Daniel Chapter 11, Part 4

Verse 31Arms shall stand on his part [or, "strong ones out of him stand up"--Young's
translation], and shall pollute
the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual
sacrifice
, and they will set up the desolating abomination.”

“This we interpret to mean that, though neither the church nor the civil power succeeded in swallowing
up the other, as at one time seemed probable, yet "
strong ones" arose, who polluted the fundamental
principles both of the civil government and also of true religion. The "
sanctuary of strength," the
sacred precincts of civil authority, which for the time God had delivered over to the Gentiles, to the
kingdoms of this world, was undermined by those in the Church who thirsted for present dominion,
and who sought by every device to obtain civil power to help forward their ecclesiastical schemes;
and
the sanctuary of God
(his sacred dwelling, the Church) was defiled and degraded by the
persistent efforts of these
"strong ones" to obtain power with the civil rulers, and numbers,
and influence with the people.
This was Papacy in embryo, scheming to set itself up in power
as a sacerdotal empire
.” (C 36)

They shall pollute the sanctuary of strength [the true Church], and shall take away the daily
sacrifice [the continual sacrifice]
.” The doctrine of the Mass or Transubstantiation nullifies
Christ’s continual sacrifice
. In the ceremony Christ dies every time the Mass is said. The bread is
supposed to be his actual flesh and the wine his blood. There is said to be a fresh death with every
Mass. Roman Catholicism teaches that Christ started the Christian Church, but through their
priesthood the communicants’ condition has to be refreshed. They claim that all are sinners and thus all
need absolution of sins committed daily. “
They shall place there (in the sanctuary of strength) the
abomination that makes desolate
[the doctrine of the Mass or Transubstantiation].”

“It should be noted that
Matthew 24:15, 16 proves conclusively that the “abomination that makes
desolate
” still had not been fulfilled in Jesus’ day. Since Antiochus Epiphanes lived prior to Christ, he
clearly cannot be the fulfillment. “
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand :)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains
.” Jesus was warning his followers to
look into the future for the fulfillment
.” (The Book of Daniel, Page 142)

Verse 32 and 33Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery;
but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of
the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword
and flame, by captivity and plundering
.”

“Those in the Church who failed to live up to their covenant with the Lord fell an easy prey to the
flatteries, honors, titles, etc., held before them by the Papal hierarchy as it began to have influence. But
though many yielded to the errors, all did not; for we read, "
But the people that do know their God
shall be strong and deal valiantly; and they that understand among the people shall instruct
many
."

Thus is shown a division of the Church into two marked classes, distinguished in Dan. 8:11-14
as
the sanctuary and the host: one class, corrupted by the flattering honors of the world,
violated its covenant with God, while the other class was really strengthened by the
persecutions to which their loyalty to God exposed them
. Among the latter class were some
who understood the situation, and taught the faithful that thus it was written in the
Scriptures that
the Antichrist, or Man of Sin, would develop from a great falling away in the
Church
.” (C 37)

But the people that do know their God [the faithful or truly consecrated] shall be strong, and
do exploits
.” Revelation 2:13 speaks of them as “Antipas,” meaning “against the fathers.” “Thou
holds fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my
faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells
” (Rev 2:13). The faithful minority
who did “
know their God” were “strong,” boldly risking their lives unto death. The Pergamos period
of the Church extended from 313 A.D. to 1157 A.D.
many days.” (The Book of Daniel, Page
143
)

Verse 34 and 35Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join
with them by intrigue. And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify
them, and make them white until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed tim
e.”

The full period of the persecutor's (Papacy's) power, 1260 years, would not end until 1799;
but before its end God granted
a little help through the Reformation movement, which, though at
first it rather increased persecution, afterward gave some comfort and protection to those falling
because of fidelity to God's Word. The Reformation prevented the complete crushing out of the truth
from the world.
But, alas! With the little help came the "flatterers" again. As soon as persecution
began to abate the adversary resorted to the same device, by which he had formerly succeeded in
corrupting and degrading the church, to now overcome the reform movements.
Kings and princes
began to give honors and titles to Protestants and to unite with Protestantism; and this led to
serious evil results and deflection from the covenant, as we read:
"But many shall cleave to
them with flatteries; and some of them of understanding [
leaders, reformers, teachers, who
had been able to instruct many concerning Papacy's errors
] shall fall; to try them [the faithful
few
] and to purge and to make them white."

Tracing the prophecy further, we find that as the previous verses pointedly describe the
leading characters prominently connected with the transfer of dominion to Greece and then to
Rome, and then craftily, gradually, stealthily to Papacy as a power which grew up out of civil
Rome, so also when it comes to the very important point of noting where Papal dominion was
broken, it is but reasonable to expect that
Napoleon Bonaparte, the leading character
associated with this change, should be marked out; and that, too,
not by a description of his
personal appearance, but by a description of his peculiar characteristics
, just as Augustus and
Tiberius Caesar were indicated. Such a description we do find; and Napoleon Bonaparte's
career corresponds exactly with that description
.

Verses 31-35 describe Papacy, its errors and abominations, and the Reformation and its "little help"
yet partial failure through flatteries; and these verses bring us down to the "
Time of the End," and
show us that, notwithstanding the little help afforded, some would fall by persecution until the Time of
the End. And so it was: in all the countries subject to Papacy--Spain, France, etc.--persecution through
the terrible Inquisition continued, until broken effectually by Napoleon.

Next follow the verses descriptive of Napoleon, the instrument employed by Providence to break
Papacy's power and to begin her torture, which will end in utter destruction, to be accomplished later
on; as it is written, "
Whom the Lord shall destroy with the bright shining of his presence." 2
Thess 2:8
(C 38, 39)

Continued with next post.


                                       
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