Ja, like til hærens fyrste hevet det sig; det tok fra ham det stadige offer, og hans helligdoms bolig blev omstyrtet.
83. BRIEF ANALYSIS
It is written in Daniel:
I saw in a vision... a ram which had two horns that were high . . . but the higher came up last and the horn pushed westward and northward and southward . . . and made itself great. . . . Then I saw a he-goat coming from the west over the face of the whole earth... with a horn between his eyes. And he ran to the ram in the fury of his strength... and broke his two horns... and cast him down to the earth and stamped upon him.... But the great horn of the he-goat was broken, and instead of it there came up four horns. . . . And out of one of them came forth a little horn which waxed exceeding great towards the south, towards the east, and towards glory . . . and even to the host of the heavens; and it cast down those of the host and of the stars to the earth, and stamped upon them. Yea, he raised himself as high as the Prince of the host, and took from him the daily sacrifice, and cast away the dwelling place of his sanctuary . . . and he cast down truth to the earth. Then I heard one of the saints saying . . . How long shall this vision be, the daily sacrifice and the desolating transgression, to give the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said, Even to the evening and the morning; then shall the sanctuary be justified. Daniel 8:2-14.
It is clearly evident that this vision predicts the future states of the Church, for it is said that the daily sacrifice was taken away from the Prince of the host, the dwelling place of his sanctuary was cast down, and that the he-goat cast down truth to the earth further, that a saint said, How long shall this vision be, that it should be given to the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And that this should be even to the evening and the morning, when the sanctuary shall be justified. For, by the evening and the morning is meant the end of the Old Church, when a New Church commences.