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" And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.
« For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ : and shall deceive many.
Verse 6. “ And ye shall hear of wars, and rumours of wars : see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is
“ For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.
Verse 8. forrows.
“ All these are the beginning of
« Then shall they deliver you up to be amicted, and shall kill you : and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's fake.
“ And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one. another.
Verse II. “ And many false prophets shall rife, and shall deceive many.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Verse 13. “ But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.
Verse 15. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.”)
This declaration of our Saviour is evidently an illustration of Daniel, Chap. 7. v. 25 *. And the 15th verse of St. Matthew is sufficient evidence to establish, beyond all question, the divine authority of this prophet.
* And he Mall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the Saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws.
The prophecy which is contained in the first two verses of this chapter, is admitted by all writers to have been fulfilled in the capture and destruction of Jerusalem by Titus Vespasian. In the fourth verse we read these words, “ Take heed that no man deceive you.” This caution cannot be considered solely as confined to the apostles, but must be understood as an admonition to the Christian world; so must also the whole of this chapter, because it contains events which are to happen until the kingdom of Christ shall be established.
Verse 5, 6, 7, 8-Foretell that heretical doctrines will very early be introduced into the Church, and that other calamities will follow.
10—If considered as applying personally to the Apostles, infer, that after their death, impiety and troubles would increase. But the killing of the Apostles may more properly be applied to their writings; as the latter part of the oth verse seems to indicate.
Verse 11.-_May be considered to refer to the Mahometan religion, by Mahomed, styling himself the Prophet and Apostle of God. So did also the promulgators of the different sects of that religion.
DANIEL. It is unnecessary to trouble the Reader with comments on the events described in this book, which are already fulfilled For instance, the rise and fall of the Persian and Greek Empires; and the progressive advancement of the Roman Empire, as described by the figurative expressions, “ Lion, Bear and Leopard,” to the period of the Kingdom of Iron. The Æra of the Roman Empire under Augustus is evidently pointed out here, and that more especially, because we find the « Leopard” is denominated the fourth head. But before we select for consideration those Prophecies to which the Declaration of our Saviour, or the Revelation allude, it may be proper to observe that in Chap.* II. Ver. 41. the division of the Roman Empire is foretold, and in Chap. † 7. Ver.
24. * "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of
potter's clay, and part of iron : the Kingdom shall be divided, but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for as much as thou fawest the iron mixed with miry clay."-Dau. Chap II. Ver. 41.
+ “And the ten horns out of this Kingdom are ten Kings that shall arise: and another shall arise after them, and he 1hall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three Kings.” Dan. Chap. VII. V. 24.
24. 25. 26.--the other occurrences which were to happen to the Empire, together with the loss of three of its Kings are described.
This chapter also alludes to another Empire which was to arise and which corresponds with Chap. II. Ver. 41. 42.
or the Toes of Nebuchadnezzar's Image.
Verse 13. “Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another Saint said unto that certain Saint which spake, how long shall be the vision concerning the Daily Sacrifice, and the transgression of Desolation, to give both the Sanctuary and the Host to be trodden under foot?
Verse 14."And he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed.”
“ And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the Saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand, until a time, and times, and the dividing of time." Dan. Chap. VII. V. 25.
“ But the Judgment shall fit, and they shall take away his Dominion, to consume and destroy it unto the end.” Dan. Chap. VII. V. 26.