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that holdeth with me in these things but Michael, your Prince. * *** * And now will I show the truth.
Behold, there shall stand up yet [after this time] three kings in Persia [Cambyses, son of Cyrus, Smerdis the Magian, and Darius the son of Hystaspes;] and the fourth Xerxes the Great] shall be far richer than they all; and by his strength through his riches, he shall stir up all [an army of 5,000,000 of men] against the realm of Grecia [but will suffer defeat. )
And a mighty king [Alexander the Great] shall stand up [in Greece,] that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he shall stand up, his kingdoin [the Grecian empire] shall be broken, and shall be divided [into four kingdoms, Macedon, Thrace, Syria and Egypt,] towards the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled : for his kingdom shall be plucked up even for others (his four generals, Cassander in Greece, Lysimachus in Thrace, Ptolemy in Egypt, and Seleucus in Syria,] beside those [his posterity.]
And [Ptolemy] the king of the south [Egypt] shall be strong, and one of his [Alexander's] princes; and he [Seleucus Nicator, king of Syria, in the north of Judea] shall be strong above him, and have dominion ; his dominion shall be a great dominion. And in the end of [many] years, they [the kings of Syria and Egypt] shall join themselves together: for the king's daughter of the south [Bernice, the daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus, then king of Egypt] shall come to [Antiochus Theus, who will put away his wife Laodice] the king of the north [Syria] to make a [marriage] agreement. But she [Bernice] shall 'not retain the power of the arm [of Antiochus ;] neither shall he [Antiochus] stand, nor his arm [or seed ;] but she [Bernice] shall be given up, will be poisoned by Laodice, and they that brought her, [her Egyptian women,] and he that begat her, [or as in the margin," he whom she brought forth," her son,] and he [Antiochus her husband] that strengthened her in those times. But out of a branch of her root shall one [Ptolemy Euergetes, her brother, stand up in his [father's] estate [as king of Egypt] which shall coine with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of [Seleucus Callinicus, the successor of Antiochus Theus] the king of the north [Syria,] and shall deal against them, and shall prevail; and shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and gold; and he shall continue more years than [Seleucus] the king of the north [Syria.] So [Ptolemy] the king of the south [Egypt] shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land. But his [Seleucus Callinicus'] sons [Seleucus Ceraunus, and Antiochus Magnus] shall be stirred
up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces. And one [of them, Antiochus, his brother Seleucus being dead] shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return and be stirred up even to his fortress. And [Ptolemy Philopater] the king of the south [Egypt] shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with [Antiochus] the king of the north [Syria:] and he [Antiochus] shall set forth a great multitude; but the inultitude shall be given into his [Ptolemy's] hand. And when he [Ptolemy), hath taken away the multitude [of Syrians,] his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands [of the Jews of Alexandria, his own subjects :] but he shall not be strengthened by it. For [Antiochus] the king of the north [Syria] shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former [that Ptolemy overcame] and shall certainly come, after certain years, with a great army and with much riches. And in those times there shall many stand up against [Ptolemy Epiphanus, the [infant] king of the south Egypt:] also the robbers of thy people [the Romans] shall exalt themselves to establish [or fulfil the things spoken of them in] the vision [of the 2300 days.] But they [who stand up against Egypt] shall fall.
So [Antiochus] the king of the north [Syria] shall come and cast up a mount and take the most fenced cities; and the arms of the south [Egypt] shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to with. stand. But he [Pompey, the Roman general] that cometh against him [Antiochus, King of Syria] shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him ; and he shall stand in the glorious land, [Judea,] which by his hand shall be consumed. He [Pompey] shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones [or as in the margin, "equal conditions," his army being composed of his equals, with many of the nobility of Rome] with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him [Cleopatra, queen of Egypt] the daughter of women, corrupting her, [so that she will favor his cause for a while, ) but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him [in his final contest with Julius Cæsar.] After this [desertion to Julius Cæsar] shall he [Pompey] turn his face unto the [Grecian] isles, and shall take many. But a prince [Julius Cæsar] for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him [Pompey] to cease; without his [Cæsar's] own reproach, he shall cause it to turn upon him [Pompey.] Then [after the death of Pompey] he [Julius Cæsar] shall turn his face towards the fort of his own fand [Rome:] but [as he is to be crowned emperor] he shall stumble and fall and not be found. Then [after the assassination of Julius Cæsar] shall stand up in his [Julius'] estate (Augustus Cæsar] a raiser of taxes, (sec Luke 1. 1,) in the glory of his kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger nor in battle [but will die peaceably in his own bed.] And in his [Augustus'] estate shall stand up [Tiberius Cæsar,] a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdoni : but he shall come in [to imperial office] peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arins of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also [our Saviour] the Prince of the covenant [which God inade with Abraham, (Gal. iii. 16,), will be crucified by those under his authority.]
And after the league [to be made with him [Rome, by the Jews, B. C. 158,] he [Rome] shall work deceitfully: for he [Rome] shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people, [that were once but a little republic on the banks of the Tiber, in Italy.] He [Rome] shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province [of Judea ;] and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them [the Jews after their league with Rome the prey, and spoil, and riches, [taken from other conquered nations :] yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time [or 360 years from B. C. 31, when Rome triumphed over Egypt during the supremacy of Roman glory, to A. D. 329, when the seat of imperial power was removed from Rome to Constantinople, and the glory of Rome departed.]. And he [Rome] shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south, [Egypt] with a great army; and the king of the south [Egypt] shall be stirred up to battle [with the Romans,] with a very great and mighty army; but he [Egypt] shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. Yea, [Antony and Cleopatra with their army,] they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy hiin [by their treachery and cowardice] and his army shall overflow; and many of his subjects] shall fall down slain.
And [when Antony and Augustus, after the death of Julius Cæsar, reigned jointly in Rome,] both of these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief [to each other, and they shall speak lies at one table [each thinking to deceive the other;] but it shall not prosper, for yet the end [of the Rornan prosperity] shall be at the time [or end of the 360 years] appointed. Then [after the conquest of Egypt] shall he [Rome] return into his own land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant [which God made with our father Abrahain) and he shall do exploits [in persecuting Christians, by which more than 3,000,000 suffered martyrdom] and shall return to his own land. At the time appointed [when the 360 years end] he [Rome] shall return, and come toward the south
(Egypt ;] but it shall not be as the former [when Rome went to conquer Egypt,] nor as the latter ( when it overthrew the Jewish nation :] for the ships of Chittiin [under Heraclian, count of Africa] shall come against him; therefore shall he be grieved and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant [because the Christians refuse to bear arms in support of the state ;] so shall he do; he shall even return and have intelligence with thein that forsake the holy covenant [and the Christian religion.] And [those that take up] arms shall stand on his part. And they [the barbarians from the north of Europe] shall pollute [Rome] the sanctuary of strength, and [shall conquer the empire, out of which ten kingdoms, corresponding with the ten toes of the image, and horns of the fourth beast, shall arise. These ten kings being converted to Christianity] shall take away the daily sacrifice [of the pagan rites, about A. D. 508,] and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate [in its place—the Man of Sin,—Papacy, the Wicked to be revealed when that which hindered is taken out of the way; 2 Thess. ii.). And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he [the Pope, now having the supremacy] corrupt by flatteries; but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. And they that understand among the people, ["that do know their God,"] shall instruct many [in the truth :] yet they shall fall [before the persecutions of papacy, and die] by the sword and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days [or 1260 years from A. D. 538 to 1798.). Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them by flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end of papal supremacy;] because it is yet for a time appointed, [when the 1260 years end.] And the king [the Pope] shall* do, according to his will: and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper [after his dominion is taken away in mak: ing war against the saints, and prevailing against them] till the indignation be accomplished, [when the Ancient of days will sit, judgment be given to the saints of the Most High, and the time come that they will possess the kingdom; Dan.vii. 22; and then that Wicked will be destroyed, by the brightness of Christ's coming; 2 Thess. ii. 8 ;] for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all, [taking for his title, “ The Lord God, the Pope."] But in his estate [when he has the supremnacy] shall" he honor the god of forces, [uniting civil with his ecclesiastical powers;] and [departed saints] a god whom his fathers knew not, shall he honor with gold and silver, and with precious stones and pleasant things. Thus shall he do [in Rome] in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain, [portioning out distant countries to whom he will.] And at the time of the end [of the Papal supremacy, when the Atheistical government of France, of which Bonaparte is the head, shall have succeeded to the dominion, and personify the exceeding great horn] shall the king of the south [Egypt] push at him [the government of France, which then has the supremacy in the Roman territory;] and the king of the north [Syria] shall coine against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries [of Egypt,] and overflow [it,] and pass over [into Syria.] He shall enter also into the glorious land [of Palestine,] and many countries shall be overflown; but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon, [as his defeat in Syria will change his purpose of entering those countries.] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries of Europe,] and the land of Egypt shall not escape, [for after his discomfiture in Syria, Bonaparte will return and conquer Egypt.] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be at his steps—[his conquests extending to Nubia, ancient Ethiopia on the south, and to Barca, ancient Lybia on the west. But tidings out of the east [of Europe, Russia,] and out or the north [of Europe, England, of the alliance formed against him] shall trouble him; therefore shall he go forth with great fury [with half a million of men, expecting] to destroy [Russia, which he will not accomplish, ) and [instead of the victory he expected] utterly to make away many [of his own army, and lose the supremacy.] And he [the nations of Europe, who will represent the exceeding great horn after France shall lose the supremacy,] shall plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas, in the glorious holy mountain [of Olives, when the nations are assembled in the valley of Jehosaphat, in the last great battle of the Lord God Almighty;] yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him, [for the Lord will fight against those nations as when he fought in the day of battle. Zech. xiv. 3.). And at that time shall Michael stand up, [to receive the kingdom of the earth]—the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people, and his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; Zech. xiv. 4 ;] and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there