten days apart. The month Casleu answers to our December. The first of these dates is the time when the image of Jupiter Olympus was set up over the altar of God in the temple; and the latter is the time when the 'sanctuary was cleansed.' Here, then, we have three years and ten days.” p. 34. Three years at 365 days,= 1095 days +10= 1105 days. This is all the time that Mr. Colver attempts to show, transpired after the abomination of desolation was set up, when the angel expressly informs Daniel, that “from the time the daily shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days." Mr. Colver, or the “angel," has therefore made a mistake of ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTYFIVE days. To get over this insurmountable obstacle, he assumes, that there were “at least six months,” 183 days, BEFORE the setting up of “the abomination of desolation;" when the angel said the 1290 days should be from that time. He says: “But from Macc. i. 45, 46, 47, it appears, that the daily sacrifice was taken away,' the sanctuary polluted, altars set up, and groves and chapels of idols, and the sacrifice of swine's flesh and other unclean beasts performed, at least six months before the setting up of the abomination of desolation' upon the altar in the temple, mentioned in the 54th verse. This, therefore, prefixed or added, gives us the 1290 days." p. 34. Unfortunately for him, there is nothing in Macc. i. 45, 46, 47, that has any allusion to six months, as the text itself will show. « And forbid burnt-offerings, and sacrifices, and drink-offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days. And pollute the sanctuary and holy people. Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts.” The 185 days that he is minus, is a mere assumption, and according to his own admission were BEFORE the “ abomination" was set up,-AFTER which the angel dated it. He therefore has no "tally" that corresponds with this "tag" in his prophecy "literally fulfilled."
Let us see how “ precisely” his “tally" and tag correspond. Daniel's "Tag.” Mr. Colver's “Tally." , 1290.
1105. Will the angel give him his “trunk?” or will an intelligent community give him his case? He has come short ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE days on this period. Having shown so “LITERAL a fulfilment” of this period, he says: “Now let us see if we can find in this catastrophe occasion for the largest number, 2300 days. It will be remembered, that this is given, in answer to a question involving the whole process of Israel's subversion, to give both the host and the sanctuary to be trodden
under foot.' The inquiry then is, When did this work commence? We know when it terminated -at the cleansing of the sanctuary. It appears, Macc. i. 20, 21, that 'two full years' previous to the invasion of Israel, of which we have been speaking, 'Antiochus returned again, in the hundred and forty-third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude. And he entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof."" p. 35. Thus, the only definite time he has given us for the 2300 days, is “three years, ten days,” and “ two full years," making five years and ten days = 1836 days, or FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTYFOUR days short. To make out the balance, Mr. Colver assumes that, “ The commencement of the apostacy, and of the utter subversion which followed, is narrated in the 11th verse : “In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us, &c. Verses 13, 14, and 15: Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them license to do after the ordinances of the heathen. Whereupon, they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem, according to the customs of the heathen; and made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to do mischief.' This took place some time previous to the first invasion of Egypt by Antiochus, on his return from which he entered Jerusalem; which gives it a date something more than six years preceding the cleansing of
the sanctuary. THIS, THEN, GIVES US THE 2300 DAYS,' COVERING THE WHOLE APOSTACY AND SUBVERSION.” p. 35. How long Antiochus was in Egypt, Mr. Colver has not shown; and six years would be but 2191 days, which is still 109 days short, so that he makes his “ SOMETHING MORE" his "literal fulfilment." Let us now see how this "tally" corresponds. Angel's “ Tag," Mr. Colver's “ Tally." 2300.
1836. His “trunk" cannot be recovered with such a “tally.” Of this period he has utterly failed to show a "literal fulfilment.”
With such success, he says: “We have now only to inquire after and settle the event reached · by the 1335 days. Dan. xii. 12: · Blessed is he
that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. This number ends forty-five days subsequent to the cleansing of the sanctuary. Did any event then occur, relative to the people of Daniel and to the scenes transpiring at Jerusalem, of sufficient interest to elicit this additional remark of the angel ? History answers, There did,—the death of Antiochus Epiphanes, the author of their terrible calamities. Notwithstanding •Michael stood up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people, '—yet it was to them a time of trouble,
such as there never was since there was a nation, even to that same time.' Dan. xii. 1. The cleansing of the sanctuary, by the victorious arms of the Michael-sustained host of Judas Maccabeus, was not the end of their calamities. Subsequent to this were fought by them two of