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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 Flome pagan and Rome christian; respecting the great success of the former against the sanctuary, 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 exalt himself, and magnify himself above every God, (or nation, or king, they being often called Guds) 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 Messiah, was, before his incarnation, the great desire of the Jewish women-But in the spirit of antichrist, 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) shall 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 sball enter into the countries, and overflow and pass
over He, shall enter also into her glorious land, (that is Italy) and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon, that is, the descendants of Lot.--He shall stretch out his hand 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
“ 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. nean) 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 burning of Jerusalem--and at that time, (the angel assures Daniel) his people should be delivered, every one who should be found written in the book. And many of them who sleep in the dust of the earth shall then awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt; and then the wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they who turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.
Here then is a regular chronological connected series of action and conduct in the fourth kingdom, and by the king of a fierce countenance, after the Messiah’s being cut off, with an account of the sufferings of God's people, and the proceedings of their victorious and powerful enemies and persecutors, till the end of that fourth government; when the accomplishment of God's sovereign purposes in the salvation of his chosen, shall be fully effected at the second coming of the glorified Redeemer, according to his own positive assurances.
THE prophet Micah seems to follow Isaiah in the same track. He says, “ that in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the bills, and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come and say, come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem--and he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning- hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Micah, chap. iv. 1. 2.
ZEPHANIAH is as clear as any of the rest “ They shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. Then will I turn to the people a pure language, or lip (meaning worship) that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent-From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, my suppliants, the daughters of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering." Zeph. chapt. ii. 11. iii. 9. 10.