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XII. 8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And I, Daniel, heard, but I did not distinctly and clearly enough understand, the answer that was given: then I besought Christ, the Word of his Father, that he would be pleased to give me a more clear and full understanding of these things.
XII. 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
And he said, Go thy ways, Daniel; and content thyself with so much as is already revealed unto thee: for the particularities of these prophecies are not to be fully conceived, till the time of the fulfilling of them.
XII. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
In the mean time, know, that this general affliction, which shall befal my Church, shall have different issues; for many, who are God's elect, shall be bettered thereby, and made more holy and perfect; but others again shall rather be hardened in their wickedness: and none of the wicked shall regard either the judgments or mercies of God, or take heed to these promises or threatenings; but the godly wise will lay both of them to heart, accordingly.
XII. 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety days.
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away by Antiochus Epiphanes, and that abominable army of his shall seize upon the temple and all the holds of Judea, until the time that the same Antiochus shall be forced to yield to and confirm the refor mation made by Judas Maccabeus, shall be three years, seven months, and thirteen days; which shall be seven months and three days, after the banishing of that shameful idolatry of Antiochus, and the beginnings of his happy restoration of God's true worship, XII. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Yet, even after this blessing, there is another worth your expect ing, which is the death of this cruel tyrant, Epiphanes; that shall fall about two months after this later, period: happy is he, therefore, that waiteth patiently upon God, and lives to see this effected, at the end of three years and about nine months, from the first erection of that his detestable idolatry.
XII. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy let at the end of the days.
But go thou thy way, and rest in peace; contenting thyself with so much, as is revealed to thee: and quietly hold that station, wherein God hath placed thee, in an humble and silent expectation of these events, till the very end of thy days.
END OF THE THIRD VOLUME.
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