Daniel 11* The vision of the Scriptures of truth.1-30 The angel shows Daniel the succession of the Persian andGrecian empires. The kings of Egypt and Syria are noticed: Judeawas between their dominions, and affected by their contests.From ver. #5-30|, is generally considered to relate to theevents which came to pass during the continuance of thesegovernments; and from ver. #21|, to relate to AntiochusEpiphanes, who was a cruel and violent persecutor of the Jews.See what decaying, perishing things worldly pomp and possessionsare, and the power by which they are gotten. God, in hisprovidence, sets up one, and pulls down another, as he pleases.This world is full of wars and fightings, which come from men'slusts. All changes and revolutions of states and kingdoms, andevery event, are plainly and perfectly foreseen by God. No wordof God shall fall to the ground; but what he has designed, whathe has declared, shall infallibly come to pass. While thepotsherds of the earth strive with each other, they prevail andare prevailed against, deceive and are deceived; but those whoknow God will trust in him, and he will enable them to standtheir ground, bear their cross, and maintain their conflict. 31-45 The remainder of this prophecy is very difficult, andcommentators differ much respecting it. From Antiochus theaccount seems to pass to antichrist. Reference seems to be madeto the Roman empire, the fourth monarchy, in its pagan, earlyChristian, and papal states. The end of the Lord's anger againsthis people approaches, as well as the end of his patiencetowards his enemies. If we would escape the ruin of the infidel,the idolater, the superstitious and cruel persecutor, as well asthat of the profane, let us make the oracles of God our standardof truth and of duty, the foundation of our hope, and the lightof our paths through this dark world, to the gloriousinheritance above.
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