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THE VISION CONCERNING THE INFIDEL
Daniel, chap. x. xi. xii.
This vision, in which “a certain man clothed in linen” appeared to Daniel to shew to him that which was “noted in the Scripture of truth” was not attended with symbolical representation. It is prophetic History; and if I mistake not, the most important part of it consists of the history of the same person or power symbolized in former visions by the “little horn,” is still future. It is not to our purpose to discuss what may be called the historical introduction which occupies the early part of ch. xi. but only to shew the identity of the “vile person” who is obviously the chief subject of the vision, with the “little horn," and this may perhaps be best done by comparing the accounts which are given of them respectively in ch. vii. viii. and xi.
Little Horn of Fourth Little Horn of He-
In the latter days, for
yet the vision is for many days. x. 14.
Prevailed until the At the time of the end Even to the time of Ancient of Days
shall be the vision. the end. xi. 35. came. vii. 21, 22. viii. 17.
At the time of the
Little Horn of Fourth Little Horn of He Infidel King.
what shall be the til the indignation
A little horn.
A little horn.
A vile person, v. 21.
with a small people, v. 23.
Through his policy he Shall obtain the king
shall cause craft to dom by flatteries, prosper in his hand. v. 21.-shall work v. 25.
deceitfully, v. 23. --forecast devices, &c.
By peace shall he de- He shall
come in stroy many. v. 25. peaceably, v. 21.-
and with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him and shall be broken. v. 22.
Shall think to change He magnified himself He shall exalt himself
times and laws. v. even to the Prince and magnify himself 25. of the Host, 11—
above every god, shall stand up against the Prince of princes. v. 11.
He shall speak great
words against the Most High. v. 25.
and shall speak mar
vellous things against the God of gods. v. 36.
By him the daily sa- Arms shall stand
on his part, and
Little Horn of Fourth Little Horn of He-
Made war with the It cast down the truth They that understand
saints, and prevail to the ground, v.11. among the people ed against them. -shall destroy the shallinstruct many; v. 21. mighty and the holy
yet they shall fall people. v. 24.
by the sword and by flame; by captivity and by spoil, many days. v. 33.
Practised and pros- Shall prosper till the pered. v. 11. indignation be ac
complished, v. 36 to the time of the end.
He shall be broken He shall come to his
without hand. end, and none shall 25.
Till the Ancient of Shall stand up against And at that time shall Days came. 21, 22. the Prince of Michael stand up, princes.
the great prince that standeth for the children of thy people. xii. 1.
A comparison of these texts seems sufficient to establish the identity of the person who is the subject
of them; and I know of nothing to contradict that supposition. If that person is Antichrist, it is obvious then, that in the History of this Infidel, or as some commentators have called him Wilful, King (ch. xi. 36), we are furnished with many additional particulars relating to his personal history, his blasphemy of God, his persecution of the saints, his enemies, his allies, and the scene and circumstances of his warfare. Of these I do not venture to speak in detail, because I believe, not only from the very letter of the predictions themselves, but from the unsatisfactory nature of all the attempts which I have seen to explain them, that they relate to events still future.
One thing, however, seems very plain; and I will here notice it because I think it is not commonly thought of by Christians. The Little Horn will persecute the “ Saints," who are not more particularly described. If former visions could suffer us to doubt, the plain declaration of the angel in this vision would be sufficient to remove all uncertainty. He says to Daniel “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days” (x. 14). “At that time” says the angel 'thy people shall be delivered.” Daniel's people were the Jews. And no one I think can doubt that “the holy people” of ch. viii. 24 and xii. 7, were the “Saints,” and the people of Daniel.
THE APOCALYPTIC BEAST. .
Revelation, chap. xiii. xvii. xix.
Having as I think, shewn that the principal person or power in each of the visions recorded by Daniel is one and the same, I will offer some evidence to shew that he is identical with the person or power symbolized by the ten-horned beast in the Revelation. To avoid repetition, however, as well as the necessity of making an inconvenient number of columns, I will merely transcribe some parts of what is declared respecting the Beast in the Apocalypse, and add by the side what appears to be parallel in the visions of Daniel respecting the Little Horn and the Infidel King.
In them points of resemblance—perhaps I may say establishing identity—between the Beast of the Apocalypse and the person predicted in the book of Daniel may be found in (1.) their universal sovereignty—(2.) the union with ten Kings (3.) the persecution of the saints-(4.) blasphemy against God—(5.) warfare with Christ—and (6.) their destruction.
Apocalyptic Beast. (1.) Power was given him over
all kindreds and tongues and nations. xiii. 7.
Shall devour the whole earth.
(2.) The ten horns are ten kings
these have one mind, and shall give their power
and strength to the beast. xvii. 12.
The ten horns out of this king
dom are ten kings that shall arise. vii. 24.