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A REVIEW OF ETHAN SMITH'S AND DAVID CAMBELL'S EXPOSITION OF THE “ LITTLE HORN,” AND RETURN OF THE JEWS.
DANIEL viii. 9.
And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceed
ing great, toward the south, and toward the st, and toward tho pleasant land.
1. We might inquire what power this horn" represents. I answer, the Romans, or Dan. iel's fourth kingdom, as explained by the heavenly messenger, Dan. vii. 23—26: “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them, and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 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, times, and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it into the end."
Messrs. Smith and Cambell say that it is Maho. met. What right they have for giving a different construction, without any intimation from God, the angel, or Daniel, I cannot conceive; but when men have false theories to support, they must explain to suit their convenience.
The text says:
s out of one of them,"-meaning one of the four kingdoms into which Alexander's was divided, —"came forth a little horn.” Rollin says " that these four kingdoms all became Roman provinces between the years 148 and 30 B. C.” Of course, they ceased to be kingdoms. - And, as this little horncame out of one of them,” it must have arisen before Christ, instead of 622 years after Christ, when Mahoinet arose. (See Rollin, vol. iv. pp. 210, 246, 264, 377.)
The angel says, Dan, viii. 10, "it waxed great, even to the host of hearen.” Now if host of heaven means the Jews, then it must be before they were cut off as a nation, and of course the Mahometan power cannot be the "little horn.” For God has cut off the Jews, and said, “I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. For ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.” Hosea i. 6, “For the Lord God shall slay thee, (Jews,) and call his servants by another name.” Isa. Ixv. 15. They cannot, then, wax great to the host of heaven nearly six hundred years after they are not the host of heaven. If they should say it means the christian church, then I ask, what is ineant by the place of his sanctuary? See 11th verse: “Yea, he (little horn) magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of bis sanctuary was cast down."
Who is the prince of the host? It cannot be the high priest, as some say; for the priesthood was abolished many centuries before Mahomet lived. What is the place of his sanctuary? They must and will answer, if they answer at all, Jerusalem.
And Jerusalem was cast down by the Romans five hundred and fifty years before Mahomet lived. How can these things be?
Again. The angel says, Dan. iii. 23, " And in the latter time of their kingdom," (the four kingdoms of Alexander's empire, the last of which was destroyed, as Rollin has shown, thirty years B. C.,)“ when the transgressors are come to the full,"—that is, when the Jews are come to the height of their transgression, in the cup of abominations, God will suffer them to make a league with the Romans, or little horn; and "a'king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up,” meaning Rome, for Mahomet did not exist until five hundred and fifty years after the Jews were destroyed for their trans. gressions. Moses explains this, Deut. xxviii. 49, 50: « The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle
fieth ; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not under, stand; a nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old nor show favor to the young.” All commentators agree that Moses is prophesying the destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans. If so, then is Daniel prophesying the same, for the characters and descriptions are the
Verse 21: “ And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power.” Now this is representing the Roman kingdom in its last part, Papacy, as in the vision of the little horn, Dan. vii. 25 : “And they shall he giren into his hand,” not by his own power, Here is an agreement with the little horn of Papicy, and agrees with the ten horns giving up their power to the papal beast. See Rev. xvii. 13, 17:' “ These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the best. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”
“ And he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and practise, and shall destroy the mighly and she holy people.”. Mahomet certainly did bear rule by his own power, he governed by his own laws, and, as John tells us, he was not raised up to destroy green things, (the people of the Holy One,) " but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads." Rov. ix. 4: “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
Dan. viii. 25: " And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart.” Compare this with the litilo horn of Papacy, Dan. vii. 25 : " And be shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear ont the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time, times, and the dividing of time." 2 Thes. ii. 4: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
Rev. xiii. 4–6: “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beasi? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies; and power was given unto hiin to conlinue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in lieaven.” “ And by peace shall destroy many." That is, by pretending to be a minister of peace he shall destroy many by his delegated power over heretics. “ He shall stand up against the Prince of princes." This is the Antichrist spoken of by John, in 1 John ii. 18: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” Against the Prince of princes, cannot apply to Mahomet, for he did not stand up against Christ nor the high priest. “ But he shall be broken without hand.” I answer, he must be broken by the stone cut out without hands. See Daniel ii. 34, 35: “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out with out hands, which smote the image upon his feet, that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth,” which carries away all the kingdoms of the earth, and sets up the kingdom of Christ, which will stand forever.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Cambell admit, that the twenty-three hundred days will end in 1943; and then Mahometanism will be destroyed, the Jews return, &c. Very well; I will show that the papal beast will le destroyed at the same time, and that Christ will