Daniel 7:26 Index
"But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end."
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"...the judgment shall sit..." (Daniel 7:9-11)

  • When the Papal Power reached its end in A.D. 1798 and its dominion was taken away, the judgment was to open in Heaven. (KC 90)
  • The judgment will pass sentence of extinction upon the papacy. This power will continue its war against the saints to the very last. Then its dominion over them will be forever removed, and it will be consumed. (4BC 834)
  • Daniel in his vision was shown not only earthly kingdoms and powers, but after listening to the voice of the little horn, which spake great words against the Most High, his attention was called to scenes in the heavenly court which would transpire simultaneously with the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the nations of the earth. (SNH 112)
  • It was during the time when the fourth beast had dominion and power that the Saviour was crucified. He was the Lamb slain in the outer court, and on His ascension He entered the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. There He was seen by John as described in Revelation 4 and Revelation 5. But this work in the holy place was only a part of the Saviour's ministry for mankind. The time came when He must perform in the heaven that service of which the day of atonement in the earthly sanctuary was the type. (SNH 112-113)
  • Here within the holy of holies is the abiding place of the King of kings, God the Father, where thousands and ten thousands of angels minister before Him. This, the throne of God, is the center of all creation; about it revolve the solar systems throughout the whole extent of space. Worlds circle about their suns, and suns with their attendant planets in turn circle about the throne of God. It is the wheel within a wheel which Ezekiel describes (Ezekiel 1:15-21).... God's power pervades space in every direction. Like beams of light, there radiates from Him a force which holds worlds in their orbits. The power man calls gravity is but a portion of the drawing power of God. It holds the orbs of heaven in their places, it balances the clouds, weighs the mountains, and measures the waters of the sea. The same power notes the fall of every leaf on earth, the death of the tiniest sparrow, and the pulse beats of every man. From Him comes all life: "in Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). (SNH 113)
  • The Son was one with the Father, and it was from this glory that He stepped when He offered Himself at the foundation of the world. He was the Lamb slain, and the heart of God was broken in that offering. Every time the knife was plunged into a victim at the altar of the earthly sanctuary, the flowing blood touched afresh the heart of the eternal Father. Every time a broken-hearted man or woman approaches the throne in penitence, the Father's heart is touched. "a broken and a contrite heart Thou wilt not despise, O God" (Psalms 51:17). Never, never, throughout all eternity, will that Son resume His former condition. What He assumed for fallen man He will retain forever. He is a man still in the heavenly court, touched by every human woe. The universe beheld the gift, and bowed in adoration. The temple is filled with the glory. There seraphim and cherubim with their shining glory, as guardians, stretch their wings above His throne, veil their faces in adoration, and bow before Him. "Teach us what we shall say unto Him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. Shall it be told Him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up" (Job 37:19-20). (SNH 113-114)
  • The door into the holy of holies was opened in 1844, and "behold one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him" (Daniel 7:13). (SNH 114)
  • No words could be framed that would give a more vivid view of the opening of the judgment which occurred at the time of the announcement, "the hour of His judgment is come." In Daniel 7 is the only description found in the Bible of the judgment scene announced by the first angel of Revelation 14. The message itself is the only announcement in the Bible that the time had arrived; and Daniel 8:14 is the only prophetic period given in the Bible which marks the time of the beginning of God's judgment. That period is the 2300 days, or literal years, which began in the year 457 B.C., with the decree to build and restore Jerusalem, and expired in 1844 A.D. It was at this latter date that the first angel of Revelation 14 proclaimed the hour of God's judgment. The message went to all lands, and the islands of the sea heard it. (SNH 115)
  • When God had taken His position over His law in the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary, then Christ came in to plead before Him for His people. This coming could not have been when He ascended up on high; for then He ascended to the Father, and the judgment was in the future. It can not refer to His second coming to this earth; for then He comes from the Father. It was His coming before the Father when He took His position in the judgment at the end of the 2300 days. He came before the Father surrounded by the clouds of haven; that is, with thousands of angels who , as ministering spirits, have watched the lives of men, recording their every word and deed and thought. Characters have been formed, and whether they are good or bad, they have been mirrored in the books of heaven. When Christ came before the Father, the books were opened and the cases of the dead began to be investigated. The deeds may have been committed in the light of day, or in the darkness of night, yet they are all open and manifest before Him with whom we have to do. Heavenly intelligences have witnessed each sin, and have faithfully recorded the same. Sin may be concealed from friends, relatives, and our most intimate associates. None but the guilty actors may have the least knowledge of wrong deeds, but these things are all laid bare before the angels and the inhabitants of other worlds. The darkest of all dark nights, the deepest-laid plot of individuals or nations, can not hide even one thought from the heavenly intelligences (Psalm 139:7-12). God has a faithful record of every crooked dealing, of every sin and unjust practice. If the inward heart is full of hypocrisy, an outward appearance of uprightness can not deceive Him. (SNH 115-116)
  • As one by one (Ecclesiastes 7:27) these names are read, the Saviour holds up His hands, still bearing the imprints of the nails of Calvary, and cries "My blood, Father, my blood, my blood."(1 John 1:7). Above His throne is the rainbow (Revelation 4:3); mercy and justice mingle there. God's heart is touched by the pleadings of His Son, and pardon is written opposite the name (1 John 1:19). Then through the arches of heaven, a shout of triumph resounds. The angels cast their crowns before the throne, crying, "Holy, holy, holy!"(Isaiah 6:3). (SNH 116-117)
  • For over [173] years the work of the investigative judgment has been in progress. Before it closes, it will settle the case of every living man and woman. Day by day we are making the record which will determine our future for weal or woe. How solemn the thought the words once uttered, actions once performed, can never be changed (Matthew 12:36-37). The atoning blood of Christ is offered to-day. "To-day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." (Hebrews 3:7-8).... The life of the fourth beast, especially of the little horn, was prolonged beyond the time of the investigative judgment. Even after the thrones were set and the work in the holy of holies was begun, the great words of the little horn attracted the attention of the prophet. The greatest word ever spoken against God was the decree of infallibility issued by the ecumenical council in 1870. This was the attempt to seat a man on the throne beside the Son of God. While Christ stood as a slain Lamb before the Father, pleading for the salvation of the world, poor, frail man was exalting his throne above the stars of God. (SNH 117)
  • Babylon fell because she imputed her power unto the gods. Of the fourth beast Daniel says, "I beheld till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame" (Daniel 2:31; Daniel 7:11; Revelation 19:20). Thus at the end, instead of being conquered by some other power arising on earth, this power goes into the lake of fire. The other beasts which represent kingdoms, had their dominion taken away, yet their lies were prolonged for a time and a season; that is, each was merged into the succeeding kingdom. But not so with the fourth kingdom; its destruction will be complete. (SNH 117-118)
  • After describing the terrible career of the little horn, and stating that the saints should be given into his hand for 1260 years, bringing us down to 1798, Daniel 7:26 declares: "But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end." In [Daniel 7:10]... we have substantially the same expression regarding the judgment: "The judgment was set." It would [be] consistent to [understand] that the same judgment is referred to in both instances. But the sublime scene described in Daniel 7:10 is the opening of the investigative judgment in the sanctuary in heaven (Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 9:25-27). The opening of this judgment scene is located by the prophecy at the close of the great prophetic period of 2300 years, which terminated in 1844 (Daniel 9:25-27). (US 145)
  • Four years after this, in 1848, the great revolution which shook so many thrones in Europe, also drove the pope from his dominions. His restoration shortly after was through the force of foreign bayonets, by which alone he was upheld until his final loss of temporal power in 1870. The overthrow of the papacy in 1798 marked the conclusion of the prophetic period of 1260 years, and constituted the "deadly wound," prophesied in Revelation 13:3 to come upon this power; but this deadly wound was to be "healed." In 1800 another pope was elected, his palace and his temporal dominion over the Papal States were restored... every prerogative except that of a systematic persecution was again his, for the "deadly wound" (Revelation 13:3) was beginning to be healed.... How could that "deadly wound" (Revelation 13:3) be healed, and the specifications of Daniel 7:26, "They shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end," be realized? How are we to explain this apparent paradox? Whatever the exegetical difficulties may be, the fact remains that in the history of the papacy these two specifications are being seen. (US 146)
  • In 1844 the judgment began its work in the heavenly sanctuary. (Daniel 7:10). In Daniel 7:11 we are told that because of "the great words which the horn spake... the beast was slain." December 8, 1854, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was decreed by the pope. In 1870 the armies of Victor Emmanuel took away the temporal power of the pope, the very year that the Twentieth Ecumenical Council decreed the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra, that is, when as shepherd and teacher of all Christians he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals. But despite the increasing honors heaped upon the office of the bishop of Rome by the clergy, the pope's temporal power was wholly taken away. Thereafter the popes shut themselves up as prisoners in the Vatican at Rome until the signing of the concordat with Italy, in 1929, which restored "his dominion" over the Vatican City, a small section of the city of Rome. (US 146-147)