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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

But she shall cleave to her husband and not stand, neither be for him, but shall join with her husband in congratulating the Roman Senate on the victory they had gained over her father at Thermopylae (b.

191).

After this shall Antiochus, at the earnest solicitation of the Atolians, turn his face unto the isles of Greece, and shall take many; but a military commander (kotzin), L.

Scipio, the Roman consul, shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own disgrace he, Scipio, shall cause it to turn upon Antiochus, by defeating him at Mount Sipylus, and repulsing him from every part of Asia Minor.

As the condition of peace, the Romans required him to pay 15,000 talents; 500 down, 2,500 on the ratification of the treaty, and the rest in twelve years at 1,000 talents per annum.

These terms being acceded to, 19.

he shall turn his face toward the fortress, or capital, of his own land, being much at a loss how to raise the tribute.

While in the province of Elymais, he heard of a considerable treasure in the temple of Jupiter Belus.

He accordingly broke into it in the dead of night, and carried off all its riches.

But he shall stumble and fall, and not be found; for the provincials, exasperated at the robbery, rebelled against him, and murdered him and all his attendants (b.c.

187).

Then shall stand up in Antiochus' estate, or kingdom, his son Seleucus Philopator, one who causeth an exactor to pass over the glory of the kingdom; the business of his reign being to raise the tribute for the Romans.

But within few days -- that is, twelve years -- he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle, being poisoned by Heliodorus, his prime minister, having reigned long enough to pay the last instalment to the Romans.

And in his, Seleucus Philopator's, place shall stand up Heliodorus, a vile person, being both a poisoner and usurper, to whom they, the authorities of the nation, shall not give the honour of the kingdom; but Antiochus Epiphanes shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries bestowed on the party of Heliodorus.

And with the arms of a flood by which they shall be formidably invaded, shall they, the Egyptians, be overflown from before Antiochus, whom they excite to war by demanding the restitution of Coele-Syria and Palestine.

And they shall be broken, or subdued; yea, also Onias the prince, or high priest, of the Mosaic covenant, shall be murdered, as in b.

172, it came to pass.

And after the league made with Ptolemy Philometor, Antiochus shall work deceitfully after his second invasion of Egypt, b.

170 for he shall come up to Alexandria, and he shall become strong with a small people, or army.

By his deceit, 24.

he shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province to which he reduces Egypt; and he, Antiochus, shall do that which his fathers, or predecessors have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; namely, he shall scatter among his followers, the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds of Egypt, even for a time.

And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for the Alexandrians seeing him in the hands of Antiochus, and lost to them, shall forecast devices against him, and place the crown of Egypt upon the head of his brother Euergetes II.

Yea, they that feed of the portion of Philometor's meat, even his courtiers, shall separate, or renounce, him; and his, Antiochus', army shall overflow Egypt; and many of the Egyptians shall fall down slain.