Daniel 12:5-13; Daniel’s Solicitude to Know the Times; Period of Prophecy; Daniel Comforted; The question, ‘When shall the end be?’ is asked by an angel; The troubles of the Church are a wonder of angels; Good angels know no more of things to come than God is pleased to discover them, much less do evil angels; The holy angels in heaven are concerned for the Church on earth, and lay to heart its afflictions; Note, God’s time to succour and relieve His people is when their affairs are brought to the last extremity; There is a time fixed for the termination of the Church’s troubles, and the bringing about of her deliverance, and that this time will be punctually observed to a day. B.C. 534

Daniel's Solicitude to Know the Times; Period of Prophecy; Daniel Comforted. B. C. 534. Daniel 12:5-13 5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.   6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?   7 And I heard the man Continue Reading

Daniel 12:1-4; The Promised Appearance of Michael; The Prophecy Sealed Up; When Christ appears He will recompense tribulation to those that trouble His people; There shall be a distinguishing resurrection of those that sleep in the dust; There is a glory reserved for all the saints in the future state, for all that are wise, wise for their souls and eternity; Those things of God which are now dark and obscure will hereafter be made clear, and easy to be understood. B.C. 534

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 12 After the prediction of the troubles of the Jews under Antiochus, prefiguring the troubles of the Christian church under the anti-christian power, we have here, I. Comforts, and very precious ones, prescribed as cordials for the support of God's people in those times of trouble; and they are such as may indifferently serve both for those former times of trouble under Antiochus and those latter which were prefigured Continue Reading

Daniel 11:21-45; The Reign of Antiochus Epiphanes; Cruelty and Impiety of Antiochus; The Death of Antiochus; Note, When God’s time shall come to bring proud oppressors to their end none shall be able to help them, nor perhaps inclined to help them; for those that covet to be feared by all when they are in their grandeur, when they come to be in distress will find themselves loved by none; none will lend them so much as a hand or a prayer to help them; and, if the Lord do not help, who shall? B.C. 534

The Reign of Antiochus Epiphanes; Cruelty and Impiety of Antiochus; The Death of Antiochus. B. C. 534. Daniel 11:21-45 21 And in his estate 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 the kingdom by flatteries.   22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the Continue Reading

Daniel 11:5-20; The Affairs of Egypt and Syria; The Reign of Antiochus Magnus; The Fall of Antiochus Magnus; The rise and power of two great kingdoms out of the remains of Alexander’s conquests; This world is full of wars and fightings, which come from men’s lusts, and make it a theatre of sin and misery; Note, No word of God shall fall to the ground; but what He had designed, what He has declared, shall infallibly come to pass; and even the sins of men shall be made to serve His purpose, and contribute to the bringing of His counsels to birth in their season; and yet God is not the author of sin. B.C. 534

The Affairs of Egypt and Syria; The Reign of Antiochus Magnus; The Fall of Antiochus Magnus. B. C. 534. Daniel 11:5-20 5 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.   6 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to Continue Reading

Daniel 11:1-4; Ruin of the Persian Monarchy; Here is a brief prediction of the setting up of the Grecian monarchy upon the ruins of the Persian monarchy, which was now newly begun; He foretells Alexander the Great’s conquests and the partition of his kingdom; See what decaying perishing things worldly pomp and possessions are, and the powers by which they are got; Never was the vanity of the world and its greatest things shown more evidently than in the story of Alexander. B.C. 534

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 11 The angel Gabriel, in this chapter, performs his promise made to Daniel in the foregoing chapter, that he would "show him what should befal his people in the latter days," according to that which was "written in the scriptures of truth:" very particularly does he here foretel the succession of the kings of Persia and Grecia, and the affairs of their kingdoms, especially the mischief which Antiochus Epiphanes did in Continue Reading

Daniel 10:10-21; Daniel Alarmed and Comforted; Note, Strength and comfort commonly come by degrees to those that have been long cast down and disquieted; they are first helped up a little, and then more; Note, When God gives strength and power unto His people He makes them sensible of their own weakness; Let God enable us to comply with His will, and then, whatever it is, we will stand complete in it: “Da quod jubes, et jube quod vis–Give what thou commandest, and then command what thou wilt.” B.C. 534

Daniel Alarmed and Comforted. B. C. 534. Daniel 10:10-21 10 And, behold, a hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.   11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.   12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the Continue Reading

Daniel 10:1-9; Vision near the River Hiddekel; Daniel’s solemn fasting and humiliation, before he had this vision; A glorious appearance of the Son of God to him, and the deep impression it made upon him; ‘and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude: The ‘vox Dei–voice of God’ can overpower the ‘vox populi–voice of the people’; Note, We must take heed lest our reverence of God’s glory, by which we should be awakened to hear His voice both in His word and in His providence, should degenerate into such a dread of Him as will disable or indispose us to hear it. B.C. 534

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 10 This chapter and the two next (which conclude this book) make up one entire vision and prophecy, which was communicated to Daniel for the use of the church, not by signs and figures, as before (ch. vii. and viii.), but by express words; and this was about two years after the vision in the foregoing chapter. Daniel prayed daily, but had a vision only now and then. In this chapter we have some things introductory to Continue Reading

Daniel 9:20-27; Daniel’s Prayer Answered; The Answer to Daniel’s Prayer; The Coming of the Messiah; Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold; The messenger by whom this answer was sent, it was the man Gabriel: Gabriel signifies the ‘mighty one of God;’ for the angels are great in power and might. B.C. 538

Daniel's Prayer Answered; The Answer to Daniel's Prayer; The Coming of the Messiah; Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold. B. C. 538. Daniel 9:20-27 20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;   21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the Continue Reading

Daniel 9:4-19; Daniel’s Confession and Prayer – Part 2; Daniel’s Prayer for His People; Note, In every prayer we must make a confession, not only of the sins we have been guilty of, (which we commonly call confession), but of our faith in God and dependence upon Him, our sorrow for sin and our resolutions against it; Note, We should, in prayer, look both at God’s greatness and His goodness, His majesty and mercy in conjunction. B.C. 538

Daniel's Confession and Prayer; Daniel's Prayer for His People. B. C. 538. Daniel 9:4-19 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;   5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and Continue Reading

Daniel 9:1-3; Daniel’s Confession and Prayer – Part 1; “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes; The morification of his body in this prayer; Note, God’s promises are intended, not to supersede, but to excite and encourage, our prayers; and, when we see the day of the performance of them approaching, we should the more earnestly plead them with God and put them in suit. B.C. 538

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 9 In this chapter we have, I. Daniel's prayer for the restoration of the Jews who were in captivity, in which he confesses sin, and acknowledges the justice of God in their calamities, but pleads God's promises of mercy which he had yet in store for them, ver. 1-19. II. An immediate answer sent him by an angel to his prayer, in which, 1. He is assured of the speedy release of the Jews out of their captivity, ver. Continue Reading