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From a comparison of these passages, it seems that the Infidel King is the person who takes away the daily sacrifice; and whose persecution of the saints, and blasphemy against God, are the subjects of the former vi. sions--but we have some farther particulars :
(1.) If it was uncertain, from the former visions, who were meant by“ the saints" who should be delivered into the hands of Antichrist, and persecuted by him, that uncertainty seems to be removed by the declaration of the Angel-.“ Now I am come to make thee understand what
sball befal thy people in the latter days.” c. x. 14. That is, says Jerome,“ Quid futurum sit populo Israel ; non in vicino tempore, sed in novissimis diebus, id est in consum. matione seculi.” It is added, by the Angel, (xii. 1) “ at that time thy people shall be delivered." The holy people mentioned (c. viii. 24) might indeed, even if we had not the Angel's explanation, have been supposed to be the same as the Holy people. c. xii. 7.
(2.) If I am right in supposing, that the Infidel King is the same person as the little horn, (and so far as I understand this vision, while there are those points of agreement which I have specified, there is nothing inconsistent with that idea) it will be obvious, that we are here furnished with many additional particulars relating to his personal history, his blasphemy and persecution, his enemies and his allies, and the scene and circumstances of bis warfare; but of these I do not venture to speak in detail, because I do not sufficiently understand them.
Having, as I think, shewn the identity of the persons symbolized in these three visions, recorded in the book of Daniel, I will endeavour to shew that the same person is prefigured by the ten-horned beast in the Apocalypse; but, in order to avoid repetition, and the necessity of making columns, I will merely transcribe some parts of what is declared respecting him in the Apocalypse, and add, at the side, what appears to be parallel in the specified visions of Daniel.
Points of resemblance, between the Apocalyptic beast, and the person or power predicted in the book of Daniel, seem to be found in 1. their universal sovereignty--2. union with ten kings—3. persecution of the saints—4. blasphemy-5. warfare with Christ--and 6. their destruction.
The history of the Apocalyptic beast presents a variety of new matter, which I do not undertake to explain ; but some of the principal points may just be mentioned :
(1.) Whereas, it had been stated, that “his power
should be mighty, but not by his own power.” Dan. viii. 25. It is here declared, that “ the dragon gave him bis power, and his seat, and great authority.” Rey. xiii. 2. He is also called “ the beast out of the bottomless pit;” and “ the beast that was,
and is not, and yet is.” xvii. 8. (2.) The nature of his blasphemy is more fully stated. (3.) We have the history of a second beast, who shall
attend upon and co-operate with him. (4.) The bistory of the woman who rides upon him. (5.) The history of the witnesses who oppose him. (6.) The judgments of God upon his followers. (7.) In addition to these, we have fuller details, or
new information, on some points, which had been
before made known. There is a passage in St. Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, which evidently refers to the person who had been symbolized in the vision of Daniel and St. John _" Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF Sin be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that be is God. Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way.
And then sball that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord sball consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy