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This astonishing conformity to so distant predictions must greatly establish our faith and hope, as to that part of the prophetic declarations, respecting the second coming of our Lord in glory, which yet remains to be fulfilled. The same Omniscient power who could foresee events at the distance of one hun. dred years, with equal ease could recount those of three thousand.
The prophet in chap. viii. 23. proceeds to mention the events that are to introduce the glorious second advent of the Messiah with the special circumstances that would attend it, as if he had already seen it “i And in the latter time of their kingdoms when the transgressors are come to the full, a King of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences shah stand up (or arise) and his power shall be mighty, but not by his owo power; and ho shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people and through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he sball magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many; he shall also stand up against the prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”
The king here referred to, was the last king men. tioned in the vision of Daniel He was to come up out of one of the 4 horns and was to be exceeding great.
Although I agree with some learned men that in some of the prophecies of the scriptures of truth, they have a double reference, making one event of an earlier date, typical of another of a more remote date, that the expectation of the people of God might not be wearied out, but confirmed notwithstanding the distance of the remotest periods, yet I cannot agree in all their conclusions.
According to Sir Isaac Newton the latter times were to take place, when the Romans began to conquer Perseus king of Macedon-At that time, he says, the transgressors came to the full-Then the high priesthood of the Jews was exposed to sale; the vessels of the temple were sold to pay for the purchase. The high priest with some of the Jews, procured a license from Antiochus Epiphanes “ to do after the ordinances of the Heathens," and they sat up a school at Jerusalem for teaching those ordinances, (vide 2d Macabbees.) This related chiefly to the worship of Jupiter Olympus in the temple built to him by the emperor Hadrian in the place of the temple of the Jews, and which was followed by the revolt of Barchochebas, and the desolation of Judea, when 580,000 Jews were said to be slain
-fifty cities and 985 of their best towns destroyed, and every Jew banished Judea on pain of death.-- This horn or government prospered and practiced, that is,
prospered in his practices against the people of God—He stood up against the prince of the host of heaven, the prince of princes, which is a char. acter of Antichrist-He took away the daily sacri. fice and cast down the sanctuary and the truth
to the ground."-But it is remarkable, that though this was originally and in the first instance fulfilled so long ago, yet it is expressly declared that these practices, were to last till the end of the indignation against the Jews; and till the sanctuary, that had been thus cast down, should be cleansed; which clearly shows that the prophecy must refer to an event to be completed at the very end of the Roman gov. ernment.
Now, however, this prophecy might have (in part) been accomplished, in events of that early date, as typical of what was to come thereafter in the last times, which in respect to so many men of learning and piety who have wrote on this subject, I must acquiesce in, yet on a careful examination, the events that are finally referred to, must be of a later dale-It is positively declared that this prophecy is to be fulfilled in the latter times-It was to end when the sanctuary was to be cleansed. It was at the time of the end of the ith or Roman government, that the vision was to be. It was to be in the last end of the indignation against the Jews. At the time appointed the end should be—The prophet is assured that the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true; wherefore shut thou up the vision, for it shall be for many days."
It is to take place when the transgressors are come to the full. Then the king or government of a fierce countenance is to arise, and the times of the Gentiles are to come to au end,
In the with chap. the angel again instructs the prophet in the same great truth, it being an event in which the church of God was so essentially interested, as to demand the fullest information; and then he proceeds to set forth the then future conduct, both of Rome pagan and Rome christian; respecting the great success of the former against the sanciuary, his taking away the daily sacrifice, and placing the abomination which maketh desolate, where it ought not to be; with the after trial and destruction of many of God's people. He then adds, " and the king (that is, the antichristian power, him of a fierce countenance) shall do according to his will and shall cxalt himself, and magnify himself above every God, Yor nation, or king, they being often called Gods) and shall speak marvellous things against the God of Gods, (or against the Father and the Son, and then become an atheistical power) and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished, for that which is determined, shall be done. He shall not regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women,” that is, he shall oppose, if not destroy the Roman Catholic religion, being that of his fathers, and shall oppose the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ.-Christ as the expected Messiali, was, before his incarnation, the great desire of the Jewish women-But in the spirit of anticbrist, this government, (or king of a fierce countenance) “ Shall not regard any God, for he shall magnify himself above all.”—" And at, (or about) the time of the end (that is of his government, when it is about to be taken from him) sball
the king of the south push at him; and the king of the north shall come against him, like a whirlwind, with chariots, with horse-men, and with many ships; and he that is the king of the fierce countenance shall enter into the countries, and overflow and He, shall enter also into her glorious land, (that is Italy) and many countries shall be overthrown; but these sliall escape out of his band, even Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon, that is, the descendants of Lot.He shall stretch out his band also upon the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape; but he shall have power over the treasures of gold, and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Lybians and Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
“ But tidings out of the east (it may be from Constantinople, Persia, or from some distant country where the Jews may be) and out of the north (from Russia, Germany or Great Britain, or in like manner from some northern country where Jews may reside) shall trouble him, therefore he shall go forth with great fury, to destroy and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles (or tents) of his camp, between the seas in the glorious holy mountain (that may be in Jerusalem between the Red sea and Mediterra. Jean) yet, or after which, he shall come to his end and none shall help him:"_Then follows in the xiith chap. an account of the glorious kingdom of Christ, at his second coming, before which there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since the taking and barn,