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The above considerations render it morally certain that not Antiochus, who was once an hostage in Rome and paid tribute to the Romans all his days; but ROME, that EXACTED tribute of him, is the POWER symbolized by the HORN of Dan. 8th, that waxed EXCEEDİNG GREAT.
III. ANTIOCHUS IS NOT THE HERO OF THE 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH CHAPTERS OF DANIEL.
1. Gabriel informed Daniel that he had come to make him understand what should befall his people in the latter days; (x. 14;) which the most distinguished commentators admit are the gospel days. But Antiochus died 164 years before the gospel days commenced.
2. If the king of the north, in xi. 15, is Syria, as all commentators agree, then the one that cometh against him cannot be Antiochus, who was also king of Syria, unless Antiochus could come against himself.
3. The Prince of the covenant was to be broken before him, (xi. 22.) And St. Paul says, Gal. iii. 15, 16 : “ Brethren, I speak after the manner of men ; though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” The Prince of the covenant must therefore be Christ, who was not broken before Antiochus; but was crucified by the Romans during the reign of Tiberius, one of the vilest men that ever lived, and who succeeded Augustus Cæsar, the “raiser of taxes,” of whom it is said, Luke ii. 1, " And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be
4. The ships of Chittim were to come against him, v. 30, as they did against Rome; but did not against Antiochus.
5. They were to take away the daily, and place the abomination that maketh desolate. But this had not been done in St. Paul's day, 200 years after Antiochus' death; for he says, 2 Thess. ii. 6—8, “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the
who now letteih will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." : 6. They that did understand among the people were to fall by the sword and by flame and by captivity and by spoil many days, v. 33, as they did by Roman fury; but Antiochus persecuted the Jews but about three years.
7. The king was to do according to his will, v. 36. But Antiochus was subject to the Romans, and when advancing to Egypt the Roman embassador met him, commanded him to withdraw his troops, drew a circle around him in the sand, and obliged him to give an answer before he left that circle. And Antiochus obeyed.
8. He was to prosper till the indignation be accomplished. But the indignation is not yet accomplished, and Antiochus has been dead above 2000 years !! · 9. At the time of the end, the king of the north was to come against him like a whirlwind.
But Antiochus was king of the north, and could not come against himself.
10. He was to have power over all the precious things of Egypt, v. 43; as did NOT Antio. chus.
11. When he was to come to his end, Michael was to “stand up, the GREAT PRINCE that standeth for the children of thy people;" and the resurrection of the dead was to take place; but no such events occurred on the death of Antiochus; neither have those events yet occurred.
12. The wise—those who are to shine as the brightness of the firmament-were to understand at the time of the end; but none of the wicked were to understand. And yet nothing transpired on the death of Antiochus but what the wicked also could understand.
13. They that waited and came to the end of the 1335 days were pronounced blessed; but the death of Antiochus was no more of a blessing to the pious than it was to the wicked.
14. Daniel was to stand in his lot at the end of those days. He has not yet stood in his lot; consequently those days are not yet ended.
15. It has never yet been shown that the 1290 and 1335 days have been fulfilled in literal days, in any event. And even Mr. Colver, with all his “ LITERAL EXACTNESS," only gets within ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE days in the one case, and TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY days in the other!!!.
IV. THE NINTH CHAPTER OF DANIEL CANNOT BE A SUPPLEMENT TO THE SEVENTH. See p. 10.
1. Daniel does not need a supplement of that chapter, for he says, “one of them that stood
by ” “ told me, and made me know the interpretation of the thing," vii. 16; and Daniel “ wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters," v. 1.
2. Daniel did need a further explanation of the time in the Sih chapter, and that was the only unexplained portion of the vision, for he says he “ was astonished at the vision, but none understood it,” viii. 27.
3. Daniel says, in the 9th chapter, that the man Gabriel, whom he had seen in the vision at the beginning, informed him, and talked with him, and said that he had now come forth to give him skill and understanding. But the only previous vision in which Daniel mentions the name of Gabriel, is in the 8th chapter.
4. When Gabriel thus came to Daniel, that prophet was praying for the cleansing of the sanctuary, which in the 8th chapter was promised to be done at the end of the 2300 days, and to which no allusion is made in the seventh. Daniel prayed, ix. 17, “ Now therefore, 0 our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.”
5. The angel had finished the explanation of the 7th chapter, and here he commences precisely where he closed the explanation of the 8th chapter, and explains what was then left unexplained.
6. He informs Daniel that “seventy sevens are determined” (cut off) to the anointing of the Most Holy. This period could not be * cut off” from the three and a half times in the seventh chapter; for none claim the 1260 days to have commenced before the end of the 70
weeks. But the Medo-Persian empire was in just the condition as symbolized by the horns being high and the ram pushing at the commencement of the vision of the 2300 days.
7. The angel also informed Daniel that the sanctuary could not then be cleansed, as Daniel prayed, because, after the 70 weeks were ended, the people of the prince that should come would destroy the city and the sanctuary, and for the overspreading of abominations it was to be desolated till the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. It therefore cannot be cleansed till that event.
8. There is no information given in this inter. view of the angel on any subject that is alluded to in the vision of the 7th chapter. But allusion is made to the “Prince," and the “sanctuary," both of which are mentioned in the 8th.
The above considerations show that if the 9th chapter is an explanation of any previous vision, it must be the one in the 8th chapter.
V. THE VISION OF THE 2300 DAYS EXTENDS TO THE END OF THE WORLD. This will be seen by an attentive examination of the vision and explanation. DANIEL'S VISION OF THE 8TH | THE ANGEL'S EXPLANATION, IN CHAPTER.
THE 8TH AND 9TY CHAPTERS, OF
DANIEL'S VISION OF THE 8TH. Verses 3, 4. Then I lifted up my Verse 20. The ram which thou eyes, and saw, and behold, there sawest having two horns, are the stood before the river a ram which kings of Media and Persia. had two horns; and the two horns were high; but one was higher than Note. The Medo-Persian king. the other, and the highest came up dom reached its greatest glory last. I saw the ram pushing west--as symbolized by the two horns ward, and northward, and south-being high, and the ram pushing ward; eo that no beasts might in every direction in the reigu of Blarid before him, neither was Artaxerxes Longimanus. there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.