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Not satisfied with this signal vengeance, Antiochus forcibly entered into the temple as far as the sanctuary, and the most sacred places, not excepting the “holy of holies,” where the high priest alone was permitted once a year. Adding sacrilege to profanation, he carried away the altar of perfumes--the table for the shew-bread the golden candlestick—the utensils of Divine service, gifts and equipage. He sacked the city, and returned to his country with the spoils of ill-gotten victories; leaving the miserable inhabitants of Palestine under a governor of his own appointment.
In a subsequent contest with the Egyptians—the latter being aided by the Romans, he was defeated, and compelled to retire to his own dominions. Chagrined at this repulse, he determined to wreak his vengeance on the Jews, though they had given'no new occasion for offence. So passing through Palestine on his return, he detached twenty two thousand men from his army under Apollonius, with orders to destroy the city of Jerusalem. This General embraced the opportunity of their defenceless condition when engaged in religious worship on the Sabbath, and put the inhabitants to the sword by a general massacre. Afterward the city was sacked and plundered, and in many parts, reduced to ashes. A garrison of soldiers was stationed near the temple, who murdered all that came to pay their devotions. The morning and evening sacrifice, was suppressed-all was desolation and ruin.
Antiochus then published a decree, that the particular form of Paganism maintained in Syria, should be the required religion throughout all the annexed provinces of the empire. An agent was employed to carry this order into execution in Palestine. On his arrival at Jerusalem he put a stop to the offering of sacrifices to the God of Israel, and discontinued all the observances of the Jewish law. The Syrians polluted the temple—profaned the Sabbath—and abolished all the ordinances of the Jewish Re
ligion. They erected altars and chapels in every part of the country, and filled them with Pagan idols, and required the people to offer sacrifices to them.
This grievous persecution caused some dauntless spirits to bid defiance to the demands of the tyrant. 'They retired to the fastnesses of the mountains. Numbers followed them there. A nucleus was formed, around which multitudes gathered-determined to resist the unholy mandates of their despotic king.
They eventually became so formidable as to retrieve their fortunes, and regain their independence. They drove the enemy from their country, and re-established their institutions and laws. The usurper was expelled, and the kingdom recovered to the persecuted, oppressed, and ill-treated Jews.
This impiety, sacrilege and barbarity of the Syrian monarch is expressed by the prophet in very pertinent language. shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the
Most High-and think to change times and laws." The recovery of the possession of government, the regaining of liberty, is mentioned in language as appropriate. the judgement shall sit, and they shall take away
his dominion to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High,”---alluding to the Jews, denomiated the saints—the people of God.
“The time, times, and the dividing of time,” to which the saints were to be subjected to the little horn, or Syrian king, when worrying and devouring them, signifies three years and a half, that transpired between the destruction of Jerusalem, and the profanation of religious rites by the Syrian General—and the redemption of Palestine, and purification of the temple by Judas Maccabeus-a leader of the Jews.
Thus was literally fulfilled so much of the prophecy of Daniel, B. C. 160.
Vision of the Ram and He-goat-Given explanation
showing it to relate to what is contained in the vision of the Four Beasts—Symbolic representations of the horns of these two Animals—Division of Subjects -Fulfilment of particular Prophecies.
THEREFORE UNDERSTAND THE MATTER, AND CON
SIDER THE VISION.-Daniel 9: 23.
AFTER the vision of the four beasts that came up from the sea, dissimilar in charac. ter, and representing the four great monarchies of the world: the Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman—and their passing away to give place to the kingdom established by God,