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Rome next year to congratulate the Romaus on driving her father out of Greece. After this he proceeds westward, subdues most of the maritime towns of Asia-Minor, Thrace, and Greece, and several islands, Samos, Eubœa; is vanquished by Acilius, the Roman Consul, B.C. 191, and again by Scipio, principally by the assistance of Eumenes king of Pergamos, B.C. 190; flies to Antioch, and is afterwards slain in plundering the temple of Jupiter Belus, at Elymais in Persia.

15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fortified city; and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any 16 strength to withstand. But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him; and he shall stand in the glorious land, which shall prosper 17 in his hand. He shall also set his face to enter

with the strength of his whole kingdom, and make an agreement with him; and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her; but she shall not stand on his side, neither be 18 for him. After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many; but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he 19 shall cause it to turn upon him. Then he shall turn his face towards the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.

Seleucus Philopator son of Antiochus Magnus, B. C. 187, raises taxes to pay tribute to the Romans, and is slain by his wicked and ambitious treasurer Heliodorus.

20 Then shall stand up in his stead a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within a few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.

Antiochus Epiphanes, the younger brother of Seleucus Philopator, notwithstanding the opposition made to him by the Syrians, who set up Heliodorus, succeeds peaceably to the kingdom, B.C. 175, by flatteries to Eumenes, king of Pergamos, the Syrians, and Romans, in the place of Demetrius, the rightful heir; breaks up the conspiracy of Heliodorus and his partizans, who are vanquished by the forces of Eumenes and Attalus; removes Onias III. from the high priesthood, sells the office to Jason, his younger brother, for 440 talents of silver, ejects Jason, B.C. 172, for 300 talents more, in favor of a still younger brother. From being a hostage at Rome, and possessing few attendants, obtains without resistance Cole-Syria and Palestine, expends his riches in public shows and largesses; makes his first expedition against Egypt, B.C. 171, his second, B.C. 170, and subdues Ptolemy Philopator, son of Epiphanes, who is betrayed by Eulæus, his tutor, and Macron, governor of Cyprus, and delivered up into his hands; pretends friendship with him; returns with the spoils of Egypt; besieges Jerusalem and slays 40,000 Jews; enters Egypt a third time, B.C. 169; and a fourth time, B.C. 168; but is deterred by an embassy from the Romans under Popilius Lænas from making war; on his return slays the Jews, plunders Jerusalem, sets fire to it in many places, and consecrates its temple to Jupiter Olympius, with the concurrence of Menelaus and other apostate Jews, and the temple on mount Gerizim to Jupiter Xenius, by consent of the Samaritans, B.C. 168.

21 And in his stead shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain 22 the kingdom by flatteries. And the arms of the overflower shall be overflown from before him,

and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the 23 covenant and after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully. So he shall come

up, and shall become strong with a small people. 24 He shall enter into the peaceable and fat places

of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches; yea, and he shall forecast his devices 25 against the strong holds even for a time. And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand; for they shall forecast devices against 26 him. Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall ruin him, and his army shall be over27 flown; and many shall fall down slain. And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper for yet the end shall be at the time 28 appointed. Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits and 29 return to his own land. At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south: but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. 30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return. And he shall have indignation against the holy cove

nant; so shall he do he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy


The Romans who become the Northern power by the conquest of Syria, B.C. 66, after destroying Jerusalem, and subverting the civil and ecclesiastical polity of the Jews by their armies, A.D. 70, complete the ruin of the Jewish institutions by ingrafting their own idolatry upon the simple religion of their Prince Jesus; so that within 490 years from the preaching of John the Baptist, the Pagan superstition forms so prominent a part of the rites and ceremonies of the Christo-Judaic Church, that only the name of Christian remains to it. Justinian the Greek Emperor subdues the Latin Empire, A.D. 553, from which the 1260 and 1290 years commence; removes the only check upon the papal authority, viz. the government of the Ostrogothic kings, and fully establishes the ChristoPagan Roman Pontiff, the Pope, in his autocracy. The Church is henceforward polluted with the worship of saints and angels, and desolated by the regal decemvirate of the Cæsars of the Romans; to whom and the Mahuzzim, the daily sacrifice of the heart is offered instead of to God and his Christ.

31 And armics from him shall stand up, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

The Roman apostates are prevented from adopting the necessary reformation by reason of the honour and profit they derive from the splendid establishment accorded. them by the Romano-Greek power; but the Waldenses and Albigenses, and other saints, who see through their priestcraft, multiply, notwithstanding the Pharaoh-like persecution they undergo.

32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant

shall he corrupt by flatteries; but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.

The doctrines of the primitive gospel make rapid ground within the jurisdiction of the Pope, but the saints are thrown into dungeons, perish by sword and flame many days; of whom in the Netherlands alone, and in the time of Charles the Fifth, one hundred thousand fall by the hands of the executioner.

33 And they that understand among the people shall

instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

The reformation by Luther, A.D. 1518, at length gives the Reformers a legal establishment in the Roman Empire by the treaty of Passau, 1552, and partly delivers them from the sword of Rome and the terrors of the Inquisition; but by the alliance of church and state the same corruptions occur to them as to the Papal churches.

34 Now when they shall fall they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

The true church prophesies in sackcloth to the last, that it may be purified of its intolerance and uncharitableness; of which 2000 are ejected even from the established Protestant church of England in the reign of Charles II. A.D. 1662, because they could not declare their assent and consent to every thing contained in the Book of Common Prayer.

35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to

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