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Prophetic Expositions, vol. 1

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    GABRIEL’S APPEARANCE TO DANIEL—THE OBJECT OF HIS MISSION

    While Daniel was praying, in the midst of his prayer, Gabriel appeared to him, being caused to fly swiftly by, and touched him, to attract his attention. Daniel remarks, “Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning;” thus directing the mind of the reader back to the vision of the desolation of the sanctuary. Mr. Dowling says, the article “the” does not belong there. Other Hebraists say it does; that the points require it. But whether “the” is inserted or not, is immaterial; for if we read it, “whom I had seen in vision at the beginning,” it carries us back to the same vision. For the vision of the eighth chapter is the first vision in which Gabriel is introduced.PREX1 132.1

    Gabriel informed Daniel, “I am NOW come forth to give thee skill and understanding.” The direction for him to do so came as soon as Daniel began his prayer; he was beloved of God, and he would not suffer him to be deceived on the subject of his prayer. “Therefore understand the matter.” What matter? The treading down or desolating the sanctuary and host. “Consider the vision.” What vision? The vision of the daily and transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and host to be trodden under foot. If “the vision” does not mean the one in the 8th chapter, who can tell what it does mean? There is no vision in the ninth chapter for him to consider; it is an open communication between Gabriel and Daniel; and is an explanation of the vision.PREX1 132.2

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