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ages, and we rejoice to know that the saints of the Most High will yet take the kingdom,
and, above all, that the Son of man Himself shall one day, and that soon, enter into His
The prophecies of Jeremiah (9:---Part 1).
pp. 150 - 155
Our studies hitherto in the book of Daniel have not been light, neither have they made
easy reading, but in comparison with those of Dan. 9: our previous difficulties have
been relatively simple. They have but prepared the way for the difficult truths now
before us.
While Dan. 9: is complete in itself, it follows chapter 8:, supplying fuller details,
just as chapter 8: supplements chapter 7:; and it will be wise to retain what we have
already seen for our present help. Daniel's increasing concern has been regarding the
prophetic future and that which concerns the little horn and his own people. He has been
taught that past history foreshadows future events, and we are therefore prepared to find
that a seventy-year period of Jerusalem's desolation and Israel's captivity has a
corresponding period of seventy-times-seven associated with Israel, Jerusalem and
desolation. Chapter 9: is in itself a considerable theme, but, as Dan. 9:-12: forms a
section of the book, it will perhaps be wise to exhibit the general structure of the passage
before entering into detail.
Daniel 9:--12: as a whole.
A | 9: 1. First year of Darius.
B | 9: 2-9. Fasting. Daniel understood.
C | 9: 20-23. The man Gabriel. Daniel, "greatly beloved".
D | 9: 23-27. "I am come to shew thee."
A | 10: 1. Third year of Darius.
B | 10: 1-3. Fasting. Daniel understood.
C | 10: 4-21. The man clothed in linen. Daniel, "greatly beloved".
D | 11: and 12: "I will shew thee."
It will be seen in the above structure (members D and D) that chapters 11: & 12:
are a further expansion of the seventy weeks and the abomination of desolation spoken of
in  Dan. 9: 23-27.
Chapters 11: and 12:  have, in addition, an interrelated
correspondence, which we hope to show in its proper place.
We return now to Dan. 9:, knowing at least that we are still pursuing the one theme
of the book, the time of the end; though we may differ from others in our understanding
of the true approach of that end, the ultimate theme is unaffected. In the fullness of time
Christ came, whether we name the year A.D.1, B.C.4, or refrain from assigning a date
at all. And so Christ will come again at the close of the seventy weeks, whether they be