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by Dr. John Thomas
Having purchased principalities in it at enormous prices, they make a conscience of reimbursing themselves in the shortest possible time by every kind of extortion; well-knowing, in past times at least, that if a higher price were offered than they had given, their heads would soon appear at Constantinople, in attestation of their dangerous posts being occupied by equally unscrupulous exactors.
But is the Holy Land to continue for ever as it is at this day?
Is the Little Horn of the Goat always to divide it for a price among his pashas?
These are questions of great interest to all who believe the gospel of the kingdom of God and his Christ.
If the reader has accompanied me through this volume, he will, I doubt not, be ready to answer in full assurance of faith and hope, with an emphatic "No, it is impossible".
Yea, verily, it is impossible that it can always be desolate and subject to the horns of the Gentiles.
If it were, the kingdom of God could never be established; for the Holy Land is the territory of the kingdom.
To all, then, who believe "the things of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ," how intensely interesting must the future destiny of this country be!
Well may it be said by the prophet, "Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth".
But when and how shall the land of Israel be wrested from the Little Horn of the Goat?
As to the when, the prophecy contained in the last six verses of the eleventh chapter plainly informs us, that it shall be in the Time of the End; "for at the time of the end shall be the vision".
This period is also termed, "the last end of the indignation; for at the time appointed the end shall be".
In others words, the winding up of the vision shall be at the expiration of a given time.
The next question is, What given time is this, and when does it expire?
In reply to this, I remark that the only time given in connection with the vision of the Ram and He-goat, and the prophecy connected with it, is a long interval of 2,300 years from the evening to the morning of the vision-period.
The Septuagint reads 2,400; and the Hebrew may not be better authority than the Greek translation here, and that says 2,300 as in the common version.
Assuming, then, 2,400 is correct, the question is still before us, When does this period expire?
A similar inquiry is made in the text, namely, "How long the vision?
" "At," or till "the time of the end shall be the vision".
Then the 2,400 years are to reach no further than the time of the end, the duration of that end not being defined by the time of the vision.
… To repeat the question, "How long the vision (concerning the taking away of) the daily, and the treading down by that which maketh desolate, to give both the holy (land) and the host (of Israel) to be trodden under foot?
" To this question it was replied, "Unto 2,400 days; then shall the holy (land) be cleansed".
We are not to understand by this, that the Holy Land would be cleansed in the 2,401st year; but that the 2,400 years being expired, the subsequent event to be brought about would be the cleansing of the land of Israel.