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which is only able to give them life; and, by his Eternal Priesthood, shall make way for his Church, to the true Holy of Holies, even the glorious sanctuary of heaven.
IX. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from"the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Know therefore and understand, that from the first year of king Cyrus, wherein his edict goes forth for the return of the Jews to their native country and for the building of Jerusalem, until the death and accomplishment of the great work of the Messiah, shall be four hundred and ninety years; or seventy weeks of years, 'accounting seven years to a week : which said number, of four hundred vinety years, shall be thus reckoned and subdivided ; forty-nine of the first years, which are seven weeks of years, shall be taken up in the building of the temple and restoration of God's worship and service : from thenceforth to the last septenary of years, when the Messiah shall suffer death, shall be four hundred thirty-four years ; in which time, the city and the walls shall indeed be built up, but the people of the Jews shall undergo manifold troubles and vexations.
IX. 26 And after threescore and two weeks 'shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself : and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And after the end of the said four hundred thirty-four years, from the restitution of the temple, shall the Messiah be slain ; not for any cause that shall be found in him, but for the sins of men, which, by that redemption, he shall expiate : neither shall he have any more part in that city; for the Romans shall soon after come and destroy Jerusalem and the temple, and shall sweep away all before them, like 'some violent inundation of a flood; and from the beginning to the very end of this war, there shall be grievous desolations to this people.
IX. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week : and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. And in the last of those septenaries, he shall, by preaching of the Gospel of peace and institution of evangelical sacraments, establish and confirm bis everlasting covenant with all believers; and in the midst of that septenary, he shall put an end to all the legal sacrifices and rites, by his one all-sufficient sacrifice made for the sins of the world : and, for the sinful city Jerusalem, he shall cause it to be overrun with the abominable legions of the Roman victors to the utter desolation thereof; and shall not cease, till all
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the judgments, which are determined unto it, be fully consum. mated, and poured out upon that miserable city.
X. 4 As I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; I wa, in vision, by the side of the great river Tigris ;
X. 5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: And, behold, the Son of God stood before me, in the form of a man clothed in pure white linen, to signify his perfect holiness; and his loins were girt about with a girdle of the finest gold :
X. 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appear. ance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. His body was of a bright celestial colour; and his face glorious and shining, like the appearance of lightning: his eyes, from which nothing can be hid, were beamy and piercing, like fames of fire : his arms and feet were resplendent, like to polished brass ; to signify the pureness and unquestionable perfection of his proceedings: and the voice of his words was mighty and forcible.
X. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words; and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And when I heard the dreadful voice of his words, I was cast, as it were, into an ecstasy, with my face grovelling to the ground; being, for the time, bereft of the use of my senses, through astonishment.
X. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days : but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me ; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. But that angel, which hath the guardianship of the kingdom of Persia, pleaded earnestly with me, for these one and twenty days, in a desire to retain thy people somewhat longer ; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief of angels, who standeth out in favour of thy nation, came to advance and to set forward the execution of my will, concerning my Church ; but I decreed, for holy and just causes, to withhold my appearance from thee, for a time, upon the occasion of the affairs of the king of Persia. I am induced to interpret this Prince of the Kingdom of Persia,
to be an Angel ; because, in the same verse, and verse 21, Michael is termed the Prince of Israel; and one Prince of these Spiritual Governments is brought in, pleading against another; neither is it probable, that Christ is here meant by Michael, since it is he, who, in this glorious appearance,
speaketh to Daniel concerning Michael. X. 20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia : and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
Kniowest thou wherefore I came unto thee? even lest thou shouldst think thyself neglected by my absence or delay; and now, I will return to plead with the angel of Persia for your remove; and when I, together with my people, am gone forth thence, the angel, that is for Greece, shall come and prevail mightily against the Persian kingdom.
X. 21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth : and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. But I will shew thee the particularities of these passages, which are enrolled in the counsel of God's everlasting decree; wherein, I will let thee know, that neither the Persian nor the Grecian Monarchy shall long subsist : but ye, my Jewish people, shall not be cut off, notwithstanding the great malice of your enemies ; neither shall ye need to fear, for Michael, your Prince and Spiritual Guardian, is ready at hand, to attend your safety, and to yield his service to me in your protection.
XI. 1 Also 1 in the first year of Darius the Mede, even 1, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. Also, I, in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, though insensibly to 'men, stood out for the confirmation of that monarchy of his.
XI. 2 And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia ; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all : and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. And now I will shew thee the true event of future things. Behold, there shall stand up three kings successively in Persia, after this Darius, who shall yield up bis kingdom to his partner and successor, namely, Cyrus Cambyses's son and Darius Hystaspes : 1 and the fourth, which shall be Xerxes the son of that latter Darius, shall be far richer than they all, both through the treasures left by his father, and his own exactions; and, in the pride and confidence of his strength and great riches, he shall stir up all those of the east to war against Grecia. .
XI. 3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. But a mighty king, even Alexander of Macedon, shall stand out against bim, and shall overthrow the Persians; and shall rule very powerfully, and with great freedom and absoluteness.
XI. 4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward 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 beside those. And when he shall have thus overcome, and continued his monarchy for seven years, his kingdom shall be broken in pieces; and shall be divided amongst his four peers, towards all the four coasts of heaven; divided, I say, not to his posterity, for the two sons of Alexander the Great, namely Alexander and Hercules, shall shortly after die without issue, but to four of his chief com,