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thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand
times ten thousand stood before him: the judg11 ment was set, and the books were opened. I be
held then, because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake ; I beheld, even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to 12 the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought 14 him near before him. And there was given him
dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled 16 me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
These great beasts, which are four, are four 18 kings which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for 19 ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the
others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, break in pieces, and stamped the residue with his 20 feet; and of the ten horns which were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom
three fell, even of that horn that had eyes,
mouth that spake very great things, whose look 21 was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and
the same horn made war with the saints, and pre22 vailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it 24 down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue 25 three kings. And he shall speak great words
against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws and they shall be given into his hand, until a time and times and the dividing of 26 time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to 27 destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and
dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under
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.
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
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 Egean 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.Č. 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' ierarchy 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 Anti-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