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the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall

serve and obey him. 28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me

Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart. .

THE SECOND VISION

OF

DANIEL

THE RAM, HE-GOAT AND SANCTUARY.

VIII. 3, 4, 20. The conquests of the Medo-Persians under the acquired dominancy of the Persians, westward to the Ægean sea, northward over the Armenians, Cappadocians, and other nations, southward over Egypt. -5 -7, 21. The rapid overthrow of the Medo-Persian Empire under Darius Codomannus by Alexander the Great.—8, 22. The partition of Alexander's kingdom into four, Greece, Thrace, Syria, and Egypt by his four generals, Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy. 9-12, 23–26. The Romano-Greek Empire rises B.Ć. 168. by the Romans' conquests in Greece, and by degrees extends itself towards Asia-Minor, and Syria on the East, B.C. 66; towards Judea or the pleasant land, B.C. 37; and towards Egypt on the South, B.C. 30. But its strength and greatness is not its own, at first being composed merely of provinces subject to the Roman Empire, and afterwards receiving its Emperors from the Romans, (a name which the Greeks retained to the last ages of their monarchy,) who again were themselves mighty rather by the Popes, Emperors, and regal Decemvirate of the West, than by any real power of their own.

The Romans were famous for their arts of legislation; "the public reason of the Romans has been silently or studiously transfused into the domestic institutions of Europe, and the laws of Justinian (a Romano-Greek Emperor) still command the respect or obedience of independent nations." The love of conquest was always their ruling passion, as well as of the gothic nations which became amalgamated with them. They have destroyed the saints

under both covenants Jewish as well as Christian : whether by Pagan or Christian Emperors, whether by the Popes, Emperors, or regal decemvirate of the West. Whether the religion has been Pagan or Christian, it has always been the policy of the Roman civil power to patronize priestcraft: the miracle-mongers of the church of Rome no doubt have as often smiled at each other, when they practised on the credulity of the vulgar, as the augurs of the Pagan hierarchy did. Elate with their power the Cæsars and their decemvirate have exalted themselves above all laws human and divine. They have sat in the seat of Christ, enforcing their own dogmas of religion by the arm of their power; and in the midst of peace have destroyed many, who possessed the truth, by sword, by flame, by captivity, and by spoil many days. Their existence has been a continual opposition to the Prince of princes, truth itself, Christ, from the time of his temporal crucifixion under Pontius Pilate to the present time; and they have thus incontestably shown themselves to be that Ånti-Christ which should appear. But the desolation of the church must have an end : the autocracy of the civil power in the affairs of those who are Christ's must be swept away, and the Sanctuary be cleansed. The re-establishment of God's people after the seventy years' captivity, and their subsequent scattering were, together, to last 2300 years. In the year B.C. 457, they were re-established by Artaxerxes under Messiah as sole Leader; and their scattering will consequently be accomplished A.D. 1843. Through their apostacy the Jews were delivered up by their Leader together with the daily-sacrifice which formed the chief part of their religion, in the midst of the last seven years of four hundred and ninety from their re-establishment, A.D.30; and He sent forth his armies the Romano-Greek power, to destroy their city and their sanctuary, A.D. 70, five hundred and twenty-seven years from their completed restoration. In the same manner in five hundred and twenty-seven years from the new covenant begun by John the Baptist, A.D. 26, the Christo-Judaic church for its apostacy was delivered up into the hands of the Romano-Greek Cæsar of the Romans and his decemvirate A.D.553, in whose possession it has continued ever since, and will for 1290 years, till A.D. 1843. For Messiah in

483 years' time from the emancipation of God's former people commenced a new covenant by John the Baptist. For seven years in conjunction with him he established that covenant, from A.D. 26 to 33. In 487 years, A.D. 30, he abrogated the old one, when a Most Holy, the temple of the body of that man whom God had ordained, whom God the Father had sealed, was completely prepared for the residence of all the fulness of the Godhead, and he was anointed with the Holy Ghost who descended upon him in a bodily shape like a dove, and a voice from heaven ratified the choice, saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Calculating by the age of the holy city under Messiah as leader, at the expiration of 490 years of its existence under him A.D. 33, the seal of the prophetic vision was broken, the apostacy was finished, Messialı bare our sins in his own body on the tree, and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

VIII. 1.-In the third year of the reign of king

Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto

me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at 2 the first. And I saw in a vision ; (and it came

to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan, in the palace, which is in the province of Elam ;) and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of

Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up mine eyes and saw, and,

behold, there stood before the river a ram, which had two horns, and the two horns were high ;

but one was higher than the other, and the higher 4 came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward,

and northward, and southward ; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any

that could deliver out of his hand; but he did 5 according to his will and became great. And as

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I was considering, behold, an he-goat came from the west, on the face of the whole earth and

touched not the ground : and the goat had a 6 notable horn between his eyes. And he came

to the ram that had two horns, which I had

seen standing before the river, and ran unto him 7 in the fury of his power. And I saw him come

close. unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns; and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there

was none that could deliver the ram out of his 8 hand. Therefore the he-goat waxed very great :

and when he was strong the great horn was

broken; and for it came up four notable ones, 9 toward the four winds of heaven. And out of

one of them came forth a little horn which waxed

exceeding great, toward the south, and toward 10 the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it

waxed great even to the host of heaven; and it

cast down some of the host and of the stars to the 11 ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he mag

nified himself even to the Prince of the host, and

by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and 12 the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And

the host was delivered up, together with the daily sacrifice, for apostacy. And it cast down the truth

to the ground; and it practised and prospered. 13

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another

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