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by Dr. John Thomas
He hardened the king of Egypt's heart not to accept the land on any other terms than his own, which were certain not to be granted.
If they had yielded to his demand, "the Eastern Question" would have been diplomatically settled, and the course of events regarding Israel turned into a different, and perhaps opposite, channel; but as the affair of 1840 has left the country, its destiny remains to be the subject of a future arrangement, when the dominion of the Little Horn subsides into that of the Russo-Assyrian Horn of the Goat.
The eleventh chapter of Daniel is therefore fulfilled as far as the first colon of the fortieth verse.
The things which remain to be accomplished in the time of the end are briefly outlined in the remaining part of the chapter.
The king of Egypt having pushed at the Little Horn, as we have seen, the next event of the prophecy is an attack upon him by the king of the north, as it is written, "And the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships"; that is, the Russo-Assyrian autocrat shall attack Constantinople by sea and land, and with such whirlwind impetuosity that the Sultan's dominion shall be swept away.
The whirlwind nature of the attack implies, I think, not only its overwhelming character, but that when it is made, the allies of the Sultan will be off their guard; that is, by the Autocrat's assurances of peace and moderation for which they will give him credit, Constantinople will be left unprotected, and it will fall into his hands before they can come to the rescue.
To "push at him," and to "come against him" are phrases which imply more than simple invasion; they indicate likewise the direction that invasion is to take.
In the case of the king of the south, when he "pushed at him," he directed his course towards Constantinople, but he did not "come against him," because he was stopped by "the powers".
The king of the north, however, is to do more than push, he is actually to "come against" the Sultan, which can only be done by sitting down before Constantinople.
Now between the pushing of the king of the south in 1839, and the coming of the king of the north, there has as yet been an interval of ten years.
It is not to be suppoed that the Autocrat would attack the Porte without some provocation, real or pretended.
It is therefore the mission of the Frogs, as we have seen in a former chapter, to bring about such a state of things as will involve the Autocrat and Sultan in war.
This situation has been created, and, it is probable, that when spring arrives the sultan will be attacked, and that 185 will see the end of the Ottoman dominion.
The reader will perceive, then, that the operation of the Frog-power comes in between the attacks of the king of Egypt and the Russo-Assyrians upon the Porte.
The policy they originate is to involve the whole habitable in war the more immediate effect of which will be, that "the king of the north shall enter the countries, and shall overflow and pass over".
To "enter into the countries" implies invasion; but to "overflow and pass over" indicates conquest.
The result of the conquest will be that "many countries shall be overthrown".
The war will have made terrible havoc with the horn-kingdoms and the Austro-papal empire; the former will have lost their independence, and the latter will have been "destroyed unto the end".
Of the horn-kingdoms, it is predicted, saying, "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them"; and again, "The Beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat upon the horse, and against his army.
And (these) the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh".
Now, this field of battle is to be the valley of Megiddo in the land of Israel.
In view of this, has the question ever occurred to the reader, what possible inducement could there be for the rulers of Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy; etc., to march their armies into Palestine?
What inducement was there for the kings of Europe to meet Napoleon at Dresden, and to march their armies into Russia in 1812?