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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Exactly to the month "he was cut off, but not for himself," 490 years after the decree of Artaxerxes in the twentieth of his reign.

"The matter" revealed to Daniel, who was at the same time exhorted to "consider the vision," to a part of which it referred, was all accomplished as far as the seventy weeks were concerned.

There only remained now the destruction of the city and temple, the taking away of the sacrifice and the oblation, and subsequent desolation of the land, by the Little Horn of the Goat.

Was that to succeed the crucifixion instanter?

or after how long a time were these calamities to come to pass?

As I have already shown, no one but God could tell; for He withheld the knowledge of it from everyone but Himself; and left it to reveal itself when the time of the judgment of Gehenna should arrive.

At the end of the latter half-part of the week the Lord "caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease" as an acceptable offering for sin.

The sacrifice of himself put an end to sin-offerings as far as believers in him were concerned.

They still continued to be offered by the nation; but when the people of the Little Horn should come to execute the work assigned them, even these should be violently interrupted; for "the daily was to be taken away, and the place of its sanctuary east down".

This was fully accomplished about 37 years after the crucifixion, that is to say, in about seventy years from the birth of Christ.

But why was it removed?

Why might not the Mosaic religion continue to be practised in Canaan, as well as the false religions of the Gentiles in the several countries of the earth?

Because "an abomination that maketh desolate" was to be "set up".

Now, so long as the daily and its holy place continued, there would be no place for this abomination.

The daily must therefore be removed to make way for it.

They could not exist contemporarily: neither does it follow that "the abomination" was to succeed the suppression of the daily, immediately.

The facts in the case forbid this conclusion.

Palestine and Syria were for ages after, populous and wealthy provinces of the Roman habitable.

The notion that the duration of the abomination was to be dated from a.

70 is derived from the English version of Daniel; twelfth chapter and eleventh verse.

It is there written, "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate be set up, there shall be 1,290 days".

In the Hebrew the italic words are not in the text.

Leaving out these words, or rather, giving a more literal version without supplying any words at all, the passage appears intelligible enough.