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scurity from Daniel's mind, and fulfil the angel's commission; and the time being the only unexplained point, the information must respect the commencement and duration of the 2300 days, and the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary, respecting which Daniel prayed. "
The angel then informs him that “seventy sevens are cut off," &c., " to the anointing of the Most Holy ; that those seventy sevens commence with the command to restore and build Jerusalem, which, according to the chronology in the margin of the 7th of Ezra, was B. C. 457 ; that after the seventy sevens the people of the prince that should come would destroy the city and the sanctuary, instead of its being then or previously cleansed, and that it should not be cleansed till the consummation; for till then the overspreading of abominations should make it desolate, and that that was determined should be poured upon the desolate.
Until what consummation ? and what was determined that should be poured upon the desolate ? Daniel says, before he prayed, he “understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” That prediction is found in the 25th of Jeremiah ; and in the same chapter that Daniel says he was considering, it is also predicted that a desolation should go forth upon all nations, beginning with Jerusalem, and ending upon all the nations of the world.
Jeremiah says, (xxv. 1537,) “For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine. cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me: to wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse; as it is this day; Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people; and all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron,
and the children of Ammon, and all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea, Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost
kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert, and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshachi shall drink after them. Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup ai thy hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Ye shall certainly drink. For lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is
called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished ? Ye shall not be unpunished; for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth : they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried ; they shall be dung upon the ground. Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished ; and ye shall fall like a pleasant Tessel. And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape. A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a howl. ing of the principal of the flock, shall be heard ; for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture. And the peaceable habitations are cut down, because of the fierce anger of the Lord.”
As this was what Daniel was considering, he would understand by “the consummation, and · that determined shall be poured upon the deso
late,” as having reference to the predictions in this chapter. The “consummation," therefore, must be the end of the world, when the slain of the Lord will be from one end of the earth even to the other; and that which is a determined to be poured upon the desolate,” must be the “ winecup of God's fury,” which is to be poured upon “all the kingdoms of the world which are upon the face of the earth," and they shall “ fall to rise no more." As the sanctuary is to be deso
lated by the overspreading of abominations till - that time, it cannot be previously cleansed, and the 2300 days must then terminate. And as the “ seventy sevens" which were cut off to the Messiah, were fulfilled in so many years, and are admitted to be years, therefore, the 2300 days from which they were cut off, must also be years, and must commence at the same time when the decree went forth, B. C. 457, which leave A. D. 1843 years.
It is farther shown that the 2300 days commence at that time; for the vision commenced
with the ram ; and when the ram was first seen, , "its horns were both high, and it was pushing in
every direction; so that the vision must have commenced with the meridian glory of the Medo· Persian kingdom, which was at the very time the decree was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus, and it began to decline in the reign of that monarch.
These days are also proved to be years, from the fact that all the events predicted in them, could not be fulfilled in literal days.
The above considerations seem to demonstrate that the 2300 days are symbols of years, begin
B. C. 457, and extend to A. D. 1843, when the sanctuary will be cleansed, and this world be consummated.
VI. THE 1260 DAYS OF DAN. VII. 25, THAT THE SAINTS WERE TO BE GIVEN INTO THE HANDS OF THE LITTLE HORN, ARE ALSO PROVED TO BE YEARS; for the little horn was to continue till the final judgment, and it has been repeatedly shown, that from A. D. 538, when the Pope first had dominion over the lives of others, to the time when that dominion was taken away, A. D. 1798, was just as many years as the predicted days. The Pope is also still making war with the saints, and prevailing against them, as it was predicted he should till the Ancient of Days came.
VII. The 1290 AND 1335 DAYS IN DAN. 12TH, ARE ALSO PROVED TO BE YEARS: for the 1290 days were to reach to the time of the end, and in A. D. 1798, just 1290 years from the taking away of the daily, A. D. 508, were fulfilled the very events that were predicted in Dan. xi. 4045, to occur at the time of the end. The 1335 days would therefore extend 45 years beyond, and terminate in 1843; and that they reach to the end of the world is evident, from the fact, that Daniel will then stand in his lot. “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."
VIII. THE PERIOD HAS NOW ARRIVED WHEN THESE PREDICTIONS CAN BE UNDERSTOOD.
Till the time of the end they were to be closed up and sealed. Daniel asked, “O my Lord, what