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in the last stages of the dominion of the four horns; and thence extended over Syria, in the east; Egypt, in the south, and conquered Judea, or "the pleasant land." It did this, too, when the "transgressors were come to the full;" for, at that time, the Jewish state and people had become more corrupted than at any previous period.

This kingdom was to be very powerful and martial; for such is indicated by the words, "a king of fierce countenance." This kingdom was also to be very politic; for such is to be understood by the words, "understanding dark sentences."{Bishop Newton.)

In all these respects, the Roman power coincides with the little horn. Mr. Faber thinks this last expression refers to a spiritual power, possessed by the little horn; and with his exposition we fully agree, as it harmonizes with all of the preceding descriptions of Rome, and with the facts of the case.

Coincidence Second.-"It waxed great, even to the host of heaven, and it cast down some of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them."

Interpretation.-"And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power, and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and shall destroy many in negligent security."

"It waxed great," &c. The Roman power was never very great, until the conquest of Macedon; previously, it had been comparatively small. As the little horn among the ten became more stout than his fellows, so this little horn became, after it gained Greece, the

greatest power ever in the world. "But not by his own power."

The destruction of Judea, we have seen, was to be when "the transgressors were come to the full," and this event did not transpire until our Saviour's day. He said to his enemies, "Fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers, that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon earth." Christ, also, said to the Roman governor, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above."

Here, we learn, that the Roman power was sustained by God, to do his will among the nations.

The waxing great, against the host of heaven, and the casting down the stars, is interpreted to mean the destruction of the holy ones among God's people. All of the descriptions in the passages, have been so fully shown to coincide with the Romans, by Newton, that it is needless for us to particularize further.

Coincidence Third." Yea, he magnified himself, even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down."

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Interpretation." He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes."

The terms Prince of the host, and Prince of princes, is, plainly, the Messiah; for such terms are applicable to him only. Beside this, it is said, the sanctuary of the prince of the host was cast down; and as the sanctuary was the Lord's only, the Lord, or Messiah, must be the person meant. Now, the Prince of princes, or Christ, was put to death by the Roman power, and by its decree.

Coincidence Fourth. Vision.-"By him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice, by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground, and it practised and prospered."

No interpretation of this is given, because it was a literal prophecy. Three things are here specially predicted:

1. The cessation of the daily sacrifice. 2. The destruction of the temple, and of Jerusalem; and 3. The casting down of the truth.

The first two were accomplished by the Romans, and by no other power.

The truth, spoken of, evidently refers to the gospel, which was cast down by the Romans, as well as was Judaism.

This little horn coincides, chronologically, with the iron, or fourth kingdom of the great image, and with the fourth beast, or fourth kingdom, of the preceding vision.



Vision." Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, "How long a time shall the vision last, the daily sacrifice be taken away, and the transgression of desolation continue to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot."--(Lowth's Translation. Arabic and Vulgar Versions. Bishop Newton.)

"And he said unto me, unto two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed."—Ib. The "sanctuary and host," are evidently metonymic terms, because the Jewish temple. or Mosaic sanctuary, will never be rebuilt. They coincide with the two departments of the nationality of God's people: the sanctuary being put for the worshipers or church, and the host for the civil department of the nationality, and with them only.

The desolation of the nationality of Israel, was accompanied with the domination of a foreign and unclean power over the church of God. It is said, that this was not to be removed for twenty-three hundred evenings and mornings; or, as some versions have it, 2400. It is likely that both numbers are correct, as this cleansing was to have two epochs, as we have seen in the other visions.

As Israel's restoration is here affirmed; and as it was to be a Christian nation when restored; and as it was to be 2300 evenings and mornings from the destruction of the Jews and the cessation of the daily sacrifice, to this restoration, it is evident, that the nation of Christians. arising at the end of this period must be the one predicted. The destruction of Jerusalem took place in 68, A. D., and the daily sacrifice ceased on the 9th of July; and the 2300 evenings and mornings are just 1708 years long; and this added to the 8th of July, 68, just brings us to the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, when a Christian democracy was organized, and the church or sanctuary was cleansed from all foreign domination. It therefore follows, that the United States is Israel restored.



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Interpretation.-"He shall be broken without hand." This indicates the final destruction of the Roman power on earth. The term "broken without hand," signifies, not that it will be broken without means, but without help or succor afforded at the time of his destruction. The term, cut out of the mountain "without hands, signifies an organization without foreign influence, as the American constitution. The term, "broken without hands," is also equivalent to a description of the doom of Rome in the eleventh chapter of Daniel, which says, “he shall come to his end and, none shall help him.”

The final triumph of Christianity, is indicated in the prophecy. Rome being the world-wide obstacle to the triumph of pure Christianity, and being entirely removed, and the sanctuary being fully cleansed, shows that the cause of Christianity would prevail universally.


This vision, it will be seen, coincides with the two which precede it, and shows additional particulars of the works of the Roman empire in Asia. The notion that Antiochus Epiphanes coincides with the little horn, is preposterous; as he meets the case in but a very few unimportant particulars, while, with the most important he does not coincide at all. For a fuller exhibition of this subject, we refer anxious inquirers to Bishop Newton's excellent work. In this vision, Persia, or the twohorned ram, coincides with the silver breast and arms

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