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months, that is three years and a half, during which time it is given him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, counting from that date (Rev. 13:5-7).

Fourth, the holy city is given unto the Gentiles to be trodden under foot forty and two months (Rev. 11:2), which is the same as the dragon and little horn, in connection with the Gentiles, making war upon the saints, commencing at the same time (Rev. 11:3).

Fifth, the witnesses prophesy one thousand, two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth, commencing at that date (Rev. 11:3).

Sixth, the woman Aies away into the wilderness where she is nourished for a time, times and a half from the face of the serpent, or as it is said again, that they should feed her there a thousand, two hundred and three score days (Rev. 12:6, 14).

Seventh, the scattering of the power of the holy people according to the oath of the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, continues for a time, times and an half, until the end of these wonders (Dan. 12:7).

Eighth, from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days. This period extends one month beyond the termination of the time, times and a half.

Now shall a month devour them with their portions" (Dan. 12:11; Hos. 5:7).

Ninth, 1335 days from this same beginning the dead are raised who have been slain for the witness of Jesus and the word of God during these times of trouble and persecution, while the little horn, sustained and strengthened by the beast which carries him, makes war upon the saints (Dan. 12:12-13).

Tenth, 2300 days, being six years, four months and twenty days counting from this same epoch, the sanctuary will be justified and vindicated by the destruction of the Assyrian upon the mountains of Israel (Dan. 8: 13-14).

The prophecies that are fulfilled during these periods which commence at the same date, running parallel with each other, are both various, great, and marvellous. The covenant, that is the new covenant, is confirmed with many; the little horn makes war upon the saints; it is given to the dragon to make war upon the saints; the holy city (the saints of the Most High) is given unto the Gentiles to be trodden under foot; the witnesses (men like Moses and Aaron) prophesy; the woman flies into the wilderness; the power of the holy people is scattered; the transgression of desolation is set up and the Temple is defiled during the prevalence of these prophetic times and periods.

THE TIME OF TROUBLE (DAN. 11:31-35) The time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, commences with the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, which they set up in the Temple. Then the troubles and persecutions begin and continue for three years and a half, even until this vile person, this profane and wicked prince of Israel, is overturned, as it is written of him, saying, “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it (the diadem and crown), and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and I will give it him.”


Now the things which will befall the righteous during these unexampled persecutions are described in chapter 11 (verses 32, 33, 34), saying, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he (the king of Israel) corrupt by flatteries, but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits, and they that understand among the people shall instruct many, yet they shall fall by the sword, and by Aame, by captivity, and by spoil many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help, but many shall cleave to them with Aatteries, and some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end, for it is yet for a time appointed."

This passage indicates that while the saints of these times are comparatively few in number, yet it is said that they that understand among the people shall instruct many. Again it is said, “He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week

a period of seven years. Therefore the numbers of the saints will increase greatly, even in these times of persecution. Moreover they will be strong and resist the enemy and the avenger, for it is said of them, that the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And again, “When they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help.”

Therefore the righteous will not be left altogether at the mercy of the powers of darkness, and although many will fall before the enemy, yet a goodly number will be written among the living in Jerusalem, who will survive and live through these times of trouble and will see ace upon Israel, when the scorner shall be consumed out of the land and the accuser of their brethren shall be cast down, which accused them before their God, day and night (Rev. 12: 10).

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THE KING THAT DOES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL The deeds and evil works of this mighty king in Israel are described by the angel as follows, saying, “ And the king shall do according to his will, and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every God, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished, for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god, for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces, and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold and silver and with precious stones and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain ” (Dan. 11:36-39).

This is a graphic description of a king in Israel in the latter days. He is a great and mighty king, but not by his own power, and he prospers till God's indignation against his own people, the remnant, is accomplished, for that which God hath decreed shall be done. He claims to be a god, and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God, even as Paul says of him under the title of the man of sin (II Thess. 2: 1-12). And although this king magnifies himself so greatly, he nevertheless is but a horn



upon the head of the beast, and is only allowed to prosper until he reaches a certain given point of time, when his purposes will come to naught, and his dominion will be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed even to the end. And although he claims to be a God, yet his subserviency to another power is seen in that he is obliged to honor a strange god with silver, gold, and precious stones and pleasant things, even the king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences; who comes with a well-appointed system of idolatry which the king of Israel will be compelled to honor.

But when this king that does according to his will has reached the end of his term of warring against the saints of the Most High, and the time of the end has come, then the angel says that the king of the south shall push at him, and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots and with many ships, and he shall enter into the countries and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown.


Edom, Moab and Ammon Plucked Up But these three, Edom, Moab, and Ammon, shall escape out of his hand.” These are the three horns that are plucked up by the king of Israel (Dan. 7:8) even after he has been overflown by the king of the north who has swept over these countries like a flood by his victorious armies, and gone down to the countries of Ethiopia, Libya, and Egypt, for it is said, “He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps."

Rebellion in the Rear

When the victorious king of the north has swept over the countries and gone down into the countries southwest from the land of Israel, Moab, Ammon, and Edom; and when the king of Israel dares to rebel against him by dealing treacherously and by plucking up by the roots, that is by detaching from his sovereignty the kingdoms of Edom, Moab, and Ammon; and when the news of these things reaches the ears of this mighty conqueror who has just spoiled and subdued Egypt and slain the Ethiopian head to death, insomuch that the Libyans and Ethiopians come marching in the ranks of his victorious army, then he comes forth now with great fury to exterminate and destroy those who have been bold enough to rebel against him, as it is said (1:44), “But tidings out of the north and out of the east shall trouble him; therefore he shall go forth with great fury, to destroy and utterly to make away many."

But this mighty king of the north knows not the thoughts and purposes of the Lord God of Israel, for the Lord has said long ago, by the prophet Isaiah (14: 24-25) as follows, “The Lord hath sworn saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot. Then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden from off their shoulders ”- that is, from off the shoulders of them that are escaped


of the house of Israel. And to this agree the words of the angel to Daniel,

" saying (verse 45), “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

Thus we have in this famous prophecy of what shall befall Daniel's people in the latter days, an account of a continuous and connected series of national events, beginning with the latter day Medo-Persian empire, and in the latter day doings of the king of Israel and Judah in connection with the kings of the north and the kings of the south, and ending with the overthrow of the king of the north, or the Assyrian, with all his hosts upon the mountains of Israel. And although there has been a partial fulfillment of some portions of this prophecy in the past, as a shadow or earnest of what was and still is to come, that fact does by no means detract or take from the prophecy as it applies to the future. Moreover, this prophecy presents chiefly the outlines of the great things that are to be witnessed in those times, but the minutiæ will be found in other Scriptures, and especially in the Book of the Revelation.


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THE STANDING UP OF MICHAEL In the first verse of chapter 12, which is a continuance of the same vision and prophecy, we read, " And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people, and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time. And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Now for kings and princes to stand up, as contained in this prophecy, means to stand up in battle and to wage war and fight, as it is said (11:14), “And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south, also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision, but they shall fall," and again (verse 20), “Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes," and again (verse 21), “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person.”

Thus to stand up, as it is here said, is to stand up as a prince to rule and to wage war and to contend in battle. This is what is signified by the standing up of Michael. But at what point of time and during what period does Michael stand up for Daniel's people, which in this case will be for the saints, the residue of Israel? We reply, It will be during the time of trouble which commences with the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the placing of the abomination of desolation in the Temple, and continues for a time, times and half a time, and ends with the casting out of the king of Israel, and the cutting down of his great power and authority for making war upon the saints. The saints are delivered into the hand of the little horn for fortytwo months, and were it not that Michael stands up for them and renders them “a little help ” (Dan. 11:34) there is no doubt that the righteous would be utterly exterminated out of the land. Jesus said, “Except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved, but for the elects' sake, those days shall be shortened ” (Matt. 24: 22).

1 That this is a future event, see the beginning of the chapter, which locates it at the time when the twelve tribes of Israel will be living in their own land once more. See also verse 26.

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"And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” That is, when Michael shall have waged war against, and restrained the king that does according to his will until his term has run out and Michael has prevailed and taken away his great power and authority, then the saints that have been under his care will be delivered, every one that is written in the book, or as the Lord speaks by the hand of Isaiah, saying, “And it shall come to pass that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” These are the ones who are written in the book to live, who are spared in the day of the Lord's anger, and live in the flesh when these troubles are past, and who form the nucleus of a new nation, who are to flourish in the earth for a thousand years in great peace and prosperity. The standing up of Michael, and the power against whom he contends in battle we will speak of more fully when we come to treat of the things contained in the twelfth chapter of the Book of the Revelation.

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A RESURRECTION OF RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED (Dan. 12:2) “ And many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." It should be observed in this passage that it is not said that “all ” that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, but that "many" shall awake, and of the many that awake, part of them awake to everlasting life, and the remainder to shame and everlasting contempt. The shame is the feeling that arises in themselves as they rise clothed in their own filthy garments, and not in the clean white garments of salvation; while the righteous rise clothed with the spotless robes of righteousness. Contempt is the feeling that the righteous will have for them. These great truths are well illustrated by Jesus in the parable of the net, to which the kingdom of heaven is likened. A net cast into the sea may gather many fish, and what it gathers are drawn ashore, consisting of two kinds, good and bad; the good are gathered into vessels, and the bad are cast away.

The law divided fish into two kinds, clean and unclean, and they represent two classes of people in the body of Christ, the clean and the unclean. Fish without scales, such as eels, represent the wicked, a slippery, slimy, wriggling class of people who, after knowing the way of righteousness, turn again, like washed hogs to their wallowing in the mire,- a hypocritical class who cover up their sins, lie, and deceive, and screen, and justify themselves. These are to be cast away in the judgment, while fish with scales are clean fish and good for food, and they represent the righteous who are clean and fit for their master's use.

And as in fishing with a net, but a very small portion of all the fishes that swim in the sea are caught therein, and as the fish which are not compassed in the net, and are therefore not drawn ashore die and disappear in the sea and are never seen or heard of, so also with the great mass of the children of men, who have never heard the Gospel, or those who have heard it but never obeyed it. All these live and die in the great sea of nations, and return to their native dust and will never rise or appear any more. These all die in Adam. A man to rise again must believe and obey the Gospel and die in

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