38. 10. The vastation of the good of charity by the falsities of faith is described by the ram and by the he-goat of the goats, by the former of which the good of charity is described (8:4), but that it was thrown down by the he-goat, wherefore it is said that he will cast the truth to the earth, and also take away the continual sacrifice and the habitation of the sanctuary (verses 11-12); that he will rise against the prince of the army and the princes, that is, against the Lord (verses 10, 25); and that he destroys the holy people, that is, the church (verses 24-25) (Daniel 8:1 to the end).
That this prophecy treats of the Christian Church is clear, for it is said, that at the time of the end shall be the vision. That it would take place in the end of his anger, because the vision was for many days (verses 17, 19, 26); and that it was the vision of the evening and the morning (Daniel 8:1 to the end).
In the ninth chapter the future state of the Christian Church is especially treated of, which the Lord the Savior revealed to him; He Himself is there meant by the Lord God (verses 3-4, 7-9, 15-19); also by the Lord (Psalms 110:1), and elsewhere; but by Jehovah God is meant God the Father (Daniel 9:2, 13-14, 20).
By "the destructions of Jerusalem" (Daniel 9:2) is meant the devastation of the church in general; and afterwards by it (verses 25-27) is meant the devastation of the Christian Church, as is clearly evident from the Lord's words (Matthew 24:15).
In verse 25, it treats of the first state of the Christian Church, while it was called Apostolic, thus until the Council of Nice, which was then in straitness of times on account of the heresies of that time. In verse 26 it treats of the second state of that church which was when the Papal power prevailed, in which all the Divine power of the Lord was transferred to the Pope; and the Word was almost buried, and with it all knowledge of the Lord, and all knowledge of the truth. This is meant by the Messiah or Christ being slain. It treats of the third state of that church which is called the Reformation in verse 27. In it the worship of the Lord ceased, because they departed from Him to three Gods from eternity, and thus relapsed into mere falsities, so that not one spiritual truth remains. Therefore it is there called the bird of abominations, desolation, consummation, destruction, and devastation (verse 27); and by the Lord the abomination of desolation foretold by Daniel the prophet (Matthew 24:15).
In the end of the days, for yet the vision is for days (Daniel 10:14).
For yet the end shall be at the time appointed (Daniel 11:27, 35, 45).
Seal the book until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4,9,13).
Michael shall rise up, but it shall be a time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation even unto this time; at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book (Daniel 12:1).
The intelligent shall shine as the stars (Daniel 12:3). At the appointed time of the stated times and the half time, all these things were to be consummated; and this is called the abomination that devastateth (Daniel 12:7, 11).
That these things have reference to the end of the Christian Church is evident from similar things which are said in Matthew and in Revelation (Daniel 12:1, 2, 7, 10-12), besides other places; and that they are sealed until the time of the end.