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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, Messiah 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.
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
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. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another
saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long is this vision of the daily sacrifice, and is this apostacy of desolation to give both sanctuary and host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the ap16 pearance of a man. And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the 17 vision. So he came near where I stood; and when he came I was afraid and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man; for at the time of the end shall be the vision. 18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but 19 he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation; for at the time 20 appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of
* He does not ask "how long is this vision of the ram and hegoat," but "how long is this vision of the daily sacrifice?" which is not answered in a direct manner, till Gabriel comes to give Daniel skill and understanding. The answer to this question is but yet included in the answer to the other part of the question, " and how long is this apostacy of desolation to give both sanctuary and host to be trodden under foot?" The whole period, it is answered, is to last 2300 years.
21 Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is be22 tween his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not 23 in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and under24 standing dark sentences, shall stand up. 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 25 mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in peace shall destroy many he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall 26 be broken without hand. And the vision of the
evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
IX. 1. In the first year of Darius, the son of
Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was 2 made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years whereof the
word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the 3 desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and 4 ashes and I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said,
O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love 5 him, and to them that keep his commandments; we have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, 6 even by departing from thy precepts, and from thy judgments: neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee; but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass 8 that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we 9 have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have 10 rebelled against him: neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his