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OF THE LATTER PART OF
DANIEL'S LAST VISION
COMMENTATORS HAVE GREATLY DIFFERED FROM EACH OTHER,
IN EVENTS RECORDED IN AUTHENTIC HISTORY.
JAMES FARQUHARSON, LL.D. F.R.S.
MINISTER OF THE PARISH OF ALFORD.
"I am the Lord; that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
"Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before
ISAIAH xlii. 8, 9.
SMITH, ELDER, AND CO. ;
J. JOHNSTONE, HUNTER SQUARE, EDINBURGH;
DUNCAN MEARNS, D. D.
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY AND KING'S COLLEGE OF ABERDEEN; ONE OF HER MAJESTY'S CHAPLAINS
FOR SCOTLAND, &c. &c. &c.
MY DEAR SIR,
When, some time ago,
I verbally made known to you the views, that had occurred to me, of the fulfilment of that part of Daniel's last Prophecy, which is the subject of this small Volume, you said, that they appeared worthy of a detailed illustration; and now, when, on that encouragement, I have written the illustration, and resolved to publish it, I feel much gratified, by having obtained your permission to dedicate it to you; as I am thus encouraged in my purpose to present it for the consideration of my Fellow-Christians, and furnished with the opportunity of publicly expressing the great esteem for you, both in your public and private capacity, which our long intimacy has taught me to entertain.
MY DEAR SIR,
Your obliged and faithful Friend,
ALFORD, 18th June, 1838.
THE history of the origin of the following Illustrations is brief and simple. The Author, in examining our Saviour's prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem, observed, that his professed quotation of Daniel seems obviously taken from near the conclusion of that Prophet's last prophecy, and not from his prophecy of the seventy weeks, as indicated in the marginal reference of our Bibles. opened up a new view of the latter part of the last prophecy, at variance with the most popular and recently received interpretations of it. The most approved commentators of modern times have applied much of the latter part to events, that have occurred since the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, and the last chapter to the general resurrection from the dead; whereas the quotation from it, by Christ, obviously directs us to look for the fulfilment of the whole, in events that occurred at, or antecedently to, that destruction. It was natural, under such circumstances, to inquire into the true meaning of the terms of the latter part of the prophecy, and to compare it with historical events of the time, to which it now seemed limited. On doing this, the most close and signal fulfilment of every clause of the prophecy was immediately recognised among these events. The whole of the last prophecy assumed, at the same time, a character of more consistency and unity than it had presented, as formerly interpreted. Other interpreters had demonstrated the fulfilment of all the former part of the prophecy, as existing in events succeeding each other in a regular and close order of time; but, to find the fulfilment of all the latter part, they had wandered far away from that order; and respecting this part, there was much of vagueness and uncertainty in their discussions. In the new view taken of the latter part, the whole prophecy, from beginning to end,