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had its fulfilment in events which followed each other, in regular and close succession, in the order of authentic history.
The number of agreements, between the latter part of the prophecy, when taken in that view, and these events, is great ; and many of the events are of the deepest interest of any that have ever occurred in the world, -being no less than the advent of Christ, the precise time of which is foreshewn in this prophecy,—the deliverance he wrought for mankind,—his preaching, and that of his Apostles, and the communication of the Gospel to the Gentiles. At the same time, the order and time of the fulfilment are such, as to obviate, in the most effectual manner, the ancient infidel objection to this prophecy of Daniel,-frequently renewed in modern times, that it was written after the events took place. These circumstances have, in the Author's view, given such importance to the subject, that, as a small contribution to the evidences of the Christian Religion, he ventures to offer these illustrations to the public,
It will be seen that, in the discussions, he refers chiefly to our most common and popular authorities, both in Theological Literature, and in History. He does so, indeed, in preference; because their being common and popular is just the seal of a very general approbation attached to them, and thus a ground of much confidence, that no one, who relies on them, will be liable to any great error, in doing so. There are, therefore, many things introduced, which must be deemed very trite and common, excepting in their new application. There are also not a few repetitions of subjects, or parts of subjects, which appeared necessary for the sake of clearness, in placing some things in a new light. He is sensible, that, in various respects, this little Volume will be found very imperfect; but he has the utmost assurance, that the Christian public will extend indulgence to every honest attempt, however limited or feeble, to illustrate any part of the Sacred Volume; and he trusts, that, in making his present attempt to do so, his desire is sincere to aid in promoting the knowledge of Divine Truth, and in confirming the conviction, in Christian minds, of the Heavenly Origin of the Bible.
The passage of Daniel's last prophecy, which is the subject of illustration, begins with the 31st verse of the xi. chapter, and extends to the end of the Book of Daniel.--Bishop Newton's account of the various opinions that have been held regarding it.-Brief statement of his interpretation of it.- That interpretation deserts the historical order of events,—Is inconsistent with the view, in which the passage is presented, by our Saviour's express quotation of the Prophet Daniel,- And with some terms in the passage itself.-Brief statement of the interpretation of the passage now to be offered. Translation of the passage, and criticism vindicating the changes, made in it, from the common translation. . . . . . . . PAGE 9
The three last visions of Daniel, which are—that of the ram and he-goat, in the eighth chapter--that of the seventy weeks, in the ninth chapter-and that of the things noted in the Scripture of truth, in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth chapters, have all one main subject, and mutually throw light on each other.--Exception to this, in the prophecy of the 2300 evenings and mornings, in the vision of the eighth chapter, which stands detached from every thing else, both in the vision, and in the explanation given of it by Gabriel, and is shut up, and not yet fulfilled.--Certain terms in Daniel's last prophecy plainly declare, that all parts of it would be fulfilled, when the Jews were scattered abroad, which took place at the capture of Jerusalem by the Romans. Christ's express quotation from Daniel, in his prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem, taken from the concluding part of Daniel's last prophecy, proving that part to be a
first, being on the side of Cleopatra and Antony–in the rapidity of
his painful disease. . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 93