Daniel 8:11 Index
"Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down."
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"...he magnified himself even to the prince of the host..."

  • Daniel 8:25 speaks of this same power [Rome] standing up against the Prince of princes. The reference is to Christ, who was crucified under the authority of Rome. (Daniel 9:25; Daniel 11:22). (4BC 842)
  • But aside from the strong central government which was built up by Rome; which brought every other nation to her feet, and made slaves of the noblest of races; which was robbing men of God-given rights, and violating every principle of equity and justice, -- aside from all this, the great arrogance of Rome was displayed when the nation magnified itself against the host (church) of heaven. "Yea, he magnified himself even [against] the Prince of the host" (Daniel 8:11). "He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes" (Daniel 8:25). (SNH 126-127)
  • God's people are precious in His sight, and he who touches them touches the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:9-12; Zechariah 2:8). Rome first deprived the Jews of the right to worship, grinding that nation beneath the heel of oppression. Then Christ came, when the oppression was the most severe, that Rome might see God in human flesh. He came to illustrate the workings of the Spirit in the human heart, and to prove that it is possible to have heaven within, although outward circumstances are to the contrary (John 16:33).... But Rome crucified Him whom Heaven sent (Acts 3:13-16; 4:26-27; 7:52). The dragon was wroth, and made war with the seed of the woman -- Christ -- who had been promised when sin entered the world (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 12:17). This was paganism in its greatest strength. It was in its dying throes, but even in the agony of death it smote the truth (Revelation 12:9, 12). (SNH 127)

"...by him..."

  • "by him" refers back to both pagan Rome and papal Rome. (4BC 842)

"...the daily sacrifice was taken away..."

  • The term "daily" refers to the continual priestly ministry of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1) and to the true worship of Christ in the gospel age; that the taking away of the "daily" represents the substitution by the papacy of compulsory unity in a visible church in place of the voluntary unity of all believers in Christ, of the authority of a visible head -- the pope -- in place of that of Christ, the invisible head of the church, of a priestly hierarchy in place of the direct access to Christ by all believers, of a system of salvation by works ordained by the church in place of salvation by faith in Christ, and, most particularly, of the confessional and the sacrifice of the mass in place of the mediatorial work of Christ as our great high priest in the courts of heaven; and this system quite completely diverts men's attention from Christ and thus deprives man of the benefits of His ministry.... Furthermore, this view also maintains that the little horn is a symbol of imperial [pagan] Rome as well as of papal Rome (Daniel 8:9, 13), thus predictions concerning its activities may also be understood as applying to both pagan and papal Rome. Thus the "daily" may also refer to the earthly Temple and its services, and the taking away of the "daily" to the desolation of the Temple by Roman legions in A.D. 70 and the consequent cessation of the sacrificial services. It is this aspect of the activity of "the abomination of desolation" to which Christ referred to in His delineation of future events in Daniel 11:31; Matthew 24:15-20 and Luke 21:20. (4BC 843)
  • By the little horn "the daily sacrifice was taken away." This little horn symbolizes Rome in its entire history, including its two phases, pagan and papal. These two phases are elsewhere spoken of as the "daily" (sacrifice is a supplied word) and the "transgression of desolation" (Daniel 8:13); the daily (desolation) evidently signifying the pagan form, and the transgression of desolation, the papal. (Daniel 8:13). In the actions ascribed to this power, sometimes one form is spoken of, sometimes the other. "By him [the papal form] the daily [the pagan form] was taken away." Pagan Rome was remodeled into papal Rome. "The place of his sanctuary," or worship, the city of Rome, was cast down. The seat of government was removed by Constantine to Constantinople, A.D. 330. This same transaction is brought to view in Revelation 13:2, where it is said that the dragon, pagan Rome, gave to the beast, papal Rome, his seat, the city of Rome. (US 160-161)

"...the place..."

  • Refers to Jerusalem. (4BC 843)