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ample of the constancy of some worthy martyrs shall be a means to work upon divers of them; but very many shall, through their flatteries and plausible persuasions, be drawn away.
XI. 35 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 : because it is yet for a time appointed. And not only those of the meanest rank for knowledge and understanding, but even those which are noted and eminent, shall fall; wherein God's purpose is for the trial and purging of his Church, that the hypocritical professors being removed, it may be pure and holy: but this trial and affliction shall not be perpetual ; it shall be till the end of that time, which God hath appointed unto it.
XI. 36 And the king shall do according to his will ; and he shal? exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished. And this proud Antiochus shall do what him listeth; and shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above all that is called God; and shall speak horrible blasphemies against him, that is the only true God; and shall go on prosperously in his wicked courses, till the full measure of God's indignation be made up against him, and till the time of his severe judgment shall come.
XI. 37 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, He shall be a perfect Antichrist; not regarding, even those gods, which his fathers worshipped, but scorning all whatsoever deities; and shall be void of those natural affections, which are commonly incident unto men; being only bent to fulfil his cruel and bloody desires, without all respect, either to men or to God himself, over whom he shall, in the pride of his heart, exalt himself.
XI. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces : and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. But yet in the seat or temple of God in Jerusalem, he shall fashionably honour Jupiter Olympius, a Grecian god, whom his fathers knew not, as being only acquainted with the Syrian deities; him, I say, he shall honour with gifts and offerings of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and pleasant things.
XI. 39 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. Thus shall be do in the most strong holds of Judea ; setting up the image and worship of this strange god in them all: and, those base persons, whom he shall affect, he shall advance to great glory; and shall cause them to rule over many better than themselves; and shall share the land of Judea amongst them, for a reward of their unworthy service.
XI. 40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south presh at him : and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, &c. And at the time fore-appointed by God, which shall be two years after the setting up of this idolatry in Judea, shall the king of Egypt make head against this Antiochus king of Syria ; and the king of Syria shall come against him, like a whirlwind, &c.
XI. 41 And he shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown. And, having overrun Egypt, he shall again enter into the goodly land of Judea, and many countries shall be wasted by him.
XI. 43 And the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. And the Ethiopians shall submit themselves to him, and follow him in his wars.
XI. 44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him : therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to make away many. But tidings shall come to him, from the east, which shall trouble him, viz. that the Parthians have invaded his coast; and so also from the north of Egypt, where he shall then be, that the Jews are endeavouring a revolt from himn : therefore he shall go forth of Egypt, with much fury, and revengeful resolutions to destroy many.
XI. 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. And he shall resolve to settle his palace in Judea, between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, even in the glorious holy moun. tain of Sion ; yet he shall be defeated, and brought at last to his end; and, when he shall have diverted his forces against the Persian, he shall be shamefully foiled, and none shall help him.
XII. 1 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. And at that time, when Antiochus shall have left his affairs in Judea together with his son to the charge of Lysias, and shall go himself upon his expedition against the Parthians, then shall Michael stand up, that great Archangel, which standeth for the children of thy people, very seasonably, in respect of the great trouble and affliction of that nation ; which shall have been so great, as never was since there was a people upon earth : and at that time shall be begun the happy deliverance of thy people, even of every
elect servants, whose names are written in the Book of Life.
XII. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
But the full deliverance of all my chosen ones, which is figured by that other, shall be only accomplished in the day of their final resurrection : wherein all flesh shall arise from their graves, though to different and contrary ends; for some shall rise to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting confusion.
XII. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament ; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. And they, that are spiritually wise to know God and themselves, shall have meet proportion of glory, and shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; but those, which are the means to convert and save others, shall be yet more glorious, and shall shine as the stars in that firmament for ever.
XII. 4. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end : many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. But thou, O Daniel, keep thou these words to thyself; record them safely, but, when thou hast done, seal them up, till the determined time, when they shall be communicated to the world : at which time, many shall take pains to be informed of my truth and the state of my Church, and knowledge shall be increased.
XH. 5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. Then I, Daniel, looked ; and, behold, there stood two other angels by the side of the bank of the river Tygris, one on the one side, and the other on the other side.
XII. 6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonder's? And the one of them, as desiring to look into these great myste. ries, said to Christ, the great Angel of the Covenant, who was the man clothed in linen, and who stood upon the waters by Tygris all this while; How long shall it be to the end of all these wonderful events ?
XII. 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it should be for a time, times, and an half ; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And I heard Christ, the Eternal Son of God, to answer him again ; who, lifting up both his hands towards heaven, the place of his throne, sware by himself, and his Eternal Father, and Blessed Spirit, that this calamity of bis Church shall be but short, even for the space of only three years and some few days ; after which, the true worship of God, which shall be defaced at Jerusalem, shall be restored ; and at the end whereof, the hostile power of Antiochus, wherewith God's people shall have been annoyed and grievously vexed, shall be scattered and utterly defeated.
XII. 8 And I heard, but I understood not : then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things ? . And I, Daniel, beard, but I did not distinctly and clearly enough understand, the answer that was given : then I besought Christ, the Word of his Father, that he would be pleased to give me a more clear and full understanding of these things.
XII. 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel : for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. And he said, Go thy ways, Daniel ; and content thyself with so much as is already revealed unto thee: for the particularities of these prophecies are not to be fully conceived, till the time of the ful6lling of them.
XII. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and none of the wicked shall understand ; but the wise shall understand. In the mean time, know, that this general affliction, which shall befal my Church, shall have different issues ; for many, who are God's elect, shall be bettered thereby, and made more holy and perfect; but others again shall rather be hardened in their wickedness: and none of the wicked shall regard either the judgments or mercies of God, or take heed to these promises or threatenings; but the godly wise will lay both of them to heart, accordingly.
XII. i1 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety days. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away by Antiochus Epiphanes, and that abominable army of his shall seize upon the temple and all the holds of Judea, until the time that the same Antiochus shall be forced to yield to and confirm the reformation made by Judas Maccabeus, shall be three years, seven months, and thirteen days; which shall be seven months and three days, after the banishing of that shameful idolatry of Antiochus, and the beginnings of his happy restoration of God's true worship.
XII. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Yet, even after this blessing, there is another worth your expecting, which is the death of this cruel tyrant, Epiphanes; that shall fall about two months after this later period : happy is he, therefore, that waiteth patiently upon God, and lives to see this effected, at the end of three years and about nine months, from the first erection of that his detestable idolatry.
XII. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. But go thou thy way, and rest in peace; contenting thyself with so much, as is revealed to thee: and quietly hold that station, wherein God hath placed thee, in an humble and silent expectarion of these events, till the very end of thy days.
END OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
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