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1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. The great horn – Alexander the Great. C27

Four notable ones – The four divisions of Alexander's empire. C27, C31

Ptolemy in Egypt, Seleucus in Asia, Lysimachus in Asia Minor and Cassander in Macedonia. C31


9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. A little horn – Civil or Imperial Rome, which rose to influence upon the ruins of the Macedonian empire and then underwent a change and became Papal Rome, the Abomination of Desolation. C27, C64, C95, C98

10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. And it – The Papacy, the Abomination of Desolation. C64, C98

Waxed great even to – To controlling. C96, C98

The host of heaven – The entire church. C96

And of the stars – The shining lights. C96, C104


11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the continual sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. Magnified himself – In the person of its head, the pope. C104

Even to the prince – Even to assuming dignities, prophecies and titles belonging to Christ Jesus, the true Prince of the Church. C96

Of the host – The great mass of the nominal church. C37, C108

And by him – And from him, Christ. C96

The daily sacrifice – The continual sacrifice. C96, C98

Was taken away – Christ's continual sacrifice was not actually cancelled or abolished by Papacy, but it was set aside by the false doctrine of the Mass. C98

Papacy substituted a false or sham sacrifice in the place of the one everlasting, complete, never-to-be-repeated sacrifice of Calvary made once for all time. C102

And the place – And the base. C96

The doctrine of the ransom is the base of the Sanctuary or holy Temple, the consecrated Church. C103

Of his sanctuary – The truly consecrated, in the nominal church. C37, C109

Was cast down – Was overthrown. C96

By the doctrine of transubstantiation and the sacrifice of the Mass. This was the center of Luther's attack on the Papacy in AD 1517. C99, C109


12 And an host was given him against the continual sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. And an host – And the host, the people. C96

The rejection of Babylon (Christendom) in 1878 was the rejection of the mass of professors--the "host," thus distinguished from the Sanctuary or Temple class. C180

Was given him – Was given over to it. C96, C103

The daily sacrifice – The continual sacrifice. C96

By reason of – Through. C96

Cast down the truth – Together with such of the host and of the teachers as held fast to the truth and would not unite with its course of transgression. C104


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 continual sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? The daily sacrifice – The continual sacrifice. C96

The transgression – The earliest mention of the Mass was at the Council of Constantinople, AD 381, a date not particularly referred to in this prophecy. C103

Of desolation – That maketh desolate. C96


I – Daniel, picturing the Lord's people during the time of His second presence.

Heard one saint speaking – The word "saint" means Holy One or True Believer.
H6918
קדשׁ קדושׁ
qâdôsh qâdôsh
kaw-doshe', kaw-doshe'
From H6942; sacred (ceremonially or morally); (as noun) God (by eminence), an angel, a saint, a sanctuary: - holy (One), saint.
While it appears this is actually the angel Gabrial who is speaking, we are looking at this from the standpoint of a prophetic picture. The saint who is speaking appears to be the Seventh Messenger. (Gabriel means "man of God.")
H1403
גּבריאל
gabrı̂y'êl
gab-ree-ale'
From H1397 and H410; man of God; Gabriel, an archangel: - Gabriel.


And another saint said – This "other saint" seems to picture the Lord's people.

Unto that certain saint which spake – Young's Literal Translation reads "to the wonderful numberer who is speaking." This is the same "one saint speaking" mentioned above. This is the one who, in the next verse, explains to us the 2300 days (Vol. III Study IV.) It is the same one who later explains the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days. - Dan.12:6,7. This is the "wonderful numberer."

How long – It seems the saints ask this question a lot. Rev. 6:10; Isa. 6:11; Dan. 12:6; Psa. 74:10

Shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice – The continual sacrifice. C98:1

The transgression of desolation --

The sanctuary – The saints, the Lord's people.

The host – The masses of the nominal church. C108:3

To be trodden under foot --
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Unto 2300 days – 2300 literal years, "From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" (Dan. 9:25), 454 BC to 1846 AD, when Evangelical Alliance. B67; C107, C119

As the seventy weeks, or 490 days (Dan. 9:21-27), were the forepart of the 2300, their fulfillment shows us where the 2300 began and whether literal or symbolic time was signified. C107

The work of cleansing the true Church from the defilements of the Dark Ages culminated in 1846 and was but limited. R5565:6

The sanctuary – A nucleus of the "holy people," the Sanctuary, would become free from the errors of Papacy. C123

The host was not cleansed, they retained the error; but the consecrated class, the Sanctuary, renounced the error and suffered for truth's sake, many even unto death. C109

Be cleansed – Freed from the traditions of Babylon. R4334:6

The Great Reformation of the 16th century is the date for the commencing of the cleansing of the Sanctuary. C108

At a time sufficiently in advance of 1874 to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, a people in devout expectancy of his coming. C129

Marking, not the beginning of the cleansing work, but a period in which it would be, in a measure, finished. C105

Protestant church-state union was the snare by which the Adversary impeded the cleansing of the Sanctuary, and reformation and cleansing, for a time, ceased. C111

The cleansed Sanctuary will soon be exalted and filled with the glory of God. C26


15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Understand – Mark well. C96, C105

For at the time – Because for the time. C96, C105

Of the end – It cannot be understood sooner and will terminate then. C105

Shall be the vision – Is the vision. C96


18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. In a deep sleep – In amazement. C97

19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. In the last end – To the end. C97, C105

Of the indignation – Of these evil predictions. C97, C105

For at – For it pertaineth to and shall be fulfilled. C97, C105

Time appointed – Appointed time. C97, C105

AD 1799. C129

The end shall be – Of the end. C97, C105

The dominion of the "Man of Sin" was taken away. C129


20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. Are – Signifieth. C97

21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. Now that being – Now that it was. C97

Whereas – And that. C97

Stood up for it – Sprang up in its stead, signifieth. C97

Not in his power – Not with his power. C97


23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. Are come to the full – Have filled the measure of their guilt. C97

"For the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." (Gen. 15:16) C97

A king – The Papacy, the Abomination of Desolation. C64, C97

Of fierce – Impudent or shameless. C97

Dark sentences – Deep schemes. C97

Shall stand up – Shall arise. C97


24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. Shall be mighty – Shall be made mighty. C97

Not by his own power – Not with his own force. Papacy strengthened itself by using the force of the various nations of Europe. C97

Prosper, and practise – Do more than can be believed. C97

And shall destroy – Or corrupt. C97

The mighty – The mighty ones. C97

The holy people – Saintly people. C97


25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. Through his policy – By his cunning skill. C97

Craft to prosper – Deceit to prosper him. C97

In his hand – In his power. C97

And by peace – And by prosperity. C97

Shall also stand up – As Antichrist. C97


26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And the vision of – And that part of the vision concerning. C97

Evening and the morning – Or, the "vision of the days," giving it the same rendering as in verse 14. HG650:1

Which was told – That there would be 2300 days to the cleansing. C97

For it shall be – For it will be fulfilled. C97

For many days – For a very long time; not merely for 2300 literal days. C105


27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. And was sick – Sick at heart by the thought of so many evils coming upon God's people. C105

None understood it – None could interpret it. C106

The prophets wrote not for themselves and the people then living. but for the Gospel Church. R1418:6


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