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T H E M E S S I A H : A L R E A D Y H E R E O R S T I L L T O C O M E ? c h a p t e r 31 “If such power is shown to have accompanied, and even now accompanies, the economy of his Passion, just think how great shall be his power at his glorious coming! For, as Daniel foretold, He shall come on the clouds as the Son of Man, accompanied by his angels. 2. “These are his words: I watched till the thrones were set, and the Ancient of days sat, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool. His throne was like the flames of fire, his wheels like a burning fire. A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him. Thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The books were opened and the judgment was set. 3. “I beheld then the voice of the great words which the horn [spoke]; and the beast was tortured, and its body was destroyed, and given to the fire for burning. And the power of the other beasts was taken away, and a time of life was appointed to the beasts for a time and a time. I beheld therefore in the vision of the night, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the Ancient of days, and stood before him. And they who stood by brought him near. 4. “And he gave him power and a glorious kingdom, and all the peoples of the earth by their families, and all glory, serve him. His power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away; and his kingdom shall not be destroyed. And my spirit trembled within me, and the visions of my head troubled me. I went near to one of them who stood by, and asked the truth of him concerning all these things, and he told me 47 the interpretation of the words, and instructed me. These four great beasts are four kingdoms, which shall perish from the earth, and shall not receive the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. 5. “After this I would diligently learn concerning the fourth beast, which destroyed all the others, and was exceedingly terrible; his teeth were of iron, and his claws of brass; he devoured and broke in pieces, and the rest he stamped upon with his feet. And [I was instructed] concerning the ten horns that he had on his head; and concerning the other that came up, before which three horns fell; and that horn had eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and its countenance excelled the rest. I beheld that horn waging war against the saints, and prevailing over them, until the Ancient of days came and gave judgment to the saints of the Most High, and the time came and the saints of the Most High obtained the kingdom. 6. “And concerning the fourth beast, it was told to me that it should be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be greater than all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall trample on it and break it in pieces. And the ten horns are ten kings that shall arise; and one shall arise after them, and he shall surpass the first kings in wickedness, and he shall bring down three kings, and he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall crush the saints of the Most High, and he shall think himself able to change times and seasons, and it shall be delivered into his hand for a time, and times, and half a time. 7. “And the judgment convened, and they shall take away his power, to break into pieces and destroy it finally. And the kingdom, and the power, and the greatness of the kingdom under heaven was given to the holy people of the Most High, that they may reign in an everlasting kingdom; and all powers shall serve and obey him. This is the end of the account. I, Daniel, was very much encompassed in the vision, and my demeanor became different, but I retained the word in my heart.”1 c h a p t e r 32 When I finished, Trypho objected, “Sir, your quotations from Scripture prove that...


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